England in the Caribbean – 22nd February 2019

Believe it or not, Barbados still has plenty of ‘unexploited’ terrain. The east coast is completely different to the west coast with huge Atlantic waves crashing onto the beaches making for some dramatic walks and excellent surfing. The ocean on the west coast, by contrast, is calm enough to do surfboard yoga – as you saw from the photos a few days ago.

On the west coast it is ‘tourism as usual’ with clear, turquoise waters gently lapping at white beaches adorned with the colour-coordinated umbrellas of the various hotels and resorts which are lucky (and wealthy) enough to own seafront property.

It’s not just hotels and resorts – some of the best located restaurants also have sun-loungers and umbrellas on the beach to cater for the clientele who fancy sleeping off a long, leisurely lunch rather than heading back to their hotel.

‘Lobster Alive’ has a sensational reputation to maintain and a price-tag to live up to. The Greek salad alone is R280 and the lobster, grilled, fried or thermadored, will set you back R1700. I didn’t sample it myself, but those who did said it was delicious. And the sun loungers and towels, and fresh water showers, were complimentary.

Money is irrelevant to those for whom it is irrelevant. The Green Monkey golf course is an exclusive, members-only layout which ranks amongst the most exclusive and well-maintained in the world. Only two four-balls of non-members are permitted to play each day. At a cost of $1000 per player. Yes. Exactly. But well done to those members who have made enough money in their lives to build such a barrier between themselves and other people who like to play golf.

 

 

Those of us with minimal work commitments between games managed a bit of swimming between interviews but good on the TV cameramen for making best use of their day off by holding a traditional South African braai. Give the boytjies a venue and some vleis and they will always make a plan! Well done PJ and the boys!

So off we go again, just 48 hours later. West Indies made 360 on Wednesday and were swept aside like a mildly annoying fly. They have lost nine of their last ten series. Nine in a row. Fortunately betting has never been greatly tempting, and the odds on England losing this series would be so long it wouldn’t be worth even the slightest flutter.

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