Fancy a coconut? If you longingly imagine a machete-wielding vendor on the roadside presenting you with an expertly cut shell, which serves as a natural cup for coconut juice drunk with a straw, you are not necessarily a visitor but quite possibly a Barbadian. The novel presentation appeals to both visitors and locals and the coconut water, perfect for quenching thirst and pleasingly low in calories, also appeals to both groups. The coconut water has other merits as well. It helps deal with problems of the kidney and bladder of concern to all. Coconut water is not the only gift of the coconut. Coconut jelly, when grated, makes an excellent ingredient in coconut bread, sugar cakes and ice cream, served in hotels and homes alike, and is also a great treat when eaten, scooped out straight from the coconut.
Over the years Barbados has produced some of the best in the sport, chief among them being our only living National Hero, the Right Excellent Sir Garfield Sobers, OCC, widely acknowledged as “the greatest cricketer the world has ever seen”. Other legends from Barbados include the unforgettable batting trio known as the 3Ws – Sir Frank Worrell, Sir Clyde Walcott and Sir Everton Weekes; the feared bowling duo, Sir Wes Hall and Sir Charles Griffith, the dynamic openers, Desmond Haynes and Gordon Greenidge and the terrifying fast bowler, Malcolm Marshall. All of these played for Barbados and the West Indies with great distinction.