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House-hunting for a friend. Can Doris help?

Dear Doris, I am hoping you may be able to share some insights from the Appleton Marsh real estate market with a friend of mine recently retired from an executive position in London. She worked for the BBC and all … Continue reading

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Pulp Friction

A wonderful day in old San Juan, built by the Spanish and largely ignored by the Americans. We started with breakfast at the Bombonera. The Mallorcas on the menu were translated as “Spanish Danish” and turned out to be spiralled, … Continue reading

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A postcard from San Juan

To San Juan, capital of Puerto Rico and a sort of sun-baked, spanish-speaking  Belfast. Substitute plantain for potatoes, overlook the difference in temperature, and imagine all the houses painted brightly rather than built of brick and the two cities are remarkably … Continue reading

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Choreography and Carpet Burns–A Creative Collaboration with Doris Brazil

Following the Crone’s invitation, it sounds like it wouldn’t take too much to persuade Doris Brazil to don her nose clip and swim cap. The correspondence continues: Oh Blabs, Blabs, Blabs… fifty years ago I would have jumped at the … Continue reading

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The Case of the Sculpted Orange

The Crone spotted these pre-peeled oranges in a Vieques supermercado and couldn’t quite fathom their purpose. She bought them anyway. With the pith, they wouldn’t be ready to pop into a fruit salad or cocktail, but without it, the Crone … Continue reading

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In Praise of Arapes

“All superior cultures have fried bread” So opined the Crone’s traveling companion, a noted food critic, over breakfast more than once this week. On each occasion the Crone has beamed with pride. Tom was talking about Puerto Rican arapes—and the Crone was … Continue reading

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No Fairy Basslet

The people who package the beach gear sold on Vieques had a brilliant idea: provide a waterproof laminated card with pictures of all the tropical fish of the region along with every mask and snorkel sold. Now, this may the … Continue reading

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The Case of the Missing Tostones

The Crone is resolved to launch a mystery franchise set in Vieques. The place is perfect for it, for there are lots of winding roads for car chases, a small airport and ferry port to allow criminals in and out, … Continue reading

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Two Pelicans, ready for their close-up

Admittedly, there is little about this video that is causing any hours of lost sleep at the BBC’s Natural History Unit. But watch it and tell me if these two Pelicans aren’t the hammiest performers you’ve seen for a while.

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Did I mention the infinity pool?

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