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Best: Easy like Sunday morning; relaxed Rowley comes to terms with Trini reality

In jeans and tee-shirt. With push-toe rubber or leather slippers on his feet. That, I imagined, was how Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, interviewed by Natalee Ligoure before fielding questions from the public on i95.5fm on Sunday, was dressed. In my mind’s eye, I saw the Mason Hall native walking …

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What’s in a name—Pt 2: Black Power, Calypso, Soca and pumpkin vine

What, a young British schoolboy was asked somewhere in the early 1980s, is Black Power? His response was a name: ‘Clive Lloyd.’ As the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago emerges from Carnival and begins a largely muted celebration of the anniversary of the epoch-making 1970 Black Power Revolution, some other …

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Media musings—Pt 2: Opinion, reporting and commentary; the reason I write

“If you believe only in facts and forget stories,” Cassandra Clare writes in Lord of Shadows, “your brain will live but your heart will die.” So here is a short story that illustrates, I think, how the brain keeps itself alive, serendipitously collecting its own facts. Green Corner, Port-of-Spain, circa …

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Media Monitor: Chalkdust in deh face? And who will guard the i95 guards? 

You would not have thought so on Revue opening night but the Mighty Chalkdust is going to be in the Big Yard once more on Thursday night. Still singing and competing mere weeks short of his 80th birthday, he produced a performance of “Murder frenzy” which would have gone down …

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Message to the media; musings on premature loss of a Laker as great as great Kobe

Basketball legends never die, a friend joked to me on WhatsApp last Sunday, they just keep hitting fadeaways. And confessing that he had felt physically sick when he first heard the news of Kobe Bryant’s untimely death in a helicopter crash earlier in the day, he explained that, for him, …

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Best: The Old, the Young, the Unwanted; time for WI to kill the fatted calf

With the wicked stepfather now out of the picture, the prodigal sons are back in the fold. And recent results suggest that the West Indies cricket family is once again not doing too badly, thank you. But Dwayne John Bravo seems not entirely sanguine about the status quo. Bravo’s younger …

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