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Some pampered babies at Barbados Royal Westmoreland crying over hurricane Tomas

UPDATED: November 22, 2010 9:31am Bridgetown

BFP reader ‘Come here’ says that Royal Westmoreland’s club house was open with free food and drinks throughout the period described by the “young posers” (that’s a quote!) to the Brit newspapers. Here’s what ‘Come Here’ has to say…

For the record, the renters of those 2 villas who complained to the MIRROR are young posers, entitled colonial era minded Brits, who cannot understand why “staff” did not rush from their roofless homes to bring them a Chicken Rita. Don’t ask how I know, but I do.

These disgusting snobs burned Rooney’s cabinets with candles, broke furniture, and generally abused the staff willing to brave the weather to “serve” them. The golfers clubhouse was open and operating WITH FREE FOOD AND DRINK, and several of the staff went without sleep to serve the guests. All of this nonsense here about what generator should be or what water tank could be in a million dollar home fails to explain why BL&P was unable to restore power to a lot of suffering people for nearly a week.

The point is that EVERYONE was caught flatfooted, including the inept government and salaried weather watchers, leaving Bajans a wind gust away from being in the disaster state that is St. Lucia.

All the millions wasted attracting visitors here cannot compete with the public relations nightmare Tomas has caused Barbados.

Here is our original article as published November 21, 2010…

All together now: “AWWWWWWWWW poor babies! Let mummy kiss it better!”

(While daddy shouts “Don’t do that. Let him be a man!”)

Some Royal Westmoreland guests are upset that their caviar and champagne holiday was interrupted by Hurricane Tomas. They rented Wayne Rooney’s home for 1,000 pounds a night (GOOD LORD!!!!) but when the power and water went out for three days they were greatly inconvenienced.

The p’d off guests report to the London Mirror that they had to use water from swimming pool to the flush toilets! Imagine that! They had to get a taxi driver to (hold nose here) bring them some chicken! EGADS!

And, doan ya know, the roof and door leaked during the hurricane! “Well, I never! That’s the last time I’d stay in that five million pounds rubbish heap!”

(Side note: We’ve heard rumours – only rumours, mind you – that at least three and as many as six other roofs in Barbados – gasp! – actually leaked during the hurricane!)  😉  Continue reading

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Eugene Melnyk helps out Hurricane Honeymooners

Canadians Jana Lee Tryan and Joe Murray said “I do”, then arrived in Barbados for their honeymoon at the same time as Hurricane Tomas decided to head our way.

They’re in love so they didn’t mind the no water / no power at their hotel for three days, but they were getting a little grungy when they met Eugene Melnyk at Bert’s bar. When the businessman and hockey team owner found they were on their honeymoon he decided to do something nice for them. Soon they were being chauffeured to Melnyk’s estate at Crane’s beach.

A nice story. You can read the whole thing at the Ottawa Citizen: Melnyk deflects hurricane slapshot

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Hating Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar for ending the hypocrisy

Trinidad & Tobago’s PM says no help for Hurricane Tomas victims unless it benefits Trinidad & Tobago too

The BFP crew joined the outrage against Persad-Bissessar’s statements made earlier this week – until Marcus walked into the room and gave us his outstanding impression of Michael Corleone in The Godfather Part II…

“We’re both part of the same hypocrisy…

…but Kamla’s decided she’d rather tell the truth.”

Proponents of CARICOM love to talk about how wonderful and strong the Caribbean Community could be if we would only unite and put aside our selfishness. If the stronger and wealthier countries would help our neighbours to the best of our ability, the entire family would progress.

Fine words. Fine thoughts.

The Caricom party line heard for decades ad infinitum, ad nauseam.

So when Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar said that Trinidad and Tobago taxpayers are getting tired of being thought of as the CARICOM family piggy bank, that she has to consult with the citizens before her government can make promises AND that if houses are to be built as a gift from T&T, it will be T&T companies that build them with T&T materials… WELL… that put the mongoose in the chicken pen!

Remember Haiti?

It’s been almost nine months since the devastating earthquake in Haiti. As with every major crisis there was lots of interest, promises and concern for a little while. Then we forgot about Haiti. All of us forgot, Barbados included. Continue reading

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Power back on near Grape Hall, Barbados. What a mess!

Hurricane straps – I had them, Victor Holder didn’t.

More than a few Bajan homes lost large pieces or the whole roof in Hurricane Tomas, but I’d love to know how many severely damaged homes were equipped with hurricane straps and tabs. Not many, I’d wager.

My roof shook and I lost a window that didn’t have a board over it but the damage was minimal all things considered. Some of my neighbours didn’t fare so well – some through lack of preparation and others because their homes or additions are nothing more than slapped-together bits and pieces. I can’t fault a hardworking man who hasn’t money for a roof over his family other than pushing a couple of old chattel homes together. That’s life in Barbados for many folks, and whether we get a building code or not it’s not going to change the old homes. Not for decades anyway.

So please don’t take it as a criticism against Victor Holder when I mention that he didn’t have hurricane straps installed. Continue reading

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Tropical Storm Tomas: Not too scary in Grape Hall, Barbados

UPDATE: Heard from Marcus. There are a couple of boats smashed up at Oistins. Lots of damage, roofs off. It looks like the south took a harder hit than we did.

It was a dark and stormy night…

Is it HURRICANE Tomas?

Okay, we back up on the internet after 30 minutes without power. It’s not too bad. Noisy. Wet. Water went off with the power, but it’s back. One of our friends has one of those little wind things on top of his house and it hit 87 mph just before a calm period maybe an hour and a half ago.

Aunty Moses is down south with Shona and Marcus. Robert is off the island. Can’t find George anywhere.

As for me, I made it home in time to put up most of the boards. I am glad I oiled and exercised the wing nuts about six months ago. Thanks to Robert for insisting about that.

Right now I’m feeling no pain and not lacking for friendly companionship. The harder it blows, the tighter she holds on.

I’ve had worse nights in my life. 🙂

Clive

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