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Archive for August, 2008

Happy Independence Day Trinidad & Tobago

46 years ago today, we decided to go it alone. Make our own way as a country, free from any ties and obligations to any another.

We’re still  a young state, and still have a long way to go in terms of defending our right to exist and express our selves as Trinbagonians on the global stage. But we learning.

The national flag of Trinidad and Tobago being raised for the first time.

The national flag of Trinidad and Tobago being raised for the first time.

There’s a really interesting story of how the flag was raised. Apparently Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal was operating on “Trini time” and was running late. The ridiculously thick dress costumes the military wear was too much for Coast Guards man Rawle Coa to bear and he fainted while hoisting the flag.

Of course, the Doctor had to address us. As Prime Minister Dr Eric Williams asked,

“What use will you make of your independence? What will you transmit to your children five years from today? Other countries ceased to exist in that period. Some, in much less time, have become totally disorganised, a prey to anarchy and civil war.”

What use indeed?

Still, Trinidad is my land, and of it I am proud and glad. I couldn’t find The Mighty Sniper’s original recording; so click here for Byron’s remake, and click here for the lyrics.

Floooood on de Main Road!

Typical wet season rain cause real flood on the main road, highway, drain, backyard.  What de hell government doing?

People were stuck on the Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway for hours! This happened on Wednesday. The crazy flood waters, damaged homes, roadways and property and reignited the popularity of  De Flood by Ataklan

Found! The Secret to the Jamaican Athletes’ Success at the Beijing Olympics!

Well it seems the IAAF ent playing this rounds. They doing all they can to make sure nobody has an unfair chance in the Olympics. While I doh give them wrong, they may be taking it a bit far. A Sport reporter friend of mine shared this IAAF memo with me.

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Imagine ground provisions, not steriods wins the day!.

Fed-up-of-workitis

Yesterday was a truely sucky day on the job for me. The crap started just as I left the previous day and festered overnight into full blown yucky day on the job syndrome. Naturally I’m trying to have a conscience and not call in sick because I’ve developed fedupofworkitis.

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It’s in the Jeans

I think denim is the best thing to happen to the fashion world. They’re so stylish, comfortable and convenient. Ideally every woman should have five pairs of jeans.

  1. The casual knock-about pair of jeans in a light blue or stonewash bootcut. It can be dressed up or down. As a soon to be university student…I need to replace this staple in my wardrobe.
  2. Dressy jeans for nights on the town, dark-wash straight leg jeans. Some come with a metallic thread inter-woven into the material, so there a bit of a sparkle. That helps it make the transition to nightwear easilyt. I’m not so fond of the metallic jeans in the day, but it can be done. Indigo washes can dress up any style of jean…I like straight leg best in dark washes.
  3. Trouser-cut jeans are my new favourite! I think everyday should be casual Friday, and these jeans help me fulfil that mandate. Of course dark wash helps keep it dressy. Actually I only have one pair of jeans in my closet now ( the result of a ridiculously rapid weight gain) and it’s trouser-cut.
  4. Skinny-jeans are a great new shape for all sizes. I think on bigger girls, they’re best used the way you’d dress with leggings. That is with larger tops that cover your derriere, especially if they bunch-up at the ankles. Slimmer girls could wear them with close fitting tops. I have a bias for dark washes, but I have seen some that look really great in ligther colours.
  5. White jeans are great! I don’t have, but I want so badly. I love the idea of a trouser-cut jean in white, though bootcut might be a more traditional option. Skinny jeans look really fresh in white. The biggest issue with white jean is the weight of the denim, if you’re a bigger girl, get a pair with some heft in it, once it fits well it won’t make you look bigger. And I live in the West Indies so we could wear white jeans all year round, and you don’t see a lot of people in them. They dress up really easily. If you don’t have white jeans in your closet, consider them. Cleaning them shouldn’t be an issue, either dry clean or use good old fashion blue soap to keep them bright.

As much as I love jeans, I’m having problems getting jeans to fit. What I’ve been told is that you have to try on a lot of styles to find your ideal pair. When you find your ideal pair, but two and hem one to wear with flats, and leave the other for your heels. Also, buy them as tight as possible. Why, because jeans stretch, a lot. Right now I need to take my jeans in for that very same reason so that it will fit me properly.

I love denim skirts too. I have a casual A-line skirt, but I’m looking for a dark-wash pencil-cut denim skirt. it fits with my dressy casual style. I once had a pair a leather-trimmed denim mules from Unisa. I wore those things to death.

Where price is concerned, I don’t buy into the expensive jeans BS…some of the best fitting jeans I ever owned were pretty cheap. LEI did more good things to my derriere than Donna Karen or Calvin Klein ever could, so I ent taking that expensive denim chain-up ever again. These days it’s a lot easier in some respects to get great jeans that fit, more and more companies are considering designs for women with curves, a welcome option.

I plan to start working on my denim wardrobe ASAP. What can I say, fashion makes me happy. Oh for a little fashion inspiration here’s an interview with a fed-up jeans wearer who took matters into her own hands, and became a millionaire business owner.

The one denim style I haven’t bought into? Coloured jeans, ick.

Racism on the Internet: Lets Broaden Our Minds

“I studied psychology in school, and the best psychology is in literature. It’s so much easier to understand a character than a theory.”

Natalie Portman

If you want to be a better person, you’re going to have to work. I think reading is the answer to all of life’s problems. Everything you need to know, you’ll find in a book. So if you want to read to free your mind, here are the best subjects to choose from.

  • History- It’s simple really, you need to know the facts of what happened, what the conditions were like, how it was, and how it ended to know why we are how we are. You have to read from a lot of authors to come to the truth, because History is about perception. Also you would be well served to include in your  readings, books about life in Western Africa before, during and after the Transatlantic Slave Trade. It can be overwhelming sometimes, or it could be like reading a newspaper article from another time. Whatever, the rewards to your mind and soul will be numerous. For suggested readings click here. Read the rest of this entry »

Why?

Vandals broke into Our Lady of Montserrat Roman Catholic church in Tortuga on Friday 15. They opened the tabernacle and stole the ciborium filled with consecrated hosts. They also made off with several bottles of alter wine. The thieves left a “ransom note” it read:

“Want Jesus? We want $20,000 by tomorrow Saturday 16. We wonder how much you believe that is him. If not we would just throw him away. We would contact one of your church people.”

Monsignor Christian Pereira called the break-in, “a grossly disrespectful act”.

The break-in happened while parish priest Fr. Steve Duncan was off the island attending an ordination ceremony in Petit Martinique. He says “It is a gloomy day in Trinidad and Tobago, when we have to witness banditry of this nature; where there is no thought for things sacred. It is sad indeed.”

This is not the first time a house of worship has been desecrated. Vandals broke the murtis of a Hindu temple in Cunupia, and our famed Temple in the Sea has been targeted as well. Its murtis were smashed and thrown all over the place. Someone spray painted the words Pigsty on the newly painted walls on the Nazarene church in Santa Cruz.

I can only ask, why? Why are you so insecure in your beliefs that you must attack and disrespect another’s? What purpose does it serve?

Now is a good time to start praying for the strength to forgive.