Ian McDonald

Ian McDonald

Ian On Sunday

Fulsome words, faltering deeds One of the most serious aspects of life today is the widening gap between talk and action.

Looking back 2

Ian on Sunday When you go well past three score years and ten you are in overtime and a penalty shoot-out looms which you know you cannot win.

Extra lessons revisited 1

Ian on Sunday In Guyana education some time ago deteriorated to the point where parents had little confidence that the formal system would or could produce results.

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Faithful to the cause I venture to suggest that there is no West Indian cause so sacred as the success of the West Indies cricket team.

Ian On Sunday

The overmighty centre Any practical person in charge of anything periodically asks the question: ‘How do we get things done most effectively?’ In asking such a question what is not required is a theoretical discussion about which model of organization, say socialist or capitalist, is better or whether private enterprise can do a better job than public administration.

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Leaders and language: There is a close correlation between the inspiring use of language and getting great deeds done.

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Anxiety grows in me Let me make another trawl in the deep sea of reading which lies all around us and see what bright catch comes up.

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The love of reading lasts forever The year 2008 slipped by with devastating swiftness and already another year is well advanced.

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What the earth swallows is soon forgotten The Stabroek News feature ‘History This Week’ is providing readers with a most valuable series of vignettes from Guyana’s past.

Ian On Sunday

We are lost without the right people One man is running a company with the help of three old family retainers, two others who haven’t had a new idea in a couple of generations, and a whole raft of school drop-outs.

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‘Open the clenched fist of the past’ It happens all the time in small, closely-knit groups – cabinets, party executives, boards of directors, church congregations or club committees.

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Enhance your life It is extremely important that you pay attention to what today’s column says if you wish to live a longer, healthier, more alert and happier life.

Ian On Sunday

Content to be where I am 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.

Ian on Sunday

National accounting and real life Governments everywhere, quite naturally, make every effort to portray the state of the nation in the best possible light.

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Devil-take-the-hindmost People tell me that an article I wrote some time ago continues to “circulate widely on the internet.”  I have no real idea exactly what this implies.

Ian On Sunday

The irrelevance of sport? A couple of weeks ago I explained in a column what an important part sport has played, and very much continues to play, in my life.

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The vindication of Hypatia Currently its most venerable member, I am delighted to learn that the Georgetown Club has at last burst gloriously into, let us say, the 20th century and admitted women as full members.

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Teaching beyond the ordinary run of our lives When we are young, if we are lucky, we meet a person who opens our minds to the infinite possibilities of life in this wondrous world.

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The quiet sport Not many people guess right when asked “What is the most popular sport in the world?” The irony is that, more than any other people in the West Indies, Guyanese are in a position to say what is the most popular of all sports simply because Guyana provides a better environment for it than any other Caribbean country.

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Home is a lovely place In Canada it is just getting cool and the trees are filling with greenish gold and a darkening red as the beautiful season of fall begins to decorate the landscape.