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10 Inspiring Quotes by the Great Nelson Mandela

10 Inspiring Quotes by the Great Nelson Mandela

These quotes are full of the wisdom of this former South African freedom fighter, writer, politican and leader. A wise man and, above all – a peaceful man, Nelson Mandela was a person the world was sad to lose last year. But even if he is no longer around, some of his wisdom will always remain.
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INTERESTING MAPS – very enlightening

INTERESTING MAPS

1. This map shows the world divided into 7 sections (each with a distinct color) with each section containing 1 billion people.

Georgetown: Covering over the City’s canals is unworkable + video

Plan to cover Georgetown’s Dutch canals to use as parking lots

COVERING OVER THE CITY’S CANALS IS UNWORKABLE

November 17, 2014 | By KNews | Columnists: Peeping Tom

The plan to cover over some of the main canals in the city so as cater for additional parking should be reconsidered. The covering over of the canals will not solve the parking problems of the city; there are also far better alternatives available.

In this column, I will provide some reasons why I believe this plan to roof the canals of the city should be abandoned. I will also in my column next week indicate alternative measures which may be considered to help control traffic and parking in the city since the two are inherently related. Continue reading

The DC-3 The Plane That Changed The World + early aviation in Guyana

The DC-3 The Plane That Changed The World

The DC-3 was designed in the early 1930′s.  It first flew on December 17, 1935, which means in about a year it will be turning 80! I don’t think these aircraft will ever disappear from the skies as thousands were manufactured and at least 1,000 are still in service, refurbished and updated .  The low initial cost of these planes and their capabilities make economic sense for many small arlines ferryinng passengers and cargo.

British Guiana Airways (Guyana Airways) had DC3′s (also called Dakotas) in its fleet, serving regionally as well as the locally, mainly on the Georgetown – Lethem, Rupununi route.  See following picture and  link on the history of early aviation in Guyana: Continue reading

A surprising revelation by Hamilton Green, re PPP/PNC in 1985

A surprising revelation by Hamilton Green

November 8, 2014 | By | Filed Under Letters - by Oscar Ramjeet

DEAR EDITOR,
If Forbes Burnham had not died unexpectedly on August 6, 1985, the People’s National Congress (PNC) and the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) would have merged or at least had a national front government in order to work in the interest of the Guyanese community.

This was one of the surprising revelations made to me by Hamilton Green, who served as Prime Minister, General Secretary of the PNC, and held many ministerial positions. He is currently the mayor of Georgetown.  Green, in an exclusive interview with me, said that he was the leader of a small group which included former political advisor to President Burnham, Elvin Mc David, who worked on Mr. Burnham for years to agree to a national front government, and he (Burnham) had eventually agreed just weeks before his demise, but unfortunately he passed before it became a reality.  Continue reading

A Dutch Tomb, A Haunted House etc – By Ralph Seeram

From the Diaspora…A DUTCH TOMB, A HAUNTED HOUSE AND OTHER TID BITS FROM MY VISIT TO GUYANA

November 9, 2014 | By By Ralph Seeram

One of the things I enjoy when I visit Guyana is to go to the “rum shop” with my friends. In a “rum shop” (some folks call it a bar these days), men and women drink, lips get loose and story does come out. I go for the wild meat and the gossip.

There you hear who is sleeping with whose wife; which man is getting “blow”, which woman is giving “blow” and it goes on. You will also hear which government official “does beat dem wife,” and trying fuh “knack” young girls in exchange for jobs.

By the way, I had forgotten that the term “knock” or “knack’ in Guyanese parlance had a sexual connotation. I had not heard that term for the longest while, until the pimping Attorney General reminded me.   Continue reading

Download Magazine: VICTORIA 175 ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE

Download Magazine: VICTORIA 175 ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE

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175TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PURCHASE OF VICTORIA VILLAGE

FRIENDS OF VICTORIA VILLAGE, DIASPORA, INC.

We Are Proud Victorians!

Victoria Anniversary

WE HONOR AND PAY TRIBUTE TO OUR ANCESTORS
As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the purchase of Victoria Village by our ancestors, we are reminded that we are of strong noble stock and that we have within us the fortitude and the ingenuity to emerge from any challenges. It is our duty then, as keepers of the ancestral voices to be the link between the generations and to pass on the knowledge and wisdom we received through their teachings.  Continue reading

ECHOES OF GUYANA- POEMS By Dmitri Allicock

ECHOES OF GUYANA- POEMS

By Dmitri Allicock

standpipe

THE STANDPIPE
Innocence smiles and optional clothes
Water from standpipe slowly flows
O’ sweet water washes the mud away
Guyana’s countryside back in the day
Laughter of simpler times that quiver
Teeth chattered with splashes of shiver

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Book by Shridath Ramphal: Glimpses of a Global Life

Ramphal: Glimpses of a Global Life

The links below were compiled by the St. Stanislaus College Blog to go with the Press Release below:

Cover for Glimpses of a Global Life
http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/Sir-Shridath-to-launch-Glimpses-of-a-Global-Life-279222452.html
http://www.dundurn.com/books/glimpses_global_life
http://www.turnaround-uk.com/glimpses-of-a-global-life.html
https://bookshout.com/ebooks/glimpses-of-a-global-life

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Henry S. Fraser: Letter from Britain – Part 2 – Heritage Tourism

Henry S. Fraser: Letter from Britain – Part 2

“When a man is tired of London he is tired of life.” (Samuel Johnson)

”Without my past I have no memories. Without history I have no roots. “(Jennifer Renton)

“72% of tourists from Russia and 66% of those from China say that castles, churches, monuments and historic houses are top of their list of things to visit in Britain.” (From Valuing our Heritage, English Heritage and National Trust publication)

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Sunday October 5, 2014 - Heritage tourism is by far the fastest growing aspect of tourism worldwide. There has always been a magical attraction to the antiquities of Greece, Rome and Egypt, for centuries the preserve of the wealthy English and Western Europeans on their “grand tours”, and then popularised for the middle classes by Thomas Cook and the railways in the late 19th century. But today the world’s travellers are seeking heritage attractions everywhere. For older people beaches are boring, and the search is on for cultural heritage.

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