Stories about Trinidad & Tobago from February, 2007
London-based Trinidadian Sinistra posts part two of her “Young and Black in Babylondon” series: ‘“So, what do you speak in the Caribbean? African?”’
Stefan Falke posts some atmospheric photos of a homeless gentleman in Trinidad who has been keeping a journal for 21 years, along with a lovely text: “His older journals got lost or stolen, he does not care too much because they are written and can’t be unwritten. . . ....
London-based Trinidadian Sinistra launches a series of posts about being “young and black” with a piece on being “Young and black in Babylondon”.
In appreciation of the Trinidad and Tobago police force's service over the Carnival season, Keith Francis wishes to designate this week “Thank a Policeman Week”.
Stefan Falke posts some spectacular photos of the moko jumbies–or stilt-walkers–of the Dragon Keylemanjahro School of Arts & Culture's presentation for this year's Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago.
Keith Francis posts the results — “as many as can be found” — of the 2007 Carnival competitions in Trinidad.
The Liming House posts a part-allegory outlining Trinidad and Tobago's adventures in the energy trade.
Mark Lyndersay wonders what happened to the J'ouvert (the early-morning festivities which traditionally kick off the Trinidad and Tobago carnival) he once knew.
Trinidad blogger Mani wonders how the people behind a new energy drink being subtly advertised as having the power to alleviate the effect of alcohol can sleep at night.
“Goats are traditionally kept for their milk and meat and renowned for their cussedness and indiscriminate palate, but not in the tiny Tobago village of Buccoo,” writes Robert Frische, in his report on goat racing in Tobago.
“You like the hot new soca music you hear on the radio but where can you purchase it before Carnival?” asks the Caribbean Beat blog. The answer is “downtown” — or used to be, before the soca music download site Trinihits.com came on the scene.
Trinidad and Tobago has a new user driven social content website called Allyuh.com, which also maintains a blog.
Caroline.neisha at the Caribbean Beat blog paints a picture in Trinidadian English of the semi-finals of the Panorama steel orchestra competition, which took place this past weekend under dramatically altered circumstances.
Q the Creator at Snaphappy posts photos of the Hosay (Ashura) observances in Trinidad, which is celebrated by the Shi'ite Muslim communities in the districts of St. James and Cedros.
W. Lotus posts a video of herself playing the Prelude of Bach's Partita III (BWV 1006) on the steelpan.
Jeremy Taylor gets to the bottom of the idea being voiced by many in Trinidad and Tobago that capital punishment is a solution to the country's ills — and explains why it's not.
Laura at the Caribbean Beat blog reminisces about Calypso Fiesta, the semi-final event of the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival's calypso competition.
A 2007 calypso citing the book of Leviticus in support of its anti-gay message inspires Trinidad blogger Jessica to comment, with considerable light-heartedness, on both freedom of speech issues and the selective use of the Bible to bolster certain viewpoints.