The exciting new 20th anniversary issue of Caribbean Beat-the magazine of the true Caribbean-is on Caribbean Airlines planes; in the mail to subscribers; and online, where readers can also access a complete flip-book of the current issue. In this issue's cover story, Hot off the Runway, T&T designer Anya Ayoung-Chee tells Laura Dowrich-Phillips how her career has taken off since she won the Project Runway reality TV contest. In honour of Beat's 20th anniversary, the magazine's designers Bridget van Dongen and Kevon Webster choose some of their favourites from Caribbean Beat's 20 years of striking cover designs in the piece, 20 years of covering the Beat. Meanwhile, former editor Skye Hernandez is On the Beat, where she pays tribute to the magazine's coverage and longevity. Caribbean style is highlighted as Lisa Allen-Agostini discovers eco-friendly design is both a modern idea and an old tradition in the region (Green & pleasant lands). In Grenada, David Katz paints the real picture of how Grenada's women artists are going beyond the stereotypes of regional art. In nearby Tobago, Skye Hernandez uncovers why a gripping tale of a bloody sea battle off Tobago is being re-enacted for a TV docudrama (Raising ghosts from a watery grave).
Further afield, Zahra Gordon talked to Trinidad-born Michael de Souza, the man behind Rastamouse, who created one of UK TV's best-loved new characters. By contrast, Garry Steckles says farewell Burrell of Jamaica, and pays tribute to living legends of Caribbean music as he salutes "the great survivors." On the travel beat, while Janine Fung journeys from the ranch to the rodeo in Guyana, Island Girl, Donna Yawching was reminded-surprisingly-of her tropical home while wintering on a Canadian island. Foodies will want to follow as Franka Philip browses through new books on Caribbean food (Doing it by the book) in her regular Caribbean Cookup column. Also on the food beat, Nazma Muller takes an ital tour of Kingston in Eat. Pray. Love your Veggies, where she discovers that, while rastas have always eaten healthy, natural food, now it's gone gourmet. And of course, Beat's regular departments deliver your regular dose of all things Caribbean. Happenings rounds up current and coming events on the Caribbean calendar, while James Ferguson's Beautiful, looks at how an ancient Caribbean volcano inspired a master of European art.