Category Archives: Arts / Culture

GUYANA: Feeling Blessed – By Dave Martins + Music Video

 Stabroek News – By Dave Martins – January 1, 2022

It’s one of the features of daily living that we often look back at our lives and feel fortunate for some of the things that have come our way.

I have several friends in this category who will from time to time make this point about their own situation, and it occurred to me very recently, after a very touching email from my friend and fellow musician George Jardim, who spoke about his own satisfaction with things on his plate, triggering me into reflecting on what he said as it related to my life. I have noted this before, but it bears repeating.            Continue reading

FUTURE: The World Ahead 2022: five stories to watch out for | The Economist Video

The World Ahead 2022: five stories to watch out for | The Economist

What will be the biggest stories of 2022? As the pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the globe, President Xi will cement his power as leader of China, tech giants will coax more of us into virtual worlds and the space race reaches new heights. The Economist is back with its annual look at the top stories of the year ahead. Film supported by @TeneoCEOAdvisory

00:00 The World Ahead 2022    00:40 China revels in democracy’s failings    04:11 Hybrid working becomes the new normal    07:48 The metaverse expands    11:26 An African fashion boom    14:12 The space race picks up

Read our latest coverage on The World Ahead: https://econ.st/3HtLmuQ

GUYANA: Logging History: MANAKA vs STAMPA back in the day – by Francis Quamina Farrier

 – by Francis Quamina Farrier

You could be one of about a hundred persons reading that headline, who would know exactly what this article will relate. In fact, you would be jumping for joy to realize that the sporting interactions of “MANAKA” and “STAMPA” of decades ago are remembered and written about, after all these years. You would also immediately know that this article will recall the glorious days of those two British owned and operated British Guiana timber concessions, which are located on the Essequibo River.

Both had a glorious era of Guianese and British Guiana history of logging. There were also the memorable occasions when sports teams from both locations engaged each other in exciting cricket and football encounters. It was a history which I personally experienced as a youngster, over seven decades ago.          Continue reading

GUYANA: “Millie” – The Swearing Parrot on a Postage Stamp – #philately video

The Swearing Parrot on a Postage Stamp – #philately

A swearing parrot gets kicked out of Canada’s World Expo because of its foul language, only to be immortalized on a set of postage stamps in Guyana. Learn about the fascinating story of Millie the macaw in this episode of #philately

UPDATE: A viewer found more information on what happened to Millie: https://exploringstamps.files.wordpre…

Links: Episode on New York Worlds Fairs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BdjZ… Learn about Expo 67 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expo_67 The deportation of Millie…the macaw https://thebenab.com/deportation-mill… The Bilingual Cussbird https://www.stabroeknews.com/2013/05/… Was Millie a bilingual macaw or a bilingual parrot? https://guyanatimesgy.com/was-millie-…

GUYANA: How will you shop and eat in 2022? – By Cynthia Nelson

STABROEK NEWS – By January 1, 2022

For almost 2 years now, because of the pandemic, how we shop for food, cook, and eat have changed. We have all had to adjust in a variety of ways such as lining up to shop, having others select our fresh produce and meats, learning how to cook and at times overeating.

Over the past year, some things have adjusted, in some cases relaxed, as populations continue to be vaccinated but they have not returned to the pre-Covid period, and I do not think they ever will. Times have changed and we must move on too. And so I ask, given the changes, how will you shop, cook, and eat in 2022? But before you answer, let’s take a quick look at some of the occurrences in our shopping, cooking, and eating as a result of the pandemic.

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CLIMATE CHANGE: Embracing a Wetter Future, the Dutch Turn to Floating Homes – YALE E360

Faced with worsening floods and a shortage of housing, the Netherlands is seeing growing interest in floating homes. These floating communities are inspiring more ambitious Dutch-led projects in flood-prone nations as far-flung as French Polynesia and the Maldives.

When a heavy storm hit in October, residents of the floating community of Schoonschip in Amsterdam had little doubt they could ride it out. They tied up their bikes and outdoor benches, checked in with neighbors to ensure everyone had enough food and water, and hunkered down as their neighborhood slid up and down its steel foundational pillars, rising along with the water and descending to its original position after the rain subsided.

“We feel safer in a storm because we are floating,” said Siti Boelen, a Dutch television producer who moved into Schoonschip two years ago. “I think it’s kind of strange that building on water is not a priority worldwide.”      Continue reading

GUYANA: New Year 2022 – A time to think – By Mosa Telford – Opinion

 By January 8, 2022

The year 2021 has ended but the ending of a year does not signal the disappearance of the challenges we grappled with the previous 12 months. A new year beginning in the middle of winter in some countries at midnight can be seen as peculiar. One would imagine that the most fitting time to start a new year would be at the beginning of spring when it starts to get warm, trees come alive, animals are born, and the days become longer. Starting a new year in the dark and cold, when the leaves of trees have died and animals are hibernating, does not particularly align with the laws of nature.            Continue reading

MOVIES: Sidney Poitier: The actor who broke down Hollywood’s racial barriers

Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier, who has died aged 94, once turned down the role of Othello because he did not want to be typecast as a black actor.

It underlined the dilemma faced by a man who broke down many of Hollywood’s racial barriers.

As the first black winner of the Academy Awards’ best actor statuette, he was always aware of being the standard-bearer for greater racial integration.

But often he felt he had become something of a racial token, and this denied him the opportunity of taking on more varied roles.

He died on Friday January 7, 2022, aged 94, the Bahamian foreign minister announced.

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MUSIC: Caribbean Oldies (Guyanese) Mix Vol 2 – compiled by DJ ZirROC MuZiK

MUSIC: Caribbean Oldies (Guyanese) Mix Vol 2 – compiled by DJ ZirROC MuZiK

Memories for the older folk – “The Good Old Days!”  

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