Category Archives: Island Life

Barbados featured in Louisa Leontiades’ new book ‘Queen of the Limbo’

Barbados Louisa Leontiades

Will Polyamorous British author tell any Barbados tales out of school?

Today BFP heard from our old friend, author and HuffPost / Salon writer Louisa Leontiades that her next book is hitting the stores in November and, surprise surprise, this time the setting is Sam Lord’s Castle in the not too distant past.


Sam Lord’s Castle hasn’t been so hot since the night it burned to the ground. ‘Queen of the Limbo’ will heat de place up again!

Knowing how rumours fly about Louisa writing real people into her books with only the thinnest of camouflage, we think that more than a few folks on this rock might have a certain curiosity about ‘Queen of the Limbo’. We will!

Well… this should be fun.


Louisa’s Amazon sales are here.


Filed under Art, Barbados, Culture & Race Issues, Island Life

Dear Colin Leslie Beadon…

Colin Leslie Beadon Author

Hi Colin,

Would you kindly get in touch with one of your readers, Thomas Brown:

For those looking for samples of the ever-imaginative work by and about Colin, check out these at BFP.

My favourite is Captain Giovanni’s daughter followed by The Barbados Chum Machine…

Profile of a writer: Colin Leslie Beadon

The Barbados Chum Machine… by Colin L. Beadon

Captain Giovanni’s daughter

Growing Our Own Produce. For God’s Sake!

You can’t make a meal out of Barbados sugar. What fools we are.

Today’s Monopoly Game

Bayes’s theorem of Inverse Probabilities

Dementia: New revelations are old hat to Colin L. Beadon


Filed under Barbados, Island Life

Liars in our Caribbean leadership

by Peter Binose

Some people lie to get attention. Some lie because they are mentally ill, some lie for narcissistic reason. Some lie because they are pure evil. Others lie to make others think that they are worthy, while some lie to mislead, confuse and deceive. Another group lies to avoid the expected punishment.   

I believe that several of our Caribbean leaders are serial liars, and they lie for all the above reasons.

Those who speak lies often write lies and should not be trusted in law courts to give truthful evidence. They should not be trusted to draw wills, contracts or agreements of any kind. In fact their profession should never be in a position of trust.

This might sound strange but in fact a large percentage of people that lie, they lie initially to themselves, even believe the lies just because they are too afraid to face the truth.

Many psychological researchers have proven that people who lie to themselves tend to believe the lies later on, and then convince others that the lie is the truth.  Continue reading


Filed under Celebrities, Culture & Race Issues, Island Life, Politics & Corruption

Barbados Finance Minister says redundant public employees should work for Trinidad & Tobago government

“We’re encouraging people to look for opportunities beyond Barbados and there are Caribbean territories that require that skilled labour. A lot of skilled labour from Barbados come here (to T&T). They go back and forth, and we are encouraging them to look for those opportunities.”

Barbados Finance Minister Christopher Sinckler speaking to T&T bankers

Leroy Parris and good friend Finance Minister Chris Sinckler share champagne

Leroy Parris and good friend Finance Minister Chris Sinckler share champagne – file photo

We’ve seen the cycle repeated for a long, long time. Barbados has way more people than this little rock can accommodate in space, resources and economy – so anytime in our history when there is a pull-back in the economy (as there is now), thousands of Bajans leave for better circumstances.

That happened when the Panama Canal was being carved from the jungle at the cost of 500 dead Bajans per mile, and it happened in the 1950’s and 1960’s when the lure of working in the UK took thousands of our best and brightest people away – most never to return.

Who leaves Barbados during these migrations?       Continue reading


Filed under Barbados, Disaster, Economy, History, Immigration, Island Life, Trinidad and Tobago

The best employee parking spot in the whole world!

Barbados Parking Spot

Database Administrator: laptop in one hand, fishing rod in the other!

Do our readers have anything better?

Send your photo to or post the URL in the comments.


Special thanks to Ray Hightower

(click photo for larger)

Question: How many hours did it take Ray Hightower to become one of the best iOS programmers?

Answer: About 10,000

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Filed under Barbados, Island Life

Model airplanes master builder discovered!

Battle of Britain Bf109E

The Art! The Art!

Okay, okay, so I’ve gone overboard on the title, but the fellow who runs the Amateur Airplanes blog does some fine fine work.

Look at that battle weary Bf109 Emile above and the detail on the F100 Super Sabre cockpit below.

You know I love airplanes – big, small, real, homebuilts, warbirds and models – so when I stumbled onto Amateur Airplanes I lost a half an hour just flipping through the projects and comments. There’s no word on who this chap is, but you can see the dedication and talent – and he has over 1,500 followers.

I don’t see a DC-3 like the old one I learned to taxi with at Druxford, but this modeller could duplicate every ding and oil streak. All I’d need would be the smell of air petrol, oil and metal – and to hear the tinks as the big old P&Ws cooled. The only additions I’d like to see on his blog would be a search function in the menu, and perhaps a tag list of aircraft types and model kits.

If you enjoy airplanes, you’ll enjoy a tour of Amateur Airplanes.



F100 Super Sabre Cockpit

click photos for larger


Filed under Aviation, Barbados, Island Life, Military

Private Barbados Tourism Impact Study highlights concerns with policing, environment and housing costs

Tourism Impacts – The Good, the Bad and the “Oh Oh”

Amit Uttamchandani of Pull! Push! blog recently completed his online study of Resident Perceptions of Tourism Impacts in Barbados with over 400 people taking the time to participate. The study forms part of Amit’s just submitted MBA dissertation. (Good luck Amit!)

Amit’s study validated some of the thoughts and feelings we at BFP have about tourism and its impacts upon Barbados. For us there were really no surprises except for the relatively low “positive” response about policing.

One would think that tourism would improve the quality of police protection if for no other reason than the reality that tourism is highly dependent upon public safety. Surprisingly though, many Barbadians are unconvinced that they are receiving better policing than they would if Barbados was not a tourism destination.

We at BFP believe that policing is the big red flag in the study and that the public’s response in the survey shows an increasing concern that the Royal Barbados Police Force are losing the battle in a big way.

You can head over to Living in Barbados where our friend Dennis Jones has posted a copy of the entire study.

Read Amit’s study and see what citizens can accomplish without the government holding their hands every moment.


Filed under Barbados, Barbados Tourism, Crime & Law, Environment, Island Life, Police, Tourism

Nex Generation Magazine Looking For Bajan Writers

Nex Generation Mag

Nex Generation Magazine is a new publication dedicated to empowering the Caribbean family. Based in Jamaica, the magazine is keen to get stories from Barbados and several other English speaking Caribbean islands on issues that effect family life from a grassroots/community perspective.

The magazine was originally published in the UK from Jan 2004 -Dec 2006, before publisher Dekenu Shepherd and his wife (who is from Barbados) relocated to Jamaica in March 2007, to raise their children in the Caribbean.

The premier issue has just been launched and the Shepherds are currently busy preparing for the August 2009 issue. Initially the primary distribution markets will be Jamaica, Barbados & Trinidad & Tobago also the UK, US & Canada.

Nex Generation Magazine is interested in hearing from writers in Barbados and the English-speaking Caribbean and can be contacted via email at …

dekenu (AT)

Editor’s Note: The above was forwarded to us from a local (not BFP) writer and is published to lend a helping hand to a new publication. Good luck to Dekenu Sheperd and his crew!


Filed under Barbados, Island Life, Jamaica

When Your Neighbours Take 3 Years To Build A House…

We are currently dealing with Town and Country Planning and hope to get satisfaction, but we would like to share our problem with any readers here.

We built and occupied our small bungalow eight years ago, on a spot with a view of the sea. Our road is at right angles to the shore. Recently the adjacent spots, both above and below us on our side, have started building large upstairs houses, too large, we think, for the 5000 sq ft of all these spots, and both to be rented out as apartments, one apartment on each floor. Our modest bungalow is going to be totally engulfed, and fresh breezes restricted. The particular problem now is that the owner of the spot below us has decided to extend the original foundations to make the rooms larger, shutting us off even further from our now tiny view of the sea.

Even if it turns out that planning permission has been granted for these buildings in all respects, in accordance with the existing rules for development in this residential area, do we have any redress whatsoever in view of the fact that we have been in residence for eight years now, and these buildings are going to be an encroachment on our established enjoyment of our own small residence?

Other annoying features are that the building of these two houses is taking a long time, two to three years already, one is only at the foundation stage, so we have had to put up with unsightly bush, unattended and extremely untidy building works, and the spot below us has had a workman’s shed now for three years, right at the roadside at the front, totally blocking our view down the road to the sea.

We would be pleased to read anyone’s views on these matters, suggesting whether or not we have any rights whatsoever.

(Name withheld by request)


Filed under Barbados, Crime & Law, Island Life

Barbados Crop-Over Used To Be About This…


Crop-Over Used To Be A Time For Thanks And Celebration

Wuking-Up was unheard of. Weeks would pass without seeing a motor car drive by Grape Hall. And at this time of the year folks would celebrate Crop-Over – but not before they thanked the Lord for what had been given.

That wasn’t so long ago. I’m not that old!

I enjoy Crop-Over still, but like others I think that we have gone too far in a certain direction.

Don’t get all excited… I don’t want to spoil the party. I merely think that we should say “thank you” before we get drunk.

Photo “Cane Blades” by Barbados In Focus (link here)


Filed under Barbados, Island Life, Religion

Courtesy …

Hey … unlike the people of Bim and the CWC, at least these fans were given the option to decline the rectal exam for their free tickets …

Odd Baseball Promotion: Free Tickets For Fans Who Receive a Rectal Exam At The Stadium

Want free baseball tickets? All you had to do last night was show up at Miller Park, home to the Milwaukee Brewers, and let a doctor check your prostate…

Article here


Filed under Barbados, Cricket, Island Life

Does Bizzy Williams Know How To Party? For Sure!


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Filed under Barbados, Island Life

Barbados In Focus Is At It Again


Some Folks Have The Eye, And Some Don’t

Our photographer friend over at Barbados In Focus is blessed with talent. We have no idea who he is or if the rest of his life is beautiful or in chaos, but we do know that he is a master story teller with a camera.

He has a new selection of photos up and it is well worth your time.

Barbados In Focus


Filed under Barbados, Island Life

Let Me Win, But If I Cannot Win, Let Me Be Brave In The Attempt

Well Folks,

Just received a letter from a reader, chastising us for failing to mention the Special Olympics events that have been taking place over the last week and a half. I could make excuses about the World Cup occupying our attention, or ask why the reader didn’t give us a tap on the shoulder before the events were over, but instead I’ll offer this sincere apology:

We’re sorry. We should have been on it.

We hope that both spectators and participants alike had a great time ..

Read about it here


Filed under Barbados, Island Life

Sweet Little Girl Needs Surgery To Correct Cleft Lip – Barbados Hospital Won’t Operate Unless Paid Up Front


All Kinds Of Government Money For Cricket, Flyovers & Election Bribery House Painting – But None For Nicollet

SHOW ME where you spend your money and I’ll tell you what is important to you.

That goes for any government too – and children like this little girl are obviously nothing to the government of Barbados.

The Barbados Government has spent probably half a billion dollars on a few weeks of cricket. Not to mention new flyovers, election bribery house renovations, tens of millions at the Greenland dump disaster, office buildings over-budget by 60 million dollars with no tenders issued, brand new BMWs for government officials and on and on and on and on…

But no operation for little Nicollet Mayers unless she comes up with the cash.

I just read about this at the Nation News and I am so very, very, angry that THIS IS OUR COUNTRY.

I’m going into work tonight and folks better stay out of my way.

I am so angry I could just spit.


Filed under Barbados, Health, Island Life, Politics & Corruption

Lives of The Rich and Unfaithful In Barbados: Holders Plantation House and Those Wacky Kidds!

Really, Darling, I must sell the polo ponies and leave my wife for a Hollywood showgirl who is younger than our daughter …

Bye the way, Darling, we must set aside the country mansion for the weekend so members of the Royal Family can have their little trysts without those nasty people from the Barbados Free Press following their every move…… More champagne, my love?

Now Playing On An Island Near You…

The Story That Only A Vengeful Insider Could Tell!

You’ll Thrill – to the story of a family with everything: Money, Royal Breeding, Title, Polo Ponies, More Money, A Plantation Home In Barbados, Famous Friends and Yet More Money!

They even have their own Arts Festival!

You’ll Travel – to Holders Plantation Barbados, England, Australia, the Island of Mustique, Canada, America and, yes – Hollywood!

You’ll Wonder – as it all comes unglued. The mistresses, the secret hotel “naps”, the Hollywood showgirl, the betrayals, the denials!

You’ll Cringe – at the Dark Secret discovered by a Betrayed Wife as she paws through her husband’s luggage!

You’ll See – the final shocking realization that they had become …




Grandson of Lord Beaverbrook, Johnny Kidd, with his wife Wendy Kidd (daughter of Baronet Sir John Hodge doan ya know!) – and their daughters supermodel Jodie Kidd and makeup tycoon Jemma Kidd. Not to forget polo-playing son, Jack Kidd – who’s a chip off the old block in more ways than one! (and his much older wife, Be Kidd)


The Duke of Wellington’s grandson – The Earl of Mornington, and Nick Whiting – the son from the first marriage.


Hollywood showgirl Cindy Swenson – yet again playing her standard roll as “The Temptress”


HRH Princess Margaret – first appearing with supporting cast member Lord Snowdon, and then with Lord Snowdon’s stand-in Roddy Llewellyn.


The Outrageous Actor Oliver Reed eating lightbulbs at Eaton Square. Really!


It is all sooooooo very exciting when a dumped wife craves revenge so much that she’s willing to violate the privacy and marriages of her own children just to satisfy her own selfish desires!

Tickets Available Online HERE!


Filed under Barbados, History, Island Life

Contemporary Slavery In Haiti… And Around The World


Lest We Forget…

A few excerpts from an archived 2004 BBC WorldService special (link here) that I listened to last week. Unbelievable on one level sitting at your kitchen table with your family. Once again, I thank God that I was born in Barbados…

Slavery Today

This year the United Nations is commemorating the abolition of the slave trade. But as this new series Slavery Today uncovers, slavery continues in different forms in almost every country in the world.

Public perception of modern slavery is often confused with reports of workers in low-wage jobs or inhumane working conditions. However, modern-day slaves differ from these workers because they are forced to work under the threat of extreme violence.

Slavery Today explores some of the places where slavery is still common and takes a look at the fastest growing problem in modern slavery: trafficking people into the West.


The UN commemorations are linked to the 200th anniversary of the slave revolt in Haiti in 1804. However, that did not end slavery in the country and, today, there are 200,000 children kept as restavecs (domestic slaves), mainly in the capital Port au Prince.

Restavecs belong to the worldwide tradition of placement, where poorer families send their children to richer relatives in order to improve their chances in life. But Maryse Guimond, working for Save the Children in Haiti, says these children are given false hopes of education and then lose their family links, which often leads to abuse.

Jean Robert Cadet talks about how he suffered terrible abuse as a restavec. Despite a successful later life in the United States, he remains haunted by nightmares from his childhood.


In Niger, slavery was only criminalised in 2003 – and the local human rights organisation Timidria estimates 870,000 people are still held in bondage there.

The masters control the slaves totally, exploiting their labour, abusing them sexually and physically, and often forcing them to mate with other slaves so that their children are born into slavery.

We meet Azagar, a former slave who managed to escape his master. “I was considered an animal,” he says.

Slavery Today examines the traditional form of slavery and the relationship between slave and master.


Bonded labour in South Asia is considered the problem in modern slavery affecting the most people. The UN believes 20 million people are enslaved worldwide, the majority of whom are in South Asia.

Gerry Northam visits Pakistan where he meets Laxmi, a woman who was told that she and her husband were bonded to their master until they paid off a supposed debt of 200,000 rupees. When she asked to see proof of that debt, she was beaten.

Another woman, Shanti, tells how her master raped after she threatened to run away, even though she was pregnant.

Twelve years after the government made bonded labour illegal, it is estimated that there are still five million labourers in Pakistan bonded to their employees by debt. There is a central fund to rehabilitate workers like Laxmi but, so far, not one rupee has been spent.


Modern day slavery is not usually associated with the West – but tens of thousands of women are trafficked there every year as sex workers and forced labourers.

The problem received worldwide attention earlier this year when nineteen Chinese labourers were drowned in the rising waters as they picked cockles in Morecambe Bay in the northwest of England. They were being paid the equivalent of less than $2 a day.

Others come from Eastern Europe. Ivana, a Ukrainian woman in her early 20s, talks about how a job she took as a waitress in Greece turned into something more sinister – and she found herself forced into prostitution in Birmingham, in the English Midlands.

And one trafficker, now in hiding, reveals how he used to kidnap babies as young as 18 months and transport them through Europe.

LISTEN to the entire BBC series (link here)

Anti-Slavery Resources

Anti-Slavery International

Free the Slaves – Slavery Archive

BBC Global Crime Report – The Body Trade


National Underground Railroad Freedom Center


Filed under Africa, Barbados, Crime & Law, Culture & Race Issues, History, Island Life, Politics & Corruption, Religion

Barbados Death Boat – Mass Burial Brings Us Together


Ten unnamed travellers from Senegal who set out to make new lives and help their families back home ended their sad journey on Wednesday when they were buried in a joint Muslim – Christian ceremony. Some 40 others who perished on the same journey were taken by the sea.

Everytime I think of these poor folks, I thank God that I was born in Barbados. When my time comes, there are a few questions I’d like to ask God, and one of them will be about this.

Story Links

(I can’t get the links to work tonight, so you will have to copy and paste into your browser)

The Nation News: 10 Finally Laid To Rest

Barbados Free Press: Previous Stories On The Death Boat (link here)»


Filed under Barbados, Culture & Race Issues, History, Island Life