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Hope: Guyana’s history and the names of some “Great Guyanese”

 By Geoff Burrowes

When I was growing up I knew a mild mannered boy named Malcolm Rodrigues. His nickname was “Milky”. I later heard that he had become a Jesuit priest.

When many of us, decided that life under the heel of the Forbes Burnham regime was not supportable and emigrated to other countries to enjoy their freedoms, Malcolm continued to minister in Guyana. I recently read an article written by him about the martyrdom of Father Darke and realized that Malcolm had grown into a courageous priest who had stood up against the excesses of the politicians of the time. I guess that his Jesuit training and expectations were partially responsible for that growth.          Continue reading

“DOWN MEMORY LANE WITH GUYANA RADIO” – By Bernard Heydorn

“DOWN MEMORY LANE WITH GUYANA RADIO” – By Bernard Heydorn

Broadcasting House, Georgetown, British Guiana 1964

Caribbean radio has a long, illustrious history. In the days before television, videos and the like, radio was the people’s main source of news and entertainment. Guyana had its first radio station, ZFY on the air as early as 1935, even before the CBC in Canada in 1936, and not long after the BBC in England, 1922.

ZFY was accompanied by stations VB3BG and VP3MR, followed by Radio Demerara in the 1940s and BGBS in the 1950s. Incidentally, ZFY, which was located by the Main Post Office in Georgetown, burned to the ground in the great fire of February 1945, the week when I was born.  Continue reading

Profile: Uncle Harinarine – Old Time Stories! – By Dhanpaul Narine

Uncle Harinarine – Old Time Stories!

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Vintage Green Glass Kerosene Lamp 1960's

Kerosene Lamp 1960’s

There was a time when the village in Guyana had no electricity. They used hand lamps to move around at nights. These lamps had a wick and a knob pushed the wick up or down depending on the user’s choice. The lamps were blown out at eight in the night and everyone was supposed to be in bed.

Those that could afford it had the gas lamps but after several pumpings the Tiley lamps would puff and go out as well. Then there were those that had neither gas nor hand lamps. They used a bottle with a long cloth wick soaked in kerosene and the smoke that came out was thick and black. It left a mark in the house and if you were a student staying up late the smoke went directly into your eyes.  Continue reading

Dave Martins – the story behind “Not A Blade of Grass”

Tradewinds – Dave Martins -“Not a blade of grass & Is we Own”

Dave Martins – the story behind “Not A Blade of Grass”

NOT A BLADE O’ GRASS

There are all sorts of strange tales about my song Not A Blade O’ Grass.
Some I’ve heard second-hand, but some folks, believe it or not, have
actually come to me directly to categorically assert that they know
exactly how the song came about.  A couple times, I’ve been told, “Burnham
pay yuh to write dat song.”  One fellow, fully blocked, told me that Mr.
Burnham had even suggested some of the words.  In fact, while Brother
Forbes certainly used the song for his own ends, he had nothing whatsoever
to do with its creation.  For that, you have to go to the late Pat Cameron.

Here’s the story, unabridged:                Continue reading

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