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Timehri before Timehri

Timehri before Timehri

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It happens without fail: every time I come or go from our major airport at Timehri, I’m caught up in a memory of the time in the mid-1950s when I worked there as a youngster .

Semantic manoeuvres

Semantic manoeuvres

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From a youth in Saints, dealing with Mr Singh and Mr Stanley Fernandes who taught us English, I was drawn to the intricacies of words and the shades of meaning that one could extract merely from word choice .

Turmoil in calypso

Turmoil in calypso

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Somewhere in the early ’80s, Tradewinds came to Guyana to take part in Mashramani with a substitute bass player, Burman Scott, from Cayman .

The concrete of partisan politics

The concrete of partisan politics

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When I lived in the Cayman Islands, I became friendly with a young businessman there largely based on our interest in Caribbean culture, personalities, social movements, etc .

Recognise opportunity when it comes

Recognise opportunity when it comes

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Guyana is up in arms this week over news that the Chinese are building a Marriott Hotel here but not employing any Guyanese in the construction work, and that we’re also going to have a Chinese TV channel; yes, Sumintra, a Chinese TV channel in Guyana .

Change is about leverage

Change is about leverage

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In recent weeks, probably propelled by fading hopes for “a new day” with our new Parliament, we have seen some stirring letters to the press citing Guyana’s diverse difficulties and calling for the citizenry to become more socially active .

Living with LIAT

Living with LIAT

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In just a few months from now, the regional airline LIAT will begin using the expanded facilities at Ogle Airport ferrying passengers to and from the Caribbean .

This dialect

This dialect

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Anyone who knows anything about my work in music will know of my commitment to Caribbean dialect .

Our 1823 Monument

Our 1823 Monument

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On civic matters in Guyana, while there are often opportunities for discussion or exchange, we have a marked tendency to eschew that route and simply make pronouncements .

I can do without that

I can do without that

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Wherever we happen to live, our end-of-year diversions usually include the media interest in New Year resolutions .

Dem Bajans

Dem Bajans

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From the start of Tradewinds, I’ve always had a thing with ‘dem Bajans .

Unsolicited New Year advice

Unsolicited New Year advice

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Good musical sense is the ability to know, without being directed, what to play and where to play it and, just as importantly, when not to play at all .

I just don’t get it

I just don’t get it

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Ever since I can remember, I’ve had this interest about understanding how things work, about the intricacies at play, about the skills involved .

Say ‘I‘m sorry‘ and stand back

Say ‘I‘m sorry‘ and stand back

Among the many admirable qualities in mankind, probably the most galvanizing is the willingness to say, “I was wrong .

Spontaneity and great art are not companions

Spontaneity and great art are not companions

Sorry to disappoint you, but the widely popular notion of art as being the result of a spur-of-the-moment inspiration, of a bulb lighting up, is one that is generally false .

You have to hand it to America

You have to hand it to America

Many of us in the Caribbean have it in for the USA – the interference in the affairs of other countries; the deadly machinations of their agencies such as the CIA and the FBI; their massively corrupt system of lobbying government running in the millions of dollars daily; their opiate problem – the list goes on – but there are times when you simply have to hand it to America .

Bright lights in the gloom

Bright lights in the gloom

Anyone with even basic awareness must be conscious of the many difficulties we face dealing with daily life in Guyana .

We’re kidding ourselves

We’re kidding ourselves

It is a part of human nature here and elsewhere that we sometimes deal with contentious issues by adopting a position of delusion, so as not to deal with the unpleasantly real factors involved .

Observations

Observations

I’ve said it before .

Rise and shine

Rise and shine

Many of us grew up in a Caribbean where the frequent message, ranging from gently implied to pungently expressed, was that we were a second-rate people .

 Sports idiocies

Sports idiocies

Sports on television and radio is part of modern life .

No place left to hide

No place left to hide

Nothing in history, not even the Industrial Revolution, has produced anything remotely like the staggering level of change that has descended on the world with the technological revolution now spinning faster and faster around mankind .

The Guyana Driving Manual 2012

The Guyana Driving Manual 2012

Newcomers to driving in Guyana, either born here or recently come here, are at some disadvantage with the material given to them by the Motor Vehicle Licence Office .

Modes of persuasion

Modes of persuasion

I’m a bit of a romantic – some would even say quite a bit – so I’ve always been fascinated by the approaches men take as they set about, as we used to say in Guyana, to “trap a binny” .

Encounters of the very close kind

Encounters of the very close kind

This is my 50th year in the entertainment business, and along the way there’s been much to be grateful for .

Mental myopia

Mental myopia

We tend to read or listen to the writers or pundits with whom we agree .

Honouring the stalwarts

Honouring the stalwarts

There are times in our lives when we’re concerned about some condition around us, but we get caught up with more pressing matters and the concern fades for a while .

I can’t wait

I can’t wait

Many of the persons with a creative bent I know have this inclination to notice things in their societies that seem to escape most people, and not only notice but become irritated at the negative ones and take delight over the positives .

Coming to things late

Coming to things late

It could be the country boy in me propelling it, but it takes me quite a while to latch onto new trends .

All about the writing

All about the writing

It’s not obvious – in fact it’s often completely overlooked – but the truth is that in every high quality performance in the arts, including literature, the writing is the key .

Problem solved

Problem solved

Folks who come back to Guyana, even for a visit, are hardly off the plane before they suddenly become experts on what’s wrong with the country .

Not A Blade O’ Grass

Not A Blade O’ Grass

There are all sorts of strange tales about my song Not A Blade O’ Grass .

Sudden realizations

Sudden realizations

As much as we talk about “the region” in one context or another, as a kind of given, and as much as some of our political leaders – Forbes Burnham, Owen Arthur, Ralph Gonsalves, etc .

Artistes as mirrors

Artistes as mirrors

One of the best examples of what can be described as “cliché thinking” is to be found in the frequent diatribes against well-known artistes, particularly popular singers, who are lambasted these days for leading the public, more especially youth, into various negative social actions .

Jamaican world beaters

Jamaican world beaters

With the explosive running performances in its recent Track and Field Championships, Jamaica is again in the world press for the world-class calibre of its athletes .

Men are such jackasses

Men are such jackasses

I know I’m not breaking any new ground here in my assertion that while there are surely many men who are standout human beings, men, as social beings, are generally jackasses .

It’s about them

It’s about them

It comes with the territory; when you achieve some sort of prominence in the arts, people are naturally curious about the process .



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