Received this book by snail mail today. With an accompanying letter suggesting that I might spot any grains of interesting dust which may lurk within it. James Pope Hennessy paints a picture of life in the islands " busy, patriotic, traditional, but conducted in an atmosphere tinged with incongruity and a sense of exile"
Feeling rather busy and traditional this morning, and always incongruous, the power was out all night and there are no telephones lines working.
The jacket was designed by Cecil Beaton, who also captured my Grandmother Lady Louis Mountbatten.
With Chris Cuomo, dressed in Victoria Beckham. Me not him.
On my way over to Oprah, airing 4pm EST on WABC (7) in NYC.
Check local listings for times, if you can bear to.
on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 01:14PM by India Hicks
Watch me talk with Barbara Walters, on behalf of my exhausted Mum. Tonight's 20/20 special 8-10pm EST on ABC
I will be stepping back to the future all this week with Good Morning America on ABC.
The show I hosted and executive produced for TLC is also running every day this week (See the show SCHEDULE)
And on The Royal Wedding day, if you can really face it, after being part of ITV's live coverage I join Barbara Walters before heading over to Oprah at 10am EST.
As I land in London, to begin the week as royal correspondent,
I wonder how my boys are peacefully spending their Easter day.
Today the eight year old turns nine. I found this picture. He looks angelic.
But then I realized the eight-nine year old was holding Lamby. And Lamby belongs to the 12 year old. Wrong child. It happens a lot. But because that dress is so damn good I'm still posting it.
Happy Birthday my boy. I love you.
Barbara Walters came to interview my mother and I for her Royal Wedding 20/20 special. It airs this Monday, April 18th 10pm on ABC. You will have to forgive my rather slooooowwwww serrrrrrrrrrrrious voice. I am not sure quite what happens to me when I talk about 'That Wedding'. Lighten up a little India.
What was so extraordinary about spending time with Barbara was her own fascinating stories. One day she can be interviewing royal bridesmaids and the next Afghani refugee's.
Barbara did a story on gender roles in Kabul, several years before the American involvement in the Afghan conflict. She noted that women customarily walked five paces behind their husbands. She recently returned to Kabul, and observed that women still walk behind their husbands. Despite the overthrow of the oppressive Taliban regime, the women now seem to, and are happy to, maintain the old custom. Barbara approached one of the Afghani women and asked, "Why do you now seem happy with an old custom that you once tried so desperately to change?"
The woman looked Barbara straight in the eyes, and without hesitation said, "Land Mines."
I have just launched a collection of FINE JEWELLREY, HICKS ON HICKS, inspired by my father's bold geometric patterns. My brother has just launched a collection of candles, in collaboration with Jo Malone, inspired by my father's bold geometric patterns.
Below is my terrible snap of the Pomegranate Noir candle beside the David Hicks carnation chair in my father's library.
OK internet strangers, lets go shopping: WWW.JOMALONE.COM
TLC Sunday April 24th 9pm
Executive Produced and Hosted by India Hicks
Wesley's mother, a treasured member of our community has died, tragically young, of cancer. Tomorrow I am cycling 70 miles in her memory. Please help me ride those miles and raise much needed funds for the Bahamas cancer society.
Spring Break, and we all intend to chill a little.
Below is a picture of Linda and I having just completed a 70 mile cycle ride, we are just too shattered to even think about being photographed anywhere more scenic than the back of the conch fritter shack.
This image means so much to me.
Firstly it marks the anniversary of my blog, as my first posting ever was last year's Ride For Hope event (you can see I am wearing last year's shirt, but I promise it is this year)
Secondly and more importantly because I am proud to have been a part of this event.
The Ride for Hope Bahamas began because the Bahamas is unique in the world for one terrifying statistic - Genetic samples taken by the University of Miami (Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center) show that 25% of Bahamian Women with Breast Cancer have a BRCA 1 genetic mutation - this is the highest known incidence in the world.
The Bahamian tragedy is that this more aggressive type of Breast Cancer happens to Bahamian women at a young age - 34% are 44 or younger and 45% of them have late stage breast cancer when diagnosed. The average age is 42, it is a leading cause of death in young Bahamian women.
Children lose mothers. Brothers lose sisters. Communities lose leaders, teachers, business women. Parents outlive their adult daughters, it is a tragedy on many levels. The expenses born by these families is crippling.
Testing and Knowledge is the KEY to survival - I know that personally, my mother is a breast cancer survivor.
Early screening is the proven method in early diagnosis and leads to dramatically higher survival rates after treatment.
If I can do anything to raise Bahamian women's awareness of what the Ride for Hope Supports, perhaps it will save another friend - my message is - don't wait till it is too late - get tested now, get Mammogram's regularly - be pro-active in your fight against this dreadful disease.
The Ride for Hope offers free genetic testing to women of Eleuthera, Spanish Wells and Harbour Island who go for screening mammograms.
If you test positive, you have more control over your life, you will have the education and the tools you need to stay healthy and the opportunity to be proactive in your own care. I rode those 70 miles in memory of Wesley's mother, Lynne Cleare. Who is dearly missed.
Today I will be riding 70 miles in the blistering heat, raising money for The Bahamas Cancer Society.
The three year old did a little training with me.