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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

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Uncut

TRINIDAD WENT WILD over the episode of CNN presenter Anthony Bourdain’s show, Parts Unknown, that revealed parts of Trinidad some of us would have preferred to have kept unknown – particularly the handful of Trini Syrian/Lebanese around Mario Sabga-Grey Goose’s dinner table with Bourdain for a Middle-Eastern meal in the West.In three shameful minutes, two of the self-declared leaders of Trinidad’s Arab community scuttled and sank, with their loose lips, the entire Trini Syrian-Lebanese ship. The public reaction was so intense, the old Mario was forced to put down his Grey Goose-and-coconut water long enough to apologise for being drunk, rich and self-important – as if that description doesn’t apply perfectly to all of Trinidad’s ruling sector, regardless of ethnicity!Indian and African read more...

BC on TV

A trifecta of the best films on the box

The preferred portion of BC on TV’s all-time favourite film, **The Godfather Part II BEST FILM OF THE DAY, screens on Fox Classics at 5.35pm, easily the best pick today for anyone fortunate enough not to have seen it before. Several perhaps more deserving movies were too recently chosen to get the nod today.Today’s Number One Film: **Shutter Island, 12.30 midday 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 Read more...

Firetruckery of the Day

May the Infidels be with You

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.

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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...