Category Archives: Biography

Guyana SPEAKS / AGNAHP’s Annual Concert / Recording of ‘Empire to Independence

Please note that ‘Guyana SPEAKS’ is on a SUMMER BREAK. The next event will be held on Sunday, 25th September 2022 and will include a discussion on Wordsworth McAndrew.  Details to be provided nearer the time.
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In the interim, I hope you’ll be interested in supporting the ANNUAL CONCERT organised by the Association of Guyanese Nurses & Allied Health Professionals(AGNAHP).  This will take place on Sunday, 31st July at 2pm.  Tickets can be purchased via the following link:
I’d be grateful if you could please share this information with your contacts.
If you have any questions about the event, please email info@agnap.org       

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COMEDY: British Comedy from 1980-1990’s – Desmond Wishes He Moved Back To Guyana

Shirley and Desmond look at the good and bad points of what life would have been like if they had moved back to Guyana.

See YouTube comments here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iHiM3JcJGI

 

GUYANA: Short Stories: Scouting: Red Water Creek – Atkinson Field – By Geoff Burrowes

By Geoff Burrowes

I’ve dredged up from the recesses of memory a story of my first camping trip that I hope you’ll find interesting:

Red Water Creek – Atkinson Field. Guyana

I woke up excited. This was the day! I was a member of Scout Troop 39 but had never been camping. Today that was going to change forever!

Once a year the Scout Association in British Guiana held a rally to which all Scouts were invited. It took the form of a large camp, with space reserved for every troop’s tent and cooking fire and latrine, as well as a meeting place in a central location for all the Scouts. This year it was being held at Redwater Creek a creek in the bush, about 35 miles South of Georgetown, our city and the capital of our country, BG which was abbreviated from British Guiana. For those who don’t know BG was a British colony on the North shoulder of South America, and still today, the only English speaking nation in South America.                Continue reading

GUYANA: Santa Rosa’s Marti De Souza leading efforts to transform education in hinterland

Marti De Souza
Marti De Souza

Marti Fernando De Souza, 39, Deputy Chief Education Officer with responsibility for Amerindian and Hinterland Education Development, is working to eliminate the disparity that exists in the education system between the hinterland and the coastland, create opportunities for trained and qualified teachers to teach, and to improve pass rates in examinations in hinterland areas.

At the end of 2020, the Ministry of Education (MoE) saw the need for someone who can relate to the hinterland and work on policies at the ministry level to bring the standard of education in the hinterland to a level that is on par with the coastland. As a result, the ministry created the post of DCEO for Amerindian and Hinterland Education Development and offered it to De Souza.

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GUYANA: Poetry Recital: Martin Carter’s Poems – “Jail Me Quickly” – June 7. 2022 @11.00 AM Guyana

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You are warmly invited to our annual commemoration of the birth of
Martin Carter. This year we will feature a short sequence of poems
published in New World Magazine in 1964, entitled Jail Me Quickly.

The sequence is as follows:
Black Friday1962 (‘were some who ran one way…’)
After One Year (‘So jail me quickly, clang the illiterate door…’)
What Can a Man Do More (‘How utter truth when falsehood is the truth?’)
Where are Free Men? (‘O we have endured such absurd times’)
Childhood of a Voice (‘Imagine it, the childhood of a voice…’)

The recital has been pre-recorded and lasts half an hour. It will air on YouTube at the time stated and be available to view at any point after that.
Dr Gemma Robinson provides an introduction to the collection and insights into each individual poem.
Readers are Konyo Addo, Jasper Adams, Stephanie Bowry, Stanley Greaves and Lloyd Marshall.

Moray House Trust has spent a decade working to promote Guyanese culture and public discourse. We believe that a culture thrives and
develops where ideas circulate and are robustly debated and interrogated.

Event:         Poetry Recital
Title:            Jail Me Quickly
Date:           Tuesday 7th June 2022
Time:          11.00 AM Guyana
YouTube:    https://youtu.be/T7GjxmpWaDk

Regards,
Moray House Trust

HORSE RACING: Lester Piggott: Legendary Jockey and 9-Time Derby Winner, Dies Aged 86

Lester Piggott

By Jack Haynes and David Milnes | Racing Post

Tributes poured in from across the racing world and beyond  recently following the death of legendary rider LESTER PIGGOTT at the age of 86.

That was in part due to the longevity that allowed him to ride a phenomenal 4,493 domestic winners, the third highest tally in British racing history behind only Sir Gordon Richards and Pat Eddery, and an amazing big-race haul.

Piggott won the Derby a record nine times, including on 1970 Triple Crown winner NIJINSKY.                 Continue reading

BOOK: GUYANA: Scaling New Heights: 2022 Pakaraima Writers Anthology

Scaling New Heights: 2022 Pakaraima Writers Anthology

Hardcover – April 20 2022 – by Ken Puddicombe  (Author)

In this, their first collection, Pakaraima Writers have produced a vast array of poems and short pieces, by poets, short story writers and novelists, some already published in prior journals, some relatively new, all engaging enough to hold the reader spellbound.

There are pieces that remind us of our Guyanese Heritage from poets in poems like Trails of Treasures by Janet NaiduGuyana’s Seawall by James Richmond, The Petal Shivers by Ian McDonald, and the folksy Faaty-Leven by Petamber Persaud, Hard Ears Pickney by Shabeena Ramjohn, along with Granny Gone by Ray Williams and I Am Who I Am by Ken Puddicombe.          Continue reading

BOOK: GUYANA: Bush Flying: A Pilot’s Nightmare – By Dave Rohee

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 By Dave Rohee (Author) – INFO +ORDER HERE – AmazonBooks

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THIS IS A TRUE AVIATION CHRONICLE AND ALMOST AN AIRCRAFT TRAGEDY, BARELY AVOIDED THROUGH A SERIES OF CHALLENGES TRIGGERED BY BAD WEATHER.
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The story is written by the pilot who survived this ordeal and lived to tell the tale. The location is the heavily forested Western region of Guyana, (originally British Guiana), and based on the gold mining that was such an essential part of life in the early 1950s and ’60s.    Continue reading

BOOK: Beyond Bourda Green: a memoir – by Percy Haynes (Author)

Beyond Bourda Green Memoir

Beyond Bourda Green: a memoir – Kindle Edition

Born in a tenement yard in the British colony of Guiana (now Guyana) on the shoulder of South America, Percy Haynes, in Beyond Bourda Green, writes about the changes in his homeland and people during the transition to an independent nation. His multi-faceted career as Journalist, Communications Expert, University Lecturer and Foreign Service Officer enables him to tell a fascinating story about his childhood memories, his experiences in finding his place in the world and the birth pangs of the new nation.          Continue reading

CRICKET: Can Nicholas Pooran Do For the West Indies What Eon Morgan Has Done For England! – By Tony McWatt

By Tony McWatt

Nicholas Pooran

Now that he has been appointed captain of the West Indies ODI and T20 teams, Trinidad-born Nicholas Pooran might be seeking to emulate the outstanding accomplishments of England’s white-ball cricket skipper Eon Morgan. The question to be asked and answered is, can he?

Eoin Morgan’s tenure as England’s white-ball captain began ignominiously with the team having endured a most disappointing campaign at the 2015 ICC World Cup. Since then, however, Morgan has led England to championship victory at the 2019 ODI World Cup. The country’s first captain to ever do so.

Morgan was also at the helm for England’s top-four finishes at the 2016 and 2021 T20 World Cups. Indeed, since 2015 and under Morgan’s leadership, England has also been consistently ranked among the world’s top three teams in both of the ODI and T20 formats.          Continue reading

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