(Bailiwick of Jersey, United Kingdom)
- Capital: Saint Heller
- Language: English
- Area: 116kmsq
- Population: 92,500 thousand
- Currency: British sterling
Lying in the channel between England and France, Jersey has experienced more trouble than probably all the islands within the British Isles. During the wars between France and England, both countries sought to occupy their land as a point of attack. Even today, islanders tend to speak both French and English. It was also one of their few British territories- the other being Guernsey- to be occupied by the Nazis. They arrested 1,200 islanders and killed 20. When they finally left, the islanders were close to starvation when the British Red Cross arrived to save them. Today, Jersey is famous as a tax haven.
Jersey didn’t start becoming the relatively rich island it is today until the 16thcentury. French Christian refugees, barred from their own country, began arriving on their shores. They brought culture and expertise. They opened Shops, formed industries, and before long, developed a booming economy. Today the country’s Catholic foundations are showing in its ethnic groups- UK, French, Polish and Portuguese.
The Jersey Grassroots Festival provides just what it says; traditional roots music- folk, blues, jazz and folk. If you don’t know too much about the scene then expect some obscure sending acts such as Seasick Steve and the Bag Raider. Equally expect a stunning location- Val de la is an unspoilt green zone located next to St. Oun Bay.
Bonn Nuit is a natural harbor good night in French. It refers to the time sailors used to shelter here, safe in-between the headlands of Fremont and la Crete. A focal point is le Chevol Guilame- a rock formation people row around for luck on St. John’s Day.
In the horror film the Wickerman, a deeply religious police officer travels to a small Scottish island to investigate a series of murders. What he finds is an island of Pagans looking to offer him as a sacrifice to their Gods. They tie him in a giant figure made of wicker and set light to it. Well, not exactly fact, the story has some basic truth. Every summer solstice, islanders burn a wickerman (minus the person) on one of its beaches. For fans of the film and for fans of ancient tradition, it makes for good black fun.
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