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When I was at medical
school in Caracas, the T&T
embassy had a football team. It
was a fete-match team that com-
prised various people who
worked at the embassy, including
a lawyer, son of a famous Trini
politician, and another gentleman
who is now in charge of an
important local agency.
The main shaker and mover,
however, was a St James-born
native who worked in the consulate
division. And then there were the
rest of us---Trinis who lived,
worked or studied in Caracas.
or so, playing on weekends
against various village sides, los-
ing most of the time but occa-
sionally scoring a goal and cele-
brating like Trinis, much to the
consternation of the Venezuelans.
On these excursions, the
lawyer, the very important gen-
tleman and the St James native
made it their duty, in between
kicking ball, drinking beer and
stopping to urinate at the side of
the road, to urge me to return
home to practise.
I always told them I was not
going to leave a sweet country to
go back to an island with no
future. In fact, I was mamaguy-
ing them and always intended to
I came back to T&T because of
several things. I wanted to prac-
tise medicine in my country. I
wanted to take care of Trini chil-
dren. I wanted to be near my
I also came back because the
lifestyle appealed to me.
beach on Sunday without the has-
sle of having to drive in traffic for
two or three hours. I wanted to be
able to go to the Oval to see Test
cricket on a regular basis. I want-
ed to play J Ouvert every year.
I had visions of taking my
children to the Savannah on Box-
ing Day, just like my mother did
with her children, buying little
coloured windmills and snocones
for them whilst watching the
horses line up, jostling behind the
starting net and hearing the jock-
eys shout out to each other, to
their horses and to the starter up
on his box, "Hold it! Hold it!"
I thought it would be fun to go
down crowded, hectic Frederick
Street again, walk past the stores
with their inviting open doors
and feel the cold waves emanat-
ing from the air conditioning as
you walked past. So tempting to
go into the dim, cool interiors,
out of the glare and the sun.
I wanted to be able to just
"drop in" by a friend, if I felt
like it, sit down in the gallery,
have a cold one, share in some
ole talk and drive home slowly
I wonder now why I returned.
When we first came back, we
drove around Trinidad, beach by
beach, for the first few years.
That stopped suddenly one Sun-
day morning at lonely Columbus
Bay in deep south, when a
pirogue from Venezuela, complete
with Spanish-speaking characters,
came ashore, began interfering
with my wife and 12-year-old
daughter, while offloading cartons
of bottles from the boat into a
pick-up driven by a couple of
weirdos who had suddenly
appeared out of the coconut
We stopped going to Maracas
five years ago after we got cussed
up and threatened at seven in the
morning by a drunken couple
blaring music who had was to
park their truck next to ours on
the deserted side of the beach in
front of the village and who got
blasted vex when I asked them to
turn the music down a bit. The
local police smirked and
explained that they could do
nothing---the "people had a right
to enjoy deyself."
There is almost never Test
cricket at the Oval again. How
well I remember that first morn-
ing of cricket after years in the
desert. Up early to make ward
rounds and be in place for "first
ball," I was barely able to drive
down St Clair Avenue, filled with
excited people from the country
lining up with their baskets at 5
o clock. The night before, settling
into bed, my wife had just asked
me how I was getting in without
a ticket when someone knocked
on the gate and when I went
outside there was an envelope
with a pass and a note from a
patient saying, "I not going
tomorrow, Doc, you enjoy this!"
As I walked over from King
George Park, I heard Clive Pantin
say on the radio, with his usual
fervour and sense of appreciation
of things Trinidadian, "What a
glorious day for cricket!" When I
got to my seat, it turned out to
be the one next to Syl Dopson,
whose wife had packed for him,
as they say, a "sumptuous lunch."
That was the Friday we bowled
out Australia for 90, Desmond
Haynes opened for the first time
for the Windies and almost got
out walking down the pitch from
the pavilion end and hooking
Thompson to square leg in front
of us and CG Greenidge had was
to walk down the pitch and ask
him to take it easy.
DAVID E BRATT, MD
CRAB NECK SOUP PART 1 ...I was mamaguying
them and always
intended to come back.
I came back to T&T
because of several
things. I wanted to
practise medicine in my
country. I wanted to
take care of Trini
children. I wanted to be
near my family.
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