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The Mouse That Roared

Following the parish calendar on the island of Anguilla. The 49th Anguilla Day kicks off with the biggest boat race of the season.


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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!

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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 mean, I've been here 23 years,

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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, low taxes,

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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

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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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It's wonderful to see so many of you out this afternoon.

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It's great to see such a gathering, so give yourselves a hand for coming.

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..islanders don their national colours to celebrate

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the most important date in the calendar - Anguilla Day.

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We're proud of where we come from,

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49 years ago. And we're proud that Britain has been

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by our side through it all.

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HORNS BLARE

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The Anguilla Day Round The Island Boat Race stokes local rivalries.

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Yeah, I'll be cheering for the Real Deal on Monday.

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And I'll be cheering for the Sonic on Monday.

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HE LAUGHS

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And I will beat him on Monday.

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And author Trudy Nixon steadies her nerves for a reading

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at Anguilla's literary festival.

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It's going to be a full house,

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which, I think, is what is giving me the, kind of, heebie-jeebies.

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# Anguilla star

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# How I long for you

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# I will never be far

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-# My Anguilla star...

-#

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-RADIO DJ:

-Anguillans near and far, you've got to come home for Anguilla Day.

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Yes, something a lot of folks dream about, Anguilla Day,

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that's a day they look forward to.

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Anguilla Day, 2016.

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Just a couple of days away.

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HE LAUGHS

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As part of the forthcoming Anguilla Day's celebrations,

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a special service will be held in St Mary's Church In The Valley

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in a few days' time.

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"I give you a new commandment.

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"Just as I have loved you, you also shall love one another."

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Leading the act of worship

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will be the head of the Anglican diocese, Bishop Errol Brooks.

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On the 30th of May we're having an ecumenical service

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to mark the 49th anniversary

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of the Anguilla revolution,

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which we call Anguilla Day.

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In 1967, the people of Anguilla

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decided to take their destiny into their own hands.

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It's extremely important, because it's a vital part of our history.

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So every year we have this ecumenical service

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along with a number of other activities

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to mark this historic event.

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It's not just Bishop Brooks who values the significance

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of Anguilla Day.

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-Hello!

-APPLAUSE

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Now, you can call me Doctor Banks,

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or you can call me Sunshine Lady,

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or you can call me teacher Linda.

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-Which name do you prefer to call me?

-ALL:

-Sunshine Lady!

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OK, that's what I am for the day, Sunshine Lady.

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At the local library in the capital, The Valley,

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Dr Linda Banks is teaching schoolchildren

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about the Anguillan revolution.

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What do you know about the revolution?

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About St Kitts and Nevis.

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-About St Kitts and Nevis.

-Yeah.

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In 1825, a union was formed between Anguilla

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and its neighbouring islands of St Kitts and Nevis,

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who governed the island.

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After World War II, as other British Caribbean colonies

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strove for independence,

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Anguillans became unhappy they were not getting

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their fair share of resources.

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And they had electricity and we didn't.

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-Uh-huh!

-And we had less of the money.

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Right. So, they had lots of things that we didn't have.

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Would you be happy with that?

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-ALL:

-No!

-No.

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How do you think Anguillans felt?

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-Mistreated.

-They felt mistreated.

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Anguillans were upset.

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On May 30th 1967, they took up arms.

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No-one was killed, but they forced the St Kitts police off the island.

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Suddenly we heard...

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SHE MIMICS GUNFIRE

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Our eyes started burning.

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There was something called tear gas.

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People were crying.

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People didn't know what to do.

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And that was the beginning of the revolution.

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Two years later, 135 British paratroopers

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arrived on the Anguilla to restore order.

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And Anguillans were at the airport, and they said,

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"God save the Queen!"

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We are glad that England finally came to rescue us.

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The following year, peace was restored.

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And in 1980, Anguilla was given full autonomy from St Kitts and Nevis,

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to become a British Overseas Territory.

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When the British came they built roads,

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they ran wire to get electricity.

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So, it's a lot different now.

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You have a lot to be thankful for.

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'Our children need to know that what they have today

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'was done by the blood, sweat and tears of their forefathers.'

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It's important for them to understand that, you know,

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the Anguilla we have today, just 50 years ago it was very different.

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What year was the revolution?

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-ALL:

-1967.

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Very good. Give yourselves a round of applause.

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-Hip hip hip.

-ALL:

-Hooray!

-Hip hip hip.

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-Hooray!

-Hip hip hip.

-Hooray!

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I was 16 years at that time,

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and we saw the helicopters landing

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and we were so excited about this thing.

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Seeing the eagles being parachuted.

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Men jumping from aircraft and all kind of things.

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A lot of action in a place that was normally quiet.

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The impression, I believe, that was given at the time

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was that Anguilla was definitely in chaos

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and therefore they were going to have to do something about it.

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But...

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you know, when they came, not a shot was fired.

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It was a peaceful invasion.

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Today, the bishop has another matter to deal with

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that is close to islanders' hearts.

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The launch of a boat at Crocus Bay.

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Friends, today we gather to bless this boat and this pier,

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and those who will use it for work or pleasure.

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Protect them from the dangers, the wind and rain...

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The sea plays such a vital role in island life

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that all vessels are commemorated to bring good luck.

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And so may God's blessings

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rest and abide

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on Bateau Godot and this pier, this day and always.

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Amen.

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Anguilla's seafaring legacy dates back several centuries.

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With little fertile soil,

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islanders had to venture to larger neighbouring islands

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like the Dominican Republic to work,

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and also to bring back vital provisions.

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Centuries of intrepid seafaring have led

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not only to a mastery of sailing,

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but also of boat building, a tradition kept alive today

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by David Carty.

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In an island like Anguilla,

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boats have always been absolutely important.

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It's been a long history

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of trying to make ends meet

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by using the sea to trade,

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to build boats, to smuggle, and to fish.

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And that evolved over just over a century

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into a passion for boat racing.

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Because the smugglers raced between themselves,

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the fishermen raced between themselves,

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and then when a real economy started in Anguilla with tourism, etc,

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that's just formalised into a formal sport,

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which is now the national sport.

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Today, David and his son Damian's main business

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is making high-end motorboats.

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My elder son Damian has, from a very early age,

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being passionate about what I've done.

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At the age of two,

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passing me nails while I was

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getting the epoxy glues and the planks all together.

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And that was a very special moment for me.

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I've never forgotten that.

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As well as motorboat building, their passion, like most Anguillans,

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is sailboat racing.

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And no prize is more coveted

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than the annual Anguilla Day Boat Race trophy.

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THEY SHOUT

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Traditional handmade wooden sailboats from each district

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will compete in the race, that circumnavigates the entire island.

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And today, Sonic, the boat representing

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the village of Sandy Ground,

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is undergoing final technical tweaks.

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When I say sonic...

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You say boom.

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-ALL:

-Sonic boom.

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We just put her in the water,

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and now we're going to put the lead in, the ballast.

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All these pieces are going to go in.

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Damian is Sonic's master tactician.

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We think that this is the secret here. That, um...

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I can't tell you how much pounds it is, all together, but we know.

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And it's strategic points.

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You just can't put any old piece any old where.

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It has to go in certain pockets, certain places,

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for the boat to sit the way we think it needs to sit.

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And that is one of the secrets to success.

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HE LAUGHS

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This is one of the reasons why we'll beat the Real Deal.

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HE LAUGHS

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Sonic's biggest rival is the Real Deal,

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which represents North Hill,

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and has the backing of Damian's father David.

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Yeah, I'll be cheering for the Real Deal on Monday.

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And I'll be cheering for the Sonic on Monday.

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HE LAUGHS

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And I will beat him on Monday.

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Even if I come last, second to last, and he comes last, sorry,

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I'll still beat him.

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We always get along well, and we have bragging right between us.

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You know, when he beats me I never hear the end of it

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until the following race and vice versa,

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when I get my chance I let him know too, I rub it in.

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So, it's good, it's a good rivalry between the two of us.

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It's fun.

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He's my son but that doesn't mean he has to be smart like me.

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-You know?

-Can you imagine this?

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He could be stupid.

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THEY LAUGH

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"The girls climbed out of the car and gazed at the view.

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"A white bay stretched in front of them,

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"and Charlie thought she had never seen so many different colours

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"in one landscape before."

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Five miles away, budding author Trudi Nixon,

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originally from Poulshot in Wiltshire,

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is reading an extract from her first, as yet unpublished, novel

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to her best friends, fellow expat Sue

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and her husband Alan Ruan.

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"I would have been bored otherwise.

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"Mind you..." Whoops.

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"I can't be bored listening to this music."

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-Where's the racy bits in it?

-THEY LAUGH

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How do you know there are racy bits?

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I know how your mind works.

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THEY LAUGH

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Trudi is practising for the most important literary event

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in the Anguillan calendar,

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Lit Fest, which she's co-organising.

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"These words are not just random words,

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"running helter-skelter on the page of life." Hmm.

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Dr Linda Banks will be one of the experienced guest speakers

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at the event.

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Yeah, it'll be the first time with such a diverse audience,

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people coming from around the world, people who are poets,

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people who are writers, people who are editors,

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people who are looking to publish, you know.

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We're looking for new authors.

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It's an intimidating prospect for debut novelist

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and first-time speaker Trudi.

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"Diva had never been so big, so hard to read, or as...

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"implac..." "Im..." "Im..."

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Ah, I can't say that word!

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SHE LAUGHS

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I can't say it.

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"Implacably."

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I'm absolutely petrified, to be honest.

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It's kind of looming. I'm looking forward to the Lit Fest, but...

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And I know this is great for me and I have to do this,

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but these are my words and I can't actually seem to spit them out.

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SHE LAUGHS

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Feeling slightly overwhelmed...

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Hello, Mummy Chicken. Hello, Daddy.

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..Trudi calls back home for some moral support.

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-ON SCREEN:

-I've got loads of confidence in you, honestly.

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You'll make a super, super job of it. I know that.

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-Oh. Thank you.

-All right.

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Thank you, Mummy and Daddy!

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They're always so good!

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Didn't you see how good they were?

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Oh, bless them.

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-# Sail your boat comes in

-Sail it...

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# Sail your boat comes in... #

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-RADIO DJ:

-That's Anguilla Time with Sail Your Boat, and of course,

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those boats will be sailing RIGHT for Anguilla Day

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and the Round The Island Boat Race.

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Boy, we love boat race.

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INDISTINCT SHOUTING

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People from all four corners of the island are celebrating

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the 49th anniversary of Anguilla's liberation

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from neighbouring islands of St Kitts and Nevis.

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Down on Sandy Ground,

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14 sailing boats from around the island are at the starting line

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as people position themselves on hilltops and beaches

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to cheer on their local team

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for the 35th annual Around The Island Boat Race.

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Damian and his father David get ready for the biggest day in the

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-sailing calendar.

-We've got 14 boats out, that's the whole...

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That's the whole fleet.

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HOOTER

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CHEERING

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The race gets off to a flying start,

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and keeping a close eye on the action

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is the Royal Anguilla Police Force,

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led by Acting Sgt Charles Richards.

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Come in base, this is Gold Command.

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Some of these guys, on the vessel, about 90% of them can swim.

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The other 10,

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they might be in a position to swim but not a strong swimmer.

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Those are the guys that we have to try and get out the water first.

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On the south side of the island, Sonic's tactician Damian

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is tracking the progress of his team's boat closely.

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Here comes the boats right now and the Real Deal looks like

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it's still in the lead, but the Sonic is right there.

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It's within striking distance, easy.

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Easy striking distance.

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Sonic and the Real Deal are naturally rubbing

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for first and second, so hopefully when I pass by here

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it'll still be close and going around the land

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it still will be close, so it will be a good fight coming up.

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I'm betting on the Sonic, all day, every day. That's my boat.

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Damian's hoping his father's boat, the Real Deal, won't hold

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on to its first-place position for long.

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He was a little bit more confident earlier during the race, now he

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seems to have simmered down somewhat

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and he's kind of taking it easy and quiet again. So we'll see.

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It's a long race, so anything can happen between now and then.

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Damian decides to hit the water to follow the rest of the race up-close

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with other members of the Sonic support team.

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At Blowing Point Harbour on the south of the island,

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Trudi Nixon is welcoming international authors,

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editors and publishers who are arriving from neighbouring St Martin

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for Anguilla's literary festival.

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THEY SHRIEK

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Also greeting the visitors are Lit Fest committee members

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Reggie Oliver and his wife Stephanie.

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-Everybody's here.

-Everybody's here.

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Got here safely.

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With an island like this it's always your prayer that people arrive

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safely, you know?

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They had a good time, they feel the vibe already.

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One already said to me, "It's beautiful, it's lovely.

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"I'm never going to leave." And they just got here.

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This year's event is being held at Paradise Cove

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on the south of the island.

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And the phone rings and I thought it was my friend.

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"Yo, hello..."

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LAUGHTER Jamaican writer Colin Channer warms up the crowd.

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"Hello, may I speak to Colin, please?"

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-"Hold on, let me get him, hold on."

-LAUGHTER

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And next,

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local writer Linda Banks takes to the podium.

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"Waves pounding on the shore, pushing forward, then pulling backward.

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"Having a tumultuous love affair with the sands.

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"Loving her then leaving her,

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"knowing that she will be there waiting patiently for his return."

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So, women, embrace your power.

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You might seem passive but they must come back.

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For Trudi Nixon,

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Lit Fest presents an unmissable opportunity to get her debut novel

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in front of agents.

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Hi, Johanna.

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Trudi's pitching her manuscript to American publisher Johanna Ingalls.

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My book is called Life Needs The Caribbean.

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Two very different Englishwomen arrive on a tiny Caribbean island.

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Back home, both confronting bleak futures,

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both women realise that their time in the Caribbean might ultimately

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help them figure out what they need to do to make their lives happy.

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-I'd nearly gone...

-There's nothing I would change about that.

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I swear, I'm being dead honest.

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So can I send it to you?

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Of course. And I will give honest feedback.

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I'm so looking forward to reading it.

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-Thanks.

-I really am. Thank you.

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"Three days later,

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"when the driver produced the reasons for the delay Nathanial did

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-"not bother listening. He was learning slowly, but he

-was

-learning."

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Thank you.

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I mean, that was great. It was better than I could really have expected.

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She liked my queries, she said it was perfect, actually,

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and that it was ready to go and for me to just have confidence and send it out.

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It was amazing.

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It's a promising start for Trudi,

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but soon she faces an even bigger challenge -

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a live reading from her novel to an international audience of published

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authors and critics.

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It's a full house, which is, I think,

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what is giving me the heebie-jeebies.

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Back on the water at the Anguilla Day Boat Race...

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..Damian Carty and the Sonic support team are willing the boat on,

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despite trailing behind archrival the Real Deal.

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We're about to go round the last marker.

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Once you round this marker, it's straight to Sandy Ground

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and then that's the first boat, first boat in, first boat wins.

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Simple as that. See the red flag in the water?

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They've got to round that and come up.

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He's going the wrong way.

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What are they doing? Have they gone the wrong way?

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With the backing of his sailors,

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Sonic captain Eddie Hughes decides to pull off an audacious move...

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He's gone round a way that normally doesn't happen.

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Shimmying past the last marker and capturing the lead.

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Back on dry land, at St Mary's Anglican Church in the Valley,

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parishioners and local dignitaries are gathering for a special service

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held by Bishop Brooks to commemorate Anguilla Day.

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We thank you for our political leaders who, through these 49 years,

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have brought us to this time in our history.

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Help us, Father, to work together for the common good and to build on

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the successes of the past.

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That our island home will grow from strength to strength.

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ALL: God bless, Anguilla.

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If you will look inside you will see many of the persons in the

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congregation wearing the orange, white and blue,

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those are the national colours.

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The orange stands for the sunshine, the white - white sandy beaches,

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and the blue the turquoise waters surrounding Anguilla.

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OK, here we go.

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I have

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a little corsage on my...

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Depicting the colours orange, white and blue.

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It's wonderful to see so many of you out this afternoon.

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It's great to see such a gathering,

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so give yourselves a hand for coming.

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Oh, it was a perfect day and people were out in their numbers with the

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Anguilla colours.

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It was really a beautiful spectacle.

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49 years ago we didn't have running water, we didn't have electricity,

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we didn't have proper schools, so we have come a long way.

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We're proud of where we've come from 49 years ago and we're proud that

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Britain has been at our side, by our side, through it all.

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All right.

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At Paradise Cove, the literary festival is in full swing...

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I once met an English poet.

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A West Indian, you understand.

0:22:510:22:54

One of those always exclaiming how we take over the motherland.

0:22:540:22:58

With Trinidadian-born author Paul Keens-Douglas

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charming a captivated audience.

0:23:010:23:03

That man started talking language like he worked in the BBC.

0:23:030:23:06

Or he head of the English Department at the university.

0:23:080:23:11

For Reggie Oliver it's been an inspiring few days.

0:23:130:23:17

Lit Fest was wonderful.

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People have been lit up, they've been so excited.

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The writers, almost everybody who came, had a special feeling for it,

0:23:220:23:25

so probably one of the best ones that happens.

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It's been very, very exciting and very important for the country.

0:23:280:23:32

With Lit Fest coming to an end,

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there are just a few guest speakers left to take the stage.

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It's almost time for Trudi Nixon to read a passage from her

0:23:370:23:40

as-yet unpublished novel.

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Of course it's very timely that I bring on now one of the architects

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of the Lit Fest, Trudi, Trudi,

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Trudi Nixon.

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Good morning, everybody.

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The Lit Fest inspired me and continues to inspire me,

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to the point where I've actually written a novel.

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The book is called Life Needs The Caribbean.

0:24:040:24:08

47-year-old hairdresser Tracey comes to paradise expecting the worst,

0:24:080:24:13

when she throws herself into a holiday romance with a sexy local fisherman.

0:24:130:24:19

A terrible miscommunication sends...

0:24:190:24:22

It's a slow start for Trudi.

0:24:220:24:24

"She didn't seem to be worried about her modesty at all.

0:24:240:24:27

"She was far too absorbed in her man,

0:24:270:24:29

"who didn't appear to mind that his girlfriend was far more enthusiastic

0:24:290:24:33

"than skilled on the dance floor."

0:24:330:24:35

But the audience seems to be on her side.

0:24:350:24:37

"..She's certainly thrown herself into island life."

0:24:390:24:42

And by the end of the reading they're completely won over.

0:24:420:24:46

"Tracey's tan faded quickly,

0:24:460:24:48

"despite coming back to what was called summer in England.

0:24:480:24:52

"And she missed her golden brown skin and she knew she didn't look

0:24:520:24:55

"like that woman she'd been on the island,

0:24:550:24:58

"the one had that floated so contentedly on the sea for hours and hours and

0:24:580:25:01

"thought great big interesting thoughts,

0:25:010:25:04

"a woman that danced a lot and didn't mind who watched her,

0:25:040:25:07

"a woman that was totally at home in her body despite her size,

0:25:070:25:10

"because she knew she was beautiful."

0:25:100:25:12

I'm all over-excited!

0:25:220:25:25

'If you can leave an audience laughing, then you've done very well.'

0:25:250:25:29

I had some people coming up to me afterwards saying,

0:25:290:25:31

"Oh, where can we buy the book?"

0:25:310:25:34

I said, "You can't buy it yet."

0:25:340:25:37

'Let's hope it's a bestseller.'

0:25:370:25:39

You'll be in the dedication at the front.

0:25:390:25:44

'We are so, so proud of you. We really mean it, we really are.'

0:25:440:25:48

Oh, the highs, the lows of an international career in novel writing(!)

0:25:480:25:53

What do you think, puppies? Is Mummy going to be an international publishing star?

0:25:550:26:00

Two miles away at Sandy Ground harbour,

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the crowds have gathered to watch the closing stages of the

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Anguilla Day Boat Race. With victory in its sights,

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Sonic is past the last buoy and battling to hold on to its lead

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ahead of closest rival, the Real Deal.

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We've got a good 100 feet on her. That's good enough.

0:26:220:26:24

So we're going to skim this point now and then we're going to be right

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in the centre. The result would still be the same, one winner - Sonic.

0:26:270:26:32

There are two chequered flags up here that we have to go through and

0:26:320:26:35

then that's it, we win.

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Yes!

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Yeah!

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Sonic is first across the finish line and wins the 35th annual

0:26:410:26:45

Anguilla Day Boat Race.

0:26:450:26:47

I'm very happy. We've got to celebrate.

0:26:470:26:50

Damian's beaten his father's boat and archrival the Real Deal.

0:26:500:26:54

And most importantly, won today's bragging rights.

0:26:540:26:58

My dad congratulated me on my win.

0:26:580:27:00

I beat him, he got third, I got first.

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He beat me and he beat me really badly.

0:27:040:27:07

The Sonic won a very convincing race and the Real Deal lost.

0:27:070:27:11

I don't know if he cheated, I don't think so.

0:27:110:27:14

I think she had a problem going around one of the sticks and lost

0:27:150:27:19

some ground and there it is, lost the race.

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So the rivalry continues.

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-ALL:

-BOOM, SONIC BOOM!

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For the crew of Sonic and their captain, Eddy Hughes,

0:27:300:27:33

all that remains to be done is enjoy the spoils of victory.

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All my muscles are aching right now, man.

0:27:370:27:39

It feels good to be a winner.

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I'm a happy guy right now. And my crew's happy, everybody's happy,

0:27:410:27:45

Sonic fans are happy,

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Sonic boom!

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In the days to come...

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On your marks, get set, go!

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..there are high hopes for an Anguillan rider in this year's

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interisland bike race.

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Vroom. I want to be the Bradley Wiggins of Anguilla.

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PHONE RINGS

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-Good morning.

-French shop owner Natalie brings a touch of France

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to the island by running a wine tasting for locals.

0:28:150:28:18

I think that Anguilla should have more indoor restaurants with air conditioning.

0:28:180:28:23

CHORUS OF DISAPPROVAL

0:28:230:28:25

Just to drink wine at the perfect temperature.

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And the Bishop makes a bumpy 90-minute journey to the beautiful

0:28:280:28:32

French island of St Barts, to check on church renovations.

0:28:320:28:35

Nice to welcome you back to your French parish.

0:28:350:28:38

Yes, sir.

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The 49th Anguilla Day, commemorating the peaceful revolution of 1967, kicks off with the biggest boat race of the season. With fierce bragging at stake, it is a battle for local boat builders David and Damien Carty. Trudy Nixon gives her debut novel a test run at Anguilla's premier literary festival, and Dr Linda Banks ensures local history is not forgotten as she gives a lesson to the primary schoolchildren. The congregation at St Mary's wear traditional colours for the Anguilla Day celebrations.