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Cricket Lovely Cricket!

Went to the Twenty/20 match on Sunday. West Indies vs England, and what do you know we won! By six wickets to boot!

Windies played well from start to finish. Something that’s all too rare,  so Sunday’s match was nice. Oh and we had celebrities in the audience, the wider crowd wasn’t privy to his attendence, but Mick Jagger was here. He’s been before, in fact I think he played mas with Harts already.

Anyway I digress, here’s some shots of the fun at the Oval.

May the Good Lord Bless and Keep Her Always

salandy_beltsI’ve spoken about celebrity death, and how we (the public) relate to it before. But every experience is always unique. By the time I actually got out of bed this morning, 21-year old Jizelle Salandy was dead.

Jizelle was a female boxer, and a rising sport star in Trinidad and Tobago who won most of her fights. People have criticised her management, especially promoter Buxo Potts, for selecting less than honourable matches for his pugilistic phenom. But the fact remains, she was a good fighter who had received several national and sporting awards for her achievement.

But no more, Jizelle died in an early morning accident on the Beethem Highway. Another victim of our notoriously violent roadways. Jizelle’s death comes after another one of our star athletes was in a serious accident at the start of this year. Fortunately the “Torpedo” and his companion survived. But both incident serve to remind us of the dangers on our roadways, and the cost to us as a people.

The two most famous road fatalities in recent history are D.J. Lalo and Onika Bostic. They’ve been accompanied by hundreds as a the years go by, and by the thousands who proceeded them. Including the man who wrote the original version of Firey; the tune Bunji used to become the 2008 Soca Monarch.

But famous or no, the experts say most accidents are preventable. Most are caused by human error.

I don’t profess to be the best driver. After a friend of mine lost her cousin in a horrible accident a few years ago on a Good Friday morning, I’ve since resolved to try and take greater care when driving. I’ve also started saying a prayer every time I get behind the wheel, because I want to remind myself of that promise, and I need God’s help to keep it.

Please be careful on the roads.

Phat Girl.

I have been putting on weight at an alarming rate for the past few years. And for some reason I can’t seem to stop the cycle. I would join the gym, or start running around De Savannah or something and then stop. I’d lose a little weight and then stop. And to be quite frank it’s very depressing.

I’ve started this horrible habit of emotional eating. When I get pissed off or stressed at the office, or am just a bit unhappy, I turn to snacks. Not good, especially since this is a particularly stressful time in my life. Like all bad habits it’s much easier to start it than stop.

I don’t hate exercising, I just can’t seem to keep it up. It’s always the easiest thing to drop from my schedule. And I get so self-conscious when I decide to re-join the gym. Really self-conscious.

Now I know why. Apparently I have some serious mental barriers which are keeping me from exercise. The women in the study I linked to reported feeling:

  • Feeling self-conscious.
  • Not wanting to fail.
  • Fearing injury.
  • Perceived poor health.
  • Having minor aches and pains.
  • Feeling too overweight to exercise.

I have to say I can honestly relate. It’s kind of a relief to know my issues aren’t mine alone. What I’m hoping is that as hard as it may be to overcome, that I’ll be able too. I start triathlon training on Sautrday, I don’t have a bike yet, but I’m trying. And I’m putting that out there because already I want to quit, beause I’m so scared.

I’m A Soooca Warrior!!!

I’m not going to front, I support my team in football, cricket, whatever, but I can’t always just watch the match. It really stresses me out, I get emotional and it’s absolute torture, so I avoid it. So I had no intention of going to the game, but I did send the boys my good luck vibes.

Instead I went to MovieTowne to see the french film Les Temoins, translation: The Witnesses (quite good). The car-park was full, because people clearly opted to park there rather than risk them on the side of the road. In fact I don’t think I have ever seen so many cars in Trinidad! In fact when my evening ended and I left for home, around 9:30pm I was alone on the road for most of the drive.

Anyway those who couldn’t get into the game (it was sold out) were gathered in sport bars to watch the match. After a while the screams were just too much for me to bear, so I texted a friend for the score…happiness we ended up winning the match, 2-1. I was always a Soca Warrior, but this week I’m a really happy one.

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!.

Trinidad is my Land!

My boys made me so proud again today! I could care less what people say about them, they ran a damn fine race…nobody was looking for us to medal and we did...silver!

The Jamaican team came first, apprently they, like, broke a record or something.

Yes Richard!!!

Richard Thompson won silver in the men’s 100 metres!

I’m so happy. I was really hoping for a medal and we got one. What’s so funny is that I watched the race, and didn’t even realise Thompson came second. I was convinced he was third (I know, I know).

And you seen Bolt (say it fast)! Fantastic race, I wanted an all West Indian medal count, but Asafa didn’t medal.

But for the first time since Hasley Crawford won gold in the 70s, a West Indian has taken the first prize. For a West Indian to take the second too, I ain’t lie I cry.