BC Piresis 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.
Thank God It’s Friday
SOMETIMES, YOU CAN ruin something by starting it off the wrong way. What would life in the English-speaking Caribbean be like today, e.g., if, 55 years ago, Trinidad & Tobago’s first prime minister had chosen to stay in the West Indian Federation after Jamaica’s exit? Those eight other, supposedly lesser, territories would have exercised far greater sense over the spending of the massive energy tax windfalls Trinidad & Tobago squandered (twice!). As the very clear-thinking (at least outside of the Integrity Commission) Eric St Cyr once told me, Trinidadian oil & gas money would have allowed all of us in the West Indies to escape Babylon forever.Instead, Eric Williams, infamously sublimating comedy into tragedy declared, “One from ten leaves nought” and pulled us out, leaving our West Indian brethren to catch their collective ass.Well, I believe read more...
BC on TV
Anyone lucky enough never to have seen them should take advantage of the back-to-back screening of both parts of the best American film ever made: The Godfather Part I, 6pm, The Godfather Part II BEST FILM OF THE DAY, MONTH, YEAR, 9pm Fox Classics.Today’s Number One Film:Stranger Than Fiction, 6.15pm The Film Channel. Watch this if you liked The Truman Show, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind or Pleasantville. In our cluttered modern mediascape, it is unusual to find anything that stands out at all, far less a young director original enough to be declared an auteur – but Marc Forster (b Switzerland, November 1968) is one, as his earlier films, Stay, Finding Neverland and Monster’s Ball substantiate. His easy handling of what ought to be Read more...
Firetruckery of the Day
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 Filed in: Firetruckery of the Day
The greatest modern challenge – and it’s really unique to our age – is to separate the ludicrous from the genius. We have to overcome the challenge everywhere from the Cabinet through the campuses to the catwalk: are we supposed to admire or sneer at those policies, courses or fashions? But, extreme sushi notwithstanding the contradiction of our age hasn’t so far been literally served up on a plate in front of us. Read more
Trini to d Bone
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...