Thank God It’s Friday

​Minshall’s Angel v Moscow Mitch

TRINIDAD’S MINSH, Peter Minshall, the original masman, christened President Barack Obama “an angel” in his first term and, while Minsh has never got a Carnival King at all wrong, he clearly didn’t get President Obama completely right: you do not gain the White House without being at least a devil of a dealmaker.Barack Obama was and remains far from perfect. But the darkest, seamiest, most distressing and frightening aspect of Barack Obama’s character would be as a shining light in the soul of the fat ignorant rogue mountebank miscreant charlatan racist misogynist moron who replaced him. Fat Nixon is the lowest life form I’ve ever seen occupy high office; in the natural order, the farthest a pasty fat slug like him would ever get would be the underside of a rock in your garden. (Come on, BC, don’t hold back, let your readers really read more...

Trini to d Bone

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Lazy Corridor People

Photographs by Mark LyndersayPicture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Nazim Mohammed and I have learned that people in the South are VASTLY more willing to work than people in the East-West Corridor. I might get rushed by the whole of the East-West Corridor for saying that. But it’s still true. I’ve been in business since I’m small. Primary school days, really. I work seven days a week. I recognise it’s not a good thing but I’m a workaholic. I think it’s just a stage in life. I bury my mind in work. When I’m ready, I know how to get out of it. There are a LOT of Nazim Mohammeds. Some of them political. Most of them ordinary. You go into the bank and it takes them a while to figure out which account belongs to you! I don’t know if the politicians will have a lot of money in their accounts while 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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