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.
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
“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 – 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
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Question: How many hours did it take Ray Hightower to become one of the best iOS programmers?
Answer: About 10,000
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.
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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.