Friday, July 17, 2009

Birds of Barbados

I've recently returned from the tropical paradise of Barbados.

A little birdy visited us at breakfast every morning on our balcony.

Just as fun in a foreign-travel-is-cool sort of way was the AIDS prevention billboard we saw every time we took the reggae van into Bridgetown. As you can see in the picture below, the lovely model in cricket gear has got a bat in one hand and a condom in the other.

In case you didn't know, cricket is hugely popular on the island. So putting a cute bird in full cricket gear is a smart way for the Barbados HIV/AIDS Commission to get their message across. I was told by someone who knows the rules of cricket that if the ball is bowled and hits the striking batsman's (or woman's) wicket, the batsman "is given out," meaning that he or she is out of the game.

So ladies and gents, the message is clear: Use a condom to protect your wicket!

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