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NOW THE FESTIVAL OVER....................” 

It is February 8. It is a new day in Grenada. It is the proverbial “first day” in the rest of our individual and collectives lives. The Independence festival over and it is time to get back to the bruising job of building our country. We are now 37- years- old; yes, we have travelled this far since we pioneered the march of the Caribbean’s smallest states to political independence and nationhood. On that fateful day- February 7, 1974, the Statehood flag was lowered and in its stead we hoisted the radiant gold, red and green with the nutmeg on a red disc in the middle. 

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NATION FOOD AND NATIONHOOD: A REVIEW OF MERLE COLLINS’S “SARACCA AND NATION”.

Caldwell Taylor

“The whole of nature”, wrote William Ralph Inge, “is a conjugation of the verb to eat, in the active and passive” .  We eat to live and if Brillat-Savarin the eighteenth century French gastronome is to be  believed, “we are what we eat”. Of course the idea that there exists a relation between food and character did not originate with Brillat-Savarin: the Old Testament anticipated him by more than 3,000 years. Now in addition to being what we eat, can it also be said that we are how we eat, the how calling attention to the rites, customs and conventions that attend our ceremonial and other eating?  I believe it is so. 

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PRIME MINISTER HOSTS MEETING WITH TRADE UNION COUNCIL   

ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2011_ The leadership of the Grenada Trade Union Council (GTUC), on the invitation of Prime Minister Tillman Thomas, on Friday discussed areas of concern and issues of national interests with government officials.

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MOTHERING A DISOBLIGING NATION: MOTHER ANNIE, THE SHOUTER (SPIRITUAL) BAPTISTS AND GRENADIAN “NATIONISS”

Caldwell Taylor

Is it not enough, Lord, that the world has intimidated us [women]so that we may not do anything worthwhile for You in public?

-St Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)

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Message by
Prime Minister Hon. Tillman Thomas,
on the observance of Grenada’s 37th anniversary of Independence
Theme: “Celebrating 37 years through challenging times, with optimism and resilience.”

37 Years of Independence
In their own words

Grenada’s voyage of 37 years of independence has been tinged with imbalance, and at times downright turbulence.  I recall in my University days the serious doubts expressed by people more experienced than I was, that the small dots in the Caribbean could survive as independent nations. There is, in my opinion, great achievement in the fact that the ship has stayed upright and moved forward, and that Grenada has held its head high among the countries of the world. The past 37 years of effort by all Grenadians must be used to shape the next 37.
© 2011Winston Phillips.

 Dr. Winston Phillips – Author Grenada Boys Secondary School Hostel Visit his blog on Hostel experience www.myboardingschoolblog.net

Celebrate 37th Independence Anniversary

Our flag flew high and voices sang
To greet our Independence Day.
A long road from Kalinago’s Camerhogne
Before the French held total sway.
Today our faces beam with pride
Our hands in patriotic grip
The road to self-determined height
Our heroes kept in their sight.
A dream they had of a future bright
When autonomy will rule the day
And Grenadians would assume the reigns
European countries rigidly claimed.
Seventh of February Nineteen Seventy-four
A new nation then was born
Documented in the history books
So our children now can look.
They will read about William Donovan
Eric Gairy and Marryshow
Pillars of the integrated song
Still a hope, but harbored long.
Our leaders we must lift up high
And those who paved the way
From darkness into the marvelous light
With God’s help, a future bright.

HAPPY 37TH INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY!
TATOES
© 2011 Wendell DeRiggs

Author – “Reflections of an Island Man”; “Island Reminiscences and Other Selections”


 

Happy 37th Anniversary Grenada

Congratulations Grenada on this 37th Anniversary of Independence.
Land of my birth, Land of your birth, this is a clarion call to all Grenadians living abroad Listen up

" Organize for the future of Grenada!"  Make a contribution to the generation to follow.  Remember Grenada.

HAPPY 37TH ANNIVERSARY, I AM PROUD TO HAVE GRENADA AS THE COUNTRY OF MT BIRTH. 

THERE IS SO MUCH MORE ORGANIZING THAT COULD BE DONE ON THE NATIONAL LEVEL.

ALL QUALIFIED GRENADIANS (BAs, MAs PhDs, Skilled and Experienced) should organize to uplift the intellectual conscientiousness of all Grenadians.  Invite all Grenadians to participate.  For those who want to really make a contribution think of the future.  We can all begin by participating in something that we all know too well Generation Genarativity.

Happy 37th anniversary GRENADA!  With our pooled contributions to our society we will have a better society where each and every citizen cares enough and is responsible enough to know that it is imperative to give back to one's county!
 

© 2011 – Annette Coxall
Origin: SJC Grenville, St. Andrew's Grenada.


Raymond Viechweg invites you to Uncover Grenada

Click on cover to get your copy
Spice Words: An e-Conversation with Culture Minister Arley Gill
"BENJIE”: THE PORTRAIT OF A MODERATE MAN

Caldwell TaylorCourtesy Carol Benjamin-David's Facebook Page

The mark of a moderate man is freedom from his own ideas.  Tolerant like the sky, all-pervading like sunlight, firm like a mountain, supple like a tree in the wind, he has no destination in view and makes use of anything life happens to bring his way.
-From Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching

“We live in a society which denied itself heroes”
-V.S Naipaul

Reynold “Benjie” Benjamin, family man, community builder, and agricultural researcher who played a leading role in a 1950s study which led to the creation of a vegetative propagation technique for the nutmeg -died on Monday , October 7, 2010.  Benjie’s transition came just one week shy of his eightieth birthday and only four months following the demise of younger brother,  John, a Grenadian artist who won international acclaim for the kinetic excitement of his compositions on canvas, many of which codified the Grenadian experience. An outstanding artist in his own right Benjie, unlike Brother John, scored his artistic and aesthetic expressions in landscaping and in floral arrangements.
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Nature  Miracles

By Hudson George

Today the sun is shining
Tomorrow I don’t know if it will shine
Yesterday the wind was blowing
Tomorrow I don’t know if it will be calm

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We will never Know.

Wendell DeRiggs

We will never hear the agonizing mourns
Or the terrified wail of crushed bodies
Buried in the heap. 

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The Horror Beneath the Pile
 
Wendell DeRiggs

From beneath the fallen bricks
Came a tap.

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Leon Wells made a comment which we thought would meet with full agreement from most Hostel Boys:
 “So many of us came to the Hostel as brash, crude, ‘ignorant’, unhewn base metals, and left as polished gems”.  ……., the picture that came to my mind was of character and personalities unfurling under the offerings of the Hostel.
 

[In the Hostel] I found a natural comparison in what happens with a nutmeg tree, no stranger to Grenada, as it reveals its treasures of nutmeg and mace. The tree bears a pod which is closed and green when immature. If the pod and its contents are no good, it wrinkles while green and falls to the ground where everything rots. As pods mature they grow in size, they turn yellow and progressively split in two halves to reveal bright red mace ensconced on a dark shiny nut. The open pods then fall to the ground from where they are picked up and another journey begins. Such was my Hostel experience

 

In the immediate wake of Indian Arrival Day 2010, BIGDRUMNATION’S Raymond Viechweg and Caldwell Taylor “spoke” with Wilbur Adams, President, Indo-Grenadian Heritage Foundation (IGHF). The interview was conducted via the Internet. BDN submitted its questions on May 6, 2010 and Brother Adams responded on May 12, 2010.                                             

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John Benjamin (MBE) - RIP

John Benjamin (MBE) Member of the British Empire (1992) - passed away this morning at the age of 77 -Sunday, May 30th, 2010.   He was one of Grenada's renowned artists.

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Some Reflections on Food Security and Sustainability in Grenada’s 2010 Budget

by Martin P. Felix

Finance Minister Nazim Burke presented the Grenada 2010 budget with the theme of “Exploiting the Crisis for Job Creation, Renewed Growth and Sustainable Development through Partnerships.” While the presentation focused on several pillars of development and priority considerations, I found the section on agriculture most interesting for reasons of measuring sustainable development goals, and as well as for the long-terms benefits it promises to the average Grenadian.
REMEMBERING BROTHER REX, Part 1

Caldwell Taylor
                         Professor Rex Nettleford

Is the university of hunger the wide waste

Is the pilgrimage of man the long march

-From Martin Carter’s “University of Hunger”     

Globalization and Failed States: In Defence of Jamaica

By Julien Fedon

Jamaica is one of the most globalized Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the English- speaking Caribbean. The island has been a leader in reforming its economy and opening its markets and even so, it is the only Caribbean island with a complicated political system in which politicians and gangsters share power. What explains this paradox?

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Raymond Viechweg's Abolition, Indentureship and Creoleness.

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BEAT EIGHTY DRUMS FOR KAMAU

Caldwell Taylor

“We lived in a society which denied itself heroes”
V.S. Naipaul in the Middle Passage

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 Sickle Cell Centennial Conference
June 25th 2010

Bourne Lecture Hall
St. George's University
Grenada 

Registration information at:

http://www.sicklecellgrenada.org/ 
Grenada - The birth place of Dr. Walter Clement Noel The 1st recorded case of Sickle Cell Disease

Town of St George's 300 years old


St George's in the 1780's
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The Diaspora Network - GRENADA NEEDS YOU!

for more info
http://www.grenadaconsulate.org/
 
Carriacou Maroon and String Band Festival - April 28th - May 2nd

About The Event

http://www.carriacoumaroon.com

The Carriacou Maroon & String Band Music Festival is a cultural education and entertainment event, developed as the main brand event for Carriacou, and meeting world-class standards.
Maroon culture is about thanksgiving and prayers to the SOURCE of all life, production and prosperity.  Its African origins are authentically depicted through the drumming, singing, eating of ‘smoke food’ and other rituals practised by the local people.  This aspect of the festival is a celebration of the rich cultural traditions, and the important values of sharing, unity and community self-help.
String band music is very popular on Carriacou and has historically been a main source of entertainment at social functions and the Parang Festival at Christmas.  There are various genres of this music and patrons will get to experience the scintillating power of this musical tradition.  You must dance!
GRENADA INDEPENDENCE: "INDEPENDENCE IS “CONTINUOUS ENGAGEMENT”

Sandra Pierre
Toronto, Canada.

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AT LAST, MAURICE AND THE AIRPORT ARE RE-UNITED  

The Point Salines International Airport was officially opened in October 1984,just one year following the demise of the Grenada Revolution and the  brutal executions of Maurice Bishop and others. Today, 26 years in the wake of the bloody events of October 1983, the airport and its most celebrated poet- Maurice Bishop- will be re-united.  

Let us remember that the idea of naming the airport for Maurice started with Terry Marryshow and the Maurice Bishop Patriotic Movement (MPBM) in 1985: Marryshow’s pioneering toil must  be acknowledged.  

Naming the airport for Maurice Bishop is not the same as turning him into a saint; nor is it an attempt to put him in a place beyond reproach.  

Maurice was very human and being human meant he could make  mistakes; and he did. Being human ourselves, we do  not hold up Maurice’s imperfections as a valid reason to deny him the honour that is truly his: we will never have human heroes  and sheroes if such honours were open only to the unblemished.  

Some of our compatriots are opposed to the idea of naming the airport  for Maurice. We must be careful not to make light of their dissent. We must never deny the sincerity and the earnestness of their stated objections.  

We must remind ourselves that much healing could happen if we remained sensitive to opinions expressed by Lloyd Noel, Andrew Bierzynski and others: The musician with a keen ear makes harmony out of dissonance.  

Martin P. Felix does have a keen ear and it is why he took the  time to write a little book around which we can celebrate what is a very  teachable moment in our history. First published in 1998 (under the auspices of the Grenada Forum, New York), Felix’s “Maurice Bishop International Airport” is a sensitive contribution to our continuing search for comity and consensus.  

The ruling NDC Government deserves our thanks for showing courage on this issue;  we believe it is a good thing for Grenada that the opposition NNP also backs the renaming  of the airport. Let us all look ahead to building on this rare show of bi-partisanship.  

One love,  

Sue Patrice and Caldwell Taylor

Martin P. Felix wrote this little book around which we can celebrate what is a very teachable moment in our history.  First published in 1998, Felix's "Maurice Bishop International Airport" is a sensitive contribution to our continuing search for comity and consensus.

Caldwell Taylor

Read more at this link

 http://www.bigdrumnation.org/airport

 

LADY BEGINNER, FIRST LADY OF GRENADIAN CALYPSO: A 21-DRUM TRIBUTE

Caldwell Taylor
                                                    
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DOM BASIL MATTHEWS- PRIEST AND PASSIONATE PAN-AMERICANIST

Caldwell Taylor
                                                
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REMEMBERING “MARIO” GEORGE RANDOLPH EARLE BULLEN  

Caldwell Taylor  

Mario & Jean Augustine

 

His voice seemed to me the sonic signifier of a smile.  It wasn’t a big voice: it was just a voice that elicited attention; a voice that  illustrated the geography of a temperate mind; a magnetic and manicured voice. 


EPITAPH FOR LUCILLE (1924-2009)

Grenada received its grant of independence from Britain in 1974, a red letter year in the annals of Caribbean scholarship.
THE FEDON REBELLION (MARCH 2, 1795-JUNE 19, 1796)

Caldwell Taylor

That martyred place called Haiti was the locus of the only successful overthrow by slaves of their masters. And you know what? Grenada’s Fedon Rebellion (MARCH 2, 1795-June 19, 1796) came closest to replicating Haiti’s singular triumph, a matter that has escaped the attention of the historians.

CHALKDUST WINS AND NUMBER 8

by
Caldwell Taylor

Picture courtesy Trinidad Guardian
"Chalkdust" is the Trinidad and Tobago Calypso Monarch for . Last night’s win was Chalkie’s eighth, tying him with Sparrow for the most calypso crowns in the history of calypso king (monarch) competitions: .Among calypso historians there is wide agreement that the first major calypso competition was held in 1939: that show crowned the Growling Tiger, whose victory earned him five dollars a bottle of white rum.
HOW DO YOU PROCURE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN A SMALL, RESOURCE POOR ISLAND?

Caldwell Taylor

What viable alternatives to dependence on foreign investment are available to Caribbean microstates with little or no natural resources, negative rates of savings and puny internal markets?

DEFINING FREEDOM FROM BELOW: THE SAUTEURS PROTEST OF JANUARY 11,1848


Caldwell Taylor

Remembering The Cress

Caldwell Taylor


Cresswell O’Reilly Julien, teacher, educator, historian, self-taught sociologist and former mayor of Grenville, died this morning after a brief illness. The very sad news of “The Cress’s” passing came to me as I sat at my desk, pondering the death of the psychiatrist of the colonial condition -Frantz Fanon- in a Maryland (US) hospital on this day (December 6) back in 1961. Fanon was a tender 36 at the time of mortal expiration


Congratulations Grenada on your 35th
Anniversary of Independence


Abolition, Indentureship and Creoleness: Reflections on the Indo-Grenadian predicament
by Raymond D. Viechweg

A Meeting of cultures

The abolition of the British slave trade in 1807 signaled the end of the trade in African slaves and the beginning of the trade in Indian indentures.

As such, it meant the continuous intermixing, or creolizing, of cultures that would eventually place the Grenadian Indian in a position of cultural vulnerability. When Indians arrived in Grenada in 1857, they found themselves in a position subordinate to a dominant Anglo-African creolization. The occasion of the abolition of the slave trade should be commemorated neither as spectacle, nor as a mere dramatization, but as a marker which from year to year will chart the progress made towards mitigating the hegemonistic tendencies within Grenadian creolization.

Hegemony is the tendency of one group to exercise dominance over other groups, even without the threat of force.

In hegemonies, the espoused beliefs, values and philosophies of the dominant group are empowered, almost to the exclusion of others. In Grenada, Indians have functioned within and alongside the dominant Afro-Grenadian cultural formation for 150 years now. So, as we commemorate the abolition of the slave trade, we must simultaneously commemorate the addition to Grenadian culture of an indispensable East Indian component.

Today, as we remember the perils of the slave trade, so should we also remember the perils of the journey from India. As we remember the end of the slave trade, so should we also remember the beginning of indentured labour.

Today, unfortunately, we must lament the absence of any monuments to Indian contributions to Grenadian nationhood and culture. Hopefully, through the lamentation, a solution may appear.                                                       

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Beyond Miss World-An Electronic Conversation with Jennifer Hosten

Three cheers to you Cousin Jennifer
The fairest of all that is what you are
Charm and mannerism
With poise and magnetism
And stepping in style
With a lovely smile
Oh, how we love Cousin Jennifer
And we are all very proud of her
She is the most beautiful
Yes, the most wonderful
The most beautiful girl in the world.
 

Conversation with Jennifer Hosten Part 1
Conversation with Jennifer Hosten Part 2
Jennifer Hosten - Book Cover

THE BOMBER: TRIBUTE TO A GRENADIAN-BORN HERO 
 (Part 3)


The Bomber Turns 80 Today - AH WANNA FALL!
 

THE BOMBER: TRIBUTE TO A GRENADIAN-BORN HERO 
 (Part 2)

Bomber will be 80 years old on January
30th
 

THE BOMBER: TRIBUTE TO A GRENADIAN-BORN HERO 
 (Part 1)

Caldwell Taylor

MAY-POLE Dance in Grenada
Editor's note:

The following is the text of Caldwell Taylor's introduction to a May-pole dance, which was performed at the Grenada Association's (Toronto) Independence Dinner of February 9. The dancers were led by Jenny Burke and Renwick Herry, leading exponents of Grenadian culture in Canada.

Caldwell Taylor

Independence Day 

Independence day
Some of us celebrate our freedom
As a people and a nation
With political speeches
Military parade                        

FAIR ISLE 

     Fair Isle upon the Carib Sea
     This song I give to thee
     And every morning as I wake
     This pledge anew I make    
                                              

Congratulations Grenada on your 34th
Anniversary of Independence

             

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