Out of the cane fields of Tacarigua October 03, 2022
I want to congratulate Ulric "Buggy" Haynes, a recipient of a Hummingbird Medal. Not only is Buggy deserving of this award, but it's the kind of story we need to tell our children about the heights great men have reached and kept. His is part of a larger story of community that the Ministry of Sport and Community Development (S&CD) should keep in mind. Full Article
Rituals of grief September 26, 2022
I didn't expect to spend so much time looking at the funeral of Elizabeth II. I was intrigued by the spectacle made of death (a display put on for its visual effect and impact) and the ritual of grief (a solemn ceremony performed according to a prescribed order) that was enacted before millions of people. Full Article
Deluded Children of Empire September 19, 2022
On a sunny day in February of 1952 I was an eight-year-old schoolboy made to attend a memorial service for King George VI, the father of the late Elizabeth II. On that day I remembered the "Taps" played by the Police Band or the Tacarigua Orphan Home Band, as the bugles rattled through the bamboos on the banks of the Tacarigua River that flowed on the western side of the church. Full Article
Look-me! A reclamation of self - Pt II September 12, 2022
Staged events such as "Stink & Dutty" are nothing more than a reflection of the carnivalesque, a mode of cultural and social production that attempts to subvert the assumptions of the dominant class. Full Article
Look-me! A reclamation of self September 05, 2022
Two weeks ago I gave a lecture at a Transformative Leadership Bootcamp at QRC organised by Dr Brian Harry, to a mix of younger and older people who asked my opinion of the themed party Stink & Dutty. Implicitly, the questioner included those unscripted events such as Jam Naked and FOC that are occurring across the country. My puritanical instincts and old-fashioned notions of decency almost demanded that I regard these events as expressions/manifestations of moral and social decadence. Full Article
The cries of our people August 29, 2022
"The horner man crying; Somebody horn de horner man..."
—Anil Roberts on Keith Rowley
"I could take a horn if I get one. I ain’t sending nobody to kill nobody."
—Dr Keith Rowley's response to Roberts
These are the sentiments of two of our leaders on the eve of the Diamond jubilee of our Independence. Serious people treated Roberts' characterisation of Sharon Clark-Rowley, the prime minister's wife, with the disdain that it deserved. There was no reason to drag her into the gutter, as there was no need to elevate such spurious nonsense to the level of serious national discourse. As we say—if you play with the dog, you get bitten by the fleas.
Winning hearts and minds August 22, 2022
A call to my grandnephew, Devon La Touche, a library assistant at the Beetham Gardens Community Library (BGCL) and the Joint Community Service Centre in Gonzales, on Wednesday and Thursday respectively, led to two instructive days. Full Article
The homecoming August 15, 2022
As the airplane hovered over the Northern Range, I knew I was home. I was happy but anxious-feeling. It was two and a half years since I left my country in April 2020, just before the borders closed. No one could have known the horrible Covid epidemic would bring so much sorrow to so many people.
Picton's cruelty: Luisa Calderon's resilience August 08, 2022
There can be no doubt about the cruelty of —Thomas Picton, the first British governor of Trinidad and Tobago (1797-1803), and the resilience of Luisa Calderon, one of the persons he tortured during his governorship. Full Article
Keith Rowley's Failed Leadership - Pt III August 01, 2022
On Friday, July 21, 2021, around 1.30 p.m., PM Keith Rowley was preparing for his golf game when a senior golf services coordinator sustained an ankle injury from a golf cart he was driving. Nothing untoward seems to have happened to the woman. An hour later, Rowley confirmed, "While I was playing golf I heard from my lawyer that the woman was taken to the hospital, was checked out and cleared to go... Nobody was ‘run over'." (Express, October 27, 2021).
Keith Rowley's Failed Leadership - Pt II July 25, 2022
On April 21, 2022, the prime minister commented on the close to 20 murders that took place while he was in Barbados. Asked if T&T was losing its fight against crime, the PM responded: "I don't notice anybody running away from the fact that we are a violent society and in recent years a number of persons have gotten their hands on firearms, handguns in particular." (Express, April 22.) Full Article
Keith Rowley's Failed Leadership July 18, 2022
As I listened to a recent message that Mother Bernie sent to Keith Rowley, I appreciated anew why Eric Williams paid so much attention to the wisdom of the leaders of the Spiritual Baptist faith. In her tour de force, she informed Rowley of some truths about leadership that laid bare his shortcomings as our political leader. Full Article
The politics of redemption - Pt III July 11, 2022
It was a hot July day in the late 1990s when I received a call from a young man, full of enthusiasm, who wanted to make a difference in the lives of young people. He wanted me to address the members of an organisation he led. His name was Foster Cummings. I have never forgotten the devotion he applied to what he was doing. Full Article
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