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Vaughnette Bigford, our local vocal goddess, has a new CD where, says Cathy Shepherd’s Thursday review, she “reinterprets 11 songs from the Trinidad and Tobago calypso, pop, soca and soul songbooks, spanning a 39-year period.” It isn’t on iTunes. It was out for weeks and I still didn’t have it. So I contemplated trekking into downtown Port-of-Spain to...

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A couple weeks ago, I spoke of the commencement of the Hindu year being marked with celebrations of “Nau Raatri,” a time of celebrating the female forms of God. On Tuesday, April 4, Nau Raatri ended with another celebration, “Ram Naumi.”

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The amazing photograph of young Birmingham resident Saffiyah Khan facing down racists in her city last weekend appeared in the UK press at the same time the Brixton-based Black Cultural Archives was preparing for a special tribute to Trinidad-born social activist, Darcus Howe, who died on April...

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Last week, the problem of gang killings in Enterprise was finally solved. A spokesman announced that the Unruly ISIS gang had changed its name to the Masjid of Peace. Presumably this means that the members will not only stop murdering, but comb their beards and tuck in their shirts.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

I’d only planned on one column on Terrence Farrell’s book (We Like it So?) but Kito Johnson’s article on Darcus Howe in last Wednesday’s Guardian made a point that’s obvious to me but which Dr Farrell’s book, and academia generally, ignore.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Last week BP announced that it would not be fabricating the Angelin platform in La Brea. Angelin is BP’s next major gas development project in T&T. It follows on from the Juniper project which is getting ready to start production.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

My two dogs are wonderful. Still puppies, they love to play-fight and run around the yard with me. They sleep on top of each other. They are the best of friends, until food arrives. Then they turn beast, the bigger one tries to eat from the other’s dish, they fight and I have to feed them apart...

Sunday, April 9, 2017

The crisis in Venezuela is putting pressure on wildlife, and Trinidadian and Tobagonian exotic animal buyers are part of the problem. It’s breeding season for many animals right now, and that means poachers are roving through the forests to capture young animals for the pet trade.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

I mentioned here recently how my social media comment about an employee’s neck-rolling at another person buying gas at St Christopher’s service station on Wrightson Road prompted a robust customer service response from management.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Today is Palm Sunday, the Christian feast day that commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Less than a week later, the same crowd that had gathered to greet him would do so again, this time to call for his execution by the Roman authority for claiming to be the King of the Jews.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Now that the FATCA legislation has been enacted in T&T after a lengthy bi-partisan battle to reach cross-party consensus comes word out of Washington that the process to repeal FATCA in the United States has begun.

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