The whole point is not to talk or think I avoid as far as I can any party, club, reception or event when or where rap music is likely to be predominant.
Unsung heroes In the last month I have enjoyed watching the Olympics from majestic opening to colourful and tumultuous closing and between those spectacular bookends have seen an endless display of compelling competitive excellence.
A festival Caricom badly needed Carifesta X was a splendid and significant success.
Illth Absurdly, we still take for granted that Gross Domestic Product is an accurate measure of success and well-being in a nation, so that if GDP is increasing we think we must be doing better.
Put poetry on the buses I favour the reintroduction of public transportation. A system of maxi-buses on the roads, well-managed and subsidized with some of the VAT bonanza, would be a great boon for hard-working Guyanese hustled and harried in getting around.
Will any record ever go unbroken? It seems impossible that Michael Phelps’s record of winning fourteen Olympic gold medals, with more to come in London in 2012 when he will only be 27, will ever be broken.
In an article reviewing Kasia Boddy’s book Boxing: A Cultural History the American writer Joyce Carol Oates quotes from that dark, unsettling philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche: “Every talent must unfold itself in fighting.” Nietzsche thought, contrary to prevailing morality, that it was perfectly natural to fight, even to fight to the death, in the service of allowing “hatred to flow forth fully.” Look around the world, Nietzsche’s disturbed and disturbing observation seems frighteningly accurate.
An Olympic memory I am the ultimate sports junkie. If games were abolished by some satanic world dictator I would be almost as lost as if he banned all books.