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Fireplace August 17, 2016

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Janet Naidu’s photo


Maiko Watson Guyanese Girl – New Single May 26, 2016

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Rhythm Express – Day in May – featuring Maiko Watson – new release



Iceberg in Guyana? Is this real? April 2, 2016

Saw this story on FB on April 1, and I shared it because I believed it but some folks are saying it is April Fool’s joke.  What do you think

Rogue ice clogs Essequibo, Demerara Rivers


What it means to be Guyanese March 24, 2016

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Do you remember those days when we slept on the floor
On beddings made from clothes we wore no more
We used to block the creases and beneath the door
Or we would wake with ‘draff’ in our eyes for sure
Do you remember those days we rubbed our skin with coconut oil
And for your birthday you got your egg hard boiled
Those were the days we used strictly mosquito coils
Long before the mosquito zapper came into style
Do you remember when grandma used to drag us to church
When we sat through the whole session without learning one verse
Those days when we were so scared to curse
And were so terrified every time we saw a hearse
Do you remember those days we had no electric light
We had to use kerosene lamps in the night
We made such a big deal over the moonlight
We used to talk ‘jumbie stories’ to inspire fright
Can’t you remember being sent to buy quarter pint oil and half pound chicken
And if you sulk-up you would get a good licking
Those days we got skimmed milk from school and we got a good ‘shittins’
Those days we told visitors ‘mommy seh fuh seh she sleepin’
Do you remember pitching marbles for rubber bands
Do you remember playing ‘king pon de land’
You must have played ‘sal out’ and ‘kick in de pond’
Man it brought us so much joy waiting on ‘de ice cream van’
Do you remember hiding the belt and the guava or ‘tambrun’ whip
But even with the pot spoon we would get hit
Did you wet yours or use it hard like brick
I’m talking ‘bout the newspaper you took to the latrine to ‘buss ah *&^$

Do you remember your first tv was black and white
And you would want the battery charged especially for movies on Saturday nights
And when it jumping you would just tap it slight
When the knob broke you used a wire or pliers right
Remember when you used to pee your bed
Get up, change, and roll your cousin, brother or sister in it instead
Back in those days we used to toast stale bread
And whenever mommy bought cheese we’d make cheese spread
Ears were bored with needles and wrapped with thread
Bush medicine was the most common meds
Back in those days such a simple life we led
Oftentimes with mud on our feet we would go to bed
Do you remember when we used to dab the yard with cow dung
When grandma would give us a ‘toops’ of brown rum
Those days we’d go to sleep chewing gum
And it’s all over your head when the morning comes
You must remember the days we played dolly house
We would take turns playing the kids and the spouse
Remember when we would tease some of the kids ‘bout louse
But never meant it as a racial grouse
Remember when we cooked with the coal pot, fireside or the kero stove
And we made tea sometimes with spice, sometimes with clove
We pulled cane from the tractors and jumped on the horse carts the fellas drove
Yes I did all of these things growing up in Grove
Remember when we put our greens in the dew because we had no fridge
When we used two boards to make a bridge
The days we were big on flour and rice porridge
Almost every family had someone working around Matthews Ridge
Remember we bought food in paper bags from the Chinese
We’d ask for extra rice and extra red pork please
Back in those days you’d hear ‘hold a small piece’
Do you remember being Guyanese
Ronald J. Daniels

23rd March, 2016


Guyanese mouthwatering recipes March 22, 2016

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Don’t get me started with this organic hype April 6, 2015

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Organic means you are going to pay more for the same product. What the hell is organic coming from the Caribbean? Everything I ate as a child was organic because no one used any evil stuff on our food. Our fertilizer were the cowdung, sheep dung and fowl dung, everything was dung.  Everything was fresh. We never had a refrigerator and every single day my mom cooked up fresh food , nowadays with all the conveniences around people still have no time to cook for their family, but stuff things in fridge and pass that off as food warmed in micro-wave ovens.  Is it any wonder people are living long only because of ,medical intervention. If there was no medicine people would have been dying by 40 years  old.  This expanding life expectancy in the west is not because of health outcomes but because of pills and machines that are keeping people breathing.

My folks live up to their 80’s and died with dignity. they had their wits about them, they raised their family and I believe were ready to go with everything they came with.  The only pills my mother took was for her high blood pressure, other wise everything was in tact and she died of a broken heart three months after my dad passed away. They worked hard and ate well and raised us to cook and eat good food – maybe a little less salt.

So this thing that people are throwing at us to make us pay more money for food is a fraud. You have to pay more for free run eggs and free run chickens and grass-fed cows – what’s going on here are these not the natural things that should happen.  We are living in a messed up society where they care more about money than you where pharmaceuticals and the food producers are in collusion to keep us unhealthy and feeding us pills, antibiotics and chemicals to keep us dependent on more chemicals. Wake up people and if you have a patch of land, plant your own food, move to the country, raise a couple of chickens or go vegetarian, you will be healthier and happier.  Let us return to how our old people in Leguan lived and taught us to live.


How did we grow up so healthy?

If you are from Leguan you know that we used to drink water from the pond, we had taps to catch rain water and many people had goblets in their houses to keep the water cool and available.  Oftyen times tadpoles could be seen jumping out the goblet – don’t know where they came from but my mom used to say they keep the water cool and I believed that.  Then we got artesian well and living in phoenix I used to walk to Louisiana not far from school to fetch buckets of water. We used to make this into a social event, walking out with your girlfriends and sometimes your boyfriend would meet you there and while you fetching the water on yuh head he pushing his bike or riding slowly besides you. It was soc much fun growing up in Leguan. I remember my childhood as fondly.

Today there is all kinds of talk about bad water, drinking purified water and this and that is bad for you. Sometimes the little germs we might have gotten is what is keeping us alive and healthy today.  I don’t believe all the crap these western people are talking about.   And remember growing up we used to see the doctor only when we are sick.  There was nothing like yearly checkup – not in my house.  Do you have memories?  Please share



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