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While the dust from Carnival has settled,
many will recall with a broad smile the infec-
tious, dedicated mas played by a small group
of revellers from the Laventille Rhythm Sec-
tion: a knot of "sailors" with their own home-
made float: a gunmetal grey warboat called
Bismarck, which sailed with the Massy
Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra this year
to help them win the Large Band of the Year
prize in the portrayal Ships Ahoy at a French
Led by Trevor McDonald, this small section
in All Stars truly "played a mas," for they
stayed in character all day long, to the delight
of all around.
As photographer Maria Nunes, who chron-
icled the band on Tuesday, observed in her
photo blog the next day: "All you could do
was smile and marvel at the cannon that blew
powder...the radio phone made of a juice carton
that blew powder out of its antennae...the
two telephones attached on either side to the
deck of their battleship Bismarck that they
spoke on all day...the radio tower for the ship
complete with plastic bottles for either
end...the mechanisms they made to make the
cannon blow powder...the name of the cannon
Look Trouble Now ...the time they must have
taken to make this mas and make sure all their
elaborate powder puffing mechanisms
worked...oh my goodness...all they did was
fill my heart with joy. They were the spirit of
Carnival for me yesterday."
The T&T Guardian visited the revellers at
their "headquarters" at Marcella Street, Laven-
tille---the backyard garage of an old house,
where the friends have been gathering to lime
The float, say the men, was inspired by the
German battleship Bismarck launched in 1939.
"The Bismarck name came from an old man
I met liming in a bar in Diego Martin," said
one of the men, Koro Hills.
Bismarck was among the largest and most
powerful battleships ever built by Germany
for World War II, with a revolutionary design
for its time.
At the Battle of Denmark Strait, Bismarck
destroyed the battlecruiser HMS Hood, then
the pride of the Royal Navy. This lethal power
captured the imaginations of the Laventille
Rhythm Section revellers, who, in true Trini
fashion, adopted the Bismarck s myth of sin-
ister, steely invincibility, while enjoying hours
of seriously silly fun with the idea.
They built a second deck on their "warship"
(its maiden voyage was actually in 2014 under
another name), and improvised a bigger, alto-
gether more impressive powder gun than the
more modest one they d built last year. Their
ammunition? Tubs of baby powder, of course!
Their gun or cannon, Look Trouble Now,
took its name from a line in Machel Montano s
song Like a Boss; the Rhythm Section players
all loved its bouncy energy.
Last year, their boat gun was a smaller
affair, through which a hose channelled pluffs
of powder. "But we went to Senate and we
got a lil money to improve the artilleries..."
said Colin Mitchell, explaining that the Sen-
ate referred to Trevor McDonald, the pres-
ident of Laventille Rhythm Section, who
stood behind everybody quietly, in red shirt,
buzz cut hair, neat moustache, and a proud
"We don t ask for handouts," emphasised
Mitchell; "We dip and we take out from our
own pockets to do what we do."
"Yes, we sponsor our own selves. We don t
wait on people," confirmed McDonald.
A core of four people conceived of the
Bismarck mas, with engineering help from
Koro Hills, a multitalented welder, joiner and
Said Koro: "Ormand Morgan first came to
me with the idea of taking an old fridge on
the road, make it look like a boat, and roll it
on wheels through town...we could discard it
later...But I thought, I can t afford to build
something and just throw it away...So I decide
I going basic, the real thing..."
So he built a realistic looking ship from
wood, on a wheels base, in 2014, and added
the top deck this year. He even says that if
you add fibreglass and an engine, it could
function as a real boat.
"My partner Wayne Diving Mitchell came
up with the top deck and big gun idea this
year. Then they came to me to fabricate it,"
Kelvin Serrette was the wiring man. "It s a
simple 12-volt car battery, hooked up to some
fog lights, and a motorised boom gun....and
we ran some switches," he said.
The big gun was made from a length of
four-inch PVC pipe, with a hole for inputting
powder ammunition, and an air conditioning
car blower fan to help blast the powder. Powder
was not the only ammo---there were also tennis
balls! • Continues on Page A30
US intelligence agencies have
placed cyber attacks from foreign
governments and criminals at the top
of their list of threats to the country.
Online assaults would increasingly
undermine US economic competi-
tiveness and national security, said
Director of National Intelligence
A report issued by his office said
Russia s military was setting up a
cyber command to carry out attacks.
The report also describes China, Iran
and North Korea as leading threats.
In testimony to a congressional
committee on Thursday, Clapper said
he no longer believed the US faced
The idea that major infrastructure
such as financial networks or power
grids could be disabled by hackers
now looked less probable, he said.
However he warned: "We foresee an
ongoing series of low-to-moderate
level cyber attacks from a variety of
sources, which will impose cumula-
tive costs on US economic competi-
tiveness and national security." (BBC)
Cyber attacks top US threat list
Laventille Rhythm Section plays a lively sailor mas
Members of the Laventille Rhythm Section take aim
aboard their "warship," the Bismarck, at
Queen's Park Savannah, as part of the Carnival
Tuesday winning big band of the year (costume)
presentation by the Massy Trinidad All Stars Steel
Orchestra, called Ships Ahoy at a French Festival.
PHOTO: MARIA NUNES
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