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JUBILATING UNDER A WATCHING MOON – by Francis Quamina Farrier + 2 videos

JUBILATING UNDER A WATCHING MOON 

by Francis Quamina Farrier

Guyana 50th Anniversary Logo

Guyana 50th Anniversary Logo

Francis Quamina Farrier

Francis Quamina Farrier

If the word ‘jubilating’ is strange to you, so it was to me when I first heard it as I was on my way to the Jubilee Park on Wednesday night May 25, to enjoy the Flag Raising Ceremony of Guyana’s Golden Jubilee, May 26, 2016. I also over-heard the statement, “This is Jubilee, not stupidee.” The streets approaching the Jubilee Park were over-run with vehicles. It was grid-lock of the worst order. Drivers were impatiently honking their horns as though they were driving out Ole Higue. It was chaotic. (Please say the word the way it was popularized so long ago by one of our hero policemen; “chow-tic”).

It was so different a situation fifty years ago when I went to the then Queen Elizabeth Park – now the National Park – to witness the lowering of the Union Jack and the raising of the new National Flag of Guyana, the Golden Arrowhead. There were certainly not so many vehicles on our roads back then. Fifty years make a difference – a big difference – as it should, and I am about to relate just a few of those differences between the Flag Raising Ceremony at the Queen Elizabeth Park in Georgetown in May 1966 and that which occurred some fifty years later in May 2016.   Continue reading

Barbados ready to assist Guyana in the Tourism Sector – video

BARBADOS READY TO ASSIST GUYANA TO BOOST TOURISM SECTOR

THE TRADEWINDS FIFTIETH – by Dave Martins + video

Dave Martins and The Tradewinds  – May 15, 2016

THE TRADEWINDS FIFTIETH by Dave Martins- Credits Stabroek News,

Guyana 50th Anniversary Logo

Guyana 50th Anniversary Logo

Dave Martins 2010 CD

Here’s a coincidence: in 2016, as Guyana reaches 50 years as an independent country, the Tradewinds band is also 50 years old. The two things are not connected. It just happened to coincide that I was looking to start a band to play primarily Caribbean music, featuring my own songs, and that finally happened in 1966 in Toronto where I had been living for about 10 years.

In fact, I didn’t even realize the coincidence until about six months ago, looking at some plans for the Jubilee celebration, that it hit me.

Looking back to the beginnings of the band, with two Trinidad musicians, Glen Sorzano and Kelvin Ceballo, who had migrated to Canada about the same time as I, I had been playing music professionally, with my earlier band The Debonairs, doing a variety of music.  Continue reading

Guyana’s gifts to the world – By Alex Murray BBC News

Guyana’s gifts to the world

It’s 50 years since the British colony of Guiana became Guyana.

Covering 214,969 sq km (83,000 sq miles), it is the only English-speaking country on mainland South America.

In popular culture, the country is sadly best known for the tragic events of Jonestown, where more than 900 people died in a mass suicide.

To mark the 50th anniversary of independence, BBC News highlights some of the positive contributions from “the land of a thousand rivers”.

Read more – Guyana’s gifts to the world – BBC News

Festive welcome for Guyanese expatriates – By Tangerine Clarke

Festive welcome for Guyanese expatriates

Guyana 50th Anniversary Logo

Guyana 50th Anniversary Logo

By Tangerine Clarke – May 26, 2016 / Caribbean Life News

Thousands of Guyanese expatriates from every corner of the world arrived in Georgetown, Guyana, over the last week to a festive welcome when they disembarked from several carriers at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, to revel in the country’s 50th Jubilee Independence Anniversary celebrations.

The nationals, many dressed in colors of Guyana’s golden Arrowhead flag, and laden with carryon luggage, stopped to capture the colorfully decorated façade of the airport before being greeted by masqueraders in costumes of the six races at the walkway leading to the terminal.   Continue reading

“COMING IN FROM THE COLD: The DIASPORA HAS LANDED”- by Francis Quamina Farrier

“COMING IN FROM THE COLD: The DIASPORA HAS LANDED”
by Francis Quamina Farrier

Francis Quamina Farrier

Francis Quamina Farrier

I have just returned to Guyana after a brief trip up to Region Number Eleven. While there, I was shocked at the May temperatures in Maryland and New York in this year of our Lord 2016! It was so cold for this time of the year. I was of the view that after the month of March, the weather would warm-up! No way was it warm earlier this month – May 2016. Who do not believe in Climate Change, is living under a rock at the Rocky Mountains either in the USA or Canada; or maybe under one of those massive boulders down in the Kaieteur gorge in Guyana.

767-Fly Jamaica

767-Fly Jamaica

Yes, I have to admit that the weather in the north/east of the USA was not too welcoming for me, so when I arrived at the JFK International Airport in New York last Wednesday, to join my Fly Jamaica Airlines flight back to Guyana, I was happy and relieved. Similar to those of the Diaspora, I was “Coming in from the Cold.” I just do not like the cold weather. It is just not my cup of tea, or my bowl of piwari.    Continue reading

Queen’s College Alumni Father’s Day Brunch 2016 – Toronto – June 12, 2016

Download Flyer – Queen’s College Alumni Father’s Day Brunch 2016

QC Brrunch

 

Theatre Guild Georgetown – Paul Keens-Douglas – May 27, 2016

      Note: Ticket Cost = G$6,000 @ about 200-1  = app $30.US
Theatre Guild

Green- Green Grass of Guyana – Thirty Two Poems – By Dmitri Allicock + video

Green- Green Grass of Guyana

Thirty Two Poems

By Dmitri Allicock

Green Green Grass of Guyana

GREEN- GREEN GRASS OF HOME
Over the green hills where macaws fly
And under those cloudy Demerara’s sky

There is a pathway which crosses a creek
Where the tea- water runs fresh and sweet

Read more, comment and share… Go to the….. Dmitri Allicock Blog

St Stanislaus Alumni: Thank You to our patrons at Spring Dance 2016 – CARIBJAM July 29, 2016

St Stanislaus Alumni – Toronto: Thank You to our patrons at Spring Dance 2016

St. Stanislaus College: Celebrating 150 years of Excellence in Education

What a beautiful Spring day/evening it was for the very successful St. Stanislaus College Alumni Association Toronto (SSCAAT) Annual Spring Dance held on Saturday 16th April, 2016 at West Rouge Community Centre, Toronto ON.

For $45/person all inclusive (dinner and beverages), and a promise of a fantastic evening, no one could resist this deal and tickets were sold out at least 3 weeks prior to the event. Our apologies to those who could not attend the dance due to unavailability of tickets, and thanks to everyone who got theirs early, for their support.   Continue reading

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