Daily Archives: 11/17/2021

Short Stories: Sonny’s Cake Shop –  By Geoff Burrowes

–  By Geoff Burrowes

People tell me I have a good memory because I can remember things that happened nearly 80 year’s ago. Not true – when you reach my age those things are fresher in memory than what I had for breakfast this morning! But I must admit that I often remember more impressions and flavours than actual events!

Ask any kid who grew up in BG in the 40s 50s or 60s about cake shops and calculate the wattage of their smiles and be impressed! Cake shops were generally single floor buildings got to by a board bridge over a gutter or trench and containing a plethora of delights within the price range of most children! For example 3 cents for a small lemonade. or a penny for butterscotch, colourful soury, pink nuttin or fat white peppermints, all wrapped in thin greaseproof paper. Slightly sweet tennis rolls and satisfyingly sweet, crunchy, rock buns, all were within reach.        Continue reading

Guyana: JONESTOWN REVISITED: A People’s Tragedy, Lessons Learned – By Lear Matthews

43rd Commemoration of the Jonestown Tragedy in Guyana

 – By Lear Matthews

  •  Emancipate yourself from mental slavery.
  • None but ourselves can free our mind.
  • (Robert N. Marley)

Lear Matthews

November 18th 2021 marks the 43rdcommemoration of the People’s Temple tragedy in Guyana, South America, a nation that has been in the news again recently, but this time for good reason. According to Exxon Mobile, oil discovery off the northern coast of this southern Caribbean country, was expected to top six billion barrels by 2020, making it a leading oil producing nation.

The story of the People’s Temple symbolizes (a) fallibility of persons whose path to the ‘American dream’ had been  frustrated because of  economic hardship, political ideology or racism (b) the rabid power of a religious zealot over those seeking spiritual and material comfort (c) a developing nation’s vulnerability to sundry influences as it struggled to stymie conditions of poverty. The government of Guyana engaged in a policy and practice of offering resources to encourage efforts at hinterland resettlement and development.            Continue reading

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