Thank God It’s Friday

​Trump Scrambles the Boiled Egg

IT’S SO GOOD for the soul to laugh heartily at Donald Trump again, as I have been all week. A decade ago, before he belly-flopped into the White House and turned American politics into harsh reality TV, I watched The Apprentice every Sunday and laughed until I wept at this buffoon, who managed to cut a slovenly figure in a $15,000 suit! How I loved how limited everything about him was (apart from his gumption and sense of entitlement). He was a supposed billionaire over whom I felt genuinely superior; I pitied the poor rich firetruck. Until he and the Russians pulled off the biggest political con since Brexit and left me waking up miserable every day when I remembered that it wasn’t a bad dream and President Obama really had been followed by this fat firetruck, this idiot-without-the-savant, this poster boy, this poster man-child of rich white read more...

Trini to d Bone

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Regrets by the Armful

Picture courtesy Mark LyndesayPicture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Shaun Ghany and I’m not bashing anybody else’s preference or the tattoo community but I regret my tattoo. I come from the East, between Trincity and Arima. A small family, two parents, me, my younger sister. I went to Charis Works Christian Centre and Curepe Junior Sec but I wouldn’t really say school was something I liked. It feel like a prison to me. They was REAL strict. Especially my primary school. I completely finished school but it was more something I endured than enjoyed. I used to be in retail, then I went to medical distribution, I worked on the oilfields for a while, contract work, went back into retail and started working along with my wife. It’s just me and her in our family now. I enjoy my food. The whole burger combo: burger, Read more...
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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.

The Secret Diary of Donald J Trump, aged 71 ¾

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Thanks-Taking Day Blues

26 November 2018Deer DairyWhat a bigly disappointment Thanksgiving always is!!!! You have to pretend to like being at home and Melania gave the turkey drumstick to that fat little kid AGAIN IT IS MINE EVEN IF I DON’T EAT IT and I prefer KFC and Big Macs anyway. YOU CAN’T EAT TURKEY WITH FRIES. Just throw away the turkey and eat the fries, bestly advice I always give myself but at least I am around to save America and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN LIKE A SHARK MAKE AMERICA GREAT WHITE AGAIN. read more

​Me Alone Again Naturally Terrific

13 November 2018Deer DairyEverything I did for those Republican losers and they can’t even keep the House! I win them the Senate with my exhaustingly trips all over the country – 72 rallies in six days, Deerest Dairy, just me winning everything for them with my grandly speaking and bestly words, making every nationalist proud, like me – and they lose the House!!!! HOW CAN THEY DO THIS TO ME THE DEMO RATS WILL PUBLISH MY TAX RETURNS NOW!!!! I all ways get what I want except when I have to read more

BC on TV

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A Trifecta of What's Best on the Box for Sunday 11 November 2018

On what might be the best day for film choice on cable/DirecTV, ever, all but one of the Also Rans categories have a bolded film – and there’s a Western – one of the best – in the top three! And each of the three choices could legitimately be called BEST FILM OF THE DAY. Today’s Number One Film:*No Country for Old Men, 7.30pm Paramount Channel.Watch this if you liked Apocalypse Now,The Three Burials of Melquiades Estradaor any film by Sam Peckinpah. Part thriller, part Western, as upsetting as it is intriguing, this modern-day drug money heist flick is Cormac McCarthy’s bleak 2005 novel brought to life. It was a natural fit for the Coen Bros’ dark humour and deadpan violence, but it is so overwhelmingly hopeless, it discourages anyone from declaring it Read more...
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