Christmas in Barbados

Swan Street, Bridgetown, BarbadosAs the radio stations continue their merciless assault, torturing you with advertisement every other minute, you stand on a crowded Bridgetown pavement peering into a window.

Inside merchants are having a hard time keeping the shelves stocked. People are running around like ants in a flooded nest, snatching up the latest new and improved imported junk. Christmas lights and trees, ceramic ornaments, tinsel and wreaths, the holly and the ivy. Santa Clauses and Rudolphs. Reindeer horns and elves hats. Name it and they will buy it. Continue reading

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Happy Independence Barbados

Barbados flag with Queen Elizabeth II

Barbados celebrates 46 years as an Independent nation today. A celebration as hollow as any Bamboo stalk found in a St. Joseph gully, but a celebration nonetheless.

As we prepare to devour our conkies made from imported corn, we are still thankful that there are still some banana trees growing on the island. So what if we had to drive out to the countryside with gas costing $3.50 per litre to get leaves from our next door neighbour’s friend. At least we did not have to depend on the practically non-existent on bank holidays, public transportation.

barbados coat of arms
So what if we import gasoline for SUV guzzlers?
Don’t we also import most of what we eat too?
Yes foreign interests importing  and distributing most of the food we eat, controlling the only power plant and owning all the banks cause us great concern.
Yes Lord Nelson is still defiantly standing and definitely staying in the middle of Heroes Square.
Yes we continue to depend on tourists coming here and spending money like there was no tomorrow

Despite all of that, we are proud of our current state of Independence and nothing will stop us from celebrating it Continue reading

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Independence – State Your Mind

According toBarbados Community Independence Logo the Community Independence Celebrations Secretariat, Independence should be a state of mind that heightens during the month of November. This sentiment, echoed recently by Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley, while laudable, unfortunately means nothing to the average Bajan. Continue reading

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Barbados Public Transportation System

Recently the opportunity to use Public Transport was thrust upon me.  An opportunity, made possible by none other than my good-for-nothing partner of sixteen years. It suddenly stopped  working properly, complaining about overheating and refusing to start if it was hot. Confronted with a now useless piece of junk that has somehow acquired the mistaken belief that money grows on trees and that it is my sworn duty to make Kyffin Simpson and his progeny richer day by day. 

I decided to try the much maligned Public Transportation, even if hailed as the best in the Eastern Caribbean by those in officialdom. Having not used the service in over a decade, I was a bit apprehensive. After nearly a month of using this service, I can tell those in officialdom this. Public Transportation in Barbados is as overrated as the services LIME claims to offer. Continue reading

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The Republic Of Barbados

If laughter is the best medicine, then those who shared art class with me during my days at secondary school, must have saved a considerable amount of money over the years from not having to visit the doctor. The net result of bursting into uncontrollable fits of laughter and collapsing on to the floor every time I opened my sketch pad. The art teacher, who coincidently, had not age a day when I last saw him at the Class of 85 Silver Jubilee, with the faintest hint of a grin smile, would always encourage me to keep trying. This I did until the end of third form after which, I promptly dropped that dreaded subject as though it were a burning paint brush. I have never professed any artistic skills and thankfully, have not been required to draw a straight line since then. Continue reading

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The Republic Of Barbados

If laughter is the best medicine, then those who shared art class with me during my days at secondary school, must have saved a considerable amount of money over the years from not having to visit the doctor. The net result of bursting into uncontrollable fits of laughter and collapsing on to the floor every time I opened my sketch pad. The art teacher, who coincidently, had not age a day when I last saw him at the Class of 85 Silver Jubilee, with the faintest hint of a grin smile, would always encourage me to keep trying. This I did until the end of third form after which, I promptly dropped that dreaded subject as though it were a burning paint brush. I have never professed any artistic skills and thankfully, have not been required to draw a straight line since then. Continue reading

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Warrantless Waste

Minister of Transport and Works John Boyce (centre) tours the Jackson, Warrens area after seamlessly traversing the new roundabout located at the entrance of the One Accord Plaza complex in St. Michael. He is accompanied by Abdul Pandor (right), Consulting Engineer with Professional Engineering Services, ministry officials and a technical team.

It appears that the people in the Ministry of Transport and Works headed by one John Boyce, believe that their mandate is to frustrate motorist until they take their vehicles off the road. If that is the case, then I must admit, that is one brilliant plan. It is far better to force motorist into voluntarily removing their vehicles from the road than to actually come up with something more creative  than placing a roundabout at every junction or a No Entry sign at every shortcut productive ZR and Minibus drivers discover. Continue reading

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