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By Cécile Lucot
    Cécile Lucot has lived in St. Barths for ten years. Originally from Bordeaux, this professional journalist was the editor-in-chief of St. Barth Magazine for six years. She then participated in the daily local mini-newspaper "Today" and writes regularly for regional magazines. Once or twice a month, she presents a recap of local news on St. Barths Online.
  December 2, 2005 - #52
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   Twenty Swedes Participate in Gustavia Loppet
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Led by Roger Richter, president of Sallskappet, The Friends of Saint Barth association in Stockholm, a group of 22 Swedes spent 10 days visiting the region. The goal of their Caribbean voyage was to run in two mini-marathons: the 15th annual Gustavia Loppet in Saint Barth on Sunday, November 20, and the Anguilla Race Against Aids, held the next weekend. In Saint Barth, 71 adults including 21 women were on the starting line for the 10-kilometer race from Saint Jean to Gustavia. The winner was Eddy Romil, an athlete from Guadeloupe, who ran the race in a mere 31 minutes and 34 seconds. Lars Jakobsson, the top Swede in the overall classification, took sixth place. Swede Ollé Norrby was the oldest participant, and she finished the race in 1h 04 min. After five days, during which time they enjoyed the island’s great cuisine and shopped in its boutiques, the Swedish contingent went by boat to Anguilla. Enrolled as “Super Veterans” (50 years and over), they ran another 10-km race. Mario Maxor, a runner from Saint Barth, whose time was 37 min 35 secs, took first place, with Roger Richter following on his heels for second place honors.

   Images of Saint Barth in 1952
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Roger Richter brought a special gift to Saint Barth in his luggage: he presented the Saint Barth Friends of Sweden Association (ASBAS) with a copy of a 37-minute film shot on the island in 1952. Of enormous cultural and sentimental value, the frames of the film reveal many faces and landscapes that have since disappeared from Saint Barth or have greatly changed, including Pointe Milou before any houses were built, the bay of Lorient, the harbor in Gustavia and its beaches, the construction of the weather station, the old streets of Gustavia, the savannah of Saint Jean that became the airport. One scene even shows pilot Rémy de Haenen landing in the grass where the runway is now located, and the bishop descending from the plane to the amazement of the local goats who were grazing nearby. This documentary was made by Baron Sten Gustafsson Nordenskhold, a military career officer, who decided out of curiosity to visit Sweden’s former colony. Born in 1889, Baron Gustafsson Nordenskhold died in 1987, and lived in the region of Umea, a town located along the Gulf of Bothnia, approximately 220 kms south of the town of Pitea. He set sail on a cargo ship toward the end of 1951, heading to Venezuela. He then took a small boat to Saint Barth by way of Curaçao and Saint Martin. He screened his film for the first time in 1964 for the members of the Sallskappet association (of which he was one of the five founding members). The film, which was carefully preserved in the association’s archives, was transferred to a DVD and presented to Daniel Blanchard, president of ASBAS. A free public screening was organized on Wednesday, November 30, at the local junior high school.

   Special Thanksgiving Party: boutiques stayed open until 9pm with a fashion show for entertainment
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On Friday, November 25, the businesses in the Cour Vendôme and the Carré d’Or, decided to celebrate Thanksgiving one day late by keeping their stores open until 9pm. Organized by Olivier Bernasconi, the manager of Le Square restaurant, the evening included a fashion show featuring the latest collections from Renato Nucci and Geisha Vampire. This first experiment was successful and will be repeated, as the idea for a weekly evening event had been discussed for a while. “We want to meet the needs of our clients who would like to shop after 6pm. It would be great if all the stores in Gustavia went along. This evening event met its goal and was popular with our guests.”

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