How songs arrive

Over my 50-plus years in the business of popular music, I cannot count the times I have heard the question, “How do you come up with these songs?” Or, “What’s the secret?” I heard it again, this week and, as before, the answer is that there is no formula involved, at least in my case, that I can pass on.

LUCAS STOCK INDEX

The Lucas Stock Index (LSI) rose 0.48 percent during the third period of trading in October 2018. 

“Holy Grail” of lizard species born in Prague Zoo

PRAGUE, (Reuters) – The Prague Zoo showcased five newly-born earless monitor lizards on Tuesday as part of a European breeding program aimed at boosting numbers of the nocturnal reptiles rarely observed in the wild.

The habit of finding things to do

My younger friends – and at my advanced age virtually everyone is younger – particularly Generation Xers (born 1965-79) and the millennials (born 1980-2000) – complain about being over-scheduled and over-committed.

Dialect lexicon

Among the many things I discovered after migrating to Toronto in the late 1950s was the value of the Guyanese dialect I had grown up with; something in fact that I had been made to feel ashamed of in my homeland, a condition not unique to me. 

Arnold Itwaru and diversity in contemporary Guyanese literature

arrival                                            this is the place mark its name the streets you must learn to remember   there are special songs here they do not sing of you in them you do not exist but to exist you must learn to love them you must believe them when they say there are no sacrificial lambs here   the houses are warm there’s bread there’s wine   bless yourself you have arrived                   listen keys                       rattle locks                      click doors                    slam                 silence     roomer   here I cower from the day’s drain and glare a shadow a wrinkled skin cover me gently night’s linen prepare me prepare me                          separate ways   stranger in the sunset I long to know you To touch the poem of your presence To dispel this loneliness But the sun darkens And we go our separate ways                                   Arnold Itwaru   These selected poems by Guyanese writer and academic Arnold Itwaru make statements about contemporary Guyanese literature and about Itwaru’s contribution to it.

Brown-bellied Antwren

The Brown-bellied Antwren (Epinecrophylla gutturalis) forages in the undergrowth of moist lowland forests for insects hidden among leaves, often as part of a mixed-species flock of other typical antbirds.

Lucas stock index

Last Update: 479.40                                                                     Movement: 0.37% Current Update: 481.18                                                               YTD Movement: 63.50%                                                  LUCAS STOCK INDEX The Lucas Stock Index (LSI) rose 0.37 percent during the second period of trading in October 2018.

The responsibility to use words accurately

A very great asset is the ability to write well. Just as the gift of speech first separated man from animal, so has the ability to set speech down in written form gradually raised man up from his first beginnings as brute to the high level of science, art, and social organisation which he now precariously occupies.

Modern connections

A disruption in the nuts and bolts of our lives, apart from the irritation that comes with it, can sometimes also be instructive in showing us how much more efficient we are now in communicating or sourcing, in a variety of ways, compared to how we went about those things in the earlier, less complex, life pattern that many of us wish still applied.

Plant trees

There are over three trillion trees around the world. October 5 is designated National Day of Tree Planting in Guyana.

LUCAS STOCK INDEX

The Lucas Stock Index (LSI) rose 0.49 percent during the first period of trading in October, 2018. 

Now near 100 million bpd, when will oil demand peak?

LONDON (Reuters) – Sometime in the next few weeks, global oil consumption will reach 100 million barrels per day (bpd) – more than twice what it was 50 years ago – and it shows no immediate sign of falling.

The Caribbean has lost a friend

For just under forty years Caribbean Central American Action (CCAA) has worked with the region in Washington to promote private sector led growth, successfully finding ways to help Caribbean governments and business leaders engage with and influence the thinking of US administrations.

Dun Robin

Dun Robin is a tiny village on the Corentyne highway. So small that it consists of approximately eight houses with about five families; it might just be the smallest village in the county of Berbice, or maybe in the entire country.

Responsible citizen power works

It is sometimes the case with the international events surrounding us that an occurrence in a distant country can have relevance for us, in completely separate matters, in our homeland.

Sex and politics in the U.S.

Sex and politics intersected in an explosive controversy that has gripped the United States as Professor Christine Blasey Ford gave evidence last Thursday to the United States Senate about a sexual assault perpetrated against her in the summer of 1982 by Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, on the US Supreme Court.