Thank God It’s Friday

Holier than Thou, Faggot!

IN THE SAME week, a big one even by the limitless standards of Trinidadian excess, a 17-year-old child was charged with the murder of a newborn one, and one of T&T’s most globally successful citizens was outed as lesbian. And, notwithstanding this glaring concurrence, religious believers will still refuse to put their fingers on the one thing that brings the two together: total firetrucking ignorance, masquerading as moral righteousness. The same people who were horrified last week that read more...

TGIF - Delayed

Thank God it's Friday's column will be delayed by one day now it is being published in the Newsday. Check your Newsday paper or online today for BC's column Thank God It's FridayTomorrow you will find TGIF on bcpires.com and all subscribers will received their emailed copy.In case you firetrucking care! read more...

The Arc of the Covenant

JUSTICE DEVINDRA RAMPERSAD, in the Jason Jones Case, on Thursday 12 April, declared the old buggery laws unconstitutional and good T&T Christians are devastated; they did not think they were going to be left behind at all, far less in quite this way. Family life and morality are now, apparently, utterly destroyed, and the creeping, evil LGBT agenda advanced. Imagine, the good Christians say, we may soon be forced to treat homos & lesbos as if they were human! Exactly what the old slave-owners read more...

Letters of Marque

WHENEVER Trinidad out-Trinidads itself – like when the Minister of Works congratulates himself for finding seats on planes at the airports for the thousands of people he stranded at the seaports because he couldn’t get a ferry to work, or Trinidad & Tobago votes against her hurricane-devastated sister, Dominica, and the Prime Minister attempts to repackage fake leadership as fake news – I cheer myself up by printing a few letters from the editor. The bone-marrow good manners which makes read more...

​A Bunny for Your Thoughts

On GOOD FRIDAY, here’s a penny for your thoughts that might give you a pounding headache: is the Easter Bunny a male or a female? All the very many people I’ve asked in the past have unhesitatingly pronounced the Easter Bunny to be male. The Trinidadian Easter Bunny is a figure of authority, analogous to God the Father himself, and Trinis default to declaring anyone in charge of anything to be a male. Which is understandable, in our culture. But isn’t it hard enough for a rabbit to lay read more...
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The Secret Diary of Donald J Trump, aged 71 ¾

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Saved by the Old Bat

18 April 2018 Deer Dairy Dubbya Bush is one of the world’s great losers, worst ratings ever as Commander-in-Chief, except for Babbon Obama, but it’s an ill wind that blows no gooder than Stormy. His dead mother’s taken the heat offa me! All the Fake News and even the Good Fox Loves Me News are showing nothing but Barbara Bush repeats! Stupid bitch, taking my headlines, but at least no one’s talking about Michael No-Cojones and Jim Criminally now! I was going to ease Comey up on the read more

Bareback-Riding, Limp Shrimp-Hiding

11 April 2018 Deer Dairy Remembering that old Negro spiritual for a week now, “If not for bad luck, I wouldn’t have no luck at all”. Or something. They TOLED me not to say nothing about Stormy. THEY MADE ME REPETE IT, LIKE, A ZILLION TIMES: I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT STORMY! So, when the Fake News asked me what I knew about the agreement with Stormy, what was I supposed to say? I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT IT, ASK COHEN THE KLUTZ! Now they’re telling me that means the non-disclosure agreement read more

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A Trifecta of What’s Best on the Box for Sunday 22 April 2018

On what might be the best Sunday for wide-ranging excellent film choice this year (as reflected in the number of choices bolded in the Also Ran section), all three of today’s picks and a couple of other films could just as deservedly have taken the BEST FILM OF THE DAY if one wasn’t chosen too recently (***Arrival, 7pm HBOP) or the other didn’t screen a titch too early (Se7en, 8.10am Max). Today’s Number One Film: Blade Runner: The Director’s Cut (aka The Final Cut), 9pm HBO Plus BEST FILM OF THE DAY. Watch this if you liked Arrival, Children of Men or 2001: A Space Odyssey. Director’s cuts are usually longer, adding in bits the auteur was forced to remove by studio executives worried about long runtimes. This cut was a literal one and improved the original theatrical Read more...

Trini to d Bone

The Arima Kid - Pt II

You were doing something serious and important?But of course!Yet it was trivialized?[Interrupting] Everybody, everybody, everybody!Was that not painful?Very painful. Even my closest connections, some of my immediate family and other people would say, “Listen, man, why you don’t do something serious?” But it give opportunity! I remember we went to Cedros and there was a man with a funny face. They called him “Ugly”. He was making faces at me from the audience. People were saying, “Move from here!” But I put him on [camera] and asked him, “How you going?” And he made his funny face. He got a job just from that, what we called DEWD or Public Works. He became a personality, more than a clown. He became “Mr Ugly” instead of just “Ugly”. So it Read more...

BC Pires

is a barrister by qualification (class of 1984) but, for the last 28 years, has done nothing but write to earn a living. His flagship column, Thank God It’s Friday, has appeared in either the Trinidad Guardian or the Trinidad Express since Ash Friday, 1988. He has written about film from an informed lay perspective for the same period and is as close as the cricket-playing West Indies gets to a film critic (though he refuses that label). He has written for many publications, including the London Sunday Observer and the London & Manchester Guardian. Since 2010, his personality-based feature, “Trini/’Bago to D Bone” has been appearing in the Trinidad Guardian. Since 2002, he has been the editor of Cré Olé, the Trinidad & Tobago annual restaurant guide.
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