Last Minute Shopping? In A Bind? Try John Chandler’s history of Barbados Tourism or Debbie Reifer’s Christmas CD!

Let’s be honest, Tuesday is the final chance for you to locate a gift for your family, side pieces, friends, enemies who owe you money, etc. After that you’re just a snack for the Grinch or new victim for Jacob Marley to shape the conscience of…

This is a Catherine Forter Chee-A-Tow painting rather like Boscoe Holder, whose work was forever appearing under the previous occupant Roger Chubb.

This is a Catherine Forter Chee-A-Tow painting rather like Boscoe Holder, whose work was forever appearing under the previous occupant Roger Chubb.

So you can either go the way of paper or plastic. In terms of books? There’s “Hotel BarbadosMy Life Of Discretion At The Ocean View” which is a great time capsule of decades of Barbadian history but can trip the light fantastic for plausibility…

After making Fisherpond a huge success on the East Coast, John Chandler decided to rescue the St James property which was languishing since 2009...

After making Fisherpond a huge success on the East Coast, John Chandler decided to rescue the St James property which was languishing since 2009…

Beautifully crafted by Miller Publishing, the elegant book examines the century of history with the iconic Ocean View Hotel, which was situated along Hastings Main Road in Christ Church from 1898 until its demise in 1996.

Sir Cliff Richard (with book in hand) composed the Foreword at John's request...

Sir Cliff Richard (with book in hand) composed the Foreword at John’s request…

Their Club Xanadu night club is how I got to learn the title track of Billy Joel’s 1989 album “River Of Dreams,” and for a long time I had a crush on Audrey Sheppard-Fox especially in her costumes which emphasised her ample decolletage!

(Left) John Chandler with a well controlled bout of Stage Fright, as Keith Miller (Right) sets up the Introduction for John to speak...

(Left) John Chandler with a well controlled bout of Stage Fright, as Keith Miller (Right) sets up the Introduction for John to speak…

Available at either Miller Publishing and Lancaster Great House itself, the publication also traced the lineage of Chandler’s family, while commencing with his birth yet also featuring his ancestors as they journeyed from England in the 1600’s to settle in Barbados. Glossy photographs of former employees, clothed and nearly clothed celebrities, fun times in their nightclub revue and some of Chandler’s own escapades were also snared in this book.

Wayne "Poonka" Willock at left and Mahalia Cummins of NexCyx at Rght chatting with Yvette Reid in Centre before the launch began as guests arrived...

Wayne “Poonka” Willock at left and Mahalia Cummins of NexCyx at Rght chatting with Yvette Reid in Centre before the launch began as guests arrived…

While enjoying what I read so far, nevertheless, I just found the staff’s fait accompli acceptance of him as Manager at the age of 24 a wee bit on the grain of salt side… But then folk still believe in Santa Claus too, right? Staying in a Christmas mode – Switching from paper to plastic now, there’s Debbie Reifer’s CD simply called “Noel.”

With a recent lavish debut at Champers restaurant in Rockley, the 7 track EP (extended play) is very reminiscent of Norah Jones in a sultry and jazzy way.

I f you think you're seeing Simon Pipe at the table, that's because he is there among many celebrities attending wishing Debbie well on her latest disk.

If you think you’re seeing Simon Pipe at the table, that’s because he is there, among many other celebrities attending, wishing Debbie well on her latest disk.

The album’s centerpiece is her taking Mel Tormé’s “The Christmas Song,” and changing the lyrics into something totally Bajan. This CD’s great fun to unwind with after a hard day at the North Pole…

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