Thank God It’s Friday

Chernobyl, Barbados

YOU SLEEP for six hours and wake in what smells like a Three Plumes matchbox. Eyes still half-closed, dazed by the stench of sulphur, you step down on to the porch off your bedroom and wonder if you’re dreaming you’re at a beach house because there’s gritty sand under your feet. Eyes wide open, you realise you’re standing in two centimetres of ash and the dark skies aren’t about rain. You remember, now, St Vincent’s La Soufriere volcano shooting out an ash plume five miles high last night yesterday. And talk of high altitude westerly winds bringing the fallout to Barbados. You look at your watch and realise it’s not 5am, but 7am! You look up at the sky, to where the sun should be but there’s nothing but blackness. Not cloud, you realise, but ash in the air. Just before 8am, read more...

Trini to d Bone

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Man of Red, White, Black & Grey

by denise kruffHarry Belafonte lookalike photograph courtesy Denice Duff. Still from MoG II by Mark Lyndersay.My name is G Anthony Joseph and I made the movies BC Pires calls the two best cop movies ever made in Trinidad. It means a lot to me that BC Pires really does think that my films, Men of Grey and Men of Grey II: Flight of the Ibis are the best two local cop movies. Even if he immediately goes on to point out that they’re the only two local cop movies ever made. MoG III is will be produced soon. My wife Ria and I will be married 34 years on 25 April. And I still chase her around the house! You got to love Trini women. Our daughter Jamie is 25. Our son Justin, 29, is married to Jenna and our grandson Ayden is 22 months! When I was nine, my mother brought us to Baltimore after my parents divorced but I loved my childhood in Petit Valley. It has 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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Thanks-Taking Day Blues

26 November 2018Deer DairyWhat a bigly disappointment Thanksgiving always is!!!! You have to pretend to like being at home and Melania gave the turkey drumstick to that fat little kid AGAIN IT IS MINE EVEN IF I DON’T EAT IT and I prefer KFC and Big Macs anyway. YOU CAN’T EAT TURKEY WITH FRIES. Just throw away the turkey and eat the fries, bestly advice I always give myself but at least I am around to save America and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN LIKE A SHARK MAKE AMERICA GREAT WHITE AGAIN. read more

​Me Alone Again Naturally Terrific

13 November 2018Deer DairyEverything I did for those Republican losers and they can’t even keep the House! I win them the Senate with my exhaustingly trips all over the country – 72 rallies in six days, Deerest Dairy, just me winning everything for them with my grandly speaking and bestly words, making every nationalist proud, like me – and they lose the House!!!! HOW CAN THEY DO THIS TO ME THE DEMO RATS WILL PUBLISH MY TAX RETURNS NOW!!!! I all ways get what I want except when I have to 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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