“I was in the toilet when I heard it and all I could say was: ‘Lord, have mercy.’
… from the Nation News breaking story Mango Tree Crashes Into Yard
Friends, we have tears running down our faces. Cliverton is rolling on the floor hyperventilating. We have been trying for an hour to write a clever and witty headline to properly mock the entire staff of our country’s largest news organisation, but we give up…
For another example of Barbados top-drawer, take-no-prisoners investigative journalism, also see BWA Fixes Hole.
We’re going to reprint both stories verbatim, because we can’t believe that the Nation will allow them to remain on the web much longer. Well done guys and gals of the Nation News! You must be so proud to work for such an organisation!
Mango tree crashes into yard
Published on: 7/1/08.
EIGHTY-FOUR-year-old Ruby Blackman got the scare of her life yesterday when a neighbour’s mango tree crashed into her backyard.
The woman, who resides at Well Gap, Eden Lodge, St Michael, said she was in her bathroom when she heard the thunderous noise.
“I was in the toilet when I heard it and all I could say was: ‘Lord, have mercy.’ When I came outside I see the tree in my yard and all of my paling break down. I was real frightened,” she said.
Blackman said she had warned her neighbour not to plant the tree.
“I tell she for years don’t put it there and she tell me it won’t grow tall, and it grow big, big; and was leaning in my yard and I would have to go and beg her to trim the branches.
“I just praise the Lord that it did not come down on the house,” she cried.
BWA fixes hole
Published on: 7/1/08.
THINGS At Syndicate Road, Bush Hall, St Michael, returned to normal yesterday as the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) completed work in the area.
On Sunday, residents had complained about a large water-filled hole left by workers of BWA that could pose a danger.
Yesterday, work resumed on the hole from the afternoon and a backhoe was used to remove the water before the main could be fixed.
Communications officer at the BWA Yvette Harris-Griffith said the main was proving difficult, as last Friday would have marked the third time that it burst.
With reference to the hole being covered, she said BWA workers were not the ones responsible for recovering tracks in the road but a company was often contracted to fulfil those duties.