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Applications will be accepted from ten (10) working days prior to the auction date. The
deadline for submission of tenders to the Domestic Market Operations Department of the
Central Bank is 12:00 noon on the auction date.
Central Bank of Trinidad
and Tobago and must accompany each tender. Cheque payments must be submitted no later
than three (3) working days prior to the auction date.
Competitive tenders can be submitted for any amount up to the issue size and must state the
price the bidder is willing to pay for each $1,000 of the face value being applied for. Competitive
bids may be rejected if the face value of the entire issue is allocated at higher bid prices or if
made to a bid that is rejected.
bidder agrees to accept the weighted average price of the successful bids determined in the
For competitive tenders, payments must be in the amount of the total cost of the bills; for
non-competitive tenders, payments will be equivalent to the face value being applied for.
The Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago invites tenders
from the public for the following issue:
TREASURY BILL AUCTION
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SALE BY MORTGAGEE
OFFERS ARE INVITED FOR THE FOLLOWING
7 Acres 3 Roods 39 Perches freehold land situate at
Narangho Road, off Anglais Road, Cumana, Toco.
The property is being sold "as is" without any
responsibility of the vendor to provide statutory
approvals, surveying data or warranty on its suitabil-
ity for use for any purpose.
The properly is being sold subject to any existing ten-
ancies, occupancy or encroachments however creat-
ed or formed.
Telephone Nos. 662-4020/4286; Fax No. 662-0755
Officer #59 Ext. 5425
Send sealed bids to:
The Properties Officer
Sale No. 21/2013
#34 Southern Main Road, Curepe or
P.O. Box 72, Port-of-Spain
BIDS MUST FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES HEREIN GIVEN
TO ENSURE THAT THEY ARE DULY CONSIDERED
Bids must be received by 3.00 p.m. on 2013
No late bids will be accepted
Unsuitable bids will not be acknowledged
The mortgagee does not bind itself to accept the
highest or any offer. The property will be sold subject
to all rates, taxes and other outgoings that may be
due at the time of the sale.
My name is Ian McDonald and
I wrote the novel The Humming-
It amazes me that, 40 years after
publication and basically 50 years
after it was written, people still
know about The Hummingbird
I am Trinidadian by birth,
Antiguan by ancestry, Guyanese
by adoption and West Indian by
I ve seen comments that Naipaul
was rather an anonymous figure
at Queen s Royal College but he
was very well known! He would
hold forth from a narrow balustrade
upstairs---the fall would have killed
him---and he would get very worked
up. I ve often thought, if he had
fallen, the great Naipaul would have
disappeared in the sixth form.
When I went to Cambridge, this
great university, 800 years of edu-
cation, I thought I would be over-
awed. I found I was better-edu-
cated than 80 per cent of the
people. That came from Queen s
John Hodge, an English teacher,
from England, was the person
who instilled a love of poetry in
I played tennis from very young.
I was junior champion of and rep-
resented Trinidad on the senior
Brandon Trophy team at the age
of 16 but cricket is my great love.
When I was playing at Wim-
bledon, I told them, well, if God
had given me a choice between
winning Wimbledon and scoring
a century for West Indies at Lords,
I d have chosen the century at
Lords. That didn t go down too
well in an interview about tennis!
I was president of the West
Indies Society at Cambridge when
someone from (sugar company)
Bookers came wanting to recruit
someone to go to a fairly big job
in Guyana. I introduced them to
five people-I think one of them
was Karl Hudson-Phillips. They
said, "They are all excellent can-
didates, but would YOU be inter-
ested in the job?" I went to Guyana
straight from leaving Cambridge
Sugar has been my life. Sugar,
cricket and literature. In fact, I
think the citation of the University
of the West Indies, who gave me
an honorary doctorate in 1997, does
say just that.
I ve been writing a column for
the Sunday Stabroek News for 22,
23 years. Before that, I used to
write, and give on the radio, some-
thing called, "Viewpoint". So I ve
been writing what are basically
mini-essays for 30 years. It s
become a sort of addiction.
Presumably, I ll be writing
about (death) until my own death.
Because death gives "a purpose
unto every moment" as Montaigne,
the wonderful French essayist says.
I remember to this day the lull-
abies my mother used to sing to
me. That was all part of poetry to
I got a copy of 25 Poems, Derek
Walcott s first book, and that
absolutely blew me over: here was
a West Indian writing as well as
any Englishman, better. Perhaps
I could do it, too!
My wife Mary and I have been
together now 33 years. Our sons
are not poets but they take an ironic
interest in my poetry.
I have the feeling that I ve writ-
ten in the margins of my life.
When I was in sugar, when I was
playing sport, my family life with
Mary and my sons, all these things
were more central than writing
poetry, which I was doing on the
side. Not that it wasn t important,
but writing has not defined me.
But, then, I wrote about all these
I began writing The Humming-
bird Tree in the sixth form at
Queen s Royal College. At Cam-
bridge I wrote a bit more. And,
when I went to Guyana, finished
it, put it in a drawer and literally
forgot about it for ten years. In
1968, I reread it and thought, "It s
not bad". I showed it to a very good
friend, Arthur Goodland, technical
director at Bookers, who knew an
agent in London. Within four
weeks I got a letter saying, "I love
this book. I m going to get it pub-
lished". Within two weeks, Heine-
mann had taken it and it was pub-
lished in 1969.
The Hummingbird Tree had
autobiographical aspects in it, but
it was a work of fiction. Jaillin was
a composite of many Indian girls
I knew, and I didn t really fall in
love with any of them.
I m not sure I can say what a
modern Trini is because I really
haven t lived in Trinidad since I
was 18. I get the feeling the race
thing is becoming a bit big now. I
don t remember that at all.
Trinidad & Tobago will always
be part of me.
• Read a longer version of this
feature at www.BCRaw.com
Sugar, sport and storytelling
As Told to BC Pires
TRINI TO D BONE
more time to deal
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