Tuesday, October 30, 2007
And then there were three
Am crowning Dominica's Tarina Simon as the 2007 winner. She is cute, vivacious and could belt out a mean song. You go girl,you rock and should win easily despite the Antiguan challenge.
I got a gripe against the organisers though. Why is it that only former Bajan contestants have been invited as guest artistes thus far? I really not buying the line that it's because the show is hosted there. As far as I know LIAT still flies the friendly skies. Season 1 singing cowboy from St Lucia was a big hit with the voting public but no invite. I am watching to see who else will grace the stage for the two remaining shows.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
28 Reasons to love SVG
2. Breadfruit and saltfish
3. Madongo bakes
4. The greenness of the island
5. The smallness which is a curse and a blessing
6. The Grenadines are breathtaking
7. Nine Mornings
8. Community singing outside NCB
9. Vincy Mas
11.Lighting up graves on Nov 2nd
12. Tri Tri cakes
13. steamed tri tri
14. Montreal and Botanic gardens
15. River cooks
16. Black sand beaches
17. An abundance of fruits
18. The main hospital is near the cemetery
19. The jail is behind the courthouse
20. The madhouse is a stone throw away from the Community College
21. Sunset Strong Rum
22. Gonsalves Black wine
23. Red Ju-C
24. La Soufriere volcano towering above us
25.Falls of Baleine
27.Annual Blues Fest
28. Still a friendly people
Happy 28th Independence!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Can't help thinking that must be how hell looks or close enough. Actually, some the scenes are reminiscent of volcanic lava that I saw from Montserrat's volcano. Seriously though, I shudder to think what would happen if some of our fires got out of control. Maybe, we would start to see hurricanes as just a little rain assuming we survive.
Stay safe.. Cali J, stay safe.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
RIP Lucky Dube
I rode a minibus into Kingstown this morning and the radio was blasting tributes to Lucky Dube. Many of the passengers on the van were singing along in a way that was almost spiritual. Mixed with the singing was murmurs of regret that one so gifted was taken away from them. I couldn't help being moved by the genuine outpourings of grief coming from people who only knew him by his music. However, that's the sorta emotion that comes out when some one you identify with dies. It's even more poignant when the person is young and the death is sudden. However, I still can't escape the irony of how much he sounded like Peter Tosh and that both died by the gun.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Robber gone mad
Later the same night,the man calls the number and gets the location of the would be robber. As you can imagine instead of Santa Claus it was the cops who turned up bearing their special gifts. Our not too bright robber is now a five year guest at Her Majesty's Prisons. I think he real lucky not to get an additional five years for his lack of smarts but maybe the judge was too busy laughing. I sure was when I read it in one the weekend papers.
I've been a lil busy but promise to catch up with the blogs soon.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
The same minister is driving to Kingstown when he comes upon a situation where traffic is being diverted. He then asks for permission to drive on the main road and was ignored. Minister disobeys the order and continues driving. Amazingly,the Minister uses the opening of Public Service week to cite these examples as poor service being offered by public officers.
Never mind that he showed a lack of respect for the policeman,never mind that a simple request for help directed to a supervisor at the bank would have gotten him the help. No,it's the fault of the officers for being highhanded. What a thing!
Then came the apologies,no doubt pushed by the PM who thankfully,pointed out that on both occasions the minister was wrong. Will the teller be returned to his former station? Will politicians wise up and realise they are servants of the people?
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Fast forward, your stomach begins to cramp and horror of horrors you begin to bleed. Much later and there is the visit to the doctor, the tests to be conducted and a big medical bill staring at you.
Then, you hear the child's parent is below the poverty line and frankly you couldn't care less. Surely,some entity(the parent,school.Min of Education etc) other than the person affected is responsible for the bills,right?
And you wonder about the rage in a six yr old that would drive him to such behaviour. You wonder if at six he has seen so much pain that lashing out is his only resort. Sadly,you know the system is such that there is little or no help available to him.
Monday, October 08, 2007
On another note the Rising stars judges are being to irritate me. Now that the competition has begun in earnest am finding the critiques to be shallow. A little more constructive criticism on matters like pitch, voice control etc are needed as well as acknowledging what the contestants got right. I want to hear more than "you sound good", arrite?
It's early days yet but the Dominicans look like the ones to beat. C'mon Vincies,up your game :)
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Many times I have longed for an international airport especially when waiting for a connecting flight home. Still,am saddened that we are paying so high a cultural price for it.
Back in High school we were made aware that St Vincent is the only caribbean country in which petroglyphs can be found. You are excused for thinking that for that reason alone we would be hell bent on preserving them. I myself, made the same mistake of thinking that any country would love to preserve a vital part of its history. Making replicas and housing them elsewhere as suggested is nonsense.
I wonder what next we will lose in the name of development. Hopefully, the other petroglyphs won't be sacrificed but one never knows.
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Role of Hospitals
According to a Health authority the persons remain on the ward until a space becomes available in the home for the aged and indigent. I often wonder about the circumstances that would lead to persons in the twilight of their years being without a home. Am sure it's not as simple as squandering everything in their youth. For all I know these persons probably spent all their earnings raising their children only to be neglected in their time of need. On the other hand many draw a relation to the fact that many children were abandoned by fathers hence the high prevalance of abandoned men to women.
Whatever the case is the matter is a serious one. Hospitals, for the obvious reasons are not meant to cater for the sick not the indigent. For humanitarian reasons the Hospital administration may decide to be caregivers but what happens when there is a need for the beds occupied by the indigent? Won't they then be sent back to the streets? If nothing the whole situation is screaming out for us to take another look at our social services and the measures we have in place to care for the helpless.