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The wife of a Palestinian prisoner
in an Israeli jail gave birth on Friday
to a boy born from sperm smuggled
into Gaza, her family said, the first
successful pregnancy of its kind in the
embattled coastal enclave.
The procedure follows several similar
cases last year in the West Bank, and
Palestinians view such births as an act
of defiance against Israel's jail policies.
"I am tired and very, very happy,"
said mother Hana al-Za'anin, her voice
weak, hours after delivering baby al-
Speaking from a hospital bed in Gaza
City, she told Reuters Israel had banned
her from visiting her husband since his
arrest in 2006, citing unspecified "secu-
Most of Gaza's 1.8 million people are
barred from entering Israel for the same
reason, although it allows some mer-
chants and seriously ill people to enter
its territory from Gaza. (Reuters)
Smuggled sperm brings baby joy to Gaza prisoner's family
It s dark by the time we pass the sign to
the Arnos Vale Hotel. First opened in 1942,
it has been closed since last year, a casualty
of Tobago s tourism decline. In its prime in
the 1970s it was a holiday spot for rich Euro-
pean tourists, British aristocracy, Princess
Margaret and the Queen s servants, whom
she sent there for their annual holiday. Now
it is on the market for US$25 million.
The car swings round another couple of
bends, the thick forest blocking out the moon-
light is illuminated by the car's high beams.
We are close to the edge of the oldest, densest
rainforest in the western hemisphere.
Pulling up in the car park we walk a few
metres to a lit doorway framed by tall trees.
From nowhere, our host, Phillip Brontë appears
to greet us. It's a low-key reopening ahead of
a big launch planned for post-Carnival 2014.
Brontë is the proprietor of the Arnos Vale
Waterwheel restaurant. His father, William
Brontë, owns the 410-acre Arnos Vale estate,
including the famous old hotel. Now 84,
William is the Trinidadian son of an English-
man descended from the literary Brontë fam-
ily---Charlotte, Emily, Anne and Branwell---
who travelled to the Panama Canal and
eventually ended up in Trinidad. Named after
a cemetery in Bristol, Arnos Vale is a lush
green estate bordered by the sea to the north
and the town of Les Coteaux to the east.
William Brontë acquired it in 1972, having
amassed enough wealth as the owner of Win-
sure insurance company to accumulate a prop-
erty portfolio across T&T. Every weekend,
William would take his son Philip to the hotel
Born in Santa Margarita, Philip Brontë grew
up in St Augustine and finished school in
Toronto. After his studies he travelled to Eng-
land where he established a career managing
In 1996, William Brontë asked his son to
come back to Tobago to manage a project for
him---a restaurant in the shadow of the 19th-
century waterwheel, a relic of the 250-year-
old British sugar factory.
Philip had begun as a busboy at a pizza
parlour in Covent Garden before moving to
Sonny's in the London suburb of Barnes,
owned by two-Michelin-starred chef Phil
Howard. He was on the brink of buying his
own restaurant in London but the option of
managing an exciting new project and devel-
oping his cooking style in Tobago was too
good to turn down.
But having returned, he found the restaurant
was not even built yet. It had been a lure his
father had used to bring him home.
Unperturbed, Phillip set about the task,
building a dining room, kitchens and a bar
whose terrace looks up at the 60-foot wheel.
At first people were reluctant to pay the
entrance fee (the waterwheel grounds doubles
as a tourist attraction and nature trail) so
Brontë tempted them in with champagne
Foreign chefs tried and failed to get to grips
with the local ingredients so Brontë took over
Phillip Brontë, proprietor of the Arnos Vale Waterwheel restaurant, stands near the 19th-century waterwheel on his father's 410-acre Arnos Vale estate, in Tobago.
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Bronte reinvents the Wheel
Having lived in London and
been exposed to modern
European cuisine I did the
same but called it modern
Caribbean. Everybody tried to
copy it, so I changed it to New
World Creole, and nobody
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