Stories about Trinidad & Tobago from October, 2007
Coffeewallah has some advice for Trinidad and Tobago politicians: “Here’s a novel idea guys, why don’t you assume we all have brains, focus on the issues and tell us exactly how you’re going to deal with them.”
“Being born a West Indian means that I am less likely to succumb to the palm trees, blue sea, white sand, standard tourist pitch. The Caribbean islands are so much more complicated…” My Chutney Garden reveals what she loves about Nevis.
Jeremy Taylor can’t find copies of Doris Lessing’s work – in fact, “no one had even heard of her…what's going on here? Has the Nobel Prize become irrelevant, even to today's frenetic marketeers?”
Jumbie's Watch is not impressed by the Trinidad and Tobago opposition's latest maneuver, while KnowProSE.com thinks that the political parties “seem to be catering to the lowest common denominators – and those denominators are appallingly low.”
The Bajan Reporter discovers a wonderful new song recorded by Trinidad and Tobago calypsonian David Rudder in support of the people of Burma.
Ramblings and Reason refers to a controversial song called called Trinidad and Tobago Sucks to illustrate the sentiment of “a certain segment of the under-thirty population who have educated themselves on the issues and find the local brand of politics, which refuses to deal with those issues, more than distasteful.”
Notes from a small island is all for Trinidad and Tobago's political party leaders having a debate, “fielding specific questions about the real issues affecting the nation.”
KnowProSE.com wonders about the cost of preservation – and how it applies “to other things that cannot be digitized and saved”.
de cooler : soca news reports that the Trinidad-based rapso group 3 Canal will be performing at the World Music Exhibition in Spain.
Jamaican sports journalist Tony Becca thinks that the hiring of a foreign coach for the West Indies cricket team is “an insult”: West Indies Cricket Blog thinks “Becca has never been more wrong.”
“If religion is the opiate of the masses then music must be the amphetamine”: Blogging from Trinidad and Tobago, Shivonne Du Barry examines the phenomenon of political parties using local music to appeal to voters.
KnowProSE.com shares his thoughts on traffic in Trinidad and Tobago.
“Trinidad and Tobago politics is a lot like dentistry – the politicians constantly pull on our teeth,” says KnowProSE.com, while Francomenz is “so stunned” at the latest political ramblings, she “can’t think of a single witty thing to say”.
Jamaican Geoffrey Philp talks with Trinidad-born writer and blogger, Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursi.
“I fear that on the morning of 6 November, we'll wake up and find that we're only just starting to realise what a mess we're in,” writes Nicholas Laughlin, as he examines the state of Trinidad and Tobago's pre-election landscape.
Cultural Literacy features an excerpt of an interview with Dr. Eric Doumerc in which he talks about West Indian legacies that ought to be cherished.
West Indies Cricket Blog marks a high and a low in the world of cricket: the bestowing of “the major honour of the Order of Jamaica” on international cricket umpire Steve Bucknor; and the “disgraceful” treatment of the Trinidad and Tobago cricket team in Guyana.
Now is Wow attends a celebration of indigenous people in Trinidad.
“Give me a quiet place to sit over a bustling metropolis any day,” says KnowProSE.com, as he recounts a visit to Suriname's Cola Kreek.
“I never thought I’d see the word ‘feeling’ appear in the title of a V.S. Naipaul book. Has Sir Vidia gone fluffy on us?” asks Andre Daniel Bagoo, as he reviews the author's latest offering.
West Indies Cricket Blog mourns the sudden passing of cricket stalwart Stephen Alleyne.