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For many he was the surprise winner
of the 2013 National Calypso Monarch
title. A son of Sangre Grande, Pink Pan-
ther (Eric Taylor) copped the win
singing Travel Woes and Crying in the
The defending monarch has mixed
feelings about his reign. "It was a nice
experience in some ways, not so nice in
others," he said. "Things happened for
me during the year but not in Trinidad.
I got opportunities to perform abroad
but local promoters were not as willing
to hire me. This country has a backward
mindset that we have to get rid of if we
are to progress.
"I don t know why the Government
has snubbed me during my reign. Perhaps
they perceive me a PNM monarch and
not the national calypso monarch of
T&T. The Government had several func-
tions during 2013, in T&T and interna-
tionally, and I was not invited to perform
"Would you believe that the National
Calypso Monarch wasn t even invited to
perform at our own Dimanche Gras here,
but was guest of honour St Thomas Car-
nival. Those people rolled out the red
carpet for me. This saddened me, not
being shown love or appreciation at
"I also had shows in Toronto and
New York, and throughout the
Caribbean. I was also a special guest
of honour at a big show in Anguilla.
People up the islands show
more respect to calypsonians
than what is shown in Trinidad."
Pink Panther believes that Trinbago
Unified Calypsonians Organisation (Tuco)
could do much more to engender respect
He said: "As the national calypso
monarch, I hope that Tuco would advo-
cate that the holder of this title is ensured
of better treatment, including what treat-
ment he must ensure at the airport. You
are the National Calypso Monarch and
you have to jostle with everybody in Piar-
co."For Carnival 2014, Pink Panther returns
to Kalypso Revue as one of its premier
Pink Panther has been married for the
past 30 years and has four children. His
hobbies include playing table tennis. He
said: I am also passionate about politics.
I spent 30 in the public service serv-
ing the public as a Min-
istry of Community
so it is natural for me to
want to continue serving my community
and the wider public."
Stating that he likes watching Nigerian
movies, Pink Panther added: "I love mac-
aroni and cheese. You could give me that
every day. Meat is not my favourite thing.
I cannot eat the flesh of an innocent ani-
A PNM candidate in the last general
election, Pink Panther reiterated his com-
mitment to the politics of the land. He
said: "The PNM had some nice victories
in 2013 and, as a member of the general
council and the central executive, this
was pleasing. We intend to launch a seri-
ous challenge to the government when-
ever the next general election is called."
Pink Panther ended by saying: "Be
warned. This year I am returning to
defend my title."
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Flappy Bird is flapping its wings no
The popular game for mobile de-
vices was removed from online stores
on Sunday by its Vietnamese creator,
who said its fame "ruins my simple
Dong Nguyen, who created the
game in just two to three days, was
making as much as US$50,000 a day
from the game s advertising revenue.
In several Twitter posts, he
said the game s removal was not due
to legal issues and that he may make
Mr Dong, who describes himself as
a "passionate indie game maker", also
said on the micro-blogging site that
he will not sell Flappy Bird but that
he will still make games.
Flappy Bird has been downloaded
more than 50 million times, making
it this year s most popular mobile
game so far.
Launched in May 2013, the game
was free to download and required
players to tap the screen to keep the
bird in flight.
Flappy Bird creator removes game from app stores
Reigning Calypso Monarch Pink Panther sings his 2014 song
Not Tonight at the opening night of the Kalypso Revue at the
Arima Velodrome. PHOTO: DARREN RAMPERSAD
Pink Panther was a surprise
winner of the 2013 Calypso
Monarch but he plans to put up
a robust defence of his title.
I don't know why the Government
has snubbed me during my reign.
Perhaps they perceive me a PNM
monarch and not the national
calypso monarch of T&T. The
Government had several
functions during 2013, in T&T and
internationally, and I was not
invited to perform in one.
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