Monthly Archives: March 2011

Eddy Grant – his story and songs – videos

Eddy Grant – his story……… and some of his many songs

Eddy Grant’s website which has a Biography Link, and more info on Eddy visit http://www.eddygrant.com./site/main.html

Also check the MULTIMEDIA page of his website for songs.  Here are three songs.   You can also see them on Eddy Grant’s Website – Multimedia page.

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Electric Avenue

Early 80’s Classic  – Eddy Grant’s Great Song

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Eddy Grant – Im The One (Just Remember)

Newest hit song by legendary Eddy Grant I’M THE ONE (JUST REMEMEBER) . Taken from the Fishing WOrld show filmed in Guyana. For more info on Eddy please visit http://www.eddygrant.com.

Gimme Hope Joanna

Eddy Grant’s Anthem against South African Apartheid

Equal Access and Equal Opportunities for all …..

Download here: Equal_Access_and_Equal_Opportunities for all ensure a peacful and developed Guyana

Topic: Equal Access and Equal Opportunities for all ensure a Peaceful and Developed Society

Address given by Major General (retd) Joseph G Singh MSS, MSc, FRGS

At a Public Forum at Linden, on Monday, February 28, 2011

Article13 of our Constitution states:The principal objective of the political system of the State is to establish an inclusionary democracy by providing increasing opportunities for the participation of citizens, and their organizations in the management and decision-making of the State, with particular emphasis on those areas of decision-making that directly affect their well being”.

1. The Rising of the People

Chairperson, Chairman and Members of the ERC, Ladies and Gentlemen, and youths. I am sure that most of you have been following the recent events in the Arab States where citizens have taken to the streets in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, and Libya to demonstrate against authoritarianism, lack of freedoms, self serving systems of governance, corruption, lack of jobs and opportunities and the pervasive presence of State-sponsored security.

While the specific country circumstances may vary, one common thread seems to be the preparedness of people, the ordinary citizens, to empower themselves to demonstrate against injustices by using the tools of technology, the social networks, and the philosophy of and moral suasion of peaceful protest, to unsettle the incumbent power and to bring about their removal from office and power.

2. What has brought about this chain reaction?

I believe that there is a shared vision among all people to live in peace and harmony and at the same time to develop in such a manner that succeeding generations would enjoy the benefits of structured development in an environment that is conducive to realizing their true potential.

If this is generally true of all societies, then it should follow that every effort would be made to work individually and collectively toward the achievement of common goals. The reality however is that human beings have become corrupted by power, material wealth, and the quest for dominance. The systems of governance, socio-economics, justice and the rule of law, and security have been manipulated to serve the interests of whoever exercises dominance. Those who exercise such power and authority, utilize the tools at their disposal to entrench themselves and to surround themselves by self-centred allies who exploit the vulnerabilities of those over whom such power is exercised. The examples of the Arab States that are in ferment, provide us with a frame of reference of societies at a distance and sometimes it is easier for us to comment critically on others rather than to examine ourselves and see what are the systemic issues in our own society that need to be identified and analysed and action taken to correct any aberrations before they become cancerous, eating away at the fabric of our multi- ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-religious society.

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Music videos by “Slingshot” Drepaul

MUSIC VIDEOS BY “SLINGSHOT” DREPAUL

Here are three music videos by “Slingshot” Drepaul:

They were first published on this website on May 24, 2010.  we now re-publish them for those persons who may have missed them.  They are all good videos so take a look….

YOU ARE NOT ALONE – VIDEO

ON MASH DAY – VIDEO

PIRATES – VIDEO

Johnny Braff – video

May 10, 1992 — Here is  Johnny Braff singing at the MOTHER’S DAY CARIBBEAN SHOW @ THE PARAMOUNT THEATER, NEW YORK CITY…  here he is accompanied by PELHAM GODDARD and CHARLIE’S ROOTS…

Johnny Braff – a national of GUYANA, was one of the most popular singers in his era …..  here he sings “It Burns Inside”.  It is followed by another oldie by Johnny Braff titled  “Nobody can take your place”… recorded by Ace Studios in Guyana

Peter Wight honoured by Somerset

Peter Wight honoured by Somerset.

Peter Wight (left) is pictured with Roy Kerslake 

Somerset’s second highest ever run scorer Peter Wight was back at the County Ground on recently to watch the T20 game against Kent during which he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Between 1953 and 1965 the right hand batsman played in 321 first class matches for the Cidermen in which he scored a total of 16965 runs at an average of 32.75, which included 27 centuries with a highest score of 222 not out against Kent at Taunton in 1959.Now a very sprightly and trim 80 year old Peter was born in British Guiana explained how he came to play for Somerset. “I had just arrived from the West Indies, from British Guiana that was, and played as an amateur in the Central Lancashire League.” “I came down to have a two week holiday with my sister at Woolavington near Bridgwater where Bill, my brother in law, said why didn’t I go and have a trial with Somerset and he took me down the first day- but it rained.”

Peter Wight went on: “The coach asked me to come back the next day and I said that I would try but it might be a bit difficult because I had to travel by bus. I did come back and within five minutes of watching me batting in the nets he brought me out a contract – which at first I didn’t accept.” “However soon after that he asked me to play for the Seconds in a match against Gloucestershire and after then he asked me to play against Australia.”

“I bagged it in the first innings but then I got a hundred not out in the second and that was the start of it.” How did he feel about being inducted into the Hall of Fame. “It’s an honour to have been made a member of the Somerset Hall of Fame, which I don’t think I deserve but I am very willing to accept it. I enjoyed the time that I was here and unfortunately I couldn’t go on forever but I had a great time a loved every moment.

The Somerset crowd were magnificent then and they still are today.” Peter Wight also talked about some of the changes that had taken place since he first started back in 1953. “Compared to the way things were when I first arrived here back in the 1950’s I can’t recognise the place it, the changes are unbelievable. In fact it’s 15 years since I last umpired here and I don’t recognise it even from then, but it is absolutely marvelous what has happened.

Despite all of the changes the County Ground has still got that same atmosphere.” “Its been wonderful to be back here and I have been amazed by the number of former players including Roy Smith, Mervyn Kitchen and Roy Kerslake. A lot of other people have recognised me and come up to say hello.” “I have just got so many fond memories of the place.

I remember when I first started that they had the dog track surrounding the ground here and then there was Cecil Buttle the groundsman who used to look after us.” He continued: “When I played we changed over in the Old Pavilion where there wasn’t any heat so we were always trying to keep warm and there were splinters in the floorboards.” “We had to travel by train to away matches and sometimes you wouldn’t arrive in a place until 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning and then have to go out and field all day.”

During his time on the staff Peter Wight lived in Taunton but after he left he moved up to Bath where he opened an indoor cricket school. In addition the former Somerset batsman also had 29 years on the first class umpires list before he retired in 1995.

“Vision or Pragmatism” – lecture by M.G. Joe Singh

The 4th H D Hoyte Commemorative Lecture

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Major General (retd) Joseph G Singh MSS, MSc, FRGS

March 23, 2011

Topic- “Vision or Pragmatism: The Transformational Role of Hugh Desmond Hoyte, SC”

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Salutary

Esteemed Chairman, Members of the Hoyte family, Ladies and Gentlemen, about two weeks before she passed away, President Hugh Desmond Hoyte’s widow, First Lady Joyce Hoyte requested through Ambassador Ronald Austin, that I deliver this 4th Hugh Desmond Hoyte Commemorative Lecture. The lecture should have been done on March 9, 2011 but because of her passing and funeral arrangements, it was re-scheduled to today.

I am honoured to have been asked but regret that Mrs Hoyte is not present with us today although I have no doubt that she is here in spirit. That I should have been asked when there are so many other colleagues and friends of President Hoyte is very humbling and I wish to express my thanks to the relatives of President and Mrs Hoyte, to Ambassador Ronald Austin and to Bevon Currie and members of the Commemorative Committee for communicating with me the arrangements for today’s Lecture.

Background

Hugh Desmond Hoyte was born on 19 March 1929. He completed his secondary schooling and External Examinations leading up to the award of his Bachelor of Arts Degree. He was a High School Teacher in British Guiana and in Grenada.  In 1959 he proceeded to the University of London where he completed his Bachelor of Laws and was called to the Bar of the Middle Temple. He returned to Guyana in1960 and joined the Law Firm of Clarke & Martin where he was associated with such luminaries as Eric Clarke, Babington Martin, LFS Burnham, Fred Wills and Fenton Ramsahoye. In 1961, when Burnham left to focus on politics and Wills and Ramsahoye moved out to set up their independent practices, Hoyte was carrying a substantial portfolio at the Firm. He was influenced by Forbes Burnham to join him in the political sphere and became a member of the People’s National Congress in 1968. His legal reputation was acknowledged when he was made Queen’s Counsel in 1969 and then Senior Counsel in 1970.

He served as Minister of Home Affairs 1969-1970, Finance Minister 1970-1972, Minister of Works & Communications 1972-1974, Minister of Economic Development 1974-1980, Vice President responsible for Economic Planning, Finance and Regional Development 1980-1985, First Vice President and Prime Minister 1984-1985, President and Commander-in-Chief 1985-1992, and Leader of the Opposition  1992 – 2002. He married Joyce Noreen DeFreitas in 1965 and the union produced two girls-Amanda and Maxine, who both died along with Mrs Hoyte’s sister Gwendolyn  and their driver,  in a horrific accident on the Linden Highway. Mrs Hoyte was herself seriously injured and made a slow, painful but very brave recovery.

Hugh Desmond Hoyte died suddenly from a massive heart attack on December 22, 2002 and his widow Joyce passed away on February 14, 2011.

Mr Hoyte was described as a cultivated and austere figure whose name was never associated with any hint of scandal. He had a passion for literature, classical music, jazz, calypso, folk music and cricket and an abiding interest in environmental issues. His wife was regarded as a strong, shrewd and gracious First Lady who led a dignified and humble life.

My own association with Hugh Desmond Hoyte spanned a period of three decades during which he held the portfolios of Minister of Works and Communications, Prime Minister, President and Commander in Chief, and then Leader of the Opposition. He impacted on my life and my career in a variety of ways. On October 1, 1986, the 12th Anniversary of the Guyana National Service of which I was the Director General, he announced at an open-air gathering of a wide cross section of Guyanese and members of the diplomatic corps, my promotion to the rank of Brigadier.

On Dec 20th 1989, two weeks before I was confirmed to travel, he asked that I forego attendance on the 1990 course at the National Defence College in India and that I take up the appointment of Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force. He was my Commander –in-Chief until he demitted office after the General Elections of October 5th 1992. In May 2000 as Leader of the Opposition he requested that I consider favorably a request by the political parties   to be Chairman of the Elections Commission from June 01, 2000, for the National Elections held in March 2001.

I never considered myself a member of Mr Hoyte’s inner circle. In fact, he never struck me as a person who had an ‘Inner Circle’ or what is popularly known as a ‘Kitchen Cabinet’. He was a completely different personality from Mr Burnham and Dr Jagan.  Mr Burnham and Dr Jagan were extroverts -leaders who thrived on their bonding with the masses. They drew their energy from their interaction with people and reveled in the relationship they enjoyed among their constituents. I found Mr Hoyte somewhat uncomfortable in the ‘pressing the flesh exercises’   and more comfortable in small focused meetings, or in field activities accompanied by technical staff. He did not suffer fools gladly and could be very gruff and dismissive of persons whom he felt were inefficient or incompetent. He was also a very private person as reflected in his frugal lifestyle, living in his own home with his family and avoiding ostentatious displays of wealth, power and influence. I recall on many occasions when asked to meet with him in his office, if it was during the lunch period, his assistant would bring in his meal on a tray and he would sit at his desk, apologise for eating while speaking, and enjoy his dholl plantain or soup. He made me feel at ease as a professional and never in my presence, brought party politics into the decision –making process, especially on matters of national importance.

When I telephoned him at around midnight on Election night, 5th October 1992, to inform him President Carter had called me to say that on the basis of the Carter Centre ‘quick count’ there was going to be a change in government and that as a professional I felt it appropriate to offer my resignation to Dr Jagan, President Hoyte said to me that he did not see the need for such a step but he understood my position. Five minutes later I phoned Dr Jagan and after congratulating him on his party’s election victory,  I did offer him my resignation so that he would be free to appoint someone else as Chief of Staff but he said he wished me to continue. I ended up serving a decade as Chief of Staff under five Presidents and Commanders in Chief until I retired in 2000.

As is the case with all who hold the highest office in the land, President Hoyte’s contributions and his place in the history of our country will be the subject of analysis by scholars and researchers. The analysis will have the benefit of hindsight, after the fact, and the individual’s strengths and weaknesses will be celebrated or exposed. This is the price one has to pay for accepting responsibilities.  The balance sheet of positives and negatives will reflect on the legacy one leaves on the pages of history. Does history make the man or does the man make history?

We are well aware of examples of self serving assessments and evaluations by leaders the world over, through their public utterances and via the social networks. The tendency is to burnish every major decision made by them so to put them in favorable light. Serious researchers on the other hand, provide a much more critical appraisal of the performance of the   individuals, their decision- making and the influences that prevailed on those processes. Unless we are active participants in the process, and have our own objective evaluation of leaders, we tend to take the contents of what has been said or written about a particular leader with a certain degree of cynicism, especially if it originates from an affiliate.  Less so, when it is written or said by a respected commentator. In Guyana’s highly charged and personalised political environment, with its relatively small population that manifests, especially at election time, varying degrees of ethnic security or insecurity, and religious and cultural intolerance or affinity, leaders are either uplifted or demonised. There is no doubt in my mind that our post- independence leaders had their good points and their bad points, their supporters and their detractors, but in the final analysis they would have all contributed in some greater or lesser measure to the fashioning of the ‘Nation’s Frame’, as reflected in the words of The Song of the Republic:

“We’ll forge a Nation’s mighty sword, construct a Nation’s Frame”.

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Eddie Neblett – Music videos

Eddie Neblett “Love N Unity” Music video

Eddie Neblett – “We Can Make It”

Eddie Neblett “Prayer” Prophecies Album

Carnival in Brazil – 2011 – slide show

Carnival in Brazil – 2011 – slide show

Here is one of the many slide shows of Brazil’s Carnival Parade held this year on March 6-7.  The Carnival (Carnaval in Portuguese) is acclaimed in towns and villages throughout Brazil and some other Catholic countries, Rio de Janeiro is considered as the Carnival Capital of the World.

There was a fire in February that destroyed  thousands of costumes…. but the parade still went on.  Read the second slide for details on the fire and the Parade.

You have to download the slide presentation here :

brazilcarnival2011phpapp01 < click to download

Brazil Carnival Parade - 2011

Exploring a Lifetime of Memories in Guyana

EXPLORING A LIFETIME OF MEMORIES IN GUYANA

This entry contains a number of videos.

The song on this first video is contained in another entry on the Blog:

Eddie Neblett “Love N Unity” Music video < click top play

The first is a video from someone who calls herself Cathy B.  She took this video between April 1-9 2010, during her visit to Guyana.  We also have another video by her listed …..  you can look at it at this link:

KARANAMBU LODGE RUPUNUNI GUYANA APRIL 5 TO 82010

Cathy B. has dedicated this Karanambu Lodge video to Diane Mc Turk and her wonderful staff for the great time she had there.

At the end of the first video you would see a link to a video named Lindee Guyana Vacation 2010 Part 1 of 3. It is followed by Part 2 of 3  and Part 3 of 3.  Just click the links to continue playing the videos…. or you can go directly to the actual  video links below for the individual videos…

Links to  other videos:

Lindee Guyana Vacation 2010 – 1 of 3

Lindee Guyana Vacation 2010 – 2 of 3

Lindee Guyana Vacation 2010 – 3 of 3


GUYANA PICTORIAL HISTORY

GUYANA PICTORIAL HISTORY  – Slide Show

Slide show of British Guiana in the 19th and 20th century

Guyana Pictorial History – 19th & 20th Centuries < click here to download

This is a slide show of pictures from the 19th and 20th century of scenes in British Guiana, before the country became an independent state

You would see many buildings and views that are still there and to the older folk especially, there should be some fond memories., or stories they heard from their elders.

This entry was first published in March 2010.  We have now republished it with the slideshow for all to see…

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