to all Men & Women too
show bull dog Butch, owned by Keino ONeil, and dressed
for the festive season, is a reflection of the inner me through
2006 and well into next year, a hardworking dog. Butch was
attired at Hard Dogs Kennel of San Juan. Photo: Wendy-Ann
the true spirit of peace on earth, and goodwill to men, my
thoughts today and through the weekend will be with the destitute,
dispossessed and depressed of our world, especially those
of T&T. I think of all those unfortunate street children
I pass daily in the nations capital, begging for something
to eat, and having to sleep on pavements at nights.
I also think of those almost 400-odd families who this season
are minus a loved one, taken by the vicious crime wave this
Its said that first impressions last longest and, with
the cruise ship season at its peak at present, I wonder what
visitors think when they disembark a vessel and make their
way into Port-of-Spain, capital of the richest nation in the
It cannot be a good first impression when, just two blocks
from the waterfront, they must negotiate the sleeping homeless
on the pavement of lower St Vincent Street, just opposite
the opulent and newly refurbished Eric Williams Financial
Plaza, not to mention having to navigate human excretia and
vomit as well, with accompanying stench wafting on the early
mornings westerly breeze along Brian Lara Promenade.
I agree fully with my good friend, El Dorado Shiv Mandir (ESM),
Maha Sabha Branch #51 PRO Nirmala Harrylal, who told me recently:
Children are the future of our nation. However, in society
today, many of our young children are falling prey to illicit
activities. One can speculate on a horde of reasons why our
children are falling by the wayside.
Of importance, I believe, is a lack of love, caring and support
for our younger ones. It continues to befuddle me how
a country that is so firetrucking (excuse me BC Pires) rich,
with so many scholars and academics, and experts in social
work and health, cannot come up with a plan to remove our
homeless from the streets, not to mention institute effective
social programmes to stem the flow of these hapless people
outdoors. This year, I have given absolutely no gifts to anyone,
instead taking what little money I might have spent on these
tokens and given it to as many of those I consider to be worse
off than me.
So, today I urge you to make a pledge to help those less fortunate
than yourselves this Christmas. On Monday and Tuesday, take
the entire family to the streets of whichever town or village
is closest to you and give something tangible to those in
need. Trust me, at the end of the day, not only would you
feel better about yourself for doing so, but you would have
instilled a priceless value in the lives of your children,
that being the gift of giving.
Ed note: One of the institutions at which the less fortunate
need your help is the St James Infirmary (the Poor House)
where patients of the geriatric infirmary could really do
with your assistance on Boxing Day (Tuesday).
sister in Orlando, Angeli, backstage at the Orlando Island
Boys gig with calypsonian Poser, left, and entertainment scribe
A couple Saturdays ago, the warmth, verve and vitality of
a true true T&T Christmas was unleashed in Florida by
the Orlando Island Boys. Comprising Errol Greenidge, Vernon
Cudjoe, Keith Tillet, Cecil Pinder, Joe Mc Leod, Trevor Tillet
and Lloyd Herbert, the Boys hosted their annual Parang Extravaganza,
featuring two of Trinidads best Parang Soca exponents.
In true Trini fashion, the cops had to put a stop to the merrymaking
at three on the Sunday morning, an hour after the legal limit
of the party, during Crazys las lap
For just US$25 patrons got all the usual Trini Christmas fare,
inclusive of pastelle, ham and hops, black cake, corn soup,
pelau, and some wicked Rufus souse made by sweet hand
Even while the completely sold-out party was in progress,
people were still phoning promoters to purchase tickets.
Apart from Crazy mashing up the place, show host
Creig Camacho also presented on stage Poser, Leon Coldero
and Lima Dunbar, as well as sang his latest yuletide parang
soca hit Garlic Pork.
Among the party crowd were Canada-based photo-journalist Rolph
Warner, Lisa Spicer, Marilyn Harrison, Garvin Granger, Marilyn
King, Pam Tillet and former US Embassy (Trinidad) staffer
This is just a little reminder to all of you who have waited
so patiently on my annual C2K7 Diary of Events. Well, your
wait is over as the schedule will be published on Christmas
Day (Monday) in full.
Remember that some of the dates, events and venues are still
tentative, and shall be subject to change in the ensuing weeks.