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Top Gear host Clarkson fired: The Jeremy Clarkson story – BBC News

The Jeremy Clarkson story

Jeremy Clarkson will not have his contract at the BBC renewed, in the wake of allegedly punching a producer. But how did he get to where he is now?

“In the competition between fame and fortune, you’d take fortune every day of the week,” Jeremy Clarkson once said. “Fame is almost constant pain.”

But the 54-year-old has made a career from being publicly controversial. The Top Gear host has managed to offend Argentines, Germans, Mexicans, Romanians and a host of others. Known for a fashion-proof love of tight denim, he’s a friend of Prime Minister David Cameron and writes columns for two national newspapers. Continue reading

Guyanese Canadian Cultural Association of British Columbia – Dinner/Dance 30 May 2015

Guyanese Canadian Cultural Association of British Columbia

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2015 Spring Independence Dinner And Dance
Saturday, May 30th, 2015 – 7:00pm – 1:00am
 Fleetwood Community Centre
15996 – 84 Avenue, Surrey BC. Canada.
Music by Redemption Sounds – Door Prizes
Tickets: $40 for Dinner and Dance
Tickets available from:
Clyde Duncan       604-317-1771
Wayne Jemmott    604-970-6047
Tanuja Lafleur        604-777-1875
Sylvia Jemmott      604-589-1852

Female Musical Trailblazers: The first “All Girls Steel Bands” of Guyana* – By Lear Matthews

A women’s History Month Tribute

Female Musical Trailblazers: The first “All Girls Steel Bands” of Guyana*

By Lear Matthews

It was the early 1950’s. Guyana, then British Guiana, like many other Caribbean countries was in the initial stages of struggle to shed the yoke of colonialism, epitomized by the first national, multiethnic political party.  The dawning of “Massa Day Done”!

As with the political scene, “beating pan” was a male-dominated activity.  But despite normative cultural credence and challenges faced by women, pioneering genius was afoot. The phenomenon of a female steel orchestra was emerging.  Steel band was viewed as a lower class musical form, practiced by urban folk from economically deprived communities – “Dem Bad boys” from Albouystown and Lodge (although the majority of residents from those neighborhoods were decent, law abiding and productive).  Initially, steel band playing was not considered socially accepted as a legitimate genre of entertainment, thus deemed unworthy of invitation to perform at “prestigious venues” such as the Town Hall in Georgetown.   Continue reading

Guyana: Phagwah Celebrated at National Stadium and Indian Cultural Centre

Phagwah Festival… Riot of colours transform National Stadium

Phagwah 2015

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March 7, 2015 | KNEWS|  By Rabindra Rooplall

Thousands welcomed the “festival of colours” yesterday at the National Stadium Providence, East Bank Demerara, with a riot of colours to celebrate the annual Phagwah festival.

The ancient Hindu Festival of Holi, which heralds the end of winter and the victory of good over evil, is marked with a national holiday and sees revelers pouring onto the streets ending up at the National Stadium for an event hosted under Inspire Inc in collaboration with Hindus United for Guyana (HUG). Continue reading

Trinidad Carnival 2015: Small, medium bands shine at Queen’s Park Savannah + videos

Small, medium bands shine at Queen’s Park Savannah

Shereen Ali – Trinidad Guardian
Published:  Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A jubilant masquerader from Ronnie and Caro’s Ah Come Back Home parades on stage at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain. Photo: Ahdre Alexander

Crack went the whip of the lead whipmaster, furiously pelting lash at the stage. Dressed like a mad bumblebee in red and yellow stripes, satin pantaloons and long sleeves, he was part of the small mas band Whip War presented by The Original Jab Jab, led by Ronald Alfred.
At one point, it seemed all the jab jabs were pelting lash, either at each other in mock battles, or at the audience, and the whole air resounded with a crackling like fire.   Continue reading

Brazil Rio carnival: Beija-Flor wins – see complete parade video

Beija Flor samba parade

Beija-Flor said it received “cultural and artistic support” from Equatorial Guinea

19 February 2015 –  BBC News

Brazil Rio carnival: Beija-Flor wins despite ‘Obiang link’

A Brazilian samba school, which is alleged to have received funding from Equatorial Guinea, has been crowned champion of Rio de Janeiro’s carnival.

Beija-Flor, one of Rio’s top samba-schools, told the story of the African nation in its carnival parade.   Continue reading

St. Stanislaus College Alumni Asso- Toronto – Annual Spring Dance – April 11, 2015

Letter from the St Stanislaus College Alumni Asso.- Toronto  – Help Needed

Saints – We Need Your Help

Spring Dance Flyer 1x page

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Chucky retains Trinidad and Tobago Calypso Monarch title – music videos

Chucky retains Trinidad and Tobago Calypso Monarch title

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RODERICK “CHUCKY” GORDON

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Monday February 16, 2015, CMCRoderick “Chucky” Gordon retained his Calypso Monarch title here on Sunday night joining a list of prominent calypsonians, able to win consecutive titles in Trinidad and Tobago’s premier calypso competition.

His tune “The Rose” took a pot shot at Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissesar and her People’s Partnership government for being able to survive various incidents and a drop in the opinion polls. Continue reading

BBC Travel: Guyana’s path to paradise

Guyana’s path to paradise

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By Sarah Grainger – for BBC Travel

Photo: The spectacular Kaieteur Falls are one of the top attractions of Guyana’s pristine interior. (Sarah Grainger)

Despite its cultural, political and economic credentials as a Caribbean nation, Guyana’s coastline on the northeast edge of South America is nothing to write home about. But on tPhoto: he bright side, the country’s muddy beaches have deterred the kind of development seen elsewhere in the region.

For the most part, the hotels and resorts have stayed away and the interior has been preserved, keeping intact this country’s slice of the Amazon rainforest and turning Guyana into an emerging eco-tourism destination.  Continue reading

Dick Gregory – pioneering black comedian – from “Furious Cool” by David Henry

 Dick Gregory – from Furious Cool by David Henry

Dick Gregory was a brilliant, pioneering black comedian who was among the first to break the color barrier in nightclubs:

“Dick Gregory, along with Nipsey Russell, Bill Cosby, and Godfrey Cambridge, belonged to a new generation of black comedians unencumbered by the deferential buffoonery of vaudeville or minstrelsy. Gregory, especially, did not flinch from skewering white audiences on issues of race: ‘Wouldn’t it be a hell of a thing if this was burnt cork and you people were being tolerant for nothing?’ and ‘Everyone I meet says, “Some of my best friends are colored; even though you know there ain’t that many of us to go around.”
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