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The 1938 Hope Bridge


By Dmitri Allicock

The days of trembling tracks

Of Upper Demerara, way back

Whistle and thunder that excite

Laden cars coming with bauxite   Continue reading

Book Review… Boogie Days – by Albert Cumberbatch

Book Review… Boogie Days by Albert Cumberbatch

Guyanese dance through time hits mark

Boogie DaysApril 7, 2013 | By KNews |  By Dr. Glenville Ashby

Guyanese native, Albert Cumberbatch, hoists readers on his literary wagon, traversing time in this nostalgic novel. The road is a not always smooth, but through the prism of Rudy, a twelve-year-old, trials never seem adversely impactful. Rudy is a typical teen – adventurous, resourceful with an enviable ability to adapt. Boogie Days wastes little time in sowing Rudy’s experiences in Mackenzie, a suburban mining town in the South American country of Guyana. It is removed culturally from the capital, Georgetown, where Rudy lived with his aunt Vannie before being taking away by his mother.

Cumberbatch captures the rich passage of teenage life, baiting the imagination of readers. A sojourn in Berbice for Rudy is culturally awakening. He learns of the Queh Queh, a traditional African dance performed at weddings, and is imbued with country living – natural, unpretentious and earthy. Boogie Days is poignantly spirited, colourful and whimsical.  Continue reading

Last Train Home – By Dmitri Allicock

Last train home

Last train home

Last Train Home

By Dmitri Allicock

Lonesome Locomotive sitting on the line

Eternally left, beacon of bauxite ore enshrine

Hot and sweaty world so silent and still

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The Wonderful Demerara River By Maj. Gen. (retd) Joseph G Singh

The Wonderful Demerara River

By Major General (retd) Joseph G Singh MSS, MSc, FRGS

Borsselen Island in the Demerara River

Borsselen Island in the Demerara River

The Demerara River – origin of its name, its profile and its significance

The early Spanish explorers referred to this river as ‘Rio de Mirar’, the wonderful river, but it was the Dutch who christened the river, the Demerara, from the word ‘Demirar’, the wonderful.[1]

The wonderful Demerara River originates from the rugged, rain-fed, forested northern slopes of the Makari Mountains, located slightly right of centre of the narrow waist of Guyana.  Continue reading

Memories: The start of World War II – by Vibert Lampkin

Memories: The start of World War II – by Vibert Lampkin

Recently, I watched ‘The Last Prize’ which was a biography of the final years of Winston Churchill  [Wikipedia link] in office as Prime Minister of Great Britain during World War 11 and of course tomorrow is the 74th anniversary of the start of the Second World War.

I remember that day well – Sunday September 3, 1939. I was six years old and was sailing down from Mackenzie (the Town that bauxite built as it was called), 65 miles up the Demerara River to Georgetown to start school at St. Winifred’s Roman School in Newtown, Kitty, the next day. Since Guyana has no summer and no winter, only sun and rain, our ‘summer’ holiday from school was the month of August, the hottest month of the year. And traditionally as the first born, the eldest grandchild and the eldest nephew, I got to spend my holiday at the place I liked best – Mackenzie, mainly for the trip up river which – although only 65 miles – took all day on the river steamer, R.H. CARR. Continue reading

THE CHANTEY – by Peter Halder

Guyana Tales by Peter Halder


    by  Peter Halder

     Fr Alfred MacTaggart was the Priest -in-charge of St.Aidan’s Anglican Church at Wismar, Upper Demerara River.

The Church’s congregation was made up of persons from Wismar, Christianburg, Silvertown, Silver City, Wismar Hill and Mackenzie.

Fr. MacTaggart hailed from Scotland and his Scottish brogue oft intrigued his congregation when he delivered his sermon on Sundays.

His elocution, for whatever reason, was often punctuated by thin streams of spit.

The Father was also well- known for his strong  tenor voice. It gave vibrancy and appeal to the Hymns sung in Church on Sundays.    Read More »

The Street Characters of Upper Demerara 1960-1980 – By Dmitri Allicock

The Street Characters of Upper Demerara 1960-1980

By Dmitri Allicock

Upper Demerara was not unlike other parts of Guyana and had its full share of Street Characters. Whether driven to the streets by mental, emotional or social derailment, or “dropping out and turning on” by free choice, they remain indelible in memory, symbolic of the life and times. Like the politicians of the day, street characters had the ability to attract attention. Colourful characters who paraded the streets daily and providing spontaneous street theatre.

HERBIE, for most Upper Demerara residents was and is still a living legend that rivals “LAW AND ORDER” the former king of Guyana’s street people who was known throughout Guyana.
There were other vagrants like TIGER, which was both father and his daughter, ITUNI DOG, NUMBER FOUR and a few more that provided public theater, free of charge in the days of no television or rare entertainment.

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Linden rebuilding begins in Guyana

Linden rebuilding begins in Guyana
Published on August 24, 2012
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) — Head of the Presidential Secretariat and Cabinet Secretary, Dr Roger Luncheon, at a post- Cabinet press briefing on Wednesday informed media operatives that major features of the Linden agreement are being put in place with the inputs and support of principal stakeholders.Luncheon also said that the situation on the ground is evolving satisfactorily with visibly sustained efforts at the re-establishment of normalcy in the township.

“Cabinet discussed a range of proposals brought by its education sector to deal with the pressing the dilemma of relocating the more than 800 displaced primary school children from the burnt out school,” Luncheon said.    Continue reading

Report: Wismar, Christianburg, Mackenzie Disturbances -1964

Editor’s Note:  This is the official report on this subject as commissioned by the Governor of  British Guiana in September 1964.  Most Guyanese alive today were too young or not born in 1964, so they may be  influenced by words like “massacre” and “holocaust” that are used by many commentators when discussing this unfortunate subject.  The great loss of life here was the sinking of the Sun Chapman with a bomb, where 38 persons of African descent perished.

These words should not be used for this event  – a massacre is when hundreds of people are killed, a holocaust is the systematic killing of thousands and even millions as occurred in Nazi Germany. As Guyanese, we should seek to heal the wounds inflicted on us by past generations.  We have to seek the truth and try to report “true history” and not continue instilling fear by embellishing and twisting facts.  Lies, often repeated, become “facts”.  Be aware!

This report should clarify the historical details of the unfortunate loss of life, injuries to innocent people, and the extensive loss of property.


Chapter 1 – Statement of the Proceedings of the Commission
Chapter 2 – Recent Disturbances at Wismar, Christianburg and Mackenzie
Chapter 3 – Conduct of the Security Forces
Chapter 4 – Account of Number of Deaths, Extent of Injuries, Loss and Damage
Chapter 5 – Conclusions and Acknowledgements

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BY DMITRI ALLICOCK  –  for Guyanese Online

The Town of Linden is split down the middle by the Demerara River. Over the years, the town grew and expanded unevenly as bauxite dominated. The notable eastern bank development was the Amelia’s Ward housing scheme that follow the Linden/Soesdyke Highway opening at the end of the 1960s. On the western bank, the population was always more numerous. The population has increased significantly from West Watooka to Christianburg and westward to include Wismar hill, Half Mile, One Mile and The Rockstone housing Scheme.

The ferry boat system, which was born with the bauxite industry, had the enormous responsibility of connecting the daily lives of the people. At its peak, over a dozen privately-own ferry-owners existed from Cakatara to Speightland. Continue reading

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