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  • Ron Saywack  On December 26, 2017 at 3:11 pm


    I hope everyone reading this blog, and the few who are intrepid enough to leave a comment, has had a great 2017. I’d like to see more readers across the spectrum jump into the fray to share their views. That can and will help the site grow and become more popular on a global scale.

    I’d like to particularly thank Cy for all the hard work he has put in over the years to augment the site. I’d also like to thank those who have made contributions toward the continued success of Guyanese Online. May 2018 bring you and your families much happiness and fulfilled dreams; and maybe the powers that be come to their senses to avoid war so that our children and grandchildren can grow up to live on a peaceful planet.

    Cheers, Ron.

  • Ron Saywack  On December 31, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    To Cyril and All:

    I wish to take this moment to wish you and your families a safe and pleasant evening as you celebrate the New Year.


    • guyaneseonline  On December 31, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      Hello Ron:
      Thank you for the New Years Greetings.
      Many Happy Returns to you and your Family.

      We all hope that 2018 is a Healthy and very Successful year for everyone.


  • Ron Saywack  On January 2, 2018 at 7:42 am

    Subject: The Death of Walter Rodney – By Eusi Kwayana

    Eusi Kwayana (formerly Sidney King) is a living Guyanese legend. At almost 93 years of age, his mind is still as sharp as a whip. Born in Lusignan, he moved to Buxton when he was 7 and became a school teacher when he was only 15.

    He was also deeply involved in Guyanese politics and served his constituents and country with distinction over the span several decades.

    Below, the legend discusses the 1980 death (assassination) of Dr. Walter Rodney:

  • Ron Saywack  On January 3, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    Subject: Nuclear War – The USA vs North Korea

    The winds of war are gaining in velocity and the world must galvanize to slow or stop it altogether. A nuclear exchange would be a veritable nightmare. Trump and Kim Jong Un must come to their senses, if at all possible.

    The two little men talking about the size of their respective nuclear button is pure madness. Do they have a clue what the aftermath of a detonated nuclear bomb will be like? The ones used at Nagasaki and Hiroshima were like toy guns compared to high-powered machine guns. The American Congress must take action to rein in Trump at this critical hour.

    Complacency is not optional. Trump’s obsession with Twitter could lead to war. It is time someone took that phone away from him.

  • guyaneseonline  On January 5, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    New volume of short stories By Ottawa author Cyril Dabydeen

    News Dec 14, 2017 by John Curry Ottawa East News

    Cyril Dabydeen has written a new collection of short stories.
    My Undiscovered Country is the eighth collection of fictional short stories for the former poet laureate of Ottawa (1984 to 1987) and long time Sandy Hill resident.

    Known as a “short story master,” the latest volume of stories centres on his life as an immigrant from Guyana and the Caribbean, interspersed with the urban landscape of Canada and in particular Ottawa, where he has lived for decades.

    The stories feature a strong narrative style that encompasses fantasy and reality as ethnic and cultural roots commingle. They reflect the merging of the tropics and the temperate.

    My Undiscovered Country features stories by the Guyana-born Dabydeen that include gritty poetic descriptions and finely ironic twists, as he confronts his Asian and Caribbean-South American identity with his experience of life in Canada. In each of his stories, he delves deeply into his characters’ feelings and psyches. He challenges the reader to explore with him, finding out who we truly are, where we come from and where we are going. His characters depict a range of ideas associated with the human and natural environment.

    This latest collection of stories by Cyril Dabydeen follows upon such books as My Multi-Ethnic Friends by Guernica Publications, Berbice Crossing by Peepal Tree Press of the U.K., North of the Equator, My Brahmin Days, Black Jesus and other Stories and Jogging in Havana. He has also written full-length novels such as Drums of My Flesh, which was the winner of the Guyana Prize and was a 2007 nominee of the IMPAC-Dublin Prize.

    His work has appeared in over 60 literary magazines and anthologies around the world. He has been a guest at the International Conference on the Short Story in both Europe and North America.

    In addition, Dabydeen has taught creative writing at the University of Ottawa for many years.
    My Undiscovered Country, published by Mosaic Press, is available at Books at Beechwood.

    The new book and its stories have been featured on Carleton University’s CKCU radio in a two-part series, which aired on Dec. 7 and Dec. 14 under the title Cyril Dabydeen’s Undiscovered Country.

    In this radio series, host Dr. Lloyd Stanford was in conversation with Dabydeen about the place of this newest collection of short stories in his literary output, which includes seven other collections of short stories, over 10 collections of poetry and four novels. Dabydeen also did an on-air reading, displaying the engaging delivery and sonorous baritone voice for which he is known.

    Reviews of My Undiscovered Country have praised Dabydeen for his “distinctly cross-cultural imagination” and have identified him as “one of Canada’s most popular postcolonial writers.”

    byJohn Curry
    John Curry is the news editor of the Stittsville News.
    Email: john.curry@metroland.comFacebookTwitter

  • Geoff Burrowes  On February 13, 2018 at 11:51 am

    Born in the land of the Mighty Roraima
    By Geoff Burrowes

    When I was a smallboy there was a church in Brickdam, among the flamboyant trees, called Smith Memorial Church. It was named after an Anglican martyr, Reverend Smith who knew the Berbice Slave Rebellion was coming and fearing for the safety of his parishioners he persuaded them not to take part. For his sins, in not alerting the authorities, he was brought to Georgetown and hanged.
    Another minister of this church, Reverend Hawley Bryant wrote a song that I think was called ‘Song of Guyana’s children’ which we sang every morning. The first verse started ‘Born in the land of the mighty Roraima’
    Although a proud Guianese the only time I’ve ever seen Roraima was in the distance over the bush, on the horizon. I was intensely curious though, and having run the gauntlet of the fearsome pork-knocker on the stairs, when visiting the museum, across from the Post Office in Georgetown, to see the photographs and read about this mountain peak, which was the subject of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional book ‘The Lost World’.
    As mountains go it was not huge, but at 9000 feet it was the highest peak in B.G. and was partly in B.G, partly in Brazil and partly in Venezuela. It is part of the Pakaraima mountain range one of the oldest ranges in the world, and when a British expedition climbed it in the 1960s or ‘70s
    they had to deal with crumbling rock and large tarantulas.

    Land of great rivers and far stretching Seas.

    When I saw what passed for rivers in other parts of the world, for example the Thames and the Danube, I could really appreciate the size of the Essequibo, the Demerara and the Berbice Rivers!
    The muddy Atlantic did indeed seem to stretch for ever as we watched the great bauxite ships disappear over the horizon as they sailed past the Key Holt hulk.

    We will possess all the graces and virtues
    We all the glories of goodness will learn!

    What a heritage! This is one of the things that make me proud to be a Guyanese. I met a fellow countrywoman of mine at Macdonalds last week. When I asked her if she was a mudhead she was offended. When I was young the name mudhead differenciated us from Trinidadians (Trickydadians), Bajans and other small Islanders and we wore it with pride! Anyone who has ever walked out from the seawall at low tide will know what I mean!

    Onward, upward may we ever go,
    Day by day in strength and beauty grow
    Till at length we each of us may show
    What Guiana’s sons and daughters may be!

    As kids we were wutlass and sang the next two verses: ‘Onwards Upwards Mary had a goat
    Day by day she tied it with a rope
    Till one day the goat buss the rope
    And Miss Mary had to run behind it!

    But I will always be proud of the country of my birth and will always try to be a credit to the name Guyanese! Rohan Babulall Kanhai, Clive Lloyd, Basil Butcher, Lance Gibbs and Stephen Camacho to name a few, have brought glory to our country’s name. Let’s continue to do the same!

  • Ron Saywack  On May 31, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Lord’s, the Home of Cricket, today featured a World XI v a West Indies XI in a T20 hurricane benefit match (for victims of destructive Irma & Maria 8 months ago). It was a no-contest as the West Indies demolished the World XI.

    West Indies muscled their way to a commanding 199/4 in their allotted 20 overs, with Evin Lewis blasting a master-class 58 off 26 deliveries, ably abetted by flamboyant cameos from Denesh Ramdin 44* and Marlon Samuels 43.

    In reply, the World XI could only manage a paltry 127 — their only bright spot coming from a lesser-known batter named Thisara Perera who equaled Lewis’ score of 58 off 28 deliveries.

    The star-studded West Indies (which included Chris Gayle, Andre Fletcher and Samuel Badree) was skippered by Carlos Brathwaite (who did not bat); and the World XI by the senior-citizen Shahid Afridi.

    NB: Even though West Indies continue to falter at the Test level, they remain masters of the shortest format.

  • Ron Saywack  On June 4, 2018 at 7:15 am

    A trip down memory lane to one of my childhood heroes, Mohammad Rafi:

  • Ron Saywack  On June 7, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    The West Indies are currently putting up a quite a fight against Sri Lanka at Port of Spain, with Shane Dowrich closing in on his second Test hundred. The nightwatchman Bishoo held out for gritty 40 to help put the home team in a respectable position.

  • Ron Saywack  On June 16, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    There is another ball-tampering incident in world cricket similar to the one recently in Cape Town. This time it is alleged to have happened between the West Indies and Sri Lanka in the second Test currently being played in St Lucia.

    The Sri Lankan team was penalized and West Indies awarded 5 penalty runs. SL are now playing the match under protest. This thing could blow up into a global scandal in the coming days.

  • Ron Saywack  On June 20, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    CRICKET: England Score Highest One Day Total Against Aussies
    By Ron Saywack

    The once-dominant, world-beating Aussies have fallen on hard times. In the third ODI at Trent Bridge yesterday, England royally humiliated the visitors by setting a world-record 481 in their designated 50 overs.

    England also set a new world record for the most sixes struck in a one-dayer.

    Here is the evidence of that carnage:

  • guyaneseonline  On June 24, 2018 at 10:37 am

    The Sins of Their Fathers
    By Norman Datt

    If folks do really believe in charity
    Which preaches, ‘thou shalt not kill’
    According to the laws of divinity
    If you kill your life just becomes nil

    And I think that would mean
    The owners of the slave plantations
    Changed what might have been
    Sinning the 3rd and 4th generations

    If we go back not long ago to the slave trade
    Fostered and mastered by the Bakrah
    Who wanted to stamp all things English made
    By the sweat and blood of cheap labour

    If we go way more a bit further back
    And look at the history of the French disasters
    And review the Fr. Republic attack
    Who cold-bloodedly guillotined their Fr.masters

    The Spanish too also had their heyday
    Forcing the Indians to be slaves with their whip
    Murdering millions to get their own way
    As their wives sip tea and kids play and skip

    Recently the Germans did their share
    They gassed millions of their own Jews
    As other Europeans showed no care
    Today they’re getting what they chose

    They say rule Britannia – Britannia rule the waves
    They thought their pride made them invincible
    When they were ruling the peasants and the slaves
    Losing their colonies now they are so humble

    Today and then these the same people
    Went religiously to church every Sunday
    Treating their slaves worse than weevil
    Whipping and working them night and day

    If there’s a God then the prophecy
    Is being fulfilled today is so right
    The result is a cancerous society
    A cure so far nowhere in sight

    And their children’s children’s children
    For their fathers’ sins would be punished
    The off-springs now men and women
    Living a culture where life is diminished

    Maybe that is why cancer is so common
    All over the world mostly to Caucasians
    A disease so far that so far has won
    And least affect Asians and the Africans

    If you believe in this dogma
    Then surely the Bible is not wrong
    Or else you think its karma
    And wish to sing the Hindu song

    Reincarnation throws light on this predicament
    You become a lesser breed
    Is aids and cancer being part of the punishment
    The fruits of your evil seed

    The North American is so darn obsessed
    With making more and more money
    That his soul has become dispossessed
    And he is lost being very unhappy

    If you believe there is a Zion
    And sins fall on the third and fourth generation
    Then this world of every Christian
    Has to seriously accept and heed this stipulation.

  • Ron Saywack  On August 24, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Mike Sing (not Singh) lived life to the fullest.

    He was a Guyanese who, along with his family, fled Guyana to Canada during the turbulent years of the post-1964 election. Mike landed in Toronto and then made his way out west to Calgary where he lived and worked as a hospital administrator.

    Mike loved cricket and cold beverages – rum, beer, and whiskey. He played the game at Riley Park for decades. When his team batted, he’d often be cheering loudly from the sidelines with either a cold beer or glass of the hard stuff in hand. When he went out to bat, he would be well past the legal limit in BAC (blood alcohol content).

    But no one seemed to care much because, after all, it was good ole Mike and he was just having a good time. He once scored a hundred on the Small Pitch close to the main road (10th St.). But it is doubtful whether he could recall that day.

    The Masters was annual event played between the veterans of Calgary and Edmonton. To qualify to play in this event, a player had to be 45 or older. The idea behind the Masters was to keep the players of yesteryear in the game, after their competitive days were over, instead of having them ride off into the sunset and never to be heard from again.

    Mike was a fixture on those summer tours to Edmonton and elsewhere in Western Canada. Those halcyon days were fun. Mike’s best buddy was Anil (originally from Tanzania) who kept pace with him in putting downing the cold stuff.

    In Calgary, every Wednesday, Mike, Anil and a few other regulars would convene at China Rose (a neighborhood bar and buffet restaurant). They would be seated in the bar section with a steady flow of draft beer till closing time. They were well-liked by the owner who’d let them in the kitchen to cook up their own specialties.

    Mike also loved to have a few a home. On Sunday 19 August 2018 at his home, Mike was going down a short flight of stairs and tripped. He stumbled down and struck his head on the hard tiled floor at the base. He was 73.

    A celebration of Mike’s life was held at the Guyana Cultural Centre on Westwinds Drive last night. There was a variety of Guyanese cuisines and beverages available for the assembled to remember a man who lived his life to the fullest his way.

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