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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, January 1, 2015
PETER RAY BLOOD
Sparrow s final performance on
local soil for 2014 was nothing
short of sensational.
Held at De Nu Pub in Woodbrook
on Monday night, with a full house
in attendance and emceed by God-
frey Pierre, proceedings were
opened by Marcia Miranda.
The Parang Soca Queen per-
formed a spirited repertoire, mixed
with her Christmas fare and a
calypso medley of hits by almost
every popular calypsonian including
Kitchener, Nelson, David Rudder
Seen in the house enjoying the
show were new National Carnival
Commission (NCC) chairman Lor-
raine Pouchet, Sparrow s old musi-
cal director Errol Ince, who Sparrow
poked fun at, and a number of vis-
itors from abroad.
Miranda was followed by 3Canal
who maintained the intensity of the
night s music.
Their set included Good Morning
Neighbour, new songs Cyar Done,
Big Love, Raw, Band yuh Belly, Irie,
Money and Stronger, Salt, Talk Yuh
Talk, Blue. 3Canal energised its
audience, especially when the trio
of Wendell Manwarren, Roger
Roberts and Stanton Kewley per-
formed the political Talk Yuh Talk,
enticing patrons to sing the refrain
of the song.
After the intermission, Sparrow
made his appearance in a fawn
coloured three-piece suit on stage
at 10.20 pm to a standing ovation.
He opened with Congo Man,
accompanied by Cummings &
D Wailers. His voice, strong and
stringent as when he was a much
younger man, and resting on a stool,
Sparrow dug into his trove of clas-
sics and sang Jean & Dinah, Melda,
Drunk & Disorderly, Phillip My Dear,
Lying Excuses, Willie Dead, El Reloj,
Marajhin, Mae Mae and Good Cit-
The Birdie, after approximately
90 minutes of singing, ended his
performance with the equally loved
Sparrow s next big show is on
February 19, Under the Trees, The
Normamdie, St Ann s when he
headlines Sparrow, A Special Some-
This is the second installment of
a Sparrow tribute held last year at
SWWTU Hall in Port-of-Spain,
this 2015 edition will be staged by
David Bereaux & Friends.
Sparrow shines at final show for the year
Rapso group 3Canal, from left, Stanton Kewley, Wendell Manwarren and Roger Roberts, during their performance
at Sparrow's concert.
Calypso King of the World Mighty
Sparrow holds court at De Nu Pub
on Monday night.
PHOTOS: CLYDE LEWIS
You know the old goal-setting
adage: Don t bite off more than
you can chew (especially if your
goal is to lose weight).
But if that were all it took, you d
have nailed last year s plan---and the
year before last s. But plenty of new
research into modern psychology
and the science of goal-setting and
willpower offer some surprising
non-cliché tips for making your res-
olutions work for you.
1 Start on a Monday
The turn of another year tricks
us into seeing our big-picture selves,
our slates wiped clean. Take advan-
tage of it. People commit to their
goals more fiercely after a major
benchmark like New Year s Day. If
you are an I-don t-believe-in-res-
olutions person who nonetheless
wants to break a bad habit, wait for
a Monday. It s the most popular day
of the week for starting diets and
stopping smoking, studies show.
2 Don't just wing it
How s this for a terrible irony:
the more you want your goal, the
less you re likely to plan for it,
according to a forthcoming paper
in the journal Behavioral Science
and Policy. That s because we tend
to think good intentions are enough,
but an actual plan prevents pro-
crastination. People with plans stick
to their goals way more often than
those who wing it.
Backup plans backfire by zapping
your desire to chase your main goal.
In a series of new studies, people
who were told to think up a Plan B
were less likely to attain their main
objective. Researchers suspect that
having backup goals may make fail-
ure feel somehow more acceptable.
4 Pick a round number
George Wu, professor at the Uni-
versity of Chicago s Booth School
of Business, and his colleagues
recently looked at marathon runners
at the bitter end of their races.
A huge number of people finished
in times that clustered around round
numbers, the researchers discov-
ered---like a four-hour marathon.
"Marathon runners feel a lot worse
just missing these really arbitrary
reference points: the round num-
bers," Wu says.
So when people are really, really
close to just missing their round-
number goal, they re much more
likely to speed up at the painful end
to beat it. People who are projected
to beat it comfortably, however,
actually slow down.
5 Put cash on the line
In a 2008 study, the most effective
weight-loss plan was one in which
people had to fork over cash if they
didn t meet their goal.
After 16 weeks, those with finan-
cial incentives lost 14 pounds more
than those who just weighed in.
Try it at stickK.com, a site
designed by behavioral economists
who will gladly donate your cash to
a recipient of your choice if you fail.
You know how good it feels to
tick off an item from your to-do
list. Put that to work by hacking a
massive goal (reading 24 books a
year, say) into parts (two per month).
It s more gratifying than working
away at one big goal, says George
Wu, professor at the University of
Chicago s Booth School of Business.
7 Conserve your willpower
Think of willpower as your great-
est natural resource, but know that
it s also a finite one, some experts
say.Every time you engage your
willpower for one task---saying no
to a glass of wine, passing up the
free cookies at work---you have less
to resist other temptations.
Since willpower is the secret
ingredient to meeting your goals,
use it wisely.
One goal, 365 days: You can do it!
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