Bowser & Blue sing about Snowbirds. That’s Canadians and Americans who fly South for the winter.
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Bowser & Blue sing about Snowbirds. That’s Canadians and Americans who fly South for the winter.
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As we prepare to usher in a new year, we pay tribute to a remarkable individual, Randall Mohan Butisingh (RMB), who passed away on December 9th in Florida, just eight days after celebrating his 100th birthday. Thanks to Devanand Bhagwan, Cyril Bryan, Harry Hergash, daughter Joan Khan, Eusi Kwayana, Avin and Nalini Mohabir and Patanjali Ramlall, whose thoughts comprise this week’s diaspora column.
Excerpts from an obituary page created by his family give us a small measure of the man: “Randall was born on December 1, 1912 in British Guiana (now known as Guyana), and raised in Buxton, East Coast Demerara, where he received his primary education. In 1925, he qualified and was the first runner-up for the first Buxton Scholarship. Read More »
Be Selfish, Be Generous
The Dalai Lama once said that the most generous act there is, compassion, is actually a selfish act: “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”What does generosity mean to you? Why do you give? What can you give? Here are some thoughts from a group of volunteers for CharityFocus, an organization that focuses on the practice of selfless generosity and small acts of kindness. How would you answer these questions for yourself?
Comment by Cyril Bryan:
I selected this video as it embodies my philosophy, and the philosophy of those who toil in various organisations to make a difference in the lives of others.
To many, It may seem a thankless task at times as there is sometimes no obvious “payback” in the work one does, but there is always the satisfaction of being creative and of use to others in a positive way.
My Congratulations to all the members of the various Guyanese organisations around the world. Keep up the good work in your local communities, and also try to help those in need in Guyana.
Have a Successful 2011 ….. in everything you do.
Severn Suzuki, in a speech to the United Nations in 1992.
Comment by Cyril Bryan, Editor. Guyanese Online Blog
Some may say that the listeners were just polite and gave her a hearing. Others may say that although the chamber was not packed, they gave her a hearing by listening in rapt attention… something they do not always do to presenters. What she had to say is of great importance then, and even more today.
In any case this speech was made in 1992. almost 20 years ago, and we must ask ourselves…. has much changed since then? Are we still just talking and arguing about global warming and the melting of the icebergs and the poisoning of our environments. Actually, things have got decidedly worse since this speech was made.
It is projected that with rising sea levels and harsher weather, that many low lying islands and coast-lands will be affected. Some island nations like the Maldives, may disappear or be severely affected.
In the case of Guyana we are already seeing the affects of harsher spring tides, flooding, salt water incursions on farmlands especially in the Essequibo Islands, and on the East Coast of Demerara. Most of Guyana’s population lives on the flat, low-lying fertile agricultural belts along the coastline. Robust sea Defences, and sophisticated drainage and irrigation systems have to be high-priority items so as to ensure that the coast lands of Guyana remain livable.
Guyanese Online Newsletter – December 2010 < click here
IN THIS ISSUE
Shopping mall Christmas video – Amazing!
50% chance of oil in 12 months
Top 10 on Guyanese Online Blog
Editorial – “The New Reality” by Cyril Bryan
Videos on Education and Development
Article on the U.S’s Future to 2025
WikiLeaks – good for Democracy?
Development re T&T company – ANSA McAl
Guyana’s Growth reported by IMF
Brazil keen on Hydro, Lethem-Linden road
Skeldon Factory issues with GAWU
CBS-TV visit boost for Guyana’s tourism—Videos
Barbados shines in Human Development Index
CARICOM Travel card soon
St. Vincent Elections – Dec 13, 2010
Guyanese teacher wins award in Belize.
Guyanese scientist featured in GQ magazine.
COFONA - New Amsterdam group formed
COTAB– Toronto’s Buxton group – Boxing Day Dance
BHS Toronto Alumni –25 years celebration
Guyanese Association of Manitoba
Tutorial High School -Toronto Reunion- 2011
Raisin Bread for Mom – Cynthia Nelson
The Arts Forum & Arts Journal
PODCASTS – The Yakkers Corner by Muriel Glasgow
featuring Podcasts by Magda Pollard; Shakoor Manraj
Celebrating Creative Personalities – Vibert Cambridge
Remembering Edgar Mittelholzer
Conservation of forests by Amerindians
By: R. Buckminster Fuller 1895-1983 – inventor of the geodesic dome and many futuristic products. The following entry is from his book: “Education Automation – freeing the student to return to his studies”, published in 1962:-
“I am convinced that humanity is characterized by extraordinary love for its new life and yet has been misinforming its new life to such an extent that the new life is continually at a greater disadvantage than it would be if abandoned in the wilderness by the parents. For an instance of misconception extension there is my own case. I was born in 1895. The airplane was invented when I was nine years old. Up to the time I was nine years old, the idea that man could fly was held to be preposterous, and anybody could tell you so. My own boyhood attempts to make flying machines were considered wasted time. I have lived deeply into the period when flying is no longer impossible, but nonetheless a period in which the supremely ruling social conventions and economic dogma have continued to presuppose a non-flying-man ecology.
“My daughter was not born into the kind of a world that I was; so she doesn’t have to struggle to sustain the validity of the particular set of spontaneously-logical conceptions that were pronounced “impossible” in my day, nor need she deal with the seemingly illogical concepts that the older life thought to be “evident”‘ and “obvious” in my day. The new life is continually born into a set of conditions where it is easier for it to acquire more accurate information, generated almost entirely outside of family life and folklore, regarding what is going on in human affairs and in nature in general; and, therefore, the new life has the advantage of much more unshaken intellectual courage with respect to the total experiences than have its as yet living elders who have had to overcome these errors, but who retain deep-rooted delusively-conditioned, subconscious reflexes
“I said I started a number of years ago exploring for ways in which the individual could employ his experience analytically to reorganize patterns around him by design of impersonal tools. To be effective, this reorganization must incorporate the latest knowledge gained by man. It also should make it an increasingly facile matter for the new life to apprehend what is going on. It should eliminate the necessity of new life asking questions of people who don’t know the answers, thereby avoiding cluttering up the new minds with bad answers which would soon have to be discarded. I felt that the evolving inventory of information “decontaminated” through competent design might be “piped” right into the environment of the home. Please remember my philosophy is one which had always to be translated into inanimate artifacts. My self-discipline ruled that it would be all right for me to talk after I had translated my philosophy and thoughts into actions and artifacts, but I must never talk about the thoughts until I have developed a physical invention — not a social reform.
“That is the philosophy I evolved in 1927 when at thirty-two I began my own thinking. I have been operating since then on the 1927 premises, looking exploratorily for tasks that needed to be done, which would, when done, provide tool complexes that would begin to operate inanimately at higher advantage for the new life. I am the opposite of a reformer; I am what I call a new former. The new form must be spontaneously complimentary to the innate faculties and capabilities of life. I am quite confident that humanity is born with its total intellectual capability already on inventory and that human beings do not add anything to any other human being in the way of faculties and capacities. What usually happens in the educational process is that the faculties are dulled, overloaded, stuffed and paralyzed, so that by the time that most people are mature they have lost use of many of their innate capabilities. My long-time hope is that we may soon begin to realize what we are doing and may alter the “education” process in such a way as only to help the new life to demonstrate some of its very powerful innate capabilities”. – Buckminster Fuller – 1962
BUCKMINSTER FULLER AND HIS GEODESIC DOME – EXPO 1967
COMMENT by Cyril Bryan:
Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983), is one of my favorite authors. His ideas on education, science and innovation are unique in many respects. I selected the above entry on Education that was written in 1962 which I found to be quite interesting. I do hope that you found it informative especially in these times of rapid technological changes. Here is some background information on Buckminster Fuller:-
Buckminster Fuller was the creator of the geodesic dome and many unique products. Although Fuller was not the original inventor, he developed the intrinsic mathematics of the dome, thereby allowing popularization of the idea — for which he received a U.S. patent in 1954. See Wikipedia entry on geodecic dome here
He was truly one of the great thinkers and inventors of the 20thcentury. His life story and books are truly fascinating, and demonstrates how a university dropout can achieve the pinnacle of success in science using the intuitive processes that are innate in everyone, but which can be dulled by the “education factories” teaching yesterday knowledge.
Many of the concepts and words like Synergy, Holistic, “Paradigm shift”, ” “Thinking outside the box” “Comprehensive thinking”, and research methods used today were created by him and used in his various books and writings.
His ideas have influenced architecture, mathematics, philosophy, religion, urban development and design, naturalism, physics, numerology, art and literature, industry and technology. I have been influenced by his life story and philosophy and have read most of his books, the most interesting being his two-volume “Synergetics” – Explorations in the Geometry of Thinking.
I would suggest that readers learn more about his life and works and the organization he founded, by visiting the following website of the Buckminster Fuller Institute: http://www.bfi.org/
Here is a list of the articles in the November edition of the Guyanese Online Newsletter — Enjoy!!
We hope that you enjoy the newsletter and pass it on to your families and friends. Look up our past newsletters on the Blog.
Cyril Bryan, Editor/ Publisher
(click above or below to view 16-page newsletter)
In This Issue
Page 1– Masthead Picture: Parliament Buildings in Georgetown; President Jagdeo’s Independence Speech for 44th Anniversary.
Page 2- Editorial; Videos on Life and Education.
Page 3– Guest Editorial – New Models of Governance
Page 4- Caribbean: Trinidad and Tobago Elections
Page 5– Guyana Tourism – Guyana Jamboree 2010.
Page 6—Guyana News with Headline News links
Amaila Falls Hydro Project; RUSAL Hydro Project Talks; Governance links; Agriculture; Gold and Diamond Mining Issues.
Page 7—Guyana News with Headline News Links; Golden Grove Community Centre Opens; St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Fire—News links
Page 8– Business Page with GO-Invest links
Page 9– Last Lap Lime – 15th Anniversary
Page 10- Associations: Guyanese Association of Georgia; Guyanese Association of Barbados;
Page 11- Associations: Guyanese association of Manitoba;Q.C. Alumni—”Fireworks in Queens”;“A Taste of Guyana” in Toronto; Friends of Victoria Village “Creole Breakfast”; Buxton- 170th Anniversary Celebrations; The Arts Journal; Ameena Gafoor’s column
Page 12- Arts and Culture: Tony Phillips—artist - Website; Olga Lopes-Seale – “Fun Run” in Barbados; Godfrey Chin: “The Forties in British Guiana.”
Page 13- Arts and Culture: “Reds” Perreira launches book on his life;“Come Walk With Me” A book of Poems by Francis Yvonne Jackson living in Chicago.
Page 14– 15- Historical: “Glimpses of Kingston” 1948. Written by Joy W. Small in Kyk-Over-Al
Page 16– Advertising- Guyana Telephone Calling Cards; Caribbean Cargo and Packaging Services.