The year in chess

Guyana’s chess for 2017 has both been invigorating and disappointing. On the positive side, the Berbice Chess Association was established, an overture was made to the Georgetown Prison, Guyana was represented at an important World Chess Federation (FIDE) overseas meeting, the Berbice Inter-Schools Chess Championship was held and Guyana won the inaugural Caribbean Chess Cup.

Thuja

Thuja originated in Denmark and comes from the Cypress family; it was after World War II that it spread across Europe, then to Asia and North America.

Whimbrel

The Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) is a migratory  species wintering on coasts in Africa, South America, south Asia  into  Australasia and southern North America.

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.

Progenitors

By now you may have noticed that I am a dialect man.  I’m not sure when that emerged, but it could well have been at university in Canada where, in a linguistics class, the value of our dialect first hit home. 

A sneak peek at Santa’s lists

“He’s making a list//He’s checking it twice//He’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice…” Through a usually reliable source, the Sunday Stabroek was able to have a look at Santa’s naughty and nice lists prepared for Guyana.

The Poor Boy

A Romanian Fairy Tale (adapted)

We read last week that the Poor Boy earned the horse by successfully keeping the witch’s drove for three nights with the help of the creatures he had saved.

LUCAS STOCK INDEX

LUCAS STOCK INDEX The Lucas Stock Index (LSI) fell 1.397 percent during the third period of trading in December 2017. 

Tricolored Heron

The Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor) is found in the Gulf states of the United States and northern Mexico south through Central America and the Caribbean to central Brazil and Peru.