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Ping Yark: Number of Bajans living in U.K. plummeting


Between 1971 and 2011, the number of people born in Barbados and living in the UK fell from 27,055 to 18,672. This according to the latest issue of Ping Yark, the newsletter by, for and about Bajans in the UK.

The latest issue of our favourite expat magazine also contains stories on the following topics…

  • David Comissiong’s attack on the DLP and PM Freundel Stuart
  • The National Council of Barbados Associations (NCBA UK) as the tool of one man: Tyrone Roach as the Barbados Nation newspaper’s UK representative
  • Bruce Jenner
  • David Cameron
  • Rise of the UK Limes
  • Some historic happenings in Bygone Barbados – Marcus Garvey’s 1937 address, 1939 refusal of Jews fleeing the Nazis, Errol Barrow’s declaration that all white people in Barbados should be killed
  • Grenville Pillips II’s call for a new political party in Barbados.


PDF 2.8mb… Ping Yark Magazine


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Regarding the Silver Point Hotel

To the person who left us the information about the Silver Point Hotel…

Sure. Send us everything. You know us… we’ll publish the story.

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Latest Ping Yark issue pokes, prods and slashes former UK High Commissioner Hugh Anthony Arthur…. other victims too!


Ping Yark latest issue free at BFP

Editor Leigh Bourne and his friends are at it again and they are not holding back.

Here’s a few of the topics in the first Ping Yark of 2014:

On former UK High Commissioner Arthur…

UK High Commissioner’s farewell party cancelled because only 10 people RSVP’d!!!!

“If Tony Arthur’s remit was to avoid the public’s gaze – keep in the background – smile as little as possible – come across as abrupt, aloof or act like Mr Grumpy ….then he was a roaring success !

Sadly …community wise …which is all we’re interested in …success is not a word you can attribute to Tony Arthur’s UK tenure. Many a time in these here pages have we had a pop at the relationship between him and his staff – and the chasm that existed between him and his deputy.”

… download Ping Yark below to read the full Monty.

Other stories in Ping Yark…

  • Grayce: 50 year old grandmother and pin-up girl
  • National Council of Barbados Associations “an entity with one foot in the grave”
  • Air Passenger Duty Committee fundraiser a failure
  • 2nd Generation Birmingham Independence Dance a disaster
  • Vince ‘Boo’ Nurse and Barbados Labour Party celebration EXCELLENT!
  • Sex in the school yard: journalists charged at The Nation
  • John Milton Ward – A life well lived, a legacy that will endure.
  • Marking the Spot – preserving and promoting our history.

Download the latest Ping Yark (PDF 3mb) Ping Yark Jan 14 2014


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Donville Mayers reads the news at Bajan TV

“It is expected that scores of people will line the streets of St. John to get a glimpse of their Queen…”

Man decides to start reading his own Bajan TV News on the internet. And why not? Another voice in the mix and I rather enjoy watching Donville throw in the odd little aside as he covers the stories of the day as he sees them.

We’d like to see him try some on the spot outside reporting and perhaps get into some editing of photos or videos into the presentation but mainly we hope he keeps at it! Barbados needs more citizen journalists because we can’t count on the professionals who are prevented from covering many important news stories.

(Two technical observations for Donville: You need a little more lighting to the front and you need your microphone placed closer or some other solution to get rid of a little echo or hollow sound in the background.)

Click on the photo or the link to watch Donville’s latest news report.

Bajan TV News


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BajanReporter.com goes live. Can the author one of Barbados’ most popular blogs find commercial success with a news website?

For the last three years former CBC news anchor Ian Bourne’s blog The Bajan Reporter has been one of Barbados’ most popular internet destinations. Ian’s in-depth coverage of local events the oldstream Bajan media ignores has earned him thousands of regular visitors a day.

Barbados Journalist Ian Bourne

Now Ian is trying to take his work into the mainstream with the launch of an expanded news site and web magazine: BajanReporter.com.

It looks like BajanReporter.com will retain the personal coverage of local events that made Ian’s blog so popular, but will also cover the larger events in Barbados and selected news from around the world from a Bajan perspective.

Will Ian be able to expand his readership and successfully monetize his website with juicy advertising contracts from prime brands? If anyone can do it, he can! (Hey… isn’t that Nike we hear knocking? Maybe they will cut back on Tiger’s endorsements and transfer the advertising revenues to Mr. Bourne!) 🙂

Good luck Ian!

Check out BajanReporter.com

Side issue: Ian… whatcha gonna do with your old blog? Should we take down the link to your blog and put up only the website on our sidebar? Let us know old friend.


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