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Happy Independence Day Barbados!

Independence_Errol_Barrow_barbadosIn plenty and in time of need
When this fair land was young
Our brave forefathers sowed the seed
From which our pride was sprung
A pride that makes no wanton boast
Of what it has withstood
That binds our hearts from coast to coast
The pride of nationhood

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National Anthem of Barbados

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105 Comments on “Happy Independence Day Barbados!”

  1. Bajan 2 de bone December 1, 2015 at 5:56 PM #

    Happy independence Barbados. !!!! Finally we has understand de diff tween argued and argue, tween comment and commented. It are we has expeck of an educate people.

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  2. Alvin Cummins December 1, 2015 at 7:10 PM #

    @Well Well,
    I am often tempted to stop writing on this blog; not because I am down- spirited or scared, but because some of the- Bushie words-I read fill me with loathing at its stupidity7 of the person writing.Although according to many of you I write-bushie words- often. .

    One of our esteemed bloggers opined that if there was a breakdown at the proposed WTE plant it would be like Chernobyl. In other words he is comparing a Plasma Gasifier with a Nuclear Plant Meltdown. And I am supposed to let something like that to be sent into the “atmosphere” without reply?
    When Donna could write and advise me that;as she surmises, I have it better here, and therefore I should stop telling the people in Barbados how good they have it, should I let that slide? Whether you, Donna or anyone else believe it or want to accept it, compared to many other places, the people in Barbados have it good! If you are homeless in Barbados and have to sleep on the beach, it is better than being homeless in North America, or even Europe, in February or March and have to sleep (if you can) in temperatures of minus 15 or 20 degrees celsius, you would know which person is the better off or who has it better. As long as Bajans believe this nonsense of how badly off they are, perpetuated by people who should know better, I will have to come and draw comparisons, whether I am considered a yard fowl or not. One thing, I will always tell the truth, and tell it like it is. Exactly..

    As long as people try to brainwash Bajans into believing that they are worse off now, than before Independence, I will have to come and deprogram them, or at least try to, so that they would have some true understanding of the real world.
    And dear Donna, I don’t have it especially better than many people in Barbados, and whatever I have achieved, academically or financially, it has been through hard work; study lasting many years, working, sometimes three jobs at the same time, and from having lived many more years than you, in, and visited, many different countries.

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  3. ac December 1, 2015 at 9:39 PM #

    Until the BLP find good leadership they will never (read my lips)”never” regained the coveted prize of being in charge of the countries affair
    One of the yardfowls major mistakes is having a “marriage of convenience to OSA which many believed was a King
    Now the job of replacing the King seems unreachable due in part to the height of his status during his fourteen year reign and a bestowed reverence which his followers had acclaimed as that of beyond reproach
    The new King ( No i did not say queen) would by all accounts fill the masters shoes in more ways than one having the aura and political suave to woo and captivate an audience
    As it stands now on the scorecard the BLP does not have or posses that person within their ranks
    Their best bet would be to look outward to find

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  4. Artaxerxes December 1, 2015 at 10:10 PM #

    balance December 1, 2015 at 5:22 PM #

    “Since all or I should say most of the commentators on the blog including myself do not see the BLP as an alternative government Arta how will you propose the country to be governed If the DLP demits office?”

    In my opinion, even the man on the “Cream of Wheat” or the “Quaker Oats” box will do a better job of providing good governance for this island than Freundel Stuart and his band of misfits.

    Can you envisage Patrick Todd, Ronald Jones, Jeptar Ince, Irene Sandiford-Garner, Esther Byer (suck who), Denis Kellman, Richard Sealy, Mara Thompson, John Boyce, Michael Lashley, Maxine McLean, Denis Lowe, James Paul, Steve Blackett, Adriel Brathwaite, Donville Inniss or Harcourt Husbands being any viable alternative to what the BLP has to offer?

    Would you HONESTLY describe what Fruendel Stuart exhibit GOOD LEADERSHIP?

    Shiite buckets in BOTH parties.

    If you could feel comfortable with these DLP jokers, surely you could feel equally comfortable with the BLP jokers.

    Come on, Balance, I know you have better sense than that.

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  5. Donna December 1, 2015 at 10:14 PM #

    Alvin,

    My comment remains the same. You are on the outside. You DO NOT KNOW. Our problem is rampant and unchecked corruption, and that, more than a little hardship is what is bothering us. There is a feeling of helplessness in the face of bold-faced lies told by our political leaders who seem to think they can do as they like without answering to the people who elected them. That takes away the feeling of security we used to have when we believed our nation was in good even though imperfect hands. You would have to be here in the same sinking ship to understand that. But you DO NOT WANT TO ACKNOWLEGDE THAT because it somehow does not fit your agenda.

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  6. Alvin Cummins December 1, 2015 at 10:36 PM #

    Donna,
    I have family living in Barbados. I have friends, in all social classes living in Barbados. I listen to Brass tacks almost every day, and other programmes when I can, via stream on my computer. I read the Nation Advocate, and quite often the Barbados Business Authority. I think I am aware of what goes on in Barbados.I don’t have to be on a sinking ship, to observe that it is sinking. From my observations and information, Barbados is not sinking. It has been in difficulty for a long time but it is not sinking.Japan has gone back into recession but it is not sinking. (Their growth last year was less than 1%$) Many people4 who think they are dying do not die4.

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  7. Colonel Buggy December 1, 2015 at 10:38 PM #

    And part of those bold-faced lies, include the painting of a pretty picture of Barbados,when these same politicians address those Bajans who live in Boston, Toronto and London,UK.

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  8. millertheanunnaki December 1, 2015 at 10:45 PM #

    @ ac December 1, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    Why are you so royally enamoured with the use of monarchical titles and verbal paraphernalia to describe the real blood sport of kings called politics?
    Don’t you think after the rule of black King Fumble of the House of Stuart any commoner can do a better job for the tripartite republic of Trinbimgo?

    The coming year 2016 (the year of the monkey for many) would witness the confluence or convergence of events which will have major Constitutional ramifications for the politically ruptured Bim.
    Not only will 2016 herald the 50th anniversary of Little England letting go of the coattail of her motherland but it will marked as in 1652 be forced into making her real first adult decision; one way or the other.
    Will Bim just amend her Constitution to reflect the abdication (for whatever reasons) by the present female monarch on the British throne by way of minor changes of ‘His Majesty’ instead of ‘Her Majesty’ (cases where HM exist remain the same)?

    Or will Trinbargo seize the opportunity to go the full republican route while still holding on to its heraldic relics of KA and KC’s and all the symbolic representations of a monarchical circus of black buffoonery?
    Will King Stuart give a monkey’s about the necessity of expensively rebranding Bim or would he rule by decree and just say: ‘Hail the Republic of Black Brass Bowls, Long Live the King Beheaded Charles of Stuart’?

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  9. ac December 1, 2015 at 11:13 PM #

    miller your use of bigoted and racist terms which you have seen fit to interject in your commentary to depict the PM Charactersitics is more a reflection of a low down dirty minded scalawag and a personification of your own image negro.
    The PM is who he is black brown or red, If you do not like it too bad

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  10. millertheanunnaki December 1, 2015 at 11:31 PM #

    @ ac December 1, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    Let’s agree to refer to King Fumble as Royal Black, shouldn’t we?

    BTW, Negress, Do you know what the word “negro” means in Spanish?

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  11. Colonel Buggy December 1, 2015 at 11:31 PM #

    millertheanunnaki December 1, 2015 at 10:45 PM # Will King Stuart give a monkey’s about the necessity of expensively rebranding Bim or would he rule by decree and just say: ‘Hail the Republic of Black Brass Bowls, Long Live the King Beheaded Charles of Stuart’?
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    From the Royal House of Stuarts.

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  12. Hants December 2, 2015 at 12:48 AM #

    @ David,

    read page 18 of Barbados Today.

    Barbados has a new political party named SOLUTIONS BARBADOS.

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  13. David December 2, 2015 at 1:27 AM #

    @Hants

    That is Grenville’s party first mooted on social media.

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  14. Well Well & Consequences December 2, 2015 at 3:36 AM #

    “If you are homeless in Barbados and have to sleep on the beach, it is better than being homeless in North America, or even Europe, in February or March and have to sleep (if you can) in temperatures of minus 15 or 20 degrees celsius, you would know which person is the better off or who has it better”.

    Alvin…….here is where I will press on you to tell the truth, yes, it will be warmer, as a homeless person to sleep on the beach in a year round summer clime in the Caribbean than in the winter, but, you neglected to add that there are homeless shelters throughout North America, churches etc, soup kitchens etc, people who choose to sleep outside in negative degree temperatures do so at their own peril, these programs are also taxpayer or privately funded. I believe a program was started in Barbados some years ago privately funded, for the homeless, the Salvation Army provides meals for the hungry and there was a dude at Queens Park, don’t know if that’s still in play, who provided breakfast for the hungry. The YWCA provides breakfast for school kids whose parents are having difficulties. In every country you will find someone picking up the slack.

    Regarding the other stuff that bothers you, I can’t help you there, as long as you continue to view everything through politics and politicians, you will continue to be lost Alvin. The population has realized that they are responsible for their own existence and their successes depend on how hard they work, lately, opportunities are not what they should be, but politicians have a job to do, it’s a job like any other job, but with more responsibilites and if they do everything else but that job, you get what you see. Maybe if they stop trying to turn everyone on the island into yardfowls and political pimps, they will be able to focus completely on their jobs and also see their successes..

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  15. Well Well & Consequences December 2, 2015 at 4:21 AM #

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/mark-zuckerberg-announces-daughter-max-zuckerberg-birth-article-1.2452029

    Just for you Alvin…….intelligent people think of and care for future generations.

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  16. Donna December 2, 2015 at 9:00 AM #

    Alvin,

    Second hand news is never as accurate as first hand. YOU DO NOT KNOW HOW WE WHO ARE COMMENTING HERE FEEL. DO NOT TELL US HOW WE SHOULD BE FEELING.

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  17. thejustician December 2, 2015 at 9:14 AM #

    A perspective that is based mainly on what the mainstream media reports could never be accurate. For almost everything they print there’s an ulterior motive, whether to distract or to misinform. For example no investigative journalist revealed in the imaginary cars debacle that you cannot register a car unless it is issued a weight cert, and only MTW weighs cars; how do you weigh a car that doesn’t exist? The obvious MTW involvement was totally ignored by the press. Also, they are not talking about the huge betrayal that is the removal of the savings rate floor’ but some trivial sh*t always makes it to the cover…

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  18. Hants December 2, 2015 at 10:55 AM #

    @ David,

    I notice the new political party has not ” included ” BU.

    They have made their “announcement”

    ” in main stream media “. what’s up wid dat ?

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  19. David December 2, 2015 at 11:05 AM #

    If you want to win favor with the Establishment Grenville would have been advised to avoid BU. To be fair to Grenville he tested the water on BU a few months ago.

    >

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  20. Colonel Buggy December 3, 2015 at 10:24 PM #

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  21. Alvin Cummins December 4, 2015 at 7:19 PM #

    @Well Well:
    Mr. Zucherberg is worth how much?

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  22. Exclaimer December 4, 2015 at 8:29 PM #

    Is it possible for a country to have genuinely gained independence without having first waged a revolution? How do you define a revolution? Does blood have to be spilt on the streets to give legitimacy to a revolution? In order for a revolution to occur it requires the mind-set of the individual to become re-animated. In simple words, the individual has to be woken up from their slumber. It is evident to me that the BU forum contains a large number of individuals who harbour revolutionary ideas. Such individuals have the capacity to spread their philosophy to the intellectually indifferent. The impoverish masses are under tremendous pressure to support themselves and their families. They are in survival mode and have little time to truly consider their miserable plight.

    Just for the record, I do not believe that all revolutions equate to blood being spilled. I would say that the ideal revolution is when the masses assemble and join together as one: when brains are unified and pitched against the enemy.

    The film below (which I have cited before) highlights what can be achieved when the masses unite with one voice and shrieks in a high pitch “enough is enough!” The film also highlights how difficult it is wage a revolution.

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  23. Hants December 4, 2015 at 8:37 PM #

    “T&T economy in recession ”

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/75215/-economy-recession

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  24. Colonel Buggy December 7, 2015 at 5:01 PM #

    Why did someone not take the Acting Prime Minister aside, before the Independence Parade and demonstrated to him the correct way to stand to attention?
    At one point he was seen standing with feet wide apart,and arms at his side . Reminiscence of Bud and Lou.

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  25. Colonel Buggy December 7, 2015 at 5:08 PM #

    During the Independence day parade broadcast on CBC, subject to correction, a commentator was heard to say the the early mounted police of the then Barbados Police Force were utilised in protecting the plantations from being robbed on Thursday paydays.

    The Thursday payday is a comparatively new thing.

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  26. Caswell Franklyn December 7, 2015 at 5:47 PM #

    Don’t be so unkind Colonel, it ever occurred to you that he might not have been able to get the feet closed.

    >

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  27. David December 7, 2015 at 5:48 PM #

    @Caswell

    What are you saying? That he has goadies maybe?

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  28. Caswell Franklyn December 7, 2015 at 5:51 PM #

    David

    You’re to kind. I wasn’t thinking of goadies.

    >

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  29. Colonel Buggy December 8, 2015 at 3:59 PM #

    JOB VACANCY- No Bajan need apply

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  30. Georgie Porgie December 8, 2015 at 5:03 PM #

    rE Caswell Franklyn December 7, 2015 at 5:51 PM #
    David

    You’re to kind. I wasn’t thinking of goadies.

    WERE YOU THINKING OF ANY OF THESE >Causes of scrotal swelling

    Congestive heart failure
    Epididymitis
    Hernia
    Hydrocele
    Injury
    Orchitis
    Surgery in the genital area
    Testicular torsion
    Varicocele
    Testicular cancer

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