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In the past week I remembered a scene from the popular Christmas comedy, Home Alone. In the first movie, which was undoubtedly the best of the series thus far, everyone was busy packing their stuff as they were about to travel on a Christmas trip. Little Kevin (the main star) is questioned by his sister as to why he was worried, after all, their mommy...

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Well the frenzied Carnival season is over and the sound of vigorous back-slapping is echoing across the country. I hesitate to offer an armchair perspective but am compelled to touch on some very important observations.

Friday, March 11, 2011

One of the really beautiful things about T&T Carnival is that it is open to all. It is truly a people’s festival. There is no need to apply and there are no admission requirements.

Friday, March 11, 2011

At the Memorial Park entrance to the Savannah track, Pelham Goddard’s Charlie’s Roots, fronted by David Rudder and Carl Jacobs, both in extremely good voice on Carnival Monday, broke out of a sustained ching-a-nikka, ching-a-nikka calypso strum into the full brass fanfare...

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Oh what a difference an election victory makes. For time immemorial we were told by some that the steelband could never be considered as the national instrument—there was always the dholak—and that Carnival was not really the national festival.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

In the last few weeks, international attention has been focused on the latest developments in the Middle East, in particular Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, and other states affected by an uprising of the people.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

One of my standing assignments as a reporter on the culture beat about 18 years ago was to cover the launch of Carnival.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Of course the refusal by the PNM to support the Hanging Bill (so-called) is obstructionist and merely designed to thwart the efforts of the Government to at least seem to be doing something to effectively impact on criminal activity.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

We have to deal with some burning issues in the Caribbean including the crime surge and splurge, the trust deficit, the decreasing level of integrity, the collapse of role models, and the pervasive hopelessness that characterises the battle against crime and violence.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Shuffling, chipping in the middle of a group of adults in a steelband in downtown Port-of-Spain 1958 and hearing them sing, “The doctor say yuh pay as yuh earn!” The picture is in black and white.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Politics and insensitivity converged recently with comments about vigilante action and reasonable/appropriate response to attacks on the person and property.

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