Wise as a Serpent, Harmless as a Dove An Island Parish


Wise as a Serpent, Harmless as a Dove

Following the parish calendar from Easter to September on the island of Anguilla. Bishop Brooks is overseeing renovations at St Mary's church.


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4,000 miles south-west of the British Isles,

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where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea

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lies the island of Anguilla.

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Colonised by English settlers in the 17th century,

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it was quickly abandoned because of its poor soil.

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So, the African descendants, many of them former slaves,

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became landowners rather than plantation workers,

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fostering an independent spirit and close connection to the land

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that still flourishes.

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Today, just 3% of the population is white

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and it's now one of the 14 British Overseas Territories

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with its own government and the Queen as its head of state.

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-Fire!

-GUNSHOTS

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It's very similar to growing up in Cornwall.

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Everybody looks out for each other

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and it's just a really nice way of living.

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I've been here 23 years and I still think I'm kind of British.

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With an average temperature of 80 degrees,

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British expats have been lured here by the beaches,

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low taxes and relaxed way of life.

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We have a tradition in Anguilla of going to take a sea bath.

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This is the epitome of paradise.

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You know, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

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But this delicate island's future is precarious.

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With few natural resources,

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Anguillans have always had to be inventive to make ends meet,

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competing with larger nearby islands like Antigua and St Kitts

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for the tourist dollar.

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Here, the threat of hurricanes is ever-present,

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and in the eye of these storms is a rock,

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the Anglican minister Bishop Errol Brooks,

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who presides over the island's largest parish.

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As a people, we stand strong when things get rough.

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This paradise is extremely fragile.

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In the days to come...

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-ALL:

-Happy Easter!

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..it's Easter in Anguilla.

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It's Easter weekend, you know, so you have a long weekend, people.

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A long weekend of fun.

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I'll probably go to the inside of that boat.

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Trudy Nixon and Reggie Oliver

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prepare to compete in one of the island's

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most gruelling swimming races.

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Looking at the distance from the shore out to Scilly Cay,

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it's a bit daunting.

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And the National Trust travels to Prickly Pear Island

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to give three Lesser Antillean iguanas a new home.

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I think he's saying thank you for releasing me.

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SHE LAUGHS

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# Welcome to Anguilla

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-# My beautiful island...

-#

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Come on down to Anguilla, summer's soon here, you know?

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Wow, I tell you, you've got to shake your leg to this music.

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'Ai, ai, ai, shake a leg!

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'OK, not too much. Don't fall down, for sure.'

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It's the week before Easter on Anguilla

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and at St Mary's Church in the capital, The Valley,

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major renovations are underway

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to coincide with the big Sunday service. Overseeing the repairs

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is the head of the Anglican diocese of the Eastern Caribbean,

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born and bred Anguillian, Bishop Errol Brooks.

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If you look here you will see how...

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..this is all rotted.

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So, we've got to change... all the windows and doors.

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Luis Pedraza has travelled 1,000 miles from Miami

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to install 12 new stained-glass windows,

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specially commissioned by the bishop and paid for by the congregation,

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they're reinforced with storm-proof glass

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to withstand hurricane season.

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I made commitments to the congregation.

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That they've got them in place for Easter

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and I think they're going to hold me to it.

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So, I'm glad again that our friend is here.

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HE LAUGHS

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Most Anguillians enjoy the natural beauty of their island,

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especially the clear, blue waters that surround them.

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Hi!

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Hello, ladies!

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I'll see you soon.

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Like many islanders, Dr Linda Banks rarely misses the chance

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to cool off at the water's edge.

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We have a tradition in Anguilla of going to take a sea bath.

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It's so amazing to start the day

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or end the day at the beach in the water

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feeling your body embraced and massaged.

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All the beaches are free.

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You can come whenever you want.

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The land is free, the sea free, the air free,

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this is the epitome of paradise.

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Another resident who enjoys the tranquillity of the white sands

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and crystal-blue water is Wiltshire-born Trudy Nixon.

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I love going for a walk on this beach

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because I get to go past all these incredible villas

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and this one behind me rents out for 250,000 US dollars in season

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and I get to walk my dog past this villa every day if I want to.

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Trudy moved to Anguilla from the UK 15 years ago.

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Coming to live in Anguilla was a bit like moving back to my village

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where my mum and dad live in Poulshot in Wiltshire

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because, kind of, people know who you are here

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and from the moment you step onto this island, you're somebody.

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People say, "hi". People say, "good morning", "good afternoon",

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"good evening" to you.

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Most of Trudy's time

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is spent editing one of the island's magazines

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but any spare moments are devoted to her real passion.

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This is where I work and where I've obviously written

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my soon-to-be fourth upcoming bestseller.

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It's a kind of Caribbean -

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dare I say it - bonkbuster.

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If I could be the Jilly Cooper of the Caribbean, I'd be so happy,

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I love Jilly.

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-I love her.

-SHE GIGGLES

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Always one to participate in community life,

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Trudy has decided to take part

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in the Festival Del Mar swimming challenge in Island Harbour,

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a fishing village at the east end of Anguilla.

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I probably won't wear a bikini but I do have some.

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SHE LAUGHS

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I could distract them - all the other swimmers -

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with my womanly charms and then, maybe...

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SHE LAUGHS

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This is quite a good one.

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It's a little bit big for me now, so this is kind of practical.

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It's kind of quite... Actually, I don't like it.

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SHE LAUGHS

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The race is a relay.

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So, today, Trudy's meeting up

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with her tournament partner, Reggie Oliver.

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I think we have to discuss tactics,

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we have to decide who's going to do which leg,

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who's going to start and who's going to finish.

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We know each other very well

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but we haven't ever swam in a race together before.

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Hi, Reggie!

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SHE GIGGLES

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-I'll probably go to the inside of that boat.

-Yep...

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The contest will cover a distance of two miles

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between the village of Island Harbour

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and Scilly Cay, just outside the bay.

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It's always going to be a current,

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sometimes it's heavier than other times.

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Right, yeah. I'm going to use that current.

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You're going to use that current

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by going into the current and then coming...

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The current is going to help you in the last part of the race coming in.

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OK. I think I'm going to need every little bit of help I can get!

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THEY LAUGH

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I know! I need every little help I can get, too.

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I'm scared, Reggie!

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Actually standing here and looking at the distance

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from the shore out to Scilly Cay, it's a bit daunting.

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I kind of thought I could do it,

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but it is...it's quite a long way!

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Reggie says we'll be fine, so I'm sure we'll be fine.

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The seas and reefs around Anguilla

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are under the protection of the National Trust,

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which monitors the island's flora and fauna.

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Based at its headquarters in the centre of the island

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is Executive Director Farah Mukhida.

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Anguilla has its mainland,

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and then it has quite a few outside cays.

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And it's actually on these cays that a lot of Anguilla's biodiversity...

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So, the species and everything that makes it really special

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in terms of its nature are actually found on these cays.

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Animals that have been rescued are brought here

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to the sanctuary to be nursed back to health.

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It's lunchtime, and team member and native Anguillian Jan

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is encouraging the underweight guests to eat up.

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This is prickly pear.

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He can be very, very picky.

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You're going to see him soon,

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but his name is Blue and he's one of the pickiest that we have.

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Hi, Bluey, such a good boy. Hm?

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This is Blue, a Lesser Antillean iguana

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and one of the rarest native reptiles on Anguilla.

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The scales are actually blue... Are like a turquoise blue along here.

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He's such a beautiful little thing.

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The Lesser Antillean iguana

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has been on the island for thousands of years,

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but, recently, the population numbers have been dwindling,

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and that's because of another more aggressive species of iguana

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that's recently washed up on Anguillian shores.

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This is the invasive green iguana.

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So, you notice the difference between them, though?

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It's a little more scary, I find.

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So, in 1995, we were hit, our Anguilla was hit

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with a Category Four storm, Hurricane Lewis,

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and this green iguana...

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sort of washed up on one of the beaches.

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And it just sort of pushed the Lesser Antillean iguana

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into a little portion of the island.

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He's more aggressive than Blue.

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Blue's kind of used to being handled.

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We have to come here, both morning and afternoon, to actually feed him,

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to make sure that he gets enough to sustain him

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and to gain some weight and stuff.

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Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum.

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Blue is not the only Lesser Antillean iguana

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who had to be rescued.

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He shares his living quarters with two others, Tina Turner...

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She's almost like a diva, she has a lot of attitude and...

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SHE LAUGHS

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..that type of thing!

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..and Ugly.

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When we got him out of the wild, his face was just peeling.

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SHE LAUGHS

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But he's a sweetheart, though.

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He's, well...

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I call them all sweethearts!

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Once Jan and her team have nursed them back to health,

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they will release them on to in uninhabited cay off the main island,

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free from the aggressive green impostors

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who threaten the species' future.

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As one of four British Overseas Territories in the Caribbean,

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Anguilla gets regular visits from passing Royal Navy vessels,

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out on exercise or patrol in the Caribbean Seas.

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'We have the HMS Mersey in Anguillan waters on a formal routine visit.'

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From today until Saturday. Wow, look out for the Navy ship, boy!

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'HMS Mersey is in Anguillan waters.'

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Today the crew of the Navy vessel

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is reporting to the Queen's representative on the island,

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Governor Christina Scott.

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Pleased to meet you, welcome to Anguilla.

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Hello, hi. Nice to see you. Hello, sir, how are you?

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-Good to see you again. Come on through.

-Great, thank you.

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So, what are your key priorities for the visit, then?

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Well, I'm at your disposal, ma'am.

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It really stood out for me when we saw the list of officers coming,

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just how many female officers you had,

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so we thought it would be a good opportunity for you

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to have a conversation with some young women

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and inspire them to take on roles

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they might not traditionally think of going into.

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Predominantly, it's 10%, normally,

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of any crew that happens to be female,

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but HMS Mersey has 25% of the ship's company is female,

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across all ranks and rates.

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A quarter of the ship's company are female.

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It struck us as a good opportunity

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to include some women's groups on the island

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and to provide inspiration, for some of our young girls.

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-Thank you very much.

-Thank you very much.

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-Welcome to Anguilla.

-Thank you.

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If my diary allows,

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I will try and join them

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and gather the courage to walk up the metal ladder

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up the side of the ship to get there.

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Yes, that's one I'm willing to try.

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'It's Easter weekend, you know?

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'So you have a long weekend, people. A long weekend of fun!

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'And don't forget, you know,'

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Easter Sunday service at St Mary's in The Valley

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will be at eight o'clock,

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'Easter Day, at St Mary's.'

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At St Mary's Anglican Church in The Valley,

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it's all hands to the pump as the team from Miami

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and locals continue to install the new stained-glass windows.

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They only have two days left

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until the bishop's Easter Sunday Service.

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We decided that we'd put the national symbols

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in the stained glass.

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This is the turtledove, our national bird.

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-This is the...

-Butterfly.

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-We tried to capture the colours.

-Yeah.

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As church lay reader and chalice bearer,

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Dr Linda Banks is also monitoring the progress of the windows closely.

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Amazing. It will give our church a real lift,

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and then the symbols, you know, the boats and all of that,

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the Anguillan symbols, amazing.

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The question is, are they going to be ready for Easter?

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I don't think so. The bishop said he could do it

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but we're all worried he won't hit that deadline

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in time for Sunday.

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While the bishop keeps a watchful eye on his renovations,

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duties around the parish continue.

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Today, they fall to Father Menes Hodge.

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You know, the Anglican Church here in Anguilla,

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some of the members are either ill

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or are physically unable to

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make the service.

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And we do not neglect them.

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When they can come, we're delighted to have them,

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when they can't come, we go to them.

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They realise that they're not being forgotten.

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Anguilla's warm climate and relaxed way of life

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seems to favour longevity, so, today, Father Hodge

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is visiting one of the island's oldest residents -

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99-year-old Welsh-speaker Margaret Jones,

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mother of the island's dentist, John Jones.

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IN WELSH:

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What are you doing now, John?

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Well, making a mess of this, actually.

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Margaret moved to Anguilla from Wales three years ago

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to live with her son, who insists she spends her twilight years

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away from the cold of her native Anglesey.

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You'll get up one morning and you'll say to yourself,

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"Oh, God, not another lovely day!"

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Because it's always lovely here.

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Hello? Good to see you! How are you today?

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I am very well, thank you, yes. Very well.

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At 99 years of age,

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sometimes Margaret doesn't manage to muster up the strength

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to attend Sunday service.

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The fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all,

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for now and forever more. Amen!

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I hope you will be able to get out to St Mary's on Sunday.

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Well, I haven't had my hair done nor nothing.

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I'll arrange to have a nice hairdo.

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THEY CHUCKLE

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I believe she would very much like

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to attend the service on Easter Sunday.

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We may see her or we may not, depends upon how she feels.

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One mile off Sandy Ground,

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HMS Mersey is expecting some special guests.

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Morning!

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Good!

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Governor to Anguilla Christina Scott

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is joining members of the Church on board the naval ship.

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-How are your sea legs?

-This is the bridge.

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This is where we drive the ship.

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This is where the captain sits.

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And this is where they work out

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if we're going in the right direction.

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Anybody else want a go at sitting in the chair? Have your photo taken?

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ALL LAUGH

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I'll put this round to keep you safe,

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because the ship will be moving.

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This one on, and lift up,

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and it's locked again.

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I think that was a fun visit.

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I think the young girls on the tour enjoyed themselves.

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They were a little bit shy

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and a little quieter than I've seen them previously,

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but I take from that that they were slightly impressed

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with what they were seeing,

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and I'm really grateful to the crew of HMS Mersey

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for taking the time today and being so generous to show us all around.

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The governor isn't the only person

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who's been invited for a visit on board.

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I don't know how good my sea legs are.

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Bishop Brooks is joining the captain and senior officers for brunch,

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but first, a few words of thanks.

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We humbly pray that you bless our sovereign lady, Queen Elizabeth,

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and all who serve in authority under her.

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That all things being ordered in wisdom, righteousness and peace,

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to the honour and glory of your name and the good of all people.

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We wish you the best.

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Thank you, Bishop, most kind.

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-Thank you, sir.

-I think it's time we eat.

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Now, time for the bishop to tuck into some traditional British fare.

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-Thank you.

-Today we're having what's called "brunch",

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and it has all the things that probably aren't very good for you,

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with the bacon, and the sausage, and the black pudding and the eggs.

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As a small thank you for you coming on board, I thought it appropriate

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-to give you a small slice of England.

-Ah, baked beans.

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-I've got some.

-And this is black pudding.

-That's a lot of food.

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We may be here a while trying to eat all this!

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Definitely.

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This Anguillan boy...

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having marmalade...!

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THEY CHUCKLE

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English food is rather bland, if I could say that,

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in comparison to what we do in the West Indies,

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but I was able to get some Earl Grey

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and marmalade, and that was good.

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Six miles to the north-west lie the Prickly Pear Cays,

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named after the indigenous plant much beloved by local wildlife.

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Today, Prickly Pear East is playing host to three new arrivals.

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That's Tina Turner.

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This is Blue.

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Jan and the National Trust team

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are releasing the three Lesser Antillean iguanas

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that they've been nursing back to health for nearly a year.

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The purpose for putting them in pillowcases

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is just they tend to calm down

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when they're in sort of like darkness.

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I just started moving him so now he knows he's being moved

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and he's started to wiggle around a little bit.

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With no aggressive iguana species on this deserted island

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to scare them off, Jan and colleague Farah

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are hoping these Lesser Antilleans will thrive

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in the safety of their new surroundings.

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This one we call Tina and this is Ugly.

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So, it's a male and it's a female,

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so we're actually going to release them together

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and then they can decide on their own

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whether they want to stay together

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or if they want to find their own way.

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We're going to play matchmaker here

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by releasing the two of them in the same tree,

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hoping that they stay together.

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She looks happy.

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He's like, "Yay, freedom!"

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So, that was Tina Turner that we just released.

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This is Ugly.

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There you go.

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Ouch. It's OK, babes. You got him? Got his back legs?

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-Mm-hm.

-All right.

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All right. It's OK.

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OK, I'm putting him on this one, here.

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Oh, wow. Look at him.

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Over the past few years, the National Trust

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has released 11 Lesser Antillean iguanas back into the wild

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on Prickly Pear.

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Now, Blue and his two chums

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take the total up to 14.

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I can't believe it.

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He's just ready to go!

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All right, here we go.

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My heart is beating. Literally!

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All right, Bluey.

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See you.

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Good luck.

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SHE CLAPS EXCITEDLY

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I think he's saying, "Thank you for releasing me."

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So, ideally, this is like a fresh start for the species.

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So, ideally, all of these iguanas

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would find their mate and start to breed

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and the population grows.

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We would love for them to have babies.

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We would love for them to start a family.

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And build the population.

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-Yeah.

-And build the population. That's the goal.

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Back on a windswept mainland,

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it's the day of the Festival Del Mar swimming competition.

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And at Island Harbour, Trudy Nixon is squaring up to the opposition.

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This is my big competition.

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Come with me.

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This is what I'm swimming against.

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Yeah.

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One of them is called Andre

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and he's like this mega-athlete

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who does kite surfing and personal training

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and is about 6'8".

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I am feeling a bit nervous,

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to be honest, about the race.

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Not so much the distance now. I think I'm OK with that.

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But the conditions are very choppy and windy today.

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Maybe I might have one of Gorgeous's very famous,

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delicious Scilly Cay rum punches

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just to give me a little bit of energy in the water.

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I think this will do me good.

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I'll be drunk by the time I get in the water.

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You will! You can have another one when you get to the other side.

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-I hope so.

-Just have them take it over in the boat for you.

-I hope so!

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Trudy's racing partner, American-born Reggie Oliver,

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is limbering up for the race in his own unique style.

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Trudy hasn't swam competition.

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So, the first competition you have to be careful

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because you're competing and that's in your head.

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This first time for her. I don't want her to get hung up

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in too much competition, you know? Just get it done, you know?

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And if we pass some of the young ones, you know,

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we'll boast all year. We may beat one of them.

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Some of these young guys look a little out of shape.

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I don't know!

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With the swimmers all fired up at the starting line, the race begins.

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KLAXON BLARES

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It's not the greatest of starts for Reggie

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and it looks like Trudy will have her work cut out

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if she wants to be in the running for a medal.

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By the time he reaches Scilly Cay,

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Reggie's third from last.

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Now, it's up to Trudy to make up the lost ground.

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In Anguilla, racing wasn't part of their culture,

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but the ocean is very much part of their culture.

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So, all these young men could fish and dive 25, 30, 75 feet

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without tanks and catch conches. So, they're great swimmers.

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But with the relentless current working against them,

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Trudy and Reggie's chances for a podium finish are fading fast.

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Her swimming nemesis Andre makes it across the bay in no time at all

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as one after the other, the competitors finish the race.

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And following several lengths behind,

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Trudy finally conquers the currents

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and makes it back to Island Harbour.

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Perhaps not in record time, but at least in one piece.

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Well, I finished.

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I don't know if I finished

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particularly high up in the field but I finished.

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You have got to be in it to win it

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and I can now say, genuinely,

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that I have competed in the Festival Del Mar swimming race

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and survived - just about!

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'Anguilla, time...! Anguilla, time for some relief,

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'it's Easter Sunday.'

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Lots of fun, and of course, make sure you go to church for Easter.

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'That would be so nice. All right?'

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IN WELSH:

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I've locked that door.

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DRUMMING

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At St Mary's in The Valley,

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after considerable toil,

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and without a moment to spare,

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the new stained-glass windows are finally in place,

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much to the delight of Bishop Brooks.

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Yes!

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It's good, it's beautiful.

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It's amazing. I've kept my word.

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I told them that it would be ready for Easter Day.

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Beautiful.

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Beautiful, beautiful.

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Good morning...

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..and welcome to this Easter celebration.

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Today, we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Easter is sometimes referred to as the Queen of Festivals

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and we here in Anguilla, we celebrate Easter in a grand way.

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We try to bring the community together,

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people from all walks of life fostering the community spirit.

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At another time,

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a special service will be arranged

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for the dedication of the windows and doors.

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We said we would do it for Easter Day, didn't we?

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Right, and we did it!

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APPLAUSE

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I don't think there is stained glass that looks like this

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anywhere in the world, you know?

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And we're really proud to have that as part of our church.

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It's so special to have the windows on display.

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Really beautiful, capturing so many of the national symbols of Anguilla

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in beautiful stained glass. Really, a beautiful way to celebrate Easter.

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They make the church more...

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..lively.

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Among the congregation, we were delighted to see

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Margaret Jones out with us.

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She's full of life still, you know?

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She seems as though she likes to be in the company with people.

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I enjoyed myself.

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I liked the service.

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It was nice.

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She'd stay in there now if it was still going on.

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-Happy Easter!

-Happy Easter!

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In the days to come...

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..the National Trust and Fisheries Department join forces

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to give the island's schoolchildren a unique experience.

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It can be a little chaotic with little hands screaming, "Me!"

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But they completely love it.

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And islanders gather at Trudy Nixon's house

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for a very special celebration.

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If we could all raise our glasses

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and wish our glorious Queen Elizabeth

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a happy 90th birthday.

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The second episode visits Anguilla, a British Overseas Territory in the Eastern Caribbean.

It's Easter and Bishop Brooks is overseeing renovations at St Mary's Anglican church. He has commissioned some new hurricane-proof stained glass windows, but with just days to go it's a race to get them in before the all-important service.

Friends Reggie Oliver and Trudy Nixon are battling the waves in the annual Festival del Mar swimming competition, and the National Trust pay a visit to the Prickly Pear Cays to release some endangered native iguanas.