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When London was the place – 60 years ago – By caribbean-beat.com

When London was the place – 60 years ago

by | Issue 137 – caribbean-beat.com

Image result for London 6O yeARS AGO - PHOTOSixty years ago, in the aftermath of the Second World War, London Transport faced a labour shortage. The solution? Recruit employees in the Caribbean to run the city’s buses and trains. James Ferguson explains how these migrants survived difficult times, and changed the old imperial capital for ever

“The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there,” wrote L.P. Hartley in The Go-Between, published in 1953. And how foreign that decade, the 1950s, now appears to us. Bleak postwar Britain was a monochrome country of bomb sites, rationing, and social conformity. Entrenched in the Cold War and still traumatised by conflict, it had lost much of the optimism that accompanied the end of the Second World War. Youth culture, freedom, diversity were yet to blossom.   Continue reading

Best cities for young people – a Canadian city tops the list

December 11, 2013 | By Jason Buckland, MSN Travel

Best cities for young people- Where the world’s youth can live a good life.

 Friends toasting each other at a party. (© Caiaimage/REX)
The great downturn that began in 2008 was particularly brutal on the world’s youth, sapping them of jobs and prospects of future employment, too.

In many ways, younger people still have a rough go of things, yet some cities offer more hope than others. In its inaugural index, social initiative firm YouthfulCities ranked the best towns on earth for those aged 15-29, based on 16 different indices, including youth employment, civic participation, public transportation, fashion, music and entrepreneurial spirit. And a Canadian city came out on top! Click through to see what Canadian city came in as the greatest town in the world for your detailed ng people today.  – [Read report]

Go to the YouthfulCities.com website for more detailed information

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By EWALT AINSWORTH               11 03 2011

There is an old Guyanese maxim that “family cutlass does only bend but it don’t break,” may be a stress test for my uncle and aunt.  They have both lived their allotted times of three scores and ten and now their  political persuasions, retirement place of abode and determining an encore professions, are being left unanswered..  They have talked with a mental health team, their pastor, family, Lodge group, rolled the dice and have played ‘abna-babna lady sne, ocean portion sugar and tea; roast potato English tea out goes you.’

Just when they made a decision to move from current citadel in East Orange in a few days a time, up came the Guyana elections date to snarl all the plans.  The intuitive selves have informed them to stay put while a spiritual healer/contractor, is telling them to make another move.  They do not know who to believe and who to trust.    Continue reading

Band leader Edmundo Ros dies, 100

Band leader Edmundo Ros dies, 100

Edmundo Ros in 1949 Edmundo Ros introduced Latin beats to UK audiences

Band leader Edmundo Ros, the man credited with popularising Latin American music in the UK, has died at the age of 100.

His death was confirmed by showbusiness charity the Grand Order of Water Rats.

Secretary John Adrian said: “He died last night peacefully at his home in Spain, two months short of his 101st birthday”.

Ros received an OBE for services to entertainment in the New Year Honours of 2000. Continue reading

The “Accidental Rudeness” of the British

From the Diaspora – Stabroek NewsAugust 15, 2011

The “Accidental Rudeness” of the British

By Melanie Newton  –

“… yet, sadly, accidental rudeness occurs alarmingly often…
Best to say nothing at all, my dear man.”
     – (Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince)

We may never know the name of the person who recorded and uploaded an August 9 BBC television news segment, in which anchorwoman Fiona Armstrong interviewed the Trinidadian born journalist and black British community spokesperson Darcus Howe. Thanks to this anonymous person’s quick thinking, the full shame of Armstrong and the BBC is now available on Youtube for all the world to see.

Armstrong interviewed Howe – who has worked as a BBC journalist – at the height of the recent disturbances that swept the UK. Things went downhill immediately, when Armstrong introduced him as ‘Marcus Dowe.’ After that, more or less every word Armstrong uttered was offensive. When Howe said he was not “shocked” by the riots given what was happening to “young people in this country”, she asked if he “condoned” the riots. She interrupted him when he said that the police “blew [Mark Duggan’s] head off”, patronizingly stating that: “we don’t know what happened to Mr. Duggan.” Armstrong’s vehemence was remarkable, given that the police admit they shot Duggan – what is in question are the circumstances of the shooting.   Continue reading

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