So It Go

CPL – The good,  the bad and the ugly

CPL – The good, the bad and the ugly

I don’t get golf, and never did .

Fishing the conservancy

Fishing the conservancy

I’m admitting it from the start: I am not a fisherman .

Gems among us

Gems among us

Like any poor country, Guyana is replete with occasions for despair about standards in everyday life .

Two different cricket games

Two different cricket games

In recent days, with the CPL centre stage in the Caribbean, concurrent with England/Sri Lanka Test matches in the UK, we are seeing quite a contrast in cricket compared to the sport most senior folks grew up with in the region reaching back to the Union Jack days .

Songs as a history resource

Songs as a history resource

Song-writers are essentially observers; that’s where the process begins; that’s where the ideas or interpretations or slants that song-writers present in a song originate .

The artist as provocateur

The artist as provocateur

Among human beings caught up in a hectic life, it is often the case that a thought will come across our mental screen, sometimes from a comment overheard, or a sign encountered, or even from a prolonged and heated public discussion, and the thought flits in and flits out and is gone .

A page from the book, perhaps

A page from the book, perhaps

God knows if I’ll ever finish it, but after several proddings from various quarters I have begun writing a book .

Caribbean Rock Star Kitchener

Caribbean Rock Star Kitchener

We have rock stars in the Caribbean; we don’t call them that, but, in the North American meaning of the term, that’s what they are .

Rupununi gem

Rupununi gem

The folks in tourism have it right when they talk about the Guyanese treasures we have, particularly in the interior, for visitors .

Pomeroon Augusts

Pomeroon Augusts

When I was a youngster growing up in West Demerara and going to Saints, we usually headed for the Pomeroon in the August school break .

Holding up the Bhattacharya mirror

Holding up the Bhattacharya mirror

In my early life, that stretch when Tradewinds began, a young man from Linden, living in Toronto, got very annoyed with me over a song .

A City Hall photograph of shame

A City Hall photograph of shame

The cliché about a picture being the descriptive equivalent of a thousand words remains relevant because like every cliché it conveys some essential truth .

Fixing Georgetown from below

Fixing Georgetown from below

Bert Carter is a national treasure; let’s start from there .

Nicknames

Nicknames

On a recent trip to Orlando I saw a comment by Sam Roberts, son of former Guyana Police Chief “Skip” Roberts, on the widespread Caribbean practice of pinning nicknames on people, especially males, and he noted the almost amiable nature of the practice in that, most of the time, nobody takes offence to the monikers even when they could be seen as disparaging .

My heart goes out to this woman

My heart goes out to this woman

About to conclude a column for So it go I am aborting it to write, instead, on a sudden impulse, about Helen Bartlett, a mother in Point Fortin,Trinidad, who is big in the news this week over a video of her beating her 12-year-old wayward daughter .

Slanted information

Slanted information

A letter in Kaieteur News this week, by Mr M Maxwell, made the trenchant point that our forefathers came to Guyana already imbued with the racial prejudices of their ancestral homelands; that those ethnic divides, while recognized and exploited by the British for their own advantage, were a pre-existing condition; it was certainly used but just as certainly not created by the colonialists .

Memorable musical moments

Memorable musical moments

For each of us there is the memory of a particular performance of a song at a particular time that stirred us deeply in some way, creating such an impact, for different reasons, that the memory stays and stays .

This is Trinidad, padna

This is Trinidad, padna

My very first visit to Trinidad in 1967, to try and launch Tradewinds in the Caribbean, was a whirlwind affair – a lot of hustle and hurry .

Tourism considerations

Tourism considerations

As Guyana continues the current tourism expansion push, persons in the industry must be encouraged by the number of interesting travel outreaches that have come to Guyana in recent times – cruise ship in Georgetown last year; birding groups in the Rupununi; visiting ocean-going yachts;  a National Geographic cruise ship in the Essequibo, etc .

Practices we should abandon

Practices we should abandon

Memory is often not the best storehouse for trivial information – it’s an arbitrary process which often excludes something that turns out to be important – so I have developed this habit of jotting down, on a notebook or my computer, transient thoughts or reactions on a range of subjects .

Illuminations

Illuminations

For all of us, at whatever strata we live, episodes come along on our journey that transform us significantly purely from the realization or understanding those encounters generate .

Travelling and learning

Travelling and learning

Almost every time you get on an aeroplane to go somewhere, several learning experiences come your way .

Courage and compassion lives

Courage and compassion lives

This is not my story; I’m only the conduit .

Ethnic separation in Guyana

Ethnic separation in Guyana

I am tired of hearing it .

Misguided calypso comments

Misguided calypso comments

Some things remain the same: political turmoil, taxation, potholed roads, and bad food in restaurants being four examples .

Nowhere to go

Nowhere to go

Among the number of significant social forces in the apparatus of daily life one encounters in the more developed world (US, Canada, Europe, etc) is the array of institutions functioning in those societies that serve, ultimately, to convey the opinions or positions of the average citizen to the persons and political parties in positions of rule .

Tourism realities

Tourism realities

In recent months, observers of Guyana’s tourism industry have noted the contributions coming from both government and private sector in a number of energetic moves that translate into very hopeful signs for the industry .

Viewing things comically

Viewing things comically

My mother was an unusual woman who had, among other attributes, an inclination to laugh at anything and everything .

On the road

On the road

Professional musicians can operate in the large developed cities of the world without ever leaving the familiar comforts of their home town, but when, through recordings, they become known internationally, being “on the road,” as musicians term it, becomes a significant part of the way they live .

Slick moves

Slick moves

Guyana has a range of introspective people, and you meet them in the most unexpected places .

Always in the house

Always in the house

It  follows that people are very idiosyncratic about what they consider essential things in their life; what’s essential to one could well be meaningless to another .

A New Year’s idea: ‘Bun Bad Min’

A New Year’s idea: ‘Bun Bad Min’

Sometimes you’re sailing along, minding your own business, and an idea will land on you, totally unsolicited, that is so startling in its acuity it almost makes you jump .

Dogs are basically lazy

Dogs are basically lazy

We have this picture of dogs as frolicking creatures, leaping about in an open area, splashing happily in water, and never seeming to tire of playing games of fetch .

Romancing the fort

Romancing the fort

Guyana’s foray into bone fide tourism was recently given a boost within a fortnight by two developments – one from abroad and one from home .

The rich tapestry of our history

The rich tapestry of our history

As someone involved in the entertainment business generally, not just music, I am always intrigued by the circumstances in our country’s history that provide so much fertile opportunity for songs, literature, sculpture, plays, painting, dance, etc, to come before us as part of the entertainment landscape .

West Indies cricket woes

West Indies cricket woes

The recent tepid performance by the West Indies cricket team touring India has triggered yet another barrage of media outcries about our place in the sport that leaves us far removed from the world champions we once were .

Swinging and missing

Swinging and missing

Watching the West Indies batsmen in India in the current cricket clash, one is reminded of the instances in everyday Caribbean life where we run down the wicket, swing vigorously, and miss .



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