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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

Mother’s Day Musings

ALL THROUGH HISTORY world cultures have been filled with stories about the unimaginable pain of childbirth, the suffering that mothers endure to keep us all going on. Humanity stands in awe of the people who achieve this extraordinary feat. Unlike any other human experience, the pain of childbirth is the reserve of only those who have experienced it: white guitarists can play the blues, black filmmakers can produce masterpieces about plantation slavery, Japanese women can play pan – but only a woman who gives natural birth to a baby can know the real pain of motherhood; men, lacking uteruses, can’t even comment on it legitimately. Expectant fathers can only marvel over the mechanics from afar, like King Solomon looking down into his mines: “Dude! It’d be like peeing a marble!” The whole world has always known that no greater pain can read more...

BC on TV

The best of the DIRECTV primetime lineup

If it started within BC on TV’s 6pm-10pm primetime, Sacha Baron Cohen’s hilarious-but-offensive stoner comedy (The Brothers Grimsby, 5.55pm MaxP) would have been in serious contention.Today’s Number One Film:Picture courtesy The Motion Pictures.comShutter Island BEST FILM OF THE DAY, 6.40pm Fox Movies. Watch this if you liked Inception, Memento or The Matrix. A contender for Best American Film of 2010, and almost certainly the Most Imaginative, this is the film Martin Scorsese should have got the Oscar for, not The Departed; you spend the first four reels thinking, “WTF?” and the last reel going, “Wow!” The less said about the plot, the more the viewer will enjoy its unfolding. Almost unbelievably, in the nearly five years since September 2012 that this Read more...

Firetruckery of the Day

​Guess Who's Back in Firetruckery?

I haven’t firetruckery-ied around here for some time. I’m not sure if my reluctance to post arose because the US presidential election has by itself provided more firetruckeries than the world has needed for months, so more from me seemed otiose, or because I have myself been under a lot of all kinds of pressure in the same period. For one reason or another, e.g., most of them lying outside my choice, I have not been at home in Barbados for longer than two consecutive weekends in the last 15; that alone is enough firetruckery for anyone who doesn’t go to work everyday on an airplane: how are you supposed to maintain a garden if you’re mowing the lawn three times in three months? Add to that both the lawn mower and the weed-whacker going on strike at the same time and you start to get the big picture of my little firetruckeries. More significantly, I’ve had to accommodate big changes in my little ones: my son broke his wrist the day before he was to start a two-week Arsenal football camp, necessitating my having to rush off to England; and my now-adult daughter moved away: my little girl is in the big city.

So the antics of the Donald just haven’t registered on my consciousness.

Anyway, this is just to say that, though I’m on the move again – to Port of Spain, for the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival – I’m also moving away from contemplating my own little firetruckeries to the bigger ones we all are getting in our nen-nen; whatever that means for my good mood.

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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...