Rogues in Paradise

Rogues in Paradise

 "Rogues in Paradise" Coming Soon

These short stories will transform you from a casual tourist to an informed traveler. Uncover the island’s mysteries that lie hidden beneath its white sand beaches and crumbling colonial facades. 

 "Rogues in Paradise" Coming Soon

These short stories will transform you from a casual tourist to an informed traveler. Uncover the island’s mysteries that lie hidden beneath its white sand beaches and crumbling colonial facades. 

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The Vibrant Hidden Patchwork of Barbados' Extraordinary Ordinary People

The Vibrant Hidden Patchwork of Barbados' Extraordinary Ordinary People

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Two Weeks to Judgement Day

Two Weeks to Judgement Day

  • Two weeks to pay the Majistrate
  • Two weeks to pay the Majistrate
  • "Got to find the money, man. Flip, flap, slide, and slap. Moving forward, never back. Ain’t no rhyme in the jailhouse block. No such thing as jailhouse rock. Got to keep the music live. Ain’t going to no jailhouse dive.”
  • "Got to find the money, man. Flip, flap, slide, and slap. Moving forward, never back. Ain’t no rhyme in the jailhouse block. No such thing as jailhouse rock. Got to keep the music live. Ain’t going to no jailhouse dive.”

Meet Ace, a charming rogue who has a special relationship with the law. His antics will amuse you. He has been a mover, worked in top nightclubs, but is taking time out to live by his wits, skirting the law.

Meet Ace, a charming rogue who has a special relationship with the law. His antics will amuse you. He has been a mover, worked in top nightclubs, but is taking time out to live by his wits, skirting the law.

Banana Bust

Banana Bust

The police arrested Ace on Thursday night in a surprise raid on prime suspects. He could not account for many hands of Bananas.  Down but not out: ACE was soon barrowing down horse hill with a borrowed wheelbarrow and more bananas to sell. 

His life is poetry in motion, inspired by natural products and imagination.

The police arrested Ace on Thursday night in a surprise raid on prime suspects. He could not account for many hands of Bananas.  Down but not out: ACE was soon barrowing down horse hill with a borrowed wheelbarrow and more bananas to sell. 

His life is poetry in motion, inspired by natural products and imagination.

Chalky Mount Caper

Chalky Mount Caper

One dark night, after leaving Old Trees Pub , Rex had the brilliant idea to put some construction cones with flashing lights on top of Chalky Mount. 

You'll never guess what happens next!

One dark night, after leaving Old Trees Pub , Rex had the brilliant idea to put some construction cones with flashing lights on top of Chalky Mount. 

You'll never guess what happens next!

Woolly Hewitt

Woolly Hewitt

The airways were ripe with gossip. Simon Cowell and his family visited Barbados, and Woolly was prepared to hijack the occasion. 

Read how he piggy-backed on the star to gain international acclaim as a world-famous folk artist.

The airways were ripe with gossip. Simon Cowell and his family visited Barbados, and Woolly was prepared to hijack the occasion. 

Read how he piggy-backed on the star to gain international acclaim as a world-famous folk artist.

”Rogues in Paradise is a delightful and amusing book full of insights and intrigue. It is a skilled narrative by Trinidad-born Ian R. Clayton, who moves to the island to build the island’s Tourism Encyclopaedia. In the process, he adopts Barbados and falls in love with its people: All the rogues and ordinary/extraordinary rascals he meets along the way.    -David Montgomery, Publisher: The Story of Trinidad

 

”Rogues in Paradise is a delightful and amusing book full of insights and intrigue. It is a skilled narrative by Trinidad-born Ian R. Clayton, who moves to the island to build the island’s Tourism Encyclopaedia. In the process, he adopts Barbados and falls in love with its people: All the rogues and ordinary/extraordinary rascals he meets along the way.    -David Montgomery, Publisher: The Story of Trinidad

 

Rain Man

Rain Man

That was Anthony’s way of acknowledging me as I came to the beach. Anthony is a beach vendor, artisan, singer, and man with heart. Tourists look at Anthony and only see his folded stall of three planks, red velvet cloth, and beaded necklaces. They don’t see his spirit and character.  Anthony—like  Ace, the passionate fruit vendor, and Keith, the coconut man—is part of Barbados’ vibrant local patchwork that escapes a typical tourist’s experience.

That was Anthony’s way of acknowledging me as I came to the beach. Anthony is a beach vendor, artisan, singer, and man with heart. Tourists look at Anthony and only see his folded stall of three planks, red velvet cloth, and beaded necklaces. They don’t see his spirit and character.  Anthony—like  Ace, the passionate fruit vendor, and Keith, the coconut man—is part of Barbados’ vibrant local patchwork that escapes a typical tourist’s experience.

For the most part the stories are about everyday folk—the beach vendors, the coconut men and characters of the island. You will find a deep essence of good in most of them.  There are also stories of significant personalities, events, and history — each written with a unique perspective that looks behind the obvious. 

I like to find the funny bone in what I see and do in life, and I love to explore people's motivation, purpose, outlook and joy!. 

For the most part the stories are about everyday folk—the beach vendors, the coconut men and characters of the island. You will find a deep essence of good in most of them.  There are also stories of significant personalities, events, and history — each written with a unique perspective that looks behind the obvious. 

I like to find the funny bone in what I see and do in life, and I love to explore people's motivation, purpose, outlook and joy!. 

About Rogues in Paradise

About Rogues in Paradise

  “You ordered the rain, man? I see it coming just when you arrive.” 

  “You ordered the rain, man? I see it coming just when you arrive.” 

And So Much More!

And So Much More!

Men Continued

The Jewel Vendor & The Movie Star  | Coconut Man Marathon |  Barbados Knights Of The Realm  |

Matriarch: 

Madam Pilgrim & The Prince Who Would Be King | Mrs Carter The Landlord  | Debro DoDo Darling | Haberdashers Of The Sand | Pompasettin’ | The Queen Bee | Muriel | 

Special Places: 

Bathsheba | Pebbles Horses & Other Stories | Chilly Moo's Aviation Kid | Gullies, Caves & Dungeons | Rum Shops - A Lifestyle |  Chattel Houses - Icons of Freedom |

A Twist of History

British Take Barbados | Civil War - The Best of Enemies |  Yeamans Saga -  Intrigue & Murder | Emancipation | Sam Lord Saga  | Age of Rail | Independence |

 

Men Continued

The Jewel Vendor & The Movie Star  | Coconut Man Marathon |  Barbados Knights Of The Realm  |

Matriarch: 

Madam Pilgrim & The Prince Who Would Be King | Mrs Carter The Landlord  | Debro DoDo Darling | Haberdashers Of The Sand | Pompasettin’ | The Queen Bee | Muriel | 

Special Places: 

Bathsheba | Pebbles Horses & Other Stories | Chilly Moo's Aviation Kid | Gullies, Caves & Dungeons | Rum Shops - A Lifestyle |  Chattel Houses - Icons of Freedom |

A Twist of History

British Take Barbados | Civil War - The Best of Enemies |  Yeamans Saga -  Intrigue & Murder | Emancipation | Sam Lord Saga  | Age of Rail | Independence |

 

Hastings Farmers Market

I may add this special place. The market is a popular mixed use facility including; a cafe, restaurant, market, art gallery and accommodation. The farmers and vendors are on Saturdays, Sunday and Wednesdays from 9am to 2pm. 

Examples: 

Raquel   https://www.instagram.com/p/Bw9RcYEFTZ_/

Raj  https://www.instagram.com/p/BhGz_RahnFs/

Coral  https://www.instagram.com/p/Bwz2lMNHXMP/

JayGees Bakery https://www.instagram.com/p/BoufAEuBgan/

PacSouse  https://www.instagram.com/p/Bwz2yznHNCb/

The Market https://www.instagram.com/p/BhG0m-IhGmD/

To add: all vendors, cafe, Art Splash, Day care,  lodging.  And stories of Character!

Hastings Farmers Market

I may add this special place. The market is a popular mixed use facility including; a cafe, restaurant, market, art gallery and accommodation. The farmers and vendors are on Saturdays, Sunday and Wednesdays from 9am to 2pm. 

Examples: 

Raquel   https://www.instagram.com/p/Bw9RcYEFTZ_/

Raj  https://www.instagram.com/p/BhGz_RahnFs/

Coral  https://www.instagram.com/p/Bwz2lMNHXMP/

JayGees Bakery https://www.instagram.com/p/BoufAEuBgan/

PacSouse  https://www.instagram.com/p/Bwz2yznHNCb/

The Market https://www.instagram.com/p/BhG0m-IhGmD/

To add: all vendors, cafe, Art Splash, Day care,  lodging.  And stories of Character!

News, Updates & Reviews

News, Updates & Reviews

Barbados-Born Sam Lord - An Ingenious Pirate

Hear it from the Lord himself. In this fantasy tale, Sam Lord tells you all you want to know about his ruthless charm and defiance of the law. He is credited as the most creative pirate of his time. Some say his treasures still lie buried in tunnels below Sam Lord’s Castle.

Barbados-Born Sam Lord - An Ingenious Pirate

Hear it from the Lord himself. In this fantasy tale, Sam Lord tells you all you want to know about his ruthless charm and defiance of the law. He is credited as the most creative pirate of his time. Some say his treasures still lie buried in tunnels below Sam Lord’s Castle.

A Lovely 5-Star Book Review  Must Read                    

A gripping, charming, utterly unputdownable paean to Barbados, this book brims with wit, elegance, and subtle humour. - Savyasachee Jha, Readsy     

A Lovely 5-Star Book Review  Must Read                    

A gripping, charming, utterly unputdownable paean to Barbados, this book brims with wit, elegance, and subtle humour. - Savyasachee Jha, Readsy     

I have to start out with some effusive praise of the writing. I've read  several boring slice-of-life vignettes and travelogues, but this piece  of writing was anything but. I can't quite place the style, but I was  able to get a hint of Roald Dahl's writing in Boy and the first few chapters of Going Solo in the rhetorical flourishes applied to the characters; and a bit of Ruskin Bond's flow in the poems and rhythms applied left, right and centre. 

 Each character jumps off the page,  their images as vivid as the pictures painted by Woolly Hewitt or Darla  Trotman.

I have to start out with some effusive praise of the writing. I've read  several boring slice-of-life vignettes and travelogues, but this piece  of writing was anything but. I can't quite place the style, but I was  able to get a hint of Roald Dahl's writing in Boy and the first few chapters of Going Solo in the rhetorical flourishes applied to the characters; and a bit of Ruskin Bond's flow in the poems and rhythms applied left, right and centre. 

 Each character jumps off the page,  their images as vivid as the pictures painted by Woolly Hewitt or Darla  Trotman.

Praise for Rogues

Praise for Rogues

Hello and welcome to Rogues in Paradise.  I am Ian R. Clayton, Trinidadian by birth and a world citizen by nature. I have travelled extensively with roots in  England, Ireland, Canada, Spain, and the Caribbean. An award-winning innovator and author of several books on tourism and digital media. Rogues in Paradise is my first non-fiction novell. It is a whimsical look at life behind the facade of the beautiful beaches and luxury resorts in Barbados, a top Caribbean vacation island.

My Caribbean roots include schooling in Trinidad, Jamaica,  Guyana and Barbados. I studied hospitality and catering in the UK and business and finance at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, with postgraduate studies in computer science at both Concordia and McGill University. I have over twenty years of experience in travel, building leading travel technology and digital media applications for hotels and tourism. I am also an avid  blogger, photographer, and videographer. I write about travel, people, and places for fun and have published many articles as well as books on travel and technology.

Thank you for stopping by. I do hope you grab my book Rogues in Paradise and enjoy the rogues' antics, wit and humour.

Hello and welcome to Rogues in Paradise.  I am Ian R. Clayton, Trinidadian by birth and a world citizen by nature. I have travelled extensively with roots in  England, Ireland, Canada, Spain, and the Caribbean. An award-winning innovator and author of several books on tourism and digital media. Rogues in Paradise is my first non-fiction novell. It is a whimsical look at life behind the facade of the beautiful beaches and luxury resorts in Barbados, a top Caribbean vacation island.

My Caribbean roots include schooling in Trinidad, Jamaica,  Guyana and Barbados. I studied hospitality and catering in the UK and business and finance at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, with postgraduate studies in computer science at both Concordia and McGill University. I have over twenty years of experience in travel, building leading travel technology and digital media applications for hotels and tourism. I am also an avid  blogger, photographer, and videographer. I write about travel, people, and places for fun and have published many articles as well as books on travel and technology.

Thank you for stopping by. I do hope you grab my book Rogues in Paradise and enjoy the rogues' antics, wit and humour.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

ABOUT THE AUTHOR