Daily Archives: May 16, 2012

Jdid lets fly at the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation

We meant to publish this article by our favourite snowbound Bajan, Jdid, but somehow it kept slipping down on the list. Better late than never…

“Wha kinda Chinee foolishness this is CBC showing tonight? Ya cann even undastan wha duh saying. Chupse!”

This has been bugging me for a while. Having been away from living in Barbados for so long, for me it’s always difficult to judge various bajan institutions without the added bias of my years living abroad somehow working its way into my analysis.

I can sometimes find myself criticizing stuff because its not like what I have grown accustomed to, living in a so-called first world country, which really isn’t fair to Barbados. So given that I know that I have a bias I usually keep most of my thoughts to myself and grit and bear it through terrible customer service or try not to comment on some of the convoluted bureaucratic situations I have found myself in in Barbados and just chalk it up to well this is how it is in Barbados.

However coming home at least once or so every year or two over the past 20 years (and recently I think I’ve made about 7 trips in 3 ½ years now) and watching a certain institution deteriorate I believe in all honesty and without bias I can say that the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) TV 8 station is absolutely terrible…

… keep reading CBC Barbados at Jdid’s Doan Mind Me blog.

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‘Bout hey… A little dis and dat

Mia Mottley getting thinner?

It’s true! Mia has dropped more than a few pounds over the last three or four months. Lookin’ good girl!

Hopefully this won’t set Cliverton off again! Last time we were both enthralled and aghast.  🙂

Thanks to Barbados Today for the pic.

Sandals to end Beaches Sandy Bay Jamaican resort after 12 years

Yikes! Another big name resort dies – this one in Jamaica. Some folks were hoping that Sandals or their Beaches brand would expand in Barbados but why would they do that if they can’t muster enough tourists to fill what they have? Times are tough fuh sur!

Sex, Murder, Heart Surgery: Controversial doctor publishes second novel.

We received an invitation to the launch of Dr. Alfred Sparman’s new novel: Switched. We’d love to go but alas, we’re booked solid on May 25th. BFP readers are welcome to attend though. The details are below.

“As I got dressed, my body in autopilot, I knew what I wanted, and I knew it wasn’t the right thing to do, but fantasies of satisfying Rosa in her bed later at the Hilton were already overpowering my feelings of guilt or second thoughts. After all, a man is still a man.”

… from Switched, by Alfred Sparman MD. Available everywhere online and for Kindle too!

Book Launch: Switched by Alfred Sparman

May 19 – 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Pages Bookstore, Cave Shepherd, Broad Street, Bridgetown

May 25 – 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Relish Epicurea, Limegrove, Holetown


There will be drink specials and Costa Rican food on sale.
Be entertained by Costa Rican music. 

SWITCHED is Alfred Sparman’s second book. Following on from his first book, entitled ‘1.58 Seconds ‘The Doc’ is taken on a plethora of new adventures, be they romantic or of revenge and violence. SWITCHED provides an adrenaline packed read that will have all audiences glued to the edge of their seat wondering which events are real and which are fictional.

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Loveridge: Weekly flight Winnipeg Canada direct to Barbados could be successful

Target cold Canadian farmers!

Barbados tourism will benefit from WestJet’s new feeder routes

by Adrian Loveridge – small hotel owner

It is certainly not all doom and gloom in the travel and tourism industry.

Take WestJet, the Canadian low cost carrier as an example. This April it posted record load factors, achieving an average of 86.2 per cent and a revenue passenger miles growth of 8.2 per cent over last year, together with record first quarter profits. The airline handled over 120,000 more passengers in April 2012, hitting a total of 1.48 million for the month.

During the same three months, Air Canada’s losses climbed to CAD$210 million.

WestJet founder, Englishman Clive Beddoe made no secret at the time when the airline was formed in 1996 that it was modeled on the highly successful US SouthWest Airlines, adopting the single aircraft type with different variations.

However, the current President and chief executive, Gregg Saretsky, has moved away from this business plan to place a firm order for 20, and options on another 25 of the Bombardier made Q400 turbo-prop planes. In his words its to ‘connect the dots’.

“It seems inconceivable that we could not fill at least one 119 seater plane, flying Winnipeg to Barbados once a week from November to May.”

WestJet also considered the European made ATR, but ultimately chose the NextGeneration  Q400’s based on their ‘combination of seating, speed and range given the distance the planes will need to fly to reach some of the smaller communities to be served’. And its easy to see the attraction of this particular Dash 8 version. The fastest, 414 mph (360 knots), a range of 1,567 miles and a passenger capacity of up to 78 seats. Small wonder then its been the best seller, with 428 orders up until 1st May 2012. The regional services will be phased in, as the airline takes delivery over the next six years.

While the new destinations have yet to be disclosed, it could certainly help Barbados open up and expand our Canadian market share.

During the time Sean Durfy was CEO, I wrote to him, asking if he would consider operating a direct Winnipeg/Barbados service. All three types of the B737 they operate can easily do it nonstop, a great circle distance of 3,304 miles or less than 7 hours flying time.

He was gracious enough to respond, albeit not positively, but perhaps then the timing was not right.

While researching Winnipeg winter photos BFP learned that the locals call their city “Winter Pig”. ‘Nuff said!

Why Winnipeg?

Well, currently Calgary (3,997) and Edmonton (4,037 miles) are out of the operating range of the fleet they have.

With a metropolitan population of about 770,000 people, Winnipeg is the next best option. If Brandon, as indicated, Manitoba’s second city is serviced by the new turboprops, this will add another 53,000 passenger potential.

But its a lot more than about just the numbers. It is the demographics…

Long winters, a predominance of farming communties, unable to work the land for extended periods of the year.  Add the neighbouring Province of Saskatchewan, and the wealth created from potash, the world’s second largest producer and it makes even more sense. I am sure that both Regina and Saskatoon will be included in the deployment of the additions to the fleet.

It also seems inconceivable that we could not fill at least one 119 seater plane, once a week from November to May. Hopefully over the next few months, our tourism policymakers will be carefully tracking any announced new routes and destinations with the connecting opportunities they may present from emerging markets.

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