Wednesday, November 17, 2010


There is a new restaurant in the city, Hemelhuijs at 71 Waterkant Street,  the latest manifestation of Jacques Erasmus' creative spirit.   He has chosen the location well.  Surrounded by buildings whose facades have been restored to reflect their former glory and in sight of the World Cup pedestrian bridge, one is immediately awake to all sorts of possibilities.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Update to Email From America With James Plugh #2

                                                  Election Night Update
Results of Rhode Island name debate
What is in a name?

Dear Leslie,

It's election night here and while most everyone's attention is on the national picture where the Republican Party has won enough votes to take control of the House of Representatives, I've been watching Question 1 on the Rhode Island ballot.  You'll remember that voters in our neighboring state had been asked to decide if the official name of the state should be changed.  I can report that our smallest state will continue to have the longest official name.  The voters have decided by a 78% to 22% margin to retain the name, The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

Now you can tell me how you would have voted.

Until next time,


Dear James,

Back Chat prefers to keep a neutral position on issues, however we can say that we are very pleased with the outcome of the ballot.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Email From America With James Plugh #3

Join James Plugh as he searches for the ultimate recipe for clam chowder.  Follow him as he unravels the mystery of the Black Pearl.  

And when you have reached the end of the treasure hunt, you will be so hungry that Back Chat predicts that you will make yourself a pot of this heavenly brew.

Clam Chowder Anyone?