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· February, 2008

Stories about Trinidad & Tobago from February, 2008

Trinidad & Tobago: Chinese “Pow”

  29 February 2008

“The Chinese community in the Caribbean is small, but…the region’s culture would be poorer without them”: Trinidadian blogger Can Cook, Must Cook examines the influence the Chinese have had on Caribbean food and posts a recipe for one of her favourite delicacies.

Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago: Panorama

  28 February 2008

“It is music that must be heard live to be appreciated, as much of it is literally felt in the body…”: Jamaican Francis Wade blogs about Panorama, Trinidad and Tobago's premier steel band competition.

Anguilla, Trinidad & Tobago: Procurement

  27 February 2008

“We live in a time when coping with corruption is high on the agenda of all countries. It is therefore important that we take the opportunity to discuss transparency and accountability in procurement”: Corruption-free Anguilla leads the discussion.

Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago: Regional FBI?

  26 February 2008

As the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago raises the question of a regional policing body, Barbadian blogger Notes From The Margin says: “When you look at the implications of a Caribbean Law Enforcement agency, it’s not as simple as it might appear at first blush.”

Trinidad & Tobago: Assisting Guyana

  22 February 2008

“Perhaps…this can be the precursor to a properly organised Caribbean-based defence initiative which…moves us one step closer, even through tragedy, to a single pan-Caribbean nation”: Keith in Trinidad shares his thoughts on T&T's offer of assistance to Guyana.

Trinidad & Tobago: Music Festival

  22 February 2008

“It seems to defeat the purpose of competition when it seems no matter how hard you try…you could still end up tied with fellow competitors in the top three. Wither, then, the prestige and the incentive?” Discover TnT Blog is a tad disappointed with the Trinidad & Tobago Music Festival.

Trinidad & Tobago: Cultural Preservation

  21 February 2008

“Even as we fret about the loss of our historic architecture, we are losing the architects of our history”: Blogging from Trinidad & Tobago, The Liming House writes about the importance of preserving “our collective memory.”

Trinidad & Tobago, Australia: de Boissiere Passes On

  21 February 2008

Blogging from Trinidad & Tobago, Antilles acknowledges the passing of author and centenarian Ralph de Boissiere: “one of the chief figures in the Beacon group, a circle of young, talented, ambitious writers that formed around the Trinidadian magazine of that name in the early 1930s.”

Trinidad & Tobago: Vision for Development?

  18 February 2008

“You turn old Port of Spain into a slum, you block off the city from the sea (you leave the sea in such a mess that no one would want to be exposed to it anyway), and you build enormous faceless towers, and you call it development”: Jeremy Taylor rails...

Trinidad & Tobago: Protecting the Ocean

  18 February 2008

“Whether it's the Buccoo Reef, the Gulf of Paria, Mayaro, or Cap-de-Ville and Otaheite, there has long been concern about the delicate marine ecologies of Trinidad and Tobago's bodies of water in the wake of human activities”: Discover TnT Blog explains.

Trinidad & Tobago: Saving “Gingerbread House”

  15 February 2008

“There are so many things to be anxious or angry about in this country these days–crime, corruption, smelters, steel mills, dolphin-slaughter, traffic–that the fate of an old house may seem trivial,” writes Trinidadian blogger Nicholas Laughlin. “But,” he explains, “12 Queen's Park West, the Boissiere House, is not just an...

Trinidad & Tobago: Canboulay

  15 February 2008

Caribbean Beat Blog gives an account of Canboulay – “one of the foundational elements of Trinidad's modern carnival” – and is amazed to discover that “over 100 years later, with a culture that is ever-changing, it is indeed true that the more things change the more they remain the same.”

Trinidad & Tobago: Commonweath Writers

  14 February 2008

As the 2008 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize shortlists are announced, Antilles writes: “I'm sure some…will share my disappointment that more Caribbean writers were not shortlisted for the only major writing prize most are eligible for.”

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