Category Archives: 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.

10/10

Robert

F100 Super Sabre Cockpit

click photos for larger

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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.

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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) nexgeneration.org

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!

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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)

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Barbados Crop-Over Used To Be About This…

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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)

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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

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Does Bizzy Williams Know How To Party? For Sure!

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Courtesy of Kadooment.com

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Barbados In Focus Is At It Again

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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

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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

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

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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.

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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 …

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A FAMILY TORN APART BY VIAGRA!

STARRING…

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)

CO-STARRING…

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

INTRODUCING…

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

SPECIAL DOUBLE APPEARANCE…

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

GUEST CAMEO

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

DON’T MISS THIS BOX OFFICE SMASH!

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!

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Contemporary Slavery In Haiti… And Around The World

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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.

Haiti

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.

Niger

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.

Pakistan

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.

England

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

Unesco.org – Slavery Archive

BBC Global Crime Report – The Body Trade

Unicef

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

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Barbados Death Boat – Mass Burial Brings Us Together

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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

http://www.nationnews.com/story/297614860315377.php

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

https://barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/?s=death+boat&searchsubmit=Find+»

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How About Urban Vegetable Gardens For Barbados?

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Temas Blog Tells Of Urban Gardening Experiment In Venezuela

As most of our BFP readers know, we’re not big fans of dictatorships, communist governments or cradle to grave socialism. Nor do we support social structures that destroy individual initatives and profits. (editor’s note: to see what Cliverton really thinks about communists, read his BFP articles: A VCR Travels From Barbados To Cuba – In Vain and Celebrating Castro’s Birthday In New York City.)

Now that Hugo Chavez has shut down Venezuela’s political and media opposition and declared himself Supreme Dictator, President for Life and King of Scotland (wink wink), it is unlikely that BFP will be supporting many new developments from this dictatorship.

But we still try to keep open minds when we see something that makes sense.

Keith Ripley’s Temas Blog is carrying a story about an experiment in organic urban gardening that is underway in Caracas, Venezuela. One phrase caught our attention…

Classes are held at this “Organoponico Bolivar” to teach students and anyone else interested in organic and urban growing techniques they can replicate at home.

Good idea!

When I was studying in Cuba, I saw that every school has a vegetable garden. Cubans learn early in life how to garden and to develop an appreciation of how much produce can had from a well-tended small plot. When the crop is ready, the harvest is divided up and sent home with the students.

How much better things could be on Barbados if every home and every school had some size of vegetable garden.

Head on over to Temas Blog for some ideas and a link to a BBC photo essay on the Caracas gardens.

Story Link – Temas Blog: Organic Urban Gardens In Caracas

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Barbadosed Boy Lonely On A Friday Night – Shoots Cat

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New semester. Way ahead in my reading. Been working too hard and January is not yet finished.

Did you know that “Barbadosed” use to be a verb? I feel that way. (Look it up here)

I’m taking a well earned break tonight and I won’t be posting again this evening. I have some friends coming over around 9pm Texas time – but until then, my high score is 834 feet.

If you think you can shoot the cat out of the cannon further than that – give it a try here or click on the screen shots.

Here kitty, kitty, kitty!

:-)

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Cliverton

If you’re going to be silly, I changed the title around. (Used to read “Barbados Boy…”)

George

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Barbados Advocate Deliberately Erases The Past – “Disappears” Water Park Article!

“The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became truth.”

“And if all others accepted the lie which the party imposed – if all records told the same tale – then the lie passed into history and became the truth.”

… from George Orwell’s famous novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (pages 78 & 37)

Barbados Advocate Removes Caribbean Splash Water Park Article

The Barbados Advocate has removed an online article that quotes Matthew Kerins – the developer of the doomed Caribbean Splash Waterpark – as saying that he has “invested” some $2 million dollars in Barbados waterpark project, and if he cannot do it he would have to walk away from the $2 million …

“And I feel that I have already invested $2 million of my money without an approval. If the Government decides for me not to do this project then I lose $2 million and I walk away”

… Matthew Kerins, developer of the ill-fated Caribbean Splash Waterpark proposed for Barbados. (Note: Mr. Kerins is on record in a few places explaining that this is US$2 million – but this was the exact quote from this particular newspaper article)

On July 12, 2006, BFP reader Hants filed this comment and directed everyone to the Barbados Advocate article at this URL …

http://www.barbadosadvocate.com/NewViewNewsleft.cfm?Record=26811

Last week, Cliverton was clicking through some old BFP posts researching another waterpark post and he discovered that the Barbados Advocate waterpark article that Hants referred to in his comment had been removed.

“Isn’t that interesting?” thought Clive, and he took a closer look at The Barbados Advocate.

What Cliverton found is straight out of George Orwell’s famous novel Nineteen Eighty-Four: The Barbados Advocate has deliberately set up it’s website to conceal all past writings from the public.

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The website of the second largest newspaper in Barbados is designed to erase the past!

We’ve heard rumours about the destroyed paper archives at The Barbados Advocate, and what we discovered shows an obvious intent to ensure that no member of the public is able to dig into the historical record and, for instance, quote what some government offical or politician said on such and such a date in the newspaper.

The Barbados Advocate does not allow the public to search it’s online archives … AND … it has blocked Google and other search engines from crawling it’s website and including the results in replies to online search queries.

For The Barbados Advocate, The News Is Only What Is Convenient For The Moment.

If what they have written is later found to be inaccurate, an outright lie or evidence of an agenda – well, the proof has already been disposed of.

“The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became truth.”

What Foul Intent Is This?

Our blog, the Barbados Free Press, has a “search” box that allows anyone to search any word in our archives and pull up any article we’ve written. We also allow the public to access our archives on a month by month basis, or to search for all articles that are “tagged” in various categories, such as “Africa”, “Environment”, “Politics & Corruption” and the like.

Similarly, anyone can search the archives of The Nation News or the Broad Street Journal and read past articles for free. This is pretty standard stuff. Virtually all newspapers these days allow the public to access their archives and read entire articles either for free or on a fee system. For many newspapers like The New York Times, the online archives provide a significant revenue stream.

This is not high technology. In fact, Google will catologue any website for free and provide a search engine – for free. All one has to do is to insert a bit of code into the website’s homepage. Millions of websites use Google’s little search box because it works, and… it’s free.

The Barbados Advocate has no search function on its website. In fact… The Barbados Advocate blocks Google and other crawlers from making a daily record of it’s articles.

“The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became truth.”

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Barbados Sanitation Service Authority – “Friends Are Coming, Let’s Clean This Place Up”

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January 29th – Get Rid Of Old Appliances, Mother-In-Law etc.

We received this press release from the Sanitation Service Authority about a big pickup of appliances and other large items – to happen on Monday, January 29th. We think it is wonderful that the SSA is taking a lead in cleaning up before our Cricket World Cup guests arrive – but we wish that the government would fund them well enough to continue the effort over the entire island.

Like your mama used to tell you… there’s the kind of person who cleans up only when they know that company will be arriving soon – and then there is the kind of person who keeps their home clean all the time.

Oh well, it’s a good start. Let’s hope that the SSA will continue to clean up even after Cricket World Cup is finished…

(Kind of interesting how the government sends us their media releases when they would like some quick help getting the word out on something, hmmmm?)

IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE: Removal of Bulky Waste Items in New Orleans & Pickwick Gap Areas

The Sanitation Service Authority in association with the Black Rock Polyclinic is removing bulky waste items from the New Orleans and Pickwick Gap areas only from Monday 29th January 2007.

Bulky waste items consist of old appliances like fridges and ovens as well as similar metallic items like galvanise as well as old furniture or other wooden or plastic items, etc. This clean-up is in keeping with Government’s wishes to make the Cricket World Cup a complete success.

These items are to be set near your regular refuse by no later than Sunday 28th January 2007 please separate your bulky waste items into wood and other items in one pile and another for only metal objects for collection by the Sanitation Service Authority.

The following areas only will undergo the bulky waste clean up – 1st & 2nd Ave New Orleans; as well as 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th avenues of the Orleans – in addition to Pickwick Gap itself along with 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th avenues of Pickwick. All residents from these districts are urged to place your separated wood and metal objects outside your homes by no later than Sunday 28th January 2007.

The actual cleansing of such items from the Orleans and Pickwick Gap areas starts Monday 29th January 2007.

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Barbados Music Awards Need A Little Credibility Boost

The Bajan Reporter blog continues asking questions about the judging process of the Barbados Music Awards – and the bloggers aren’t the only ones raising eyebrows. According to Ian Bourne at Bajan Reporter, some Barbados entertainers are grumbling too.

Like we said… there has been a change of mood in this country insofar as transparency, integrity and accountability goes – and it is flowing through Bajan society at all levels. The elites had better take notice…

Bajan Reporter: More Entertainers Carp On B’dos Music Awards Under Cloak Of Anonymity

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