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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Thank God It’s Friday

Stupid Firetrucking Americans

BILL MAHER’s HBO show, Real Time, is the most crucial television in the world now. A funny guy, a jokester, a man who became rich and famous by being a total smartass, Bill Maher may be recognised, in the future, as the most serious person in America right now. He could carry the title of ‘the Conscience of the United States” but I prefer to think of him as the grain of sand in the oyster that might yet turn the American Left into a pearl. And Bill has had one thing going for him ever-since, as we say in Barbados. Bill Maher has always known that Americans are stupid. They are. This is not opinion, but fact. Polls (like ones done for Slate, Salon and MSNBC from 2014-16, from which I take these stats) regularly show that 30 per cent of Americans can’t name their own vice-president, 35 per cent don’t know what century – not what year, read more...

God Help Dominica

THE AMERICAN NATIONAL Rifle Association and every religious person anywhere in the world share an illogical approach bewildering to a rational mind, cleansed of either pro-gun or pro-God brainwashing. An insane man opens fire with the kind of weaponry you have to be a member of the SAS to get in Britain (but which you can buy over-the-counter at Wal-Mart), kills five dozen people and wounds 500 in nine minutes of murder & mayhem – and the NRA seizes on it as proof that American gun-ownership laws should be relaxed, so that Americans have a chance to defend themselves against just this kind of attack. (Up to my time of writing, the NRA had not actually issued a statement but I’m using them as an umbrella under which all the gun crazies find shelter.)Just imagine, the NRA says (or will read more...

BC on TV

A Trifecta of What's Best on the Box Oct 15

Today’s Number One Film: The Revenant, 4.30pm Fox Action Ch 561 BEST FILM OF THE DAY. Watch this if you liked Deliverance, Django Unchained or The Road. The film that took the 2016 Best Lead Actor, Director and Cinematography Oscars (and Best Actor and Picture Golden Globes) may be the most perfectly made film so far this century. Beautifully shot, incredibly sound-designed – you often hear a character before you see him – and exciting to the point of arrhythmia, this film pegs at near-perfect, no matter how you test it; it is, e.g., both 100 per cent realist and 100 per cent escapist. (Take a firetrucking bow, Alejandro.) The violence is upsettingly real, however, and not for anyone in the least squeamish. A contender for both the Best Revenge AND the Best Read more...

Firetruckery of the Day

Cub Your Enthusiasm

It’s not been a good week to be an animal anywhere in the world, as Harambe, the17-year-old silverback gorilla at Cincinnati Zoo might have told you, if he hadn’t been shot dead in his own pen (in the understandable haste to save the life of a three-year-old boy who’d wandered into the enclosure). Hot on the poor late Harambe’s heels comes the news today of 40 dead tiger cubs, found in a freezer in a tiger temple in Thailand. Both stories clearly have much more than the tips of the icebergs we see, but people, like me, chasing the tigers tale might have seen video that might link Thailand to Sub-Saharan Africa and Syria.

Just watching the footage of adult tigers being put in cages by poachers and smugglers give you pause: do they not notice the magnificence of these creatures?

Well, no. They see only the profit they can make from dangerous but lucrative illegal work.

Just like the people trafficking human beings.

But, of course, it’s a lot easier to ignore the magnificence of creatures when they’re dying in their thousands; a single death is tragedy; a million is a statistic.

Maybe not so bad to be an animal this week after all.

Trini to d Bone

The Arima Kid - Pt II

You were doing something serious and important?But of course!Yet it was trivialized?[Interrupting] Everybody, everybody, everybody!Was that not painful?Very painful. Even my closest connections, some of my immediate family and other people would say, “Listen, man, why you don’t do something serious?” But it give opportunity! I remember we went to Cedros and there was a man with a funny face. They called him “Ugly”. He was making faces at me from the audience. People were saying, “Move from here!” But I put him on [camera] and asked him, “How you going?” And he made his funny face. He got a job just from that, what we called DEWD or Public Works. He became a personality, more than a clown. He became “Mr Ugly” instead of just “Ugly”. So it Read more...