City Manager’s Newsletter – 2nd July, 2008
Road Town and You!
To Plays in the Park, a summer series of plays in the Noel Lloyd/Positive Action Movement Park slated for the month of July. Each play will begin at 3:00pm.
On July 5th Carabana Theater will present “Back In Time,” a one man play that runs 45 minutes and chronicles the life and times of Papa John, the oldest living man in the Caribbean. Based on the book To Shoot Hard Labor, it tells the story of Antiguan Selwyn Smith.
On July 12th the Elmore Stoutt High School will perform “Dance Bongo,” a play by Trinidadian playwright, Errol Hill.
On July 26th the CADA Players will perform “Shall We Dance?”, an exciting and interactive performance of Latin dance styles.
Posting notices of any kind on the trees in and around Road Town is prohibited. Notices posted on trees are likely to be removed. Stapling notices to palm trees is particularly harmful to the health of the tree.
Did You Know…
Leaving your vehicle idling on the road while you dash into a store or an office is a ticketable offence and could be punishable by a fine of $75.00.
Until 1945, government accounts were kept in sterling but British currency, known locally as boolooloo, had never been the only one in use. Because of the Territory’s close relationship with St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix, Danish coins could also be found in these islands in the 18th and 19th century. French copper coins struck in the reign of Luis XVI were also in circulation in the BVI and were called dogs or black dogs. In 1850, the value of one dog was equal to nine pennies sterling but by the end of the 19th century, the value of the copper coins had declined considerably.
Cut coins stamped with Tortola or a T were also issued by the local legislature and some planters such as the infamous Arthur Hodge also issued currency which was stamped with their initials. When the Danish West Indies as St. Thomas and its sister islands were known were sold to the United States in 1917, American money became legal tender in those islands and gradually replaced Danish and British currency in the BVI. American currency did not become legal tender here, however, until 1959 and it became the only legal tender about a decade later.
According to one writer, the fact that the territory is British and the currency is US results in the BVI being the only place in the Western Hemisphere where pounds sterling can be traded for US dollars without restrictions or fees. In 1973, the BVI issued its own coinage in a limited run that was mostly aimed at the collector’s market.
It’s a fact!
Windblown plastic bags are so common in Africa that a cottage industry has sprung up harvesting bags and using them to weave hats, and even bags! According to the BBC, one group collects 30,000 bags a month. To reduce the appearance of plastic bags on Tortola’s roadsides, use re-usable canvas bags at local stores and make sure any plastic bags are properly secured when you drive.
Take a re-usable bag with you the next time you shop at any participating supermarket n Road Town and earn a chance to win a prize.