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JK Rowling has explained the meaning be-
hind a cryptic tweet sent earlier this week,
scotching hopes that it referred to a new
Harry Potter story.
On Monday, the author posted the ana-
gram: "Cry, foe! Run amok! Fa awry! My wand
won't tolerate this nonsense."
Some fans translated it as: "Harry Returns!
Won't say any details now! A week off! No
But she later confirmed that it was really
the first line from the synopsis for a film
screenplay she is writing.
After one follower suggested "Newt Sca-
mander only meant to stay in New York for a
few hours", she replied: "YES!!!!!!!!!!!! People, we
have a winner!"
Newt Scamander was the fictional author
of a textbook on magical animals that fea-
tured in the Harry Potter novels.
Rowling herself released the book, titled
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, in
2001 to raise money for Comic Relief.
Now, Scamander is going to be the main
character in a film trilogy inspired by that
textbook. Rowling is currently working on the
screenplay for the first film, which is expected
to be set in 1920s New York after Scamander
was commissioned to travel the world and
compile a guide to magical beasts.
Rowling later tweeted that the anagram
was "the first sentence of a synopsis of
Newt's story", adding: "It isn't part of the
script, but sets the scene." (BBC)
JK Rowling explains tweet riddle
PETER RAY BLOOD
Gene Lawrence, 75, is hailed as one
of the Caribbean s most versatile and
accomplished musicians, and every
musical thread he has woven through-
out his illustrious career has turned
Born in St Vincent, he has the unique
pleasure of being a citizen of T&T, St
Lucia and St Vincent. Lawrence, who has
been married to Katherine Buxo for 51
years, is the father of Barry Lawrence and
Lawrence has fond memories of his
childhood in St Vincent and in Trinidad,
an experience which endears him to both
countries. "I left St Vincent at the age of
nine," said Lawrence this week. "My family
owned Brighton & Connery estates up in
the country in Georgetown, but we lived
in Kingstown. I lived close to a place
named Victoria Park where all the major
sporting activities on the island took place,
like football and cricket so, as a child I
enjoyed the things all boys enjoy. When
the family migrated to Grenada I
attended Presentation College
where I wrote GCE.
"Most of my holidays were spent in Trinidad but
I came to live in Trinidad around the age of 16. A
lot of guys remember me from school holidays and
think that I was Trinidadian. I grew up with guys
like John Henderson, Syl Dopson, Willy West and
John Buddy Williams, all good musicians. The steel-
band and guitar were my big entry into music."
Lawrence recalled playing pan in St Vincent and
subsequently adopted the guitar as his instrument
He said: "When my father went away to fight in
World War II, unknown to us, he left behind a guitar
which was given to me at the age of ten. At that
stage I couldn t play a guitar but I had a good ear
for music. I used to tune bottles, filled with different
amounts of water, and played music on them. My
musical colleagues and I did a record---Kaiso 1---which
was released in Trinidad in 1958. Of the guys that
played on that record I am probably the only one
alive. It was a super recording and was done upstairs
a residence in Woodbrook. The record had only tra-
ditional Trinidad calypsoes on it.
A finger-style acoustic guitarist, Lawrence is versed
in classical, folk, popular music, calypso and jazz.
An original member of Silver Strings Combo, one
this country s foremost musical aggregations, a com-
poser and arranger, Lawrence has also played with
the Troubadours and was a pan player in the early
days of Silver Stars steel orchestra.
of Caribbean music
Look Who? is a new monthly feature that tells the stories of
cultural pioneers who have been off the scene for a while. These
features try to answer the question, "What ever happened to...?"
This month s instalment features one of the region s most talented
guitarists, Gene Lawrence.
Apart from playing on stage, Lawrence has notched many
other accomplishments. He was a director of the Copyright
Organisation of T&T (Cott) for three years, and is currently the
PRS representative and director of the Hewannorra Music
Society, St Lucia's copyright organisation. A founder/member of
the National Association of Musicians and Entertainers (NAME)
in Trinidad he holds the same post in the St Lucia Jazz Society.
Lawrence has been chairman of the St Lucia Jazz Festival
Committee from its inception in 1992 to 1994, and was the first
chairman of ECCO, the copyright organisation of the Eastern
Caribbean, until his retirement in 2010.
GENE AND COPYRIGHT ASSOCIATIONS
Gene Lawrence, 75, is
one of the region's
guitarists. He recently
released a new album
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