Monday, July 25, 2011

Fire In Babylon - In US Theaters NOW

Bat Men: Fire in Babylon on

A New Film Sets the Story of Cricket's Record-Breaking All-Stars to a Bob Marley Soundtrack
Chronicling the West Indian cricket team’s explosion onto the international stage in the late 70s, Stevan Riley’s documentary Fire in Babylon profiles the panache-laden champions whose 15-year Test series winning streak changed the game forever. Initially derided in England as “calypso cricketers,” the team’s superhuman fast-bowlers soon earned themselves a more fearsome nickname: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. “They gave cricket a sharp shot of adrenalin, flair and cool,” says Riley. “Suddenly it was a danger sport; English batsman were contorting and twisting to avoid lethal missiles that were flying close to 100mph.” Riley weaves his story using vintage footage and interviews with such legends as Sir Vivian Richards, also known as the “Master Blaster”, who is perhaps the only batsman to nonchalantly chew gum while collecting more runs than his opponents’ whole team. Soundtracked by reggae pioneers of the era like Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff, the film delves beyond athleticism to examine a turbulent era of race riots and civil unrest, in which the West Indies team hijacked a sport brought to the islands by their former colonial masters, remolding it on their own terms.

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Portland Jerk Festival 2011

JERK REINDEER?  Come December, Santa's gonna be pissy.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Daily Dose of Water - Booby Cay, Jamaica

Photo credit: by Zach Stovall in Caribbean Travel & Life 
I have actually been to this island and that's all you will get out of me.  Have a great weekend.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Check In From Abroad - Photographer Lester Ali of Emirates Home Magazine in Dubai

From Once Upon My Island


Back with the latest from Dubai. It's definitely beyond summer here.  The heat is on and it's bound to get worse. Average temperature is around 104 degrees.  There is still a little breeze with will disappear in the coming weeks and will be replaced with the humidity.  Fortunately, work is a little slow this time of the year, with people going away to escape the heat. Also, the whole of next month is Ramadan, with the fasting going on, it'll be like a ghost town during the day and party time at night. I can't eat or drink in public during the day hours or risk being arrested.