Monthly Archives: April 2007

Ezra Alleyne Tackles Adrian Loveridge, But Avoids Mentioning Barbados Free Press

Alleyne Says He Doesn’t Want To Even Breathe The Same Air As Loveridge

Labels Loveridge As “Minor Innkeeper Who Dabbles Sometimes In The Difficult Art Of Self-Expression…”

Ezra Alleyne seems to be all upset about a Barbados Free Press article Ezra Alleyne’s Spin Doctor Mathematics written by Adrian Loveridge, so he has written a retaliatory piece in The Nation News called Of Two Hazards.

Ezra’s mathematics of success are still wildly reminiscent of LSD trips as portrayed in bad Hollywood movies. According to Erza, the fact that we spent half a billion dollars on Cricket World Cup and made 24 million in ticket sales is fabulously successful.

Uh huh.

Shhhh! Don’t Say “Barbados Free Press”

In his Nation News editorial, Ezra Alleyne names the headline of the BFP – Loveridge article “Ezra Alleyne: Spin Doctor Mathematics” but never mentions where the article appeared! Readers of The Nation News are left to wonder just where they can find Mr. Loveridge’s article and what it really said.

It is an interesting problem that faces the editors at The Nation News. Increasingly, they are forced to respond to articles that appear in Barbados Free Press, or to steal our story ideas. In media scrums, the Prime Minister is regularly asked about Barbados Free Press and he mentions our blog occasionally even when no one else brings up the topic.

The Barbados Advocate said that Barbados Free Press “is having a strong impact upon politics in this country” and several members of government frequently write in our comments section.

Yet in the midst of directly replying to one of our articles, The Nation News editors just can’t bring themselves to print the words “Barbados Free Press”.

I wonder if they know how silly they look.

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Report – EarthRace Gives Up On Record

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Biodiesel Boat Gives Up On Record, Says Report

An effort to set a record for circumnavigating the globe and make a statement about the environment is over, according to a news report from New Zealand.

TV 3 in New Zealand reports that Pete Bethune, captain of the Earthrace, has conceded that it will be impossible to beat the record.

The Earthrace, a boat that runs on biodiesel and employs other green technologies, launched on March 10 from Barbados. Since then, it has been plagued by mechanical problems and also got delayed by a wreck in Central America. For the past several days, the boat has been stuck in Palau foraging for parts.

“Even if we had a perfect run from here, there’s no way we’d get the record by Barbados,” Bethune, who is from New Zealand, wrote in his blog. Bethune’s last post was April 26, on the early side of the International Date Line. The TV 3 story was posted April 27, New Zealand time…

… read the entire story at Cnet News (link here)

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Nation News Tries To Use Cricket World Cup As Proof That CARICOM Works

The Nation News never uses the word “CARICOM” – but you’ll get the message loud and clear. Of course, for this bit of propaganda to work the reader has to agree with Prime Minister Arthur and the Nation News that Cricket World Cup was a huge success…

An excerpt…

Of course there were hiccups, challenges and questionable decisions made. But the fact that each hurdle raised was overcome, and we pressed on to achieve our goal, is testimony to our resolve to get this job done regardless.

On reflection it was, as Prime Minister Owen Arthur resolutely encouraged us to think, “an expression of confidence of who we are and what we can do as a people”.

Of course, today is more than just about what we as Barbadians have achieved.

It is about what the Caribbean has been able to accomplish despite the tremendous logistical and financial constraints that faced us when we started on making this Cricket World Cup dream a reality.

We came together in a manner that was never seen before by liberalising immigration restrictions, intensifying security co-operation and sharing skilled labour and expertise in critical areas.

Indeed, if there is no other legacy that has been left from the hosting of this Cricket World Cup, it will be the knowledge that Caribbean people can achieve great things as one.

… read the entire article at The Nation News (link here)

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New Feature: Read An Archived Post At Random

Hi Folks,

In the last fifteen months the writers at Barbados Free Press have published almost 1300 articles – so many that even we sometimes forget what subjects we’ve written about. The archives allow us all to dig into past articles in a linear fashion, or we can use the search function to locate specific topics, but sometimes we’d just like to flip through some older posts for amusement.

Ta Da!

We have just added a “Random” feature that will bring you an archived article – randomly 🙂 –

It is lots of fun and will let newer readers experience some of the BFP’s archives without much work. Readers who have been with us for a while will be saying “oh yes. I remember that” and maybe even asking for a follow-up story.

We beta-tested the Random feature yesterday and Auntie Moses reports that she spent two hours online flipping through old stories. Please let us know what you think.

Try it out by clicking HERE or at the top of the page where it says “Random”.

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Report: Cricket Coach Bob Woolmer Poisoned By “Harry Potter” Drug – Wolfsbane Aconitum Napellus

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A British newspaper tabloid – The Sun – is unequivocally stating that Pakistan Cricket Coach Bob Woolmer was murdered in Jamaica through the use of wolfsbane. Fueling speculation is the fact that the Jamaican police announced a delay in Woolmer’s inquest pending new information.

The whole thing kind of reminds me of the song with the words “The day the music died…” except replace “music” with “cricket”.

From The Sun…

Potter Drug Did Kill Woolmer

CRICKET coach Bob Woolmer WAS poisoned by the “Harry Potter” drug aconite.

Toxicology tests have confirmed “significant” traces of it in the Pakistan coach’s body.

The tests were ordered following an anonymous tip to Jamaican police — eight days after Woolmer died — that aconite had been used.

Aconite, which paralyses the nerves, normally takes only 30 minutes to kill. Victims suffer vomiting and diarrhoea before collapsing unable to breathe, to die in agony.

Experts say the drug causes a sensation like ants crawling over the body.

A neck injury — which caused police to say Woolmer had been strangled — is now thought to have followed a fall when he collapsed.

Detectives believe the drug, in the form of white powder, could have been tipped into whisky Woolmer was drinking in his room — or sprinkled over sleeping tablets and diabetes pills he was taking.

The ancient poison, also known as wolfsbane, is said to be perfect for concealing murder and has been used in several high-profile assassinations in Pakistan…

… continue reading this article at The Sun (link here)

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Barbados Supports Japanese Brutality In Dolphin Slaughter – CONTENT WARNING –

The Government Of Barbados Is Supporting Japan In It’s Quest To Expand Whaling

Many of our readers know that I sometimes help out on a boat that belongs to one of the family. I love to fish. There is no money in it, but a man could ask for no better life than fishing and a good woman (money aside).

I eat fish of all kinds. I love crab and lobster – especially sweet horseshoe lobster from the swallows of the south coast. I eat beef, pork, chicken and sheep with mint sauce. During one two week journey a few years ago, I ate bison, deer and moose. Moose is too tough, stringy and pungent for me.

I have also eaten frogs, but unlike Robert, I have never eaten monkey or dog. (Get Robert slightly tipsy on good rum and he will tell you about his other life.)

I have eaten commercially harvested dolphin – porpoise – but I will never do so again.

Dolphins (porpoise, not mahi-mahi) are mammals with high intelligence. I am not saying don’t kill and eat dolphins. We kill and eat many mammals.

But what I see online about the Japanese dolphin “harvest” has sickened me. Perhaps I will one day catch and kill a dolphin myself – but I will kill it cleanly as one should kill any animal for food.

How any man could do to a dolphin what I see the Japanese doing on the internet, I don’t know. This should be illegal in any civilized society.

The world needs to see this, but fair warning – maybe you don’t.

CONTENT WARNING !!!

Film: Stop Japanese Brutality Now

Website: Save Taiji Dolphins

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British Slave Trade Register Published Online – 100,000 Barbados Slaves Named

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DEAR LORD,

I would love to see the faces of our long-past ancestors if they showed up for one of our parties at Archer’s Bay. Like any Bajan party, so many different shades of skin. A child with tight kinky midnight black hair plays with his cousin who has light brown straight hair. No natural blondes, but give it another generation or two. (Of course, knowing Cliverton, the blonde kids could happen at any time, if not already. 😉 )

We already know that one branch of our family used to own the other branch. No doubt there are ancestors on both sides – even fairly recent ancestors – who would be horrified to see our family today.

That is fine with me. We are who we are today. I am who I am. My son will be better than I am at all things, and if the Lord wills it, his son or daughter will carry on.

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So what do I care about Africa on a Friday evening? NOTHING…

… And then CNN publishes a story that the British slave trade register for 1834 is being placed online. The names of one hundred thousand Barbados slaves made available to anyone.

Suddenly, my lack of concern for my origins is shown to be a thin defense against the fact that there are few resources to research the family tree of a slave. I call my son and show him the CNN article.

This should be interesting…

CNN: UK Slave Register Published Online

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