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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.
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Thank God It’s Friday

Que Sera, Lara

Ten years ago, almost to the day – Friday fell on the 27th in 2007 – I wrote this about one of the most distressing events in West Indies cricket; ten years later, it’s much easier to see it as one of the major – perhaps the first – stepping stone to where we are now, with Louis XVI fiddling while Rome burns, to mix examples from the past that aptly sum up the future of West Indies cricket.FORMER West Indies captain and still world record-holding batsman Brian Lara (whom everyone apart from the West Indies selectors expected to hang around for at least another six months or 47 Test runs) timed his announcement of his retirement from international cricket as immaculately as his exquisite late cut, given the current position of West Indian cricket: he made the declaration right after beating read more...

BC on TV

The best of the DIRECTV primetime lineup

If it started within BC on TV’s 6pm-10pm primetime, Malcolm McDowell’s greatest role in Stanley Kubrick’s magnum opus would have got the nod (**A Clockwork Orange BEST FILM OF THE DAY, 10.30pm Max). For those who might be open to admitting that there might just be more to music than is contained in soca and dancehall, the DIRECTV channel offers opera star Placido Domingo (9pm) followed by the world’s most successful living guitarist (Eric Clapton: Slowhand at 70, 11pm).Today’s Number One Film:Picture courtesy Flixster*The Hangover, 7.15pm HBO Plus. Watch this if you liked Desperado, Pineapple Express or Fight Club. As action-packed as Zombieland, as off the wall as Pineapple Express and with a script as intelligent and almost as funny as The 40-Year-Old Virgin, this could 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...