Feb 28, 2008

Kings Warf Fish Market in need of Water

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All that they are asking for is a good supply of water to keep the stalls clean and in a sanitary condition for the sale of their fish. That is the plight, the concern of the Fish vendors at the Kings Warf Fish Market in San Fernando.
Fish already has a smell to it and just imagine the excess fish scales and blood remaining in the stalls as the sun burns in all its glory. The smell turns ‘nasty’ and unsanitary producing conditions that are unfit for a place that sells fish that is to become food. It is deplorable that no one in control seems to know about the problem. Isn’t it a fact that all markets have someone on site to ensure that things are done in an orderly fashion? Someone has to open and close the market every day so how is it that the San Fernando Borough Corporation is unaware that the water is turned off at 10:00 am every day?
Well Marlene Coudray, the city corporation’s chief executive, has promised to ‘fix’ the problem while stating that she was unaware of the problem.

"Who said dat not dey say but she say!"

 
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Feb 26, 2008

Wasa Sink holes gut traffic along Lady Young Avenue

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Ruptured pipelines seem to be the ire of many taxi drivers prompting them to shut down traffic on the pot hole strewn pavement. This gripe and the constant broken axles prompted over 60 taxi drivers to stage a noisy protest to get the relevant authorities to repair the rutted roadway along Lady Young Avenue. Indeed it seems like the Ministry responsible for the long needed repairs are cowering behind Wasa’s assumed guilt as speculated by the drivers who ply the route.
Incredibly with the entire 'vote getting road repairs' that took place during the last general elections someone forgot about Lady Young Avenue. I guess the people were satisfied with the work done by the previous administration and did not seem to care about the roadway’s condition during the election campaigning. Now all hell has broken loose and the drivers and the passengers who ply the route are hopping mad.
‘Dey say’, it is a case of too little too late; 'cry all yuh want but yuh get what yuh deserved', cried Albot to Senseless (voters who wore blinders during the general elections). But wait one minute, no taxpayer deserves this (hey btw do taxi drivers pay income tax on the earnings from working the taxi?). You deserve to drive on roads like the ones repaved during the election campaign, don’t you? Don’t be fooled into thinking that I am happy that the road is in disrepair – I am not. However, no one seemed to care during the election campaigning. What should be done? Well, the fact that your protest made Newsday is a start. The longer the situation remains the same the more maintenance work will have to be done to keep your vehicles on the road. Don’t take no or the wait and see attitude. Empower yourselves and make it happen.
Keep protesting and let your presence be known to the Minister responsible for the roadway. 'Stick2itiveness' is a necessity. By all means let your Parliamentary representatives know that you mean business and that you expect action from him.

Keep hope alive and your repair shop phone number on speed dial on your mobile phone.

 
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Feb 25, 2008

"Delusional" and "Irresponsible"

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A well known High Court judge has labeled the comments of a government minister as "delusional" and "irresponsible" in reference to crime and criminals in the URP program.
Almost every Trinidadian knows that most of the ‘bad boys’ were given a piece of the cake by doling out employment positions in government programs that have had many different names like ’10 days’ and most notably the URP program. These programs have people showing up for work and are back at home before 10:00 am with a grin on their faces for not doing anything but getting paid all the same.
Justice Anthony Carmona was swift in his pronouncement that the government minister (not named) was out of touch with the current state of affairs as it relates to the criminal elements in the URP program.
To quote from the Express article:
“However, former Local Government Rennie Dumas, when questioned on the issue in the run-up to last year's general election, went on record to say that there were no criminal elements in the URP.
Police statistics have shown that over 100 of the victims of gangland killings since 2002 were either URP supervisors, foremen, contractors or workmen.
Homicide detectives and officers from several intelligence units formed to monitor gangs have also said dozens more murders committed are related to fall-out from State-run special works projects.
Government involvement in hiring and awarding of contracts to known criminals has also been well documented over the last ten years.”


The judges ‘see it all’ in the courts and they know ‘from concrete evidence’ that the URP program harbors criminals. Now, to be fair, trying to rehabilitate known criminals by providing employment opportunities is not a bad idea. However, the problem is implementation of the program and monitoring of these people and the work they produce. A worker must produce; in this way he/she will feel empowered and will spend wisely the monies that they worked hard to obtain. However, when people simply show up, don’t work and get paid then it is like finding money in the streets and it is not of the same value to the person. They will spend it without thinking.
The Express article also showed the PM shaking the hands of known gang leader Sheldon “Crock” George during the run up to the General Elections on his walkabout of the Laventille area. Now what was the follow up to this meeting/casual greeting? Did the PM have a plan for these young men to help them find other ways to earn a living or get the respect that they crave so much or was it simply a move to strengthen the hold of the ruling party in the area?
Maybe the judge is correct and they are really “delusional and irresponsible” or the plan worked just the way it was envisioned. Let us hope that we don’t end up with a situation similar to that which is taking place in Bartica, Guyana.

 
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Feb 24, 2008

Commissoner of Police refuses assistance from Jack Warner to fix Police Station

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I recently read an article about the offer of Jack Warner to repair/refurbish the police station at Chaguanas that was turned down by the Commissioner of Police Mr. Trevor Paul. Now the Commissioner grudgingly turned down the offer because repairs to the station were ‘ongoing’ and would be completed in the ‘near future’ might be a good guess – we shall wait and see.
Now what I find very interesting is the fact that the Commissioner said that the contractor hired to do the job was unable to complete the project. Here is the quote from Newsday: “The CoP blamed the delay in refurbishment on the inability of the initial contractors to meet the completion deadline. He said the Ministry of National Security is reviewing proposals to select a new contractor. The refurbishment, said Paul, is being done in two phases, with phase one, which houses the Model Station, already completed, while phase two involves major innovations.”
Here is the big question, why isn’t this contractor being penalized for each day that the contract remains unfinished? What kind of contract did he sign and who drafted the contract that allows the contractor to get off this easily. Just imaging they are in the process of getting another contractor to complete the job. Will the government sue this contractor to get back some of the investment and how much was already spent. Does it mean that more monies will have to be allocated to complete this work?
I would like to know the original estimate and contracted fees paid to the first contractor and what is going to be the estimated bill for the new contractor to complete the work.

Situations like these could only happen in Trinidad folks!

 
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Feb 21, 2008

The Selection Of The New Commissioner of Police in the hands of a US Company

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What does it all mean? I mean we have to enlist an American firm to ‘finalize names of persons who have applied for the position of Commissioner of Police’. What does finalize mean? Is it that they would do background checks of the persons who applied after which the list will be given to the government for the interviewing process to begin? Does it mean that the persons applying for the position would be from places other than Trinidad and Tobago? If not then are we not competent enough to select our own Commissioner? I mean in the end isn’t the Public Service Commission going to conduct the interviews and select the Commissioner? There are so many questions that one can ask but one that must be asked, at what cost?
Dey Say ‘John Public’ doesn’t have a clue about this situation but still does not believe that the Commissioner of Police will be give the authority to clean up the police force with a powerful union waiting for the first foul ball to be tossed its’ way.
We want the new Commissioner to be held to the highest standards and probably that is the reason we have big brother in the form of the American entity involved in the screening process. Hopefully it will all be done with the best interests of the people in mind and the process concluded in time so that we don’t need to extend the present Commissioner’s tenure another year. The Prime Minister has promised that the process should be completed by May 2008.

 
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Feb 19, 2008

What Kinda Coffee is Dat?

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Many moons ago (please don’t ask, smile) I was employed with the Ministry of Works in Arima. The main office was located in a small building opposite the Arima Municipal stadium (“The Velodrome”). My first assignment was on the Blanchieusse road where one of the bridges collapsed. Not long after that assignment I was sent to work on the construction of the Bridge across the Arima River located on the Arima Old Road. This Bridge leads to the Arima Senior Comprehensive School and was an important link for the buses to get to the school. OK, so I was the “check” who kept the records at the site and our foreman’s name was Mr. Julian Reid – a wonderful man. This is where I learned the ins and outs of Babash.

Harrilal Singh, a resident of Central Trinidad would bring the “coffee” as we called it because the guys working in the river area needed “something to warm up the insides”. We had this triangular piece of half inch steel that Clyde, our in house steel bender, designed that would act as our cow bell to call the guys in. More times that ever it was used to let the guys know that they could leave the water area and come up for some “coffee”. My first reaction to the "coffee", on initiation, was, "what kinda coffee is dat?"- everyone broke out in jovial laughter! The only thing is that this “coffee”, if poured on a piece of lumbar and lighted would easily behave like gasoline – and it felt like fire rushing down your throat not because of heat but because of the alcohol content. Yes that was literally fire water. The concoction also had a unique scent that is typical of this home brew. Those were the good ole days – say whatever you want but that is how I feel about it.

These memories and the need for a new name led me to select Babash as the new name for the previously named site Trini2DMarrow.vox.com. No silly remarks OK, this is not a “drunkard” site and we will continue with the discourse in the same manner. Babash now has a regal name to it as the local brew has been given the Midas touch by Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy in association with Trinidad Distillers Limited and is being sold in the International community under the name 10 Cane Rum. This legal brew is only available at the duty free section at Piarco Airport but is easily available in the United States. The product is produced in St. Madeline in South Trinidad and is made from the first press of the sugar cane and not brewed from molasses. What a "ting" indeed. Bush Rum that is, Babash has grown up and it took a French Company to see the light.
Indeed the drink has a kick and lit up many lives back in the day. Now it has a regal price of US $31.00 (price I saw at a Manhattan liquor store) but is a little different from the original local brew. So when you think of Babash the drink or Babash the Blog think about the regal nature of 10 Cane - all the stars will be aligned just right.

 
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Feb 18, 2008

Don't be Cruel and Inhumane but it is ok to Kill and Eat the beast!

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The recently reported recall of 143 million pounds of beef by the USDA has raised many eyebrows around the world but especially here in the US where the beef was eaten. Ok so what do you think the typical Trini would be thinking about this whole ordeal?




Well this Trini was having a conversation this morning with one of my friends on the job (another Trini) and we came to the same conclusion. How ironic is it that they complained about ‘cruel and inhumane treatment of the animals’ but it is ok to slaughter the beasts and eat their meat.

Humans are very strange creatures, ent!

 
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Feb 16, 2008

"We Ting?"

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We created it so it has to be the best! From the heart and soul, from the bosom of mother Trinidad Pan was born and nurtured into a wonderful instrument and also as an orchestra that fascinates people around the World.
Having said that then Trinidad is obviously the University of Pan with geniuses like Len ‘Boogsie’ Sharpe, Ken ‘Professor’ Philmore, Jit Samaroo and a host of others creating and arranging music to fascinate and drive people delirious during the Carnival festival. Panorama is de best as most Trinis would say. So it is with interest that I recently read about a few Trinidadians studying at the University of Illinois studying Pan as part of their music major. Why there and not in Trinidad?
The Pan Major students were fortunate not to be harmed (this is the University where a gunman killed six students then turned the gun on himself to end the chaos) and for that we are grateful and must give thanks that they were not harmed. However, I am curious and interested in knowing about the ‘Pan Major’ that the students were part of at the Northern Illinois University. If that is the case (studying for a music degree majoring in Pan) then, why is it that Trinidadians have to leave our homeland to study ‘Pan’ at an American University?
Why doesn’t "UWI" offer this course of study? Ok, I am not naïve and understand that the study of music is a part of most American Universities and may not be that important in the Caribbean region.
We are talking about Pan –“we ting”, as most Trinidadians like to say.
So can someone please enlighten me, help me to understand this concept where Trinidadians must leave the homeland to study Pan at in a foreign land? It is interesting to note that Mia Gormandy is the niece of one of the steel pan's genius arrangers, Len ‘Boogsie’ Sharpe. My ignorance has befuddled me and warrants your enlightenment.

 
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Feb 14, 2008

"Doh flim meh nah"

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Trinidadians really have a unique way of expressing themselves, indeed they do! On one of my other blogs I quoted some of the things we say, we truly have a unique way of expressing ourselves and that post can be read at:
What did the Trini Say?
I recently came across a blog by a Trinidadian living in England entitled *This is a Trinidad ting* with a post entitled “I miss Trini talk”. There is a You Tube clip that was embedded in the post that I have placed beneath for your viewing and comments. Yuh know when a Trini ‘get vex’ all hell breaks loose. So be aware that there is a ‘cuss word’ in the clip.
"DOH FLIM MEH NAH!"
The events apparently took place during the period when the JFK Terror plot was exposed with Trinidadians involved. News crews were sweeping the area for stories and they got an aggravated Trini who was ‘willing’ to express his displeasure about the crew ‘fliming’ him.

 
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Feb 11, 2008

Foreign bank account in the news again

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I recently remarked in a commentary in another blog that we should get ready /brace ourselves after the Carnival has drained the last masquerader of his energy for life in the fast lane because the political lacouray will be coming fast and furious. I guess it is time to savor the moment because here we go as the opposition chief whip, Mr. Lawrence Maharaj, architect of the fallen UNC government has boldly stated that the Integrity Commission is investigating a current government minister for not reporting monies held in a foreign bank account. Does this scenario sound familiar? Just ask Bas he will give you the sordid details.
In any case ‘Dey Say’ that this government minister ‘allegedly has a $49 million (US$8 million) bank account in the United States’. It is also reported that he/she went to the US to try to cover the paper trail leading to the finances that he/she (we don’t know if it is a male or female minister) did not report to the integrity commission. What a thing, if indeed the story is not just basket on the part of the ‘Opposition Chief Whip’ because everyone knows that ‘basket doh hold water”.
In any event if this is indeed a factual story it would be interesting to see how the government pursues the matter. Just keep Bas in mind as the story unfolds. One way or another the heat in the kitchen just might be the recipe needed for an unforgiving opposition waiting in the wings for the first opportunity to embarrass the Patrick Manning administration.

 
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What happened to Champs in Concert the true Crème de la Crème?

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Did you watch Crème de la Crème on Saturday night? I did, to tell you the truth even though I enjoyed the show it did not feel like Champs in concert. Indeed the show was good there were some very good performances. However, I felt that it was a good cultural show that could have had the same impact if it was placed any time in the year. All the champs of the recently concluded Carnival festival are what Crème de la Crème should really have featured. Now we have to ask why did they change the format of the show and 'dissed' so many champions? It was an easy decision as far Patrick Arnold, President of Pan Trinbago was concerned – Money!
Mr. Arnold went on to state that the decision to change the format of the after carnival show was made months ago because they simply could not afford to financially support the former venture aka “Champs in Concert”.
He also stated:“Champs in Concert be-comes more and more costly every year,” he said, “We have so much competitions throughout the Carnival season and when that is done we have a lot of champions on our hands who we cannot afford to pay.”
Money is always an issue with these shows; Mr. Arnold went on to state that the show was not sponsored nor did the government have any input financially in the project that would have enabled artistes like Faye-Ann and Bunji Garlin to participate. He also noted that the venue used could only accommodate about 2,000 patrons thereby limiting the income that could have been generated by such an event.
The show in my view was well put together and is a good cultural package to put on a DVD for sale. Hopefully next year thing would be different and Crème de la Crème will once again accommodate the Champions of the season.

 
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Feb 7, 2008

Not so Secure Guard loses Smith and Wesson revolver.

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Only in Trinidad something like this could happen and in this case the bad news could sound so sweet. It was reported that a security guard, while on duty mind you, at a supermarket decided to take a nap. Now take it easy it was not his break time and someone came to relieve him so that he could get something to eat or even use the facilities. He decided that even though he was getting paid to secure the premises of the supermarket that it was ok to take a nap. So much for value for money! This single stupid act may have probably ruined the reputation of that security firm. Now when this guard awoke from his slumber he realized that his Smith and Wesson revolver and 12 rounds of ammunition was missing and were very likely now in the hands of criminals.
Now the story gets even better or worse (you be the judge). He reported that around 2:00 am on Carnival he left the gun and ammunition in a bar area of the restaurant and went to take a nap leaving the gun at the bar area. What stupidity to part with the weapon that you need to use in case of a break in to defend not only the property from theft but also for his own personal safety. This story smells and more investigation is needed to get to the bottom of this story. Only in Trinidad folks!

 
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Pirated Music Seized, Vendors Arrested!

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On Ash Wednesday instead of going to Church and asking for forgiveness several vendors were out plying their trade selling pirated music compact discs. However, the police in conjunction with COTT (the Copyright Organization of Trinidad and Tobago) had other plans and ensured that these pirated music discs were not sold thereby robbing the artistes of the income they so deserve for the music that drives the carnival festival. It was reported that over 2,500 illegal discs were seized with several vendors now in police custody waiting processing for their flagrant disregard of the law and the livelihood of the music artistes.
Dey Say that many of the vendors were quite adamant and upset with the law enforcement agencies saying, “But we have to eat too, we have children to feed. What allyuh want we to do?”(Just a dramatization but has been reported by many calypsonians). There are many answers that can apply to such a ‘bold-statement’ but I will keep away from saying anything other than it is against the law to make and sell pirated music.
It is very sad that in a small country like Trinidad and Tobago where Oil and Gas are King fetching ridiculously high prices on the World market that so many people are “ketching dey arse” and seeking illegal ways to earn an income. Can someone tell me why the bounty of the harvest hasn’t trickled down to the owners of the resources – the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago?

 
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Feb 4, 2008

Ent all Saltfish Sweet?

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Not me say so, eh eh, not the Pwefentious one, it is the one and only Birdie, Slinger Francisco, the Mighty Sparrow who said, “all saltfish sweet”.

To quote the Master of the art-form:
“Saltfish stew is what I like So doo-doo, give me day and night. I like you food, so don't find me rude. My favorite, I sure every man in here already eat itSaltfish. Nothing in the world sweeter than Saltfish English, colloquial, Bajans Saltfish. It's sweeter than meat. When you want to eat All saltfish sweet”

Now I understand just about every Trini understands the duality of the lyrics of the song in its entirety, however for the naive or the person who says, “me eh know what he talking bout”, let’s start something. What is your saltfish story? Come on everybody has one. It could be a literal gourmet delight (in more ways than one) or it could be the one with the twist to it. Listen ladies doh laugh, we are also looking forward to reading yours also.

As for this writer, I am taking the high road on this one. However, to be honest with you, “fuss ah love meh saltfish”. It was once considered the poor man’s delight now it is a luxury. However, Smarty thinks that Saltfish in the US just as sweet and Saltfish from the homeland. So whether it is Buljol, Accra or good ole Bacalo as dem Spanish like to call it - we talking food here my friend, get yuh head out of the gutter man - share yours with us. Meh mouth watering right now – let meh splash some water on meh face. LOL – Take this one in yuh pwefen. Just for the record let me state it here officially that I like meh Saltfish with tomatoes and oil and cassava on de side with ah lil cow tong dumpling dey too – and yes ah like all kinds ah saltfish. So let me finish off with a few more lines from de Birdie:

“Very well, I like the taste though the smell, sometimes out of place It hard to take, but make no mistake I want you to know, it's because it extra sweet it smelling so boy it's Saltfish Big money does run behind it Saltfish. Man does lick down man to find it Saltfish It's sweeter than meat When you want to eat, All saltfish sweet”

What is your Saltfish story? Some of us are not lovers of Cod Fish but Saltfish Man, come on get real. "Trini men, all ah could say iz God bless you all because ah could hear yuh laughing already".

Come on get creative – let's have some fun with this topic as only real Trinis can!

 
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A Short Mango Story from my childhood

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Highland lands were just a stone’s across the rail tracks was our playground just opposite to what was Netto chicken farm. The chicken farm is now home to a very sizable Mormon house of worship. Now when I say playground I mean a piece of land that we cut the grass and put in a dirt cricket pitch to play wind ball cricket. This was not a playground that was provided by the municipality. As a matter of fact if you go looking for this playground all that you will see are houses. Yes, Highland lands are now a busy housing settlement.
It is one short story about a special Mango Rose tree that is gone now. It was located across the rail tracks on our make shift cricket ground (now a housing settlement). It was a beautiful Sunday evening and four of us went to the grounds to hang out. Obviously we ended in the mango tree because there were quite a few red looking mangos with some yellow on them – they were ready for the picking. Fraff, Bucky, Drake (all nick names) and I climbed the tree and it was speed up the branches to get the best mango. Well after picking one each we settled down on top the tree chatting and eating the mangos. Mr. Bucky wanted to get one mango that was a little out of reach but he insisted that he could get it. I wasn’t paying attention but all I heard was a crack and he sailed past me and hit the ground with a groan. We were all in shock and literally raced down the tree. Fortunately, we did not end up in the Arima Hospital because the ground under the tree was not that hard but he limped away from the scene. Well boi, when we knew that he was ok it was ‘fatigue and laughter galore’. I remember and see it like it happened yesterday.
So my friends, do you have a mango story? More importantly, what are some of the mangos that you ate as a kid and did you eat some that I did not mention here. I am sure you can recall making mango chow (Rose Mango was the best for that as far as I am concerned) with that special Trini yellow pepper ah lil shadow benny for flavor and of course a touch of salt – gosh those were the good ole days!

 
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Mango Days

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When I was a boy growing up in Trinidad I loved eating mangos. Arima where I grew up (was born in South), had a variety of mangoes that I loved. In my yard we have three Julie mango trees and one special mango that my father grafted. He took a turpentine mango and Julie mango and grafted both – a very unusual mango with a very unique taste came from that – I crave the taste of it. On the boundary with the neighbors we had one mango lone (the good type) and the other was stringy that stuck in your teeth (a little sour also). These mangos are like the Haitian Totot mangos. We also had one we called mango teen (I never liked the taste of that mango). To the back of the yard on another neighbors lot were different types of mango rose and one we called Hog mango (a type mango rose) but it was a little different.
Another neighbor two lots over had what we called mango John (white inside) – very nice tasting mango. One that I loved pelting down was mango splash. Mango Splash had the thinnest seed that I have ever seen in a mango but that mango sweet for so. Now close to the Eastern Main Road and opposite the Public Cemetery is the Baca Jhonnie Sawmill (local whites). In that saw mill had three types of mangoes. One was the Belly full (that is the biggest mango ah ever see in meh life). The other was strange and I can’t recall the name. However, there was one that had the shape of the mango long but when ripe it became red. That mango tree was on the bank of a ravine that passed alongside the saw mill and near what we called ‘gravel park’ (where we played soccer close to Reid Lane) and down to the train tracks into Samaroo Village. That mango is a very special mango because if you are not careful when peeling it the milk from the skin of the mango gave it that peculiar name of ‘mango scratch mouth’. If you picked it from the tree and peeled it the way most people do back home (with yuh mouth) and the milk touches your skin it becomes an itchy episode. We used to pick it and put it to get ‘stale’ before eating it. But boys will be boys and we always had to take ah chance and pay the price for it.
Mango Dou douce and mango starch – yummy yummy! These mangos had small seeds especially mango Dou douce, sometimes yuh could put two in yuh mouth at the same time. Starch mango is really nice – meh mother in law has a tree in their yard on Pro Queen Street in Arima. Now mango is boss and so expensive that thieves walking in yuh yard and taking it – and yuh better keep quiet about it yes boi.
Mango Calabash was also a nice one but I liked it half ripe, I never liked it when it was fully ripe. The one thing I hated (and I just have a feeling that Trinimango used to do this) was to soften the mango until inside was mushy then pierce a hole and suck the mango juice out – I hated even seeing it done.
Those were the Good Ole Days my friends and talking about the good ole days that is a topic that we will talk about in time. How about bringing back the ole time days? The late Nappy Myers sang a beautiful song bearing that name. Levi Myaz (Myers) did a wonderful remake of his father’s classic; I highly recommend this masterpiece – get it, listen and reflect.

 
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Superstitions of Trinidad and Tobago

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In Trinidad if you get your feet swept that you will not get married. I always got in the way of my mother when she cleaned the house. I had my feet swept countless times. Did it work? Well I am happily married and totally whipped!

In Trinidad if you don’t want Jumbies to follow you home make sure and enter your home walking backwards. I don’t know much about this because I never encountered a Jumbie other that the Moko Jumbies on Carnival day. Do they count? I guess not so that is one that I need some help with this one but not interested in meeting any Jumbies.

Umbrellas, you should never open one indoors because my friend standing next to you will be figure that you can’t see but its weight will bog you down. Of course if you did not guess by now a Jumbie will be standing next to you under the umbrella.

Oh yes this one is a classic, one must never pick up money that you find in the road especially copper coins. I remember when I was a kid hearing the story of the girl who got copper pox because she picked up money that had an evil spell cast into it – she died.

Do you remember owning all those pot hounds as a child? Well if you dog barks at night and does not want to stop and you don’t see anything there then definitely the dog is seeing a spirit.

Now are you adventurous? If you want to see a spirit then take the crust (yampee) from the dog’s eye and put it in yours then at twelve midnight peep through a key hole and you will see douens and other spirits.

If your left palm is itching (scratching) you then you will get money but if it is the right hand then chances are that you will loose some cash very soon.

If, for no reason, you bite your tongue then someone is talking ill of you.

If a family member dies then it is very important that you cover all the mirrors in the house with a black cloth to avoid seeing them in the mirror.

If you have a business and you sweep the floors and the dust out the door then you are sweeping all of your money a way.

If your second toe is longer than your big toe then you will rule your husband.

The list of superstitious beliefs in Trinidad and Tobago is a very long one indeed. These are just a few of the ones that I can recall. I will continue with this list after speaking to my friends and family members in the homeland. So until we meet again … Cote ci Cote la!

 
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