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A Citizenry Contented to be Baffled by BS

Let’s see which tranches were defaulted and exactly the amount. And what value the “books” placed on the asset(s). All neatly hidden, because we can never see what those entities who received the “loans” did with that money, other than defaulting on repayment. Everybody got bailed out except the local taxpayer. NorthernObserver (call for transparency by BU commenter in the

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Right from Wrong

Once upon a time to determine right and wrong seemed a very straight forward undertaking for Barbadians. The majority of Barbadians identified with shared values that anchored a behaviour to infuse a culture uniquely and satisfyingly Bajan. The result was a harmonious society- a key element to our brand and identity. The world has become a complex place to navigate

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The Great Hornswoggle

Recently the blogmaster observed a sign that announced the takeover of Montrose supermarket by behemoth Massy. A caller to a talk show asked what does it mean if all of our successful businesses are being ‘huffed’ by ‘outside’ interest? Education and health are the top two allocations in the national budget. Minister of Youth Dwight Sutherland recently announced a $100,000

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GONE HAYWIRE

Submitted Observing Things are so out of whack recently that I think we have gone haywire. Let me just toss a few random disjointed thoughts out there to get a real real feel for where we are right now. Persons on bail for vicious murders…BUT…end up committing others after Local parties and fetes are restricted…BUT…visitors can plan 2 months ahead

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I Love You Barbados

It is about two weeks since Barbadians were forced to take cover from the La Soufriere volcano ash fall located in St. Vincent. Many of us were not around to witness a similar event in 1902, however, many recall vividly or vaguely depending on ones age 1979. As the 2021 hurricane season approaches, Barbadians through the years have been spared

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Our Date With Destiny has Arrived

Submitted by William Skinner Since the abolition of slavery, the Caribbean region has been heading toward a date with destiny. Many of us have hailed events as defining moments. In most cases those moments lingered a while and then faded into historical reference. The abolition of slavery was a significant moment for our physical being but the scars of mental

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The Little Boy And The Flute

Submitted by Charles Knights When I was a little boy, about five or six years old in Barbados, to be precise in Brittons Hill. My mother took me to Bridgetown for window shopping at Christmas. In a shop window at Cave Shepherd I saw a small wooden flute priced at just a couple dollars and was much taken to it.

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Tis the Time to Keep Hope Alive

Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul And sings the tune without the words And never stops at all. ― Emily Dickinson Country Barbados has endured tough social and economic times of late. What resonates with this blogmaster amidst the cacophony experienced anyway of the week  in the Barbados Underground is that one should never lose

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A Time to Clasp Hands

  Time has changed. What have changed along with time? Redistribution of income. Non enforcement of Laws. High levels of unemployment. Justice system constipated Lack of responsibility by key sectors of Society. – Vincent Codrington A recurring narrative in Barbados fuelled by an unprecedented number of murders recorded at the mid-year is the idea the political directorate has the solution.

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Barbados in the BIG Picture

Submitted by Tee White Much of the discussion going on in Barbados today about the current situation in the country tends to ignore both the historical and international context. However, it is very difficult to make sense of the current situation without taking these into account. From a historical point of view, the origin of modern Barbados can be traced

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Once There is Hope There is a Future

There is the perspective about what are the defining characteristics of a human being compared to the other (non human). Some will retreat to the world of the esoteric, others draw from life experience laced with a commonsense perspective. For over a decade the blogmaster supported by members of his household have been motivated by the importance of keeping HOPE

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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

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A Heather Cole Column – Barbados: Politically Independent Country-Economically Dependent People

Heather Cole

I may have finally understood the concept of independence in Barbados. It is of a country which gained political independence from Great Britain in 1966 but somehow the teetered yoke of dependence remains firmly affixed to the necks of its people. I hope the sociologists and political scientists from the UWI will weigh in on this one. We have had

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Hijacked!

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fifty two years in the life of a country is short. In the coming days as the 30 of November approaches there will be a commentary about the what we have achieved as a country and the prospects for the future. For the first time in

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Let Us Make Barbados Great AGAIN!

Submitted by Andrew Simpson Being a regular reader of the Barbados Underground, it would appear that many of the troublesome issues presently faced by our society are related to declining moral values and what might be referred to as the “resourcefulness index aka currency peg’. There are persons (patriotic citizens) with a zest for achieving widespread harmony and prosperity; among

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