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

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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

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"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

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Haiti-the-idea is out of control

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US needs to learn lessons of past military interventions

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