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The day before Bajan Independence Day and the world is falling apart, and me with it. The last time rain fell like this, Led Zeppelin covered, “When the Levee Breaks” – “if it keeps on raining, praying won’t do you no good” – and, the time before that, an old Jew named Noah built an ark. Rain coming down in sheets too thick to see through, like politicians’ lies, windshield wipers slapping time, I’m wringing my own hand with mine. Wash away my troubles on the road to shambolic Bridgetown. Read more
NOTHING LIKE an early morning flight to prime my annoyance levels and, with only a few minutes of sleep garnered from hours of struggling for it, I’m prepared to be annoyed by everything about Caribbean Airlines Flight 456, but the gorgeous Jamaican accent on an even more gorgeous Jamaican flight attendant at the front door instantly brings my mood back to the positive side.
Four strides later, at seat, 5A, I’m annoyed again: no seat in front of me, only the bulkhead, so my bag must go into the locker above, where the flight crew stores their black pilot leather bags filled with plastic Wal-Mart plastic ones; but, somehow, there is room, in-between the purser’s new crockpot and the co-pilot’s cappuccino machine, for my bag and my mood swings back to “good” – until I see two Jamaican men in long-sleeved white shirts and ties, chattering excitedly about the Jamaican economy, morons contemplating an oxymoron.
ALL OVER TRINIDAD & Tobago, all sorts of people will claim they could bring a better Budget than the Minister of Finance today – and they might be right: a civil engineer by training and an occasionally uncivil Parliamentarian in practice, the old Colm’s greatest strength is his self-belief; would that we all shared it. Read more
“I alert my audience of the East Indian thrust toward ethnic dominance…” – Professor Selwyn Cudjoe, National Association for the Enhancement of African Peoples dinner speech, August 2006.
“If anything it is the PNM that has been pushing racial dominance... Dr. Cudjoe’s attacks on the Indian community has been given tacit support by the ruling party.” Statement in response from the Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin.
Professor Selwyn Cudjoe is to be praised for his timely, necessary, sensitive and responsible remarks about Indian people which could only help unite the country. In backwater, back-a-dam places like Trinidad & Tobago, you don’t often find people who offer the combination of Professor Cudjoe’s startling intellectual ability with his flair for language and the great courage required to attack soft targets. My only problems with the old Cudjoe’s speech are: (1) it doesn’t go far enough; and, (2) it would have more impact if he had waited until Indian Arrival Day to make it. (Surely his point was that, Indian Reach!)Read more
FIFTY GLORIOUS years ago, the world witnessed the birth of one of the most important phenomena in the entire history of the planet Earth, an event that registered on the planet’s timeline from the age of dinosaurs to that of smartphones. Even making allowances for my admittedly huge personal bias, that is no exaggeration. What happened via this handful of extremely talented people in 1962 changed the world forever.Read more
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