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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

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

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...