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Guyana’s Waterways – By Dave Martins

Guyana’s Waterways – By Dave Martins

Dave Martins

Stabroek News – Sunday 27 Jan 2019

Growing up in Guyana, or coming here to live, our waterways are part of your life. For me, growing up in West Demerara at Hague, in a house by the seaside, it was the rowdy Atlantic, a hundred yards away, and the long straight canal running from the village road, straight as an arrow, about a mile, past the train line, all the way to Hague Backdam where farmers planted rice and kept cattle.

Later, as we moved to live at Vreed-en-Hoop, travelling daily to school in town, it was the Demerara River, with the government ferry boats – Querriman; Lady Northcote; and the small, appropriately named, Hassar – where we would watch the few small cars on deck, with wooden chocks holding them in place. Surely they would be pitched into the sea when the Hassar rolled – and roll it did, but the chocks held.      Continue reading

In Guyana, a Land Dispute With Venezuela Escalates Over Oil – NY Times article

New York Times Article – BY WILLIAM NEUMAN

In Guyana, a Land Dispute With Venezuela Escalates Over Oil

Venezuela has long insisted it owns everything west of the Essequibo River, including the Guyanese town of Bartica, in a battle that intensified after an oil discovery.

BARTICA, Guyana — At a little tin-roofed beer joint on the west bank of the Essequibo River, Rawle Huggins relaxed on a wooden bench and considered his tiny country’s escalating border spat with its much bigger neighbor, Venezuela.

“Here is Guyana,” said Mr. Huggins, a sometime gold miner, referring to the land beneath him and everything around it. “I don’t live in Venezuela. I live in Guyana. They live,” he added, gesturing beyond the jungle that fringes the town, “over there.”   Continue reading

TORONTO TOO COLD – By Bill “Crooner” Newman – music video

TORONTO … TOO COLD FOR ME – By Bill “Crooner” Newman

Published on Mar 31, 2014- Composed and sung by Bill “Crooner” Newman.
Arranged and produced by Ossie Gurley.
Recorded at OSS Studios, Toronto.

Serving up a healthy dose of soursop to expats – Tangerine Clarke

Serving up a healthy dose of soursop to expats

– – By Tangerine Clarke – Caribbean Life magazine NYC

Damion DaSilva shows off some of his soursop grown on one of many trees on his farm in Naamyrick, Parika on the Essequibo River in Guyana.

Guyana-based farmer Damion DaSilva is sitting on a gold mind of good health. The entrepreneur and his wife Nalini discovered the wellness benefits the Soursop fruit has to offer while serving up the flavored ice cream at their “Nicky’s Natural Fruit Juices” bar in the capital city. Continue reading

Eddy Grant’s idyllic island home in the Essequibo River + videos

Eddy Grant's home - Essequibo river

Eddy’s home: International singing star Eddy Grant’s idyllic island home in the Essequibo River

Plaisance-born Eddy Grant of Guyana has made his mark as an entertainer around the world.  Now that he has reached 65 he can enjoy his life on his idyllic island in the Essequibo River. However, we know he will not forsake his Ringbang recording studios and plantation house in Barbados.  Enjoy!!!

Electric Avenue was a major hit for Eddy Grant early in is career.  Here is a playlist of some of his recordings.


BARTICA – A Missed Opportunity of History By Dmitri Allicock

BARTICA – A Missed Opportunity of History

By Dmitri Allicock

Bartica Grove 1910

Bartica Grove 1910

Some of the greatest cities of old and modern times owe their rise and grandeur to their positions in the fork between great rivers, which gave them unrivaled advantages for defense and commerce. Lyons of France, St Louis in the U.S and Belgrade of Serbia are three striking examples. Bartica occupies such a unique natural location in north-central Guyana where the mighty Essequibo, Mazaruni, and Cuyuni rivers meet.

 [Read more  Bartica- A missed opportunity of history ]

Shell Beach of Guyana – by Dmitri Allicock

SHELL BEACH OF GUYANA – by Dmitri Allicock


 By Dmitri Allicock – for Guyanese Online

Guyana’s 285 miles Atlantic coast is not famous for beaches. The coastal plain is made up largely of alluvial mud swept out to sea by the mighty Amazon, carried north by ocean currents, and deposited on the Guyanese shores. The rich clay of great fertility, this mud overlays the white sands and clays formed from the erosion of the interior bedrock and carried seaward by the rivers of Guyana.

Several rivers flow north from the rain forests to the ocean, and one entices beach goers. The enormous Essequibo River is South America’s third largest. As it nears the Atlantic, the mouth widens to 20 miles, and hundreds of islands dot the river landscape. Silt carried on these rivers that drain into the Atlantic Basin, keeps the water off Guyana a brown churning mass of sandbars and mud. Mud flats continue up to 24 kilometers (15 miles) offshore before navigation is considered free.

Read complete article: Shell Beach of Guyana – by Dmitri Allicock

The Loneliness of the Guyanas

The Loneliness of the Guyanas


The coming weekend might very well be an historic one for Franco-Brazilian relations. Nicolas Sarkozy will be in French Guiana to deliver his annual New Year’s address to France’s overseas territories, in which he is likely to announce the opening of the bridge across the Oyapock River, French Guiana’s border with Brazil.

When the 1,240-ft-long, cable-stayed construction is finally be open for business, it will do more than connect the towns of Saint-Georges-de-l’Oyapock and Oiapoque, on the French and Brazilian banks of the river, respectively. The bridge will establish the first road link between France and Brazil, not to mention the first overland connection between the European Union and the Americas [1]. Continue reading

DisGUSS – by Ewalt “Waltie” Ainsworth

Ewalt Ainsworth

This article/story is one of many on this site that has been written by Guyana-born Ewalt (Waltie) Ainsworth.  He left Guyana in the early 1980’s and now lives in New Jersey. He is now almost totally blind but this impediment has not stopped his academic studies or his ability to craft his interesting and sometimes amusing stories about Guyana, the USA, and life.  E-mail: jenewalt@aol.com



The world is a very small place and some of the childhood experiences, people,  places and things have a habit of coming back to haunt you in your declining years.  disGUSS is one such personality. 

I bumped in to him after 30-plus years of trauma and loud drama.  The only thing glorious about this North American meeting unlike all the others is that he has grown old but not cold; many are cold but few are frozen.  The coming together was mutual, penitent, glorious and not fropuscatious.  (Fropuscatious is a rum shop word to underline elegance, tolerance and style).  Continue reading