Posts tagged ‘David Rudder’

February 7, 2014

My Interview with David Rudder

He is one of the greatest musical talents T&T has ever produced and I am in awe of him. The poet of a generation.

February 21, 2009

King Carnival steps into town.

How was my day you ask? Well, it started with me leaving home for the newsroom to discover that the Queen’s Park Savannah had been turned into a two way roundabout with disastrous effects. The small roundabout that branches off the Savannah into St. Ann’s /Cascade turned into a complete log jam and the police on the scene failed to bring any semblance of order to the 4 lanes of traffic that suddenly converged on each other. The end result was that I was stressed and ended up taking an hour to drive the usual 7 minute stretch to work. Lovely. Every year the revelation that carnival results in a snarl seems to come as a complete surprise to everyone.

Nonetheless I got through the day, read the news and made it back home using the now inexplicably one-way Savannah. The usual signs were there of inconsiderate behaviour and a general lawlessness over and above the usually lawless atmosphere around these parts. Vendors were setting up stalls on the sidewalks forcing pedestrians to walk in the road. Beer companies were plastering private buildings with their bunting without permission ( including ours) and music was blaring for no reason whatsoever from establishments lining the road. This meant we had the usual Carnival combo of ridiculous ( and unnecessary given nothing was happening uptown) noise levels and complete traffic gridlock. 

This brings me to my list for today. I present you with my 10 reasons I love Carnival and 10 reasons I hate carnival.

10 Reasons I love Carnival

1. Mocking tourists is fun for the whole family.

2. Corn soup is everywhere and who doesn’t love corn soup?

3. Traditional Carnival characters like Jab Jab, Burrokeets and Midnight Robber ( they still scare me).

4. Beautiful bands like MacFarlane that give me faith that the spirit of Carnival is not dead.

5. Seeing my friends drunk and happy.

6. Seeing my couple friends fight and break up for the weekend ( it’s a Carnival tradition)

7. Eye candy galore of all shapes and sizes,

8. The satisfaction of seeing that 80% of guys have far worse bodies than me.

9. The chance that I will see David Rudder in concert somewhere.

10. There are so many drunk people around that even ugly people have a chance to get laid..and that has to be a good thing.


10 Reasons I don’t like Carnival.

1. Boring bead bands like Tribe that attract those whose idea of culture is an all-inclusive 2 day fete.

2. Traffic gridlock as the the Police Traffic Branch manages to screw the pooch every year without fail.

3. Machel Montano. Many rave about him I find him ineffably dull shouting his way through every song and doing those dreary waist thrusts.

4. Noise everywhere for no reason whatsoever. Even with nobody around people blare music on the street.

5. Music trucks that seem to think they have the absolute right of way.

6. Lines for everything as thousands of tourists converge on the capital.

7. It is impossible to get in to our out of Cascade because of the busy Savannah.

8. No damned Savannah stage anymore since the effing government decided it wasn’t fancy enough and tore it down before they had a replacement. What is the point of Carnival without The Big Yard?

9. People with better bodies than me wandering about with barely any clothes on. I mean rub it in why don’t you?

10. Your friends go missing for days on end and, because they lost their cellphones while stopping to pee in a bush somewhere you can’t reach them.

September 14, 2008

Bring down the power


The title of this entry is also the name of one of my favourite songs from one of my favourite singers Ella Andall. It was written by David Rudder who I have written about before and who is pretty much a musical god in my eyes so that alone says a lot about Ella given David chose to write it for her. If you try and find her music online you will be pretty limited because Ella, like so many things about these islands, is an undiscovered talent. She has a voice that can move the heavens and has frequently led me to feel the hairs on the back of my neck rise to attention. I don’t know why talents like Ella Andall are not celebrated around the planet it may be bad marketing or even a lack of interest on her part but I am just happy I have heard her voice…I am better for it.


The extraordinary picture I used in this entry is of a waterspout that formed in the Gulf of Paria today and snapped by my pal Peter Sheppard. Grabbing a shot like that requires luck, good timing and a perfect location. Peter is an artist and photographer so he had the perfect foundation and living up on Ft. George hill was a perfect situation. Happily he emailed the shots to me earlier today and along with other viewer submitted shots and footage we were able to put the fascinating event in the news. Speaking of which there is no greater stress than having the power go for over an hour at 4pm with a generator that does not power the newsroom or the editing suites is a recipe for stress. We pulled it off but I still have a tension headache and I thank the heavens for efficient reporters and an incredible team of editors made up of Neil and Shiraz.

I must say Alton Brown’s Feasting on Waves was mildly less interesting than last week. He is sticking with smaller islands such as Saba and St. Marteen which obviously do not represent the Caribbean. At least he touched on mauby which is one of my favourite beverages. Mauby is bitter but it is truly amazing I recommend everyone try it on a hot day and tell me what they think.

I only noticed today that my first blog entry was on September 5th, 2007 so I am actually late in observing the 1st anniversary of this blog. I never thought I would keep it up for an entire year but amazingly it has survived. I realized that I remember blogging about my Fodor’s trips and now that I am faced with the assignments coming in again it dawned on me that it must have been a year. I will soon be faced with running around T&T, Bonaire ( yay!), Curacao and Aruba again and I am happy for it. Better still I am redoing the Focus Aruba book again after a few years hiatus so that means I will be in Aruba for a bit longer and I can hang out with my pals at the Aruba Tourism Authority and Susan at Bucuti..even better. I am happy I have done this blog and I am completely amazed by the thousands of entries that have been read. I vaguely remember saying in my first entry that I hoped to make the occasional update – who knew? All I can say is that anyone is thinking about blogging they really should. It is a great way of venting and, in my case, killing time in between editing or writing. 


Bring down the power of blogs I say!