BC Piresis 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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Firetruckery of the Day
My Star Wars-loving daughter came out of her bedroom this morning and greeted me with, “May the fourth be with you”, as I imagine many other Princess Leia wannabes did all over the world, but there’s one little boy who’s got the wrong firetrucking forces aligned against him.
In mid-January, the whole world smiled in deep, unifying human pleasure over the story of Murtazi Ahmadi, the little Afghan boy whose brother made him his own Lionel Messi No 10 Argentina-like shirt with a pale blue-and-white striped plastic bag. When Messi himself responded by sending Murtazi genuine kit, the whole world rejoiced.
Well, not the whole world.
Murtazi and his family have this week fled to Pakistan, after 30 phone calls threatening Murtazi’s father, Muhammud, for teaching his son football in stead of the Koran.
But wait for the backlash that ensures this kind of firetruckery will never stop until little boys have no dreams and little girls, no clitorises. “That isn’t Islam,” they will say.
Yes. Yes, it is. Inshallah. Imagine a situation so bad that fleeing to Pakistan to escape Islamic fundamentalism is a smart move; if that isn’t firetruckeries, the term has no meaning.