Daily Archives: January 1, 2013

UK tourist: Barbados Advocate article “predjudicial and homophobic, incites hatred”

by P. O’Connor to the Barbados Advocate and Barbados Free Press

With reference to the Barbados Advocate article – Straight to the Point: Prime Minister David Cameron should apologise – by Mr. John Blackman in the advocate 30/12/12

I have just read this article whilst visiting the island as a tourist from the UK and I am stunned that a national newspaper from a modern progressive country such as Barbados would employ a journalist with such prejudicial and homophobic opinion never mind put in print the blatant manipulation of a very complex topic such as colonialism. I will explain further but your editorial staff should be ashamed to promote such borderline medieval opinion, Google results alone paint a poor picture of this gentleman’s past rhetoric and his veiled journalistic style.

Mr. Blackman does well to highlight the abhorrent nature of colonialism and the bullying practice, which the west continues to use against its former colonies as well as the Middle East. However he does not seem to recognise that it is as a result of this colonialism that such hatred and prejudices remain. This is certainly something that should not be held onto and celebrated but disregarded along with the emancipation of colonialism. As a developed country one would not and should not patronise you into assuming that you and your readers are not capable of accepting, supporting and understanding basic human rights. Continue reading


Filed under Barbados, Culture & Race Issues, Human Rights

Ping Yark welcomes 2013 with scandals, talk and news: DLP UK fundraiser a washout, BLP UK rakes in big bucks!


DLP’s UK fundraising dinner a washout!

“Election time in Barbados soon and the party faithfuls over in away are busy mustering funding and sponsoring …or rather..should be !

The BLP should’ve had a serious chunk uh change from the recent ball …but how much can the DLP expect from the combined efforts of the £5k in debt DLP UK, their Women’s League, Friends org and or the partridge in a pear tree ? Not one red cent is the likely answer – so you’re on your own peeps!”

Who went to jail? Not him!

Oh yes! LOVE welcoming in the New Year with a new edition of Ping Yark: that irreverent Londontown newsletter published by homesick Bajans for other homesick Bajans.

Last October Ping Yark’s editor Leigh Bourne and friends focused on the train wreck of PM Stuart’s visit to the DLP’s UK branch and asked Where did all the DLP UK chapter money go?

Did the DLP make up the loss with a successful Independence Day dinner dance? Ha! Not bloody likely says Ping Yark’s newest issue. To bring in 2013, Ping Yark again looks at who’s making the money on Bajan events in the UK, and who went to jail. (He said he was back home to Bim for six weeks – but the truth looks like something else!)

Nothing like a new Ping Yark. Here’s a few examples of what you’ll find inside…

  • Bajan Independence Party at Sattavis Patidar Centre: somebody made big $$$
  • The Shame of the Royal Barbados Police Force
  • Why are Caribbean women perceived as dominant?
  • 2012 Independence Day: Four UK Dinner Dances rated
  • “Standards slipped at Reading …hit rock bottom at the BLP dance…”

Download your Ping Yark PDF here:  PingYark 2013


Filed under Bajan Associations, Barbados, Politics