Blogging Around Barbados – New Links, Movie Prices, Bajan Underground Music, Caribbean Aviation, Wikipedia & Water Woes

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Top ‘o The Morning From Auntie Moses’ Garden

A few of us slept over at Auntie Moses’ place last night and stayed up until the wee hours watching a movie on DVD and then playing some cards. There was little drinking as the men are all off to work today. With our family, even if it is a slow week and a time to rest up from all the Christmas running about, somebody has to at least stop by the shop and make sure everything is “tight and tight.”

We say “Top ‘o the morning to you” because last night Auntie Moses forced invited everyone to watch an old Bing Crosby DVD movie where he plays an Irish priest. (Please don’t tell Auntie that I forgot the title. – Yes, Auntie. We all love Mr. Crosby. Yes, he’s the best singer ever except for Frankie!)

So let’s try and forget the torture last night by having a look around the web this morning…

New Links At Barbados Free Press

We’ve added a smattering of new links, and we’re going to try and organize them a little better when we get some time. Here’s a few of the new ones either already added or later today…

Wikipedia

In case you haven’t heard, Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia that can be edited by anyone. As strange as that sounds, and even with concerns about the accuracy of unattributed articles and information, Wikipedia is a tremendously valuable resource. Like a blog, the fact that everyone can contribute and everyone can vet for accuracy seems to be working in most instances.

Some people devote hours per day into editing Wikipedia entries and occasionally “Wiki Wars” start as various sides of some topic seek to sway the information one way or another. When this happens, an editor steps in and tries to arbitrate. Like we said, mostly it works and it is a valuable first resource for researching anything.

Check it out by going to Wikipedia and searching for “Barbados” and especially the “Media of Barbados” page – which obviously needs some editing and some truth. We’ve stayed out of making entries to Wikipedia as we just don’t have the time, so we’ll leave it to Barbados Free Press readers to correct the Media of Barbados page. The page currently reads that there are few restraints on the news media in Barbados. There should be some information added concerning Barbados’ heavy-handed libel laws that the government uses to keep critics in their place. Nothing like the threat of losing one’s home to ensure citizen silence and compliance!

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Caribbean Aviation News

An excellent compendium of aviation news in the region – with an interesting photo section (click here or on the Concorde photo). Also has all the weather, satellite overheads and storm information you’ll ever need.

Caribbean Airline Pilots Association Discussion Forum

Don’t let the name fool you. If you are into aviation at all, this is an excellent meeting place to discuss a wide range of aviation-related topics. The general public is most welcome and you certainly don’t have to be an aviation professional to enjoy this website.

Flight Simulator addicts (been there, done that) will find all they need to feed their habit.

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Bajan Reporter

Prolific blogging friend Ian Bourne has started something he calls Bajan Reporter – covering a little bit of this and that and drawing upon Ian’s media and entertainment industry connections . We expect that Bajan Reporter will eventually gather a good clutch of daily readers so we are listing it on our permanent links sidebar.

Check out BR’s recent articles on Bootleg DVDs vs Rising Movie Prices and the Bajan underground music scene at Mojo and Opa with Fitzroy Jeffers and Garvey of Garlex.

Barbados Water Woes

I see an article in The Nation News this morning that once again draws attention to the fact that Barbados has to shuffle priorities if we are to survive and prosper into the future.

Translation: Spend Money On Clean Water, Not Flyovers

From The Nation News…

BARBADOS is now using fresh water at a faster rate than its underground aquifers are replenishing.

Already listed by the United Nations as a water-scarce country, it is among 15 nations in different parts of the world, most of them in the Middle East, that are withdrawing water faster than they are replenishing it.

Barbados is the only CARICOM country and the only one in the Western Hemisphere in this precarious position…

… continue reading this article at The Nation News (link here).

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8 responses to “Blogging Around Barbados – New Links, Movie Prices, Bajan Underground Music, Caribbean Aviation, Wikipedia & Water Woes

  1. Jupiter

    BFP

    Beautiful,beautiful picture of Aunty Moses garden.

    But wait BFP,my specs need changing or are those frogs increasing the population count?

    I wonder if aunty moses see this picture? ha ha

    Nice shot though,only thing it should be a little bit bigger.

  2. BFP

    Ok… for you Jupiter, we tried to make it bigger – but it gets too large for the website (just a complex photo I guess)

    As far as the frogs go… as we tell the boy at his age, they are “play wrestling”.

    Yes… wrestling frogs in the garden. 😉

  3. green

    come on folks—these are toads not frogs!!!

    they sound like a caterpillar tractors when they start communicating with each other

    the small tree fogs that abound in Barbados make the high pitched squeaking noise somewhat like a cricket

  4. God Bless David

    Indeed…cane toads…

  5. John

    Yep, … look like crapauds to me!!

  6. Pat

    Frogs or toads, looks like an orgy. By the way, the whistling frog lives in damp places. under cellars, door sills, inside houses, in crevaces, anywhere the sun can’t reach to burn or dry out its extremely thin skin. They grow up to about one inch in length, but I have never seen one that big. Only just about half an inch or slightly bigger. There used to be dozens in and around our house. They usually come out at night and make beautiful music to sleep by.

  7. Thanks for the shout-out!

    I already have comments building up…

    http://bajanreporter.blogspot.com/2006/12/3-bootleg-dvds-ot-30-at-olympus-expo.html

    ” I think it seems that Olympus is showing bootleg copies of movies and their customer service sucks. Went to the olympus last night to watch eragon during the movie about 25-35 mins the surround sound just went I was basically watching a silent movie in colour…..went downstairs to complain about the sound…one of the lady’s told me that the sound comes back up…I thought to myself what kind of rubbish is this…don’t they screen films before they show them. After the movie went to the customer service desk to complain about what happened saying that for $15 it wasn’t worth it and wanted a refund. A British couple also complained and said they wanted back their money….we were rudely directed to the box office downstairs. While at the box office the British couple is trying to explain themselves saying that the movie sound just went and they wanted a refund…the girl @ the box office obviously who has no training in manners whatsoever shouted at us stating that they don’t give back refunds….pushing the sign @ the window. We asked how the hell can you show a picture like that without alerting the public that something is wrong with it and it will be at your discretion if you want to watch it or not. She claims that she knew nothing about what was going on and no one told her anything, and the most she can do is offer us is tickets to another show. No we wanted a refund. Eventually after a long half-hour argument with the girl we got a refund for the show. I prefer to buy a bootleg dvd for $10 before I go back to the olympus and pay for that kind of service.”

    But sometimes its the subject themselves who choose to answer…

    http://bajanreporter.blogspot.com/2006/12/gifted-re-gifter-bajan-xmas-hits-thru.html

    “Hey Ian !!!

    Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful wife !!!! I hope all is well !!!

    Thank you so much for your time, attention and interest on writing about the CD.

    That was SOOOOOOO COOOOOOOOOL !!!!!!!!!!

    I’ve just returned from an industry professional networking/workshop in Orlando where I sang for and met many record lable Pro’s.

    I received 4 ‘call-backs’ who have shown interest and also came out as one of the 5 finalists in my category. If you want to check out the site it’s http://www.talentrock.com

    They will soon update it to show the most recent conference ‘Holiday Fest 06’.

    I wish you and yours health, strength and endless happiness for the new year!!

    GOD BLESS !!!!!!

    TAMARA !”

    Thanks for the support!!

  8. Anon

    While I have no problem with BFP mentioning other blog sites,I hope these new blog sites don’t seek to manipulate this site which has established itself as a serious,informative site of high quality.

    We get your point Ian Bourne but please don’t over do it.