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Saturday, December 31, 2005
Not too late for Guyana

I AM an American citizen who dearly loves Guyana.

I currently live near Boston, Massachusetts and have had the good fortune to have visited Guyana eight times in the past two years.

My organisation, Foster Parrots Ltd., is currently involved in the establishment of an eco-tourism lodge in the village of Nappi. I have watched over the past few years as Guyana grows and although I realise that Guyana must utilise her vast natural resources, I am hopeful that she will also realise the great treasure and wealth that can be found in her forests, untouched, as a potential destination for those seeking the last wild places on earth.

Guyana's image around the world will be greatly enhanced should she realise that soon she will have the undeniable privilege of being the guardian of a resource more valuable than gold.

Certainly these next few years will define Guyana’s global image and it is vital that she address the issues that will highlight the positives now found in abundance across the country. Will Guyana develop into just another one of the world's lumber and mining resources or will a measured and thoughtful approach allow Guyana to preserve her natural treasures to share with those of us whose natural treasures (including our own indigenous people and cultures) have long since been irreparably lost to "progress"?

Guyana, with its vast rainforest, now has the enviable opportunity to “capitalise”, in a non-destructive and visionary way, this vast resource as a “living” botanical and wildlife experience for the millions of tourists who seek out the last vestiges of the earth’s wild heritage. Guyana now stands at a crossroad that will not only define its image in the world but also her destiny as the foremost eco-tourism destination on earth.

Will this treasure be dug up, chopped down or captured for export to other countries for the zoo and pet trade?

On my many trips to Guyana I was lucky enough to visit the beautiful Kanuku Mountains and the pristine villages of Nappi, Moco Moco and Quarrie. There the culture of the Amerindian people still thrives. For an American like myself, these trips were almost like travelling back in time to North America in the 1700s. I met a people who still hunted with bows and arrows, lived in beautifully crafted homes made of wood and palm fronds.

Here life was simple, even if considered poor by the world's standards. Here life went on much as it has done for many thousands of years. Small family farms, close knit communities and an unhurried life in the comfort of a fairly stable environment with beautiful weather allowed these self-reliant people to live in harmony with the wildlife and forests around them.

Unfortunately, the march of progress has exerted pressures on these communities that in recent years has led them to "harvest" one of the few commodities available to them, the wildlife.

Earlier this year, the non-profit parrot rescue and sanctuary organisation I founded here in the U.S., “Foster Parrots Ltd.” (, decided to embark on an ambitious and groundbreaking effort to offer the wonderful Amerindian people of the Rupununi an alternative to capturing wildlife as a source of income as a vehicle to save what is left. Our hope was to raise the money through our charity to build a "model" eco-lodge in return for the village's agreement to curtail wildlife trapping, thus halting the exodus of the very animals that future eco-tourists would be coming to photograph.

An agreement was struck with Nappi village and as of this writing the lodge is near completion. Our very first group of tourists recently returned from our inaugural trip to Nappi Eco-Lodge with high praise for the effort and for the wonderful experiences of being able to visit the rainforest, see the monkeys and birds and most importantly for them, to interact on a very personal level with the wonderful people of Nappi.

Some of the most memorable of these experiences were those of sharing the processing of cassava and watching the crafts people and their amazing talents. I can tell you that I have spent hundreds of dollars on balata art, weavings and wood working arts. My prize possession is a beautifully crafted bow with three arrows.

Within these indigenous communities can be found not only the positive image Guyana wishes for the world but an incredible and totally renewable resource. Dotted throughout Guyana the Amerindian culture is an inexhaustible "gold mine" offering everything from primary rainforest to sandy ocean beaches.

From the Wai Wai in the south to the Arawak in the northwest there are more places in Guyana than any single person can visit in a lifetime. By encouraging and supporting a viable eco-tourism effort, Guyana also gains the major benefit of not only preserving the forests and animals but an amazing way of life and the wonderful people who still cherish their special bond with their environment.

It is not too late but time is running out.

I am just a single voice but I am sure as I escort future tourists to the Rupununi that the chorus of our combined voices will offer Guyana a peek into not only a bright and honourable future but a future that demands the admiration and respect of the rest of us on this earth.

(Guyana Chronicle)
Thursday, December 29, 2005
The Guyana Gazette
Hey Everyone,

Please check out the following new site that has recently been brought to my attention... I think it is wonderful to so many interesting and informative sites that are helping to promote Guyana and our wonderful culture... We can certainly never have enough of them so please keep all the wonderful work going !!
Saturday, December 24, 2005
Happy Christmas !!

Though he must have meant to extend Christmas cheer, Santa Claus sure caused some agony for the little one at the Arrowpoint Resort! The two males in red and white just didn’t see eye to eye! (Picture by Quacy Sampson)

(Guyana Chronicle)
New bank notes out

THE Bank of Guyana yesterday announced that in line with international best practice, it is introducing upgraded $100 and $1000 banknotes with improved features.

“The upgraded banknotes have several security features that are easy to check with the naked eye”, the bank said in a press release.

“It will only take a second to examine your money. It will be unwise to just check one feature. Check a combination of security features”, it advised.

The bank noted that security features on the Guyana dollar banknotes are only useful if people make use of them.

It is every user’s responsibility to get to know the upgraded banknotes and to check for the security features, it said.

It explained that both notes will carry the enhanced feature of a ‘new wide security thread’. The complete thread is visible when held up to the light and the legend ‘Bank of Guyana’ can be seen.

A metallic sheen is seen on the $100 and a colour shift sheen is on the $1000, it stated.

The denomination of the banknotes displayed at the left corner of the face of the notes has been enlarged for easier identification by the visually impaired, the bank said.

Additionally, the following features have been incorporated:
a) Colours - New colours were introduced to the front and reverse of the banknotes.

b) Watermark - When the $100 and $1000 banknotes are held up to the light, an image of a macaw and that of the map of Guyana can be seen.

c) See-through feature - When the banknotes are held up to the light, a complete design can be seen; the image on the front is in prefect register with the image on the reverse of the banknotes.

d) Intaglio-printing - This feature causes the numerals at the lower part of the notes to feel raised when touched.

e) Hologram - A new silver hologram on the front of the $1000 denomination in the shape of the Bank of Guyana’s crest is introduced. As the hologram is tilted many small images of the initials “BOG” and the denomination “1000” can be seen.

The other attributes of these banknotes remain the same with those currently in circulation.

The Bank of Guyana said these new banknotes will circulate concurrently with the existing banknotes of the same denomination.

(Guyana Chronicle)
Friday, December 16, 2005
Festivals In Guyana
Festivals In Guyana

Festivals In Guyana are tourism attractions in their own right, even though they are not conceived or even executed with tourism in mind. Local festivals are either religious or secular in origin and their observances may be at the community or national level. Some festivals because of their significance in the life of the nation or particular group, have national holidays attached to them and participation is very often across cultural boundaries. Indeed one feature of Guyanese festival culture is the extent to which there is enthusiastic participation from non-members of non practitioners in the particular cultural event.

Religious Festivals in Guyana, although spiritual in origin, have developed strong secular features that make those celebrations the property of all Guyanese. Deepavali, Christmas, Phagwa, Eid-Ul-fitr and Easter Celebrations, although rooted in the religious experience of one faith, find lively celebrants among non-devotees. This creates a cultural openness and accommodation that eases the way for visitors to share and participate in any cultural festival.

More info on Festivals in Guyana
General List Of Some Famous Guyanese...

Please Note this is Not Yet Completed and is still being Compiled

S.R.R. Allsopp. For his outstanding contributions to study English language in Guyana and the Caribbean, especially for compiling the Dictionary of Caribbean English Usage.

Ron Bobb-Semple. For his contributions to Guyanese theatre and drama in New York.

Johnny Braff: For his pioneering role in Guyanese popular music.
Maurice Braithwaite. For his role in promoting and supporting Guyanese art and culture. "The Braffit Basement" has become an important salon in Guyanese cultural life in New York.

Negla Brandis. For her exceptional contribution to Guyanese fashion and aesthetics for more than three decades in London, Connecticut, Washington. D.C., New Jersey and Guyana. Among her accomplishments is the Miss Guyana International Pageant.

E.R. Burrowes. For his contribution to the development of Guyanese artists. He can safely be described as the father of Art Education in Guyana. In 1948 he founded the Working Peoples Art class. The Burrowes School of Art is named after him.

Pat Cameron. Doyenne of Guyanese broadcasters. Host of the influential radio program On Show Young Guyana which helped to give recognition to the musical abilities of many young Guyanese. Also, a talented actor and an enthusiastic celebrator of Guyanese folk traditions

Martin Carter. One of Guyana’s greatest poets and renaissance men.

Bertie Chancellor. Broadcaster and Guyana's Dick Clark-----the "oldest teen-ager." Bertie Chancellor is associated with radio talent shows in Guyana and through his program "Teensville" he launched the careers of many of Guyana's talented musicians.

Megan Chan. For her unstinting service in running the Washington D.C.-based organization GUYAID.

Nesbit Chhangur. Broadcaster, Songwriter, band leader, youth leader, and teacher. Nesbit Chhangur can safely be described as the “pioneer of country music in Guyana.” With Olga Lopes Seales he hosted on Radio Demerara the shows Berbice Calling and Olga Singing. His songs A Guianese Lament and Call to Guiana are the most poignant record of the racial crisis of the 1960s and an eloquent example of the healing power of music. Lives in Canada and performs internationally.

Lynette Dolphin. Outstanding cultural administrator and collector of Guyanese folk music. She published several collections of Guyanese music. Her last was 100 Folk Songs of Guyana.

Francis Quamina Farrier. Broadcaster, Playwright, Documentary producer, and archivist. Pioneered radio serial drama in British Guiana with the Tides of Susanburg.

Robert Fernandes. Important and influential photographer of Guyana’s hinterland.

Terry Gajraj. Pioneer and innovator of Chutney music. Has attracted critical acclaim for the Chutney rendition of many of Guyana’s folk songs.

Roy Geddes. Dedicated steel band leader. In 2003, he will celebrate 50 years as a band leader. He is considered by many to be the most proficient of tuners. He has single handed created a museum to steel band at his home in Roxanne Burnham Gardens.

Gary Girdhari. For his role in mobilizing Guyanese writers and publishing. Gary Girdhari is President, Association of Artists and Writers and Editor of Guyana Journal.

Eddie Grant. Internationally acclaimed popular singer and record producer. According to David Rudder, Eddie Grant is one of the two Guyanese who influenced the direction of calypso in the Caribbean.

Stanley Greaves. For his work as a teacher and artist. Stanley Greaves celebrated Guyana fauna and folk life in his paintings. Stanley Greaves is associated with the creation of the term "Guyanist"---one who has an undying love for Guyana.

Bernard Heydorn. Psychologist, Educator, novelist, and cultural researcher. A prolific and insightful observer of Guyana social and cultural environment. His vision is not anchored in Georgetown but incorporates the Berbice experience. His books Walk Good Guyana Boy, Longtime Days, and Unlit Roads are essential and accessible readings for anyone wishing to explore Guyana’s heritage.

Peter Kempadoo. For his pioneering work in the documentation of Guyanese folk music. He created Jarai Productions which produced the influential collection We Kind Of Folk. That collection helped to popularize the important folk song "Dis time na lang time."

Vivian Lee. Broadcaster, Public Relations expert, Songwriter, and Cultural Promoter. An important creative spirit in Guyana. Created the famous radio character Mrs. Snodgrass and wrote the lyrics for “Down at the bottom floor” popularized by Lord Canary. Promoted national and international musicians. Produced one for the early Guyanese film, the musical comedy, If Wishes Were Horses. Also a pioneer in the Guyanese recording industry.

Ivor Lynch. For his untiring work as a musician and promoter of Guyanese music on-line.

Wordsworth McAndrew. Broadcaster, Folklorist, poet. It may not be an exaggeration to say that he has been one of the most influential folklorists in Guyanese history.

Dave Martins. Leader of the internationally famous group Dave Martins and the Trade Winds. Dave Martins is a living legend. His songs celebrate Guyana. His Not a Blade of Grass is a national anthem.

Sister Noel Menezes. Educator and Historian. Expert on the history of Portuguese in Guyana. Retired as Chair, Department of History at the University of Guyana.

Valerie Rodway. Teacher and prolific music composer. Among her compositions is "O Beautiful Guyana."

Bill "Bhagee" Rogers. The Shanto King of Guyana. Had international hits with The Weed Song and BG. Bhagee. His works provide a valuable lens through which to observe Guyanese life in the early decades of the 20thcentury.

Olga Lopes Seales. Pioneer of radio broadcasting. Responsible for exposing musical talent in Berbice. Equally successful as a broadcaster in Barbados.

A.J. Seymour. A literary giant. His Dictionary of Guyanese Biography was the first effort to identify influential Guyanese across the ages. A.J. Seymour has had an influence on most aspects of culture in Guyana.

Raj Kumari Singh. Poet, playwright, fiction writer, and cultural innovator. Universally recognized as a "leading figure in East Indian cultural matters and bold explorer of fusion. Her poems such as The days of the Sahib articulated the hopes and ambitions of Guyanese people in the post emancipation era. Played an influential role in cultural development in the Guyana National Service. There she influenced music. Her influence is evident on the Guyana National Service record album I want to Build.

Shurland "King Fighter" Wilson. Along with the Mighty Sparrow, King Fighter was a founding member of the Young Brigade, a group of calypsonians who had indelible influence on modern calypso. King Fighter drew upon Guyanese folk melodies and lyrics to develop his calypsos. He won international fame with Sookie. According to David Rudder, King Fighter “is one of the two Guyanese who influenced the direction of calypso in the Caribbean.” The other is fellow awardee, Eddie Grant

The Atlanta Guyana Association. For the annual organization of Guyana Day in Atlanta, Georgia. The annual gathering celebrates Guyanese family life.

The Link Show for over two decades one the most expected moments in Guyanese satirical theater. The Link Show is a production of The Theatre Company. The principal officers of The Theatre Company are Ron Robinson and Gem Madhoo.

The Rajkumari Cultural Center. For its contribution to preserving and sharing Guyanese East Indian heritage, especially in the areas of music, dance, poetry. The principals of this New York-based organization are Taij Kumarie Moteelall, Pritha Singh, and Karna Singh.

Dem Two. Dem Two is Ken Corsbie and Marc Matthews. Individually and collectively, Ken and Marc have made sterling contributions to theatre and the spoken word in Guyana, the Caribbean, and across the Guyanese Diaspora.

RUDY BISHOP: Leader of the influential Chronicle Atlantic Symphony Steel Orchestra.

ART BROOMES: Guyana’s jazz legend who died recently. A fantastic drummer, Art had a soft voice and gentle manner. He held court at The Green Shrimp and performed with the likes of Harry Whittaker, Tom Charles and the Syncopators, Keith Proctor, Hugh Sam and others. In the twilight of his career, he was a drum instructor in the Guyana Defence Force.

DAVID CAMPBELL: One of our outstanding and original folk singers. Inspired by the history and traditions of his Arawak people in Guyana, his songs are topics of concern to native people from Guyana to Canada, where he is still active.

TOM CHARLES & THE SYNCOPATORS: Very popular and influential band leader and musical experimenter. He created the Guyana Bhoom. He helped to launch the careers of King Fighter, Annie Haynes, and Monica Chopperfield (Lady Guymine).

IVAN CRITCHLOW: One of the last authentic Congo/Cumfa drummers in Guyana.

MAHADAI DAS: Poet and artist. Like Martin Carter, she was a resistance poet. Passed away this year in Barbados.

DENNIS DeSOUZA: Popular pianist and recording artiste, a recipient of the 1998 Sunshine Award, giving him recognition for his contribution as a renowned Caribbean artiste. With over 15 albums to his credit, his work has been embraced by audiences the world over.

DES GLASFORD & COMBO 7: Leader of the popular Combo 7 string band in Guyana, Des Glasford was a trendsetter, drummer and bandleader.

GUYANA MUSIC TEACHERS ASSOC. This group has had a presence in Guyana since 1846. The formal association is probably 55 years old.

GUYANA POLICE MALE VOICE CHOIR: Had its origins as a singing group organized by the late Rev. James A. Phoenix in 1944, first appearing on Christmas Eve. They developed a repertoire of celebrated Guyanese folk music and toured the world as Guyana’s cultural ambassadors.

AYUBE HAMID: A pioneer in popularizing Indian music and steelband music in Guyana. The theme song for his program Indian Melody Hour was Sahani Raat which is an icon in Guyanese musical consciousness.

ANNIE HAYNES: A songbird who recorded with Ray Seales.

HILTON HEMMERDING: Educator and composer, he was an influential musician in the post-independence era. He was a part of the important EMMEL Singers. His song Oh Guyana is a Guyanese classic.

RAMJOHN HOLDER: UK based folklorist, folksinger and actor. Recorder of an important collection of Guyanese folk songs. He was very popular as Pork Pie in the British sitcom Desmonds.

LORIS HOLLAND: New York based Guyanese Emmy winning musical producer.

RAFIQ KHAN: Broadcaster and Media Manager. As General Manager of Radio Demerara, he commissioned Nesbit Chhangur’s Guyana Lament and Francis’s Farrier Tide of Susanburg.

LADY GUYMINE: (Monica Chopperfield): Lady Monica – Balladeer and calypsonian of exceptional talent spanning decades of participation.

LORD CANARY: (Malcolm Corrica) Calypsonian, he has won three national contests. He has a substantial body of work and performed at tents in Trinidad. He was once a Government minister as Coordinator of Cultural Affairs and member of parliament He has a sweet voice hence his sobriquet Lord Canary.

VESTA LOWE: Has made a major contribution to the documentation, preservation, and dissemination of Guyanese folk music.

IAN McDONALD: Corporate executive, poet, novelist and renaissance man. Cultural critic for decades. Our adoptive native son and a tireless editor. Took over Kyk-Over-All from A.J. Seymour.

BILLY MOORE: (William Moore) was a vocalist, musician and composer who died last year. He had been one of the lead vocalists in the male group ‘The Four Lords’ who recorded the Guyanese Christmas classic Happy Holiday. He also recorded other songs as a solo artiste.

CLEMENT E. NICHOLS: Guyana’s premier composer of military music. His Dear Demerara composed in 1929 was part of the repertoire of CASBO in the 1980’s.

PHILLIP NICHOLS: A musician who has his own drawing room studio in Brooklyn. He arranges, plays and records most Guyanese musicians who come to New York. A talented keyboard musician, he owns one of the popular music studios in Brooklyn and produces for Caribbean performers.

TONY PHILLIPS: An artist carrying on the diaspora work in Australia. His drawings and 3D model of Georgetown of the 60’s are priceless nostalgia.

ROLAND PHILLIPS: An outstanding lyricist about the beauty of the hinterland of Guyana. He passed on last year.

EDITH PIETERS: She has always taken music education to the people. Created the National Youth bands (Orchestra, String Band, and Steelband).

BILLY PILGRIM: Educator, composer, cultural administrator, and folklorist. Among his compositions is Salute to Guyana, one of the national songs. His work on the preservation of Masquerade is very important.

MASSE LALL POLLARD: Sitarist and pioneer in the fusion of Afro and Indi music in Guyana.

BASIL RODRIGUES: Prolific songwriter, retired Headmaster and Regional Education Officer who was recently honoured by Pope John Paul ll for his work in the Church in Guyana’s hinterland.

HUGH SAM: One of Guyana’s most prolific composers; classical/jazz pianist/musician. His background spans the spectrum of styles including jazz with the legendary Harry Whittaker, arranging a film score for the Invaders steelband, and releasing several CDs of Guyanese folk and patriotic music (he calls them “concertinos”).

AL SEALES: Influential band leader and record producer. His recording company was one of the earliest in the Caribbean. The Mighty Sparrow’s first recording was done on Al Seales’ label.

BING SERRAO & THE RAMBLERS: Pioneering string band, the Ramblers have been performing for audiences in Guyana and North America for over 50 years. Recipients of the Culture and Heritage Award, Guyana Independence Celebrations 2003, Toronto. Many Guyanese fondly remember their composition Three in One Saga and signature tune Spanish Eyes.

GEORGE SIMMONS & THE RYTHMAIRES: Like the Ramblers, pioneers in Guyanese string band music. Bursting on the scene in the mid 50’s, the fabulous Rhythmaires possessed the musical alchemy that produced hits like the haunting Sahani Raat and wistful Moon River.

TREV SUE-A-QUAN: An outstanding and unselfish historian. A North American based scientist, he has published the important history The Cane Reapers, on Chinese indentureship in British Guiana.

TASSA EXPLOSION: A well-known talented family group known throughout Guyana and the Caribbean for their exceptional tassa drumming ability. Performed at Guyana Folk Festival 2002 in New York and was an exciting part of the fusion with African drummers at an earlier event.

NADIRA & INDRANIE SHAW: For 20 years, they have returned to Guyana with different Indian dance shows. The two sisters team up for this unique unbroken run of cultural displays.

KEITH WAITHE: With Masse Lall Pollard, an early experimenter with Afro-Indi musical fusion. His influence is both national and international

Demerara Lighthouse


Lighthouses are essentially structures from which light is projected to guide seamen safely towards a harbour or port. Towering 103 feet over Water Street and the roofs of many civic and residential buildings is the Lighthouse.

A beacon along the East Coast circa 1806 was first used as a guide, for ships and vessels, toward the Demerara River. In 1817 the Dutch constructed the first lighthouse. It was a wooden structure, as were many of the early lighthouses in the world, illuminated by an oil lamp.

By the 1830’s a new lighthouse was constructed by the British. This sturdy brick building is classified as a shore station built to withstand strong winds as opposed to other lighthouses which are constructed off shore.The lighthouse is surmounted by an iron gallery which is ascended by a flight of one hundred and thirty eight stairs. In the gallery there is a large 1000 watt bulb, which replaced a floating light that was first installed in the lighthouse soon after its construction. This powerful ray of light is visible for a distance of 30 - 40 miles at sea.

Below the gallery is a watch room which is used by the administrative staff. A 24-inch long range telescope was once used on the look out for distress signals from beleaguered ships out at sea.

For 172 years this structure has withstood the test of time. It once gazed down upon Fort William Frederick (the present site of the Transport & Harbours Department) and the gallows where enslaved Africans were hung for refusing to be docile tools under the system of slavery.


Guyanese Sayings...
Auntie Man (slang). A gay male

bacoo (folklore). Our version of the genie. It is rumoured to be found in discarded closed green bottles. A very good servant, until discarded ruefully. It can be disgruntled and is said to stone houses, eat your poultry, and just about make your life a living hell. Rule: Don't mess around with any closed, discarded green bottles.

bashing (slang). Eating

bazzedy (slang). Giddy, ditzy, clumsy, or obnoxiously absent minded.

black pudding (food). Seasoned rice cooked in cow's intestines with "special" ingredients.

bobb (slang). A quarter.

boo-leggea (slang). hunger. Vernacular: "I can eat a cow because boo leggea bracing me"

boongie (slang). The lump that forms on a person's head after having been hit with a hard substance ... say a frying pan.

boulanger (food). Eggplant.

bubbling (slang). Dancing to the beat of reggae music.

buck ta (slang). Male underwear (mostly briefs)

bum bum (slang). One's derriere.

buss up (slang). break up; destroying things, division between friends or lovers.

conkie (food). A delicacy made with corn flower. The traditional way is to wrap it in banana plant leaves and boil.

cut tail (slang). A serious spanking (also crassly called a cut ass).

"Don't take your eyes and pass me" (saying). Usually said by a parent to an obnoxious child or person. It's another way of saying "Don't be rude to me" or "Don't insult my intelligence".

doving (slang). A soccer routine in which some, if not all, players gather in a circle and pass the ball to each other whilst keeping the ball airborne. A familiar North American pastime is hackeysack. One rule is no hands can touch the ball (it simply breaks the monotony).

duncie-fiah-goat (slang). This is used mostly by kids, mean-spiritedly, to taunt other kids that are slow in learning; a dunce.

Diwali (festival). An East Indian tradition brought from the shores of India. It is celebrated a night and is called the Festival of Lights. Oil is poured into numerous clay bowls and a wicker, when placed in the oil, is lit. It is truly a beautiful sight to behold under the dark Guyana skies.

dunzai (slang). money.

English Duck (slang). Someone who tries to be overly grammatically correct; anal retentive.

hard pants (slang). Denim pants, jeans.

highty-tighty (slang). Someone's that's too snooty; usually an upper class wannabe.

Ignar (or Ignar Trellis) (slang). Someone's that overly aggressive, arrogant, and sometimes ignorant at the same time.

Jumbie (folklore). A cross between a zombie and a boogieman. Sometimes used to scare kids on to the straight and narrow. (If you tell a lie, jumbie's coming for you ...or something like that)

kachar (slang). Someone that meddles in another's romantic endeavours.

kochore (slang). Sweet talking, whether it is to manipulate your parents or to gain amourous favour with the opposite sex.

kunksie (slang). Taking a dump; number 2.

mannish (slang). Often used in reference to young person/child with an uncouth mouth and/or rude behaviour.

married-man poke (food). Bazel (seasoning).

Masacura Man (folklore). The cross between a werewolf and a gigantic two legged water creature. Is said to be seen standing in the middle of rivers in the dead of night, and can crush any unwary traveller that is foolish enough to sail between his legs.

Mashramani. Carnival.

mittai (food). This is usually a snack or a treat that's made from flour, sugar and is fried.

ning ning (slang). The stars you see resulting from a harsh blow to the head.

nosy parker (slang). Someone's that way too inquisitive for their own good.

"...not worth a pint of parrot pee" (saying). Used to illustrate the extreme worthlessness of something. (e.g. This '86 Yugo isn't worth a pint of parrot pee.)

Old Higue (folklore). A cross between a witch and a vampire. Is said to travel in a ball of fire and delights in feasting on the blood of newborns. To catch Old Higue, it said that by throwing rice on the floor forces her to stop and count the grains, thus making her susceptible to a beating by those that happen on her.

paggley-looking (slang). Someone's that haggard looking; someone's that not exactly the cat's meow.

palin (slang). A yard fence.

"pomping a scene" (saying). Showing off whilst posing with other people's possesions (e.g. cat calling women from your best friend BMW ... or something like that).

pot salt (slang). This is someone who's always minding everyone's business; all except their own (e.g. your local gossipmonger).

pro-ing (slang). The habitual use of other people's possessions to impress others.

rounders (leisure). A game similiar to baseball except with tennis rackets, or any other implement that could hit a ball are used. Rounders is mostly played by women. The occassional coed rounder game is usually comprised of enthusiastic young women and guys with covert amourous intentions.

shine-eye (slang). Used to decribe a woman that's overly and aggressively materialistic; someone that falls in love, mainly, for material benefit.

susuing (slang). gossiping

swank (food). lemonade.

"taking a five" (saying). Another way of saying you're going to get some rest; take a nap; catch some shuteye.

talk name (slang). Another term for gossiping

tope (slang). A wool knit cap

yaatin boots (slang). Sneakers.
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Main Street, Georgetown, circa 1960-70
Gingerbeer sellers, Sea Wall, Georgetown, Demerara circa 1908
Water Street, Georgetown, circa 1910
Saturday, December 03, 2005
Women, infants endure 'hell' in lock-ups

By Daniel Da Costa
Saturday, December 3rd 2005

Three Corentyne women and their four children endured what they described as "living hell" for ten hours in a police station cell after an allegation was made against them, to which they were not allowed to respond.

Contacted, Commander of 'B' Division Clinton Conway told this newspaper that he was unaware of the incident but planned to investigate it.

Relating their story to Stabroek News, the three mothers, who were bitter and indignant, said that on November 10, in their rural community of Number 52 Village, a quarrel erupted among three neighbours over the disconnection of the water supply. There was reportedly a heated exchange of words interspersed with expletives among the three neighbours.

One neighbour subsequently reported the incident at the Number 51 Police Station. A report was also made against Lynette Singh, 25, who lives some distance away.

According to Singh, she was passing the area and had only briefly stopped to enquire from two of the women what the problem was. Later that afternoon the police visited Singh, Olivia Goodridge and Padmini Deonarine at their homes and requested that they report to the Number 51 Police Station the following morning.

Goodridge and Deonarine admitted that they quarrelled with the woman who made the report and that they and the woman were abusive to each other.

Goodridge said that when she turned up at the station the next day, November 11 with her 21-month-old son and five-year-old daughter, the sergeant in charge said: "Yuh come with yuh children? Throw them in the lock-ups."

She said the sergeant was abusive and junior ranks placed her and her two children in the lone cell, after removing a man who was being detained at the time. "The cell was reeking of urine and faeces. There was nothing for us to sit on, nowhere to urine and we were forced to urine on the floor of the cell. There was an old cupboard in the cell which was full of faeces which had apparently been used on several occasions by detainees."

Apart from the 28-year-old Goodridge and her two children, 18-year-old Deonarine and her five-month-old baby and Singh and her three-year-old son were also thrown into the filthy cell.

When this was told to Commander Conway, he said the sergeant should not have detained the women and children.

On November 16, the women appeared before Magistrate Krishendat Persaud in the Number 51 Magistrate's Court charged with disorderly behaviour. The magistrate dismissed the case against them.

Goodridge's 21-month-old son has sores inside and around his mouth which his mother said were caused by him picking up something in the cell and putting it in his mouth.

Singh said she was told by the ranks who visited her home that she would only be warned at the station but on arrival there the next morning she and her three-year-old son were thrown into the dirty cell. Her son subsequently suffered diarrhoea and vomiting.

"At the station the sergeant refused to listen to our side of the story and did not ask us to give a statement. Instead he told us to sign a paper saying they did not beat or ill-treat us," Singh told this newspaper.

According to Goodridge, "we had to take off pieces of our clothing to spread on the filthy floor so that the children could sleep. There were no windows or lights in the cell. I honestly thought I was in hell. I begged the ranks on duty to give us some water since we had none for ourselves or our children but they bluntly refused.

Some time later that afternoon a pastor from a nearby church came to the station and begged the ranks to release us but they refused and only allowed my 21-month-old son to go home with my husband." Her husband, she said, had earlier been turned away when he enquired why they were being detained.

According to Deonarine, the youngest mother, her five-month-old baby had nothing to eat or drink all day apart from two corkfuls of water. Her baby, she said, does not breast feed and was sick by the time they were released at around 6 pm. The young girl said she felt sick just by inhaling the stench of the cell and was scared her baby might have died behind bars.

On releasing the women and children the sergeant told them to appear in court on November 16. Singh said she was still traumatized by the ordeal and was still wondering why they were locked up for a simple matter like quarrelling with a neighbour when the neighbour was not arrested or charged. "Why would the police do something like this to us and our children?" she asked. "Is it because, like [the woman who made the report] says she has contacts at the station and can get them to do anything she wants?"

According to the women, apart from being refused drinking water, the ranks also refused them permission to visit the toilet forcing them to urinate on the floor of the cell where their children were creeping and/or sleeping.

(Stabroek News)