Category Archives: Tourism / Entertainment

TRAVEL: The Rise And Fall Of Pan American Airways – PAN AM

  • Pan Am was once the largest international airline in the United States.
  • In 1970 alone, it carried 11 million passengers to 86 countries worldwide.
  • Pan Am still holds cult status for its iconic aviation style. (see article at end)

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GUYANA-born, RUDOLPH DUNBAR (1907-1988) was a musical genius and a brilliant journalist

RUDOLPH DUNBAR – The Pioneering Musician, Campaigning Black Journalist and World War II Correspondent Who Covered The Liberation Of Europe With A Conductor’s Baton In His Knapsack

Rudolph Dunbar

Tim Crook | The Journal

GUYANA-born, RUDOLPH DUNBAR (1907-1988) was a musical genius, a brilliant journalist and indefatigable campaigner for racial justice – but post Second World War, he was discriminated against and excluded from the riches of success he so greatly deserved.

Dunbar was featured and celebrated for his appearances as a conductor and musician on BBC Radio during the 1930s.            Continue reading

BARBADOS: Welcome Stamp: A Good Idea … But Not A Long Term Tourism Solution

These pages have been inundated with comments concerning the Welcome Stamp (WS). I don’t wish to disparage the concept (with all respect to PLT), but the notion that Barbados can earn new amounts of foreign exchange from it or transition to a long-stay tourism/work model as opposed to regular tourism model are completely unrealistic.

The first point I wish to stress is the Welcome Stamp is no more than a 1 year tourist visa. A visa that costs $2000 USD for singles and $3000 USD for families. I mention these amounts because they have become a sore point for most of the people I have met.      Continue reading

Guyana SPEAKS event– Sunday 28th February 2021 – Focus on TOURISM

Our next Guyana SPEAKS event is being held on Sunday, 28th February 2021.
We are delighted to announce that our distinguished speakers are: Stacey Dos Santos-Rahaman, of the award-winning Visit Guyana travel & tourism brand; Egbert Carter, known for his unrivalled knowledge of the colonial architecture in Guyana, and Khadijatou Doyneh, an international performing artist and spoken word poet.  For speakers’ bios, please see this attached Pdf. >>>  GS Flyer – 28 Feb 2021
 
Please book your free tickets via the following eventbrite link.   

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TOURISM: MUST READ! Is Guyana Safe to Visit in 2021? – By Mathilde: – thebrokebackpacker.com

Kaieteur Falls

– By Mathilde: – thebrokebackpacker.com

In fact, Guyana boasts one of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world and, unlike many of its neighbours, over 70% of its natural environment remains intact. For anybody looking for a fresh, off the beaten track place to explore, Guyana is basically a paradise.

However, it isn’t always what we’d call “paradise”. Safety issues in urban and rural areas, as well natural threats like the weather and insect-borne diseases, can make it a risky place to explore – especially if you’re not used to that sort of environment.            Continue reading

ENTERTAINMENT: MOVIE STARS DANCING:  “I’m So Excited” – Video using over 80 movie clips

MOVIE STARS DANCING:  “I’m So Excited”

The guy who created this video used over 80 movies and still managed to synchronize the timing!

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TRAVEL: The Golden Days of Flying – The Pan Am Clipper – Photos

FLYING THE ATLANTIC DURING THE LATE 1930s…VERY…VERY….IMPRESSIVE…!!!!!!!

The ship analogy was appropriate, as the Clipper landed on the water, not runways.

The Clipper made its maiden trans-Atlantic voyage on June 28, 1939.
But once the US entered World War II, the Clippers were pressed into service to transport materials and personnel.

You Jet-jockeys & Frequent-flyers will really appreciate this nostalgic look back in time at the Pan Am Clipper!
Be sure to look at it all. The ‘fate’ of the Pan-Am Clipper was shocking…                Continue reading

Entertainment: Seven Boundary-Breaking Black TV Shows on USA Television

Sherman Hemsley and Isabel Sanford in ‘The Jeffersons,’ -CBS via Getty Images

7 Boundary-Breaking Black TV Shows – History.com

These shows helped broaden the range of African American experiences portrayed on television

African Americans have appeared on television as long as the medium has been around. In fact, the first Black person on TV may have been Broadway star Ethel Waters, who hosted a one-off variety show on NBC on June 14, 1939, when television was still being developed. The medium evolved over the next decade as TVs became a household fixture, but roles for Black actors did not, with most being relegated to playing servants or providing comic relief.      Continue reading

Watch “Where on EARTH are the EMPTY cruise ships now? Parked; Laid Up Cruise Ships.”

 “Where on EARTH are the EMPTY cruise ships now? Parked; Laid Up Cruise Ships.”

By Chris Frame – December 15, 2020

My first video about laid up cruise ships was back in April 2020, when there really wasn’t any clear understanding of how long the global cruise pause would last. Fast-forward to today and for the most part, cruising remains suspended. Hundreds of cruise ships are laid up around the world. Some cruise brands have collapsed and multiple cruise ships that were sailing at the start of the year, have been sold for scrap. Lets take a world tour to find the empty cruise ships:

Book Review: The Life and Works of Bill (Bhagee) Rogers and the Origin of Shanto Music in Guyana + Videos

The cover of the Bill Rogers autobiography
The cover of the Bill Rogers autobiography

Bill Rogers is still a household name here so many decades after he was active in show business, musical recordings and popular entertainment in Guyana, the Caribbean, the USA and the UK. This speaks very eloquently to the impact and immortality of his songs, which are still played on the public airwaves. They are still remembered and even mouthed by many, some of whom were not even born yet when Rogers was performing. He remains a legend in Guyanese culture.

Dave Martins’ “Not A Blade of Grass” is the Guyanese nation’s unofficial second national anthem. If we assert that Rogers’ “West Indian Weed Woman” or “The Weed Song” is not far behind in that category, it confirms that either of these songs is not only the work of a genius, but has earned its place in history and possesses the quality that make it stand out memorably above other popular songs that are characteristically ephemeral. ( See Music videos below)              Continue reading