Are Bajans Ready IF June Comes Too Soon?

It is not an original line but sirFuzzy reminded the blogmaster in a recent communication that if we fail to prepare; prepare to fail. We must in this context evaluate Barbados’ precipitous fall from the halcyon days of being regarded the jewel in the crown to a nation that has failed to effectively plan and manage our affairs. It is often said we suffer from an inability to execute.

During the debate of the 2019 Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals, Prime Minister Mia Mottley shared an exchange which occurred last week while touring Bridgetown with Prince Charles and tour guide Maurice Greenidge. Greenidge theorised based on recorded events Barbados is due a major hurricane every 67 years. Whether we subscribe to his theory or not, we should agree that despite our strategic geographical location on the archipelago, it makes sense to be prepared for what mother nature tosses up unexpectedly. Contrary to the widely held view – God is NOT a Bajan!

Although Barbados escaped relatively unscathed last year, the videos and pictures circulated that captured the devastation in Dominica and several of the neighbouring islands in 2017 should serve as an incentive to execute the Scouts motto – BE PREPARED!

Inquiring minds therefore must ask the 64K question.

Do Bajans take hurricane preparedness seriously?

“June too soon, July standby, August you must, September remember, October all over”

 

The official start of the hurricane season is less than three months off. The blogmaster is challenged to be optimistic about what will occur when a major weather system impacts Barbados. A heavy downpour which is not unexpected weather in the tropics always create flooding on the island. Sometimes of a life threatening nature. Our roads are in a poor state. We routinely engage in illegal dumping in our gullies and ‘irreverently’ and illegally construct in water courses. It is not unusual for a national shutdown call to be challenged by maverick players who see themselves slaves to the almighty dollar.

Many Barbadians appreciate the lack of financial resources will negatively affect national planning to prepare for the hurricane season, BUT, the blogmaster is also aware many Barbadians have become complacent because we have a generation who has not had to experience nature’s wrath.

A word to the wise AND as well as the indolent should be sufficient.

133 comments

  • Oh grow up, will you! You sound like a primary school child.

    The primary lesson to be learnt is as you said. But that does not discount the fact that she was a prostitute and she found redemption and rose to unimaginable heights.

    There are primary lessons and there are secondary lessons. Many a prostitute would read that and find hope. And they wouldn’t be wrong, would they? They would know that they can amount to something. They would know that as much as we revile them, God can reach down, wash them clean and make them shine!

    PS. Wives sometimes go first. You never know, you may end up right here with me. LOL. I am nice too.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @GP “NO HEEL NIPPING STINKING OLD FARE PICKER HAS A RIGHT TO DOUBT WHAT I SAID.”

    I do have every right to doubt what anybody says. Unless your name is God or Jah or Jehovah or Allah.

    Silly, old has-been. Nobody cares that you earned a Barbados exhibition 50 years ago. Hundreds of other people have earned scholarships and exhibitions since then, an a good number of such people are my close relatives. You did not invent the polyclnics. The one at Speightstown was up and running from 1952/53 when both you and I were babies peeing our diapers.

    This cannot be refuted.

    One of the grans got the school report yesterday, 1st in class (as usual)

    Lolll!!!

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  • RE You did not invent the polyclnics. The one at Speightstown was up and running from 1952/53 when both you and I were babies peeing our diapers.

    THERE WERE HEALTH CENTERS IN 1952 NOT POLYCLINICS

    THE SCOPE, PURPOSE CATCHMENT AREAS, DESIGN OF THE POLYCLINICS AND THAT OF THER HEALTH CLINICS ARE NOT THE SAME. PUBLIC HEALTH IS OBVIUOUSLY NOT YOUR FORTE

    PUBLIC HEALTH IS A LITTLE MORE COMPLEX THAN FARE PICKING IT IS TRUE

    One of the grans got the school report yesterday, 1st in class (as usual)
    SO IT IS WITH MY GRAND AT ALEXANDRAS SO WHAT?

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  • Well I guess growth has stopped for some people. Now we don’t want to improve we want to be our worst selves!

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  • RE Many a prostitute would read that and find hope. And they wouldn’t be wrong, would they? They would know that they can amount to something. They would know that as much as we revile them, God can reach down, wash them clean and make them shine!

    BUT OUR HEEL NIPPING STINKING OLD FARE PICKER PREFERS TO TRY TO PUT DOWN THE EFFORT CONTRIBUTION AND ACCOMPLISHMENT OF PEOPLE

    I AM GLAD TO BE A HAS BEEN, AND I THANK GOD DAY AND NIGHT THAT AT LEAST I WAS ………..CAUSE MANY HAVE NEVER BEEN

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  • BUT OUR HEEL NIPPING STINKING OLD FARE PICKER PREFERS TO TRY TO PUT DOWN THE EFFORT CONTRIBUTION AND ACCOMPLISHMENT OF PEOPLE(Quote)

    ????????

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  • YES YOU HAVE QUOTED WHAT I SAID VERY ACCURATELY ASSTIN

    AND I HAVE STATED THE TRUTH VERY ACCURATELY
    COMMENTS AND ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE EFFORT CONTRIBUTION AND ACCOMPLISHMENT IS WELL KNOW BY THOSE WHO SHOULD KNOW, AS ALREADY RECORDED HERE

    I TURNED ON THE LIGHT AND OUT YOU SCURRIED LIKE THE LOATHSOME ARTHROPOD YOU ARE
    HAVE YOU COME AGAIN TO DISRESPECT THE FOLK FROM THE WINDWARD ISLANDS WHO SPEAK THEIR FRENCH PATOIS

    HAVE YOU COME AGAIN TO SUGGEST THAT A LADY FROM THE DOMINICAN PLANTOCRACY WITH THEIR OWN SCHOONER CAME TO BARBADOS AS A DOMESTIC?

    OR DO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT HOW YOU LIED ABOUT YOUR IGNORANCE OF THE WORK DONE AT TMRU IN MONA ON SICKLE CELL

    OR WOULD YOU LIKE TO DISCUSS THE PATHO PHYSIOLOGY OF DYSPLASIA TO ANAPLASIA

    AS A SECOND WHO WAS PUT OUT TO PASTURE I HAVE PLENTY TIME
    CRICKET IS OVER FOR TODAY

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  • Barbados is a remarkable country. We take in the waifs and strays from other countries – many of whom arrve in the Careenage on schooners, packed between the figs, mangoes and oranges – give them a decent home to live in, educate their children at our best schools, pay to train them as professionals, then instead on going down on their knees and thanking Bajan taxpayers, they daily abuse our generosity, smear our top elected public official n the most personal way (I think the prime minister’s BERT programme will fail, that she has been badly advised and that she lacks a wider social programme) with the most foul-mouthed abuse and many people either think it is funny, or choose not to say anything. This is the height of ungratefulness.
    It is sad when a relatively young man (still in his 60s), who should be at the top of his game, and passing on his knowledge to the next generation, should spend his time being bitter, drunk and abusive. Alcoholism can be treated.
    It is also sad when the body regulating his profession has not taken any steps to discipline him. We, our nation, deserve better. Our generosity has been taken as a weakness. To disrespect our top elected official in a foul-mouthed way is to disrespect our nation. Where are the patriotic nationalists?

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  • ASSTIN

    WHEN MY DOMINICAN MOTHER CAME TO BARBADOS SHE CAME ON HER PARENTS SCHOONER
    SHE DID NOT COME AS A waifs and stray…..packed between the figs, mangoes and oranges

    MY DOMINICAN MOTHER HAD A DECENT HOME WHERE SHE CAME FROM
    SHE MARRIED A BARBADIAN AND WAS INVOLVED IN BUILDING SEVERAL HOMES FOR HER FAMILY AND ALSO FOR HER SISTER AND NIECE
    BARBADOS DID NOT GIVE HER ANYTHING ——-SHE WORKED VERY HARD….AND MUCH HARDER THAN WOMEN OF HER COLOUR AND BEAUTY

    BARBADOS DID NOT educate HER heir children at our best schools, pay to train them as professionals, ANY MORE THAN THAT AFFORDED TO OTHERS OF BAJAN BIRTH, AND SHE WAS ABLE TO PAY FOR ALL THIS ANY WAY

    AND WHERAS I DO go down on the knees and thankTHE GOD OF HEAVEN, NOT Bajan taxpayers SINCE MY PARENTS PAYED TAXES

    I HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO daily abuse AND Smear our top elected public official n the most personal way
    CAUSE I AM A BAJAN TOO, AND I PAID TAXES TOO WHEN I CAME TO AGE

    TELLING THE TRUTH ABOUT THE PRIMEWICKER AND FEMALE PUDENDAL BITER IS NOT INGRATITUDE—–IT IS TELLING THE TRUTH

    It is sad when a relatively young man (still in his 60s), who should be at the top of his game, and passing on his knowledge to the next generation,
    THERE COMES A TIME WHEN SUCH FOLK RETIRE
    I HAD MY TIME VOLUNTARILY TEACHING NURSING STUDENTS IN THE POLYCLINICS FOR 12 YEARS

    should spend his time being bitter, drunk and abusive. Alcoholism can be treated.
    MR DYPASTIC ASSTIN I DO NOT DRINK NOW NOR DID I EVER START TO DRINK ALCOHOL EITHER PRIVATELY OR PUBLICALLY
    EVERYONE THAT KNOWS ME KNOW THAT I ONLY LEMON LIME DRINKS

    RE It is also sad when the body regulating his profession has not taken any steps to discipline him.
    LOL LOL HOW CAN THEY DO THAT SIR. YOU FORGET THAT I AM RETIRED OR AS YOU PUT IT, I WAS PUT OUT TO PASTURE LOL

    RE We, our nation, deserve better. YES INDEED WE SHOULD HAVE BETTER LEADERS NOT PRIMEWICKERS

    Our generosity has been taken as a weakness.NO WE ARE WEAK ND AS YOU SAID WE ARE A FAILED STATE AND YOU ARE AN OLD MAN WITH PORCINE FACIES WHO SPEWS PORCINE FAECES PERENNIALLY AND PERSISTENTLY

    To disrespect our top elected official in a foul-mouthed way is to disrespect our nation.LOL SO YOU COME AND STOP ME LOL

    Where are the patriotic nationalists? ASK THE PRIMEWICKER AND THOSE OF HER ILK IN DE BLP AND THE FIVE DRUG LORDS SEEN ATDE INAUGURATION OF PARLIAMENT

    MAN YOU ARE BARE SPORT
    COME NOW SERVE UP SOME MORE LIES AND LONG HOPS SOME MORE LOLIPOPS

    I WILL MOCK YOU AND RUN YOU RAGGED

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  • Q HAL ASSTIN WANTS TO KNOW Where are the patriotic nationalists?

    A THEY ARE UP IN THE ONCE BUT NO LONGER GREAT BRITAIN TALKING PORCINE FAECES THROUGH THE ORBICLARIS ORAE IN THEIR PORCINE FACIES…

    DOES THAT ANSWER YOUR QUESTION ASSTIN?

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  • My lord! Take in waifs and strays?????? We deserve better? The man had mixed parentage. He is a Bajan..
    He worked here and contributed. is this where we want to go??????

    I thought we were agreed here that all human beings are worthy of consideration whether they are waifs and strays from Dominica, fare pickers from Nelson Street, bare-foot Ivy boys sleeping on khus khus beds. I thought we were at least in agreement that these things do not matter. Schooner owning, well-shod, mattress-owning, scholarship winners and others not so fortunate – I thought we were united in the belief that these things do not define our worth.

    But alas we see that we are no better than the powers that be. We define worth by money and where we come from. And whether or not our mother was a maid from Dominica!

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  • DONNA DEAREST

    I AM ONE OF THE COOLEST DOWN TO EARTH FOLK YOU WILL MEET UNTIL YOU CROSS ME. YOU WONT BE ABLE TO PICK ME UP OUT OF A GROUP UNTIL I START TO SPEAK

    ASSTIN HAS INSULTED ME AND MY DEAR MOTHER, AND I LAUGH AT HIM AND I WILL MOCK HIM AND RUN HIM RAGGED. MY MOTHER CAME FROM DOMINICA AS A YOUNG TEEN BUT SHE HAS NEVER WORKED AS A MAID OR FOR ANYONE THAN HER HUSBAND AND HER SONS IN OUR HOME

    NOT A waifs and stray OR NOT FROM NELSON STREET

    BUT I GOING TO HEAR PRESIDENT TRUMP TALK
    HE IS GREAT FUN TO LISTEN TO

    JUST LIKE BU MORONS LIKE ASSTIN WITH HIS MUSCLE BRAIN

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  • Can we discuss disaster preparedness or we are consumed with padding our online egos.

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  • That really is up to you, isn’t it David?

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  • SirFuzzy (Former Sheep)

    @ David March 28, 2019 7:46 PM

    Only if there was some software that an help you mr ,moderator/blog master.

    When these folks start get personal or pad their on-line egos, that is when the ship/blog topic usually veers directly towards the iceberg(not the lettuce). From the little time i have been here it seems to be getting worse in my opinion. is this a sign or a reflection of the under currents in our society and the citizens in this fair land of ours, no wonder you continue to look for the place called Hope.

    Just musing.

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  • @donna

    Do you know how easy it is to delete comments, place commenters in moderation status, spam comments, close the topic?

    Would it not be great if intelligent human being demonstrated the ability/capacity to discus issues, if robustly, without the usual invective/BS?

    No wonder the world is going to hell in a handbasket.

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  • @sirfuzzy

    It is most disappointing given all the big issues facing the island and the world and what intelligent debate might add to inspiring others to make the place better..

    On Fri, Mar 29, 2019 at 12:09 AM Barbados Underground wrote:

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  • NO ONE IS consumed with padding THEIR online egos.
    I LOVE TO TELL THE TRUTH

    AND I AM NOT HAPPY WHEN ANYONE ANYWHERE LIE ABOUT ME AND MINE, OR MY SCHOLARSHIP AND ACHIEVEMENTS, AS A HAS BEEN SECOND

    the world is going to hell in a handbasket BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT THE BIBLE PREDICTS TO HAPPEN……AND IT IS HAPPENING JUST AS PROMISED, AND I AM HAPPY

    I AM ALWAYS HAPPY WHEN I SEE GOD’S WORD COMING TO PASS.
    REVELATION 6-19 WILL SOON BE HAPPENING WITH THE RISE OF ANTICHRIST AND THE TRIBULATION PERIOD

    SO GET USED TO IT

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  • Disaster preparedness.

    When a hurricane warning is issued, people run for the stores. As much as possible, get ahead of the rush having the following on hand:

    Extra batteries
    Matches (keep these dry)
    Materials and tools for emergency home repairs–such as heavy plastic sheeting, plywood, a hammer, etc.
    Prescription drugs
    A three-day supply of drinking water
    Food that you don’t have to refrigerate or cook
    First aid supplies
    A portable NOAA weather radio
    A wrench and other basic tools
    A flashlight
    If you need to evacuate, you’ll bring these supplies with you. As expiration dates approach (for example, food or batteries), use the items and replenish your emergency stash.
    corned beef,sardines,tin salmon,biscuits.

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  • Q Can we discuss disaster preparedness

    A NO ONE IS STOPPING THE LEARNED HIGHLY CREDENTIALED IN THIS AREA TO PONTIFICATE THEREON……NOT A SOUL

    HAVE YOU CONSIDERED THAT MANY HERE DONT HAVE A CLUE ABOUT WHAT TO DO.

    RE It is most disappointing given all the big issues facing the island and the world
    NONE OF US CANT DO ONE TING ABOUT the big issues facing the island and the world EXCEPT TALK!

    RE and what intelligent debate might add to inspiring others to make the place better..
    ONLY INTELLIGENT FOLK CAN DEBATE INTELLIGENTLY

    LOOK AT PIECE TRYING to inspirEg others to make the place betteR AND LOOK AT HOW MANY PEOPLE HERE MOCK HIM

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  • SirFuzzy (Former Sheep)

    @GP

    I have seen you quote bible here on many occasions. I have always been interested in what denomination if any you choose to align with?

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  • I know we have been dealing with our potential disaster but I am surprised that not one person (not even the Pan Africanists) has mentioned the human catastrophe in Mozambique.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/topics/country/mozambique.html

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  • Bajans can find information on disaster preparedness by googling.

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  • @ Sargeant,

    I posted a link about Mozambique but it did not gain traction.

    Canada has sent aid.

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canadian-red-cross-mozambique-cyclone-relief-mission-1.5071944

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  • SirFuzzy (Former Sheep)

    @ Sargeant March 28, 2019 8:48 PM

    Maybe just maybe they()Pan Africanists) are not as interested in Mozambique. sometimes certain things dont fit your narrative and thus gets left behind or never rises to the level of “talking points”.

    Just asking

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  • RE SirFuzzy (Former Sheep) March 28, 2019 8:39 PM

    @GP

    I have seen you quote bible here on many occasions. I have always been interested in what denomination if any you choose to align with?

    TECHNICALLY NO DENOMINATION SIR

    I JUST LOVE TO STUDY THE WORD

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  • SirFuzzy (Former Sheep)

    @ Georgie Porgie March 28, 2019 9:09 PM

    As you are non-denominational. A self seeker and learner of the word of God as written.

    What would be your take on the bible’s idea of “tem·per·ance”.

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  • I agree with it.Sir Fuzzy

    But as you must know and have undoubtedly yourself experienced, it is not the easiest thing to achieve in all things.

    By the way are you talking about temperance per se, or about being bad tempered.

    Controlling one’s temper is much easier lol. Stopped that when I departed from my first wife about 30 years ago Lol No longer need to lose it since

    Some of the best of God’s heroes of the faith have lost their temper–chief of whom were Moses, and Abraham, Solomon etc

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  • SirFuzzy (Former Sheep)

    @ Georgie Porgie March 28, 2019 10:04 PM

    A bit of both. I can see how it works in a real face to face interaction. But in a keyboard interaction you can exercise more control as you have a bit of time to cool yourself down in-between exchanges

    Imo you often contribute some worthwhile contributions. Continue to do such; please ignore or forbear when tempted to do otherwise.

    To me when this written combat is unleashed over and over in duelling keyboard attacks; it says that the participants cannot claim ignorance or it was because of spontaneity.

    If you have studied the word well; as i know you have over time, you should be better able to recognise that “trap” by now. I see it; i sure hope that you do also?

    ————————————- Galation chapter 5

    13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh[a]; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

    16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[c] you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

    19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

    22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

    Dr GP i have no more to say. Do have a good nite and keep up the fight. Remember, Gods army need active soldiers.

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  • Sir Fuzzy
    I dont know if you realized it but you mentioned some of the allenon or one another verses in this passage from Galatians YOU CITED
    .
    First remember that the Pauline and the other epistles were written to believers and applies to believers— it is not for the rift raft but for those of precious like mind.

    A good book on this subject is BODY LIFE BY GENE GETZ

    serve one another
    bite and devour each other,
    destroyed by each other.
    provoking and envying each other.

    all of these are allenon or one another verses
    they are about 50 of these if I could remember correctly will get back to you on this tomorrow if I remember

    taught on this a few years back

    RE in a keyboard interaction you can exercise more control as you have a bit of time to cool yourself down in-between exchanges
    LOL I AM ALWAYS IN CONTROL AND ALWAYS COOL DONT GET SIDE TRACKED BY THE CAPITALS——THAT IS FOR MY CONVENIENCE

    To me when this written combat is unleashed over and over in duelling keyboard attacks; it says that the participants cannot claim ignorance or it was because of spontaneity.

    THIS COMBAT IS TOTALLY SPONTANEOUS—-IT IS LIKE BEATING BAD BOWLING TO A PULP LOL i enjoy it with roars of laughter lol
    BUT THERE ARE ONE OF TWO PERSONS WHOM I REGARD AS LOATHSOME because they are blasphemers and devils on the basis of the clear teaching of 1 John 4:1-3

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  • Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right

    @ Sargeant

    It is true that the plight of Mozambique has not featured in local news at all? in regional news less and in international news gotone days mention in international news

    Even Alzeera news gave it 12 lines. That is when using the url provided.

    This is the “their problem” syndrome which is very prevalent in our world today

    I would bet you not20 Bajans know about this cyclone and certainly not where it happened

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