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Halloween – The Witch and The Tree – by Peter Halder

Halloween – The Witch and The Tree  –  by Peter Halder

      Warraboola the Witch lived in an underground cave in the large area of thick woods some distance from the oak trees lined main avenue of the city.

Long tresses of grey and black hair reached down from the top of Warraboola’s head to her waist. On her head was a black, broad-rimmed cone shaped hat. Her long narrow face was adorned with thick grey bushy eyebrows, black steely eyes, a long, thin crooked nose, a wide mouth with thin lips and a long narrow chin. Her two ears were long and narrow like two antennas. She had long hands, with long fingers and long claw-like nails, Over her narrow bony body she wore a long-sleeve black dress that reached to her ankles. She had on long black boots. She sat in an old fashioned rocking chair smoking a corncob pipe. The puffs of smoke that rose from it gave the cave an evil and dreadful odor.   Continue reading

The Electric Eel – by Peter Halder

The Electric Eel

by Peter Halder

 General  

Electric eel

Electric eel

Growing up as a child, I had often heard about the dangerous electric eel from adults in my neighbourhood since there was the La Repentir Cemetery trench, the Sussex Street trench, the Punt Trench and the Lamaha Canal in the Sussex Street backland.

I swam in the Cemetery Trench, the Sussex Street trench, the Punt Trench regularly as a kid, at Clay, the Paaloff and near Cooper Street, Albouystown and in the Lamaha Canal. I was nipped by a piranha at Clay but to my delight, I never came across an electric eel. I also swam in the Demerara, Essequibo, Berbice, Pomeroon and Ireng Rivers; Kara Kara, Catabuli, Kamuni, and Mahaicony Creeks. Never came across one.

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HERO THE WARRIOR – By Peter Halder – E-Book #6 released

HERO THE WARRIOR – By Peter Halder – E-Book #6 released

Defender of The Forces of Good

Hero..The WarriorPeter Halder’s E-Book number 6, Hero The Warrior: Defender of The Forces of Good, is now on sale on Amazon.com and Smashwords.com. Check the links below. The book is quartet of fantastic, exciting and action packed Fairy Tale adventures which extol the conquest of good over evil. Fairy Gloriana engages the services of a mighty hunter Hero of Creion to rescue a Royal child from a Wicked Witch, Aglaia.

In the second thrilling adventure, a Prince falls in love with a gold statue, The Golden Princess, and engages Hero The Warrior to seek out and obtain the means to make it human. In his third adventure, Hero is sent on a mission to find and return The Cross of Enna and destroy the Evil Wizard who stole it.

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Peter Halder releases his first two e-books – see links below

Hello readers :

My first two e-books, The Alligator and The Sun and The Monkey Wife have been published and are now on sale at Amazon.com Their links are below. Click on the links to view the book covers and the story lines. 

Peter Halder

 The Alligator and the Sun

Crabs of Guyana & South Pacific – by Peter Halder

Crabs of Guyana & South Pacific

 by Peter Halder

Crabs of Guyana 

The species of crabs in Guyana include the hermit or soldier crab, buck crab, bunduri crab, sherriger, jumbie crab, scissors crab, square-back crab, mud crab, spider crab, flat or porcelain crab, rock crab, shield- back crab, and the white land crab.

The well-known and popular crabs are the bunduri, buck and sherriger.

Bunduri

The bunduri is the largest crab. Its habitat is in the North West District and the Essequibo Coast. They go on a “march” during the mating season between late August and early September, when with spring tide, they would literally cover the entire beach along the Atlantic Ocean. On the march, they are an army of closely packed creatures walking in their own peculiar gait, pincers (claws) and bodies knocking against each other and making a racket. They were once found only on the seaside or along river banks but with their increase in numbers, they began climbing up hills, sandlots and even go into people’s backyards. Continue reading

Guyana: Three Riverain Meals – By Peter Halder

THREE RIVERAIN MEALS

 by Peter Halder

ALL-IN-ONE

Also known as Bush Food, All-in-One is a kind of Cook-Up Rice or One-Pot. It is a variety of items cooked in one large iron pot.

The ingredients included rice with green plantains, hog tannia, oku yams, cassava and ochro cut up into small pieces, dried pigeon-peas, cut up eddo leaves, broad leaf thyme, onions, tomatoes to add colour, and red and yellow wirri- wirri pepper. Meat included both fresh and smoked labba, wild cow, wild hog, smoked hymara (fish) and cut up salted pigtails and pig snout. It was cooked with lots of coconut milk and broth from boiling the bones and gristle of wild animals.   [Read more]

British Guiana (Guyana) – Governors In The 1900s – by Peter Halder

BRITISH GUIANA – Governors In The 1900s

 by Peter Halder

      There were 17 Governors of British Guiana from 1900 to 26 May 1966 when the colony became the independent State of Guyana.

     According to reports, the most popular Governor was Sir Gordon James Lethem, 1941-1947.

     Sir Walter Egerton, 1912 – 1917 and Sir Wilfred Collett were the Governors of Britain’s only colony in South America during World War 1 (1914-1918). Sir Wilfred Edward Jackson, 1937-1941, and Sir James Gordon Lethem, 1941-1947, were the Governors during World War II, 1939-1945.

     Sir Alfred William Savage was Governor, 1953-1955, when the British Government in October 1953, suspended the Constitution of the colony, declared a State of Emergency, deployed British troops and removed the elected Government of the People’s Progressive Party which won a landslide 18 of 24 seats in the Legislative Assembly in the General Elections in April, 1953. Governor Savage, who according to reports played a significant role in what transpired, assumed direct rule.       Continue reading

The Chinese In Guyana – by Peter Halder

The Chinese In Guyana

By Peter Halder

 Introduction

    African slavery provided free labor for the sugar industry in what was then British Guiana. Slavery was abolished in 1834. The freed slaves jubilantly left the plantations and the inhuman treatment meted out to them to seek a new future of their own choosing. That created a vacuum in the sugar industry and an immediate need and demand for cheap labor. The plantocracy in collaboration with the colonial administration first brought Portuguese from Madeira, Portugal. They were found to be unsuitable. They were replaced by Chinese from Canton in China.

 Chinese Arrival

    January 12, 2013 marked the 160th Anniversary of the arrival of Chinese in Guyana.

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Gingerbeer With A Difference – by Peter Halder

Guyana Stories by Peter Halder

Gingerbeer With A Difference

by Peter Halder

Fr Jeremiah Holyoak of the Church at Hunter Street and Punt Trench Dam, Albouystown,  made it his duty during the Christmas Season to visit his parishioners on Boxing Day.

He finished house calls on La Penitence Street and moved on to Bel Air Street. Between James Street and Sussex Street, he came to a cottage in which lived a single mother Rachel Adams and her son Timothy. The pair attended his Church Services every Sunday morning. They were there on Christmas morning.

Fr Jeremiah rapped on the light blue wooden door.

Timothy opened the door and smiled.

“Good morning Father, how are you today?” he said.

“I’m fine thank you Timothy. I am here on my usual Christmas visit to members of my congregation. Is your mother at home?” replied Fr Jeremiah.    Read More »

Guyana Cultural Asso. of New York Magazine – July 2013

GCA – JULY_2013_OnLine_Magazine_[download]

GCA July 2013-c IN THIS ISSUE

PAGE 3: – GCA Awards: Clive Lloyd & Peter Halder

PAGE 4:- Tribute To Maurice – Ron Bobb-Semple

PAGE 5-7: A Pollen from God’s Flower- Derrick Jeffrey

PAGE 8: Mr. Mo and the Children’s Workshop

PAGE 9: Minty Alley

PAGE 10: Tributes to Maurice Braithwaite

PAGE 11: Collin “Bumble” Wharton

PAGE 12-14: GCA Awards Announcement

AGE 15-21: Folk Festival Family Day      Continue reading