Re-emergence of Potholes|Leading From the FRONT

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart’s Official Car

Those of us who experienced the Barbados of the 70s and 80s participated in the transformation of an agrarian economy to service based. We can debate if successive governments have erred by deprioritizing agriculture and manufacturing by giving the international business/offshore sector pride of place to pay the bills. What is irrefutable is that Barbados by any definition moved the economic needle indicator in the right direction- the middleclass segment grew and in the process Barbados achieved model status as a small Black developing island state. In the last decade Barbados has emphatically answered the question ‘what is cyclical’?.

The pride many Barbadians felt until recent has deflated from our bosoms once swollen with pride largely because of profligate consumption expenditure habits coupled with a lazy approach to national productivity.

One of the many criticisms the Barbados Underground blog has had to suffer from its detractors is that we focus too much on the negative. In our defence, we promote the view that is encapsulated in BU’s motto,  “for the cause that lacks assistance, the wrong that needs resistance, for the future in the distance, and the good that [BU] can do”. Barbados is a small island and the inhabitants are related, loyal to the school tie or participate in an activity which work to influence how decisions are taken on the island.

Au contraire, the BU household sees our spotting of the light on the underbelly of Bajan society as positive. Sustaining a democratic system of government is a serious business that calls for eternal vigilance by some like the BU household who are impervious to RH.

No biase, no bullshit!

In recent years what has been the source of embarrassment to members of the BU household has been the deterioration of our infrastructure. The most visible is the road network. It is not about the odd pothole which can be dodged as they appear. It is about multiple potholes tactically located to ensure tyres, rims, life and limb are constantly under threat for those who dare to drive to venture out.

Bajans understand that the current financial state of the country must translate to efficient allocation of the national budget. What the BU household does not understand is the inability of the political directorate to publicly demonstrate by decisions and actions that they want to lead the country. How can you ask Barbadians to tighten their belts until the bellies of many touch their backs, yet from the prime minister down the line want to drive Mercedes, travel first class on the taxpayers dime, attend every conference, wear $1,000 Italian suits to list a few. Good leaders understand that the best way to change the mindset of people they lead is to act in ways that emotionally resonate. For example, suppose Stuart announced tomorrow he will sell the two luxury vehicles he has office is allocated and instead travel about the 2×3 island in a Toyota Corolla or Suzuki Vitara?  And we do not want to hear any BS about the PM’s vehicle must be bulletproof. What about the members of the Cabinet donating their allowance to the Alma Parris School to continue the work of catering to special needs children? By these two acts alone many disengaged Barbadians will be tempted to ‘up de ting’.

The job of wanting to serve in public office is soaked in a commitment of being selfless.

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  • The German cars are made for the autobahn, not for the Barbadian hinterland. They have 2 to 3 times more sensors and computers than Japanese cars. Their sports engines overheat in Barbados due to failing water pumps and radiators. And the worst thing: Servicing is costly and lengthy. It takes you 3 to 12 months to fix a German car due to delayed part and tools orders. You always need a Japanese car as a backup.

    I really do not understand why so many Barbadians whoreship Audi, BMW and Mercedes. The best Barbados could do is promoting small electric cars and car-sharing.

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  • It would be very easy to change legislation and to limit the engine size to 1.5 l, the HP to 120 and the weight to 1.5 t. The same is true for electrical drive.

    But the elite´s retarded views, marking them as runaways from the plantation of the 1950s, sabotage everything on the way to a better future for this island. They only enjoy consumption. Vision, sincerity, integrity – never heard of.

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  • The frustration of a people.

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  • Talking Loud Saying Nothing

    Good point Tron. The Mobius is designed and manufactured in Kenya by a white English man. The designer of the car arrived at the conclusion that imported cars were not designed for Kenya’s dirt tracks or pot-holed lined roads. By the way what is the speed limit on Barbados roads?

    Unfortunately, Barbadians have become too materialistic, foolish and selfish to appreciate your thoughts.

    https://mobiusmotors.com/

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  • The speed limit max out at 80 kph on parts of the high way to 15/20 Kph in the city and secondary roads..

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  • @ David,

    The pot hole problem continues to plague Barbados because somebody has to granted a

    ” contract ” so they could make enough ” profit “.

    However since an election is coming you may soon see an army of occupation fixing said pot holes.

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  • @Tron
    Hell no. Why should people be forced into driving cars the government says you should?

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  • @ David,

    There was no hurricane or even a tropical depression over Barbados yesterday but this happened ?

    Seems like we need the drainage unit to do some serious work.

    “While many areas in Barbados experienced plenty sunshine and some searing heat yesterday, there were others “blessed” with an abundance of rain; so much that it flooded some districts.”

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/101181/flood-threat

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  • Hants, You live in Toronto, I live in Toronto, and as a consequence we know that there is also a problem with “pot holes ” tactically located to ensure tyres, rims, life and limb are constantly under threat for those who dare to drive to venture out.” right here, especially at the end of every winter season. Barbados has the opposite problem in that the heat from the “summer sun” causes the softening of the asphalt, resulting in shifting of the under layers by vehicular traffic. The road system has much more to bear today than it had in the earlier years.With less money to spend on infrastructure repairs, careless use of the highway is the result that will reduce the life of the roadways. The advent of 16, 18 or 20 wheelers, carrying heavy loads and fully loaded containers, on roads not designed for them,and driving at speeds above the designated speed limits, MUST result in greater damage to roadways, resulting in multiple potholes etc. Don’t blame government for that, blame careless drivers and road users. I have been in Barbados and driven behind 16 wheelers, on the ABC highway travelling at over 80 km/hr. Why must these drivers travel at these speeds?

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  • This is the result Hants if we continue to construct houses in natural watercourses.

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  • @Alvin

    Do not get confused by mixing wear and tear with poor maintenance practice.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Tron October 8, 2017 at 7:59 PM
    “I really do not understand why so many Barbadians whoreship Audi, BMW and Mercedes. The best Barbados could do is promoting small electric cars and car-sharing.”

    What about improving and modernizing its public transport system as a priority policy matter?

    Not only is the size of the island a major constraining factor but also it is facing the demographic reality of an aging (greying) population.

    There would be loads of forex savings and possibly a healthier environment.

    But which government would tradeoff a readymade cash-cow easily milked from the udders of vehicle import duties, petrol (excise) taxes, road taxes and all the encumbering VAT for such longer-term socio-economic spin-offs?

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    “But which government would tradeoff a readymade cash-cow easily milked from the udders of vehicle import duties, petrol (excise) taxes, road taxes and all the encumbering VAT for such longer-term socio-economic spin-offs?”

    Money they take in greedily but obviously not spending to maintain the roads..or the roads would have been concreted 20 years ago and would only now be needing a spruce up….

    …..too much corruption between them and the road construction pigs.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @Alvin Cummins October 9, 2017 at 9:47 AM
    “The advent of 16, 18 or 20 wheelers, carrying heavy loads and fully loaded containers, on roads not designed for them,and driving at speeds above the designated speed limits, MUST result in greater damage to roadways, resulting in multiple potholes etc. Don’t blame government for that, blame careless drivers and road users.”

    Alvin, please stop peddling along the highway your road limes for political sugar-coated apples.

    Why are you making it look as if the government is doing the road users a favour by fixing the roads?

    Do you know of the hundreds of millions of dollars raked in through taxes on these same vehicles and their high cost of operation which are allowed entry into Barbados to be used on the same ‘unsuitable’ roads used by similarly unsuitable luxury vehicles like Mercedes and stolen Range Rovers?

    Are the road users responsible for the poorly–done job of filling potholes by throwing a shovel of asphalt and leaving it to the vehicles to finish the job?

    Are the road users including pedestrians responsible for placing the detritus from the drains and verges in heaps in the gutters and on the sidewalks and leaving it for weeks to be washed back into the roads to block the same drainage system?

    Water might be the source of life but if not properly channeled can be also the most destructive force on land (especially to roads constructed with marl and coral pebbles.).

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  • @ David,

    “On the busiest roads, the City repairs potholes in four days from the date they are reported.
    On side streets, the City has 30 days to repair potholes.
    The City identifies potholes through regular patrols and as reported by the public to 311. If you see a pothole on a city street, call 311 or report it online. ”

    https://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=58bc573b55f71410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD&vgnextchannel=dafa285441f71410VgnVCM10000071d60f89rcrd

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  • Thanks Hants, no such luck in Barbados.

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  • @ David,

    Toronto ” An average annual $4.5-million repair budget consists of about 250,000 potholes in a season — from January to December. ”

    The problem in BARBADOS is the government’s REFUSAL to fix the pot hole problem.

    They may just not have the money but it does not change that fact. I hope they are at least fixing the worst of the pot holes until the campaign starts.

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  • @Hants

    We spent hundreds of thousands of dollars a few months ago to PATCH the potholes, the rains have washed those dollars away.

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  • Potholes are one thing but the utility companies don’t even repair the road they dig up to install or repair services.

    On an unrelated note I tried to call BWA about a leak from their side of the meter after a few times of call centre hell I gave up……….

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  • millertheanunnaki October 9, 2017 at 10:01 AM

    Well stated and on point with the elephant in the room…….the visionless govt greedy for money that the merchant class will only be too happy to facilitate with the most expensive vehicles.

    If we had a proper bus system many of us will be happy to get rid of our cars and use it as we do in overseas locals.

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  • David October 9, 2017 at 1:10 PM

    ……and as was stated at that time…..using a shovel to pat cold mix in an unprepared hole will lead to it being washed out with the first heavy rains…….as has happened now……we never learn.

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  • @ Sargeant , ” a leak from their side of the meter ”

    At least you won’t be charged for the wastage.

    Anyway you in ” paradise “….doan stress.

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  • @Hants

    Returned north a week ago, celebrating Thanksgiving in another Canadian city, will head South come Jan/Feb

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  • Yes, I totally agree with the view here on infrastructure. I came in from Canada a few years back and got invited to Oistens to grab a fish dinner boy was I disappointed when I went to discard my trash. Every single trash can that was lining the sidewalk was fulled. Paint that had marked the crosswalks were faded and the whole area looked tired. What ever happen to MCW?

    It was a disgrace to have seen this in a highly popular tourist area. Also, some uncouthed Bajans were dancing and making cat calls right behind tables were tourist were sitting, made me very uncomfortable so I only imagined what it did to the tourist. Heads up baje, no body wants to see you so stop showing off. On a more positive note, is it time that Bajans stop talking about the accomplishment of others and start building their own eletric cars. Think about job creation, higher education and emissions control.

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  • Hi David:

    The potholes are the symptom, the lack of maintenance is the problem. However, the lack of knowledge is the root cause. It is this lack of knowledge that results in potholes in the first place.

    In addition to being a Chartered Structural Engineer, I am also a Chartered Highway and Transportation Engineer, and a Fellow of both Chartered institutions. There used to be 6 Chartered Engineers in the public works department, and at least 3 in the Water authority. Now, there is not a single Chartered Engineer in the entire public service.

    The consequences of this is devastating to our infrastructure. Using the roads as an example. There are various types of cracks on the asphaltic service. Some of them indicate aging of the asphalt, others shrinkage , others excessive bitumen, others, insufficient bitumen, while others indicate base failure. There are also combinations of these cracks.

    For cracks that penetrate the entire asphaltic layer, it is important that they be sealed to prevent farther deterioration and potholes. Sealing is relatively inexpensive. Without adequate knowledge, the potholes must reveal themselves and then expensive and unaffordable repairs become necessary. Our unnecessarily high maintenance infrastructure is the source of much of our problems.

    Best regards,
    Grenville

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  • @ Grenville you can send the info to

    https://www.gov.bb/index.php?id=6

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  • @Greenville

    This is an important talking point that you should expand on nationally. Call the talk show tomorrow. It is a topical issue and one that you will be able to make an emotional connection with all voters.

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  • The UK Race Audit, excerpts of which are hitting the Press today, shows that Chinese, Indian and Black African households, less impacted by feminism and the drug culture, are outperforming the broken families of other ethnic groups, including West Indians.

    The defective character of Black Caribbean culture is leading to underachievement in UK schools and universities.

    The price we pay for Feminism and drugs.

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    Chadster….ya daddy issues are in full swing this morning and you did not take ya prozac, we can always tell.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Chad99999 October 10, 2017 at 6:38 AM
    “The defective character of Black Caribbean culture is leading to underachievement in UK schools and universities.
    The price we pay for Feminism and drugs..”

    Come off it, Chad!
    Feminism and drugs responsible for the ‘woeful’ underachievement (and social disintegration) as reflected in the “defective character of Black Caribbean culture”?

    Aren’t feminism and drugs (like crystal meth) rampant among white communities faced with the similar socio-economic ‘challenges’?

    It’s a known fact that Caribbean blacks tend to under perform education-wise when matched against other ethnic groups even in settings where the Caribbean blacks make up the majority e.g. in Barbados.

    What can you expect when blacks still carry the mental scars of slavery which instill in them shame of their physical appearance with an abiding feeling intellectual inferiority and where the only book in many homes is the Bible.

    Aren’t many of those from the same Caribbean culture devout Roman Catholics like Haitians and your good self of pure piety?

    I must confess that your allusion to feminism as part of Caribbean culture does require further exploration; for the survival and liberation of the blacks does lie primarily with the liberation of the mind of the black woman.

    Until she sees herself- not as any slave to the god of materialism and as an easy target of exploitation by Western capitalism- but as the torchbearer carrying the baton for the physical survival and liberation from mental slavery of the black race.

    This could be achieved only when she and her male partner go to the Father of Light for knowledge and understanding of the role they ought to be playing on its child planet called Pachamama or Gaia.

    Then they will appreciate why their hands clasped in adoring supplication are the colour they are and the wooly (curly) black hair of their offspring there to protect the developing brain from the intense power of Ra; the only God they should be worshipping instead of some murderously fickle desert god of plagiarized and distorted Hebrew scholastic tales of monotheism.

    The (black) hands that rock the cradle of the ‘pickaninny’ are strategically placed to groom a new Nubian adult not only of physical beauty but of intellectual worth and enlightenment by acquiring power through knowledge.

    “Amen”!

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  • MNK

    Feminism equals predatory, resentful women, equals divorce, equals female-headed households, equals poverty, male delinquency and academic failure.

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  • The defective character of Black Caribbean culture is leading to underachievement in UK schools and universities.

    @ Chad,
    You are wrong and have not been reading the background noise to the government’s new race audit. For your information, black boys enter the education system at age five top of the class, by age eleven they are bottom.
    Black women out-perform all other groups, including Chinese, at university; both black men and women out-perform white men (this is often interpreted as white working class men, but it is the entire group) at university.
    The problem is that this is not reflected in jobs. During the boom years up to 2008, black youth unemployment was in the 40s, while young, white Europeans came to London and immediately got jobs.
    The barrier has now shifted and the attack is now in the field of education: black toddlers are not barred from nurseries for being too aggressive. Imagine that, from the age of -5 black kids are branded as aggressive. This follows them right through school, and now even in to further and adult education.
    In a few years, the excuse for high black unemployment is that they do not have the right qualifications – because they were kicked out of college and university. African-heritage children are bucking the trend and performing outstandingly. Young West Indians are reacting to the regular provocation.
    I will give you a personal tale: one of my God daughters is now about to enter medical school. Her older sister is about to graduate from law school. She wants to be a barrister, let us see if she gets a pupillage.
    When the older sister got her A level results, she was on her home computer, and screamed – 8 As and 4A*. My God daughter only said ‘damn’. She knew immediately that the bar had risen. She got 8* and four As.
    There is nothing exceptional about them. One of my wife’s nephew’s got a First class degree in maths and finance from a very good Russell Group university. He now works as a post man. It has ever been thus.
    Stop reading the mainstream press for news about black Britain and talk to your relatives and friends.
    I can tell you my story, but won’t.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Chad99999 October 10, 2017 at 10:00 AM

    I am male and would not want to appear ‘bias’.

    I will leave you to WW&C, SSS, and our dearest Simple Simon.

    You are on your own with this one. Good misogynistic hunting!

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    Told yall Chadster got Black daddy issues…the thread is on potholes mind you, but there he goes, have no clue what the fantasies and lies in his prozac soaked mind got to do with potholes.

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  • Hal

    I have never heard anyone claim black women outperform Chinese students in UK schools and universities.

    Are you nuts?

    Last time I checked, there were only 15 black female professors in the entire UK.

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    Just to prove Chadster a liar….not all black females who are genuises aspire to be professors, but racism is a factor in UK re the number of black women not accepted at universties to teach, etc…the old blighty curse..

    http://ow.ly/x5LC30fMgyE

    Ethnic minorities ‘more likely to go to university’ than white working-class British children
    Lack of aspirations and expectations are partly to blame for white British underperforming, experts said
    Head girls Georgia Durham, Lauren Cook and Jazz Anderson receive their A-level results at Putney High School
    White British children ‘are being left behind’ by ethnic minorities when it comes to attending university, new research found Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA
    By Javier Espinoza, Education Editor6:45PM GMT 10 Nov 2015
    White British children are being left behind as they are the least likely of any ethnic group to go to university, a five-year study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has revealed for the first time.
    The research found that every ethnic minority – including groups that had underperformed academically like Black Caribbeans, are now more likely to go to university than white British children.
    It also revealed that within social class, poor white British children are substantially behind each ethnic minority group and even wealthy white British children are behind most ethnic minorities, expect Black Caribbeans and other Black individuals.
    However, when compared among to individuals of similar class and with similar academic results, wealthy white British children are lagging behind all ethnic minorities.

    Percentage of university participation by ethnicity
    Search:

    ETHNICITY 2003 2008
    White British 28.2 32.6
    Other White 36.9 43.8
    Black African 40.9 56.6
    Black Caribbean 26.6 37.4
    Other Black 27 41.2
    Indian 64.1 67.4
    Pakistani 37 44.7
    Bangladeshi 34.5 48.8
    Chinese 66.1 75.7
    Other Asian 55.4 56.3
    Mixed 33.5 39.1
    Other 38 44.2
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    The below of course is attributed to racism, nepotism, croynism, white privilege. …..

    “Asian Muslims and black people do better in school, worse in work
    English اردو
    From:
    Social Mobility Commission
    Published:
    28 December 2016
    Poor white boys do worse in schools but black and Asian Muslim young people, girls especially, do worse for jobs.

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    In response to new research launched today, the Rt Hon Alan Milburn, chair of the Social Mobility Commission, said:

    “Achievements at school not being translated into labour market success is a broken social mobility promise.”

    Young people from black and Asian Muslims communities are more likely to be unemployed and face social immobility later in life than working class white boys despite doing better at school, according to new research by the Social Mobility Commission.”

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  • Chad,
    I rest my case. Don’t believe everything you read on websites. Black women are the outstanding performers in the UK education system, they out-perform the Chinese. As a group, Caribbeans fall behind the Chinese, Hindus and Africans, but come before the Pakistanis and Bangladeshis. Talk to black parents and hear their story.

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    The wickedness in white people is as follows. …..there is nothing called other Black…black is black…

                              2003          2008
    

    Black Caribbean 26.6 37.4

    Other Black 27 41.2

    Total 53.6 78.6

    Black African 40.9 56.6

    You will notice they say nothing about Black british…most of whom are of African/Caribbean descent.

    And nothing at all is said of the indigenous Black british Moors who were there long before europeans slithered out of the caucus mountains.

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  • WW&C

    Your figures, although outdated, support my argument, not yours. I was comparing black West Indians to black Africans and Asians. The Asians outperform the Africans and the Africans outperform the West Indians.

    Got it? I explained this as a consequence of the differential impact of feminism and drug use.

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  • Chad,
    I have spoken numerous times about understanding the nuance. The ethnic adjectival nouns do not mean anything in real terms. They are self-identifications. I have never filled in a question about ethnicity.
    The majority of black people born in the UK – the majority of black Britons – go down in the census as black British or British, not West Indians, or African Caribbean. Africans out-perform the Pakistanis and Bangladeshis, with the Chinese coming top, followed by the Hindus. The category Asian is redundant.
    @Chad, these statistics have been controversial; the civil servants blocked most of them because, they claim, there might have been a social disturbance. That was an excuse.

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  • David

    Is that the latest Benz MP151 with the PM above or is that the one bought some months ago?

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    Chadster…your argument holds no water, even if you discount the lineage of the original UK Black Moors….most of the Blacks from the 40s and 50s up until today will be of Caribbean heritage, making them at least 3 generations of Caribbean/Brits, they cannot be ignored…….neither can the “other Blacks”….who they failed to identify.

    Caribbean Blacks are not even immigrating to UK like before…and have not fir the last 20 years or so, the Caribbean Brits Blacks I know were born in UK…. …their parents immigrated in 40s and 50s….some before, their children are all born in UK….so you are identifying the wrong people as Caribbean Blacks.

    Of course you would never understand the dynàmic at play.

    And just to prove my point……the total population of UK…is..

    65.64 million (2016)

    “In 2011, 7.5 million people living in England and Wales (13% of the total population) were born outside the UK. Amongst the 56 million residents in England and Wales, 86% were White, 8% were Asian/Asian British and 3% were Black/African/Caribbean/Black British.”

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  • Black West Indians means black people of West Indian descent, whether or not born in the UK.

    They are at the bottom of the non-white ethnic barrel. Beaten by the Chinese and the Indians. And the Africans. All of whome have stronger families.

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    Ya see how dumb ya are now….3% of a population of 65.64 million people in UK….86% of the population being white majority…

    =a 1.97 million…….”Black/African/Caribbean/Black British.”…minority population.

    Ah did it for you so you dont misplace the decimal point.

    So if they are doing better in schools and universities than the 86% majority white population….what does that tell you Chadster….

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    What you cant get through your stupid head is…

    “Black/African/Caribbean/Black British.”

    They are all one and the same….all African descent, including those of Caribbean descent……including those born in Britian….there is no distinction….you are trying to make one, where none exists.

    It’s called being divisive. …but you have nothing to conquer.

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    So…in adding them all up, as they should…..“Black/African/Caribbean/Black British.”..they are right on par with the performance of Asians in UK…give or take..

    I dont know which university you attended, if ya did, but it did nothing for you.

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    Let me break it down some more for you cause I fail to see how ya claim to be this genius…..but still cant understand basic math.

    Population by ethnicity
    Ethnic group Population (2011) Percentage of total population
    Asian or Asian British: Indian 1,451,862 2.3
    Asian or Asian British: Pakistani 1,174,983 1.9
    Asian or Asian British: Bangladeshi 451,529 0.7
    Asian or Asian British: Chinese 433,150 0.7

    Total population of Asians in UK….3,511,524 million

    Total population of “Black/African/Caribbean/Black British.” …in UK ….1.97 million

    Nearly 3 times as many Asians as Blacks….where do you come up with ya nonsense Chadster the idiot.

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  • WW&C

    Is statistically challenged. She does not understand that many (not all) UK government agencies distinguish UK residents of African descent from UK resodents of Caribbean descent.

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    And I want you to understand the precentage of Blacls that live in UK….and if you do not add all Blacks to the pool…including Caribbean Blacks….they cannot register because the percentage of the population will be too small…

    “In the 2001 Census, 565,876 people in the United Kingdom had reported their ethnicity as “Black Caribbean”, 485,277 as “Black African”, and 97,585 as “Black Other”, making a total of 1,148,738 “Black or Black British” residents. This was equivalent to 2 per cent of the UK population at the time.

    England‎: ‎1,846,614 (3.5%) (2011 census)‎
    Wales‎: ‎18,276 (0.6%) (2011 census)‎
    Northern Ireland‎: ‎3,616 (0.2%) (2011 census)‎
    Scotland‎: ‎36,178 (0.7%) (2011 census)‎”

    “This was equivalent to 2 per cent of the UK population at the time.”

    I hope this percentage resonates with you……2% of a population of 65.64 million people, it may take another 100 years if control relaxes for that group to reach 5% of the population…..

    while the Asian population is 5.6% of the 65.64 million population….and growing.

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    It’s not the agencies Chadster…it’s the census and what people report themselves as being, have you never gotten a census anywhere, what you report is what the census takers report.

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  • Chad,
    We live totally different lives. It always puts a smile on my face when I hear people in the Caribbean talking about Africans as if we were one. It is like saying white Americans are the same as Europeans.
    Read the newspaper reports after Damilola Taylor was brutally murdered and see what some of the African leaders had to say about West Indians. One Wandsworth councillor was beside herself with rage, describing West Indians as animals. Africans understand tribal politics, West Indians do not. Check out the Rwanda genocide.
    Another point, which I have raised in BU on at least two occasions, is that of knife and gun crime in the black community. Most of those involved at e of African heritage, but when newspapers report they say black, which gives the impression they are of Caribbean heritage.
    Many of them at e, mainly out of local authority care, but the great majority are war-damaged African children.
    I once told a former colleague on the Daily Mail about this, and he agreed. I was under the impression that the angle on the stories will be change. They have not. The Daily Mail has its own agenda.

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    Stop telling people on BU ya got some imaginary Ph.D or whatever rubbish ya been telling them….

    Chadster……ya are an embarrassment, ya worse than the white house stripper and plagarist….who claimed to have an imaginary degree…..yall disgraceful. ..bunch of liars..

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    No matter what ya want to call yaself…you cannot get the African blood or African heritage out of ya veins…it’s useless trying..

    Africans always have to be reminded that they were first to be colonized and turned into animals and beasts of burdens…..they always tend to forget. …I love to remind them.

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  • @David BU “wear $1,000 Italian suits”

    It would be better if ALL of them, men women, B and D spent that $1,0000 with a gym.

    Putting an expensive suit over a big guts ent really saying neffen.

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  • Hall

    On point….ignorant people keep on with the belief that similarity of melanin content means some sort homogeneity……excellent comparison of americans and europeans…….unless you can identify your tribe and speak its language n African will accept you as one of them….we disco ered that in the early 70s.

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  • @David BU “travel about the 2×3 island in a Toyota Corolla or Suzuki Vitara?”

    Why not travel by the Transport Board? Maybe if our Cabinet Ministers travelled by our tax funded Transport Board, the Transport Board would be better funded and its vehicles better maintained.

    In my youth i used to catch the TTC every morning, and right on board with me would be Roy McMurtry, the then Attorney General of Ontario, subsequently he became Lieutenant Governor of the province. And McMurtry was a Progressive Conservative, not a socialist.

    If public transport is/was good enough for the AG of a province as rich as Ontario, can anybody tell me why the public transportation/the Transport Board is not good enough for Fruendel and Adriel and the rest?

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  • My Barbados, a country with champagne taste and effing mauby pockets.

    And we borrowing the 3 cents with which to buy the mauby.

    Web Bajans, a bunch of RH poor great poppets.

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  • CORRECTION: We Bajans, a bunch of RH poor great poppets.

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  • @Tron October 8, 2017 at 7:59 PM “You always need a Japanese car as a backup.”

    Maybe you don’t need a car at all.

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  • Vincent,
    I try to resist discussing these things with Bajans at home. |Many of them know everything. They are like the English. But nuance is important, what’s not said.
    If slavery is the touchstone of American society, it is race in the UK. People in the Caribbean do not understand this and Google nonsense from newspaper and repeat it as truth.
    Same thing with Brexit. They had all the answers from reading the BBC website.
    One regular goes on a Russian-owned digital newspaper website and repeats its reports as gospel. S/he lives in a dream world.

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  • @Hants October 9, 2017 at 9:36 AM “There was no hurricane or even a tropical depression over Barbados yesterday but this happened?”

    A tropical wave passed on Sunday, it brought two hours of extremely heavy rain in some central and western areas on Sunday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., but it was very localised and some areas had little of no rain.

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  • @nextparty246 October 9, 2017 at 11:23 PM “There used to be 6 Chartered Engineers in the public works department, and at least 3 in the Water authority. Now, there is not a single Chartered Engineer in the entire public service.”

    So how has this been allowed to happen?

    9 engineers to zero? How?

    When the first of the 9 retired, migrated? died? Why was the position not filled?

    And then the 8th?
    7th?
    6th?
    5th?
    4?
    3rd?
    2nd?
    Last man/woman?

    How could this happen?

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  • Well Well @ Consequences Observing Blogger

    Simple…both governments allowed a bunch of greedy, self serving minorities to tell them they dont need black engineers, they got Cow and others with their shoddy road work…..and scam contracts for kickbacks….and the rest is where they are at now in the present…only bad roads across the country.

    those fraudulent road construction companies should be made to repay every dime to the taxpayers…the millions they stole for building bad roads for the last 40 years.

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  • Well Well @ Consequences Observing Blogger

    i knew this bajan female, long dead, sounded just like Hal and Vincent, total jackass with no knowledge of her true origins, she immigrated to UK in the 50s and let it go to her head, because that is all she knew…..miseducation.

    she claimed that the first time she saw an African in London, she stood and watched him until he was out of sight, this was a black woman of African descent….as are all Caribbean blacks….

    …anyway, out of curiousity, i asked her if she knew where her ancestors originated, with a very straight face, she allowed me to know, that she dont know, but she thinks it`s Germany….well fine by me…

    …. she died a couple years later, just as ignorant of her ancestry as the day she was born and brainwashed into thinking what others wanted her and other Caribbean Blacks to believe….as they did to American Blacks…

    only really mentally damaged people would believe that being told their ancestors were dropped off on an island a mere 400 years ago and without researching if they were indigenous to the island or somewhere else, would instead seek to rewrite their own fraud stories.

    the moral of the story….ya cant run away from yaself..

    i know where my ancestors originated.

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  • The cultural distance between Caribbean blacks and most Africans is HUGE. We always get involved in ugly workplace disputes.

    Most Africans treat their blood relatives with the greatest consideration. They also look out for other members of their tribe. All blacks not of their tribe are like animals to be hunted. Zero ethics.

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  • Hall

    Yes agreed…….a bunch of fifth columnist exist on BU that know nothing of Bim far less the greater world and prove the point that a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing.

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  • Well Well @ Consequences Observing Blogger

    it still dont and never will change the fact of an African lineage, no matter the tribe or region on the continent….it remains the same bloodline and that percentage whether 50-85 will never change.

    ya cant run away from yaself.

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  • Vincent,
    I got that years ago. Mainly pensioners, out of the public sector, waiting in the ante chamber of death and, hiding behind a mask, are letting out all their venom. I will be if they revealed their names some of them will be people regarded as respectable. In fact, respectability is just mask for their evil-spiritedness. The reward for a life of failure.

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  • Well Well @ Consequences Observing Blogger

    Halston….you are decades older than i am and so is Vincent, though retired i am still mucho years from retirement age, both of yall are already in the departure lounge….and barring unforeseen circumstances, since i am in the pink of health, both of you are more than likely to depart decades before i do.

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  • Extracted from Facebook.

    THE PRETENSE OF PROSPERITY

    I saw this advertisement in the paper yesterday, and it kind of drove home for me how much trouble Barbados is in as country. It also made me think about how much debt Bajans are putting themselves in just to give off the pretense that they are making it. We in trouble people!!!! #realthing #checkwunnaselves

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  • @Simple Simon October 10, 2017 at 2:48 PM #

    The heavy traffic will kill Barbados and any foreign currency. As said before, an electric tram at West coast and through the island would be best.

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  • The last time I bought a car was in 1987. I will never buy a car again. Bying a car to go from home to work, home to shopping, home to recreation/entertainment, home to visiting, home to church is a silly as buying an airplane because I want to go to Miami or London or New York.

    Transport Board buses, yellow buses, ZR vans, taxis, and the occasional hired car work fine for me.

    I don’t have to pay road tax, car insurance, car loans, repairs and maintenance, parking fees, parking tickets, nothing. My driver’s licence which I renew every 5 years is clean and current.

    I don’t understand why people feel the need to buy half a ton of metal glass and plastic just to get from point a to point b.

    Life without a personal car is stress free, debt free, cheap, and sweet.

    Where can I apply for the refund of foreign exchange which I haven’t used in more than 30 years?

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  • @David October 10, 2017 at 6:34 PM

    Save $599 to $920 per month and more, by NOT buying a car.

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  • @Well Well @ Consequences Observing Blogger October 10, 2017 at 4:08 PM “i knew this bajan female, long dead…total jackass with no knowledge of her true origins, she immigrated to UK in the 50s…She claimed that the first time she saw an African in London, she stood and watched him until he was out of sight, this was a black woman of African descent…as are all Caribbean blacks”

    I don’t understand.

    Surely she knew both of her parents.

    And likely all 4 of her grandparents.

    And perhaps one or more of her great grandparents.

    Certainly my eldest sibling who is still very much alive knew one of our great grandmothers who was born in Barbados in the 1850’s. And if a person knows their immediate ancestors how could they think that those people were born in Germany.

    Growing up there were still people in my village named m’douya and some nicknamed guineaman, so how could a Guinea man be of German ancestry?

    Did not this woman talk to her parents, grandparents and great grandparents before she left Barbados?

    Did she never look in her own mirror?

    I’ve seen an elementary aged child display the behaviour of which you speak, and my heart bled for her but truly I’ve never witnessed such behaviour in an adult.

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  • @Chad99999 October 10, 2017 at 4:19 PM “The cultural distance between Caribbean blacks and most Africans is HUGE. We always get involved in ugly workplace disputes.”

    I am sorry for you. Almost.

    This may have been your experience, but it has not been mine. But then again I’ve never got involved in an ugly workplace disputes. But then again I don’t do ugly. Some of my relatives have married out,including to Africans and my observation is that those marriages are no better or no worse than the marriages of those who have married in.

    But you are a strange bird…and if I worked with you I too might have become involved in ugly workplace disputes.

    With you.

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    Simple…the brainwash and self hatred is still real today, were even worse in those days post slavery, while a few clinged to their African identities, those house negros filled with self hatred, but with undying love for an evil massa who hated them, rejected then and still reject today their African identities, therefore they have no identity to pass on to their offspring and future generations….so unfortunately, the behavior is manifesting and dangerously so in the youngsters, it’s manifesting in a bunch of old ass men on BU…..so the youngsters dont really stand a chance, if they continue to be miseducated.

    I would be very surprised if the name “m’douya”..still exists in Barbadod today, another African identity maliciously wiped out, I very vaguely remember African names through out the Caribbean, particularly in the French isles, but was too young to hold on to any definitive memories.

    That same female’s children are crazy like loons in UK…..something like how Hal acts,.they are fast approaching old age and have no identity…hope things are better for their children and grandchildren and they are smart enough to seek out their identities, particularly with the advent of the internet and many research tools at their fingertips, especially genetic DNA testing.

    We see it right here on BU…Vincent trying to make up a false identity for the majority Black population on the island because he is not comfortable with his own, he has none…so he thinks the Black population should hold on to what he dreams up for them……..the madmess of a diseased mind.

    ….Hal is out to sea cause he cannot even understand who or what he is……let alone where his ancestors originated, he is more than likely too afraid to find out.

    The clown Bizzy don’t see Black people in Barbados according to him and hates that there is a majority Black population because all he wants to see is his pockets filled with money off their backs, so in his mind, it’s better they don’t identify with a Black or an African heritage…..then there is the vile parasite, his other half Cow…..who still sees the majority Black population as slaves….with himself as massa….

    ….the majority population is still exposed on a daily basis to this level of evil and nastiness…so it remains alive……their real identities under constant threat……as long as they continue to work for these minority beasts interacting with them daily, the day they stop giving their labor and isolate the minority wild animal, , the changes will start….

    ……..how many of them have you heard talking about Guineaman and their African culture in the last 30 years, those who did have passed on and the memories wiped out, only some like yourself still remember. The day the island finally gets a Black government that knows itself…they will criminalize that repugnant behavior and practice of trying to destroy the identiy of the majority Black population.

    Like one bajan female, who actually lives in Germany now said some years ago with much anger…her skin is dark and lovely, like midnight, I aint no African, my ancestors did not come from no Africa, I am bajan…..she has no identity and dont want her true one because she cannot identify, but can identify with the most brutal of savages in Germany. …

    ….dont know why so many of them think they are German, that is one for the psychiatrists….it must be a hitler thing….mind you, they are still finding the bones of Africans carbon dated many, many thousands of years old in Germany, si there is proof that AFRICANS populated Germany eons ago, but still, it’s a mystery that the descendants of slaves for the most part can’t identify with their Motherland….

    …..they dont even identify as being indigenous to the Caribbean BEFORE europeans arrived….which would be more practical and believeable….like my bloodlines…..that memory too has also been wiped clean , but can be revived with genetic testing, you then know of you are indigenous Amerindian ancestry to some degree..

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    Just to show you how people don’t know who they are, their true identities…I was shocked to see a total reincarnation of a Blackfoot Indian walking the streets of Barbados not long ago….and I can see in his face, he don’t even know he is the original American with African features, straight black hair…he more than likely would identify with a Guyanese heritage. …I was so shocked to see him, he caught me staring, never seen one before in the Caribbean….seen many in US, but am sure there are many more of them still scattered across the Caribbean.

    I have seen the original Amerindians indigenous to Caribbean, North, Central and South Americas in Grenada, Dominica, St. Lucia and the French isles, there are still many of them, whole communities in Guyana and Trinidad….and they have an identity, they know who they are and are not embarrassed by their heritage….they know that it’s the African female who carries the gene that produced them…..many, many thousands of years ago.

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    Ya should know by now Chadster is a dummy…I have worked with Africans in corporate settings in US….there is no problem with them….the problems lie deep within the damaged psyche of Chadster, it’s a bajan thing for him, he dont know how to interact with others…inferiority complex…..he tells ya straight, he views the Caribbean as third world and beneath him…..ashamed of his heritage.

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  • Your right about the african women .when they found eve her jawbone was of an unusual enormous size which you seem to have inherited

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    Lawson…..which hole did you crawl out of …don’t tell me like Chadster and MoneyB, you have completely lost ya moorings too.

    My boyfriend is meeting ya dimwit boyfriend today, but he is afraid of a press conference meeting, making up excuses about travelling to PA…

    ….. ah see he backed down from taking the Mensa test, that he challenged Tillerson to….don’t know what he was thinking.,..he knows he is too damn stupid to take a Mensa…..and of course he will blame Obama for unfair Mensa rules as the reason for not taking the test… ..lol, lol, hahaha. .

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  • @Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger. October 11, 2017 at 5:05 AM “I would be very surprised if the name “m’douya”still exists in Barbados today.

    Her great grand children are my first cousins so no, we are not dead yet. And even though I do not remember her myself, my elder siblings, most of whom are still alive and well do remember her. And according to them she was most definitely an African woman.

    Some of us have not forgotten.

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    Very good Simple….you know your identity, not many Caribbean people, particularly Bajans, can say they do….they are still wandering blindly and lost all over the place.

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  • Let us pray that the two machines to filter sargassum seaweed from the beaches are being maintained by the NCC.

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  • Lawson,
    That is Glaswegian humour.

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