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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.

Obituary: Sir Eric Gairy

Sir Eric Gairy, Prime Minister of Grenada 1974-79, died at his home at Grand Anse on the south coast of the island he loved and tyrannised.

And then it dawn on them that you can't defeat people

Earl Lovelace won the Commonwealth Writers Best Novel award with 'Salt' and has been on tour reading his work. This is an extract

BUDOMIR VUJACIC HAS KNEE SURGERY

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OBITUARY : Sir George Paterson

George Paterson devoted his working life to the Colonial Service. He was Chief Justice of Northern Rhodesia from 1957 to 1961, and before that Attorney-General in Ghana, until he was sacked by President Kwame Nkrumah for not bending the law to his purposes.

Dominica doesn't give a banana about exile's fate

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Geest sells banana business for pounds 147m

Fruit deal: Food group's shares soar as takeover speculation mounts 8 Chief executive leaves with pay-off thought to be pounds 420,000

P&O faces writ over debut cruise

MORE THAN 400 angry passengers are set to issue a writ against Lord Sterling's P&O for compensation over the pounds 200m cruise flagship Oriana's maiden transatlantic voyage, which became a "hurricane nightmare".

Innovator seeks publisher to get his digit out; BUNHILL

MANY people are trying to make money out of the digital revolution, the Internet and all that stuff. Few succeed, and Martin Woodhouse is not one of them. He has invented a clever way of jamming illustrated books on to floppy disks, and he is looking for a publisher to help him sell them. He has been wholly unsuccessful in finding one.

Calypso rhythm skips a beat

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TRAVEL You just hop on an island and go

The Caribbean isn't all luxury hotels or package tours. You can have far more fun, and spend less, if you make your own way. With this airy boast Helen Fielding sets off for Jamaica, the Grenadines and the Bay Islands

Obituaries: Lord Pitt of Hampstead

"Some black people regard me as an Uncle Tom," David Pitt once said, "while some whites regard me as a Black Power revolutionary. So I imagine I got it about right."

The Daily Poem: Mother

For copyright reasons we are not able to provide the full text of the poem on this database. Following are the details of the publication in which it appears.

Haiti-the-idea is out of control

OPERATION Uphold Democracy would be more accurately entitled Operation Uphold the Democratic Party. At every stage, United States policy towards Haiti has been shaped by the perceived needs of the Democratic candidates in the congressional mid-term elections, now less than two months away.

US needs to learn lessons of past military interventions

US FORCES appear poised to lead an operation to remove the military regime in Haiti. But experts fear that a US attack could lead to a fiasco and possibly to unacceptable casualties if the US has failed to assimilate fully the lessons of Grenada, Panama and Somalia.
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