We’ve moved!

That’s right, everyone! We’ve made the move to brand spanking new hosting servers. Update your bookmarks – we’re now at http://islandscene758.com. So far everything looks like it’s been successfully migrated, but we ask your patience over the next few days as we settle in.

If you encounter any problems navigating our new site, please – let us know!

Over the next few weeks look out for new features and content with the same island flavour. So let your friends know – the party’s always on at Island Scene 758!

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Weekend Treat: Playlist

Island Music Fridays always makes me so fired up – there’re always a million awesome songs I want to share and just not enough time!

So this weekend while Island Scene 758 takes a breath, you can gorge yourself on a whopping 100+ Lucian Soca songs! Let the sweet soca melodies provide the soundtrack to your weekend. See you on Monday for another week of the Island Scene!

(Thanks to Youtube user stluciancarnival for the playlist!)

Island Music Friday: Wi, Ca Vwey (Sesenne Descartes)

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Before we begin, Island Scene 758 must give advance apologies for the mangled Kweyol in the title!

We are confident that if you conducted a survey which included every single St. Lucian over the age of 5 (all ~175,000 of us), it would be difficult to find anybody who did NOT know who Sesenne was. The Grande Dame of cultural music on the island, Sesenne was St. Lucia’s greatest chantwelle. Her signature vocals provided the soundtrack to our cultural celebrations year after year, until it is almost impossible to think of La Woz, La Marguerite, or Jounen Kweyol without thinking of Sesenne. A cherished national heroine, St. Lucia suffered a great loss upon Sesenne’s passing in 2010.

Island Music Friday: Why (Barbara Cadet)

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Barbara Cadet is a powerhouse in Saint Lucian Music. With 3 CDs under her belt, this jazz songstress has been refining her art for over 20 years. Singer, songwriter, musician, and teacher, Barbara has either worked with, influenced or taught the vast majority of people in the St. Lucia music scene today. She has performed all over the world, as well as at numerous iterations of St. Lucia’s very own Jazz Festival. After listening to this one, check out the rest of her music on her official MySpace page.

UK Serious Fraud Office Investigates Developer of Luxury Properties in Caribbean, Thailand

scamA minor storm is brewing in the UK, St. Vincent, and Barbados, as reports surface that Harlequin Property, a luxury investment property developer based in the UK, is under investigation by that country’s Serious Fraud Office after failing to pay interest to investors last month.

As many as 3000 British residents have invested up to £300 million in the company’s projects – Buccument Bay in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, as well as unfinished properties in Barbados and St. Lucia. Much of that money is in the form of personal pension schemes, which leaves investors fearful that they may be left penniless.  Continue reading

Good morning St. Lucia!

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Hey there new readers, we’re so glad you found us! Sit down, help yourself to a cold Piton in the fridge, and make yourselves comfy. We’re super thrilled to be able to share with you all the cool and awesome things that happen on our 238 square miles of loveliness.

Now it’s time for you to get involved! We’ll be bringing you tons of stories about interesting people, places, and things to do. Your job is to chat with us! Tell us what you think, discuss what’s on your mind. Nuestra casa es su casa! Comment, share, follow, like, subscribe! Help us make the best place for news, information, entertainment and discussion in Saint Lucia. We’re gonna have a blast with this thing!

B’dos company acquires Karib Kable

BusinessHandshakeA press release sent from Columbus International Inc, a privately-owned telecommunications company based in Barbados, announces the acquisition of Kelcom International Limited, a company that does business in St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Antigua as Karib Kable.

Brendan Paddick, chaiman and CEO of Columbus International, had this to say regarding the acquisition:

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Sports Roundup: 2013 Independence Games & Premiere League Football

netballThe qualifying rounds in the 2013 Independence Games have all wrapped up. Congratulations go out to all footballers, basketballers and netballers who have made it into the next phase of the Games. Well done!

The schedule for the Independence Games quarterfinal matches can be found below the jump.

Also in sports today, the St. Lucia Football Association continues its series of Premiere League matches. Match schedule below!

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Discovered: The idyllic St Lucia hideaway of Amy Winehouse

A visitor’s take on the Island Scene. Refugee rastas from Zimbabwe? A trained lawyer tourguide? I guess it’s really true that anything is possible in sweet St. Lucia

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If you want some peace and quiet, sun, sand and some luxury, I can recommend a week on the island of St Lucia.

I have just returned from a stay there ( No I did not disappear, Dan Hodges,  into a nineteenth century opium den,(see http://bit.ly/XM83jx).  But digesting the horrors of Leveson and midway through a long disturbing investigation into a historic paedophile scandal requires a break.

The hotel chosen by my wife, Margaret, from a Sovereign holiday brochure, proved to be a great find –  remarkable oasis of calm and privacy – and yet extraordinary spacious and comfortable – and by no means the most expensive venue there.

While many hotels are crammed into massive noisy resorts – this one was tucked away alongside a wild and semi deserted public beach where horses cantered along the shore with the local youth  demonstrating their bareback riding skills on Sundays.

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