Memories of Christmas

Submitted by Heather Cole

I do not have to close my eyes to remember Christmas Carols on the radio. However, I have a passion to hear live music being played by a band and next to the Black Fingers Band of my childhood years, my next favourite was the Royal Barbados Police Band. Christmas mornings in Queens Park would have been boring without them. To me they were the highlight, the icing on the Christmas cake.

Christmas in Barbados is an event. The preparations start sometimes before Independence Day which is on November 30th. December 1st started a mad scramble in Barbados because no matter what was to be done, it was to be done for Christmas.

Little as I was, like everyone else I had something to do in preparation for the big day. I help scrubbed the floors, we brought sand from the beach in little skillets which were as much as I could carry, and we would sprinkle it in the yard. We cleaned the furniture; wash all the porcelain dishes and glasses that we never used. They just had to be cleaned for Christmas.

Soda bottles or sweet drink bottles were washed and put in cases. We bought whole cases of these drinks, wine, ham and lots of fruits. Getting many presents were not really the big thing in my family, we were content to get that new outfit to go to Queens Park to be on parade just like everyone else.

So imagine waking up on Christmas morning and it is cold outside, the sand on the ground made it look like snow or sort of, and there is the fragrant smell of the lady-in-the night coming in from the bush by the front window and added to it all, the smell of baked ham and freshly baked bread, cake and pudding. The house is spotlessly clean, new curtains are hanging; everything looks polished and brand-new inside. Outside, the poinsettia is reigning in its glory, its red flowers putting everything else in the shade.

We woke up early to go to church, which started at 5 a.m. I can remember it used to be as if I had just closed my eyes and I would hear my mother calling me to get up. When we walked through the woods I was more asleep that awake in the crisp morning air. Sunrise would greet us in church and it was only when you got outside that you could really see what the other people were wearing. After church my cousins took us to catch the first bus to Bridgetown and from there, we walked to Queens Park.

Everyone went to the park to show off their new clothes on Christmas morning. It was the thing to do. Like everyone else, we would stroll up and down the pathways; seeing what everyone else was wearing. We bought glazed candied apples or fresh apples if we did not want the candied ones.

To top it all, was the music the band played. It set the atmosphere for that pleasant day. Rather in my mind, it was as though the music cast a spell. William Shakespeare wrote that “all the world is a stage, and all the men and women mere players: they have their exits and entrances…” he failed to mention an orchestra that directed the activities on the stage.

If he was alive in my early years and saw what I had seen through my eyes, I am sure that he would have agreed with me for I saw the orchestra Shakespeare did not see. The Royal Barbados Police Band seemed to me to be performing a symphony that heralded the part of each player that came onto the stage that was the park.

There was music for everybody. They played marches, carols, traditional songs and other popular songs. All throughout the performances of this great event, the music played. At curtain call when the music stopped, all the actors, dressed in their finest clothes bowed and disappeared.

All my Christmases were not filled with music and excitement. There is a time that stands out in my mind when my mother did not have enough to fill our lives with excitement. That year Christmas was bare of all the preparations and clearing the cobwebs in my mind, we must have wondered why she was not bringing home any packages; she did not bring home any port wine, no falernum, no ham or flour to bake sweat breads. She did not even talk about what we would wear on Christmas morning.

Through it all, I remained hopeful but by Christmas morning I was sad. That day all she prepared was a simple meal, it was all that she could afford. It was a good thing that my uncle came by as he usually did at Christmas to bring ham, sweet bread and drinks and it made us happy. However, the memory of those goodies was fleeting, lasting no longer than a snow-cone.

What I will forever remember apart from our bleak meal is the story my mother told us on that Christmas Day. It was a story that an old man had told her of the Christmas Day that he had nothing to offer to his family. Zander is what we called him, but I believe that his real name was Alexander Yarde. He was a small farmer who worked a quarter acre of land behind our house. The year in reference must have been a difficult one. I do not recall if my mother told us the circumstances but when Christmas Day arrived, Zander did not have one red cent to buy anything for his wife and family. All he had were canes in the field. He made a swing with rope and a piece of wood and hoisted it from a tree. They sucked their bellies full of sugar cane juice that day and took turns on the swing all day long. There was such laughter and happiness that it turned out to be one of the most memorable days that they had ever experienced as a family.

From that, I knew that our plight was not new; it was not desolation it was not the end of the world and like my mummy said there will be good times and bad times; ours just happened to be on that Christmas Day.

Joseph on the first Christmas Day had nothing to offer to his wife or his first-born son. If you are fortunate enough to have more than you need this Christmas, please share with those who have lost their jobs, with the single mothers and their children. Remember the shut ins, those with children far away, the homeless, the desolate, the lonely and those in need of care. Put a sparkle in a child’s eyes as my uncle did long ago when I thought that all was lost. Have a Merry Christmas!

312 comments

  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Simple, u have an uncanny ability to muddy the waters with your weird pithy pokes.

    You actually want to ‘denigrate’ or ‘wind up’ perhaps any Bajan exhibition winner by saying they come “second”… What an astonishing fail of a put down!

    Of the hundreds of students who take the A level exams of my day (CAPE these days) you consider it “seconds’ that a students doesn’t get three A’s or some years two A’s and a B plus an A in Gen Paper but falters to a C in a paper or in a year when grades are excellent s/he gets a B with the A’s as a SECONDARY achievement!

    You just boxing around the ring pun boxing day.

    Like

  • FACT

    2nd is 2nd.

    2nd is what comes AFTER 1st.

    2nd is NOT first.

    Like

  • YOU AND THE REST OF YOUR ILLEGITIMATE SIBLINGS AND OFFSPRING ARE SECONDS TOO, NOT SO?

    AFTER ALL 2nd is 2nd. 2nd is what comes AFTER 1st. 2nd is NOT first.

    AND WUNNAH PAID FOR ME TO GO TO MONA FOR A FIRST CLASS EDUCATION IN MEDICINE NOT SO?

    Like

  • DID YOU EVEN GET A LIL EXHIBITION? OR YOUR ILLEGITIMATE SIBLINGS OR CHILDREN?
    WERE YOU FIRST AT ANYTHING?

    WERE YOU OR ANY OF YOUR ILLEGITIMATE SIBLINGS OR ILLEGITIMATE CHILDREN FIRST AT ANYTHING BESIDES BREEDING LIKE RATS?

    WERE NOT YOU AND ALL YOUR CHILDREN AND SIBLINGS BORN OUT OF WEDLOCK?

    IS THAT FIRST OR SECOND?

    Like

  • SIMPLE SIMON
    RE Tomorrow self I will ask my lawyer to go after you for the child money for the illegitimate children which I have had by you and which you have never supported.

    LETS GET A FEW THINGS STRAIGHT

    I DONT DRINK- NEVER HAVE
    I DONT SMOKE-NEVER HAVE
    I DONT DO DRUGS-NEVER HAVE

    I DONT SCREW WHORES-NEVER HAVE

    SO HOW ON EARTH CAN I HAVE HAD ANY ILLEGITIMATE CHILDREN WITH YOU OR BY YOU THAT I HAVE NOT SUPPORTED

    I WOULD HAVE TO BE DRINKING & SMOKING WEED AND CHECKING WHORES TO HAVE HAD ANY ILLEGITIMATE CHILDREN WITH YOU OR BY YOU THAT I HAVE NOT SUPPORTED

    Like

  • lol…Simple ah know ya teasing GP…but not only are Exhibition winners names on the SAME BOARDS as Scholarship winners at HC, QC etc but I personally know Exhibition winners who have outshone Scholarship winners immensely since university and are now extremely wealthy, they just keep a much lower profile and don’t flaunt or boast about their achievements academically or financially…….AND they give back to the island generously and no one knows…because they saw both governments for exactly the thieving scamps that they are….now that is true SCHOLARSHIP.

    Like

  • And for the Mia who thinks she is talking to slaves with no intelligence who only exist to be ROBBED BY NASTY LAWYERS, CORRUPT, WICKED GOVERNMENT MINISTERS…..and nasty RACIST, thieving minorities …and got Paul Altman talking about building a racist, apartheid island off your island…..how stupid and ignorant can a black government get to allow something so vile around their already vulnerable BLACK PEOPLE.

    Black people in Barbados should be PROTECTED just like the Sentinelese people…there should be no island of APARTHEID, RACISM and SEGREGATION…where black people are only WORKERS FOR RACISTS and SAVAGES…

    …..and ya can guarantee the criminal Israeli jews will use the island as a base for their HUMAN TRAFFICKING BODY PARTS RING..it is a multibillion dollar business. and black people’s INTERNAL ORGANS ARE IN DEMAND…….

    ..and all the other crimes they commit they want to do it in peace… THEY ARE LOOKING FOR SOMEWHERE WITH STUPID LEADERS…to use and abuse.

    The black population in Barbados are being TARGETED.

    Like

  • When multiple Barbados Scholarships are awarded how do we know who came first?

    How would we compare excellence in the Classics with excellence in the sciences?

    All we know is that the multiple winners qualify for a scholarship and that excellence is excellence!!

    First and second belong to the days of yore when only one scholarship was awarded.

    In those days, second got you a proxime accessit, that there is latin.

    I believe that allowed you an honourable mention and perhaps not even an exhibition!!

    The winner of the single Barbados Scholarship in those days was probably known as Dux … also latin!!

    SS has gone senile yearning for the days of yore!!

    Like

  • I WOULD HAVE TO BE DRINKING & SMOKING WEED AND CHECKING WHORES TO HAVE HAD ANY ILLEGITIMATE CHILDREN WITH YOU OR BY YOU THAT I HAVE NOT SUPPORTED

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++

    … and then the Trumpian question would arise.

    Folks, do you see what she looks like?

    Like

  • Let Altman go tell Jamaicans and Trinidadians he is building an apartheid, segregation, racist island off Trinidad or Jamaica and see he don’t get himself FED TO THE FISHY…..or to some crocodile or some other man-eater ….BLACK BODY PARTS will be a BONUS because of both islands having over 3 million people combined…but they cannot pull that ish in either island without massive BLOODSHED..

    Like

  • The hyperbole continues.

    Like

  • C.B. Vaughn – Mathematics HC

    Campbell, M O’N – Mathematics HC

    Shaw, M. – Science Lodge

    Shepherd, R.M.H. – Classics, HC

    Drayton C.G. – Classics HC

    Forde A.N. – Classics HC

    Matthews, V.E. – Mathematics, HC

    In 1943, there were 7 Barbados Scholarship Awards.

    The first four were of Open Scholarship Standard at Oxford and Cambridge and last three of Exhibition Standard.

    All 7 were referred to as Barbados Scholarship Awards!!

    Got this titbit from “The Harrisonian” of April 1944.

    Like

  • “The hyperbole continues.”

    the uninformed, unaware yardfowl ENUFF continues….

    when ya see legislation in the US…is being PREPARED…to make it a FELONY to CRITCIZE the CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE that is Is(not)RAEL…you do not play slave master and house negro of parliament games with the jews…

    Like

  • “All 7 were referred to as Barbados Scholarship Awards!!”

    Most people don’t know they are one and the same…many times the government awards based on what they can afford AND many who were awarded exhibitions…are scholarship winners but depends on the cut off point where government is unwilling or unable to give the FULL RIDE.

    Like

  • Stay in ya lane yardfowl…ya are going to get RUN OVER.

    Like

  • WARU December 27, 2018 8:22 AM

    RE Most people don’t know they are one and the same…many times the government awards based on what they can afford AND many who were awarded exhibitions…are scholarship winners but depends on the cut off point where government is unwilling or unable to give the FULL RIDE.

    THE MONETARY VALUE IS ABOUT THE SAME

    RE lol…Simple ah know ya teasing GP…
    LET HER GO TEASE HER ILLEGITIMATE SIBLINGS AND CHILDREN
    DID HER FADDER GET A SCHOLARSHIP OR EXHIBITION?
    DID ANY OF THE MEN DAT BREED HER, HER ILLEGITIMATE SISTERS OR ILLEGITIMATE DAUGHTERS GET A SCHOLARSHIP OR EXHIBITION?

    RE .now that is true SCHOLARSHIP.

    true SCHOLARSHIP. IS WHEN HAVING NOT BEEN BONDED, YA COME BACK AND ACT FOR YEARS AS THIS AND ACT AS DAT IN POSTS GIVEN TO NON BAJANS WHEN OTHER BAJANS WONT DO THE WORK

    True SCHOLARSHIP. IS WHEN HAVING NOT BEEN BONDED YA COME BACK AND ACT AS LECTURER AT BCC AND PREPARE A TEACHING MANUAL /TEXT FREE OF COST TO THE STUDENTS, WHICH THE RETURNING HEAD OF DEPT STOLE

    THE COURSE HAD BEEN HELD 22 YEARS BEFORE I ACTED AND PREPARED THAT MANUAL TO FIT THE SYLLABUS

    Like

  • WARU

    No real man would attack a woman’s personal life unless he needs a prerequisite amount of starch in his backbone … that is something you expect from a female GP …

    Like

  • Georgie Porgie

    A real man who knows and understands a woman would ignore that kind of stuff because silence does more to arouse a woman emotionally, than to have a man go back and forth with her…

    Like

  • “THE MONETARY VALUE IS ABOUT THE SAME”

    It really is, but the nasty lowlifes in the parliament made changes over the years, a caveat, which DENIES Exhibition winners their FULL RIDE.

    Like

  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ Dr. GP

    Two things that de ole man is voing to say tou you.

    You know why they hate you here on BU?

    Because you do not play with them.

    Whether man woman or inbetweeners you do not play AND THAT DEAR MYOPE IS HATED.

    You are expected because of the fact that you speak with mastery and love for Our God to be a fool and to tolerate tomfoolery but, and they recognise this at their detriment, you are no one’s fool.

    The second thing is “Litany of Your Life”

    I shall explain with one of the numerous examples that you have shared here

    “…true SCHOLARSHIP. IS WHEN HAVING NOT BEEN BONDED, YA COME BACK AND ACT FOR YEARS AS THIS AND ACT AS DAT IN POSTS GIVEN TO NON BAJANS WHEN OTHER BAJANS WONT DO THE WORK

    True SCHOLARSHIP. IS WHEN HAVING NOT BEEN BONDED YA COME BACK AND ACT AS LECTURER AT BCC AND PREPARE A TEACHING MANUAL /TEXT FREE OF COST TO THE STUDENTS, WHICH THE RETURNING HEAD OF DEPT STOLE…”

    When people like you speak the stranglers on in the Rum shop, listen and while some of us hear the repeating patterns of hatred towards a son of the soul, the majority of the badwords are content to ascribe your indicting Chronicle of the continuum of ineptitude, as bitterness.

    Sometimes Dr. GP I try NOT TO READ WHAT YOU WRITE, because when I read it, it makes me angry to realise that the pattern of self destruction accorded tret sons and daughters of Bulbados IS NOT SPECIFIC TO ANY ONE INDIVIDUAL.

    It is like a disease that exists a plague that has poisoned our people AND WALKS SBOUTUNDER THE GUISE OF INFERIOR SUPERIORS, KILLING WHO IT WILLS.

    IT DOES NOT MAKE SENSE TO TO BACK TO THAT FILTH GP.

    THANK YOU FOR SHARING AND HELPING ME DECIDE

    Like

  • Johnnie,
    .
    But I did play cricket and I know that all kinds of balls get wickets depending on the skill of the batsman. But your long hop was sweetly dispatched to the boundary and you have not retrieved it yet, I see.

    Why would you think I cannot read the Dow charts? I have studied these things at UWI although I find them quite boring as I did even then.. I am just doing as you suggested and enjoying the show. Nuh lotta long talk! J

    Music!

    Like

  • A levels, Barbados scholarships and exhibitions,”illegitimate children”, whores.

    Memories of Xmas!

    Like

  • What hate what.

    Sargeant responded adequately to this matter las week.

    Like

  • In 1944 it would have been probably the Colonial Secretary’s office that dealt with scholarship awards and disbursements.

    Oxford and Cambridge set the scholarship awards, corrected the papers and recommended who qualified for an open scholarship to Oxford and Cambridge and who qualified for Exhibitions.

    Barbadians at that time would have been the subjects of Her Majesty’s Government which was at war and needed every good brain in the Empire.

    The Harrisonian listed the 100 or so former students who were serving, missing in action or POW’s and the nine who had given their lives until then.

    Three had been decorated.by then.

    Flight Lieut. C. Desmond Ince, RAF – Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC): Bar to the DFC – Missing

    Pilot Officer W. K. Hynam, RAF – Distinguished Flying Medal and the DFC

    Pilot Officer B.F.H Miller – DFC

    Like

  • Pilot Officer B.F.H Miller – DFC was listed among the nine dead.

    Like

  • Georgie Porgie

    In March 2015, then Minister of Education, Ronald Jones piloted an amendment to the Education Act, to LIMIT the categories of individuals who would be eligible for scholarships, exhibitions, bursaries and grants awarded to citizens…… as stipulated by the Act.

    By limiting the categories, the ministry was essentially reducing the number of scholarships to be awarded.

    However, I have not seen any information that would suggest or be reasonably interpreted as “denying scholarship winners their full ride.”

    As it relates to “bonding,” on Wednesday, August 15, 2012, during a meeting held with the winners of scholarships, exhibitions and awards of excellence held at the Ministry of Education, then Minister Jones, said government was looking at removing the bonded stipulation of scholarship contracts.

    I don’t know if any changes were made.

    Like

  • Lexicon
    December 27, 2018 9:21 AM

    WARU
    No real man would attack a woman’s personal life unless he needs a prerequisite amount of starch in his backbone … that is something you expect from a female GP …

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Like Stormy Daniels … the Happy Hooker!!

    Stormy only had one problem, she picked the wrong man to mess with … Trump.

    I suspect SS has the same problem!!

    Like

  • … and of course there was Ballsy Forde!!

    Again, picked the wrong man.

    Like

  • thanks Piece

    there has always been hate and a desire to put me down or try to put me in my place by a set of scum and slime on BU………WHICH i HAVE NEVER, AMD WILL NOT TOLERATE

    @ KING

    now what exactly did Sargeant respond adequately to last week?

    Like

  • Many batsmen who fancy their skills are compulsive hookers and it is fun to feed them the short ball.

    Like

  • RE Artax December 27, 2018 11:14 AM

    However, I have not seen any information that would suggest or be reasonably interpreted as “denying scholarship winners their full ride.”
    PLEASE KINDLY NOTE THAT IT WAS WARU WHO SAID THIS NOT ME

    As it relates to “bonding,” on Wednesday, August 15, 2012, during a meeting held with the winners of scholarships, exhibitions and awards of excellence held at the Ministry of Education, then Minister Jones, said government was looking at removing the bonded stipulation of scholarship contracts. I don’t know if any changes were made
    I DONT KNOW ABOUT THESE THINGS
    I KNOW THAT I WAS NOT BONDED
    MY BROTHER GOT A NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT SCHOLARSHIP, FOR WHICH I SIGNED HIS BOND

    Like

  • “PLEASE KINDLY NOTE THAT IT WAS WARU WHO SAID THIS NOT ME..”

    Georgie Porgie

    I know.

    Like

  • @GP

    We have differences of opinion.

    Like

  • I am an ILLEGITIMATE / OUTSIDE CHILD but my memories of Christmas in Barbados are great.

    I had family and friends who made Christmas enjoyable especially for the children.

    Toys were not important. It was the Ham or baked pork or chicken and the sweet bread or pudding cake.

    I am grateful to have spent the first 20 years of my life in Barbados.

    I hope you all had a great Christmas this year. I did.

    Like

  • @Lorenzo
    At some stage I will get off my phone and reply using my computer.

    Here is some pre-work
    Learn the difference between a promise made and a promise kept. You seem to have difficulty separating the two.

    I know that you are not a fool, but I feel it necessary to remind you that ‘a promise is comfort for a fool’

    Like

  • Where on earth is Mariposa? She has me carrying her water for her.

    Woman, I don’t have your tenacity and cannot punch all day.

    Like

  • One problem of mentioning names is that you will fail to mention some of the major contributors.

    A happy 2019 to Hants. May your musical plate be always full.

    Like

  • Same to you TheOGazerts.

    Like

  • Artax…yes, they are denied the full ride scholarships they used to get and only get about 10K per term which has to be supplemented with a larger loan from student revolving and other places, either way, they do not get a full ride that GP alluded to they got in his time where they did not need to access multiple loans to attend university off island..

    BTW…Happy Holidays.

    Lexicon…Simple is quite capable of taking care of herself, she gives as good as she gets.

    Like

  • GP…both scholarship and exhibition winners are still bonded, which is weird because there are NO OPPORTUNITIES FOR THEM TO RETURN TO THE ISLAND TO …TO GIVE BACK…

    Like

  • Let me rephrase, up until 2010 they were still bonding, don’t know if the idiot Jones made the changes or if it was just talk because he so HATED to see all these bright young people getting dozens of scholarships and exhibitions knowing he will NEVER GET ONE.

    Like

  • “True SCHOLARSHIP. IS WHEN HAVING NOT BEEN BONDED YA COME BACK AND ACT AS LECTURER AT BCC AND PREPARE A TEACHING MANUAL /TEXT FREE OF COST TO THE STUDENTS, WHICH THE RETURNING HEAD OF DEPT STOLE…”

    And this is the reason most scholars STAY AWAY…

    They KNOW they will be ROBBED, DISENFRANCHISED, MARGINALIZED and chased off the island if they try to make any changes for the better to UPLIFT THE PEOPLE ….most are just watching from a distance….THE DEGRADATION OF BARBADOS…by the jokers for leaders…and shaking their heads.

    Like

  • I was never bonded.

    The bonding started after 1975, when I don’t know.

    It really makes no sense.

    Like

  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    Yes I too have missed mention of Hants, the archiver Artaxerxes and Pachamama in my specific Christmas greetings .

    Donna and others of the BU family.

    I forget to name you all because of old age forgive me but some of my worthy bloggers I have mentioned here with regard to your content please note that I also bid you Yuldtide greetings and the best for the coming year

    Like

  • I was never bonded.

    My brother who got his award in 1978 was bonded.

    I guess the purpose was to get recipients of awards to return to the island and give back.
    i have/had no problem with that.

    What I found problematic is dat foreigners had/got certain jobs—and they still do..and you would be asked to act when they went on holiday at inconvenient times to them, such as Christmas time gor example

    Like

  • @GP,
    When Sir Wes Hall ( a good Ivy man) was a minister, I think it was tourism, he entered in to serious talks with the sports editor of the Daily Mail about bringing out a local publication, or so I was told.
    The first thing the sports editor, who should remain nameless, did on his return to the UK was to walk up to my desk and ask if I would be interested in working on it with him. Funny that.

    Like

  • PUDRYR

    I wish you season’s greetings and a heathy, prosperous 2019…….

    …….as well as to David BU and to Barbados Underground.

    Like

  • “RE Most people don’t know they are one and the same…many times the government awards based on what they can afford AND many who were awarded exhibitions…are scholarship winners but depends on the cut off point where government is unwilling or unable to give the FULL RIDE.”

    I now catching up. More misinformation.

    Like

  • ”I now catching up. More misinformation”

    I feeling real bad. I couldn’t keep you in hiding. Mariposa, where are you?
    The two guys are out and being naughty. Come fuh den

    Like

  • TheoGaz

    You gine need nuff smelling salts come next year. Stock up.

    Like

  • Those who know better would never ask a favour of a politician for the ‘simple reason’ that the politician is notorious for never letting one forget that favour.Its like the sword of Damocles hanging over your head 24/7.When a brother thinks it ok to rat on a sibling when he did the sibling a favour is equally as bad.Bloody lunatic behavior which has no place among intelligent people.#Sikassfool.

    Like

  • the angel gabriel from de brothel came
    his knotty hair uncombed oh what a shame
    Bloody lunatic quoth he
    was his stupid remark
    most stupid jackass ever
    la la la la la —lah la

    Like

  • Enuff

    Don’t pay any attention to the “president” of Mariposa’s “fan club” writing nuff shiite.

    The consortium of Mariposas, formerly using the names ac/Angela Cox/Angela skeete/Coxable was NEVER able to run anyone from BU, with their weak, incoherent, unresearched, emotional and political motivated “lollipop bowling.”

    What is interesting is having written “The DLP disappeared. Why should I focus on Kellman or Fraudel? Why should I speak of ghosts or noises in the night when in front of me is the BLP,”……..

    ……. he endorses the consortium’s preoccupation with Barbados’ economic misfortunes during the period 1994 and 2008…… and from May 24, 2018 to today’s date…….

    ……… while purposely or conveniently forgetting the events that transpired between January 15, 2008 and May 24, 2018……… and absolving the former lot of any responsibility.

    He prefers to “speak of the ghosts or noises in the night” of Dodds and VECO, Crab Hill Police Station, ABC highway and SSS, public bath (golden shower) at Silver Sands, Greenland and Hardwood Housing.

    But…..have you noticed one of the issues they ALSO constantly referred to, was the ackee tree a UDC contractor “cut down” for $11,000, when Hammie Lah was Minister of Social Transformation……

    ………. but when Hammie “CROSSED the floor”……. they conveniently developed AMNESIA?.

    To this day, dey duz mention every t’ing……..except dah ackee tree.

    Bajan politics too sweet….nuh?

    Hahahahahahaha!!

    Like

  • “I now catching up. More misinformation.”

    Except of course for when the ministers are TIEFING PUBLIC FUNDS…to send their own friends and family away to university on taxpayer’s dime…..hence the reason many scholarships and exhibitions….often have to be CHALLENGED…

    Enuff Yardfowl…does Farley RING a BELL..

    Like

  • @ pieceuhderockyeahright,

    I hope you had a great Christmas and that next year will be prosperous for you and yours.

    You ( or de grandson ) will appreciate the last video I posted in the Diaspora corner.

    The musicians are really good. lol

    Like

  • @WARU December 27, 2018 6:21 AM “black people’s INTERNAL ORGANS ARE IN DEMAND.”

    Fortunately nobody will want the internal organs of me, my parents, my siblings, my children nor my grandchildren, since according to Georgie Porgie we are all a bunch of smoking, drinking, drug taking, ungodly, criminal, and no doubt STD ridden whores.

    Not a good organ in the lot of us.

    Lolll!!!

    Still in the last 25 years I have donated nearly 80 units of blood, so that the Georgie Porgies of this world can do their work.

    Ain’t old diseased whores useful?

    Like

  • CORRECTION: was rushing out..

    …hence the reason many EXHIBITIONS…which should be SCHOLARSHIPS….often have to be CHALLENGED…

    Like

  • “Ain’t old diseased whores useful?”

    lol…wuhloss!!

    Like

  • @John December 27, 2018 m6:29 AM “SS has gone senile yearning for the days of yore!!”

    Sorry John. No.

    Blessedly in my family we do not do senile. We remain good mentally and physically until we are 100 or more.

    In spite of our drinking, smoking, drug taking and whoring etc.

    Ain’t life something?

    Like

  • Show me one post where I mentioned any of “Dodds, VECO, Crab Hill Police Station, ABC highway and SSS, public bath (golden shower) at Silver Sands, Greenland and Hardwood Housing, the ackee tree a UDC contractor “cut down” for $11,000, when Hammie Lah was Minister of Social Transformation”.

    Good try, but it is a no-ball. With so much misdirection… no wickets

    Like

  • WARU
    What does Farley and the bilge you post have to with your initial claim? You may continue to call me what you wish. From as far as I remember, students knew what grades were required for a Bdos scolarship vs an Exhibition. Over the years the criteria changed and BCC’s GPA got added. I don’t, however, recall the government arbitrarily changing the requirements on receipt of results. You are worse than Mariposa, because she’s just being political, but you’re just plain wrong and believe you are right. Terminally infected with RolericHindsitis.🤣🤣🤣

    Like

  • @John December 27, 2018 11:15 AM “I suspect SS has the same problem!!”

    Dear John: I have no problems. I am happy, healthy and well loved. I have always been happy, healthy and well loved. I expect to remain so for many decades to come.

    Like

  • “Over the years the criteria changed and BCC’s GPA got added. ”

    Any retard could tell I meant the criteria changed, but yardfowls will NEVER ASK…what caused the criteria to change…yall just sat back and accepted that cause ya still think that taxpayer’s money belong to ministers and lawyers…ah was waiting for ya to come out with ya sheeple nonsense.

    Ya should ask Mia about Farley…ain’t yall some kinda friends?

    Like

  • @Georgie Porgie December 27, 2018 11:17 AM “there has always been hate.”

    Why do you feel the need to see yourself as hated? As a victim?

    What if NOBODY on BU hates you?

    What if nobody on BU has ever victimised you?

    What if nobody on BU has ever had any desire to victimise you?

    Would that make you feel really badly?

    Would it take away your joy in life if nobody hated you?

    Like

  • Still, 2nd can never be 1st.

    Like

  • simple simon

    DID YOU EVEN GET A LIL EXHIBITION? OR YOUR ILLEGITIMATE SIBLINGS OR CHILDREN?
    WERE YOU FIRST AT ANYTHING?

    WERE YOU OR ANY OF YOUR ILLEGITIMATE SIBLINGS OR ILLEGITIMATE CHILDREN FIRST AT ANYTHING BESIDES BREEDING LIKE RATS? OR WERE THEY JUST SECOND?

    WERE NOT YOU AND ALL YOUR CHILDREN AND SIBLINGS BORN OUT OF WEDLOCK?
    IS THAT FIRST OR SECOND?

    DID your FADDER GET A SCHOLARSHIP OR EXHIBITION?
    DID ANY OF THE MEN DAT BREED you your ILLEGITIMATE SISTERS OR ILLEGITIMATE DAUGHTERS GET A SCHOLARSHIP OR EXHIBITION?

    were any of these first or second

    Like

  • SIMPLE SIMON
    RE LETS GET A FEW THINGS STRAIGHT ABOUT WHAT WAS SAID IN RESPONSE TO YOUR SAYING Tomorrow self I will ask my lawyer to go after you for the child money for the illegitimate children which I have had by you and which you have never supported.

    I DONT DRINK- NEVER HAVE
    I DONT SMOKE-NEVER HAVE
    I DONT DO DRUGS-NEVER HAVE
    I DONT SCREW WHORES-NEVER HAVE
    SO HOW ON EARTH CAN I HAVE HAD ANY ILLEGITIMATE CHILDREN WITH YOU OR BY YOU THAT I HAVE NOT SUPPORTED
    I WOULD HAVE TO BE DRINKING & SMOKING WEED AND CHECKING WHORES TO HAVE HAD ANY ILLEGITIMATE CHILDREN WITH YOU OR BY YOU THAT I HAVE NOT SUPPORTED

    I THINK ANY REASONABLE PERSON CAN UNDERSTAND THAT …..AND THAT WHAT I SAID DEBUNKED YOUR REMARK ABOUT YOUR ASKING YOUR LAWYER to go after ME for the child money for the illegitimate children which I have had by you and which you have never supported

    IS YOUR COMPREHENSION OF WHAT I SAID FIRST OR SECOND ?

    SIMPLE SIMON
    PLEASE POINT OUT WHERE Georgie Porgie SAID THAT YOUR parents, YOUR siblings, YOUR children nor YOUR grandchildren, were all a bunch of smoking, drinking, drug taking, ungodly, criminal, and no doubt STD ridden whores.

    Georgie Porgie DID NOT SAY DAT BUT IF YOU ARE ALERTING THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THAT IS THE CASE THIS IS IMPORTANT FOR THE PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND THE BLOOD BANK TO KNOW CAUSE DISEASED PERSONS OUGHT NOT TO BE DONATING BLOOD BE CAUSE DAT WOULD NIETHER BE FIRST OR SECOND

    YOU ASKED Ain’t old diseased whores useful?
    I WONT KNOW CAUSE I NEVER DEALT WITH A WHORE?

    IT SEEMS THAT THEY ARE USEFUL FOR THOSE WHO LIKE DISEASED WHORES
    IS THAT FIRST OR SECOND ?

    Like

  • SIMPLE SIMON

    WHAT DID YOU, YOUR SIBLINGS OR ILLEGITIMATE CHILDREN EVER WIN?
    Barbados scholarship OR Barbados Exhibition?

    WERE ANY OF WUNNAH the brightest boys and girls OR DID WUNNA EVEN came 2nd.?

    WHAT DID YOU, YOUR SIBLINGS OR ILLEGITIMATE CHILDREN EVER WIN?
    WERE THEY EVER FIRST OR EVEN SECOND?

    YOU AND THE REST OF YOUR ILLEGITIMATE SIBLINGS AND OFFSPRING ARE CLEARLY SECONDS NOT SO? AFTER ALL 2nd is 2nd. 2nd is what comes AFTER 1st. 2nd is NOT first.

    AND SECONDS LIKE WUNNAH PAID FOR ME TO GO TO MONA FOR A FIRST CLASS EDUCATION IN MEDICINE NOT SO?

    Like

  • The consortium or whatever de hell wunna call Mariposa was around to witness the blp having several wickets knock out of the stumps by the dlp first in 2008 under the leadership of The great economist OSA and then in 2013 under the leadership of Mia Mottley
    Really not impressed by a blp win which cleaned bowl the DLP
    What would be more impressive after that magnificant victory is that the blp commit to all promises made that of putting money in the peoples pocket and not borrowing money to increased barbados economic debt levels and furthemore reducing taxes and fees
    All this continual jubliant fanfare by govt and blp yardfowl about a 30-0 red wash does not add up to a hill of beans when the people backs are pushed against a wall trying to pay their household debt and govt debt

    Like

  • @Mariposa December 27, 2018 6:06 PM “…blp win which cleaned bowl the DLP”

    Clean bowled is right.

    Lolll!!!

    Like

  • Yes “cleaned bowl” which has left every one heading to the toilet bowl because of the sickening nauseating taxes and fees leveled on the head and shoulders of every citizens with the exception of those whose cut of the bony calf was already guaranteed

    Like

  • Simple Simon duffus anything else you would like to add before i knock your stumps right across the BU hallway
    What you seem to forget is that the people put the blp in the wilderness for 13 long years and there abilty to make a comeback was predicated on promises for the better which has turned out to be a long winded set of empty promises
    One can easily predict that going forward govt policies would have every one shi..tting bricks for a very long time

    Like

  • Fortunately nobody will want the internal organs of me, my parents, my siblings, my children nor my grandchildren, since according to Georgie Porgie we are all a bunch of smoking, drinking, drug taking, ungodly, criminal, and no doubt STD ridden whores.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++

    It is you who claim to have children from an unknown father and are looking to pin paternity on GP!!

    It is you who forgot the father of your children.

    It is you who are pulling a Stormy Daniels claiming an illicit affair with GP!!

    Don’t you realise what you have said?

    Lexicon thinks this is acceptable and normal behavior to be expected from a woman.

    After all, look at Stormy and her protestations!!

    Me, I suspect it may be early dementia … but then I am not a doctor, not even by half.

    Like

  • Gazzerts I see the conspiracy theorist come to your aid,good for both of you.Your response about separating promises,does not make sense but why am I surprised,anyone who supports a J/A like Mariposa would do or say anything.The list of accomplishments on this government,s side ,as well as the lack of performance of your dems cannot be refuted by you ,Mariposa or the shite conspiracy theorist,therefore what promises you speaking about this government has only been in office for 7 months not years ,everything cannot be done at once.You seem to have as Artax states amnesia or convenient memory,only focusing on post May 24th and wanting to forget the reason we are where we are,giving the Dems a free pass.Gazzerts it will not happen not once I am around as I will throw their record in your face,to remind Mariposa ,T Inniss ,Piece and you why we are where we are ,you could like it or lump it.

    Like

  • Well lest Lorenzo forgets that present govt hollered and wailed about past govt placing unconscionable fees and levies on the people .but guess what this present govt after all the belly aching and promises to reduce taxation did not only reduce but double and tripled the tax burden in most cases even extending these taxes and levies as far out to international tourist when they visit barbados
    Foolbert give me a f.ing break

    Like

  • Maybe it’s time to learn something, people cannot stay uninformed, unaware and miseducated forever…those who jump out to pretend they have the most information are ALWAYS THE LEAST INFORMED..

    Meet the original North Americans…..the first.

    Like

  • Abigail
    Look you real igrunt eh; and I quote “…AND many who were awarded exhibitions…are scholarship winners but depends on the cut off point where government is unwilling or unable to give the FULL RIDE.” I done!!🤣🤣🤣🤣. Come 2019 I shall continue to point out all your false claims–BUFactchecker.

    Like

  • @Lorenzo
    “This Government comes in decides based on conditions found,defaults on loan payments to give it fiscal space ,gets an agreement with the IMF,restores the free University tuition,gives government workers a 5% increase,cleaned up the Btown sewerage Plant ,remove the sewerage off the streets,start repaving roads like the sradium road”

    I am not on the island so I cannot verify all that you said, but your list of accomplishments seem more like promises made and a whole heap of trouble for some

    defaults on loan payments -agree, but not worth bragging about-shhh

    an agreement with the IMF – agree

    free University tuition -???
    workers a 5% increase -???

    cleaned up the Btown sewerage Plant ,remove the sewerage off the streets – stop it. You don’t get to take a victory lap in the middle of a sewage crisis… fix the problem first

    start repaving roads like the sradium road – stop it. That is what the hell you should be doing… fix the roads, the sewage, transport …. Fix what is broken

    Like

  • Barbados first.
    I hope the Good Lord gives Mia all the support she needs. I hope that she is able to right the good ship Barbados.

    But I reserve the right to have my own opinion and to state it. At times it will not be complimentary. Sorry guys, that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

    Like

  • The local promoters have billed the Buju Banton concert “Long walk to Freedom”

    SMFH

    You can’t be serious

    Like

  • It will be a big show Sargeant and tickets are yet to go on sale.

    Like

  • Firstly, I never wrote that you made any DEFINITIVE, WRITTEN references to the issues I raised. I wrote “he PREFERS to speak……” The word “prefers”, if defined within the context it was used, means “being more partial” to doing something.

    First ball……….. hit over the stands for a huge six.

    Secondly, notice I used the word “SPEAK” and not “WRITE.” So, I don’t have to show (you) any post where (you) mentioned anything.

    Second ball…… hit over the stands for another huge six……. the bowler could only “gaze” at the ball in astonishment.

    Thirdly, please re-read my comment re: “But…..have you noticed one of the issues THEY also constantly referred to………”

    The word “THEY” is used to refer to TWO or MORE people. You would have a point if I had written YOU wrote a contribution in which you mentioned “the ackee tree a UDC contractor “cut down” for $11,000, when Hammie Lah was Minister of Social Transformation…..”

    Third ball……another huge six……and the bowler “gazes” as the ball goes over the boundary.

    Go back to the bowler’s end and try again.

    Hahahahahahaha!!!

    Like

  • @Sargeant December 27, 2018 8:25 PM “The local promoters have billed the Buju Banton concert “Long walk to Freedom” SMFH. You can’t be serious.”

    I noticed it too that the promoters seem to be calling Buju Banton’s concert “Long Walk to Freedom”

    Isn’t “Long Walk to Freedom” the title of Nelson Mandela’s autobiography?

    Is the Mandela family aware that the concert promoters are using the title of Mandela’s work to promote this concert? Isn’t that some sort of copyright infringement? Is COSCAP aware of this?

    Isn’t Buju Banton a convicted criminal? “On 22 February 2011, Banton was found guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 5 or more kilograms of COCAINE, POSSESSION OF A FIREARM in furtherance of a drug-trafficking offense and using communication wires to facilitate a drug-trafficking offense.”

    Isn’t Nelson Mandela not the late revered freedom fighter?

    Are we a confused people or what?

    Like

  • On the 9th June 2018 it was announced via the Government Information Service that the Mottley administration had retained the services of Cleary,Gottlieb.Steen & Hamilton LLP as external legal advisor in the context of the planned debt restructuring that was announced on June 1st.

    Mia Mottley campaigned on transparency as her watchword – and on strong,trustworthy leadership – so shouldn’t she as the Prime Minister of Barbados tell us the taxpayers :

    What are the terms that this foreign firm was contracted ;

    the cost per month ,per hour,per advice etc – whether in U.S dollars or Barbadian dollars;

    What have they done for Barbados so far as per their contract and;

    Are they still being paid by the taxpayers of this country.

    Show us the transparency Mia.

    Like

  • So what if Buju Banton is a convicted drug criminal
    So what if his walk to freedom was long or short
    So all that matters is that his concert would put some money in the local economy
    So what!so what so what if our Pm invited know drug dealers to Parliament and it doesn’t matter to any one
    So what So what So what
    Give me a fking break

    Like

  • @Artax
    🙂

    Like

  • @Artax
    Did you see that short run-up by Mariposa?
    Telling me they cannot clock the speed of the delivery…
    Because I like ya, go back in hiding till next Xmas. Yuh gun get hurt by the pace. She rested and is back

    Like

  • Was going to advise you to get to the runners side of the wicket, but T.Inniss generating some real heat as well.

    Get smart and send out Lorenzo. I know you cannot find Enuff. “I had Enuff of that bowling” … is that how he got his name?

    Like

  • In the early hours of the morning after the election result of 30 -0 was called Kerrie Symmonds Member of Parliament for St James Central said :

    “Along with a ‘tremendous blessing’ of a clean sweep of 30 constituencies from the people of Barbados – comes a ‘tremendous amount of authority and power;’

    The BLP MP said that mandate ‘MUST BE REFLECTED WITH A BALANCE OF TREMENDOUS ACCOUNTABILITY AND RESPONSIBILITY’.

    Who will hold this government accountable ?

    Certainly not the media with Ellis the Station Manager (he was worse than a sycophant today) and the others at VOB or those at the Nation newspaper

    Certainly not the Unions like the NUPW or the BWU – remember Toni Moore May Day speech where she told the workers ‘To make your vote count’ – and told them to let their ballots do the talking – while on the stage – she had children holding placards with a list of complaints – along with some adults – ha ha

    Certainly not the Private Sector whose head (Charles Herbert) in January of this year called for a change in government – and was rebuked by Ms Ram who said he could not be speaking on behalf of the private sector when he made those remarks

    Certainly not the UWI POSSE at Cave hill like George Belle,Tennyson Joseph or Lisa Cummins – the latter who wrote in a column a few weeks or so on April 29th 2018 – that the people should” rise up on May 24th.”

    HAVE WE BEEN SEEING THIS GOVERNMENT ACT RESPONSIBLY OR DEMONSTRATE ACCOUNTABILITY TO US THE TAXPAYERS – LIKE KERRIE SYMMONDS SAID THEY SHOULD ?

    I THINK NOT.

    Like

  • Theo

    You and TInniss/Mariposa (same person) gine need nuff smelling salts over the upcoming months I tell yuh. Ross University about to open yuh heeeeeeeeear.

    Like

  • All along I thought Wes was a Station Hill man.

    Like

  • RE Ross University about to open yuh heeeeeeeeear.

    SO WUH?
    WAIT TILL THEY START TO COMPLAIN ON VALUEMD BOUT ALL THE PROBLEMS IN BARBADOS?

    Like

  • “……….but T.Inniss generating some real heat as well.”

    TheOGazerts

    To be fair to T. Inniss, his 8:56PM contribution was an excellent ball.

    Like

  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ Theophillus

    See what j dun tell you?

    You gine get attack now coming and going by the BLP paid apologists

    (Artaxerxes is not one of them so when I say the two of dem you know the nameless ones I am speaking of)

    DE GRANDSON did that Speculation poster and in 3 days it exceeded the 200 count.

    There is no magic about Stoopid Cartoons all de ole man does is listens to what The Voice says or to what the community is saying.

    And with that comes immediate subscribers

    Now I gine take your post at around 8 PM and create a Stoopid Cartoon and we going watch how it is subscribed to.

    We going call it something bout BERT and see its effect.

    But like I dun say dat as long as you are speaking out about Mugabe you going have a problem.

    You ent notice dat Peter Lawrence Thompson dun talking too much bout de problems dat even he encountering?

    You going have a problem because you ent prepared to suck pooch like Luc***** so the alter ego going come and try to frighten you wid de Wild talk.

    The thing here is that IRRESPECTIVE OF ALL THE STOLEN IDEAS BROUGHT TO THE FORE, THE TRUE AUTHORS WILL NOT GET THE CREDIT

    Cause Mugabe and her horde or is that hoares? want the praise.

    Five years, watch and see.

    Like

  • Recently I hailed the Xmas ‘present’ that the Barbados Gov’t provided with the reopening of Worthing beach but it appears that the announcement and my celebration was premature. We are being led down the garden path, how is the beach “open” when vendors and patrons and other interested parties are unable to use it due to the presence of Industrial equipment and garbage.

    I guess the announce was to satisfy some arbitrary deadline that was set by a Gov’t Minister and to assuage the demand of the Parliamentary representative for the area who made statements to the Press about the situation.

    Another lump of coal in the Xmas stocking.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2018/12/27/beach-blues-2/

    Like

  • “Look you real igrunt eh; and I quote “

    Enuff in Wonderland……that comment means the SAME THING YOU SAID…the criteria changed……

    …..we know what you suffer from…the very same disease as every other yardfowl….LIMITED INTELLECT…where you can take a thought so far …AND NO FURTHER…and that is going to carry you through the next 5 years where you are unable to think further than being told what to think…OR SAY…….and I will get to BEAT YA OVER THE HEAD WITH IT EVERY DAY…cause ya can’t help yaself….limited intellect is a terrible thing..

    Like

  • Enuff in Wonderland……that comment means the SAME THING YOU SAID…the criteria changed.

    Ah hope ya ain’t think the criteria changed on it’s own or that some white man in the sky changed it…. ya fool…

    …someone in that parliament made a concerted decision for whatever reason, a reason that negatively impacted exhibition winners, some jealous minded lowlife minister made that decision…without caring… and here you are with ya limited intellect thinking everyone should accept it without question…just like you do…

    ……ya should be ashamed that ya wasted the money taxpayers money spent trying to educate you…..cause like Jones…ya will NEVER get a scholarship or an exhibition…

    Like

  • “WAIT TILL THEY START TO COMPLAIN ON VALUEMD BOUT ALL THE PROBLEMS IN BARBADOS?”

    lol, lol..

    Like

  • “Isn’t Buju Banton a convicted criminal?”

    you mean just because the US says so????

    ……..ya may want to take a really good long long at his accusers and THEIR HISTORY…to define the word CRIMINAL…it is not like he got caught with money in the bank money laundering or he was caught with drugs, he was not…….the charges were brought solely on what a DEA SNITCH SAID.

    Like

Join in the discussion, you never know how expressing your view may make a difference.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s