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Paul Scoon was Governor-General of the former British Caribbean colony of Grenada in 1983 when the little group of seven islands, best known for their beaches and their nutmeg, mace and other spices, became the world's No 1 headline. Grenada had been independent, though still a Commonwealth realm, since 1974 and Scoon, a native though UK-educated Grenadian, had been Governor-General since 1978. His was a largely ceremonial role until the events of October 1983 which led to a US invasion ordered by President Ronald Reagan at Scoon's request.

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THE DIANA, Princess of Wales, Memorial Fund is considering legal action to halt the sale of tasteless "novelty" gifts including flick-knives, cigarettes and a commemorative "driving licence" carrying the date of the car crash in which she died.

Small islands watch helplessly as their green gold is devalued by vengeful US

THE PEOPLE of this little Caribbean island have always been a little confused. They are the first to admit it. Since an Italian named Columbus discovered the island on behalf of Spain but moved on, its inhabitants have been seven times under French rule, seven times British. For the past 20 years, they have been very much independent, though they still speak a French patois while driving on the British side of the road.

The unbearable arrogance of the world's only superpower

THE TRIUMPH of the United States in this American-dominated century has been good for Britain and good for the world. America, as its most famous historian, Alexis de Tocqueville, once observed, is Great because America is Good. But American goodness is being tarnished. In dealing with foreigners, the United States increasingly appears at best insensitive, and at worst, bullying. The most obvious example is the possibility of a trans-Atlantic trade war over bananas, and a separate dispute which could end up with Concorde being banned from US airports.

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Robin Cook and Madeleine Albright meet to avert trade meltdown, as Britain is caught between the EU and US

Obituary: Handel Evans

AS A young man Handel Evans faced the choice of two careers, music and art. His considerable gifts as a pianist and as a painter would almost certainly have guaranteed him success at either but, perhaps rather curiously for a Welshman, it was on the visual arts that he chose to focus.

Crew of 31 feared drowned as schooner battles storm

A LUXURY schooner skippered by a British seaman may have sunk while trying to outrun Hurricane Mitch, according to rescuers who discovered empty life rafts and the ship's staircase among wreckage in the Caribbean.

SKIING: Eder quits Austria to represent Grenada

ELFI EDER, who quit the Austrian women's Alpine team last year after an argument with her national federation, will race for the Caribbean island of Grenada this winter. The 28-year-old returns to the circuit after a one-year enforced break.

`Was strange, our sweat mixed'

A courageous new novel breaks taboos to tell the secret story of a Caribbean sexual awakening.

Books; Harvesting the trees of knowledge

Two young writers have given powerful voices to the `East Indian' women of the Caribbean. Paula Burnett welcomes them; Cereus Blooms at Night by Shani Mootoo Granta, pounds 14.99, 249pp; Buxton Spice by Oonya Kempadoo Phoenix House, pounds 12.99, 176pp

Nevis voters choose to stay with St Kitts

NEVIS FAILED to become one of the world's smallest countries yesterday, but it did force the world to take its self-determination drive seriously, the Caribbean island's premier said. Nevis, a mountainous patch of green with 9,000 people, needed a 67 percent vote in Monday's referendum to secede from neighbouring St Kitts, population 32,000. It got 62 percent.

Where You Can Still Get Away

PROSPECTIVE holidaymakers who have not yet booked their holidays still have plenty of options.

The fruit trade that turned sour

A delegation from St Vincent is in Brussels this week in a last- ditch effort to save the tiny island's livelihood - and keep the drug barons at bay. By Louise Jury. Photographs by Tom Pilston

Travel: Relax, you're among friends

Despite a history of conflict, and economic difficulties today, Tina Stallard found Grenada to be the classic paradise island

Obituary: George Chambers

George Michael Chambers, politician: born 4 October 1928; married (one daughter); died Port-of-Spain, Trinidad 4 November 1997.
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