Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 9th 2013 Contents little boy began "massaging" them while
his sister stroked them.
At one point the boy yelled: "Ouch!"
The girl turned to me and whispered:
"He just got bitten on his privates."
Behind a line of trees near the fishing
depot at Fort Granby is a wooden house
with a wide verandah. Upon first seeing
it I wondered who lived there. I found out
early one morning after a beach walk, when
I took a friend to see "this fantastic wooden
The owner, who was on the verandah,
beckoned for us to enter, dipped inside
and resurfaced with three bananas.
Carl. Elspeth. Barbara.
As we munched on our bananas, Carl
told us that he had built his house and, as
a boatbuilder, had also trained most of the
young men in the area to master the craft.
"They are like my sons. I am like a father
to them and they look out for me."
He laughed when asked what he does
now that he no longer builds boats.
"The last person who asked me that,
it took 30 minutes to answer them. I do
"Everything" included the CD he sub-
sequently slipped into his CD player for
us to hear. His latest release: Christmas in
Barrackpore---a festive parang mix currently
enjoying local airplay.
"Are you from Barrackpore?"
So how come Christmas in Barrack-
"That's just what came."
As one who doesn't believe in the divided
notion of Trinidad and Tobago, of course
he could be from Tobago and sing about
Christmas in Barrackpore.
"All of we is one."
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The ferry lurched on huge waves
as we left Tobago. The Baptist-look-
ing woman sitting across from me
said calmly, "Tobago waters always
In the background a man (who had
been guzzling puncheon in the aisle
with his friends before we sailed)
clung tightly to a pole near the cafe-
teria. A man nearby shouted to him,
"Yuh holdin' onto dat post like Jack
Sitting in the Gulf City Lowlands
Mall. Smiling man in ethnic garb
comes and sells me a laminated A4
sheet with a poem called Love.
Man: "Yuh looking like a cultural
lady. And yuh have spiritual eyes.
(Gives me poem, takes donation):
Here is the poem:
The love of God must dwell in the
Heart of Humanity
Love thinketh no Evil
Love does no evil to anyone, but
Love bears no Malice, Envy or
Love does not take advantage of
To advantage its own self
Love Boasts not, nor puffs up with
Gentle not Rough, Helpful not Lazy,
Love does not behave in an unrea-
Love is not easily provoked, impa-
tient or fretful.
Love rejoices not in others' mis-
But rejoices in Truth.
Love seeketh the Wellbeing of oth-
And not only Me, Myself and I.
Love is fair and just, not biased or
Love does Violence to no one.
Love does not lose control of its
Temper and do harm or injury
Or curse its fellowman and say it
was a mistake.
Love has self-control.
Love does not encourage anyone
in wrong doing.
Beloved, if God so loved us
We ought to love one another.
LOVE IS A CONQUEROR
I was on the grounds of Healing
with Horses. A guest appeared holding
a small puppy that had been hiding
in the garden. Shortly after, she
returned with another pup. Both
female, seemingly abandoned.
Two children, there to ride horses,
became fascinated with the pups. The
The Youth Training Employment
and Partnership Programme
(YTEPP) plans to launch a J Ouvert
band to highlight its new pro-
grammes and strategic plan.
This was announced by Nigel For-
genie, CEO of YTEPP, when the
organisation held its twenty-fifth
annual Awards Ceremony and
Christmas Dinner Saturday night at
the M Rampersad Banquet Hall,
Lazarri Terrace, Les Efforts East,
YTEPP's new strategic plan will
see the introduction of new pro-
grammes, such as repairs and main-
tenance to escalators and elevators,
and a state of the art digital arts
academy in Waterloo, Carapichaima,
where courses in animation, sound
engineering and television and video
production will take place.
"We are pursuing the establish-
ment of new curricula, the intro-
duction of ICT to create new learn-
ing experiences, as well as improving
administrative efficiency, the pro-
vision of up to date equipment for
training facilities, expanding our
employee assistance programmes,"
YTEPP chose bring out a J'Ouvert
band, he said, because Carnival is
the country's largest national plat-
"It is not a band for trainees. It
is for YTEPP staff, their families and
friends," he said.
YTEPP to launch J'Ouvert band
Never a dull moment
"Tobago waters always rough, yes." BAPTIST-LOOKING WOMAN ON TOBAGO FERRY
With ELSPETH DUNCAN
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