Barbados, where the sea become blue

The island of Barbados is the easternmost of those of the Lesser Antilles with one coast on the Caribbean Sea and the other in the Atlantic OceanThe island is mostly flat with the high point being Mount Hillaby.

The capital city of Bridgetown is in the parish of Saint Michael. Other major towns include Holetown, Oistins, and Speightstown. A major proportion of Barbados is encircled by coral reefs while there are numerous limestone caves the most famous being Harrison’s Cave which is a major tourist attraction. Another is Welchman Hall Gully.

Barbados has two main seasons -wet and dry. June to November is wet with December to May dry. The island was colonised by the British and still has many English influences.

Cricket is the main sport with some major cricketing figures including Sir Garfield Sobers and Sir Frank Worrell hailing from the small island. One of the major events on the island is Crop Over which is similar to carnival.

The festival features musical competitions and other activities and local calypso and soca music. A king and queen are usually crowned.


The Grantley Adams International Airport is the main airport on the island.

Minnie Driver discovers her dad was a married man


British actress Minnie Driver discovered on television that her dad was a married man – and it wasn’t to her mom.

On the BBC1’s Who Do You Think You Are? Driver found out that her dad was married and had another daughter the entire period f his relationship to her mother Gaynor Millington. The pair also had another daughter, older than Minnie, Katie.

The actress who was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her role as a pre-medical student in the 1997 film Good Will Hunting did not find out her parents weren’t married until she was a teenager. Driver never met her paternal grandparents or saw a picture of them until the programme.

Her father later moved to Barbados where she and her sister Katie were raised. She said having her son Henry Story Driver made her want to learn more about her roots.

Driver’s dad, Ronnie, was a World War II hero who also won a medal for bravery. He won the Distinguished Flying Medal for saving three injured crewmen in thebattle of Heligoland Bight in 1939.

He told her that he threw the medal in the River Thames because he didn’t believe he deserved it. Ronnie’s wife eventually discovered he was leading a double life and divorced him.