Daily Archives: May 19, 2012

Roadside Market at Mon Repos E.C. Demerara – video

Mon Repos Roadside Market – video

Want to be homesick for the many fruits and vegetables available in Guyana?  Well look at this video of a roadside market at Mon Repos on the East Coast of Demerara.  This is just one of the many markets around Guyana.

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The flavoursome rums of Demerara and beyond

The flavoursome rums of Demerara and beyond:

…………..  Margaret Swaine visits Guyana

National Post – Canada. May 4, 2012 – 6:08 PM ET Comments

By Margaret Swaine – WineAlign

Guyana is not a place on most tourists’ radar. It should however figure prominently on a rum lover’s bucket list. All of the world’s fantastic Demerara rum comes from here and from just one distillery, the Diamond Distillery of Demerara Distillers Limited. Demerara gets its name from the river that runs through the capital Georgetown and the region.

Demerara Distillers makes over two dozen rums for other spirit companies around the world and they sell a lot of young rum spirit in bulk. For example I saw bottles of Pyrat rum (Patrón Spirits Company) being packaged when I was there and pictures of Lemon Hart rum being bottled. I also learned that some American bourbon companies were buying the young spirit to make up the 49% of their product that doesn’t need to be corn spirit based.

“The Land of Many Waters” and Rum!    [ Read more: The flavoursome rums of Demerara and beyond ]

The Gardens of Georgetown

The Gardens of Georgetown

By Arlene Munro – (pub: September 3, 2009 Stabroek News)

In the city of Georgetown there are beautiful, scenic gardens that delight the eyes of citizens and tourists alike. Lovers of nature are enthralled by the splendour and profusion of flowers in these gardens. Today I will focus on the Botanic Gardens and Zoological Park, the Promenade Gardens, and the Company Path Gardens.

Kissing Bridge. Botanical Gardens

The idea of the Botanic Gardens was conceived by the Royal Agricultural and Commercial Society when in 1877 it passed a resolution for a letter to be sent to the Governor and Court of Policy for the organization of a Botanical and Horticultural Garden in the city of Georgetown. Consequently, the government bought the backlands of Vlissengen (276 acres for $72,000). A portion of this land was reserved for the gardens.

Mr. John Frederick Waby, a botanist from Trinidad, came to British Guiana in 1878 to serve as head gardener. First of all the land was drained. Trenches were excavated and the land was raised to a higher level with soil taken from the area where the lakes now exist.  Another botanist, Mr. G.S. Jenman, travelled to British Guiana in 1880 to assist Mr. Waby. The original gardens were a resort for animals and birds.   Continue reading

The rise and fall of Guyana’s cinemas – Godfrey Chin

The rise and fall of Guyana’s cinemas

By Godfrey Chin

Nostalgia 456

As a nostalgia buff languishing in reminisces of our wonderful yesteryears – before Independence – the current demise of our cinemas is a total shock and a tragic disappointment.  Most of us were ardent movie fans, and cinemas played a major role in our maturation then. One must only wonder whether the demise of cinemas in Guyana has in some way resulted in the decay today of the current moral fibre of the nation.

Before the advent of talking pictures 1927 (Jazz Singer) and the first Academy Awards 1929, British Guiana had a prestigious movie palace called the Gaiety, at Brickdam and Camp Street, which was unfortunately destroyed by fire in 1926. By 1930 the London Cinema on Camp Street had installed sound, and another cinema was in place in New Amsterdam. The Metro on Middle Street changed its name to the Empire to accommodate the Metropole, which opened with The Merry Widow (Maurice Chevalier/Jeannette McDonald, 1934). Empire’s first movie was the Prisoner of Zenda with Ronald Coleman. I was born that year, but gleaned that ‘nylon’ subsequently from my fabulous pamphlet collection. If I had brought them up to the States when I ‘exiled,’ man, I could have retired rich.    [Read more]

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