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

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

Char Siu Shaitanic

The Sunday Guardian’s lead story is about Trinidadian jihadist – I’m betting there are none from Tobago – returnees from the Shaitanic State’s war in Syria/Iraq. The current Minister of National Security doesn’t quite deny the 400 number Opposition MP Roodal Moonilal and other Trinis have been gossiping about for nearly two years, but has “authenticated” a list of 100 who have “travelled to Syria”. (Notably, the words, “and returned to Trinidad” do not appear.)

Clearly, anyone motivated, and dotish, enough to fly halfway around the world to kill on behalf of the Shaitanic State, is a serious threat to Trinidad; we could easily have another attempt, more fully-baked this time, to set up a local caliphate.

But all this current jhanjhat and ratiray stem from an internal mistake during the 1990 coup. My pardner Morris had a solution that would have defused the whole thing: after three days, and with the jihadists’ bellies grumbling, all we needed to do was send in boxes of Chinese lunch specials: char sui kai fan – barbecued pork meals – in they nennen! Them rebels, said Morris, were Trinis first and jihadists second. The caliphate would have collapsed at the first lunch.

And we wouldn’t be dealing with the firetruckeries that we are today.

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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...