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Crying Shame?

picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Devin Quan King and I’m a Trini man who is not ashamed to have emotions.

I’m from Gulf View, La Romaine. We weren’t rolling in [money] but we didn’t suffer growing up. My dad, Cecil, was frugal and was able to afford the things he believed were important. Like a shelter in a safe neighbourhood, where there were other children and I could be socialized properly.

If people tell me I speak well, I tell them, “My mom, Sharon, is an English teacher, and a very good one, at that”. My mom and I are very close. When I am in San Fernando, I take mom to work every morning. She’s very loving. I think I took after her in my emotional upbringing.

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Black Cabs Matter

My name is Rudy Gangadeen and I drive a black cab in London. My first name is Roodranath but most people call me Rudy.

I come from what used to be Pasea Village but everybody just says, “Pasea” now. In a family of six siblings, I’m the only boy.

My father was recruited by London Transport and went there in ’69. And we all just sort of followed as the finance allowed.

My wife, Dianne, was born in England of Trinidad parentage. Her father is from Pasea, her mother is from Iere Village. My father used to live in Dianne’s dad’s house. Caribbean people, when they go to London, gravitate to one another. We trickled to London to Dianne’s dad’s house in Holloway, quite a nice area. We moved to Hackney, quite a deprived area.

I met Dianne when I was 13 and she was eight. There’s a picture of me hugging her up after her christening outside her dad’s front door. Around 1981, I saw her walking on the street and she looked very nice, tall and pretty. She was going on 17. I made a quick U-turn. In ’87, we came to Trinidad for Carnival and got engaged at her family’s home in Marabella, a little Hindu ceremony.

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​A mail lady

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Sharon Atwell and I am a post lady.

I consider myself blessed to be from Santa Cruz, born and bred. Brian Lara and I grew up together. We used to go to parties. We used to go to Santa Cruz RC harvest. We used to have a nice time. Brian is one of the best things to have come out of Santa Cruz. One of them.

I come from a big family of ten, seven girls, three boys. I’m the fourth child and fourth girl. One, two, three, four girls and then the rest were boys.

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Grounds for delight

My name is Hanson Harribans and I’m a coffee-lover, not a barista.

People call me “Handsome” Harribans all the time. I don’t know where my parents got the name “Hanson” from. But I like it. It works as a conversation starter. When people get tied up, I say, “Just call me Hans”.

My last name is spelled Harribans, not Harribance. People confuse me with the fortune-teller guy (Sean Lalsingh Harribance). He’s no relation but I could probably try some predictions. Like that I might make it with this coffee thing.

I have this hairstyle now, which is called, “not much hair”. But I’ve had dreadlocks and clean cuts.

I’m from Cocoyea Village, San Fernando, just past St Joseph’s Village. Heading to the roundabout.

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Crying Shame?

picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Devin Quan King and I’m a Trini man who is not ashamed to have emotions.

I’m from Gulf View, La Romaine. We weren’t rolling in [money] but we didn’t suffer growing up. My dad, Cecil, was frugal and was able to afford the things he believed were important. Like a shelter in a safe neighbourhood, where there were other children and I could be socialized properly.

If people tell me I speak well, I tell them, “My mom, Sharon, is an English teacher, and a very good one, at that”. My mom and I are very close. When I am in San Fernando, I take mom to work every morning. She’s very loving. I think I took after her in my emotional upbringing.

Read more

Black Cabs Matter

My name is Rudy Gangadeen and I drive a black cab in London. My first name is Roodranath but most people call me Rudy.

I come from what used to be Pasea Village but everybody just says, “Pasea” now. In a family of six siblings, I’m the only boy.

My father was recruited by London Transport and went there in ’69. And we all just sort of followed as the finance allowed.

My wife, Dianne, was born in England of Trinidad parentage. Her father is from Pasea, her mother is from Iere Village. My father used to live in Dianne’s dad’s house. Caribbean people, when they go to London, gravitate to one another. We trickled to London to Dianne’s dad’s house in Holloway, quite a nice area. We moved to Hackney, quite a deprived area.

I met Dianne when I was 13 and she was eight. There’s a picture of me hugging her up after her christening outside her dad’s front door. Around 1981, I saw her walking on the street and she looked very nice, tall and pretty. She was going on 17. I made a quick U-turn. In ’87, we came to Trinidad for Carnival and got engaged at her family’s home in Marabella, a little Hindu ceremony.

Read more

​A mail lady

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Sharon Atwell and I am a post lady.

I consider myself blessed to be from Santa Cruz, born and bred. Brian Lara and I grew up together. We used to go to parties. We used to go to Santa Cruz RC harvest. We used to have a nice time. Brian is one of the best things to have come out of Santa Cruz. One of them.

I come from a big family of ten, seven girls, three boys. I’m the fourth child and fourth girl. One, two, three, four girls and then the rest were boys.

Read more

Grounds for delight

My name is Hanson Harribans and I’m a coffee-lover, not a barista.

People call me “Handsome” Harribans all the time. I don’t know where my parents got the name “Hanson” from. But I like it. It works as a conversation starter. When people get tied up, I say, “Just call me Hans”.

My last name is spelled Harribans, not Harribance. People confuse me with the fortune-teller guy (Sean Lalsingh Harribance). He’s no relation but I could probably try some predictions. Like that I might make it with this coffee thing.

I have this hairstyle now, which is called, “not much hair”. But I’ve had dreadlocks and clean cuts.

I’m from Cocoyea Village, San Fernando, just past St Joseph’s Village. Heading to the roundabout.

Read more

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