Stories about Caribbean from September, 2006
Guyane: Cruelty to Iguanas
Cafe Creole is upset (Fr) that people are eating iguana stews in French Guiana and posts a picture of live iguanas destined to end on someone's plate. The author goes on to explain that while consumption of wild animals was understandable in the past, modern access to alternative sources of...
Trinidad & Tobago, Bahamas: The Bahamas at Carifesta
Nicolette Bethel has a series of posts (1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5), reporting on the experiences of the Bahamas contingent at Carifesta, the Caribbean arts festival taking place in Trinidad and Tobago this week. She posts some nice photos as well.
Barbados: Land sale
Barbados Free Press employs a bit of allegory to highlight possible flaws in the logic behind the government's decision to sell the island's lands to foreign investors.
Barbados: Piggy awards judging panel
Barbados Free Press responds to a query from a member of the Barbados Senate and adds a member of each of Barbados's three main political parties to the judging panel of the 1st annual “Piggies At The Trough” awards.
Barbados: Concorde museum
Linda Thompkins questions the validity of establishing a “Concorde Visitors Centre” in Barbados: “When will we ever face the fact that Concorde was merely a fast, uneconomical passenger plane with a futuristic swept-wing design on which only the rich and famous could fly, as well as those who entertained themselves...
Jamaica: When Yardies rock
Marlon James explains why Jamaicans can't rock.
Jamaica: “Calabash poem”
Geoffrey Philp writes about a poem of his that's been “roundly rejected” by several publishers, and offers us a chance to read it.
Bahamas: State television
Larry Smith questions whether the Bahamian state television channel is still relevant or required.
Martinique/Guadeloupe: Segolene Royal to Visit
Bondamanjak announces (Fr) that French presidential candidate Segolene Royal will visit Martinique and Guadeloupe at the end of October and that former mayor of Fort-de-France and local literary legend Aime Cesaire is scheduled to speak alongside her.
Guyana: Message from the Cold
The common cold guest-posts on Guyana-Gyal's blog: “So all you people who go around maligning me, saying things like, “Man, I got a Miserable Cold,” or “Man, I ketch a Nasty Cold,” let me tell you, I, The Cold, am joyful and productive thanks to you.“
Trinidad & Tobago, Belize: Carifesta
Only the Belize booth holds any interest for Caribbean Free Radio, on a visit to the “village” of the Caribbean arts festival Carifesta. Carifesta takes place this week in Trinidad and Tobago.
Martinique: Looking Out for the Tomboy
Le Blog de [Moi] (Fr) tells of eyeing a teenage schoolgirl dressed like a tomboy at the same spot every morning on her way to work and seeing her young self in this lesbian to be. A conversation ensues with a young commentator about the ways in which lesbians meet...
Belize: Independence Day photos
Lee Vanderwalker posts photos of the colourful Independence Day celebrations in Belize.
Barbados: Karl Brodhagen
Linda Thompkins highlights the career of Guyana-born Barbados artist Karl Brodhagen, sculptor of one of Barbados's most famous public artworks.
Barbados: Piggies At The Trough Awards
Barbados Free Press announces that nominations are open for the 1st annual Barbados Piggies At The Trough Awards: “the winner will be the Barbados politician or civil servant who, in the opinion of the judges, best misuses position, political contacts or internal knowledge to benefit self, family or friends.” The...
Barbados: Lessons from Cayman
Barbados Free Press sees lessons for Barbados in the Cayman Islands’ current debate over immigration rules regarding ex-patriates.
Bahamas: Doing what you love
“. . . the humanity of the Bahamian citizen has been compromised. We allow ourselves and our reality to be defined by other people, because we have made it difficult, if not impossible, for our creative artists to make a living doing what they love,” writes Nicolette Bethel.
Guyane: Lunar Eclipse
Cafe Creole posts (Fr) pictures of Friday's lunar eclipse as seen from French Guiana as well as shots of the eclipse watchers who flooded the beaches.
Trinidad & Tobago: Blogging the Arts
AS THE Anglophone Caribbean blogosphere grows, so does the number of specialist blogs devoted to specific subjects. For two decades now, Trinidad has been a major site for contemporary art in the Caribbean, rivalling the better known art centres of Cuba and Jamaica, though not enjoying the same amount of...
Jamaica: Dub poet
Geoffrey Philp posts the latest in his series of “Five Questions” interviews with Caribbean authors. This week his interviewee is Jamaican dub poet Malachi.
Barbados: Road signs
Photoblogger Barbados in Focus posted this image of a sign at a crossroads in rural Barbados. “No matter where in the world you are you still have the make a decision,” he writes. “It is so universal, a street sign.” As the image below indicates, however, some types of street...