Daily Archives: July 22, 2013

Jeff Corwin in Guyana – By Dmitri Allicock

Jeff Corwin in Guyana

By Dmitri Allicock

 Born on July, 11,1967, Jeffrey Corwin– is an American animal and nature conservationist, best known as host and executive producer of the Animal Planet cable channel television programs The Jeff Corwin Experience and Corwin’s Quest.

Jeff Corwin explores the Guyana Shield, the dense rain forest that thousands of “giants” call home in Guyana. He discovers the largest toad found in South America, the largest freshwater turtle, and the largest creature equipped with a giant tongue.

See links for three videos:

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History of Christmas In Guyana – by Peter Halder

History of Christmas In Guyana

by Peter Halder

The observation and celebration of Christmas in Guyana dates back to the 17th century. It began, circa 1627, among the Dutch immigrants who had established permanent settlements in Essequibo. The celebration later spread to Berbice in 1627 and then Demerara in 1746.

The counties of Essequibo, Demerara and Berbice, which subsequently became British as a result of European wars, were merged in 1831 and became British Guiana.

In the new British colony, the largest ethnic population were African slaves captured by British and Dutch slave ships and brought to Guyana to work on colonial sugar plantations.   Read More »

This is just one of many  historical articles on Guyana written by Peter Halder that will be published on Guyanese Online.  You can read them all at Peter Halder’s website:  http://peterhalder.wordpress.com/

The Buck Top – by Peter Halder

The Buck Top

By Peter Halder

An ancient proverb states: Necessity is the mother of invention

The proverb found expression among poor kids growing up in Albouystown in the 1940s and 1950s. Their parents could not afford to buy toys so many kids decided to invent their own.

One popular Christmas toy during that period was the Spinning Top or Spintop. They came in various sizes. Some spun after the top was pressed down (cranked). For some, a key was used to wind them up. They were in the show windows of large Department Stores and some Drug Stores.

Kids in Albouystown, and other parts of the country exercised  their young wisdom and talent and decided to invent their own “make local” spintop at no cost. It was named “Buck Top.”    Read More »

This is just one of many  historical articles on Guyana written by Peter Halder that will be published on Guyanese Online.  You can read them all at Peter Halder’s website:  http://peterhalder.wordpress.com/

Woman in Distress

Another post by Guyana-born Rosaliene Bacchus.

Three Worlds One Vision

Bradley Manning at Fort MeadeBradley Manning: Integrity on Trial
Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk

 

Forgive me. I scrapped three attempts of writing this week’s blog article. They were rants of a woman in distress. You deserve better.

In distress over corporate wealth that renders our government dysfunctional.

In distress over corporate greed, crippling us with debt and destroying our planet.

In distress at the extent and invasiveness of our surveillance state that stretches beyond our borders.

In distress at state governments dominated by conservative males intent on policing the female reproductive system and criminalizing women.

In distress over the racial bias of our judicial system that acquitted an armed vigilante who pursued and killed an innocent and unarmed, seventeen-year-old, black male.

In distress at our lack of compassion for the dispossessed, homeless, hungry, poor, and sick.

I find solace in the knowledge that goodness and integrity exist. I hold on to the hope that our virtue…

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