Wednesday, December 17, 2008

(Our) Rihanna does it for Royalty!

"I just watched our lil bajan girl Rihanna perfom live at the Royal variety Performance at the London Palladium. Man I telling wunnuh..among the galaxy of stars present, she shone as brightly as anyone else!!
My mouth did fall open a bit when after the show, she and the rest of the performers got to meet Prince Charles and his Camilla Parker Bowles.....
I ain care whuh nuhbody else say.. we have a proper genuine Bajan star... and I say, all the best to her."
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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Juls Offers Her Suburban DC McMansion For Obama Inauguration

"The first person to sign up with their family can get my master suite, however, you can bring your sleeping bags and blankets for the floor. Breakfast on Inauguration Day is included..."

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Hiking Barbados

"While Barbados can be enjoyed without ever leaving West Coast Highway 1, which is fringed with beaches and hotels, a local passion for walking has created opportunities to explore more than 800 miles of roads at little or no cost. Our trek was one of 45 rambles offered free by Hike Barbados, a program of the Barbados National Trust. No reservations are necessary: Simply meet Sunday morning or afternoon at the designated location, break into groups according to pace, and experience a 6-to-14-mile slice of the island that you might not otherwise see..."

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Juls Reports On Her Bus Trip To Atlantic City

Not even the economic downturn and failing banks can stop the thousands from flooding into Atlantic City from the eastern seaboard area. Our intrepid Juls boarded a "bus" last weekend for the glitz and glamor of "America's Favorite Playground." Read her report here.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Juls Reports On Her Labor Day Weekend Getaway To The Bahamas

We should have known this would turn into a pilgrimage to the graveside of Anna Nicole Smith. Move over Atlantis! Given the exposure the recent famous tragedy had in the gossip and even the mainstream media that infamous Minister of Tourism may have unwittingly snagged the Bahamas ultimate man-made tourist attraction.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

What’s Behind Trinidad’s Sudden Initiative To Unify The Eastern Caribbean

We can safely assume that the urgency and suddenness of the recent Trinidad and Tobago movement towards a political union involving St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenada didn’t come about because of any epiphany on the truths of regional integration. Up until last week when they initialed an agreement for political and economic union with the above mentioned states Trinidad was largely still of the mindset that killed the last federation nearly fifty years ago declaring "1 from 10 = 0," namely that the smaller islands of the eastern Caribbean were Mendicants - not the sort company for an oil-rich state like Trinidad & Tobago. We know that from the way they treated Barbados over the fishing/maritime boundary dispute. To this day they have not concluded a fishing agreement with Barbados its so-called Caricom and potential CSME partner even though the matter was dragged before international courts. Clearly, Trinidad does not see Barbados nor any of the islands of the eastern Caribbean as equals, and consequently do not deserve that respect.

It is doubtful too that it has anything to do with the PetroCaribe agreements these smaller nations have signed with Venezuela, and/or Trinidad with moving to protect its traditional oil markets. The fact of the matter is that Trinidad for decades has been getting out of the oil business simply because it just does not have the oil reserves to be a significant player in the market anymore, and certainly not enough to compete with Venezuela on that score. Besides, with Caricom and CSME the region already had the mechanisms in place to protect Trinidad’s dominant role in the region in oil. It was these mechanisms that former Prime Minister of Barbados Owen Arthur appealed to when his government refused to join the PetroCaribe initiative.

So, what could it be that is driving Trinidad into union with mini-states it does not like? In a word - demographics. Nothing happens in Trinidad outside of the prism of its race-based politics. It is sad but it is true. After several recent elections some of which were lost to the Indo-based parties, and some narrowly won, including the most recent, because the Indo-based parties were split, the traditionally Afro-based party - the PNM - has finally come to the conclusion that the only way to maintain its dominance in the future is to get more people of African descent in the polling booths. And, the only way to do that in a country that has a sizeable and growing Indo-Trinidadian majority already is to tap into the votes of the neighboring Afro-centric islands. There is no mystery to this initiative - Patrick Manning woke up one day, took a look at the Guyana situation, and did the Maths; if you add the ¾ million blacks in the eastern Caribbean (including Barbados) to the ½ million already in Trinidad & Tobago, there is no way Indians would ever rule Trinidad & Tobago again.

Admittedly, this is a very cynical scenario, but look at the man at the helm - a man who is now being described as a “dictator” in his own country by some of the people who were closest to him for decades in and out of government. But, of course, all the blame is not Patrick Manning’s, you have also the sorry situation of small states in the eastern Caribbean that are basically on the take, you give - they take. How else can you describe a socialist firebrand of the ‘70s and ‘80s like Vincentian Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonzales maintaining relations with Taiwan at the expense of the Peoples Republic of China in this day and age? And, it gets worse all up and down the island chain. They are all on the take and Patrick Manning is exploiting it in this cynical maneuver that will destroy Caricom and the regional integration movement for the next fifty years. To it’s credit, the new Barbados government has decided to sit on the sidelines and watch, at least for now. They must not have forgotten how Trinidad’s last elected dictator, Eric Williams, unceremoniously kicked one of its national heroes, Grantley Adams, out of Chagaramas and Port of Spain when his perceived usefulness to them was over.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Score 1 For Canada

"All-rounder Manoj David helped lead Canada to a 25-run victory over Bermuda in the opening match of the Canada Cup Tri-Series at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club in King City, Ontario on Monday.
Sri Lanka-born David top-scored with a well-paced 48 as Canada made 260 for seven in their 50 overs after Bermuda opted to field first..."

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Echoes of CWC2007 In Beijing Olympics 2008

It is now common knowledge that the a lot of the stands at the current Beijing Olympics are half-empty or more most of the time.  This is a big surprise for a nation of over 1.3 billion people even though the vast majority of them are too poor to afford the tickets.  The explanations for the empty stands are at best murky even for a still regimented quasi-communist state that has spent a huge fortune to look good for the rest of the world for two weeks of the games.  Coincidentally, a lot of foreigners have been left in the lurch on the tickets fiasco. 

The whole enterprise reminds this blogger of the Cricket World Cup last year in Barbados with all the hype, the half-empty stands, and the ignominious finale in darkness no one can forget.  It is doubtful whether things would have been much different were India and Pakistan not eliminated early.  One of the outcomes of the debacle is that governments of the day which spent big for the event (with the notable exception of Trinidad & Tobago) have subsequently tumbled across the region, including Barbados. 

China may appear to have everything under control right now but as we saw last year in CWC2007 one unplanned for event (after all these are games - things happen) can set in motion dramatic changes down the road.  That event may have already happened in Beijing.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Barbados Tourism Authority developing tourism prospects through the Diaspora

"Barbados: The Barbados Tourism Authority will soon unveil a programme that will compensate Barbadians living overseas for driving visitor business to the island.

This was revealed by Prime Minister David Thompson, during a breakfast session and trade show for members of the International Association of Barbados Organizations..."

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Reports from a Bajan family summering in Bankok

"Pon dah topic, travel from Bangkok tuh Phuket by coach. We did plan tuh use de train but is a holiday w/e & dey din nuh mo 1st class sleeper leff. So 10 hrs pon a coach tuh Surat Thani den 5 mo pon a lil minibus tuh Phuket.....& de police stop de minibus. Dey wass doing sum kinduh checks & had a lil issues wid de driver. Tek a pic of de bus & ting. Still ent know wuh um did bout..."

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Monday, August 11, 2008

Will Chavez Tryout His New Russian Arms On Barbados First

"Similarly, it has to worry the small Caribbean island, Barbados, that Venezuela claims that a recent offshore oil bidding round by Barbados violates the maritime border with Venezuela. Venezuela is a not a signatory to the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea. The Barbados Foreign Ministry has said that the bid does not infringe on the rights of any other state.
Chavez may be helping some Latin American and Caribbean countries through the crunch of high oil prices with his PetroCaribe arrangements, but his military build-up will cause them great unsettlement as well."

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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Crop Over 2008

Things are still winding down in Bim but the big day has come and gone again. Now all that is left to be done is to reminisce and plan for next year. Join the discussion here.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Small World

Two BTL members living hundreds of miles apart accidentally run into each other over the past weekend.

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Friday, July 25, 2008


Report on tornadoes affecting New England this week'

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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Crisis In The Anglican Church

Anglican Communion undergoing a 21st. century schism over homosexuality.

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Enoch Powell: The Great Lie

Adrian tries to defend 1960s racist British MP Enoch Powell.

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Why I like To Stay In A Hotel When I Travel

Why when traveling staying in a hotel can spare you the abuse of "relatives."

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Great for Will and Jada

Juls is enthralled by the sex lives of the stars again.

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My Big Day

LadyJ is celebrating her ??th birthday and is inviting you to the party.

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