Thursday, June 16, 2005

Antigua and Barbuda: Map, History and Much More From (and questions from the Guymeister)

Here's a link to an article about information about the world: Antigua and Barbuda: Map, History and Much More From Now I have to ask: why? Why.. why? Basically: why? Why does no-one write about this country regularly? Why doesn't every news source have a daily update on Antiguan affairs? I want to know how the Barbudan independence movement is doing. I want to read about how the new Government is doing after decades of Bird rule. I want to know why the the vast majority of the foreign-owned ships registered there under a flag of convenience are German. [The exact numbers are, as of 2002: Australia 1, Bangladesh 2, Belgium 3, Colombia 1, Cuba 1, Estonia 1, Germany 747, Greece 1, Iceland 8, Latvia 1, Lebanon 2, Lithuania 1, Netherlands 22, New Zealand 2, Portugal 1, Slovenia 6, South Africa 1, Sweden 2, United Kingdom 1, United States 7]. We should all know that you can call them from inside the USA without an international dialling code; we should all know that they only became independent in 1981; and we should damn well learn their national anthem: Fair Antigua, we salute thee! Proudly we this anthem raise To thy glory and thy beauty, Joyfully we sing the praise Of the virtues, all bestowed On thy sons and daughters free; Ever striving, ever seeking, Dwell in love and unity. Raise the standard! Raise it boldly! Answer now to duty's call To the service of thy country, Sparing nothing, giving all; Gird your loins and join the battle 'Gainst fear, hate and poverty, Each endeavouring, all achieving, Live in peace where man is free. God of nations, let Thy blessings Fall upon this land of ours; Rain and sunshine ever sending, Fill her fields with crops and flowers; We her children do implore Thee, Give us strength, faith, loyalty, Never failing, all enduring To defend her liberty. Lyrics: Novelle Hamilton Richards I say: Bravo Ms. Richards! I think you're a woman; do get in touch if you're not. This was one way of breaking the blog ceiling, to answer your question.


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