OPINION: ‘Privilege’ and ‘The Decision’ – two articles by Geoff Burrowes


        I recently wrote a story about the Demerara Rowing Club, which was generously published in Guyana Online. One of the comments was by someone who only got one thing from the story: “Only the rich and famous?” I was irritated by the comment and responded “that while I am exceedingly rich I was never famous.” and asked if the reader had ever been interested in rowing?”

        My daughter had enjoyed reading the story and despite being the only “born in Canada” member of our immediate family she is a true Burrowes ! She said ” You all lived a privileged life in Guyana – why are you getting upset about when someone points it out?”       

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The World in 2021: Ten trends to watch – By Tom Standage – The Economist

— Ten trends to watch in the coming year

A letter from Tom Standage, editor of “The World in 2021” –  Nov 16th 2020

DO YOU FEEL lucky? The number 21 is connected with luck, risk, taking chances and rolling the dice. It’s the number of spots on a standard die, and the number of shillings in a guinea, the currency of wagers and horse-racing. It’s the minimum age at which you can enter a casino in America, and the name of a family of card games, including blackjack, that are popular with gamblers.     

All of which seems strangely appropriate for a year of unusual uncertainty. The great prize on offer is the chance of bringing the coronavirus pandemic under control. But in the meantime risks abound, to health, economic vitality and social stability. As 2021 approaches, here are ten trends to watch in the year ahead.             

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Poem by Jamaica’s Poet Laureate Lorna Goodison – by the Rosaliene Bacchus Blog

“Mother, the Great Stones Got to Move” by Rosaliene Bacchus – Three Worlds One Vision ~ Guyana – Brazil – USA

Jamaica’s Poet Laureate Lorna Goodison (2017-2020)
Photo Credit: Pan American World Magazine (Photo by Hugh Wright)

My Poetry Corner November 2020 features the poem “Mother, the Great Stones Got to Move” from the 1995 poetry collection, To Us, All Flowers Are Roses, by Jamaica’s second Poet Laureate Lorna Goodison (2017-2020) and the first female to receive this honor. The eight of nine children, six boys and three girls, she was born in 1947 in Kingston, capital of the Caribbean island nation of Jamaica.       

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Opinion: Dismantling Stereotypes – By Yvonne Sam

 – By Yvonne Sam

 We use stereotypes all the time without knowing it. We have met the enemy of equality and the enemy is“us”.

It is almost midnight, a young Black male stands next to an expensive car. What is our first thought? How many people automatically believe that he is up to no good and he is not the owner of the vehicle?  You are pulled over by a police officer for a traffic stop.

How many folks immediately think he knows the law, he knows what he is doing and he will be fair – or not? A white female in a business suit and carrying an attaché case enters the courthouse and heads towards the front of a courtroom. How many of us instantaneously assume she is a lawyer?             

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Also check out the RECIPES on Guyanese Online.. Here are some links:

1. Cuisine: Recipes for Some Guyanese delicacies for the Christmas season

2. RECIPES From Guyana and the Caribbean – From Guyana Outpost archive

3.  Guyana Recipes by Zorinaspice – 43 videos – autoplay

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