Been to Bridgetown today. Bus left hotel at 8.30. Rosalin, the bus conductress spreads panic when she asks if all those intent on duty free shopping have their passports and airline tickets. So we all rush back to our rooms. 5 minutes later she asks, "Is everybody back now"? Silly question. No reply came there from the one who wasn't.
Lots more feminine elegance on display in the capital city - smart business wear, well cut denim and the haughty Naomi Campbell look. Serious hair town is Bridgetown. Not an ordinary cut to be seen. General Election day. No alcohol for sale or consumption between 6 am. and 6 pm.. Island tradition dictates that every one must be totally unaffected by alcohol when they cast their vote. So no rum punch until the polling booths close. Almighty p*** up expected afterwards, so the next day is always declared a national holiday.
Saw a wonderful election poster today, just outside the Barbadian Parliament Building. A big picture of Thompson, the opposition leader accompanied by the words 'He will not Lie, Cheat or Steal'. The inference was clear. It reminded me of 'We will be Whiter than White'. Just a touch more direct.
Walked up to the Mecca of West Indies cricket, the Kensington Oval for a look around. It dominates Bridgetown, a bit like the Millennium Stadium dominates Cardiff. The magic comes from the legends that played there. How's this for a team? Greenidge and Haynes to open, Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Frank Worrell, Sir Everton Weekes, Sir Clyde Walcott, Joel Garner, Malcolm Marshall, Wesley Hall. and Charlie Griffiths - and Winston Reed. All Barbadians. Sobers would have to keep wicket. "Who is Winston Reed', you may ask. Well, he was Barbados' leading spin bowler until his retirement last season, and he took me out to the square for a feel of it today. So he's in my team because I like him, with Otis Gibson as 12th man.
There were only two other people in the ground today. As we were passing each other, they said "Hello Glyn". Hard to believe. They were a couple from Crickhowell who knew me, on a cruise which had docked at Bridgetown for the day. Dangerously small world.