Thank God It’s Friday

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...

Jasper the Lionhearted

Emancipation Day showers pelting down and I’m criss-crossing St James, searching in vain as well as in rain, for doubles for my daughter. In a side street, in the middle of the road, in the rain, he sits, wet tail wound around his damp, straggly, reddish-brown fur. He looks like a preemie fox. Standing on rear tiptoe, his front paws at full stretch would barely touch my knees. He turns a baleful eye towards me. Bounce me, nuh. Raindrops spattering my spectacles, I call out to him. He read more...

TGIF - Delayed

Thank God it's Friday's column will be delayed by one day now it is being published in the Newsday. Check your Newsday paper or online today for BC's column Thank God It's FridayTomorrow you will find TGIF on bcpires.com and all subscribers will received their emailed copy.In case you firetrucking care! read more...

Emancipation precipitation

SITTING at my desk on Wednesday, trying to avoid the irony of having to work on Emancipation Day, instead of setting fingers to keyboard, I turn eyes to window and watch the water lash the pane. It always rains on the Emancipation parade; you could almost set your watch by the banner at the head of the march reaching the National Museum and the black clouds opening up over the black people. Water lashing the pane and the Africans; well, better water than a whip. What a place we come from, our read more...

​Pride in July 27th

IT WAS 28 years ago today, Abu Bakr taught the bandits to play, as the Beatles might have sung, if they’d come from Laventille and not Liverpool; and the song would not have been “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” but “Abu Bakr’s Lonely Boys Gun Banditry”. Yes, 28 years ago today, measured both by calendar date and from Friday-to-Friday, after their midday prayers, 115 men apparently divinely-guided men left the Jamaat-al-Muslimeen compound at 1 Mucurapo Road – both 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

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A Trifecta of What’s Best on the Box for Sunday 12 August 2018

Many times are listed as approximate because the Internet was playing the donkey in Tobago this week; the top Also Ran film could also have been named the BEST FILM OF THE DAY; the Robin Williams documentary very nearly made the cut. Today’s Number One Film: *The Hours 9.30pm Fox Cinema BEST FILM OF THE DAY. Watch this if you liked Closer, House of Sand and Fog or The Ballad of Jack & Rose. Technically masterful – indeed, marvellous – adaptation of Michael Cunningham’s novel recreating a single day in the lives of three women, one in 1923, one in 1951 and one in 2001. A powerful and ultimately hopeful film although dealing with that entirely depressing subject matter: the human condition. A hugely enjoyable drama with a soul-shaking denouement should impress even those who found the 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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