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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a multi island Anglo-Caribbean country in the Lesser Antilles island arc, in the southeast Windward Islands, which lies in the West Indies at the southern end of the eastern border of the Caribbean Sea where the latter meets the Atlantic Ocean. The sovereign state is frequently known as Saint Vincent, its 389 km2 territory consists of the main island of Saint Vincent and the northern two-thirds of the Grenadines, a chain of 32 smaller islands. Some of the Grenadines are inhabited — Bequia, Union Island, Palm Island, Young Island — while others are not: Tobago Cays, Petit Saint Vincent, Bettowia, Petite Mustique and Petit Nevis. Most of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines lies within the Hurricane Alley. To the north of Saint Vincent lies Saint Lucia, to the east is Barbados, Grenada lies to the south. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a densely populated country for its size with 110,211 inhabitants. Kingstown is main port. Saint Vincent has a British colonial history, is now part of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, CARICOM, the Commonwealth of Nations, the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States.

Christopher Columbus, the first European to discover the island, named it after St. Vincent of Saragossa, whose feast day it was on the day Columbus first saw it. Before the arrival of Europeans and Africans in the 16th century, various Amerindian groups passed through or settled on St. Vincent and the Grenadines, including the Ciboney and Carib people; the island now known as Saint Vincent was named Youloumain by the native Island Caribs who called themselves Kalina/Carina. It is thought; the indigenous Garifuna people, who became known as the "Black Caribs", aggressively prevented European settlement on Saint Vincent. Various attempts by the English and Dutch to claim the island proved unsuccessful, it was the French who were first able to colonise the island, settling in the town of Barrouallie on the Leeward side of St Vincent in 1719; the French brought with them enslaved African prisoners of war to work the plantations of sugar, indigo, tobacco and cocoa. The British captured the island and drove out the French from Barrouallie during the Seven Years' War, a claim confirmed with the Treaty of Paris.

On taking control of the island in 1763, the British laid the foundations of Fort Charlotte and brought with them enslaved African prisoners of war to work on the island plantations. The Black Caribs however, opposed to the British presence, went into open conflict against the British, starting the First Carib War which lasted from 1772 to 1773. During the Anglo-French War the French re-captured St Vincent in 1779. However, the British regained control under the Treaty of Versailles; the uneasy peace between the British and the black Caribs led to the Second Carib War, which lasted from 1795 to 1796. The black Caribs were led by Garifuna Paramount Chief Joseph Chatoyer and they were supported by the French, notably the radical Victor Hugues from the island of Martinique, their revolt and uprising was put to an end in 1797 by British General Sir Ralph Abercromby. In 1806 the building of Fort Charlotte was completed; the La Soufriere volcano erupted in 1812, resulting in considerable destruction The British abolished slavery in Saint Vincent in 1834, an apprenticeship period followed which ended in 1838.

After its end, labour shortages on the plantations resulted, this was addressed by the immigration of indentured servants. Conditions remained harsh for both former slaves and immigrant agricultural workers, as depressed world sugar prices kept the economy stagnant until the turn of the century; the economy went into a period of decline with many landowners abandoning their estates and leaving the land to be cultivated by liberated slaves. The Opobo king Jaja of Nigeria was exiled to St. Vincent after his 1887 arrest by the British for shipping cargoes of palm oil directly to Liverpool without the intermediation of the National African Company. In 1902, La Soufrière volcano erupted. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines passed through various stages of colonial status under the British. A representative assembly was authorised in 1776, Crown Colony government was installed in 1877, a legislative council was created in 1925 with a limited franchise, universal adult suffrage was granted in 1951. During the period of its control of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Britain made several attempts to unify the island with other Windward Islands as a single entity, with the aim of simplifying British control in the Anglo-Caribbean region through a single unified administration.

In the 1960s, the British again tried to unify all of its regional islands including Saint Vincent into one united single entity under British control, unified politically. The unification was to be called the West Indies Federation and was driven by a desire to gain independence from British government. However, the attempt collapsed in 1962. Saint Vincent was granted

Shangri-La Plaza (TV pilot)

Shangri-La Plaza is a musical-comedy pilot made for CBS in 1990. It was written and created by Mark Mueller and Nick Castle, it starred The Office’s Melora Hardin, Oscar nominee Chris Sarandon, jazz singer Carmen Lundy, Broadway's original Beast and Javert Terrence Mann, a two-time Tony Award Nominee for Best Actor. It featured the tap dancer Savion Glover in one of his first television appearances, as well as eight-year-old Allison Mack, of Smallville fame, it was filmed on location in an actual mini-mall at the corner of Vineland Avenue and Burbank Boulevard in North Hollywood, California. The episode is available on YouTube. Shangri-La Plaza on IMDb

There's a Skeeter on My Peter

"There's a Skeeter on My Peter" is a well-known humorous song. It is sung to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It" or sometimes "She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain"; the premise of this song is that the mosquito is on the singer's penis and he would like someone to cause the insect to depart from his appendage. This song, like many in its genre, has variable lyrics, including substituting "knock it off" with "beat it off" or "whack it off". Variant #1: There's a skeeter on my peter, flick it off There's a skeeter on my peter, flick it off There's a dozen on my daddy's I can hear the bastards buzzin' There's a skeeter on my peter, flick it offVariant #2: There's a skeeter on my peter, get it off There's a dozen on my daddy's I can hear the bastards buzzin' There's a skeeter on my peter, get it offVariant #3: There's a skeeter on my peter, sweet Marie There's another on my brother, can't you see There's a dozen on my daddy Can't you hear those bastards buzzin' There's a skeeter on my peter, sweet MarieVariant #4: There's a skeeter on my peter, whack it off There's another on my brother, whack it off There's a dozen on my daddy's I can hear the bastards buzzin' There's a skeeter on my peter, whack it offVariant #5: There's a skeeter on my peter, knock it off There's another on my brother, knock it off There's a dozen on my daddy's just to hear the bastards buzzin' There's a skeeter on my peter, knock it offVariant #6: There's a skeeter on my peter, knock it off There's a skeeter on my peter, knock it off There's a skeeter on my peter playing ping pong with my ding dong There's a skeeter on my peter, knock it offVariant #7: There's a skeeter on my peter, flick it off There's a skeeter on my peter, flick it off There's a thousand more a comin', I can hear them all abuzzin' There's a skeeter on my peter, flick it offVariant #8: There's a skeeter on my peter, knock it off There's a skeeter on my peter, knock it off There's a skeeter on my peter Cuz it knows there's nothin' sweeter There's a skeeter on my peter, knock it offVariant #9: There's a spider up inside her, get it out There's a spider up inside her, get it out There's a spider up inside her Cuz there ain't nowhere that's wider There's a spider up inside her, get it outVariant #10 There's a skeeter on my peter, knock if off There's another on my brother, knock it off There's a dozen on my cousin Can't you hear them bastards buzzin There's a skeeter on my peter, knock it offVariant #11 There's a skeeter on my peter, whack if off There's a skeeter on my peter, whack it off There's a dozen on my cousin I can hear them bastards buzzin There's a skeeter on my peter, whack it offVariant #12: There's a skeeter on my peter, whack it off There's a skeeter on my peter, whack it off Whack it off with all your might Before it gets a chance to bite There's a skeeter on my peter, whack it off The earliest printed example of this song is found in the book Parodology where the melody is listed as an adaptation of the tune "Little Bit of Love".

This song has been commercially recorded by John Valby and by an anonymous person on the 1960 LP The Unexpurgated Folk Songs of Men