Daily Archives: May 1, 2007

Patrick Hoyos Talks About White Flight To Avoid Prosecution For Racial Slurs

While Patrick makes many good points as usual, he barely touches on the most common use of racial slurs – by blacks against other blacks.

Patrick’s main story centers around the Sedgleys, a white British couple who received the surprise of their lives when they used foul racial slurs against some innocent Bajans.

Worth reading…

White Flight

The first time I heard the phrase “white flight” was as an AFS student in Denver back in the early 1970s. It referred, as far as I recall, to the shift of the white population in the U.S. from city to suburb as blacks moved into the urban areas on their migration from the southern states.

In my own mind I have also always applied the phrase to the curious departure of a large group of Bajan whites back in the early 1970s, who made their exodus on a ship presumably bound for England, from where they then travelled to Australia and New Zealand. Their reasons for leaving, as I understood back then, had to do with their discomfort with where the country was heading under the leadership of Errol Barrow. Apparently several of them did quite well in their adoptive homelands, although I really only knew one of them, Charlie Mackenzie. Their story is one that is crying out to be told, even if we may want to disagree with their motives.

The phrase came back to me again last week as I read about the recent judgment against a British couple, the Sedgleys, who were not in court to hear the verdict against them. They had flown the coop. And although they got off lightly (in my layman’s view) for what they were found guilty of doing, someone else is at the moment having to pay for this latest example of “white flight”: Ryan Burnett, who had signed a surety for $10,000 ($5,000 each) for former British footballer Stephen Sedgley and his wife Nicola…

… continue reading the article at the Broad Street Journal (link here).


Filed under Barbados, Crime & Law, Culture & Race Issues

Fat Barbados Cats and Soft Corruption – Barbados Underground Comments On Albert Brandford’s Article

A few days ago, Barbados Free Press published Message To Albert Brandford: The Owen Arthur Government Will NEVER Audit Cricket World Cup Government Expenditures.

Barbados Underground took a different perspective on Mr. Brandford’s article. We think that it is worth reading…

Barbados Becoming A Society Of “Fat Cats” And Soft Corruption 


Filed under Barbados, News Media, Politics & Corruption

Caribbean Airlines’ Very Strange Fare Schedule


Is There A Logic Behind Regional Airfares?

The lowest fare that can be currently booked online to St. Maarten from Barbados with Caribbean Airlines is US$436.55, a distance of 840 miles return.

Yet you can book from Kingston to St. Maarten, a distance of 1,794 miles for US$334 return.

Or Barbados to Kingston (2,396 miles) for US$395, return which actual travels via St. Maarten.

Is it the additional taxes and services fees that are making the difference?

Apparently not, as all taxes and additional charges are included in the above quoted fares.

Perhaps, Peter Davies the CEO of Caribbean Airlines can explain why it is cheaper to fly 2,396 miles and stop enroute in one destination, than actually travel to that destination itself.

Adrian Loveridge
1st May 2007


Filed under Aviation, Barbados, Barbados Tourism, Traveling and Tourism

Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi To Address Public Audience At University Of The Pacific, May 3rd


Dear Editor,

This Wednesday, Correction… THURSDAY, May 3, Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi will address a public audience at University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. Her address, “Iran Awakening: A Story of Revolution and Hope,” is one of many events Pacific will host this year aimed at gaining a better understanding of the Middle East. A worldwide leader in human, children’s and women’s rights, Ms. Ebadi’s advocacy work has landed her in prison on numerous occasions and brought attention to human rights abuses in her home country of Iran.

I came across several of the Free Press’s posts on related subjects and found them to be thoughtful, well-informed, and well-written. I’d like to invite you to participate in the podcast portion of Ms. Edbadi’s speech: during the speech, she’ll be accepting questions from the press submitted by email, and if I could encourage you to pass one along as well, I’d like to hear your contributions to the discussion.

The address for submitted questions is DeanSis@pacific.edu, and the podcast will air live at rtsp://etsxserve.pacific.edu/ebadi.sdp at 7 PM Wednesday. Show up early, or subscribe at the link above beginning Tuesday. Only the first 100 subscribers will be able to catch the address live.

Editor’s Comments

Our own Cliverton asked us to post the above. He is traveling right now or he would have done it himself.

I have been a big fan of Shirin Ebadi, but my enthusiasm has diminished considerably since this winner of the Nobel Peace Prize came out in favour of Iran entering the nuclear weapons club!

Mrs. Ebadi’s position on Iran going nuclear is so at odds with her Nobel Prize that one has to wonder what happened to her.

Perhaps we will find out when we listen to her talk.


Filed under Barbados, Culture & Race Issues, Politics & Corruption, Religion

Let’s Review Steven Alleyne’s Previous Vision Of What Cricket World Cup Was Supposed To Do For Barbados


“It was expected that the World Cup would leave a significant legacy in the Caribbean. When asked what the tournament meant to Barbados, Steven Alleyne, CEO of the Barbados World Cup organising committee, had emphasised a seven-part vision, which included improving the standard of living for the ordinary Bajan, converting Barbados into an export economy and engendering a huge boost to tourism, the islands’ major economic activity. (snip)…

It is fair to say that the tournament was looked on as the most significant event in the islands’ history since independence and was supposed to offer an opportunity to project the image of a united global Caribbean community while also leaving behind opportunities to force more tangible intra-West Indian diplomatic and business networks.

However, none of these objectives has been fulfilled. In economic terms, the World Cup has been a disaster…”

… from The Times Of India’s article Ending With A Whimper


Filed under Barbados, Barbados Tourism, CARICOM, Cricket, Politics & Corruption

Global Media Slams Cricket World Cup “Disaster”, “Shambles”, “Sour Taste”, “Farce”

Is This What Is Meant By “Legacy Benefits” ?

Simply type in Malcolm Speed on Google news and literally hundreds of media reports are carried on the CWC Final last Saturday. Many of them are less than complimentary including:

‘Shambles CWC Final sums up tournament’ – Reuters

‘A stumps end of disaster’ – Toronto Star

‘Tragedy and farce will linger longest’ – Guardian

‘World Cup leaves sour taste’ – BBC

Sadly, there does not appear a tiny corner of the globe where the world’s media has been less than complimentary.

Even locally, in Mike Kings article in today’s Nation aptly entitled – First Words – he mentions ‘It is disappointment that about $2 million could be spent on a closing ceremony that had to be viewed in gloom as Barbados strangely constructed a modern stadium without floodlights’.

As a direct consequence ‘Global Cricket Corporation the international Cricket Council’s commercial partners for all sponsorship and broadcast’s, apparently found the conditions too dark for transmission and cut the feed’.

So who exactly did see the ‘$2 million’ closing event?

Certainly not the billions of television viewers across the world we were promised.

And yet Malcolm Speed is still describing it as a success!

Pray tell me – what would failure be then?

Adrian Loveridge
29 April 2007


Filed under Barbados, Cricket, Politics & Corruption