The New Year

It makes no sense trying to measure the joy which our grandchildren Jacob and Zoey give to my wife and I. They, and all like them, are the promise in all our futures.

If tomorrow any man designed and built a computer infinitely more powerful and complex than whatever super machine is currently in the works a triple Nobel Prize could not nearly measure the magnitude of the achievement.

Or if any man constructed a pump that could run without stopping, beating 80 times a minute, without repair, without a hitch, for 80 years and more he would be honoured as the greatest engineer, the greatest inventor, the world has seen.

Yet any time a child is born –….

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The promise and the poison of social media

The rapidly proliferating presence of the social media in our lives is transforming how society works – and creating dangers which need to be addressed.

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What is real progress?

Having spent 52 years of my life in the sugar industry, including working closely with governments and regional institutions along the way, if there is one thing I have learned it is the extreme frailty of all grand plans.

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The world is draining itself of good

We have to look forward to a long and terrible age of increasing and fearsome devastation. 

Love, of course, it is love

When I was a child I had as good Christmases as any child ever had – the love of parents which anchored life, the tree with the star and the gleam of lights, the gifts in white pillow-cases found mysteriously early morning, the fat balloons flying and the decorated crèche, the spread of food and sweets and aromatic cake and even sips of wine allowed, the fragrances of Christmas, the hugs of old grands and aunts and tobaccoey uncles, the carols and immortal songs of Christmas, the sights and sounds of happiness.

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What we can agree on

Who can doubt that in Guyana in 2018 clenched fists of the past must be opened so that hands can reach out across embattled ground for the good of the nation.

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