Thank God It’s Friday

Flight or fight

ON MONDAY, I woke up in South Clapham, London, and went to sleep in St Anns, Port of Spain. Modern jet travel means one can travel halfway across the world in a little more than half a day. Quick, yes, but is it progress? I will be impressed if I manage to fly back from St Anns to Mayfair.Travelling by plane always makes me very, very tense even though I genuinely enjoy takeoff and landing (the most dangerous parts) and the actual flight part of it -- the eight or nine hours in a seat in a tube read more...

The small picture

AN OLD PHOTOGRAPH fell out of an old school textbook, Sinews of Empire ‑ A Short History of British Slavery. Taken on one of the few sunny days in England during the winter of 1977, it depicts five young men, aged 18 or 19, a brotherhood of the A’Level class of Bedford College (although it’s hard to reconcile the jpot-bellied, bald me of today with the skinny, long-haired kid in the photograph). With me are: Mahmood Motamed, from Tehran, Iran, whose father was a regular visitor to the read more...

Pushing 60, Pulling Stones

THE ROLLING STONES, the Greatest Rock ‘N’ Roll Band of All Time Who Are Not Yet Dead, are the same age as the country of Trinidad & Tobago, 56 years old today, and it isn’t treasonous to observe that the Stones have done far better than us in their 56 years as an independent unit. Individually, the Stones are all old fogies by anyone’s standards: Mick Jagger is 75; Keith Richards, 74; Charlie Watts, 77; and Ronnie Wood, the baby of the band, turned 71 in June.Yet the Stones are still read more...

Trump Quaking

THE BEST THING about being away from the Internet and television for the last week was that, for seven blissful days, I did not once think about Donald J-for-Jackass Trump. That by itself transformed an intensely challenging week in which I spent two days – 48 full hours – in a plane, a train, an airport or a train station, 22 of those hours straight in the same clothes – into a proper holiday; I’ve still got seven travel hours ahead of me but that’s now going to be a day of grinning read more...

A Red House for Mr Biswas

To mark the enigma of departure, I offer this affectionate parody, peopling our Red House with the tragicomic c.haracters of Miguel Steet. The words italicised below are mine; Sir Vidia’s prose in plain type, as untouched as it is untouchable, is taken direct from Miguel Street. Chapter 1. BraggartEvery Friday when he got up the Red House steps, Chat would sit on the banister and shout across, “What happening there, Braggart?” Braggart would mumble softly, “What happening there, Chat? read more...
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The Secret Diary of Donald J Trump, aged 71 ¾

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Noble Piece Prize for Me

11 June 2018 Deerest Dairy The day I’ve been waiting for with worms in my mouth – baited breath – has arrived at last after all this time finally and how goodly it is: soon I will sit down with Little Kim Ping Pong and DO A DEAL FOR A NEW TRUMP TOWER in Poon Tang or whatever it is they call the North Korn-Hole-ean New York. I’m going to take one look at that little yellow nip and he will quake in his boots. They’re all afraid of me. All those European wah-wah-crybaby leaders want read more

No Such Thing as the American BLACK Eagle?

6 June 2018Deer DairyWhat a fantastical time! Things could not be going more goodly. I will soon get the Noble Peace Prize – or else I will defund it, like I did Planned Parenthood – for putting my boot on the neck of Little Rocket Kim Ping Pong HE NEEDED A STRONG AMERICAN JACKBOOT ON HIS LITTLE YELLOW NECK MANY FINE PEOPLE KNEW THAT. Many people are saying that, sometimes, the Nazis knew what they were doing. Even more betterly than the Noble Peace Prize I’m going to get is WHAT I’M read more

BC on TV

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TT Film Fest Film of the Day Thurs 20th

The 13th Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival runs until September 25th on two screens in MovieTowne Port of Spain, one in San Fernando, another in Tobago and at the University of the West Indies. Film writer, BC Pires, will be picking a Film of the Day every day. Pires sat on the first TT Film Fest Jury and wrote the Judge’s Report and has been the Youth Jury’s mentor since its inception in 2014. A different film will be picked every day, and other worthwhile films mentioned. Because of the limitations of programming schedules, the film of the day may not necessarily be the “best” one. Films with an * have been or will be daily picks. Today’s film is: Hall (Rommel Hall/ 2017/ Barbados / Documentary feature / 95 mins/ Unrated), 6pm Sc 8, MovieTowne POS. Barbadian filmmaker Read more...

Trini to d Bone

One Food Love

My name is Collette Ruben and I’ve just graduated as a Cordon Bleu professional chef. I’m a Santa Cruz girl. Not so far from where Brian Lara grew up. He and my mum are actually related, though I’m not sure exactly how. They say everybody in Santa Cruz is related butit’s more like everybody in Trinidad [is].My sister, Cherisse, and I have a two-year gap, so we were close. And we had two cousins, Leslie and Lindsay, so it was always the four of us girls.Santa Cruz is a very quiet place. I grew up loving to read. And write, a little bit. Cherisse and I went through a “gory story” phase. A lot of blood and maggots and stuff. Mummy would be, like, “Oh, my God! Stop writing about those things!” I don’t read crime fiction, though. I prefer the Toni Morrison kinda stuff. Elizabeth Nunez is one of my favourites. Oonya Kempadoo, too.I work with my dad in his fine dining restaurant. My mum works there, too. My sister Cherisse will eventually come on as our marketing person. So Read more...

BC Pires

is a barrister by qualification (class of 1984) but, for the last 28 years, has done nothing but write to earn a living. His flagship column, Thank God It’s Friday, has appeared in either the Trinidad Guardian or the Trinidad Express since Ash Friday, 1988. He has written about film from an informed lay perspective for the same period and is as close as the cricket-playing West Indies gets to a film critic (though he refuses that label). He has written for many publications, including the London Sunday Observer and the London & Manchester Guardian. Since 2010, his personality-based feature, “Trini/’Bago to D Bone” has been appearing in the Trinidad Guardian. Since 2002, he has been the editor of Cré Olé, the Trinidad & Tobago annual restaurant guide.
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