Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 1st 2016 Contents A27
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I m no Nostradamus but like every-
one else in the kingdom of this
world I can still hope and wish---
however unrealistically. For the year to
come I m hoping for peace on all fronts:
domestic, local, regional and international.
Give peace a chance, fussing and fighting
could take a break.
I don t want to see any more graphic
videos of gruesome beheadings, local school-
children beating each other, or man beating
woman or children. I would like to see more
compassion in every human sphere, which
translates into people across the globe recog-
nising each other as sister and brother and
not as moving targets for extermination or
Locally we could start by honouring and
respecting our elders---while they re still
alive. Which means icons like jazz guitarist
Fitzroy Coleman, jazz-calypso pioneer Clive
Zanda, and Creole fiddler extraordinaire
Stanley Roach should be introduced to the
national community, their physical needs
be taken care of, and most importantly, their
life work in developing our culture be doc-
umented and completed. Zanda has written
down all his compositions---a priceless part
of heritage---but is in no financial position
to make this legacy available. Are we going
to lose this through indifference and neg-
Now I come to the last laugh, but anything
is possible. I would like to see the T&T
public service serving the public, rather than
treating it as an irritation, or an obstacle to
nail polishing and bacchanal chat.
As for me, I d love to see and hear Afro-
Cuban pianist Omar Sosa playing at Tobago
Jazz, or better still, headlining a diasporic
festival at venues like Ortinola Estate, Big
Bay Sans Souci, Mount Tamana.
And since I m wishing---how about getting
my status here regularised, after nearly 30
years, and then house and land? No harm
---Simon Lee, writer/cultural commen-
Respect for nature, and each other
I wish for myself the same I wish for
everyone: good health, prosperity, love and
laughter for 2016 and beyond.
To take things a bit deeper, I would like
to see Trinidadians/Tobagonians respect
each other more in all aspects of our lives---
in public, on the roads, in our homes. I wish
that we would respect our environment,
our wildlife, and our country as a whole.
Let us all try to be more conscious of the
environment, respect the beauty that this
country has to offer and stop leaving our
garbage wherever we go!
We should try to understand our ecosys-
tem and spend more time off the beaten
track, only then can you realise why we have
to be conservationists in our own land. We
are blessed with an abundance of world-
class wildlife, and we are blessed with stun-
ning natural beauty as well. Let us respect
our country and be stellar exemplars for our
Let us not let the physicalities of life define
who we are. Trinidadians were at one time
one of the friendliest people. We can go
back to that. Let s practise humility and
kindness. Let us be goodwill ambassadors,
not just to tourists but also to each other.
I firmly believe all is not lost.
Let us move into this New Year with con-
fidence and happiness. Stay optimistic, keep
moving towards accomplishing those goals,
and keep those dreams alive.
---Wendy Rahamut, cook/food colum-
Cute shoes, world peace, and liposuction
"All I want is peace on Earth and a really
cute pair of shoes," says Suzy Toronto, the
creator of fun, irreverent affirmations and
pep talks, which appear on calendars, mouse
mats, key rings and coffee mugs. I couldn t
have said it better.
New Year dreams and wishes should
include the high and low, the unattainable
and the right-there-for-the-plucking. While
we wait for our super powers to kick in so
we can solve all the troubles of the world,
we can have some fun too. And fun is always
so much closer when our toes are sparkling
in some magnificent showstopper works of
art.Women do not need to apologise for crav-
ing the pleasures of perfect heels or killer
no-iron gowns. After all, how can we hold
up half the sky if our feet are killing us and
we are trapped in last season s knock-offs?
Nothing inspires the human mind like the
impossible. Tell us we can never fly, walk
on the moon or find the right shade lipstick
for our complexion, and we will die trying
to prove ourselves wrong. We all need our
impossible dreams, so we can keep pushing
past the artificial boundaries that our own
fear imposes upon us.
So I dream for world peace and an end
to gang violence like everyone else. I give
of my time and money to charities because
I want to end child abuse and discrimination
against people with disabilities. But I still
want a new roof and to convert the garage
into an entertainment room with the sound
track from Phantom of the Opera playing
on my Bose sound system.
I want our roads paved and a gentler,
kinder education system that praises curiosity
and individual gifts instead of perpetuating
gender stereotypes, rote learning and general
humbug. But I also lie awake at night pic-
turing how that hammered silver Rachel
Ross bangle would look on my elegant wrist.
Trinidadians are lucky. We can postpone
reality for another six weeks until after Car-
nival. While we ponder and wonder about
how to cope with low oil prices in our lop-
sided economy, we can work on how to
squeeze into the feathered bikinis and look
good on international television.
So here s the last farewell before we have
to grow up all over again. Happy New Year,
Merry Carnival, have a drink on me. And
never give up the hunt for the perfect pair.
---Elsa Wrench, fashionista and lifestyle
columnist. Sing your odes to yesterday
---Some of our columnists weigh in
Carrie Fisher has had more than enough
of your sexist comments. Most recently,
it s New York Post columnist Kyle Smith
with an op-ed titled, "If Carrie Fisher
doesn t like being judged on looks, she
should quit acting."
In it, he claims no one would know the
Star Wars actress if it weren t for her "ability
to leverage her looks." "George Lucas only
cast her in the first place because she was
young, slim and cute at the time," Smith
assumes of her inclusion in 1977 s Episode
IV: A New Hope. "Ok, I quit acting. Now,
can I not like being judged for my looks?"
Fisher shot back on Twitter. "Tell me what
to do and who to be, oh wise New York Post
columnist. You GENIUS." Mr Smith doubts
I d have any success as a writer without Star
Wars," she added, of the columnist s claims
that people only care about her literary work
because she played Princess Leia.
Fisher slams columnist who says we should judge her looks
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