I’ve been buying cored pineapple at my local food store for a while, after getting home and because I don’t have to peel it I proceeded to cut chunks out and gorge myself, I soon realized a tingling in my mouth and thought it came from eating too much of the fruit.
Here it is January 2024 where most places in the world are shivering in rain, the cold and snow. In the Caribbean island of Antigua & Barbuda it’s 365 beaches are sunny and hot with the island getting ready for its annual migration of wealthy people from around the world not only to visit the island by plane or one of the huge cruise ships that arrive daily through St John’s the capitol but also to English Harbour the Unesco World Heritage Site that houses since the 17th Century the famous Nelson’s Dockyard the old stomping grounds of Horatio Nelson.
One of the most popular landmarks that can’t be missed in Antigua is the St. John’s Cathedral. First built in 1681 it was a wooden structure that was destroyed by earthquake in 1745 and later again in 1746 and then rebuilt out of English bricks. The present cathedral with its imposing white twin towers was built on fossilized reef in 1845. The planters called the Cathedral ‘Big Church’ and that it frightened as a symbol of English power.
Recently whilst visiting Antigua & Barbuda I visited one of many casinos scattered mainly around St Johns the capitol. Whilst there I was told that the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United States are fighting over a 20 year gambling dispute that stated when Antigua and Barbuda developed an internet gambling industry to replace declining tourism revenues it found itself shut out of the world’s largest gambling market.