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Guardian Columnists
Sunday
Anand Ramlogan updated 20/11/05

Mr Patrick Manning was refreshingly honest in his speech: he admitted that the victorious Soca Warriors’ football team had accomplished the elusive goal of uniting all the people of T&T...

Dana Seetahal updated 20/11/05

As I sat impatiently stewing in my car last Wednesday night, I felt the beginnings of road rage. I had driven one mile in just about an hour and already I had visions of slamming my vehicle into the cars that were overtaking on the shoulder and adding to the congestion. I was also starting to feel claustrophobic as I was locked in by traffic on both sides. I was on my way to having a Michael Douglas moment (he starred in a movie featuring a man who lost from road rage)...

Denzil Mohammed updated 20/11/05

Everything was carrying on as it usually does with the traffic and the crime and the anger and the blame when, suddenly, a sphere took flight...

Dr Hamid Ghany updated 20/11/05

Last week, this country was able to observe the power of accommodative behaviour in its politics. The week started with joint Government/Opposition meetings on the issue of crime and culminated in a victory on the football field in Bahrain which led to a natural energy of national unity, that forced even the Prime Minister to admit his own shortcomings in this area...

Ira Mathur updated 20/11/05

Keep your eye on the ball; keep your eye on the ball, I half-muttered, half-whispered my father's mantra for life, my literal silent plea, as along with more than a million Trinidadians and Tobagonians in those last-longest two minutes recorded in the history of the world...

Judy Raymond updated 20/11/05

In the mind of the Prime Minister, there was some connection between the success of the Warriors on Wednesday and the success of last week’s crime talks between the Government and the Opposition...

Lennox Grant updated 20/11/05

The Trinidad and Tobago marching season that climaxed on Wednesday afternoon is far from over. What Dennis Lawrence, called “vibes” are so good that they can’t be allowed to stop...

Overand Padmore updated 20/11/05

Sport has a profoundly unifying factor in T&T’s complex society manifested itself when, last Wednesday, T&T defeated Bahrain 1-0 in their return encounter earning a coveted place as a first time qualifying country for the World Cup Finals 2006 in Germany. The referee’s final whistle led to spontaneous ecstatic eruptions throughout T&T. The victory made us all proud citizens of a united T&T...

Peter Quentrall-Thomas updated 20/11/05

You know the developed world must really laugh at the rest of us. The majority of the world’s population live appalling lives and the US, UK and Russia sold over US$37,000,000,000 in arms to us. That money could double the living standard of 100 million people who currently live on US$2 a day...

Simon Lee updated 06/11/05

All now the rain hammering on the perspex roof of the conservatory-cum-scriptorium in soggy Forest Hill. The sound is similar to rain on galvanise. I wish I could say the temperature and light are similar to the place where the rain galvanised half the island into staying inside, but then this is the Big Fug and not T&T and as I’m only too well aware, since the clocks went back last Sunday and dusk segues into night by 5pm, autumn is falling into winter...

Monday

Debbie Jacob updated 21/11/05

The whole country is smiling: waving flags, popping horns, beating iron. For a fleeting moment “all o’ we is one” is not a cliche or a futile wish. T&T is going to the World Cup and that is enough to bind...

Fr Henry Charles updated 14/11/05

On October 30, the body of Rosa Parks, the 92-year-old black seamstress from Montgomery, Alabama, lay in state in the rotunda of the US Capitol, the first woman ever accorded such a tribute, in a list of 31 that includes Abraham Lincoln and nine other US presidents...

Prakash Persad updated 21/11/05

Repetition, it is said, is necessary for learning. On August 10, this column noted: “To date, no comprehensive plan for the mitigation of flooding has been on offer, despite the increasing severity of the problem...

Tuesday

Dr David E Bratt updated 22/11/05

One thing about Trinis is that we “real decent” when it comes to sport. Don’t mind that the country gone stupid with the news that we going to Germany and...

Pastor Clive Dottin updated 22/11/05

Trinis were certainly in a dancing mood. There was a glorious, earthshaking celebration triggered by the goal scored by Mr Tallness—“golden-headed” Lawrence...

Wednesday

Clevon Raphael updated 23/11/05

Those evil zombies we are constrained to call human beings are intent on destabilising T&T as never as before...

Ravi Ji updated 23/11/05

In the heart of all the mess we are in, in this foolish paradise of T&T, there is something good happening. The nation is in conversation with itself...

Tony Fraser updated 23/11/05

It was political pressure that was responsible for the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition getting together to agree on anti-crime legislative and administrative measures...

Thursday

Greater Caribbean This Week updated 24/11/05

Last week we attended one of the most important integration events in the Greater Caribbean—the International Garifuna Summit, convened by the Government of Nicaragua and held in Corn Island, belonging to the regional capital of the North Atlantic Autonomous Region...

Leela Ramdeen updated 24/11/05

The recent euphoria and outpouring of love by citizens as a result of the success of the Soca Warriors was a clear demonstration of how wonderful our country could be if we live in harmony with each other...

Philip G Rochford updated 29/09/05

There are four principal ways in which you interact with the audience and by which the audience evaluates you as a speaker...

Ravi-ji updated 21/04/05

The Hindu Prachar Kendra celebrated Ramnavmi—the birth of Lord Rama—a midday festival, on April 17. The event was held on the premises of the Kendra at Raghunanan Road, Enterprise, to celebrate Bhagwaan Shri Rama, the Seventh Divine Descent or Avataar of Lord Vishnu...

Sat Maharaj updated 24/11/05

More than 700 teachers gathered for the Hindu teachers’ convention at the Maha Sabha Headquarters, St Augustine, on November 11. Feature speaker was Prof Ramesh Deosaran and director of school supervision Roland Maharaj represented the Minister of Education...

Friday

Gillian Lucky, MP updated 18/11/05

We need more warriors—soca and otherwise—because by their triumphs the hearts and spirits of the people are lifted...

Joel Primus updated 18/11/05

I called a friend on the phone and he was crying. This big hard-back man who’s turning 40 in December was crying—you could believe that? He said to me...

Peter Ray Blood's Pulse Column updated 18/11/05

Thanks, Dennis Lawrence, for giving me—and an entire nation—one of the most memorable experiences of my life...

Saturday

Attillah Springer updated 19/11/05

It only occurred to me on Wednesday night, sweating bullets with worry in Zurich, how dependent I am on the Internet...

Gail Alexander updated 19/11/05

Prime Minister Patrick Manning never thought that he’d one day be on the same platform as Jack Warner, a UNC deputy leader as well as FIFA vice president...

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