Daily Archives: 09/12/2011

DisGUSS – by Ewalt “Waltie” Ainsworth

Ewalt Ainsworth

This article/story is one of many on this site that has been written by Guyana-born Ewalt (Waltie) Ainsworth.  He left Guyana in the early 1980’s and now lives in New Jersey. He is now almost totally blind but this impediment has not stopped his academic studies or his ability to craft his interesting and sometimes amusing stories about Guyana, the USA, and life.  E-mail: jenewalt@aol.com

DisGUSS        

By EWALT “WALTIE” AINSWORTH 

The world is a very small place and some of the childhood experiences, people,  places and things have a habit of coming back to haunt you in your declining years.  disGUSS is one such personality. 

I bumped in to him after 30-plus years of trauma and loud drama.  The only thing glorious about this North American meeting unlike all the others is that he has grown old but not cold; many are cold but few are frozen.  The coming together was mutual, penitent, glorious and not fropuscatious.  (Fropuscatious is a rum shop word to underline elegance, tolerance and style).  Continue reading

Caribbean not faring well in global competitiveness

Caribbean not faring well in global competitiveness

Bridgetown-Barbados

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday September 8, 2011 – Only one Caribbean country ranks within the top 50 of the annual World Economic Forum Global Competitive Index and large regional economies such as Jamaica and the Dominican Republic have seen their rankings tumble several places.

  The report, which was released Wednesday (September 7), revealed that Barbados was the only Caribbean country of the 142 ranked nations that came in above the 50-mark. Its global competitiveness was ranked at number 42, up one place from last year’s ranking. Continue reading

Nostalgia 565- Saga of Regent Road and Street

Nostalgia 565 – Saga of Regent Road and Street

By Godfrey Chin

Website:    http://godfreychin.com/book.php  E-mail: godchin2@gmail.com

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Godfrey Chin - "Nostalgias"

Regent Road and Street, with pavements on either side of the causeway, running east to west, from Water St to the Botanic Garden’s entrance divides  the Capital City of Georgetown, into northern and southern halves. Camp St, running north to south diagonally across, divides the City in to four quarters. Together with Crown, Princess, King, and Charlotte, the names of these streets, reflect our subjugation to the English Monarchial system, as the City evolved from Stabroek, under the Dutch in 1812.  Wellington and Waterloo Sts, remind us that the victory over Napoleon Bonaparte, 1815, saved us from speaking ‘french’ today.

The City Hall which opened July 1, 1889, designed by Father Ignatius Scoles, a trained architect, is acclaimed to be the most handsome building in the City. Victorian exuberance in timber, it is resplendent Gothic Revival Architecture, reflecting the Gothic buildings of Great Britain, such as Westminster Hall, in London. The superior acoustics of the main Concert Hall was the venue of major Concerts and recitals before the National Cultural Centre opened 1973 for Carifesta. The Police Male Voice Choir held its debut Concert there, while many of the visiting International and Guyanese Artistes including Ray Luck, performed there.  Ironically, decorated with thousand of bulbs as a Disneylike fairy Castle for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, in 1953 – the City Council cash strapped today, is in serious arrears with their ‘electric bills’…Picture of Town hall illuminated June 1953.    Continue reading