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All You Need is Love

Picture courtesy Mark Lyndersay
Picture courtesy Mark Lyndersay


My name is Evans Critchlow and I am the most helpful person in the best gas station in the world. You sure right ‘bout that!

My first name is Evans and everybody does call me by that. Either that or “Critch”.

I’s a Crichlow and they say Crichlows is a big family. I have plenty relatives in Tobago. My father was a Tobagonian.

I live all my life at Picton Road, Laventille. Plenty good people come from there and we had nice times in there, come through the Seventies and the Eighties. Sometimes, when we go in the bush, we eat all kind of mangoes, we don’t bound to eat food when we come out.

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Body All Over the World, Soul in Trinidad Alone

My name is Nicole Huggins-Tudisco and I’ve lived out of Trinidad more than I have lived in it.

I come from Cascade, where I grew up with my parents, who were both from St Vincent. Before I was one, we moved to England, where my father, an engineer, did his architectural degree. Then we moved to Barbados. So I was off Trinidad from when I was just months old until I returned when I was six.

I have one sister, Nadia, 16 years younger. So, basically, I was raised as an only child until I was 16. By pure coincidence, not caesarean section, she was born on the same day as me. So I told her she stole my birthday.

My second husband, Bob, Roberto Tudisco, is Italian and we had a language barrier the first night we met. Luckily, vodka helped our communication. The vodka was key.

People always ask, “How you pronounce that name? Tue-dye-so?” I tell them, “Just pretend you’re going to dance: to disco”.

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​Running on Empty

Picture courtesy Mark Lyndersay

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Curtis Brereton and I am the double bronze medallist in the 800m and 1500m in the Masters Championship in Canada in 2018.

I came from a big family because they really from English, Bajan and Grenadian roots. I’s the only one really born in Trinidad. I’m really from Diego Martin. I got three boys, Curtis, aged 30, Cleron, 29 and Clevon, 25. Them fellas don’t run, though. Plus I married over, but my wife, Meredith Lydia Brereton, we got no children.

My father got picked to play cricket for England when they had the A team/B team. He was on the squad.

My mother used to run. My father used to run. So I really had no choice but to run.

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​Mother-in-law Without Pepper

My name is Loretta Sorillo-Cuffy and I work in an airport newsstand.

I’ve spent most of my life, like, 30 years, in the East, in Arima/Sangre Grande. But I’m really a South girl. At least according to Scrunter. You know he has this song, with “the oil in the coil”? Born in San Fernando, spent most of my time in Rancho Quemado.

It is a fact: South women do cook really, really good. And, when it comes to keeping any family thing, I’m the one to cook.

I came from a big family. My mother is, like, 12 of them – and Mummy had five of us! And I have a big family myself! My oldest child, Crystal, is 30, my second, Simone, is 29, then Desiree is 23, Desford is19 and Denzil is 17.


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​Life on a High Note

Picture courtesy Mark Lyndersay

Picture courtesy Mark Lyndersay

My name is Martin “Mice” Raymond and all my work is music.

I got the nickname “Mice” on the first day of form three at Fatima College, after I cut my infamous afro and my glasses broke. A friend said, "Ay - he looking like a mice!" I liked it – it saved all those, "Why do you have two first/last names?" questions. So I told everyone, "Don't call me Mice" – to ensure the name stuck. [Fatima principal] Clive Pantin was probably the only person who didn't call me "Mice".

I come from nowhere in Trinidad. I'm not "Trini to de Bone". I'm an official "Trini-by-boat". I was born in London of Trinidadian and Jamaican parents and came to Trinidad on an actual boat when I was a few months old.


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All You Need is Love

Picture courtesy Mark Lyndersay
Picture courtesy Mark Lyndersay


My name is Evans Critchlow and I am the most helpful person in the best gas station in the world. You sure right ‘bout that!

My first name is Evans and everybody does call me by that. Either that or “Critch”.

I’s a Crichlow and they say Crichlows is a big family. I have plenty relatives in Tobago. My father was a Tobagonian.

I live all my life at Picton Road, Laventille. Plenty good people come from there and we had nice times in there, come through the Seventies and the Eighties. Sometimes, when we go in the bush, we eat all kind of mangoes, we don’t bound to eat food when we come out.

Read more

Body All Over the World, Soul in Trinidad Alone

My name is Nicole Huggins-Tudisco and I’ve lived out of Trinidad more than I have lived in it.

I come from Cascade, where I grew up with my parents, who were both from St Vincent. Before I was one, we moved to England, where my father, an engineer, did his architectural degree. Then we moved to Barbados. So I was off Trinidad from when I was just months old until I returned when I was six.

I have one sister, Nadia, 16 years younger. So, basically, I was raised as an only child until I was 16. By pure coincidence, not caesarean section, she was born on the same day as me. So I told her she stole my birthday.

My second husband, Bob, Roberto Tudisco, is Italian and we had a language barrier the first night we met. Luckily, vodka helped our communication. The vodka was key.

People always ask, “How you pronounce that name? Tue-dye-so?” I tell them, “Just pretend you’re going to dance: to disco”.

Read more

​Running on Empty

Picture courtesy Mark Lyndersay

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Curtis Brereton and I am the double bronze medallist in the 800m and 1500m in the Masters Championship in Canada in 2018.

I came from a big family because they really from English, Bajan and Grenadian roots. I’s the only one really born in Trinidad. I’m really from Diego Martin. I got three boys, Curtis, aged 30, Cleron, 29 and Clevon, 25. Them fellas don’t run, though. Plus I married over, but my wife, Meredith Lydia Brereton, we got no children.

My father got picked to play cricket for England when they had the A team/B team. He was on the squad.

My mother used to run. My father used to run. So I really had no choice but to run.

Read more

​Mother-in-law Without Pepper

My name is Loretta Sorillo-Cuffy and I work in an airport newsstand.

I’ve spent most of my life, like, 30 years, in the East, in Arima/Sangre Grande. But I’m really a South girl. At least according to Scrunter. You know he has this song, with “the oil in the coil”? Born in San Fernando, spent most of my time in Rancho Quemado.

It is a fact: South women do cook really, really good. And, when it comes to keeping any family thing, I’m the one to cook.

I came from a big family. My mother is, like, 12 of them – and Mummy had five of us! And I have a big family myself! My oldest child, Crystal, is 30, my second, Simone, is 29, then Desiree is 23, Desford is19 and Denzil is 17.


Read more

​Life on a High Note

Picture courtesy Mark Lyndersay

Picture courtesy Mark Lyndersay

My name is Martin “Mice” Raymond and all my work is music.

I got the nickname “Mice” on the first day of form three at Fatima College, after I cut my infamous afro and my glasses broke. A friend said, "Ay - he looking like a mice!" I liked it – it saved all those, "Why do you have two first/last names?" questions. So I told everyone, "Don't call me Mice" – to ensure the name stuck. [Fatima principal] Clive Pantin was probably the only person who didn't call me "Mice".

I come from nowhere in Trinidad. I'm not "Trini to de Bone". I'm an official "Trini-by-boat". I was born in London of Trinidadian and Jamaican parents and came to Trinidad on an actual boat when I was a few months old.


Read more

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