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Gingerbeer With A Difference – by Peter Halder

Guyana Stories by Peter Halder

Gingerbeer With A Difference

by Peter Halder

Fr Jeremiah Holyoak of the Church at Hunter Street and Punt Trench Dam, Albouystown,  made it his duty during the Christmas Season to visit his parishioners on Boxing Day.

He finished house calls on La Penitence Street and moved on to Bel Air Street. Between James Street and Sussex Street, he came to a cottage in which lived a single mother Rachel Adams and her son Timothy. The pair attended his Church Services every Sunday morning. They were there on Christmas morning.

Fr Jeremiah rapped on the light blue wooden door.

Timothy opened the door and smiled.

“Good morning Father, how are you today?” he said.

“I’m fine thank you Timothy. I am here on my usual Christmas visit to members of my congregation. Is your mother at home?” replied Fr Jeremiah.    Read More »

The Buck Top – by Peter Halder

The Buck Top

By Peter Halder

An ancient proverb states: Necessity is the mother of invention

The proverb found expression among poor kids growing up in Albouystown in the 1940s and 1950s. Their parents could not afford to buy toys so many kids decided to invent their own.

One popular Christmas toy during that period was the Spinning Top or Spintop. They came in various sizes. Some spun after the top was pressed down (cranked). For some, a key was used to wind them up. They were in the show windows of large Department Stores and some Drug Stores.

Kids in Albouystown, and other parts of the country exercised  their young wisdom and talent and decided to invent their own “make local” spintop at no cost. It was named “Buck Top.”    Read More »

This is just one of many  historical articles on Guyana written by Peter Halder that will be published on Guyanese Online.  You can read them all at Peter Halder’s website:  http://peterhalder.wordpress.com/

On the Street Where I Lived – Updated – by Peter Halder

On the Street Where I Lived – Updated

by Peter Halder

I was born, grew up and lived for many years on a virtually unknown street in Guyana.

It’s name is Non Pareil Street and it’s in Albouystown. My family consisted of my father and mother, Ershad and Mary Halder , three brothers – Bonnie, Felix and Vernon, all of whom have passed away, and two sisters – Leila and Bernice. My niece, Olivia (Livy) Kissoon later came to live with us. She now lives in Toronto, Canada. Her Mom Leila had migrated to Trinidad, then England and now lives in Cyprus. Bernice now lives in Orlando, Florida.

Albouystown is the long, narrow southern suburb of Georgetown, often called a “slum area” due to its “long ranges” of one room homes, some thickly populated “yards”, latrines for the use of landlord and tenants and to a minor extent, crime.     [Read more]

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Guyanese Online Newsletter – May 2010

Guyanese Online Newsletter

Guyanese Online – May 2010 < click to download

In This Issue:

  • Pg01-  Award: President Jagdeo gets highest UN award.: Masthead Picture:  Kaieteur Falls with links.
  • Pg02- Editorial;   “On the street where I lived” by Peter Halder;   BBC radio program on Race (listen)
  • Pg03- Tourism News Items;  List and links of  Hotels. Eco-lodges and tour companies in Guyana.
  • Pg04 – Guest Editorial – “Tourism Policy”
  • Pg05 – Pg06   – Guyana News: including a list of news links
  • Pg07- Commentary – “The Bartica Triangle- Door to the Interior”  by Peter Ramsaroop.
  • Pg08 – Associations – Queen’s College Alumni- Toronto Chapter –
  • Pg09 – Pg10 –  Associations– News
  • Pg11 – Arts and Culture – “Tastes Like Home”
  • Pg12 – Arts and Culture – News
  • Pg13 – Business – “Leadership and Vision” by William (Bill) King
  • Pg14 – Historical: Historic New Amsterdam
  • Pg15 – Historical: The Arrival of the Chinese in British Guiana
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