Bequia? Where on earth is Bequia?

In which roughseasinthemed travels to the Caribbean.

Apparently Bequia is a tropical paradise in the Caribbean, and specifically, one of the Grenadines, part of St Vincent and the Grenadines, which are also part of the Windward Islands, and the greater chain of islands known as the Lesser Antilles. Author Susan Toy has lived there for some years, as well as living in her native Canada.

Island in the Clouds by Susan M Toy

It’s always interesting – for me – to read a book that involves ex-pats living in supposedly idyllic situations, and this book certainly has a motley mix of ex-pats.

I suppose basically it’s a murder crime/mystery sort of book set in the Caribbean, but as the local police are suitably incompetent, much of the investigation is carried out by a small group of multi-national ex-pats. In terms of plot, I’m saying no more, as further detail would just spoil it for anyone who chooses to read it.

Although I started this book ages ago, a broken ankle got in the way, so I only returned to it recently and managed to polish it off in two sittings, or goes, or whatever. It’s just short of 200 pages.

imageSusan’s style is eminently readable, and her characters are realistic and plausible, both ex-pats and the locals. Island is written in the first person, from the perspective of Geoff (Canadian), who has a property management company on the island. He’s also the one who discovers the dead body in the swimming pool at the beginning of the novel. For some reason, he reminded me of Chandler’s Marlowe, probably because of the way he thinks things through.

As with all good mysteries, there are some unexpected twists, that finally tie up the whole package, although it’s a realistic ending rather than a perfect one, yet another reason why this was a good read.

For animal lovers, Geoff has a wonderful dog, taken in from the street after he followed him home one day, complete with ticks and fleas (unlike Pippa who, despite being a street dog, was surprisingly clean, just injured), and Gus plays a very important part in this book.

There are some lush descriptions of this part of paradise, including a trip over to St Vincent, as well as equally well-drawn images of the seedier side of life – which exists everywhere, even in tropical paradise islands.

And while I’m not a prologue fan, Susan uses it differently to introduce her readers to Bequia. It’s not part of the story, but it is an interesting read and more of an introduction than a prologue. And, as she tells us in her first sentence, it’s pronounced BECK-way. There was me thinking it was Be-KEE-a.

Bottom line, it’s a good read, totally recommended if you like this style of book. Mysteries/thrillers are my favourite choice, so it’s great to find something slightly different that ticks all the boxes. I also must say that it’s got a good cover, and the book is well-formatted, with dinky little palm trees at the top of every chapter heading.

I think it would make an interesting one for a book club discussion, in terms of plot, characters, geographical situation and observations about local and ex-pat life.

Susan’s next book, One Woman’s Island is provisionally due to be ePublished in December, and based on Island in the Clouds, it’s worth putting on your Christmas wish list. It’s the second novel in her Bequia Perspectives series, each one told from the point of view of a different resident on Bequia, and each one also has some type of mystery to it.

When Mariana leaves Canada to escape the memory of a personal tragedy and try to rebuild her life, her first thought is to return to Bequia where she once was happy visiting as a tourist. Not wanting to become just another ex-pat, drinking and gossiping away six months, she decides to put her personal wealth and kind heart to use by living among, and helping out, the seemingly impoverished and less fortunate local people. But no good deed goes unpunished, and Mariana experiences a side of the island she never imagined existed when she was simply a tourist.

She has also given me an exclusive tasty titbit to reveal about One Woman’s Island – remember! you read it here first! – at the end of each chapter, there will be a Bequia recipe corresponding to a meal or drink that was mentioned in that chapter. [note to self, when writing book about travels/Andalucía, remember to steal that idea, reckon I can manage seven to ten chapters of Axarquían recipes]

Susan says, ‘The main character loves to cook (as do I) and I thought this could be an interesting addition so readers will learn even more about the island.’

Island in the Clouds is available at all the usual on-line shops, but for readers of this blog, Susan is offering a number of giveaway ebooks. I got a review copy anyway, but I’d certainly recommend taking advantage of her offer. Just let me know in the comments below if you are interested.

When I was drafting this post and plaguing the life out of Susan with requests for different bits of info, the poor woman was suffering from Chikungunya virus (avian flu?) and she said more than half the people on Bequia had it or previously had it. Chikungunya, by the way, is a nasty debilitating illness spread by mosquitoes.

Where else can you find such amazing unheard of information apart from roughseasinthemedgoestothecaribbean? And the first smartarse to say they knew all about Bequia and Chickungunya virus before they read this post will most definitely not be eligible for the free giveaway. Otherwise, there are no restrictions on the giveaway.

Of course when I win the lotto that I never enter, (the only tickets I have ever ‘bought’ were when I entered a syndicate at work and that was as an insurance policy because I couldn’t bear the thought of my colleagues getting the big win leaving me stuck at my desk while they all chucked their jobs), I shall leave the banal humdrum suburban life of Gibraltar and Spain and move to the Caymans or Turcs and Caicos. And then I can regale you all with first-hand tales from roughseasinthecaribbean. But for now, I’ll have to live vicariously through Susan’s novels.

Many thanks to Susan for her help with this post, including replying to all my endless questions and sending additional photos of Bequia.

And, I’ll end with a top tip for all authors. Her original email said, ‘Many thanks for asking to read my novel for a possible review.’ How polite is that? A possible review? Someone sends a free book, on trust, and leaves it up to me to decide whether or not to review it. Nor, on the copy of the book I read, does she indulge in my pet peeve, of ending her book with ‘if you enjoyed this book please leave a gushing five star review on Amazon’.

For all self-publishing authors, there are some interesting lessons here.

    1. A very clearly-defined niche subject – Bequia. Who on earth has heard of Bequia? etc. It’s unusual, and interesting. It’s not yet another LAPD or the Met.
    1. While Bequia is the central character to her series, there is a recurrent mystery theme in each novel.
    1. She has paid out for professional services – editing, graphics and formatting – resulting in a very smart looking product. Equally, some people can do some of that on their own, (usually not the editing), and if I don’t carp about the editing of a book, it means someone has done a pretty decent job.
    1. There is absolutely nothing in your face about her marketing style. It is subtle, polite, understated and helpful. Having spent years in PR and knowing how difficult it is to get good publicity, I admire someone who pitches it correctly. Well, correctly to me that is.
    1. I like the fact that although it is a series with a common theme, there is no cliffhanger ending. Along with the ‘please give me the five star Amazon review’ plea, I hate the books that are left unfinished, so you have to buy the next one to find out what happens. Especially when the books are short anyway. If your writing is good enough, people will buy/read more without needing such cheap tactics.

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79 comments on “Bequia? Where on earth is Bequia?

  1. So *brightly* Bequia is urging a Granadilla to be gay? There’s no way ‘uia’ can possibly be pronounced as ‘way’!
    So if I send you my book with an injunction to give a five-star glowing review and not to open the pages more than one-third so that the spine is pristine when you return it, you won’t play? Picky.

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    • Must note not to give you any opportunity for a rhyme, I’ll remember that for next time…

      I reckon it could be. There’s a river near us pronounced ‘we’ or even ‘wee’ but it’s spelt with some bizarre combination of vowels, oiu or uoi, something similar (no not oui, I know that’s pronounced wee).

      Send me an ebook, save on postage and won’t damage the spine, well the book’s spine at least. May damage mine if my posture is poor.

      I’ve set out my rationale for not giving five stars, but every author is allowed to challenge it if they think they meet the criteria. To be serious, I do try and give four if it’s decent. If it’s poor I won’t do a review, unless they want me to say why it’s poor of course, and if it’s full of errors, literals, punctuation, formatting, I won’t do one unless they fix it. Unless they want me to say I don’t recommend buying this book as it is sloppy, amateurish and has far too many errors to make it a pleasant read.

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  2. I find myself wondering what people from Bequia are called. Bequians would fit the spelling, pronounced Becky-Annes, perhaps; but then, people from Linlithgow are called “Black Bitches”, so it could be something entirely different.

    I would not mind a giveaway- .mobi rather than pdf preferred.

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    • It does say in the book, but I don’t remember. I don’t think I’d call them Becky-Annes, mine would be Be-kee-Annes. But becwayns sounds like haywains, most odd. Actually I still read it as Be-kee-a, even though I know it’s wrong.

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        • Bequians it is, and that’s pronounced “Beck-we-ans”, so there’s no rhyme nor reason. Some local people even stretch out Bequia to “Beck-a-way”.

          roughseainthemud, I wonder how you and your readers would pronounce Mayreau, Canuoun, Balliceaux, Wallibou and Barrouallie … We even have problems with a couple of these place names!

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        • I worked with someone from St Loosha. Not only that, she insisted on being called Marriner, rather than Ma-REE-na. Don’t know when I picked up about Kitts and Nevis. Hard to cope with when Nevis signifies Ben to Brits.

          My cousin/godmother moved to Brazil. She gave us her caixa postal address. Cakes-a, we said in our Yorkshire accents. Casshza, corrected. How pretentious we thought, not having a fine knowledge of Portuguese.

          But Spanish is the same, Fwen-gee-rola is a classic for Fuengirola. One of our friends was coming to Andalucía on hols. Anda-loo-char.

          It’s all so easily done.

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  3. Glad you enjoyed it – I don’t think I would read a book like this – I rarely do novels.
    Sounds rather like the BBC drama series – ‘Death in Paradise’. Quote – “Drama series about a detective inspector who is assigned to investigate a murder on the paradise island of Saint-Marie in the Caribbean”.

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    • Of course you wouldn’t, there’s a dog in it who is a hero! I can hardly not read novels when I edit them, now can I? And truth is, I enjoy them, preferably without errors, but I read pretty much anything. Can’t say I’m fond of some of the gorier crime ones though where it seems to be so important to describe every single sick detail. Anyway, this wasn’t that sort of book I’m pleased to say. And, as I’d never heard of Bequia (don’t tell me you have as I won’t believe you), I learned something too :)

      Not seen it, I’ll ask Susan whether she has and if she has a view. Maybe they’d read her book…

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      • Never heard of Bequia but it sounds look a nice place. Have only been to the Caribbean once, to St Lucia and I don’t think I will be rushing back.

        Interestingly the Caribbean has one of the highest homicide rates in the western world at 15.8 per 100,000 inhabitants. Western Europe by comparison is the safest place in the World at only 0.9 (Northern Europe 1.4 – most of those in the village of Midsomer). At 31 per 100,000 the most dangerous place is Southern Africa but there you can murder your girlfriend and be confident about getting away with it!

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        • Does Ryanair fly to the Caribbean for a quid?

          I fancied Antigua amongst others, but cheaper and nearer Spain won out.

          I was reading robbery stats the other day (we lead interesting lives) and Mexico was well up in the prize winners.

          Might depend who you are re the girlfriend case?

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          • I fancied Mexico too, which is why I didn’t like the stats. Robbery can be pretty nasty you know… but I suppose you are still alive. If somewhat disfigured possibly. Of course, murder suggests pre-intent, unlike manslaughter. I think we’re both saying life is short enough as it is.

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    • I have bursts of getting through a lot of books. I’ve got some print copies to read, nearly finished off my iBooks and have a few left on kindle. Review copies tend to take priority, but editing work comes first!

      I like to learn about new places, so it was a good combination for me.

      And you Mak :)

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        • I’m lucky in that the books I edit for wrk are a decent read. I actually read books (unpaid) that aren’t my choice, partly just for wideness of reading around the self-publishing market and partly for reviews (unpaid), which is why it was nice to review a book that was fun for me to read.

          My days of philosophy ended at university, wart from reading through the old books from time to time. (Plutarch, Rousseau etc)

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  4. Things are decidedly autumnal around my home right now, and, with the possibility of another 7-month winter not too far in the future a trip–real or virtual–to the sunny south is something all of us Canadians dream of in the winter.
    I paused on your comment about every place having a seedier side and wholeheartedly agree. St. John’s is certainly no exception. In fact, I figure it’s a vital part of our heritage! That said, it also seems to me that temperate climates lead to moderation in most things and the climate one expects in the Caribbean–hot with very wild periods (hurricanes and such) translate quite well to the local spirit.

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    • Maurice, those long, cold snowy winters in Calgary were what drove us to Bequia in the first place! It even snowed on the day we left Calgary – May 4th 1996. That seemed like an omen to us at the time that we had made the right decision. Now we hear it snowed there this week, for two days – in September, and still officially summer!

      And you’re quite correct about the climate having an effect. My narrator does comment upon the weather frequently during the July week the action in the novel takes place. We’ve come to notice the doldrums in August (when the trade winds drop considerably) have a negative effect on the local people, and that there truly is a calm before every storm. The calmer it is, in fact, the stormier we can expect the approaching weather will be.

      Since you live in St. John’s, you may be interested in two authors I’ve promoted on the Reading Recommendations blog. Mike Martin is an Indie Author who has written and published a series of mysteries set in St. John’s, starring Sgt. Winston Windflower of the RCMP. Paul Butler is an established, traditionally published author of literary fiction who lives in St. John’s. (His promotion will run on Monday, Sept. 15th and he’s launching his new book in St. John’s on Thursday evening.)

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      • I’m familiar with Mr. Butler but Mr. Martin is someone new to me. I will keep an eye out to see what he’s doing around town too! Speaking of Calgary, my son, who’s there at the moment on work-term with Suncor told me that they had snow last week. Snow in early September! Eleven centimeters and on trees still carrying leaves. Many were downed and you can well imagine what chaos that caused. Back to mid twenties again–see you did the right thing!

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    • Some places are seedier than others though…

      My climates are sub-tropical, and when it’s hot most people sleep! I used to live in a mixed racial black Caribbean area of the UK, and people did seem to perk up in summer. Or maybe that was my inbuilt prejudice assuming that.

      No sign of autumn here, sunny, sunny, and still 30 ish, or 29.

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  5. Oh, I didn’t mention the review – how rude!
    You did a posh job as per usual but I am becoming such a metaphorical old fart and struggling to read outside the genre I write in at the moment, which I am beginning to think should be a concern, but I have a feeling this would not appeal.
    Although the top tips for authors sounds like good advice at twice the price I am always mindful that you relish every opportunity to give me lots of grief over sexyism etc and thus I’m afraid I could never be that nice.
    I did look up Bequia on wiki and it has some odd customs regarding whales.

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    • My dear, I am commonly known as posh Yorkshire, if one can be both at once. Don’t you think Almost Dead was slightly mystery? Flipping riddle was mysterious.

      My top tips are free :) you know that. Even my personal ones ;) was that an attempt at appalling col style rhyming, price and nice. Truly dreadful, well done.

      I looked it up too. The whaling thing didn’t do a lot for me :(

      So where you been then?

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      • Oh, the rhyming thing was not on purpose.
        If one hangs around Col’s blog long enough, even if it’s just to lurk, it rubs off.
        Sort of insinuates itself on one. Like a bloody rash!

        Been? I’ve been here?
        Or are you asking why I have not been furiously blogging of late?

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          • I had thought of another contentious religious post but … you now after the little hissy fit Racism post-thing I must be honest I’m a bit fed up of the whole palaver.

            I fact , I am battling to think of something New and Refreshing to write about. Any Ideas?

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          • Loads. Charge you a tenner per idea. Depending on what you’ve written pre roughseas entered your blog, my life as a hairdresser (I had a great one in Liverpool, John, worked for Steiner), why I cleared off to SA, why I still can’t write please correctly in Portuguese (ouch! that was nasty, forget that), my views about feminism and sexyism, why I bought two pedigree boxer pups when there are loads of unwanted street dogs, why I like jimi hendrix(!!!), how I started writing, what’s difficult or easy about writing, erm, shall I send you the full version by email tomorrow?

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          • (I had a great one in Liverpool, John, worked for Steiner)

            You are shitting me!
            I worked for Steiner for a short period in Chester and the guy who ran the gents’ section was … John.

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          • No I’m not. But I’m sure there’s more than one hairdresser in the northwest called John. Now if it had been Jeremiah it might have been more of a coincidence.

            Don’t think he was there long though. He was good. He wasn’t very old, but this was more than 30 years ago :D I think he was slim with fair hair.

            Can’t remember if he did my hair for this pic or not. Not quite Farrah flick, but not far off.
            http://everypicturetellsone.wordpress.com/2012/02/15/not-rich-not-poor/

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          • Crikey, I couldn’t recall his face or his demeanor either.( unless I was hypnotized! I’d just turned 16 and I was just with Steiner for around a month and left to join Seligman and Latz at a local department store, Browns.
            The Steiner salon, which was in St Michael’s Arcade backed onto the Grosvenor Hotel and was the unofficial Hotel Hairdresser.

            Yes, the Farrah Fawcett look.
            Nuff said! But you look hot! ;)

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          • You probably didn’t fancy him, that might account for not remembering him. Steiners were always in hotels weren’t they? That and cruise ships.

            Well it was June or July so I suppose it was quite warm. And this was taken in the photographer’s studio with hot lights. But I wasn’t aware I looked visibly hot?

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      • Sorry the Almost Dead/Mystery thing.
        Yes, I suppose you are correct.
        Oddly enough I haven’t written like that in yonks either.
        I have the beginnings of a sequel but it hasn’t got further that 10,000 or so words.

        I reckon I am in serious need of a major Hol/cum change of scenery.

        Perhaos I ought to ship off to Blighty for a spot of pissy weather and warm beer.
        Might do me the world of good.

        Posh Yorkshire! What the ‘ell’s that when its at ‘ome?

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  6. You have been getting through some books of late, and reviews, which makes it very difficult to avoid temptation of purchasing yet another book for the to-read pile… I’ll add Island in the Clouds to the never-ending list, as it would be quite a good novel to read on holidays laying on the verandah futon at TA… an intriguing juxtaposition of characters and location.

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    • Why don’t you join in Susan’s giveaway?

      Anyway, I actually thought of you when I mentioned book clubs. One reviewer said something on the lines of there were gaps, or not everything was neatly explained. But isn’t that life? We never see everything coloured in correctly, there are grey or shady areas, or just plain blanks. And as Susan says, her series is called Bequia Perspectives, and this book is told from one person’s perspective, sure she adds in other detail because he can’t be everywhere at once, but to me that was one of the strengths of the book. We don’t know everything in life and we make decisions and take action based on what we know ie on our perspective however accurate or mis-informed it is. I’m looking forward to One Woman’s Island, especially the intriguing recipes.

      I don’t review everything I read! I would need a separate blog, and I find book review blogs per se too much of a muchness. But as I said, I’d never heard of the place, so it always piques my interest when I learn something about a new place, a bit like I learned about the ghost towns of Arizona in a standard romance novel. I get out maps so I can picture it all more clearly, and end up getting more out of the book. Incidentally I read an Aussie book the other day, one of the reasons I read it was because it was set in Sydney and Western suburbs (Penrith). I might give it a quick review at some point.

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      • Thank you, good suggestion re the competition but my reluctance to add to the to-be-read pile vs the wish-list pile is simply because although I can afford it my book habit needs reining in… so easy to click and download or click and tap credit card number & delivery address. And the G.O. and I rarely get through a market without buying books… And the unread books, book club books, interestingly reviewed books, cook book indulgences and impulse buys are mounting… I need to spend some time reading them instead! I’d like to attempt some semblance of moderation :)

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        • Ah. I actually learned to control my habit a long time ago (pre-internet) when I ran out of bookshelf and cupboard space. I figured five was enough. We’ve got enough that we were given/acquired to car boot now, just need to get round to it…

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  7. In the mud! Oh, chortle. That was good.
    Bequia ( I would have guessed “Bah-qwee-ya”. decided long ago how ever the locals say it, that’s the correct way….We always get a giggle over new to the area newscasters/weather/traffic people as they stumble around pronouncing cities, streets, and places here with the odd combination of Indian, Spanish, Mexican, TX-Mex, German, and all the rest of the them. No way you can reasonably guess some of them.) Must be many little mysterious islands in the Caribbean…we’ve leased boats and floated around there…I’m voting for a return trip immediately (If you wander around out of tourist areas, the poverty is disturbing. and tiny islands’ life is very different without all the modern stuff.)
    Must head over to this author – the books sound well written and interesting. (we now have that mosquito borne disease this year…that make 4 from the nasty buzzy guys..ugh) Great idea with the cooking at the end. Cool. Will look for books! Great spot to write about – and cast of characters for sure.
    Oh, I’m getting nagged about leaving to go somewhere – will run back later = meanwhile paw waves to Pippa, Snowy and the lovely dog in the novel

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    • Ha! Yes the roughseas was very much in the fango at one point. A word we learned quickly..

      Yup, I think you didn’t do a bad job on the pronunciation, mine was totally Castilian Spanish!

      I liked Susan’s book because she did look at all aspect of Island life. A touch of reality helps.

      No! You have chicken disease too? ! Wonder if it will come to Spain? :(

      Dogs just gone out :)

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      • A coule of people were in the hospital with it early in the summer. The bug experts knew the mosquito species was on the way, but were surprised they arrived this year. Now the ones who got sick are mad saying the county should be aerial spraying – but the bees! And we really prefer taking personal precautions with limited poisoning runs. It’s not Disneyland – there’s real dangers in life. Trying to run down a new proposal to allow more deadly poison for crop sprays – raises chemicals levels to one much more dangerous for bees.
        If they kill off all the insects, the birds will not have food – and the birds eat mosquitoes which cause disease. A lack of science education/understanding of nature’s balances is really dangerous.
        Molly is totally zonked out from running wild in the field this morning while it was cool – all the dogs are ready for cool! Paw waves

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        • We’ve had a terrible problem on Bequia with Chikungunya, Philosopher Mouse, and the government’s only reaction has been to spray chemicals – which, as you say, kill the bees as well as other insects. But we still have just as many mosquitoes, months later. It was always believed to be “just a Bequia problem,” until recently when St. Vincent, the mainland, was hit hard by the virus. Now, all of a sudden, it’s a matter of concern to everyone, and one of the big department stores in Kingstown has begun handing out free mosquito repellant wristbands. Where were these wristbands, we wondered, when this virus was only a Bequia problem? (There’s been a long-standing animosity between the mainland and Bequia, because Bequia has always been considered the main tourist attraction in the country.) It’s all been very frustrating, but we know now that something will be done about eradicating this virus since the mainland, and the seat of government, are suffering with it. It’s too bad that’s what it takes to cause politicians anywhere to act on solving a problem. (Just wait until you read my “political” novel in the series, roughseainthemed!)

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          • Eradicating the virus sounds difficult. As does eradicating the mosquitoes with all the knock-on effects. Dilemma. The only thing guaranteed is that the politicians will get it wrong. I’m looking forward to the whole series, great way of depicting your island life.

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          • One very effective way to stop the mosquitoes from breeding is by cleaning up all standing water. That includes in ravines and ditches where people have thrown old tires (tyres ;) ), appliances, car parts – all make for perfect, hidden receptacles in which water accumulates. Official mosquito inspectors used to come around on a regular basis to check properties and inform homeowners what needed to be cleaned up (but they did not check vacant land). They’ve only just begun to inspect again this year, but people don’t listen to them, believing the spraying and fogging the government conducts is the answer to our problem. Better living through chemistry. The neighbouring island of Mustique used to have a mosquito problem (and hence the name), but they cleaned up every square inch of it – the homeowners and Mustique Company can afford to keep the place pristine-clean – so they no longer have a mosquito problem or Chikungunya. It seems like such a simple solution, but the general populace on Bequia and St. Vincent believe it’s up to the government to initiate and pay for everything. (And why, some may ask, are we not doing anything to organize this clean-up project? Quite simply, we can’t make suggestions because we’re foreigners, even though we have citizenship, and no one would listen to us. Unless we had a lot of money to pay people to clean up the island, which we don’t.)

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          • That’s an interesting… perspective. Much as I love water, one reason we don’t have any water feature on our terrace in Spain is exactly for that reason. The water butt is covered, and we don’t leave standing water around. It’s very basic is it not? It’s odd we even get them in summer given that everything dries up. Key problem times for everything, mosquitoes, cockroaches, fleas, ticks are when the rain comes in autumn and it is still warm, and when it is still damp in spring but starts to warm up for summer.

            Infuriating when there’s an obvious sensible solution in your case and you can’t do anything. C’est la vie.

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          • Wrist bands are useless – just about everything is. This county won’t spray unless the mosquito trap stations contain the disease carrying species – or a bunch of people are in hospital. They have to be very careful as this is a wild life preserve area with migrating birds, humming birds, monarchs and the like. I think they sprayed certain areas twice last year as it got so bad. I’m really allergic to mosquitoes and seem to be the one all mosquitoes are searching for. So I spend a great deal of time indoors in summer. Sailing off shore is good: wind keeps them away!
            The counties north and west of us are now loaded with “newcomer residents” who can seem to understand the lovely new subdivisions were built in rice fields and low swampy areas – scenic, but with gators and mosquitoes. It is what it is. Always trade-off.
            People are worried about Chikungunya now that it’s here. Maybe some progress will be made in the treatment/prevention as it’s spreading quicker than expected. Politics is always a problem.
            Anyway enjoyed your response. Thanks

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          • I thought that was the case with the wrist bands, but was more incensed they were never offered when it was only Bequia suffering from the virus. Harumpf! And it’s not as though that particular business doesn’t make much money from Bequia shoppers. They supply building materials throughout the country and homes are still being built on Bequia.

            The other news we heard from a friend who was researching this problem is of a man (in Miami, I believe) who developed a biological way of making male mosquitoes infertile, breeding it out of them, in effect. But Caribbean countries want a quick-fix and are not willing to pay what he charges. (It’s okay to spend millions of dollars they don’t have on mega-projects we don’t need, however … but then I digress into politics, again.)

            And to tie this up nicely with roughsea’s “Americanese” blog post from a couple of weeks ago, I now look up anything I question so as to be editorially correct whenever posting here ;) . When I checked on the plural of “mosquito” I found this blog by someone who had also been looking into spraying against the little blighters … or should that be “biters”? http://www.kirkmahoney.com/blog/2008/09/mosquitoes-vs-mosquitos/

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        • Hmmm. I’m very anti any sort of spraying. My partner used to use Deet when we were camping and I refused to go anywhere near him. The smell of the stuff makes me feel sick. Now we either put on a fan to keep them away at night, or dive under the sheet when it is not too hot. I’m not a big fan of those plug-in slow release chemical things either.

          If people left things well alone the world would be a better place.

          Snows has retrieved a few boots and shoes this morning and taken them for a run around the flat, barked at a moth that flew annoyingly just out of his reach and is considering attacking the mop next…

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          • Do you not use mosquito nets over your bed? Our problem with nets is cats that easily slice an entry for themselves. We’ve recently ordered a new cotton-mesh net to try. Guaranteed tear-resistant, although no specific guarantees against cat claws.

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