Diaspora Corner

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  1. David May 9, 2016 at 12:51 PM #

    @Hants

    Agree, they are on to a good thing here.

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  2. David May 9, 2016 at 5:51 PM #

    The final version, please share:

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  3. Hants May 9, 2016 at 7:48 PM #

    Still hoping for the SPOUGE version.

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  4. David May 11, 2016 at 5:05 AM #

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  5. Exclaimer May 15, 2016 at 6:20 AM #

    @ David,

    I had no idea that so many bloggers visited this Diaspora forum.

    @ Hants,

    It surprises me that you are interested in modern F1 as it lacks the excitement of yesteryear where you had great characters, competitive teams and where if a driver drove into a barrier or had a high speed crash he could have forfeited his life.

    The link below will take you to the four days of filming of which the commentator spoke of.

    http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=london+supercars+go+to+barbados&&view=detail&mid=D2DCB2F69F97F5D98746D2DCB2F69F97F5D98746&FORM=VRDGAR

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  6. Hants May 15, 2016 at 4:36 PM #

    @ Exclaimer who wrote “It surprises me that you are interested in modern F1 as it lacks the excitement”.

    Modern F1 is exciting enough for me. Also like Indy Car.

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  7. David May 17, 2016 at 4:27 AM #

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  8. Simple Simon May 17, 2016 at 7:18 PM #

    Disgusting indeed.

    From the video it seems as though the poor soul just wanted company. Maybe someone to talk to her, or simply to listen to her…but she was rebuffed more roughly that one would rebuff a stray dog.

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  9. Hants May 17, 2016 at 10:17 PM #

    @ Simple Simon,

    The old lady has dementia. I hope the person who assaulted her faces the courts.

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  10. NorthernObserver May 18, 2016 at 4:33 PM #

    For those of you living in Toronto
    http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/street-shak-toronto

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  11. Hants May 20, 2016 at 1:57 PM #

    @ NothernObserver,

    Very impressive looking Caribbean Restaurant. Look forward to more Bajan items on the menu in the future.

    http://www.streetshak.com/#!menu/mjmdb

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  12. David May 22, 2016 at 6:56 PM #

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  13. David May 22, 2016 at 10:52 PM #

    Life in the Caribbean sweet!

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  14. Hants May 22, 2016 at 11:13 PM #

    @ David,

    OSA would be pleased with the outcome of that race. lol

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  15. David May 22, 2016 at 11:29 PM #

    @HAnts

    Knew you would like that vid.

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  16. David May 22, 2016 at 11:35 PM #

    Here is your girl performing tonight at Billboard.

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  17. Hants May 22, 2016 at 11:58 PM #

    Another award.

    Barbadian superstar Rihanna has copped the Billboard Chart Achievement Award at the 2016

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  18. David May 25, 2016 at 6:41 PM #

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  19. Hants May 26, 2016 at 10:04 PM #

    http://www.projectsleep.ca/

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  20. Hants May 28, 2016 at 8:46 PM #

    “THE 2016 BARBADOS On The Water Festival continued in Toronto today with Canadians and Barbadians alike coming out to enjoy the culturally charged atmosphere”

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/81733/barbadian-music-fashion-display-toronto#sthash.Y6qQGdNN.dpuf

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  21. Colonel Buggy May 28, 2016 at 10:17 PM #

    Seen an application made recently to the Barbados Immigration Department for a work permit to bring in a non national ,.as no suitable local applicant could be found.
    The Job title……..Google News writer.

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  22. Hants June 1, 2016 at 10:02 PM #

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  23. Hants June 2, 2016 at 8:15 PM #

    HOW DID THIS HAPPEN ?

    Bajans in Toronto who normally travel to Barbados to watch Test cricket will not be pleased.

    KENSINGTON OVAL has missed out on a Test match for this year’s home series between West Indies and India.

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/81861/kensington-oval-misses-india-test#sthash.ts4uKbtO.dpuf

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  24. Sargeant June 5, 2016 at 1:01 AM #

    Q in the Community in my backyard, great weather, family from outta town, friends from all over, great time. Coupled with Barbados on the Water from last weekend it has been a glorious week for Bajans in de diaspora.

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  25. David June 5, 2016 at 10:22 PM #

    Rihanna in Turks and Caicos.

    (Photo Credit: Melissa Forde aka mdollas11)

    Valerie P Straker's photo.

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  26. Hants June 6, 2016 at 12:48 PM #

    @ David,

    Did you warn PUDRYR ? He ole heart might get palpitations. lol

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  27. Pieceuhderockyeahright June 6, 2016 at 9:18 PM #

    Whuloss whuloss Whuloss.
    David Selfish wid he Turks and Caicos but you Hants you keeping Fleur all to youself.

    Man you hurt a man man, Play dat Sax all by youself

    Wunna guh long man guh long

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  28. Pieceuhderockyeahright June 6, 2016 at 11:11 PM #

    And Now by popular request

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  29. Pieceuhderockyeahright June 6, 2016 at 11:34 PM #

    @ AC.

    Had to blur he face cause bribes was mentioned.

    I still working on the “You got 5 years to change it or you are out” message

    Of course you do know that that message is not for your peoples wunna gone fuh 15 years easily, through de effing eddoes

    @ Artaxerxes

    Talk whu you like she deposed Kenny as sure as day followeth night.

    It was a campaign experiment and it worked.

    I have no problem with Peter/Lucille/Debbie going where they please to get work but as i have said before AND I AM NOT A DLP PALING COCK, it was tasteless to be in the man’s country with your operatives.

    WUNNA ND TO TEK CARE DAT WHILE WUNNA FLYING BACK IN, dat wunna tek pictures of de contents of wunna luggage, lest, on arrival, a batch uh heroin get put in um.

    I dont put anything past these effers, all two both of them.

    Imagine the news

    “Leader of the Opposition arrested at Grantley Adams Airport with trafficable quantity of herb”

    Breaking news, on leaving STL the jubilant LoE was so ecstatic to have deposed Kenny Anthony that she transported some Wacky Tabaccy back to Bulbados.

    Dale Smiley Teets Marshall counsel for the LoE when interviewed said “it is preposterous and shows the depths to which the Demonic Labour party can sink in its attempt to oust the LoE soon to be PM (and dash my chances to be AG again jes so.)

    I tink i unnerstand how you does do you research thing now.

    But that is all good.

    I am not here to expose patriots and people who want to advance the country.

    I heah to depose inepts and despots and encourage, and support, loyalists, men and women who are “Bajan fuh Life”.

    And even though you got that chink in your armour, so are you, so are you

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  30. David June 7, 2016 at 8:12 PM #

    Rihanna Daily's photo.

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  31. David June 7, 2016 at 8:18 PM #

    Valerie P Straker's photo.

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  32. David June 7, 2016 at 8:21 PM #

    Valerie P Straker's photo.

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  33. David June 10, 2016 at 6:34 PM #

    Bashment coming…

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  34. Hants June 11, 2016 at 11:27 AM #

    This is how we roll in Toronto.

    http://www.thecaribbeancamera.com/news/music/barbados-boils-the-water-in-t-o/

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  35. Hants June 11, 2016 at 7:05 PM #

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  36. Hants June 13, 2016 at 12:26 PM #

    Barbados entertainment as presented in Toronto.

    Lewd or artistic?

    http://www.thecaribbeancamera.com/news/music/barbados-boils-the-water-in-t-o/

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  37. Hants June 15, 2016 at 2:07 PM #

    Real Bajan culcha in Toronto.

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  38. Hants June 16, 2016 at 1:17 PM #

    Unusual for the UK.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-36550304

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  39. David June 16, 2016 at 2:05 PM #

    The Brexit vote is coming up.

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  40. David June 18, 2016 at 6:26 PM #

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  41. Hants June 26, 2016 at 1:44 PM #

    “ONE OF CANADA’S and Barbados’ literary giants, Austin “Tom” Clarke, an award-winning Canadian and Commonwealth novelist died this morning.”

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/82617/tom-clarke-passes#sthash.1qDxwAwk.dpuf

    One of the very best Bajan Authors.

    Condolences to his family and friends.

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  42. David June 26, 2016 at 1:47 PM #

    Thanks Hants!

    He is regarded as one a literary giant. May he rest in peace.

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  43. Georgie Porgie June 26, 2016 at 2:23 PM #

    LET US NOT HAVE THE MORON TO WRITE AN ODE TO HIM ON BU…PLEASE

    LET US WAIT TO SEE WHAT THOROUGHBREDS WHO REALLY KNOW HIM WELL MAY SAY
    My favourite tale that he told was that normally he would be called upon on Monday mornings in Latin class to begin the translation for the day………as the teacher tended to go in alphabetical order. He would always prepare 3-4 pages and be good to go.

    However, one day the teacher selected one Henry Forde to begin the day’s proceedings.
    Henry rattled of about 10 pages. When Clarke was called that day, he said HE HAD A LATIN UNSEEN. (a fate lost to those who have ever had to do a Latin unseen)

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  44. Georgie Porgie June 26, 2016 at 8:49 PM #

    hants
    do you recognize this chap?
    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/82602/maths-moulding-minds-near

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  45. Sargeant June 26, 2016 at 8:59 PM #

    Here’s the view from the Star

    https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2016/06/26/acclaimed-toronto-author-austin-clarke-dead-at-81.html

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  46. David June 26, 2016 at 10:18 PM #

    Mia Amor Mottley
    7 hrs ·

    Tribute on the passing of Austin ‘Tom’ Clarke

    We have lost yet another brilliant Bajan voice.

    Another of our gifts to the world, Austin ‘Tom’ Clarke, was revered internationally for his poetry and his prose. In his inimitable Bajan voice, he told tales of love and loss, passion and greed, history and humor.

    “Growing up Stupid under the Union Jack”, his seminal work, is still a must read for every Caribbean person because it accurately accounts the transition from our colonial past to Independence, not just politically but mentally. After his brief return in 1975 to Barbados as General Manager of the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation he wrote the novel, “The Prime Minister” which exposed the vagaries of power and corruption in a small developing society.

    His brilliance radiated through the richness of his characters, male and female, as was evident in “The Polished Hoe”.

    My favorite, “Pig Tails and Breadfruit” must be the best literary snapshot of growing up in the middle of the twentieth century in Barbados. And as its title suggest, it is both tasty and substantially filling.

    You did not just read a Tom Clarke book, you lived it.

    Tom was not afraid to give voice to what he saw or experienced, but it was always expressed with a rapier – sharp wit. His last work, ” ‘Membering”, a memoir of sorts (and appropriately entitled for Bajans) carries you on his journey from Barbados to Toronto, from being invisible and angry to mellow and widely acclaimed.

    Indeed, several his of works have been recognized by the many international awards he received from Cuba to Canada to the wider Commonwealth.

    I got to know Tom well as a young woman in the early 1990s. He helped shape my clear appreciation for the importance of rooting our appreciation for national consciousness as the platform for our development. He never allowed his politics to affect his relationships with people, and certainly not with me. For him, the mission was singular, even if we were on different teams.

    While he lived in Canada for most of the last 50 years, Tom remained Bajan to the bone. He was charming but forthright and never lost his native tongue or strayed from its linguistic landscape. Many regarded him as a Renaissance man in the true sense of the word.

    The Caribbean and the world has lost one of our 20th Century great literary icons.

    On behalf of the Barbados Labour Party and my family, I extend condolences to his daughter, Darcy and to his family and his many friends.

    May his soul rest in peace.

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  47. Sargeant July 1, 2016 at 1:05 PM #

    Happy Canada day to my fellow Bajans, happy July 4 to those south of the 49th parallel.

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  48. Hants July 1, 2016 at 1:34 PM #

    Same to you Sargeant and the other Canabajans.

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  49. David July 2, 2016 at 2:51 PM #

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  50. Hants July 5, 2016 at 8:53 AM #

    “Barbados is set to receive additional airlift capacity via Air Canada for the 2016-2017 winter season”

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/82907/air-canada-increasing-winter-flights-barbados#sthash.zbYyhpEB.dpuf

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  51. Hants July 7, 2016 at 8:03 PM #

    TWO CANADIAN STUDENTS have been given two weeks to pay the courts $20 000 each.

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/82972/fined-pleading-guilty-drug-charges#sthash.ao1n24LP.dpuf

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  52. Hants July 8, 2016 at 3:31 PM #

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  53. Hants July 12, 2016 at 10:00 PM #

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