Here Come the Judges!

Trinidad Carnival 2014 has ended and in listening to how much money the winners of the various contests had scored, I immediately thought about the “Stella” awards. The Stellas are named after 81 year-old Stella Liebeck who, in 1992, ordered…

Masked Balls and Jab-Jabs

Carnival Masqueraders in Trinidad (Wikipedia).

I am in Trinidad. It is hot and dry. The roads are crowded. The murder rate is high. The nights are noisy. It is a silly season beyond reason, adequate description and financial sanity. It is Carnival time. In Trinidad…

Marley, Miller and Bishop

Sometimes our sense of superiority might be totally misplaced. My second-best example is a story from my youth. Some of my friends worked in Sam’s Garage learning “trade”. Sam was their mentor and master and they lived by the Gospel…

Midnight Lace and Burning Rubber

In Trinidad people burn tyres, one went on a hunger strike, others chant in stirring rhythm their frustration and generally a good time is had by all despite some episodes of sheer desperation or the promises by Trade Union Leaders…