The island of Carriacou

May 29, 2010

Carriacou mapCarriacou is an island in the eastern Caribbean which is politically part of Grenada. About 14 miles long and 2 to 3 miles wide it has a population of around 8,000 with strong links to the town of Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, England. It is one of the most beautiful and least developed Caribbean islands.

The Carnival is at the end of February,  the Maroon Music Festival at the endWelcome to Carriacou of April, a Sailing Regatta at the end of July and the Parang Festival at the end of December. The climate is maritime subtropical. Temperatures throughout the year vary from 75 F. to 85 F. , moderated by cooling trade winds.

There are over 100 rum shops where you can enjoy the local music and a game of dominoes.

Carriacou panorama

Carriacou panorama

Click on the image below to go to a superb slideshow of photos of Carriacou by Geoff Schultz. Please note that the images are copyright.

Carriacou beach

Click here for a Carriacou slideshow

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Free music clips for 13-19 year old teens?

February 24, 2010

I’m looking for advice to help solve a community information problem. It’s difficult to get hold of short instrumental music clips we need to link useful audio information for an audience of special UK teenagers. The teens live in homes for disabled and looked after children and young people.

Many of the young people have difficulties with reading for one reason or another. So attractive audio information is crucial to help keep them safe, healthy and happy.

We provide them with the audio information on CD and sometimes online.  I edit the music clips in Adobe Audition or Audacity.

We need to find clips that are both free/cheap and legal in copyright terms. Such sites as istockphoto have inexpensive instrumental audio clips for sale but few of the clips are teen-attractive. Teens are a real niche market. Some local bands have kindly offered us free clips but they aren’t really the type of music that the UK teenager community listens to.

What can you suggest? We’ll be very grateful for any usable advice.