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Jodie Kidd stages Yarico: “The shame of slavery in the Caribbean”

Jodie John Kidd Barbados

“The story has its origins, however, in around 1650, when traveller Richard Ligon met a female Amerindian slave in Barbados and returned to England to write A True and Exact History of the Island of Barbados, telling of “poor Yarico” who “for her love, lost her liberty”.

It’s a musical. Don’t know what to think about it because I haven’t seen it, but I lost my liberty for love one time. Lost a house too.

Somehow, I don’t think that’s what they are talking about in Yarico.

Jodie’s quotes in the Guardian are interesting because they totally ignore the issue of white historical privilege in Barbados.

Yes… we’re free, but the old boys still control the money and the economy… and where they don’t, the new black political elites are gaining fast. The ordinary man, especially the light skinned mixed-race man, has not progressed in Bim since about 1960. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Robert, BFP

“When I was at school in Barbados I did learn about the history of the island, but there was not much sense of a racial problem when I was growing up because it is such a modern island and has people from all over the world coming in and out all the time,” she said. “More than any other of the islands in the Caribbean, it has always been super popular. So when it came to racial conflict, I didn’t really get to see any one incident of it as I grew up.”

Jodie Kidd quoted in the Guardian article, Jodie Kidd brings story of love and slavery to the London stage

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Amanda House: Talented photographer says Barbados is her favourite!

St James Parish Church Barbados

Amanda House is a wedding photographer based in Alabama, USA.

How much talent did God give her? How hard does she work to be the best she can be, to deliver the best product she can?

Please… let me tell you how good she is: Amanda makes her living flying all over the world to do wedding shoots and other photography jobs. From Barbados to the UK to India and Italy – people who want and can afford the best pay Amanda to come to them for their weddings and other important events.

When you look at her Amanda House Photography website you’ll know what I’m talking about. Fabulous photos by a master. I blew an hour just flipping through wedding photos! Yup… she’s that good.

But she and her family also love Barbados.

Damn! I had her family blog (as opposed to her professional photography website) and I lost it. The photo of St. James Parish Church (above) came from the family blog.

Help! Can anybody find it? I’ll post it here if you do.

Robert

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Barbados raids national pension fund to provide severance pay to dismissed Transport Board workers.

Leroy Parris and good friend Finance Minister Chris Sinckler share champagne

Leroy Parris and good friend Finance Minister Chris Sinckler (left) share champagne

Robbing the future? Kiss your pension goodbye?

Robbing Peter to pay Paul? Juggling accounts because there’s precious little left in the treasury? All of the above?

The headline pretty well says it all – we’re broke!

Dismissed Transport Board workers are getting every cent of their long overdue severance pay, thanks to Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler.

Very reliable sources have revealed that the cash-strapped statutory corporation that provides islandwide public transport services had, through the Ministry of Transport and Works (MTW), sought the assistance of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) to meet its obligations to retrenched workers.

… read the full story in The Nation Pay Day at Last

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Devout Muslim terrorist attack on Canadian Parliament – is Barbados as vulnerable?

Barbados Parliament

by Nevermind Kurt

by Nevermind Kurt

Early Wednesday morning a Canadian devout Muslim named Michael Zehaf-Bibeau murdered an unarmed soldier standing guard at the war memorial in Canada’s capital city of Ottawa. Zehaf-Bibeau then stormed Parliament with a firearm where thirty or forty shots were fired between the terrorist and security personnel. The Sergeant at Arms, an older gentleman in a largely ceremonial position, shot and killed the Muslim terrorist with a pistol.

Initial news reports claimed that the terrorist was a ‘recent convert’, but it is now emerging that Zehaf-Bibeau had been a Muslim for years and may also hold Libyan citizenship. Police say his father is an immigrant to Canada from Libya, who returned to his native country in 2011 to wage Jihad war.

You can clearly hear the terrorist shouting “Allah Akbar” in a video made during the shooting inside Parliament.

The attack came only two days after a Jihad attack in Quebec where another devout Muslim ran down two Canadian soldiers in a shopping mall parking lot. One soldier died in that attack and the Muslim terrorist was shot to death after crashing his car and coming at police with a knife.

Barbados not immune to Sudden Jihad Syndrome
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Barbados Government borrows $35 million to repay previous $35 million loan

Barbados payday loan

Like a drunk going back to buy another bottle

by Rainmaker

Let me try to figure this out. It might take time because even though I went to univercity of de West Indys on guvment money, I’m not the sharpest pencil in the box, I know. Them univercity teashurs let me in to be fair and inclusive and I didn’t have to pay a dollar. Different now though because for some reason the guvment ran outta money for univercity. They should just borrow more and pay it off with other money they borrow.

Also I don’t know too much about guvment financing or stuff like that. I got fired before from Uncle’s store becuase I couldn’t make no good change for peoples. He said for every hour I worked for him on cash it cost him twenty dollars in misteaks.

Wuhloss! I was just doing the best I could but it weren’t no good. Uncle said I shoulda been a politician cause my mathematical skill set and handling of cash was just about like a politician.

I doan know ’bout that buy I know the guvment ministers know alot more about finanshul stuff than I do. So I’m gonna use science-tiffic raisoning to try to figure it.

Here goes…

The Barbados Advocate paper say “GOVERNMENT will today be seeking Parliamentary approval to borrow $35 million from the Republic Bank (Barbados) Limited.”

Okay. Got that. Now why are we borrowing all this $35 million dollars?

The paper say, “According to the Resolution, the money is being sought to repay a $35 million line of credit.”

Okay. Got that. We is borrowing this $35 million to pay off another $35 million that we borrowed before. I guess we filled up or tapped out that line of credit over time and didn’t pay any of it off. I guess we just paid the interest as we went along. I guess. Or maybe there was another loan we took out to pay the interest. The guvment probably does that so the peoples can’t marry up payments and interest charges with specific loans. Or somethin. Continue reading

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Eric North: Eight days of a fabulous Barbados experience

Barbados Hills View

Excellent Barbados photos on Eric’s blog!

Eric North Barbados“Everyone is very friendly and accommodating to tourists. Importantly, the folks from Barbados I’ve met on this trip are very passionate about their home country and you get this true sense of patriotism, an identity with a land that generations have called home in good times and in bad. As far as safety and security I feel comfortable walking about, taking the bus and enjoying as much as Barbados has to offer. My hope is that other people will want to have some of these experiences for themselves.”

Eric North

Read 8 days in Barbados on Eric North’s Stuff I’ve done on Trips blog.

Hey… thank you Eric!

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With David and Matt Ames as mentors, expect great things from Colonial Capital Group PLC

“That’s quite a team!

With quite a track record: ruined lives, pensions destroyed, homes lost. Suicides. Marriage breakups. Families falling apart as the work of a lifetime vanishes.”

The Ames Gang rides again…

These guys just won’t quit.

Last March saw Harlequin’s Matthew Ames jailed for 40 months for his Forestry for Life fraud that took £1.6million from investors. Ames stole from the rich, from the poor, from widows and pipefitters.

Matt Ames was an equal opportunity swindler who dressed well and talked with such easy confidence that people immediately trusted him. And, hey… didn’t his family develop the acclaimed Harlequin Resorts? Yeah… shouldn’t be any problem with investing in Forestry For Life. Even James Middleton was in the picture! (Oh… you don’t know James? Ah… you might be more familiar with his sister Kate and brother-in-law William: as in “our future King and Queen”.)

One of Matt Ames’ colleagues at Forestry for Life was Kevin Neil – then on the rebound from seeing the High Court shut down his two property firms in the public interest – Agri Ventura PLC and Farm Venture Ltd. Neil was also the main figure in the CleanTech NRG financial collapse.

Three of Kevin Neil's CleanTech victims

Three of Kevin Neil’s CleanTech victims. Despite all Mr. Neil’s current directorships and past failed companies, we couldn’t find a photo of Mr. Neil. Can anyone assist?

The Mirror UK called Neil’s business a “Landbanking scam” and reported…   Continue reading

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