Daily Archives: January 12, 2007

Bajans As London Transport Workers – Titilayo Tells A Fabulous Story

A few weeks ago, Barbados Free Press posted on Bajan Garfield Harris – who retired after working 45 years driving a bus in London.

Garfield was one of thousands of young men who left Barbados and the Caribbean to seek their fortunes in England after the war. It is a compelling part of our history that is still being played out almost half a century later.

Titilayo writes about London Transport’s Caribbean Direct Recruitment plan in the 1950’s and provides some excellent links…

In 1956 London Transport began their Caribbean Direct Recruitment scheme. I didn’t know much about the history of the scheme, but from word of mouth and anecdotes I’ve heard from older folk, I did know that plenty young men left Barbados in the early ‘60s to go and work in the London public transport system, and when I was in London a few years ago I would give a special smile and greeting when I happened to encounter a bus driver with a Bajan accent.

… continue reading this article at Gallimaufry blog (link here)

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George Washington House Barbados – Historical Site Opening – Presentations Saturday & Monday (?)


Foremost Scholar On George Washington Gives Presentation In Barbados – Restored Washington House To Open

We received the following press release second-hand and have not checked it’s accuracy. There is an obvious error in it when it speaks of Monday, January 13th because Saturday is the 13th.

Will someone who knows Richard Goddard or any member of the committee please post the correct information in the comments? We will then correct the release.

Everybody Knows President Washington Owned Slaves – But Do You Know He Freed Them & Under What Circumstances?

Like many Barbadians, my family members share an interest in the history of slavery – because we are part of that history. Washington was a slave owner who was also a rebel – who used violence to overthrow the legal government at the time.

How was Bussa any different than Washington except that he did not succeed?

We don’t usually think of Washington and Bussa as being brothers of a kind, but the description fits nonetheless. Washington was a complex man and as an historical figure is a bit of an enigma to me.

One of the foremost historical scholars on Washington and his times will be speaking in Barbados in the next few days.

I’ll be there!


Jack Warren will give a public lecture on the life of General George Washington, first President of the United States at 8 p.m. on Monday, 15th January, 2007 at the Main Guard, The Garrison, St Michael. Warren is in Barbados to give the feature address at the inauguration of George Washington House on the 13th January, 2007. George Washington and his half-brother lived at this house in 1751.

Jack Warren is considered the foremost scholar on George Washington in the U.S.A. and has lectured and written widely on his life and times.

This lecture is sponsored by the Barbados National Trust, and the public are invited. Those attending are asked to be seated by 7.45 p.m.

The George Washington House is 100 yds. from the Main Guard and there will be a special opening on Monday, January 13 (Monday is the 15th – please correct – ed.) from 6 – 7 p.m. to allow site visits to this historic building. There will be guided tours, and a 15 minute video will be screened. The cost to visit the house will be $15.00 per person.

The building was built c. 1720 and with the help of Colonial Williamsburg it was been renovated and refitted to the period at a cost of Bds $7 million by the Barbados government.

Prof. Henry Fraser will be the Master of Ceremonies, and content of this talk will be different from the feature address, as it will deal the whole life of President Washington.

Richard Goddard
January 11, 2007

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CARICOM Facing Legal Action Over Cricket World Cup Visas

Some excerpts from an article by Marissa Williams in the Wednesday 10th January 2007 issue of Trinidad and Tobago’s NEWSDAY. (link here

‘Sources in Holland told Newsday that the countries are considering the action because of the sudden introduction of the visa and the creation of a state without proper international protocol’.

Newsday yesterday ‘learned that a group of tour operators met in Norway yesterday and the majority decided to shift the Scandinavian market to other destinations’.


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