A Boxing Day century for the ages – Part 1

How to beat the West Indies (1980-1995)

In this week’s edition of In Search of West Indies Cricket, Roger Seymour begins to examine an oft overlooked aspect of the West Indies streak of not losing a Test series from the summer of 1980 to February 1995 Recently I was rummaging through my library when I stumbled across Edmar Mednis’ How to beat Bobby Fischer.

The artist who triumphed over her shocking rape and torture

A new play celebrates the 17th-Century Italian artist Artemisia Gentileschi, who defied her rape and torture through masterful paintings (BBC) – “The works shall speak for themselves.” So wrote Artemisia Gentileschi in 1649, in a letter to a patron acknowledging her rare position in the art world at that time: a painter, and a woman.

Coffee Grove

Tucked between Lima and Danielstown on the Essequibo Coast is the tiny village spanning a hundred rods in length called Coffee Grove. The village, which now thrives mainly on rice farming, was previously a coffee plantation and this is where it got its name.

Silver linings

Samuel Johnson, that great man of letters and heavyweight of good sense in eighteenth century England, commonly said the people whom we should most beware in the world are those who constantly insist on finding fault, those whose clouds are never lit by silver linings, those who everlastingly “refuse to be pleased.” I am often reminded of Sam Johnson’s suspicion of such people and their moanings and gnashing of teeth when I read the newspapers or look at the news and commentaries and interviews and panel discussions on our TV channels.

Two versions, one road

For the first version, I’m going back in time quite a stretch, back to the early 1950s in my youthful years in West Demerara, first at Hague and then at Vreed-en-Hoop. 

LUCAS STOCK

The Lucas Stock Index (LSI) rose 2.90 percent during the third period of trading in August 2018.

The power of popular music

We are seeing it starkly demonstrated once again this week: the power of popular music in our lives, and in particular that of the American music format with a product that is embraced all over the world, even in countries where English is not the national language.

Barn Owl

The Barn Owl (Tyto alba) is found almost everywhere in the world except for the polar and desert regions, Asia north of the Himalayas, most of Indonesia, and some Pacific islands The plumage on head and back is a mottled shade of grey or brown, the underparts vary from white to brown and are sometimes speckled with dark markings.

Allamanda

Allamanda originated in the Caribbean and tropical Americas. It has several different varieties, which in turn have different common names.

Three stalwart sons

I have said it before and often, but some things need repeating: particularly in a time when we see so much to fix in Guyana, we should be also taking time on the obverse to champion what is of value among us in our people. 

Youth mayor calls on peers to give back to Linden

Always someone who is willing volunteer his service, Devon Beckles, the 18-year-old newly appointed Linden Youth Mayor, is calling on his peers to become more involved in volunteerism since it would not only give them much-needed experience, but they would be involved in the development of the mining town.

Guidelines

At the ripe old age of eighty-five, when one is very aware that it is time to make sense of what has happened in one’s life, I have become convinced about two major things.

Right under our noses

Living in Guyana again and becoming caught up in grumbling about this or that like most folks, it has begun to occur to me of late (partly from seeing a variety of video footage and still photographs) that we don’t seem to take the same note of the positives that exist here, right under our noses, along with the other stuff that rightfully draws our indignation. 

Angelonia

Angelonia angustifolia,commonly called Angelonia or Summer Snapdragon,originated in Mexico and the Caribbean. Angelonia is a tropical outdoor perennial which grows upright and bushy.