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PROFILE: Extraordinary People – Godfrey Chin 1938-2012 – By Ian McDonald 


In one conversation with Godfrey, amidst the multitude of evocations that continually cascaded out of his extraordinary memory, he told me about bird-whistling competitions and donkey-cart racing in Guyana long ago and described to me the hundred and one manifestations of that condition of bewitched infatuation in a man or a woman called typee.

Godfrey Chin

I urged him to do extended Nostalgias on all these subjects and he promised he would get around to it. He never did. It is immeasurable how much the nation lost in the passing too soon of this absolutely unique chronicler of Guyana’s rich social history. He left behind a thousand golden threads unwoven into the tapestries which were already making him celebrated.        Continue reading

Nostalgia 561 – Saga and Romance of the ‘Sea Wall’

Nostalgia 561 – Saga and Romance of the ‘Sea Wall’ ..godchin2@gmail.com

Ask any Guyanese, at home or abroad, to name the first five ‘things Guyanese’ that comes readily to mind, and they often reply – Kaieteur Falls – Stabroek Market – St George’s – Public Buildings – Town Hall – and sometimes, Jonestown. Can you imagine they always oversight our Sea Wall – which actually saves the capital city of Georgetown from being a ‘Venice’, and our Coastline languishing as another ‘lost Continent of Atlantis’. This Nostalgia seeks to rectify this situation, and record the Saga and Romance of our ‘ubiquitous’ Sea Wall.

The Guyana Coastline stretching 425 kilometres from Venezuela to Suriname is approx 2 metres below high water, and its defence from the threatening Atlantic Seas has been a battle since the Dutch attempted to empolder the Coastline, in the seventeenth century for agriculture etc. The British on takeover 1814 continued this task in spite of governmental bickering – shortage of funds etc, and the perennial challenges continue to today.

Early history records that Kerfield Village and Sandy Point were washed away 1792, and major flooding breaches occurred subsequently at Enmore 1955, Buxton 1959 – Bladen Hall 1961, and most recently 2005 on the E. C. Dem. Mahaicony to G’town.   Continue reading

Godfrey Chin – “Nostalgia Nights” launch in Guyana – June 22

Sidewalk Cafe hosts Press Conference to launch Godfrey’s Nostalgias

on Wednesday June 22, 2011 at 15:30 hrs ( 3:30 PM )

at the  Sidewalk Cafe, Middle Street

Sidewalk Cafe & Jazz Club will host a press conference tomorrow Wednesday June 22, 2011 at 15:30 hrs (3:30 PM) at the Sidewalk Cafe to launch ”

Godfrey’s Nostalgias – Preserving Guyana’s Culture and Heritage, Yesteryear“.

Godfrey’s Nostalgias is a Series of NOSTALGIA NIGHTS – where Guyanese will have the opportunity to get together to reminisce and preserve and promote Guyana’s Culture and Heritage yesteryear.  The first in the series of “Nostalgias Nights”  is scheduled for ( Saturday  June 25th was an incorrect typo in the original release)   Friday June 24th at 7pm when all movie fans are invited to share various aspects of ‘the now ‘dodo Cinema Experience’ in Guyana.

Godfrey’s presentation will include a Photographic presentation of Cinemas in Guyana – The Academy Award Challenge 1928 to 2010 – Movie Quiz with cash prizes – Classic Movie Scenes – The Music of Hollywood – the Rise and Fall of the Guyana Cinemas Open Mike for shared Cinema Experiences.     Continue reading

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