Category Archives: Geography

Back to the Future: Americans should stop harking back to the 1950s

Lexington  – Mid-century modern

Americans should stop harking back to the 1950s. Many of the decade’s delights are still available

United States August 1st 2020 – Te Economist

Bengies, a drive-in outside Baltimore, does not allow alcohol, profanity, car-horns or headlights—which seemed reasonable. It also bans barefoot children (even when carried), photography, vehicles left unoccupied without an explanatory note, and refunds or ticket changes of any kind, which seemed a bit over the top. “This is not an exclusive list of our rules, but it’s a pretty good start,” said Mr Vogel, as the sky darkened over the 120-foot-long movie screen. He still hadn’t got through his covid-19 stipulations.      Continue reading

LIVING: The Mennonites – a trip back in time | DW Documentary – VIDEO

The Mennonites – a trip back in time | DW Documentary

Like the Amish in the US, the Mennonite Christian community shuns the modern world. Most Mennonites live in secluded, self-sufficient colonies. We get a rare glimpse into the life of a devout and isolated community. The Mennonites embrace isolation, which in their eyes helps protect them from the temptations of the modern world.            Continue reading

Commentary: Different places, different traces – By Dave Martins + Music video

Stabroek News- By Dave Martins 

One of the benefits of my life as professional musician for over 65 years is that I’ve seen many different countries, some of which I have lived in, during my time – starting with Guyana, where I lived on the West Demerara, first at Hague, my birth place, then Vreed-en-Hoop, where the family moved when I was going to school in town – first at Sacred Heart High School on Main Street and then St. Stanislaus College on Brickdam.

After graduating from Saints and getting a job with B. G. Airways, I then lived at Atkinson Field with my eldest sister Theresa’s family (she was married to Joe Gonsalves) before migrating to Canada in 1955, where I joined my mother and three other sisters in Toronto (they had migrated earlier).        Continue reading

GUYANA HISTORY: The Demerara Slave Uprising in August 1823 – Hundreds executed

From Guyanastory – By Dr. Odeen Ishmael


Slavery Uprising in British Guiana (Guyana)

In England, some organisations were established to campaign for the abolition of slavery in the British colonies. These included the Baptist Missionary Society, the London Missionary Society, the Church Missionary Society, the British and Foreign Bible Society, the Methodist Society, and the Anti-Slavery Society formed in 1823.

The Anti-Slavery Society was very influential since among its members were the Quakers and important Members of Parliament including William Wilberforce, Thomas Clarkson and Fowell Buxton. In April 1823 Buxton presented a motion in the House of Commons calling for a gradual abolition of slavery in all British colonies, but it was defeated because the majority felt that abolition of slavery would leave the planters without a labour force. Instead, measures to ameliorate the condition of slaves were adopted. These ordered that female slaves should not be whipped as punishment and drivers should not carry whips in the field.      Continue reading

CHINA: Flood No. 3 forms on the Yangtze River; Three Gorges Dam Failure Simulation | China flood

CHINA: Flood No. 3 forms on the Yangtze River; Three Gorges Dam Failure Simulation | China flood

Excerpt from video

In the coming week from July 26-28, the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River basin will have heavy torrential rainfall; From July 29 to August 1, there is moderate to heavy rainfall in the western upper reaches of the Yangtze River. It is still unknown whether the Three Gorges Dam will be able to withstand another round of flooding. Nevertheless, we hope that the Dam will hold for the safety of the people downstream.  Continue reading

TOURISM: Gordon Ramsay Cooks a Breakfast Hash in the Jungle of Guyana | Scrambled

Gordon Ramsay Cooks a Breakfast Hash in the Jungle of Guyana | Scrambled

July 5, 2020 – Gordon Ramsay

This week Gordon’s in Guyana, on the edge of the Amazon Jungle. With potatoes and starches being the heroes of this country, Gordon’s making a delicious Breakfast Hash with a fried egg using the incredible local ingredients! This is amazing breakfast dish is the perfect dish after he jumps out of Helicopters and fishing on the local rivers on Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted.

USA: THE  COLOR OF LAW—The Forgotten Root of the Truth – By Yvonne Sam

By Yvonne Sam

Revelation of the horrific history undergirding America’s ongoing and seemingly perpetual racial problem(s).How the government separated America

Again and yet again, one does not need to be reminded of the race issue that is front and center of the news in America, or what has become a way of life. Protests, demonstrations, marches, petitions, kneels, lie-ins etc. are just some of the actions that have been taken on the path to awareness and possible change. Change especially as it refers to Blacks in America, and according to the 45th, a change towards making America great again. America as we see it today, with Blacks being so severely disadvantaged  on all levels did not occur haphazardly, but was carefully orchestrated at all levels of government. The racial caste system had to be preserved at all costs.      Continue reading

ANCESTRY: Searching for my slave roots – By Malik Al Nasir, as told to Ed Thomas – BBC News

His name was Andrew Watson – the same surname as my Dad. And he was from Demerara in Guyana, just like my Dad. [Malik changed his name from Mark Watson after converting to Islam].

Andrew Watson (back row centre)

The poet Malik Al Nasir has been on a journey to find his roots as a black Liverpudlian. It’s a journey that has taken him back in time and halfway around the world, before returning him right back to the city where he began.

It started with a photograph from the 19th Century of a man who could have been my double.

It was one o’clock in the morning and I was watching a TV documentary about 100 years of black footballers.    Continue reading

WORLD: A new forecast says the global population will peak at 9.7bn in 2064

  • That is well below the UN’s latest projections
  • sub-Saharan Africa 3.1-3.8 Billion – the only continent with a growing population

Graphic detail – The Economist  – Jul 17th 2020.

THE WORLD’S population may never grow as large as many had previously assumed. In a new paper, researchers at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington project that the global population will top out in 2064 and then fall steadily.
Current estimates by the UN’s Population Division reckon it will continue to grow until at least 2100. As a result, the IHME estimates a total population of 8.9bn in 2100; the UN places the number at about 10.9bn.  (see charts below)

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Guyana Tourism: Cowboy Country: Waikin Ranch – Rupununi

Featured Itinerary: WAIKIN RANCH. Rupununi

 3-Day Itinerary

Waikin Ranch is a working farm and cattle ranch sitting on 33,000 acres of land in the central Rupununi region.

This property has combined the passion for agriculture, animal husbandry, conservation and hospitality to create a unique and special guest experience. The ranch and its surrounding savannah and wetlands is a haven for a wide variety of species of mammals, reptiles, fish and almost 200 species of bird.

Most trips to Waikin Ranch last between two and four days and this property makes a fantastic base camp from which to explore the savannah and other attractions in the Central Rupununi.     (See itinerary details in link below)      Continue reading

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