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“JULIANA” – A show fit for a president – by Francis Quamina Farrier

“JULIANA” – A show fit for a president, which Burnham would have enjoyed – by Francis Quamina Farrier

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There were quite a number of Birthday Shows staged at the the National Culture Centre, for the late President Forbes Burnham; and as the Director of Drama at the Ministry of Culture, I was involved with most of them, either on stage or in the background, with the production team.

I was at the National Cultural Centre on Friday, July 28, 2017 for the show entitled “JULIANA”, which was staged for the Birthday of President David Granger. During the fast-paced production which included Music, Song, Dance and Choral Speaking, my mind flashed back to those earlier Presidential Birthday Shows which were staged for President Forbes Burnham, and which were very good.    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.

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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

“Listening to Members of the Diaspora, while in the Diaspora” – by Francis Quamina Farrier

“Listening to Members of the Diaspora, while in the Diaspora”

by Francis Quamina Farrier

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Francis Quamina Farrier

The Guyana 50th Independence Anniversary Jubilee Party in the Diaspora, has already begun! I was recently in Maryland in the USA, and attended one of the pre-Jubilee Celebrations. It was held at the St. John’s Episcopal/Anglican Church in Mount Rainier, Maryland. The celebration was conducted in two phases; the Religious and the Civil. Guyanese, who are members of that church, have been celebrating Guyana’s Independence in that way, for many years.

Traditionally, this Independence Celebration is held on the Sunday closest to May 26. This year, it was brought forward to May 15, because many of those who attend St. John’s, will be in Guyana for the Big Celebration in the Motherland. There is much excitement in the cold air of Maryland, with those who have already bought their Air Tickets and made all the necessary arrangements for their visit to our “Dear Land of Guyana.” While some of them have been visiting regularly over the years, there are some who are returning to Guyana for the first time in decades.   Continue reading

Advice to Guyanese Hosting a Member of the Diaspora for the Jubilee Celebrations” – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Advice to Guyanese Hosting a Member of the Diaspora for the Jubilee Celebrations”

Francis Quamina Farrier

Francis Quamina Farrier

By Francis Quamina Farrier

So you will be hosting a member or members from the Diaspora, visiting for Guyana’s 50th Independence Anniversary Jubilee Celebrations. Good for you. Good for your Guest(s). Take it from me, it won’t be easy for you or for your guest if you do not have patience and display your best Guyanese personality. Your Guest will be coming with high expectations. You will be expecting a lot from your Guest.

However, make sure that the two expectations are not like two powerful clashing winds which cause terrible, freighting claps of THUNDER. Make sure that you show the kind of Hospitality for which Guyanese have been known for, over the decades and centuries. Be a good Host. In fact, be a great Host. My first advice to you regards your Guest from Foreign, is that you DO NOT impose YOUR itinerary on them. Find out from them what THEY would like to do and where THEY would like to go, and who THEY would like to meet. They may have some suggestions, and you may also have some suggestions. But let the final decision be THEIRS.   Continue reading

Advice to Diaspora returning for the Jubilee Year Celebrations – By Francis Quamina Farrier

To those in the Diaspora returning for the Jubilee Year Celebrations

By Francis Quamina Farrier

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This is the steering wheel of a Guyana mini bus. Please observe the two LARGE indents on the horn caused by continuous honking.

My Fellow Guyanese: If you are one of the hundreds of overseas-based Guyanese, who is returning for the Jubilee Celebrations around May 10 to 30, 2016, then I say a big “WELCOME”, and wish you a great stay. However, I feel duty bound to give you a few tips, if you have not visited the Land of your birth in fifteen, twenty, thirty, or more years. Some of these tips may have already been given to you by concerned relatives and friends.

The very first thing that I will let you know, is that the country has changed; in the same way that almost all other countries around the world, have changed, during the past fifteen to thirty years. But not only has Guyana changed with many of the physical infrastructure; the People, by-and-large, have also changed; and not necessarily for the better.  Continue reading

Guyana: Flowering Georgetown in April 2016 – By Francis Quamina Farrier

Flowering Georgetown in April 2016

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During the past three decades, Georgetown, which was previously referred to as “The Garden City of the Caribbean”, sadly degenerated to the level of a “Garbage City”. There was garbage here, there and everywhere. Mounds and mounds of stinking garbage. Over the years, from time to time, there were “Clean-up Campaigns”; but, sometimes within hours after those clean-up campaigns, the garbage returned, almost like magic. Actively involved in some of those clean-up campaigns, were some members of the Diplomatic Corps.

“How shameful”, a youngster said to me during one such clean-up campaign, as he looked at those foreign diplomats with protective out-fits, cleaning up the mess which Guyanese had made. For decent, law-abiding citizens, it was a big embarrassment. That state of affairs continued well, until the massive Post General Elections of May 2015, clean-up campaign. There is still lots more cleaning-up to be done, but the City of Georgetown is so much cleaner than it was in April 2015.  Continue reading

“From the Diaspora, With Love” – by Francis Quamina Farrier

“From the Diaspora, With Love” –  by Francis Quamina Farrier

Fred and Zena Bone - A Labour of Love

Fred and Zena Bone – Boxes to Guyana

When I dropped by the Maryland, USA, home of Fred Bone and his wife Zena last Sunday, I was shown ten sizable containers in their garage. The jumbo-size cardboard containers were already packed, sealed and ready for shipment to Guyana. Fred hails from New Amsterdam, Berbice, and Zena of the Stoll clan, hails from the lower Pomeroon river.

Fred is a retired University Professor. Zena is the overseas-based Manager of the attractive Adel’s Place Tourist Resort, located on the lower Pomeroon river. Fred and Zena Bone are two overseas-based Guyanese, who like many others, have not given up on doing what they can, for those who need a hands-up, back in their native Guyana; especially the youngsters. Both Fred and Zena are matured individuals who still have the energy, and spend lots of their time sourcing items to send to Guyana.   Continue reading

PORK-KNOCKERS: A DYING BREED By Francis Quamina Farrier

PORK-KNOCKERS: A DYING BREED   By Francis Quamina Farrier

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Dick Manning, Pork-Knocker

The days of the Pork-knockers are just about over. That is the opinion of one who prefers to be described as  a “Small Miner”. In an interview with veteran Pork-knocker, Dick Manning, he advanced the view that what has traditionally been referred to as “pork-knocking” no longer occurs. Small groups of men who use pick axes, shovels, and sheer mussel power to dig for gold and diamonds, is all but extinct in this the second decade of the 21st. century.

“We are no longer Pork-knockers”, Manning told me with a practical expression on his weather-beaten, yet handsome face, which is adorned with an extremely long white beard, separated into eight lengthy plaits.   Continue reading

Twenty First Century Father’s Day – By Francis Quamina Farrier

TWENTY FIRST CENTURY FATHER’S DAY;  a declaration of War by Francis Quamina Farrier

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A USA-based Guyanese father congratulates his son who had just graduated from college in 2014 in Maryland.

This is a declaration of WAR, of sorts; it is intended to be a war against otherwise, sweet, brilliant, law-abiding and normal folks, but who tend to go bonkers on Father’s Day. They blast ALL men – the good, the bad and the ugly. Now, let me say right away that this article is not a “War of the Sexes”, and not intended to pit males against females. NO. It is about the fact that Father’s Day has been kidnapped, so to speak; it is now more the day when some well intention people, address audiences and congregations about the bad guys; fathers who have not done what they should do as fathers. Thank goodness there are still those who do the right thing about honouring the good fathers on Father’s Day.

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Independence Observance in Maryland – by Francis Quamina Farrier

INDEPENDENCE OBSERVANCE in MARYLAND -by Francis Quamina Farrier

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Ms Marina Patricia White

“Clap him. “Clap her”. That was the repeated exhortation to the Guyanese audience by Jamaica-based Guyanese Educator, Ms Marina Patricia White, the Principal Speaker, as she listed the names of many great Guyanese. They included Sir Shridath Ramphal and Baroness Valerie Amos. The event was a pre-Independence Day Celebration at the St. Mark’s Episcopal/Anglican Church in Maryland in the USA, on Sunday May 25, 2014.

The annual Guyana Independence Day celebrations at the St. Marks church in Maryland, is conducted in two segments. The first is a Service in the church at which prayers are said for Guyana and the Guyanese people, both at home and abroad. Priest-in-Charge, The Reverend Canon Daniel Darko, who is from Ghana, extended best wishes to Guyana on this their 48th Independence anniversary. Patriotic songs of Guyana were sung at the Service as well as the Guyana National Anthem.

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