Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Teofilo Stevenson passes

The great Cuban boxer Teofilo Stevenson has died at the age of 60. An Olympic great he won three heavyweight championships in 1972, 76 and 80.  Stevenson may have become an immortal in 1984 had Cuba participated in the 1984 Los Angeles Games.  As he grew in stature boxing fans looked forward to the dream fight pitting him against Muhammad Ali.  However, Stevenson refused the promoters offer to turn pro and the bout remained a dream.  More than likely he passed up millions by not turning pro but he appeared comfortable with his decision."What is 1 million dollars compared to the love of 8 million Cubans?" he said.

He would later retire in 1988 after Cuba also boycotted the Seoul Olympics. Who knows but he was probably denied the chance of winning 5 Olympic golds! A not so well known fact about Stevenson is his Vincentian roots .His father was a Vincentian hailing from the village of Biabou and he paid several visits to his father's ancestral home where he was given a hero's welcome.  In my mind's  I can still see his tall, imposing figure chatting with some guys outside Rio Foods. That was probably about three years ago if my memory serves me right.  RIP Teofilo,your legend will live on.

Sunday, June 03, 2012


Miss SVG

For weeks I toyed with the idea of going to the Miss SVG Show before deciding it wasn't my cup of tea.. I've gone to probably two shows in my life and each time I was bored out my skin. So I guess it's fair to say I've outgrown the entire concept of a queen show

Some observations about these queen shows irk me a lot

1.Tired of hearing the same old lines about the self confidence the girls gain from entering these events. Really? You have to be pretty self confident to enter in the first place. By the same token methinks it must be  a dent in your confidence to have a group of people decide that other persons are better than you. How demoralising!

2.Each year 95%(my estimate) of the contestants have to adorn their heads with long flowing weave? Oh for more girls confident enough to wear the hair processed or otherwise that God blessed them with.

3.People must stop pretending that they they flock to the park for noble reasons. Contestant no 6 had it right when she said a significant amount are on the lookout for interview blunders. Yes we live for those moments. If anyone has any doubt check FB and Twitter feeds while the show is in progress.Bloodthirsty much

4.Talent section is getting more and more painful each year. It's either a badly sung song, poorly delivered monologue or movements to music. The poor girls appear to be piecing together something to fill the slot. Time to scrap it altogether?

5.Princess pageants are becoming more and more popular. I don't know about others but the sight of these prepubescent girls strutting their "stuff" is err nauseating. For some reason they remind me of the disgusting Toddlers and Tiaras Show. Enough already!

And to think when I was a child I wanted nothing more than to grow up and enter Miss SVG. Thank God age brought wisdom cos me poor little fragile heart couldn"t take the negative vibes. More importantly I don't need no queen show to be royal

Congrats Carice Glasgow. When the first runner up wins best swim wear, evening wear and talent the conspiracy theories will abound. Brace yourself for the backlash

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