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Dust off, move on, Pan Trinbago

Thursday, February 20, 2014

I am not in the least bit surprised over the resounding failure of what was the controversial “Pan Splash” affair that was staged by Pan Trinbago in tandem with its annual Panorama competition on The Greens, Queen’s Park Savannah, last weekend. While every Tom, Dick and Patsy were bellowing all kinds of stupidness about “disrespect” and other sundry adjectives, putting down the innovative event to shore up its finances, I was quietly predicting it would flop.


Not that I wanted it to “bust” because it was all in the interest of benefitting the steelband movement, and had it succeeded I would have been the first to say a hearty congratulation to Keith Diaz and his hardworking crew at Pan Trinbago, even though I was told the organisation gave the job to stage the big time “swim fest” to a group of enterprising entrepreneurs. If I am wrong please forgive me, Pan Trinbago, and supply the relevant information lest I am accused of spreading false information. 


Nevertheless, Pan Trinbago stood to generate some badly-needed funds just as the two other Carnival interest groups—Carnival Bands Association and the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation were mandated to become self-sufficient some years ago. 



It is sad that while some people are prepared to take the bold steps, or think out of the box, to achieve their goals, some others feel that it is their divine right to join the “gimme-gimme gang” and go cap-in-hand to beg the government to dole them out of any and all situations. They see the state as a cash cow just waiting to be milked and to hell with those who are really in need of help.


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