Daily Archives: 05/06/2013

Obama Dares Graduates to Reject Cynical Voices – video

Obama Dares Graduates to Reject Cynical Voices

Published on May 6, 2013

President Barack Obama told college graduates at Ohio State University Sunday May 5, 2013  that only their generation can break the cycle of a political system consumed by “small things” that works for the benefit of a few.

America’s Music Legacy – Blues – documentary video

Story Of The Blues: From Blindlemon To B.B. King


Blues is the name given to both a musical form and a music genre[1] that originated in African-American communities of primarily the “Deep South” of the United States around the end of the 19th century from spiritualswork songsfield hollersshouts and chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballads.[2] The blues form, ubiquitous in jazzrhythm and blues, and rock and roll is characterized by specific chord progressions, of which the  twelve-bar blues chord progression is the most common. The blue notes that, for expressive purposes are sung or played flattened or gradually bent (minor 3rd to major 3rd) in relation to the pitch of the major scale, are also an important part of the sound.     Continue reading

Airport rankings -The best airport is Singapore’s Changi airport

Airport rankings

The best airport on the planet is Singapore’s Changi airport

NOT ONE American airport cracked the top ten in a ranking of the planet’s best airports, released last week by Skytrax, a company specialising in airline and airport research. In fact American airports didn’t even feature in the top 25—Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International was the first to appear, squeaking in at number 30. Denver and San Francisco came 36th and 40th, and at number 48, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson, of which Gulliver is not particularly fond, was the only other American operation in the survey’s top 50.

Skytrax’s rankings, which are in their 14th year, are based on a survey that asks airline passengers to rank airports across 39 different categories, from shopping to security. Over 12m passengers filled out the survey this year, according to the company. And despite Skytrax’s website’s suffering from a bad case of Seemingly Random Capitalisations, the awards are worth taking seriously. Some travellers might find the tenth place of London Heathrow surprising, but much of that is driven by the opening of Terminal 5 and the airport’s impressive shopping options. (Every London airport except Luton made the top 50.)         Continue reading

Guyana: Indian Arrival Day – 175th Anniversary – May 5, 2013

Indian Arrival Day – 175th Anniversary – May 5, 2013

Arrival Day – commentary


In a society such as ours, social capital is a crucial ingredient in our thrust for development. For our purposes, we can accept Francis Fukuyama’s proposal that social capital is “the ability of people to work together for common purposes in groups and organizations” or alternatively that it “can be defined simply as the existence of a certain set of informal values or norms shared among members of a group that permit cooperation among them”.

This year will be the tenth commemoration of Arrival Day as a public holiday, and maybe it is time that we reflect on the event as far as increasing social capital. For several years before, several Indian-Guyanese groups had been agitating for a public holiday to commemorate the arrival of their ancestors to this land. It was contended that the holiday would assist in nation building by reminding the other groups making up the Guyanese mosaic of their impact and contribution to this land. This was expected, in effect, to increase our social capital.    Continue reading

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