Tornado Winds

Foxy’s Tamarind Bar on Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands was part of the inspiration for the Smoky Drinky Bar. It set up a webcam back in June, and you could watch a live feed. It became my Caribbean bar. Last night I learned from its website that it had gone.

Reports from JVD are scant, but the word is that the physical building that was Foxy’s is gone — taken by Hurricane Irma, along with about most all of the buildings.

No surprise, really. It wasn’t any sort of substantial structure at all.

Most of the columns holding up the roof were branches of trees. And maybe the palm trees growing up through its roof added a bit of lateral stability. Maybe that central pyramidal tiled roof needed a bit more support. I don’t know why it was needed.

The entire structure looked like a UK smoking shelter, open on all sides. When I started watching its live webcam feed, it was to see whether anyone was smoking. I only ever saw one person smoking at the bar, and it looked like he was trying to keep his cigarette out of sight. But there were ashtrays on the tables. And I didn’t see any No Smoking signs.

The only substantial thing about the building was its floor platform, which looked like it was built of concrete on stone walls. When the 200 mph hurricane winds in the eye wall of Irma came through, they probably blew the roof straight into the sea a few yards to the south. And the accompanying 12 foot storm surge would have taken away whatever was left.

It seemed to me quite likely that, when Foxy and his staff got back after Irma had passed over, they’d have found a bare concrete platform, with just a few stumps of trees and branches sticking out of it. Everything else – bar, tables, stools, bottles, glasses – would be gone.

But maybe not. They had several days notice of the arrival of Irma, during which time business would have fallen off to round about zero, given that most of its customers seem to have arrived on boats, and most of those boats had probably fled to safety. So Foxy and his staff would have had several days to remove all the tables and stools and bottles and glasses.

And put them where? Inside the floor platform, under the concrete floor. The storm surge would probably have filled the interior, soaking everything. But bottles of whisky and cans of beer, and glasses and ashtrays, would have survived being soaked. They’re being soaked all the time, after all.

Perhaps that was always the business strategy: Build a flimsy structure on a solid base, and let it blow away, and then replace it quickly with another flimsy structure.

So it was a happy thought, that Foxy’s might have already re-opened, as an open air bar, complete with tables and chairs and glasses and beer and whisky. Maybe there’d even be an open air barbecue. Everything sold cash only, at high prices, because they didn’t know when the next alcohol shipment would arrive.

But there’d probably be no customers. Because most of their customers boats had been sunk or damaged. And since most of them were motorboats (click to enlarge right), fuel was probably unobtainable for those that remained. The only boats that can get around the British Virgin Islands right now are probably sailing boats.

And the tourists won’t be back any time soon. Who wants to visit an island denuded of trees? How long does it take palm trees to grow?

Common palm tree generally takes 4-6 years to grow from seed to its highest.

So it’ll probably take 4-6 years before the tourists are around in any numbers. And even if they survived Irma, most bars will have a fraction of the number of customers they used to have. So there’ll soon be a fraction of the number of bars.

There’ll probably be an exodus from these hurricane-damaged islands. Many people will move to other islands. Or leave the islands forever.

Jost Van Dyke is quite a large island, about 6 km by 2.5 km, but it only has about 300 inhabitants. And many of them were probably sustained by the tourist trade that has now vanished. So if Foxy’s Tamarind Bar has already re-opened, it’ll probably close again soon.

And the only people who’ll be happy about that will be the filth in Tobacco Control and Alcohol Control, who hate all these bars anyway, and would like to see them all close. James Repace said that it needed “tornado winds” to make rooms safe from secondhand smoke. Well, lots of bars in the Caribbean just got hurricane winds that didn’t just empty them of secondhand smoke, but completely blew them away.

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29 Responses to Tornado Winds

  1. Frank Davis says:

    Guardian

    Small Caribbean islands smashed by Hurricane Irma are in a state of chaos and rising panic, with unknown numbers of dead and injured and many still missing or stranded almost a week after the storm ripped through the region.

    Wide areas of the British Virgin Islands have been reduced to rubble, with rats swarming through damaged houses and raw sewage creating a health hazard, as many await evacuation to the larger island of Puerto Rico, to the west, which was less badly hit.

    Thousands of islanders are sharing sparse resources and trying to help stranded neighbors, but there have also been reports of looting and armed hold-ups amid the destruction….

    As Osadchaya was leaving the BVI she saw the Royal Navy arriving with personnel, vehicles and helicopters, she said, but with many of the islands badly damaged there is still a large task ahead to get the emergency under control, she said.

    “Most people are helping each other, sharing supplies where they have them, but I am hearing about people running out of water and there are lots of people missing. Some friends of mine were held up for money by someone with a machete in what is left of their house,” she said.

    The small number of banks and some shops on Tortola have reportedly been looted and there is some panic about a breakdown in law and order and the growing risk of the outbreak of diseases, both Thompson and Osadchaya told the Guardian, citing communications with friends and family still on the island.

    Osadchaya said she understood that many inmates who had escaped from prison after the storm passed through had been recaptured by Monday, but not all. The BVI authorities have declared a curfew from 6pm to 6am.

    http://viconsortium.com/featured/trump-to-visit-u-s-virgin-islands-in-wake-of-irma-more-police-national-guard-arrive-on-st-john/

    President Donald Trump will visit the U.S. Virgin Islands “within the next six or seven days,” Governor Kenneth Mapp said during a press conference at Government House late Monday. Mr. Mapp said he had a conversation with the president today, and Mr. Trump expressed his full support for the territory in providing disaster relief, following the calamitous state Hurricane Irma left St. Thomas and St. John in…

    Six hundred Marines are now in the territory, 80 of whom will be deployed to St. John tomorrow. The Marines, along with security and other relief effort involvement, will aid in the removal of debris.

    https://www.itv.com/news/2017-09-11/trapped-residents-desperate-to-get-off-british-virgin-islands-as-aid-finally-arrives/

  2. garyk30 says:

    These terrible events starkly show the difference between the ‘do gooders’ and those that ‘do good’.
    There are tens of thousands of folks that are, without pay, helping to clean up the mess caused by Nature.
    The ‘do gooders’ just sit on their hands and complain!

  3. Darryl says:

    The Sun And NOT Co2 Is Driving Climate’

  4. garyk30 says:

    OT,sorry

    Went to see a surgeon this morn about the aortic stent I will be having installed in the near future.

    At one point he started lecturing me about quitting smoking.

    I asked him, how much are you paying me for having the work done?

    He looked confused and said that I was not going to be paid.

    I then reminded him that I was the one paying and he was the employee; not, the employer.

    He needed reminding that as the employee, his advice and lectures should only be offered if requested.

    • beobrigitte says:

      garyk30, priceless!!!! *applause*
      However, over here the medics can hit back by stating that the NHS pays them and that we are a money drain. (LIE, our voluntary tax also keeps the NHS’ head over water!!)

      In short, it would take us a few word exchanges what you did in a one-liner!

    • waltc says:

      And considering the state of things, you’re lucky he didn’t refuse to treat you until you,d quit and aced the cotinine test. Good luck with it. Stay well.

    • nisakiman says:

      I’ve been suffering from a quite severe chest infection recently, and I went last week to the local hospital where I had an appointment with a Pulmonologist. He asked if I smoked, and how many. He then asked what work I did. When I told him I was a carpenter, he had a sort of ‘Ah!’ moment. I was then sent for a chest X-ray, which I took back to him, on looking at which he announced (I must admit to my great relief) “I don’t see anything bad here”.

      He gave me a prescription for a couple of things, and then said “You should really give up smoking, you know”. I looked at him with one raised eyebrow, and he smiled and said “Well, try to cut down a bit then. And when you work, always wear a mask! That fine dust is the worst thing for respiratory problems”.

      No lecture, no censure, no disapproval.

      They do things differently here in Greece.

  5. beobrigitte says:

    Small Caribbean islands smashed by Hurricane Irma are in a state of chaos and rising panic, with unknown numbers of dead and injured and many still missing or stranded almost a week after the storm ripped through the region.

    Wide areas of the British Virgin Islands have been reduced to rubble, with rats swarming through damaged houses and raw sewage creating a health hazard, as many await evacuation to the larger island of Puerto Rico, to the west, which was less badly hit.

    Thousands of islanders are sharing sparse resources and trying to help stranded neighbors, but there have also been reports of looting and armed hold-ups amid the destruction….
    Why was there such a delay in sending aid? Raw sewage, rats and decomposing bodies not yet found pose a very serious threat.
    Wouldn’t it make sense that if you’re stuck as a tourist on one of the badly hit little islands for a while to ask the locals what you can do to help, be it helping to set up a makeshift “hospital”, or help searching for barely alive survivors buried under rubble, or simply help tidying up?
    Judging from the NEWS, the tourists have settled down at airports, eager to be the first ones to go to the safety of their own homes and sign up for counselling because they have just seen what a hurricane can do. These people are fodder for the climate change advocates. Too scared to learn to adjust to what our planet serves us and looking for help in the wrong department.
    Perhaps it would be good to grant clemency to the industries currently on death row. They might just provide the answer to all our survival.

    I do wonder if Deborah Arnott is on a flight out to these islands now, as it’s safe now and make demands that the smoking ban will not be ignored. You know, the ban one that saves sooooooo many lives……. (from age-related diseases?)

    O/T
    Tonight it’s us. But winds only up to 55mph (gusts up to 75mph) according to the BBC. I guess, I need to order 8 new fence panels tomorrow.

    • beobrigitte says:

      O/T
      The BBC proudly announced the launch of the new iPhone for ca. $1000. My quad core Huawei already has the dual 12mp cam, a 6mp Selfie cam on the other side and fingerprint identity scan which works, unlike the iPhone X eye scan.
      The latest upgraded version of the little known phones is now available as octa core for half I paid for it (about £300) about 18 month ago.
      Fashion is a powerful thing that demands high pay. Unfortunately taxpayers pick up the bill for an increasing number of fashions.
      Since I do not feel the urge and need for an iPhone, I wonder if I can opt out of tax paid for fashions?

    • Frank Davis says:

      Brigitte, did you see the comment from Dmitri saying he had sent you an email?

  6. Joe L. says:

    James Repace said that it needed “tornado winds” to make rooms safe from secondhand smoke. Well, lots of bars in the Caribbean just got hurricane winds that didn’t just empty them of secondhand smoke, but completely blew them away.

    And that’s how “tornado winds” make a room safe from “secondhand smoke”–they don’t eliminate the smoke, they eliminate the room.

    To that effect, comprehensive smoking bans battered thousands of pubs, bars and clubs with financial “tornado winds” until they too were blown away.

    • beobrigitte says:

      It’s the Guardian. Enough said.
      These polluters privatised the fossil-fuel profits and socialised the cost to the world’s poor, global taxpayers and future generations. Big Carbon entities and individuals who claim their lobbying activities are just an expression of their democratic rights sound a lot like Big Tobacco when it was denying the health dangers of smoking.
      I noticed the Guardian claims that it’s lobbying activities are just an expression of their democratic right. Also, at the bottom of the article you will read that the Guardian is begging for cash. I vote for a pay wall for the Guardian, it’s my democratic right to do so.

  7. Margaret says:

    Off topic, new historical 1947 26 minute long educational film about the US tobacco farmer and industry and it was operated back then, called “Tobaccoland USA”. It explains types of tobacco, how and where they were/are grown, blended, processed, the number of jobs relying on the industry and what those jobs are, all good stuff.

    It is just out today on Youtube.

    Published on Sep 12, 2017

    Shows the growth and scope of the cigarette industry in the United States. Examines farming, curing, processing and selling tobacco for cigarettes and pipes. Highlights the tobacco industries contributions to the U.S. economy through sales taxes and use of related industries and its contribution to the pleasure of the people of the nation.

  8. waltc says:

    OT: you remember that tobacco control convention where no tobacco interests were allowed to attend and the press was barred? Look who the tobacco convention will be allowing to speak:

    https://www.nzdoctor.co.nz/un-doctored/2017/september-2017/13/Foundation-forming-to-eliminate-smoking-worldwide.aspx

    Not btw, our Audrey will be on a panel and likely the only voice in the room speaking for smokers. Even our former libertarian allies seem to’ve ditched us for vapers.

    • Barry Homan says:

      Consider moving to Denmark, if all this gets to be too much for some. The Danes still remain very leery about political correctness and the overzealous healthist culture. You can still smoke in the smaller bars here. The globalist Nanny State hasn’t taken over in Denmark, and it probably never will.

    • beobrigitte says:

      I guess not even the vapers on facebook like the idea of a
      Foundation forming to eliminate smoking worldwide
      Ushering in a bold, billion-dollar, far-reaching new effort to end smoking across the globe, the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World will be formally launched in New York City on September 13 at 9:30am EDT.
      Perhaps this “billion-dollar, far-reaching new effort” would be better put to use in the badly by hurricane hit areas?

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