Thank God It’s Friday

Herding Cats to Immunity

IN OUR near 60 years of Independence, and in the 40 years since I first voted in 1981, the first general election that enfranchised 18-year-olds like me, I’ve never once been disappointed by any of our several governments. Not once. Because I’ve never expected anything at all from any one of them. Like Mahatma Gandhi who, when asked what he thought of Western civilisation, replied he thought it would be a very good idea, I’ve always maintained I would support the government of Trinidad & Tobago from the moment I saw any sign of it. I have expected nothing from any sitting TT government. And yet they’ve all failed to deliver. No matter their particular circumstances, the crisis of their moment or the historical challenge demanded of or opportunity presented by their term, every read more...

Trini to d Bone

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All Yuh v Wunna

My name is Joel Payne and the Earth is my platform.My major memories are more of the East-West Corridor. Anywhere between Tunapuna and Port of Spain could be home. I say I’m from Trinidad but I should say I’m from Trinidad AND Tobago. Because, although Mum was Trini, she was raised in Tobago, Calder Hall, so we’re really Tobagonians that migrated to Trinidad. So my dad was Bajan and my mum, Trinbagonian.I went to school in Barbados but I grew up in Cinnamon Hill, Tobago. We spent all of our Easter, Christmas and summer holidays at my aunt’s home. Back then we could catch a LIAT plane straight to Tobago. We would go across to Trinidad for a little two-three days to shop. I tell people I was born in a BeeWee plane between Trinidad and Barbados but I was really born in Read more...
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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.

The Secret Diary of Donald J Trump, aged 71 ¾

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Tragic Loss of Life but Guns Don’t Kill, Democrats Do!

29 October 2018 Deer Dairy How many times do I have to warn America about Fake News? How could they say I, who do SO MUCH FOR PEACE IN THE WORLD, ALMOST GOT THE NOBLE PEACE PRIZE FOR TAKING OUT LITTLE ROCKETMAN’S NUKES but do they give me a parade? HOW MANY GOT KILLED WHEN BABOON OBAMA WAS IN CHARGE? THOUSANDS!!!! But Fake News says those kikes got killed because I won’t say white nationalism is a badly thing! HOW COULD IT BE A BADLY THING WHEN I AM WHITE AND I AM A NATIONALIST???? I read more

White Nationalist Blowing Up All Over America

25 October 2018 Deerest Dairy Things couldn’t be going more goodly! I ALL WAYS WIN AND ALL WAYS BIGGGGGGGLY! Of course, Fake News tries to make me look bad, like all ways, but DO THEY HAVE ANYONE BOMBING ME FOR THEM???? What a grate leader, to impulsify people to ACTUALLY BOMB CNN FOR ME!!!! Baboon Obama would kill for ratings like that!!!! NOW WE HAVE A MOVEMENT. Give me time, Dairy, and I will turn it into REAL TROOP MOVEMENTS!!!! It’s my bestliest idea, maybe ever, maybe even a read more

BC on TV

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A Trifecta of What's Best on the Box for Sunday 11 November 2018

On what might be the best day for film choice on cable/DirecTV, ever, all but one of the Also Rans categories have a bolded film – and there’s a Western – one of the best – in the top three! And each of the three choices could legitimately be called BEST FILM OF THE DAY. Today’s Number One Film:*No Country for Old Men, 7.30pm Paramount Channel.Watch this if you liked Apocalypse Now,The Three Burials of Melquiades Estradaor any film by Sam Peckinpah. Part thriller, part Western, as upsetting as it is intriguing, this modern-day drug money heist flick is Cormac McCarthy’s bleak 2005 novel brought to life. It was a natural fit for the Coen Bros’ dark humour and deadpan violence, but it is so overwhelmingly hopeless, it discourages anyone from declaring it Read more...
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