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

The Last Satire in America

Satire: The use of humour, irony, exaggeration or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices.ANYONE WHO thought that Donald Ciretrunt would somehow mysteriously ‘become more presidential’ if he won the election got the rudest possible awakening a week ago, when Ciretrunt deliberately placed both feet upon the corpse of an innocent woman, murdered by savages, to stand up for those fundamental American values of Nazism, anti-Semitism and white supremacy.Ciretrunt snuffed out the American Dream with his support for a group he ought to have condemned; and he just about extinguished satire, too. How the firetruck do you exaggerate the occu-ciretrunt of the White House supporting Nazis?There’s only one piece of satire left in America and here it is, presented in the vain hope read more...

BC on TV

A Trifecta of What’s Best on the Box

It’s a clean sweep for crime flicks in today’s film picks.Today’s Number One Film:*The Godfather Part I, 12.20 midday Paramount. BEST FILM OF THE DAY. Watch this if you liked Casino, Goodfellas or the HBO series The Sopranos. Part I of BC on TV’s favourite film of all time and the American Film Institute’s No. 3 begins the story of the rise of the crime figure – Marlon Brando in his best role ever (except possibly for Kurtz in Apocalyspe Now) supported by Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall and more. The most quoted movie of all time, for the very good reason that it has the best script, ever. “Leave the gun; take the cannoli”. Part I & II are really one film, shot two years apart. Like The Sopranos, its best imitation, and the greatest American 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...