So It Go

Some have lost all  sense of shame

Some have lost all sense of shame

From the time I launched Tradewinds in Trinidad in 1967, I have been to Guyana almost every year, sometimes twice a year .

Collar the candidates

Collar the candidates

In the building of reputations, be it in tourism attractions, or in a doctor’s practice, even for the best laundry soap, nothing is as immediately effective as the power of word-of-mouth .

Only the English

Only the English

Frankly speaking, as my columnist friend Alan Fenty would say, I have mixed feelings about the English .

Whatever happened?

Whatever happened?

I’m not big on “long time” – I remember it as a lot of hard time – but there are instances where I suddenly regret some aspect of life from that era that’s no longer around .

Dem boys

Dem boys

Two things you should know about me: one is that I’m Guyanese from head to toe .

Mango diversion

Mango diversion

Given the aggravations of daily life in Guyana, citizens are in need of some occasional light-heartedness to restore the human spirit, and this week, with the politics at full boil, one came for me via an email to his friends from Alex Neptune, who lives in New York with long roots reaching back here .

Time for plain talk

Time for plain talk

There can no longer be any serious debate about it: wherever we aim our gaze, the evidence is clearly before us now that Guyana must find a way to get off this fractured political path that has bedevilled us since independence .

Steelband making waves

Steelband making waves

Guyana is awash, virtually daily, with an array of ‘bad news’ stories .

Realizing without being told

Realizing without being told

You can identify change in the world by reading lengthy polemics, or by examining complex data, or by attending scientific forums .

Enforcement must come

Enforcement must come

Stabroek News this week carried a photograph by Arian Browne of a solitary minibus driving on the Seawall Road in broad daylight .

Tough people

Tough people

With much of Guyana undeveloped, and not even fully explored, the conditions of daily living in some of the country, particularly the interior, have produced some very tough individuals, with both the physical and mental strength to overcome adversity .

Some points  to ponder

Some points to ponder

New Year resolutions and advice are upon us, and following the barometer of “goat ain’t bite me,” I offer a hand for coping with life in any year .

Instances of uplift

Instances of uplift

As the year winds down to find us surrounded by daily news of mankind apparently going downhill, both at home and abroad, one can easily begin to harbour feelings of despair .

Death of a goliath

Death of a goliath

Whales are not at home in shallow water .

The monument our ancestors built

The monument our ancestors built

It’s not nature’s topography; the complex pattern of waterways draining our coastland wasn’t always there .

Getting it right

Getting it right

Followers of this column will know I’m always preaching that we should, whenever possible, present both sides of the coin when we’re discussing issues in the homeland; that as we take time to rightfully criticize the shortcomings, we should also be pointing to the good news happenings as they occur .

Getting it  badly wrong

Getting it badly wrong

Six years ago, within weeks of my return to live in Guyana, I was in conversation with a very well-known Guyanese – someone I admired but had never met – and he suddenly said to me, “Dave, what are you doing coming back to live in this godforsaken country?” I pointed out to him that he was also still here, and we both laughed over the remark .

It’s rhythm they’re after

It’s rhythm they’re after

It pops up constantly .

Why we stay

Why we stay

Hardly a week goes by without some reference in the media to the depressing statistics of the number of Guyanese who continue to migrate .

Dem Jamaicans

Dem Jamaicans

There will be disputations about this one, but I will stand my ground: overall, in a region of powerhouses, with many different island cultures competing, the Jamaican version today is probably the most dynamic of them all .



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