Stories about Trinidad & Tobago from July, 2007
The newly-identified mud volcano off Trinidad's east coast is sparking interest in everyone from geologists to surfers. James O'Connor, a member of the latter group, asks: “Will this, or next hurricane season show us the most epic new surf spot in the Caribbean?”
“I have always found his films to be difficult to watch, always knowing, though, that I was watching a master at work.” Babalu Blog acknowledges the passing of Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman, as does Jonathan at Trinidad's Studio Film Club blog.
Instead of getting caught up in Potter-mania, Andre Bagoo has “fallen prey to the wonderful tone of White Teeth, a book I had avoided reading for years because of its bulk. Blake, my favorite poet, is also fashionable these days and I finished Jean Rhys’ gem A Voyage in the...
“Yes, this is my water bottle atop the trig marker on Blue Mountain Peak–for a few minutes last Sunday, it was the highest water bottle in Jamaica.” Nicholas Laughlin posts some photos of his hiking expedition.
West Indies Cricket Blog is “desperately trying to refrain from thinking the worst thoughts” about the West Indies Cricket Board‘s “hastily extended and now contentious” sponsorship contract with a mobile service provider.
Both Club Soda and Salt and Notes from a small island acknowledge the 17th anniversary of the attempted coup in Trinidad and Tobago.
“I’m already tired of this election and it hasn’t even started yet,” laments The Manicou Report, as he examines the recently-formed UNC Alliance along with the rest of Trinidad and Tobago's political landscape.
“It took Spike Jones to push Horace Ové into second place in a new ranking of iconic Black directors.” As the Caribbean Beat Blog reviews the results of the 100 Black Screen Icons poll, it pays homage to some of the people who have contributed to Caribbean film.
“We do not –many say– yet know the REAL Hugo. But I know what his latest stance on foreign criticism is and there is nothing ambivalent about it.” Young Trinidadian Andre Bagoo shares his views on the Venezuelan leader.
“How can this happen in the richest country in the Caribbean?” An incident in the Southland causes KnowProSE.com to wonder what Trinidad has come to.
Studio Film Club longs for the days “when there were film reviews in the local newspapers. Proper film reviews, written by people who knew what they were writing about” – and links to a blog that fills the void.
“The back of the medical boys’ club must be broken as part of a wider programme of health sector reform,” writes Keith in Trinidad, as he weighs in on the proposed amendment to the Medical Board Act.
“It’s only after he puts on the pair of round fake-Italian sunglasses with the slightly reflective lenses that I realise that the figure in the purple cape I’d seen earlier lurking sheepishly near the self-help section is meant to be Harry.” Caribbean Free Radio posts an entertaining piece on the...
News of the upcoming release of Barbadian singer Alison Hinds’ new album has Caroline at Caribbean Beat Blog worried “about the way our music, our people, our artists are represented, misrepresented, or not represented at all in this new push to ‘globalise’ soca.”
“The truth is that the Environmental Management Authority denied a Certificate of Environmental Clearance not only for the smelter but for the entire industrial estate in Chatham.” The Manicou Report has his say about the ongoing smelter plant controversy in Trinidad & Tobago.
The Manicou Report thinks it ludicrous that Dr. Fuad Khan is calling for Lawrence Achong to join him as an independent Minister of Parliament, following the latter's alleged use of obscene language against smelter plant protesters in Trinidad.
“You might think that the position is so blighted that no one wants it, or you may think it just odd that only one name apiece was tossed into the circle for the posts of president and vice-president of the West Indies Cricket Board.” Vaneisa Baksh at CaribbeanCricket.com weighs in...
IZATRINI.com is excited about the development of a new type of steel pan: “The G-pan includes a tenor pan which features 37 notes instead of 29 and three full octaves rather than the two and a half octaves of the tenor.”
“A typical Saturday doesn’t usually involve having lunch with a celebrity, roasting amazing Herdwick lamb and stabbing myself with an oyster knife. But yesterday was different.” Can Cook, Must Cook has an eventful weekend.
“Brooklyn sometimes feels like it is part of the Caribbean,” writes Caribbean Beat Blog, reporting on an upcoming exhibition of contemporary Caribbean art at the Brooklyn Museum.
Lifespan of a Chennette blogs about a few dishes that have formed part of her “Guyanese foodie experience”.