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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

merry-christmas-starsTo the BU family: have a Merry Little Christmas. The BU household enjoyed supporting this virtual rum shop now in its ninth year. While we do not know what the future brings, here is wishing you and your family experience a wonderful Christmas period.[…]

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58 Comments on “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

  1. pieceuhderockyeahright December 24, 2015 at 11:16 PM #

    To all of the BU family and to all Barbados (note its proper spelling) and to all men peace on earth and goodwill to all men

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  2. pieceuhderockyeahright December 24, 2015 at 11:18 PM #

    And to Blogmaster the host, and to you and your family a very special Merry Xmas.

    YOu are like our Santa Claus and have brought a special gift into all our lives forever!!

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  3. Kammie Holder December 25, 2015 at 1:18 AM #

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  4. Anthony Davis December 25, 2015 at 4:10 AM #

    Thank you, and the same to you and yours!

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  5. Rosemary Parkinson December 25, 2015 at 4:37 AM #

    Wishing you all the best Christmas evah…may the New Year bring us, above everything else we might individually desire; health, peace and happiness.

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  6. Anthony Davis December 25, 2015 at 5:07 AM #

    David you should go to the “Daily Mail Online and read what the British are saying to their PM! The things are hilarious, and it would be good if you could publish the report. It’s under the headline “David Cameron gets a mauling from Twitter users who mock his Xmas message by telling him #YouAintNoChristian Bruv. One of the best is:

    On the first day of Xmas my PM gave to me,

    A one-way ticket into poverty.”

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  7. Dompey December 25, 2015 at 6:20 AM #

    “To the BU community”

    Happy Christmas to the BU eldership and a Happy New Year tah all that I have had the pleasure of conversed with during this trying year, but as for me: if the coming year brings me Death, Disease,Doubt, Fortune, Fame or Disappointment, I am ready and willing to accept it because I do believe in the principle of divine manifestation. Have a Happy Christmas and a blessed New Year(!)

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  8. Vincent Haynes December 25, 2015 at 6:22 AM #

    https://www.facebook.com/AwakenMythology/

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  9. Vincent Haynes December 25, 2015 at 6:24 AM #

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  10. ac December 25, 2015 at 6:37 AM #

    Merry Xmas to the BU household wishing all the best of health and a prosperity for the coming year

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  11. Well Well & Consequences2 December 25, 2015 at 7:27 AM #

    Happy Holidays to Piece, The Bushman, Miller and everyone else on BU.

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  12. Vincent Haynes December 25, 2015 at 7:48 AM #

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  13. Crusoe December 25, 2015 at 8:33 AM #

    Happy Christmas to all of you.

    Regards

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  14. racehrse December 25, 2015 at 11:30 AM #

    Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings to all of the BU family no matter what affiliation: BLP, DLP, Republican, Democrat, or Independent. I think we can all agree on one thing, and that is we all want what’s best on the island, and overseas. It’s just getting our political parties to to do what’s best for us, and not what’s best for them…..

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  15. caribbeantradelaw December 25, 2015 at 12:00 PM #

    A very merry Christmas to you and your family too, David, and to the entire BU family!

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  16. Hamilton Hill December 25, 2015 at 12:21 PM #

    Let me add my sentiments to those already expressed here. The very best to the entirety of the BU Household for the season. Special thanks and God’s continued guidance to you David. May your relentless efforts to do what the fourth estate does not, one day get their rightful recognition. Let 2016 represent the continued growth and progress of BARBADOS UNDERGROUND.

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  17. Alvin Cummins December 25, 2015 at 1:18 PM #

    @BU HOUSEHOLD.
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    Went in the park this morning. Listened to the Police Band and Promise.
    A good time was had by al. Style and Fashion Can’t done. The traditions still rule.

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  18. Sargeant December 25, 2015 at 3:10 PM #

    For those into choirs and music here is a seasonal song, the choir is not diverse but the song is ear catching.

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  19. Jeff Cumberbatch December 25, 2015 at 3:34 PM #

    A joyful Christmas Day to the BU household as David so fondly terms the frequenters. Special thanks to you, David, for providing over the past twelvemonth the gift of a forum where whosoever wishes is free to offer an opinion on the intriguing topics presented.

    Thanks too to Bush Tea, PUDRYR, DIW, ac, Dompey, Sargeant, Caswell, Zoe/GP, WW&C, to name but a few, who have kept burning in the national consciousness the flame of alternative thought.

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  20. Rod Brathwait December 25, 2015 at 3:53 PM #

    Wish I could be in Bim to hear the Police Band. Enjoying a south Texas Christmas with all my boys and their wives and nuff jug jug and Lottie’s hot sauce and a Merry Christmas to all.

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  21. Fractured BLP December 25, 2015 at 4:40 PM #

    Merry Christmas to fellow members of the BU household.

    A special Christmas wish to the Hon. Freundel Stuart. Barbados’ finest PM.

    Best wishes to Owen Arthur & Maria Agard, Barbados’ finest Independent MP’s

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  22. bajans December 25, 2015 at 4:54 PM #

    Merry Christmas to David of BU and his family. Seasons greetings to all the regulars and everyone who visits occasionally and of course the lurkers. Remember everything in moderation today.

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  23. Georgie Porgie December 25, 2015 at 5:04 PM #

    Rod Brathwait December 25, 2015 at 3:53 PM #

    MY SISTER IN LAW IN NH SENT ME SOME LOTTIES FOR CHRISTMAS PLUS ANOTHER BRAND CALLED CARRIBEAN SUNRISE DISTRIBUTED IN NC AND TEXAS RESPECTIVELY

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  24. ac December 25, 2015 at 9:16 PM #

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  25. de Ingrunt Word December 25, 2015 at 10:40 PM #

    So I understand that the word making the rounds in Barbados is that another politician who ostensibly started off with some standard middle-class wealth and earning power has made a sizable multi-million $$ purchase of land in a tony ‘rolling’ development in St.George (bordering St. John).

    The lucre from power and position is astounding in this small island!

    Hope everyone had their fair share of jug-jug and their honorable piece of black cake et al…with no pinching from a neighboring plate!

    @Jeff, seasons greetings to you as well and your family. Continued successes ahead. Do keep those scholarly thoughts flowing sweetly particularly with that cool tone of ‘double-entendre’

    We alI remember the days that Lillee and Thompson run bout de fellas back there in ’75-’76..though we cut dem backside on the fastest pitch in Perth (go figure)…and years later we remember teams winning the toss and inviting WI to bat…scared to face our fast bowlers.

    Now we getting run bout again and it sure look that we frighten as hell to bat when we win the toss. Oh lawd!

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  26. David December 26, 2015 at 5:23 AM #

    Thanks for all the greetings everyone.

    @Dee Word

    Appears the decision to put in Australia was about prolonging the match more than 2 days 😀.

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  27. Gabriel December 26, 2015 at 11:50 AM #

    My best wishes to all the BU family.Keep up the good work.

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  28. Prodigal Son December 26, 2015 at 9:22 PM #

    Merry Christmas to you, David, your family and to the entire BU family!

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  29. Artaxerxes December 26, 2015 at 10:25 PM #

    MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO THE BU HOUSE HOLD.

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  30. Ping Pong December 26, 2015 at 11:55 PM #

    I wish I could have a peaceful night but an inconsiderate person living near my home is allowed to play music loudly along with karaoke every Friday and Saturday night so that he can sell chicken and chips. The Police have been no help. I also believe that the structure erected to accommodate the chicken and chips business has not been approved by the Town and Country Planning department yet the Police could grant a permit to play loud music and the presiding Magistrate responsible for liquor licenses has granted a license to sell alcohol. Barbados is a hell for some of us.

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  31. de hood December 27, 2015 at 8:33 PM #

    Surprise! Surprise! Its the ol’ hoodie hyeah wishing each and every one on BU best wishes for the season and perhaps a bright and better election year 2016. GP ol’ man I still here. How u doin? Dave nice to see u still keeping them fires burning. Keep de faith all yuh, we gine soon see de backs of dese hyeah rebels from power.

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  32. Georgie Porgie December 27, 2015 at 8:43 PM #

    de hood December 27, 2015 at 8:33 PM #
    I AM VERY GLAD TO SEE YOU SIR
    THOUGHT THE UMPIRE HAD GIVEN YOU OUT
    I STILL HERE ENDURING THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE
    ALL THE BEST TO YOU AND YOURS FOR 20I6

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  33. Simple Simon December 27, 2015 at 9:28 PM #

    @Ping Pong December 26, 2015 at 11:55 PM “the structure erected to accommodate the chicken and chips business has not been approved by the Town and Country Planning department.”

    A Simple Piece of Advice: Complain directly to Town and Country Planning and let them do their work…the inconsiderate person does not care about your lack of sleep so why are you being so soft-hearted?

    Do NOT, repeat do NOT confront your annoying neighbour face to face.

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  34. David December 28, 2015 at 12:18 AM #

    @Hoodie

    Thanks for sending a smoke signal. All the best to you and yours Sir.

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  35. Alvin Cummins December 28, 2015 at 9:19 AM #

    oke@Ping Pong,
    Why not join them, buy some chicken and chips, and try to sing karaoke too. Sleep later.

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  36. Alvin Cummins December 28, 2015 at 9:23 AM #

    @Ping Pong,
    I forgot, buy a drink, share it with the owner and have a quiet talk with him. He might understand your position better. Remember, “a soft answer runneth away wrath.”

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  37. Artaxerxes December 28, 2015 at 9:44 AM #

    Ping Pong December 26, 2015 at 11:55 PM #

    About two years ago a guy was forced to close the bar and restaurant he operated on Hastings Main Road because the people living in the surrounding areas (including Dover) complained to the police that too much noise was coming from his place of business. The police and courts responded accordingly…….. he was not granted a liquor license nor was he allowed to continue in business.

    Yuh see how fast dem big up people dat does live in Dover and dem kinda areas so, get dat place shut down?

    Ping Pong, perhaps you are confronted by the following problems:

    …….. you are the wrong colour
    …….. you are not an affluent individual
    …….. you live in the wrong neighbourhood

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  38. Artaxerxes December 28, 2015 at 9:56 AM #

    Alvin Cummins December 28, 2015 at 9:23 AM #

    “I forgot, buy a drink, share it with the owner and have a quiet talk with him. He might understand your position better. Remember, “a soft answer runneth away wrath.”

    You JEST at Ping Pong’s plight, then surely you could have extended similar advice to those people living in the Hastings area who protested against the guy that operated his bar, forcing him to close and lose out on earning a living.

    Or you since feel so strongly about Ping Pong joining the activities, perhaps you could take it upon yourself to confront the representative for the Hastings area and plead on behalf of that businessman. You are a “rank DEM,” contacting John Boyce should not be a problem for you.

    I am disappointed at your for “sarcastically dismissing” someone’s plight. But it is done by your PM Stuart…… must be a DEMS thing.

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  39. Simple Simon December 28, 2015 at 12:31 PM #

    I repeat: “Complain directly to the officials of the Town and Country Planning Department and let them do their jobs.”

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  40. de hood December 28, 2015 at 11:15 PM #

    @ Doc GP & David,

    Nah man. I still giving trouble bout de place. I got all the buckets full of water to make sure I doan be kicking none ah dem tings over in any hurry!! LOL

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  41. pieceuhderockyeahright December 29, 2015 at 6:45 AM #

    @ ping Pong

    Simple Simon is right, if you ole like me and you ent got a licensed gun, like me, do not accost Dem vandagers and barmaments…

    Put your smart phone pun de photos app or de record video app

    Put you finger pun de tek pictures/videos button

    Put de phone pun you ear and go out to Dem place and buy some chicken and walk bot de place while receiving nuff calls and pretend talking in de phone dat is to say you mouf moving but you ent saying anyting dat de video gine get you voice.

    Sen um heah to de Blogmaster tuh put pun Bajan flick in a carousel or like de man wid he house in de water path dat ex Minister George Hutson get an illegal road build fuh she tuh flood way black peeple property.

    Shame and blame, shame and blame, even de politicians, as ingrunt as Dem scvunt is, Dem doan like Dem cuntstituents to see how ingrunt dem is and when peeple start talking bout dem heah and public sentiment embarrassing dem scvunt in public, watch how Dem does go and fix you road, and bring water, and resolve de incident when dem call you nigga wid one shirt, and hide and continue de Cahill deal, widout Kammie Holder and he peeple knowing when de $700 million getting send to Guernsey.

    Or you kin do like me and wait til all uh Dem sleeping and get up and leggo two gunshot in de air at fictitious peeple who trying to get in de ole man house.

    Peeple gots a healthy fear fuh mekking enemies wid an ole man wid a gun jes in case he get Alzheimer’s and go pun a shooting rampage

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  42. David December 29, 2015 at 6:58 AM #

    @Ping Pong

    Yes we will publish for BU, FB and other to see. The society is on a spiral, we have to do something. To suffer quietly will not cut it.

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  43. de hood December 29, 2015 at 8:47 AM #

    Doc,

    I really sympathise with u & DEM nightmares u having and I know when u dream an Amurkan nightmare u really doan wish for anedder one. I prefer to dream my bajan nightmares although DEM does be some frightening ones sometimes. LOL

    @ pingpong

    Sorry about your plight,Sir/M’am (been away so long not sure if u male or female now)

    I would certainly go the route that SS suggested. After all if they could stop someone like Mr. Cherry from doing some good in the community then surely they can stop a nuisance too.

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  44. Ping Pong December 29, 2015 at 9:18 AM #

    Thanks David

    I will consider my options. I have tried the “soft” approach which went nowhere. I attempted to reason with the operator to moderate the volume. I did not demand that he turn it off or any such thing. The operator said that I was the only person who complained (which was not true), that he had a permit to play music loudly and that in his opinion the noise could not affect me. Absurdly while the music was playing at a tolerable (to me) level the man walked to my house and proclaimed “what are you complaining about?” My response was that if he maintained the present volume I would not complain but that the usual volume was very much higher. He cut me off saying he had nothing more to say and that he would in fact increase the volume (which he did).

    Artaxerxes may be right when he wrote

    “Ping Pong, perhaps you are confronted by the following problems:

    …….. you are the wrong colour
    …….. you are not an affluent individual
    …….. you live in the wrong neighbourhood”

    Playing music loudly is common in my neighborhood. This particular situation is more annoying given its frequency (every Friday and Saturday night), the time (usually between 8 pm and 2 pm), the high volume and the nature of the noise (the cacophony of karaoke “singers”).

    Barbadians are very tolerant of noise pollution particularly in so called working class areas. It does not escape my attention that preachers will hold crusades (often with loud, amplified, discordant singing, imbecilic ranting and unsubstantiated ignorant discourse) in these areas but they never hold crusades near Fort George Heights or Prior Park or Warrens or similar areas. Public transport vehicles continue to blast music as these ply their routes.

    My wife has advised to me to give up the “fight”. She points out that the present government proposes to bring legislation to allow (encourage) fetes for the month preceding Crop Over and in fact to suspend any restriction on noise etc for that period under the guise of promoting “we kultur”.

    Simple Simon’s advice is probably the only option left other than trying to sell my house and moving. I actually don’t have any other problem with the man trying to earn a living. I believe a compromise position could be arrived at but the people around me seem to only respond to cussing, violence and the heavy hand of authorities (the police and Government authorities). Discussion, consideration, reasonableness and compromise are not normal to my neighborhood. Argument, abuse, exploitation and subjugation are the normative conditions. The cultural attitude to noise is one which elevates the right to noisy pleasure above the right to quiet peace. Complaints from members of the public whose pleas for police intervention against noise polluters are often summarily dismissed and even scoffed at. It is not uncommon for the very guardians of the law to choose to ignore the law and defend the right of others to make as much noise as they wish, and for as long as they wish, to the inconvenience of others.

    Thanks to those who empathized and sincerely offered advice. To David and the many posters and readers of Barbados Underground may Peace, Good Health and Sufficiency be your state in 2016.

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  45. Sargeant December 29, 2015 at 11:09 AM #

    @Ping Pong

    Unfortunately your experience is the current state of affairs and many Bajans suffer in silence because they think that their pleas for relief will fall on deaf ears. It is a society where the cacophony of sounds from multiple sources is as common as the noon day sun. It ranges from the one man hi-fi in the souped up vehicles to the local preacher who is afraid his sermon will only take root if it broadcast to all within a five mile radius; they are many variants to the foregoing.

    It will take more than an army of one or two (if you include Carl Moore) to wake the slumbering authorities (perhaps they are sleep deprived too) to curtail this but some persons’ complaints have been received and acted upon (see St. Lawrence Gap hoteliers) so maybe, just maybe your complaints will see the light of day and receive due consideration.

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  46. Donna December 29, 2015 at 11:37 AM #

    Ping Pong,

    I have called the Police Station to complain about noise from a cavalcade that was vibrating my windows only to be told to take it up with the Minister of Culture. Another government minister is responsible for sponsoring and participating in a band which hold fetes which assail my eardrums until the wee hours of the morning. Though I live a reasonable distance away I can hear very clearly every wutless word the DJ shouts and every wutless lyric to every so-called song. Calls to the police station have no effect.

    It was suggested to me by a sympathizer of the event that I should vacate my house when these events are taking place. That is how screwed up our thinking has become.

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  47. Artaxerxes December 29, 2015 at 11:48 AM #

    @ Ping Pong

    The following excerpts were taken from a January 2010 edition of the Weekend Nation.

    Some of the residents in the upscale neighbourhood are objecting to the operations of the recently-opened bar/restaurant known as FRANK’S PLACE – which is at the JUNCTION of DOVER GARDENS and MAXWELL MAIN ROAD.
    They are charging that the business goes against their property covenants and that the owner Mark Lynch, never sought permission from them for a change of use.

    About 60 people have signed a petition and filed objections against the business with the Town & Country Planning Department, Environmental Protection Department, Ministry of Transport and Works, Oistins Police Station and the Oistins Magistrates’ Court.

    However Lynch, who operates two other businesses – Reggae Lounge nightclub and restaurant Sweet Potatoes in nearby St Lawrence Gap – is claiming that attempts by the residents to close his business are racially motivated.
    He said having been involved in businesses for over 16 years, he had never been accused of breaking the law. He added he had spent over $50 000 to renovate the building, which he was also renting. Furthermore, Lynch said, he had taken over from a SIMILAR BUSINESS that OPERATED on the SAME SPOT.

    There was a restaurant and bar here before and no one objected. A man is going around soliciting signatures from residents and I believe that this is a white and black issue,” said an upset Lynch, who also lives in Dover Gardens. He said this man had “four or five businesses in St Lawrence Gap”.

    “He told me a few weeks ago that he would do everything in his power to stop my business.” Lynch produced a set of documents, which he said the man had sent out to people “all over Barbados” asking them to submit to various departments objecting to his business.

    In terms of the loud music, Lynch said he did not even have a stereo on the premises and even so, he added, the liquor licence which he obtained daily from the police permitted the playing of music.
    “The police came here one night telling me that they had received complaints that I was playing loud music and blocking the road. I asked them, ‘Do you hear music?’ I told them to look on the road and tell me if they saw any vehicles blocking driveways – there was nothing; so they left.

    “The next day I went to the station and an officer told me that a white woman had come in there crying that I had played loud music all night and it had affected her and her children. It was a good thing that the police had visited me the night before.”Lynch said he had recently rented and cleared a spot next door to the business as a parking lot for his patrons.

    Retired Senior Superintendent of Police, Edwin Gay, 81, lives next door to the bar. He said he had no problems with the operation and that since it opened he had been going there for lunch.
    “Music? What music? I never heard them playing music loudly. As far as I am concerned, he is a good neighbour,” Gay told the WEEKEND NATION.

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    Ping Pong, I’m sure you can identify with problems similar to those allegedly experienced by the residents of Dover and Maxwell Main Road. However, those residents were able to enforce a closure of Lynch’s restaurant, even though a white person operated a similar business on that location.

    Unfortunately, you may encounter much more difficulty in seeking to address this situation than the residents of that “upscale neighbourhood.”

    I hope you understand where I am “coming from” and hope you get the problem solved as soon as possible

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  48. TheGazer December 29, 2015 at 11:54 AM #

    Donna, thanks for the “laugh”. I have seen some very creative solutions to solving the problem; buy chicken and chips, take up karaoke; sleep later, vacate your house…..

    Is that an indication that citizens have no rights?

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  49. Artaxerxes December 29, 2015 at 11:54 AM #

    Donna December 29, 2015 at 11:37 AM #

    “I have called the Police Station to complain about noise from a cavalcade that was vibrating my windows only to be told to take it up with the Minister of Culture.”

    You have emphasized the point I was trying to make.

    Lynch operated a bar at the junction of Dover and Maxwell Main Road. The white people came together, complained about loud music and he subsequently had to close his business.

    Similarly, if Ping Pong sought action by way of a petition, I’m sure he would not be able to solicit enough signatures.

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  50. Crusoe December 31, 2015 at 2:30 PM #

    Best Wishes for 2016 and beyond to all the BU folks.

    Wishing you Health and Happiness always. Keep up the good work, the thought and the spirit.

    David especially, thank you for providing this outlet for expression of opinion. You have done well.

    Until….

    Peace.

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  51. Georgie Porgie December 31, 2015 at 4:12 PM #

    CRUSOE, THE SCIENTIST GREETINGS
    HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF “PERSISTENT ORGANIC POLLUTANTS”?

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  52. Crusoe December 31, 2015 at 4:37 PM #

    ”Georgie Porgie December 31, 2015 at 4:12 PM #”

    Hi Georgie,

    Am I to deduce that you infer that despite the arguments, opinions and critiques, the respective administraitions will not be broken down or change their ways and to wit, blogging for this is futile?

    Or do you refer to the greeting of mine, that such ‘always’ is an impossibility?

    Or have I missed the point?

    Regards

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  53. Georgie Porgie December 31, 2015 at 5:34 PM #

    CRUSOE
    I am referring to the fact that you seem to be on of the few on BU able to understand and appreciate the science I used to present in the pass.

    that is why I wrote CRUSOE, THE SCIENTIST GREETINGS
    HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF “PERSISTENT ORGANIC POLLUTANTS”?

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  54. Simple Simon December 31, 2015 at 10:17 PM #

    @Donna December 29, 2015 at 11:37 AM “I have called the Police Station to complain about noise from a cavalcade that was vibrating my windows only to be told to take it up with the Minister of Culture.”

    I would have thanked the officer on duty for his sage advice.

    Then I woulds indeed have written to the Minister of Culture.

    And the Commissioner of Police [so that he can bring silly officers up to scratch.]

    And the media

    In fact write just one letter. Make copies. SIgn every one. And one morning before half past sever go to the Post Office and have the letters sent special delivery. Ask every one of the parties to propose a solution and ask them to fix a date for implementing the solution.

    I t will cost you a little money, but all parties will have got the message

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  55. Simple Simon December 31, 2015 at 10:19 PM #

    Sometime we are too soft.

    But what is the point of being soft with someone who is continually hurting you?

    Hurt them back.

    With you pen.

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  56. Crusoe January 1, 2016 at 7:08 AM #

    @GP ”Georgie Porgie December 31, 2015 at 5:34 PM #”

    Ah, I did not before, but read upon them briefly.

    Care to expand? Regards

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  57. Crusoe January 2, 2016 at 5:14 AM #

    @GP, Best Wishes for the New Year and beyond. I will not be on this blog much now, take care to you and all.

    Regards

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  58. Kiki January 6, 2016 at 11:24 AM #

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