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Georgia Popplewell · July, 2006

I'm Global Voices’ Managing Director. I'm a media producer and writer from Trinidad and Tobago. I've worked in independent media in the Caribbean and elsewhere since 1989, covering areas such as culture, music, film and sport. I started my media career at the pioneering Trinidad and Tobago television production company Banyan, and am a founding member of Earth Television. In 2005, I started Caribbean Free Radio, the Caribbean’s first podcast. Special fan of: books, bicycling, photography, jazz, travel, swimming, architecture, justice for all humans beings.

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Latest posts by Georgia Popplewell from July, 2006

Bahamas: Goodbye, British Honours list?

  28 July 2006

Nassau Bahamas Vacation reports briefly on the plans afoot in the Bahamas to abolish the British Honours list: “Her Majesty will no doubt let her views be channeled through her own discreet diplomats at some stage.“

Trinidad & Tobago: FTAA

  28 July 2006

With the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) practically a “dead duck”, Jeremy Taylor suggests that Trinidad & Tobago remove the sign at the airport proclaiming the country “the natural home of the FTAA secretariat”.

Bermuda: The Premier on the bus

  21 July 2006

The Limey reports briefly on the public's mixed response — and often humorous — to Bermudian Premier Alex Scott's decision to ride the bus to work.

Barbados: Deputy PM and free speech

  21 July 2006

Barbados Free Press comes out strongly against Barbados Deputy Prime Minister Mia Mottley's call for “the curtailment of free speech” on radio call-in shows and blogs.

Cuba: Fidel's birthday concert

  21 July 2006

Pan-African News Wire reproduces an article from Cuban news daily Granma, announcing plans for a concert to celebrate Fidel Castro's 80th birthday celebrations on August 11-12 in Havana. The concert will feature several “top protest and ballad singers of Latin America” as well as South African star Miriam Makeba.

Jamaica: Emancipation and Independence

  21 July 2006

Charles Nesson announces that he is hosting a programme on the the Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica on August 1 (Jamaica's Emancipation and Independence Day) “in which Jamaican leaders talk with me about Jamaica’s journey to freedom and the issues of emancipation and independence which still confront them.” The programme...

Bermuda: The roots of black homophobia

  20 July 2006

In light of the report that only 19% of black Bermudians supported a recent bid to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, the Limey wonders about the roots of black homophobia.

Barbados: Keeping the cotton at home

  20 July 2006

Linda Thompkins reports on Exclusive Caribbean Cotton Inc's plans to process Barbados's home-grown Sea Island cotton — “one of the most valuable and pricey cotton varieties” — at home instead of exporting the raw material to the US.

Cuba: How many Cubans does it take to…?

  20 July 2006

Pac MacLaurin posts a photo of three Cuban store clerks and comments on the country's labour inefficiencies: “A friend of mine once told me that when he was working in Havana as a press photographer there were two people in the elevator of his hotel at all times. One person...

  20 July 2006

Guyana-Gyal wonders whether her nosy yet unfriendly new neighours — a group of men — might be in “purdah”.

Barbados: Defending the right to blog

  20 July 2006

As a result of general comments made by a government minister about blogs and accountability, Barbados Free Press pre-emptively defends its right to exist: “Welcome to the new century – where ordinary people can now own a press on the internet. We can think of no more healthy development for...

Guyana: Mystery columnist

  19 July 2006

Guyanese blog Demeraralighthouse racks its brains to figure out the identity of the Kaieteur News columnist “Peeping Tom“.

Barbados: The government on blogs

  19 July 2006

Titlayo sees a Barbados government minister's call for blogs to have a “framework of accountability”, as a sign that blogs are beginning to be taken seriously by “people in high places”.

Bermuda: Paradox of plenty

  19 July 2006

The Limey's latest “Open Mike” topic is “the paradox of plenty”, tabled by contributor “Tiger Bay”: “Resource-rich countries, such as oil producers, often develop slower than less endowed countries. Quite simply, the wealth distorts good governance and decision making. . . .“

Barbados: School days

  19 July 2006

Jdid remembers his school days in Barbados, when his main worries were pitching marbles and avoiding “liks” from the teacher.

Bahamas: A drug lord's legacy

  19 July 2006

In light to recent rumours that notorious Colombian drug lord Carlos Lehder was seen partying at a Bahamian resort, Larry Smith discusses Lehder's “Bahamian legacy”: “The bottom line was that one of the world's biggest criminal enterprises, managed by one of the world's highest-profile crooks, was able to operate with...

Bermuda: Government Ministers’ spending spree

  18 July 2006

Bermuda bloggers The Limey, Sean Soares and Christian Dunleavy all take on the hot-button issue of government minister's travel expenses. Sean Soares also reports on the latest mugging of two men in downtown Hamilton and the general escalation of these sorts of incidents in the country.

Guyana: Migration and family

  17 July 2006

Guyana-Gyal contemplates migration and familly ties: “Them countries that got the best of my family…them countries just don't know how they lucky.”

Trinidad & Tobago, USA: Caribeana Imperia

  17 July 2006

Caribbean Free Radio releases its 44th podcast, which comprises a series of interviews with the members of Trinidadian rapso band 3canal about the theatrical production “Caribeana Imperia”, which is now playing in Washington DC.

Bermuda: Tackling racism

  17 July 2006

The Bermuda government has rejected two proposals for tackling the issue of racism, on the basis that they fail to “solve the problems of human emotions”. The Limey wonders what alternatives the government has in mind.

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