Category Archives: Arts / Culture

Profile: Peter Jailall – Poet and Storeyteller – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Profile: Peter Jailall – Poet and Storeyteller – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine



Life is a story. If the mother of all literature is poetry then storytelling cannot be far behind. In fact some of the most loved poems are in the form of stories. They can soar the spirit to planets unknown and take one to the deep inner self. Consider Rumi, ‘You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.’

The classrooms have seen effective teachers use both poetry and storytelling as tools to explain the intricacies of language, to hold the attention of students and also to show how the moral of the story is relevant in a present-day context. Peter Jailall has used poems and stories in these settings with much success. He has combined poetry and storytelling in his native Guyana, Canada and the United States to bring to his audience the power of the written and spoken word.   Continue reading

The CPL’s commercial reality check – By Tony Cozier

The CPL’s commercial reality check –  by TONY COZIER

Photo: The Trinidad and Tobago government has pledged its support for the tournament © Caribbean Premier League

Given the Caribbean passion for cricket and its penchant for revelry, there is no more appropriate location for a T20 tournament than the region.

It was a combination that influenced Digicel, the Irish mobile-phone company long established in the region and in its cricket, to sign a 50-year agreement with the West Indies Cricket Board, originally through Barbados-based merchant bank Verus International, for the ownership of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).    Continue reading


BUXTON – FRIENDSHIP NEWSLETTER — JULY 2015 – Emancipation Greetings!

Buxton- Friendship Newsletter - July 2015

Buxton- Friendship Newsletter – July 2015  – Click to Download

As we celebrate the 177th Emancipation Anniversary, we want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the sacrifices of our ancestors. There are a number of activities planned to commemorate this important occasion in the village, and we encourage villagers and friends to participate. Details of events organized by the Buxton First of August Movement can be found on page 2 of this month’s Buxton-Friendship Express newsletter.

Our 5th annual Heritage Week programme for students will be held during the week that begins on August 9th. A list of students entering secondary school this year is recorded on page 10. These students, and anyone else who may be eligible, are asked to register promptly for the Empowerment Workshop, Edutainment Day Trip and other activities, as well as to receive their backpacks and school supplies.   Continue reading

Toronto Saints and Last Lap Lime August 1; and Saints Caribjam dance – 31 July 2015

Toronto Saints and Last Lap Lime August 1; and Saints Caribjam dance – 31 July 2015

It is a little known fact that the Toronto Saints Alumni Association was one of the two alumni groups which first jointly visualised the concept of an annual gathering of Toronto alumni from schools in Guyana, a concept from which the Last Lap Lime was created.

This year is the 20th anniversary of the Last Lap Lime and, to honour the occasion and Saints’ initiation of and participation in it, we are offering all purchasers of tickets to the Saints Caribjam dance on Friday 31 July, 2015, an opportunity to obtain tickets to the Last Lap Lime at HALF PRICE.  Instead of paying the advance charge of $10, the purchaser of a Caribjam ticket may obtain a Last Lap Lime ticket for only $5.  This applies also to all who may have already purchased their Caribjam tickets. Please contact your Saints ticket supplier at your earliest convenience.  [See advertising flyers below] Continue reading

Guyana.. Drums of Rastafar-I in Georgetown City- video

Photo from Dmitri Allicock’s post in – Anything Guyanese First

Drums of the Botanical Gardens - Dmitri Allicock

Drums of the Botanical Gardens – Dmitri Allicock

Guyana.. Drums of Rastafar-I in Georgetown City – Video

Video Uploaded on Feb 24, 2008

Video: Rastafarians Beat drums and sing songs in the City while displaying their other talents in art and crafts.

Profile: Uncle Harinarine – Old Time Stories! – By Dhanpaul Narine

Uncle Harinarine – Old Time Stories!

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Vintage Green Glass Kerosene Lamp 1960's

Kerosene Lamp 1960’s

There was a time when the village in Guyana had no electricity. They used hand lamps to move around at nights. These lamps had a wick and a knob pushed the wick up or down depending on the user’s choice. The lamps were blown out at eight in the night and everyone was supposed to be in bed.

Those that could afford it had the gas lamps but after several pumpings the Tiley lamps would puff and go out as well. Then there were those that had neither gas nor hand lamps. They used a bottle with a long cloth wick soaked in kerosene and the smoke that came out was thick and black. It left a mark in the house and if you were a student staying up late the smoke went directly into your eyes.  Continue reading



 TWENTY FIVE POEMS – By Dmitri Allicock

25 poems


When the Demerara becomes muddy and rumbles

And the coast washes in the Atlantic’s tumble

There lies green blankets of sugarcane flat lands

Where the ships announces themselves so grand

Nautical charts and instruments rules the stars

Read more:  Go to the Dmitri Allicock Blog to view, comment and share

Moray House Trust Lecture by Professor Ivelaw Griffith – July 15, 2015


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Guyana Is We Own – pictures of Guyana- music by Dave Martin and the Tradewinds

Published on Jan 31, 2015

A Special thank you to the voice of Dave Martins and The Tradewinds. Took me quite some time…Putting this together. In It, are well OVER 100 selective pictures of Guyana. I’ve tried my best to match up the Images with the lyrics. It’s all about setting your mind at ease…Wherever you may be. Hoping you’ll appreciate…Enjoy.

History Vacation School – Atlantic Gardens, Guyana – July 27-31, 2015

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History Vacation School – Atlantic Gardens, Guyana – July 27-31, 2015

For more information, contact Hazel Woolford @ 220 – 4759 or

History Vacation School - Guyana  - Click to Enlarge

History Vacation School – Guyana – Click to Enlarge


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