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Editor’s note:Article by contributor Ibrahim Abdullah.

OK, so the family had a visit to the Carib Model Village. Trust me that place really takes your breath away. You really get a sense of rich heritage of our indigenous Fore-Fathers, the original inheritors of this bold yet so sublime gift from the creator.

In Just 20 minutes you can really picture and fantasize if you wish how our brothers lived, arguably it may not be a realistic interpretation when we time travel to 2 centuries back to their time, but Carib Model village and the resources at their disposal did a fantastic job.

I wanted to focus on the lack of appreciation of the gifts all around us. Dominica was carved, sculpted and fashioned in a way no mortal architect could have conceptualized. The perfect insertion of that cliff with its Atlantic Ocean wind beaten trees, and the seamless imperfection of the shore line, allows a thankful & ever mindful heart to be fascinated with the wonders of Dominica. You know, i must have taken about twenty something photographs of that cliff, just being overwhelmed and amazed at how so very fortunate I am still to be living in tiny Dominica, with no malls, no cinemas, no International Airport, no Name Brand shopping, very bad roads, expired products sold on food shelves, a political jumbo circus, one telecoms provider, one utilities provider….. OK you get it, the list can go on forever.

BUT guess what? Those so called lapses in country development amenities have traded in my very humble opinion for the Best Quality of Life. A life that offers so much envy (the good type) from visitors fortunate enough to visit and hopefuls who are desirous of trading places with us.

Take an afternoon and sit at the botanical Gardens, don’t plan it please, just be spontaneous about it… And experience the tranquility, watch as the young ones run about and frolic on the grass, take your shoes off, and if and when an ant bites your feet, don’t be in such a hurry to kill it, breath that air, i mean really breath it in. But sit and listen, listen to what? Listen to everything.

I remember all to vividly my mother making an afternoon at the Botanical Escape a treat, ritual and responsibility for us. Gardens offered so much for the unspoiled imagination of twenty something years ago. Boy.. I had so much fun in Gardens. Mother Thank You!!!

My point is we don’t appreciate what we have enough… When you start thanking the Lord for being in a place like Dominica, then you have really moved leaps and bounds ahead of the rest of us. May Dominica remain this unspoilt for generations to follow.

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If you’re like me and you can’t wait for this years Cable and Wireless Creole in the Park at the Botanical Gardens, or maybe you’ve never been to CITP – well you’re in luck. I was able to take a few photos of the crew setting up for the event.

From what you can see from the photos, it looks like the setting up crew will have to put in an extra effort and lots of man hours to have everything up-and-running by Monday. But the team from Cable and Wireless have done it the past, and I believe they will put it off again this year – I think!.


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Yes ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls – the long awaited Cable and Wireless Creole in the Park 2008 line-up was finally release this week. From October 27th to October 30th 2008 the annual Cable and wireless Creole in the Park will roll back into the Botanical Gardens, bringing promises of an even bigger, better show that the last six years – a true explosion of Creole Food, Art and Craft, Creole Music and Dominican Culture.

CITP History: For the many folks who don’t know or never been to Cable and Wireless Creole in the Park; the event is in its 6th year and was created from the need for a daytime event during Dominica’s National Independence Celebrations. It’s a four –day family oriented event at the historic Botanical Gardens in the Capital Roseau, from 12:00 to 7.00pm and highlights performances from local, regional and international artists. Dominica Cable and Wireless team managers the entire event.

Having enjoyed substantial success, this year’s Cable and Wireless Creole in the Park feature headliners are Triple Kay International, Red Hot Flames, Midnight Groovers, WCK, Fanatik Band, MFR, Nelly Stharre, Ricky-T, and Swinging Stars.

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I’m a huge fan of Creole in the Park, if only because it is (hands down) one of the best-run event I’ve attended for the last six years during Independence Celebrations. I’m even more interested in the many Dominicans who will be attending – some who have not been back to Dominica for many years. Dominica–Weekly blog will be bringing you lots of CITP coverage of all the performances. If you’re coming along for the ride, hope to see you there. As long as the rain holds up, this should be yet another amazing Creole in the Park – all lights on Cable and Wireless Dominica, heavy on the event!

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