DIS TIME NAH LANG TIME! – By T. Eric Matthews

DIS TIME NAH LANG TIME!

By Ted Eric Matthews

Jump in de line and wine yo body in time.

Ah wha fee ‘appen, leh e ‘appen wan time.

Dis time nah lang time!

Remember Goblet Joe, dancing non-stop through Christmas into New Year?  Dis time nah lang time!  Toffie balls, neverdone sweetie, bruk mout, Chinee cake, two-glass Quencha, Correia sweet wine, D’Aguiar Ice House.  Remember dem real bad men? Briga Bobby, Putagee Tunus, Two-batty John, Sotie? What happen to my May Pole, and my May Queen?  D’urban Park Race Course, Bourda Green, Atkinson Field, fish’an bread at Mahaicony station, Mahaica Bridge, Wismar-Rockstone, Itanami haul-over, R.H. Carr, M.V. Malali. 

Remember 1953? Jane Phillips Gay, Jai Naraine Singh, Ashton Chase, Forbes and Cheddie, and Sydney King (Eusi Kwayana), who warned: “This confounded nonsense must stop”! Is now we need Law and Orduh because ting nah regulah.

Dis time nah lang time! Lang time was ice apples from Canada, and Peak Freans soda crackers in the blue tin box from de Mother Country. Lang time was de whole village travelling to the airport to see a family member off to the “outer world”.  Sometimes 2 or 3 buses full up with friends and relatives.  The lucky emigrant had to be properly dressed, with hat and gloves, dark suit and necktie – Proper colonial subjects! Dis time nah lang time! But we’re here now, in this time.  We’ve made changes, and adapted to change. Yet still we often yearn for time past, for lang time.  After all, lang time was childhood innocence filled with fun, laughter, freedom. Was hopscotch, skipping rope, jacks, las’ lic, genip, and green mango, tambrun and stinkin’ toe, jamoon and awara, tah and jummin’, fowl pen, trench corner, train line, Big Market, and Sunday Best.

Dis time nah lang time, an’ lang time nah dis time! Oh, how time has fled! Lang time was then, dis time is now!

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Comments

  • needybad4u  On December 22, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Excellent excursion of “lang time” by Ted E. Matthews. Refresh old memories.

  • jharricharan  On December 22, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Fantastic remembrances!!! Thank you for the journey down memory lane.

  • bernard  On December 22, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    YOU FORGET LUCKOO POOL.

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