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In Strength And Unity

Posted: November 23, 2009 in Barbados Island Memories

I found many ways to enhance my life on the beautiful gem of an island. I remember hearing the story of how we are now self efficient still I see great dependence on the outside world. I got to learn that the independence we achieve gives us the right to chose and I respect that right. But we can learn much more from the other aspects of Barbados. If we stick to this brick path then we are well on the road to strength and unity.

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In Strength And Unity

 

Independence was attained in 1966, 30th
November

National ties to England and the Union Jack we
sever’

Sovereignty was celebrated and thanks to Irving Burgie

The lyrics of the National Anthem were written
magnificently

Roland Edwards arranged music that makes the Anthem
great

Every time I hear the brass section I feel to celebrate

Barbados has the best Anthem you can ever hear

Great words and music, there is none that can compare

The Flag has equal vertical bands, a gold center flanked
with blue

Have a black, broken trident, with lots of meaning too

At the left blue sky, the gold sand and right blue, the
sea 

Notice the 3 points of the Trident, the principles of
Democracy

Democracy to have a Government of, for and by Bajans

Under our own laws, ordinances and local restrictions

National growth has been centered on this treasure we
idealize

I’ve seen the power in the Anthem and the Flag with my
own eyes

The roundabouts and cities lit on each Anniversary

Young and old, all churches and races, living In
Strength And Unity

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The old folk have some sayings that are getting lost in tine. Not enough people are using them and helping pass them on. I admit to not knowing enough of them but I try to learn them regularly. When I asked a frie4nd she told me that many of these local proverbs we originally devised to speak of sexually explicit things in a way that was euphemistic. The meaning has now become so lost to me, I usually have to ask friends to interpret.

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And Greater Will Our
Nation Grow

 

A eyeful en’ a bellyful”, somewhat like “yuh cud look but cahn touch

Nothing is possessed until it’s right in your clutch

Don’t hang yuh hat wih yuh hand cahn reach

Get used to your limits and practice what you preach

Respect due to a dog”, and so to any one of us

Everyone regardless to race, gender, religion and status

A pint
pot can hold a gill, but a gill cahn hold a pint pot

There are some situations reversible but some are not

Evah
skin-teet en’ a laugh
” and you will find

Regardless to outward shows all actions are not genuine

When a bird fly too fast he does fly
pas’ ‘e nest

It is never wise to be overly ambitious, some caution is
best

Lime juice cahn spoil vinegar

Little white fibber can’t corrupt the compulsive liar

One smart dead at two smart door

Unanimously, however
ahead of the game you are, there’s someone that is more

Relatives should take care of each other, feuding they ought
not

Notice Bajans say “Water does run, but blood does clot

And to warn you of the dangers of your trips to the
seashore

The old people would say “De sea ain’t got nuh back door

If black bird fly wid pigeon ‘e will get shoot

Out running with bad
company you’ll get their treatment how ever big or minute

Now “Yuh cahn be in de church an’ de chapel too

Got to mind your own business, don’t get tie up in other
people’s do

Remember “De devil does find work fuh idle hands to do” each day

One without work soon gets up to mischief and wayward
play

We can live by these and other local proverbs we know

        Yes we can live positively And
Greater Will Our Nation Grow

Inspired, Exulting, Free

Posted: November 23, 2009 in Barbados Island Memories

If you ever go to show that present Bajan talent you know how in awe I was when I discovered how gifted our people are. It is easy to recognize talent when others have already done so but how many of you can see the greatness before it is acknowledged. We must not turn away new talent because it hasn’t yet been recognized. Stop and ask yourself how you really feel about your experience. Did this new talent please you? If it did, will it also please your friends and family? Ask yourself, how is it that foreigner recognized the talent in Rihanna long before we did? Every new talent may have emerging stardom waiting to break its shell.

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Inspired, Exulting,
Free

 

I saw the artists’ masterpieces at the corner of the
street

Noticed youngsters dancing to our unusual beat

Saw impressive carvings from stone in my neighbor’s patio

Pottery adorn homes of many people where I go

I listen to the skillful rhythm poetry

Refrains from Calypsonians of things in society

Enjoy refreshing concoctions of drinks from local fruits

Delight in the hot beverage made from leaves and roots

Entertainers have long made international success

‘Xcellence by sportsmen and our intellectual prowess

All our people have grown in diverse skills

Learnt to express their passions and in our valleys and
hills

Throughout this small island talents abound

In every district new skills are found

New ideas implemented and gifts we realize

Going around this little island can be a wonderful
surprise

For all those living here but in their minds drift
abroad

Rihanna’s roots are here and the world she awed

Everyone has a talent that will determine who they’ll be

Enjoy yours dear Bajan, be Inspired, Exulting,
Free

 



 

A positive life leads to a healthy and successful life, and it all starts from thinking positively. Remember as in Philippians 4 how we were advised to think positively, well there was a good reason for this. If we have evil thoughts or vengeful thought we soon fester in these ills and become bitter individuals. Make positive thinking your standard and encourage those around you to do the same

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Upward And Onward We
Shall Go

 

Up and On we sang in the old school song

Positive thinking and move along

We sang it with, “Up boys!” until the girls

Arrived at the school when we sung, “Up then!” for our
little pearls

Regardless to who sings it the spirit remains

Doesn’t stray from its message, one truth obtains

And we as a people must see

National pride and industry

Develop a standard that we reach

Out and grasp growth, without breach

Not just increase in size but an increase in civility

We must better those before us with consistency

And integrity which had fallen on the wayside

Revive it and nurture it with real Bajan pride

Don’t let righteous living change with time

We must grow with honesty and make it prime

Every virtue our children have but quickly lose

Set a standard to ensure a virtuous adult life children
choose

How many of life’s seeds are dropped on the way

And never germinate into our standards today

Let us therefore recognize the importance of each

Learn their standards and to the young ones teach

Generations together must come to know

Our path is Upward And Onward We Shall Go

 



I sleep in a house with all of my windows opened, having only mosquito mesh on them. I know and trust my dogs to warrant off dangerous people as they have done in the past but I sometimes wonder, after decades of living the same place in the same way, in a difficult neighborhood, there might have been only one attempt at intrusion. It would be great if all homes felt as safe.

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We Have No Doubts Or Fears

 

When miscreants are found

Enforcements abound

Have you been the victim of crime 

Authorities will ensure your assailant does time

Violence when identified is nipped in the bud

Ensuring no criminal lost of your precious blood

No need to fear or doubt, those that police

Our streets and neighborhoods will keep the peace

Dodds with its millions to make and millions more to
sustain

Obstruct the progression of disruptive behavior again

Under the care of Her Majesty’s best

Blatant criminals are rehabilitated with tests

Then what about the growing incidences of policemen

Straying from securing us and rather choosing to offend

Or young boys holding up Security Vans and being shot
dead

Rewards asked by kidnappers or they’ll cut off the
victim’s head

Felons released only to do repeated crime

Escapee Mark Anderson Franklyn not staying his time

A daily amount of almost $70 for each inmates upkeep

Really more than people pay some hotels for a good
night’s sleep

So shall I ignore it all and walk with no cares

   They tell me as Bajans We Have No Doubts
Or Fears

 



The Rt. Excellent Errol Walton Barrow was affectionately called by Bajans “Dipper.” We Bajans know and celebrate “Dipper” as the Father of Independence but do we remember what the man went through even at home when he tried to obtain this Independence. Do we remember the messages sent to England, describing Barrow and his compatriots as “wild boys” who should be ignored and who were only attempting to make trouble? Are we not glad now that these “wild boy” made such an undertaking? In recognition of his encouragement of all people, the country name The Centre for the Creative Imagination at the University of the West Indies, in Barbados after Errol Walton Barrow.

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With Him Still On The
People’s Side

 

Was born here in St. Lucy Jan 21 in 1920

In St.Croix he had schooling, in his infancy

Then returned with his father Anglican Priest Revd Reginal Grant
Barrow

He went to Wesley Hall, Combermere and Harrison College
and like an arrow

He shot into the RAF and served in World War II

In 1940-1947 with a distinction and became a Flying
Officer too

Missions were 53 and by 1949 he sat the bar

Succeeded and was officially a scholar

This Bajan Scholar got his Economics degree

In 1950 he achieved it at the London University

London was good but in 1950 he returned here

Local bar accepted his prowess but there was more out
there

On a BLP ticket representing St. George he entered the
House

No more than 4 years later, with the BLP he had a grouse

Then in 1955 help founded the DLP

He lost his seat for St. George in 1956 to his old party

Emergency by-elections in 1958 gave him the seat for St.
John

People loved the “Dipper” up there and every subsequent election he won

Election in 1961 the DLP won and he became the Premier

On 1966 he won our Independence
to a thunderous, thankful cheer

People got education free both secondary and tertiary

Lowered the voting age to 18 and primary school meals made
free

Encouraged the CDB, UWI and help founded CARICOM and CARIFTA

Social Security
Scheme, National Insurance
all championed by
“Dipper”

Since 1989 his face was on the $50 and
we got a Public Holiday in his name too

Independence Square, in 2007 was where they unveiled his
30’ statue

Dipper, The Rt. Excellent Errol Walton Barrow died June
1 1987 but his legacies abide

Everyday, here – With Him Still On The People’s
Side

 

There have been many things that survived the transformations that the centre of trade had been through. Although gutted by early fires and riddles with disease, Bridgetown and its many surrounding cities are still here. When we go into the city nowadays, none of us think of what the city would have been like then but however primitive it may have seemed to those who have studied it, the town turned city was as good for the folk back then as it is for us now.

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For Past Three Hundred Years

 

From almost right away, in 1628

Our forefathers at that early date

Recognized an importance of the early Indian Bridge

People say it occupied an area near the Careenage

An expedition led by Charles Wolverston, arrived on the
bay

Soon named Carlisle Bay after the Earl of Carlisle,
James Hay

The settlers enacted a boundaries Act in 1660

To assigned surrounding acres to merchants of the Mother
Country

Had bad weather, storms and hurricanes

Ruining the town with their winds and rains

Every merchant from London had it rough

Each needed to survive the Bridgetown weather and even more tough

Health conditions were at the worse, described LIGON

Unsanitary area which was surveyed by John Swan

Notwithstanding it all Bridgetown became a city

Defying the tragedies of Mother Nature’s fury

Repeatedly devastated later by gutting fires

Early streets named since 1657 are still survivors

Didn’t change much over the years they remain the same

You got Reed,
Swan, James, Tudor, Palmetto and High Streets

as named

Even Whites Alley was there long before you and me

All these made up the original Bridgetown City

Reconstruction of the streets and beautification of the
Piers  

Still in many ways we are the same For Past Three
Hundred Years

 

 

Before you say no I beg you to think again. Think how much devastation was brought to this country when there was so much civil disparity on the island. I sometimes refer to it as the great divide that make some men chattel of others and less important sometimes that a loyal pet. You may want to argue that the destruction was mainly cause because there was no warning apparatus in place. I maintain then 95 percent of all people who died back then were treated as replaceable stock. The skies sing the warnings and the animals will tell but men with no real shelter cannot avoid the path of Mother Nature while others hide in bonkers.   

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The Lord Has Been The
People’s Guide

 
This land was still young and didn’t mend its ways

Hurricanes came and ravage the country in those days

Enormous amounts died in 1780 when

Little Bimshire was visited by a hurricane

October 10th and 11th of that very
year

Ravished the island killing 4,326 people then going
elsewhere

Devastation came again to the island in 1831

Hurricane killed 1500 people before it was gone

After a few decades had passed and hurricanes with no
ill fate

Some hundreds of lives were lost in 1898

Big destruction again in 1955 on the 22nd of
September

Etched in our minds Janet killed 35, a memory forever

Edith passed in 1963 with no casualties

Northerly David passed in 1979, destructive but again no
fatalities

The next year 1980 and on Barack Obama’s Birthday

Hurricane Allen destroyed over 6 Million on that Aug the
4th day

Every since then there has not been a devastating
hurricane

People have been saying it’s our location in the island
chain

Except, we have been here for these hundreds of years

Our fate is owed to an awesome power that cares

Putting faith in God paramount has saved us

Lots of people say that God loves Barbados

Emancipation started the island on a road of recovery

Slavery was abolished in 1834 and we started rebuilding
gradually

Got many churches now and diverse denominations

Unsung heroes and heroes saluted by Bajans

It’s more than coincidental that with our growing belief

Dangers have been averted and the island had less grief

Every step we took over life’s great divide

There’s evidence that The Lord Has Been The People’s
Guide

We are so diverse a people we have greats in almost every lifestyle. There is not any great hooray about those who have not become celebrities and only recently we have started recognizing the unsung heroes in the land. The fact is that Bajans are special, they are a very skillful people, produced highly academic brains, have earn their places in the world of sport through the likes of Earl Maynard, Darcy Beckles, Manga Phillips, Sir Garry, Suki, Obadelle Thompson, Ryan Brathwaite and many others and long list of Entertainers.

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Firm
Craftsmen Of Our Fate

 

Forefathers sowed the seeds from which great Bajans grew

Individuals who perfected their callings, some in my
lifetime too

Reaping the best because they chose to press

More than others to attain greatness

Cricketing greats like the 3W’s and Sir Garry

Reached international fame and brought eyes to our
country

Alfred got a part in the movie, Tamarind Seed

For us he was a great actor, broadcaster, comedian, a
rear breed

Turo was just a young clarinetist when I first knew him

Soon afterwards he was playing Alto Sax and was – prim

Merrymen got the world listening to the music from our
shores

Every tourist flocked to see them during their Caribbean tours

Now many of you know of weight lifter Manga and body man
Darcy

Oba the sprinter, Ryan the hurdler and draughts champion
Suki

Fewer know of Johnno who was a great in local cricket

One innings he scored a 100 and bowl out 9, wicket after
wicket

Under all our noses a young international great sprung

Rihanna won a Grammy and other awards for the songs she
sung

From when he was a tall, lanky school boy he told me
he’d be

A Prime Minister of Barbados and now, All Hail,
Thompy!

They all showed with the right frame of mind you can be
great

Every one showed us how we can be, Firm Craftsmen
Of Our Fate!

 

 

What do we guard so closely, what is it that is so important we let no generation forget it?  I think that rather than the physical borders and the real estate that has been inherited, the character of our people is the thing that is most valuable and the thing that we need guard most. I’m sorry ton lose the gallantry of men, the honor of a person’s word, the virtues of a lady and all the other things that have seemed to slip away with time. This should be our heritage.

 

Strict Guardians Of Our Heritage

 

Sovereignty has been in question recently

The Maritime laws, Fishing Rights and Aliens immigrating illegally

Roads are redone and renamed and given roundabouts

In times of rains our Water resources still experience droughts

Calls for flyovers. Why? They expect to see some uh we flying?

They’ve broaden highways, now they got, young ATV drivers trying

Got obstructive boulders at a local beach access

Unauthorized gates preventing social progress

And lots of local businesses being gradually bought out

Rich investors and foreigners exerting fiscal clout

Developers removing small neighborhoods that they may

Install Ovals, Gated Communities and Golf Courses one day

All our historic squares and statues are being switch around

Nelson is not in Trafalgar Square and Sir Garry was brought to town

So what then do we guard so strictly

Or what is our pride, strength and unity?

For years I too sung the Anthem, proud with every word

Out in public I sung at attention, even when it seemed absurd

Under distinct political loyalties, we never riot in the street

Racial polarity exists but we still socialize when we meet

Have games with each other and we may even marry

Equality though in question, our interracial society is healthy

Religious buildings are as many as the days in a year

In spite of diverse denominations, we have no civil warfare

The nation wept together during disasters and pain

At Brittons Hill help came from all, no race chose to abstain 

Globally, Bajans preserve “Back home” with generous patronage 

Eric Holder joins us all as Strict Guardians Of Our Heritage.