Category Archives: Geography

“THE LOTTERY TICKETS” – Short story by Royden V. Chan 1995

“THE LOTTERY TICKETS”

Short story by Royden V. Chan 1995

Tumereng Landing 1960 Mazaruni River Guyana

According to the Buddha, man himself is the maker of his own destiny. He has none to blame for his lot since he alone is responsible for his own life. He makes his own life for better or for worse.

When you read the tale of Aubrey and Elsie Robinson, you can decide if this is true or if we are powerless pawns manipulated by conditions and circumstances beyond our control.

READ MORE: THE LOTTERY TICKETS

Extreme Weather and the Climate Crisis: What You Need to Know – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Three Worlds One Vision

US 2017 Billion-Dollar Disaster Map - NOAA

U.S. 2017 Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters
Photo Credit: NOAA

Earlier this month, while the Trump administration quietly cancelled NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System (CMS), concentrations of carbon dioxide at the Mauna Loa Observatory averaged above 410 parts per million (ppm) throughout April. With such irresponsible action, we-the-people must prepare ourselves for more extreme weather.

Extreme Weather & the Climate Crisis: What You Need to Know, published by the Climate Reality Project (March 2018), helps us to understand the challenges we now face. As the captioned NOAA chart shows, climate-related and other natural disasters are costly. Total damages in 2017 left the U.S. with a bill of $306 billion. Families who were hit are still recovering from their loss. Families in poor communities may never recover.

Here’s what we need to know about our extreme weather and the climate crisis. Bear in mind that weather refers to short-term atmospheric…

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Guyana’s Rupununi: Which of us hasn’t wanted to be a cowboy? – By Geoff Burrowes

Ole time ‘tory or livin’ the dream …Which of us hasn’t wanted to be a cowboy or fireman?

By Geoff Burrowes

All the facts in this yarn are true apart from the ones that have been stretched to make it a better tale!

The beach house perched on tall stilts on the Buxton foreshore. The party was hot and heavy. The rum was rich and dark. Old timers will remember it fondly – it wasn’t from Bookers or Sandbach Parker but was distilled in Robb St by a maverick, Tommy Houston. It caused a warm glow when it hit the stomach and conversation flowed freely.

‘You don’t have to go all the way to Australia. Rupununi Development are looking for staff!’ Clive Bettencourt’s dad was Chairman of Rupununi Development and Monday morning I went to see him. He knew my Dad and I left his office with a job offer. That was how business was done in those days.     Continue reading

Guyana: Diversity in Our Villages; Harmony in Our Culture – By Ken Corsbie

Ken Corsbie

Diversity in Our Villages; Harmony in Our Culture – By Ken Corsbie

On Mon, May 7, 2018 at 11:23 PM, Ken Corsbie <kencorsbie@gmail.com> wrote:

Hello folks, some of this may be of passing interest..
I wrote this perhaps 10 or 12 years ago. It was triggered by a symposium that my friend Henry Muttoo had organized in the Cayman Islands – the the poor tenement yards in the city as illustrated by Errol John’s signature play“Moon on a Rainbow Shawl”.
Wondering if it has any relevance or interest at this time.. …
The following article was in the Guyana Cultural Association NY – GuyFolkFest Magazine. It was carried by Guyanese Online in February 2011.

The Windrush Generation: It’s Racism – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The Windrush Generation: It’s Racism – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

British Prime Minister Theresa May ‘s government asked the Windrush Generation to prove that they are British.

22nd June 1948: MV Empire Windrush arrives at Tilbury Docks in London

They went in ships to work on the plantations. They were torn from their families, their culture and their lands as they slaved for the Mother Country.

A century later, the Mother Country was up to its old tricks. It invited the sons and daughters of the Empire to work and rebuild England. Thousands went in ships and gave their labor to put England on its feet.    Continue reading

Short Story: GUYANA-  Savannah Vacation – By Geoff Burrowes

GUYANA-  Savannah Vacation – By Geoff Burrowes

Here are some of my recollections from my dear land of Guyana

It is 1953, and I was 9 years old when a friend invited me to his father’s ranch in the Rupununi Savannah of Guyana, to spend the holidays.

His name was Peter Gorinsky and he was very different from the other boys in our neighbourhood. He was tall and lived next door only during the school term. The rest of the time he lived on his father’s ranch which was in the Rupununi Savannah, over 300 miles South of my town, Georgetown, the capital city of British Guyana (Now Guyana).

Most of my friends were, like myself, town boys and we took some of Peter’s tales as being tall and self-promoting. However his was a very different life as I was about to discover.

My parents agreed to the invitation and early one morning Richard King’s father pulled into our driveway. Richard was a teenager, a friend of Peter’s older brother Conrad, he was also going to spend the August holiday with the Gorinskys.   Continue reading

Book: JOURNEY BACK to WATOOKA – A Story Of Guyana – By Steve Connolly

Book: JOURNEY BACK to WATOOKA  A Story Of Guyana

By Steve Connolly

Journey with the author back to the remarkable country and rainforest village of his birth after more than 63 years. Experience highlights of his life as he encounters seemingly innumerable people of six races: pilots, engineers, politicians, government VIPs, clergy, educators, writers, artists, conservationists, policemen, biologists, beauty queens, commoners and many more.

Including these and those who have figured prominently much earlier in the country’s history, over 800 names are given mention, many of whom have been major achievers both at home and internationally.

Read more: JourneyBackToWatooka- Steve Connolly

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Journey-Back-Watooka-Story-Guyana

Journey Back to Watooka – Initial Book Launching Events – JBtW Book Launch Events\

Venezuela: Let’s Discuss Nicolás’ Five Years of Epic Victories

Let’s Discuss Nicolás’ Five Years of Epic Victories

By Carlos Hernández | Caracas Chronicles

Nicolás Maduro

It’s been 5 years already since the glorious victory of our Commander in Chief Nicolás Maduro and, you know me — I’d normally insult that human rights abuser like I invented it, but Tamara’s article about the Law Against Hate victims gave me goosebumps. So today, for me, it’s all about love.

One of the biggest achievements of the past five years has been the strike against the bourgeoisie: According to the Doing Business report of the World Bank, in 2013, Venezuela ranked 180/185, the 6th worst economy to do business in. This year we reached the 188/190 place.     Continue reading

GUYANA: A Treasure of Golden Things- 21 Poems – Dmitri Allicock + Video

READ POEMS and View VIDEO : Go to the Dmitri Allicock Blog

A history of Buxton Village on the East Coast Demerara. Guyana

A history of Buxton Village on the East Coast Demerara. Guyana

By: Murphy Browne  ©  April 19-2018

In April 1840 Buxton Village was established on the East Coast, Demerara, British Guiana by 128 Africans who had been freed from chattel slavery on August 1st, 1838. The Africans pooled their money and bought a 500-acre plantation, New Orange Nassau from its owner James Archibald Holmes, for $50,000. They named the village Buxton in honour of abolitionist Thomas Fowell Buxton. Buxton was the second village established by Africans in British Guiana. Victoria Village, also on the East Coast of Demerara was purchased in November 1839, by a group of 83 formerly enslaved Africans.     Continue reading

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