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Title: Tapia
Physical Description: no. : illus. ; 43 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tapia House Pub. Co.
Place of Publication: Tunapuna
Publication Date: Sunday, February 13, 1977
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Dates or Sequential Designation: no. 1- Sept. 28, 1969-
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I


~ RESEARCH INSTITUTE
V 7. No. THE STUDy OF MAI
Vol 7. No. 7 -62 EAST 78 STREET
NEW YORE

Mrs. Anfrea Talbutt,
Research Institute for
Study of Man,
162, East 78th Street,
New York, N,Y. 10021,
fh. Lehigh 5 8448,


"INTED AND PUBLISHEDWEEKLY .BY THE TAPIA HOUSE


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II


WITH an exquisite sense of timing, the government has
been moving to tie up the loose ends of those issues which
have been centre-stage during the lull since Christmas. The
Tobago issue has been defused. The soldiers have been
shipped out,'and the postmen summoned back to their
posts at the G.P.O. The offending postmen have been
dulypunished. Corruption is on the run and the Doctocracy
is healthy. Nothing, now, should distract either the people
or their government from the Greatest Show on Earth.
Carnival is a little more than a week away. The short
interlude of relative sobriety between the end of Christmas'
and the reign of the Merry Monarch has come and gone.
While it lasted, a few major issues were briefly allowed to
hold the centre of the public stage. There was, of course,
the aftermath of a Budget presented at the height of Christ- -


mas.
If the Budget itself
betrayed the continuing
incapacity of the current
administration to come to
grips with the economics
oh Independence, the ensu-
ing Budget debate equally
exposed the fact that the
current parliamentary
Opposition is sadly unpre-


pared for the politics of
Independence. Their walk-
out from the House was in
the long tradition of
colonial protest.
Not surprisingly, the
two sides- seemed to have'
little difficulty in patching
up an agreement in the
interest of maintaining


intact the facade of a
healthy parliamentary
democracy.
In presenting the Bud-
get, the Minister of Finance-
made great play of the
inadequacies of the Public
Service and the consequent
frustration of all of the
government's plans. It was
an old theme.
This time, however,
there was to be action.
Already, before Christmas,
firm action had been taken
against the postmen, who
were made out to be a
recalcitrant bunch holding
the public to ransom.
At that time, the new
Attorney General promised
that the PNM, in carrying
ort. its mandate from the
people, would rule by
means, of 500 States of
Emergency, if necessary.


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In the New Year the
A.G. was even more spec-
S-ularly in the news, this
time with an anti-corrup-
tion drive. Mr. Richardson
spoke -,with impressive
authority none would be
spared, regardless of how
big they were or of their
political stripe.
As if taking his cue from
the crusading zeal of the
A.G., Mr. A.N.R Robinson
launched a fierce campaign
for freedom and elf-
determination for the
people of Tobago.
The DAC leader was not
altogether careful in defin-
ing what he meant by
"internal self-government".
Some people accused him
of promoting secession.
And when his motion
calling for internal self-
government for Tobago, in.
1977 was debated in the
. House, speakers on the
government side intimated
that they had not been
elected to preside over the
dismemberment of the
Empire.


Fortuitously, just when
Mr. Robinson seemed to
be winning widespread
sympathy for the plight of-
the poor people of Tobago,
the government realized
the error of its ways,
recognized the virtue in
what Mr. Robinson and his
fellow-Tobagonian in Par-
liament, Dr. Murray, had
been saying'all along, and
agreed to. support their
motion, suitably amended,
and with an abundance of
good-natured picong.
SGood sense had prevailed.
The Nation ,hid%'-. been
saved. Parliaiar-
ocracy li4 to ',
another days ,
SIn the meatit4, ftere
had been wars 'ri'tuours
of war in the Tapia camp.
The party business 'had
gone public. The Express,
solicitous of Tapia's wel-
:fare, regretted thatinteinal ...,
problems would keep the
movement out of the local
government elections. With
special reference to the
undisclosed party source.


Local Leaders Meet Saturday
LOCAL leaders of the Tapia House Movement are scheduled
to meet with the National Executive of the party on Satur-
day February 12. Letters to all candidates in the 1976
General Elections have gone out from Administrative
Secretary Allan Harris.
The meeting follows a decision by the National Execu-
tive to prepare the way for a General Assembly at the
earliest possible date. on the Agenda fo
C c l r a Included om the Agenda for
Constituency leaders are the Meeting will be proposals
expected to take steps to sum- for new relations between the
mon the Council of Repre- constituencies and the central
sentatives so that proper local agencies of the party.
arrangements may be made to
bring out the party membership Chairman will be Dr. Winthrop
when the Assembly is actually Wiltshire and the Meeting
called, begins at 4 p.m. sharp.

Building Supplement


THE Building Supplement
promised by Tapia for the
end of January will now
not be appearing until after
Carnival.
The postponement has
been* forced by delay in
preparation of the materials

Stephenson's
BOOKSTORE
31A Erthig Road
Belmont
For a
Wide Range Of
Books, Stationery,

Art Material.


and we apologise to our
readers for any inconveni-
ence.
On Sunday February 27, we
will be marking the seventh
Anniversary of the February
Revolution with a special pull-
out.




The

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SUADAY FEBRUARY 13, 197


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PAGE 2 TAPIA SUNDAY FEBRUARY 13, 1977


MICHAEL HARRIS

"SATELLITES in -' of an
orbit" That is how some com-
mentators describe the islands of
the Commonwealth Caribbean
fifteen years after the decolon-
isation movement bore its first
fruit and even as the end of the
process is in sight.
Few are the observers who
would disagree. Within the last
couple of years the political
leaders from one end of the
Caribbean to the other have
sounded warnings about the
threat of recolonisation and
destabilisation while in many of
the islands economic weakness
has made them wide open to the
blandishments of all sorts of
foreign manipulators.
None of this is surprising. The
West-Indian islands have been unable
this far to transform their inherited
economic, social and political struc-
tures, and as the thin skein of protec-
tion afforded by our status as colonies
slowly disintegrates, our weakness,
our impotence even, is like a red flag
attracting the predatory bulls.

COLUMBUS

Ever since the opening up of the
New World, the Caribbean Basin has
been a playground for imperial am-
bitions. Columbus had scarcely com-
pleted his first voyage of discovery
before the Papal dispensation of 1493
sought to demarcate spheres of influ-
ence and control in the New World
between Portugal and Spain.
Before the ink had time to dry
on that Treaty the other European
powers were challenging its presump-
tions. From that time onwards the
process of political and cultural balkan-


ization of the Caribbean was estab-
lished.
By the year 1700 all of these
powers had established flourishing
colonies which as the brightest jewels
in the diadems of European imperial-
ism, were jealously guarded, bitterly'
fought over, won and lost and won
again.
In this extravaganza of imperialist
rivalry, the threat of external military
aggression and political and economic
subversion was a constant reality,a
normal part of Caribbean existence.
Not even the fading economic
lustre of the Caribbean colonies,
which became steadily more apparent
as the 19th century progressed, served
to change the pattern of imperial
domination and depredation.
In the first place, Britain, by
then clearly the paramount colonial
power, was opening up huge South
American continent as a source of raw
materials and as a major outlet for
British exports and investments..
Britain's Caribbean possessions
therefore were of strategic importance
in her attempts to protect and maintain
her lucrative South American trade
from the encroachments of other
European Powers and from the stirring
giant to the north, the United States.
The United States had given
warning of its own imperial ambitions
as early as 1823 when, with the
Monroe doctrine it served notice
upon Europe that the Western Hemis-
phere was closed to any further
colonization on their part.


=A E ANRO D-UP


By the last decade of the
century she was ready to declare her
manifest destiny in the region in no
uncertain terms. Within the twenty-
five years beginning in 1898 when
U.S Marines landed in Cuba, the
United States had militarily intervened
in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Repub-
lic, Haiti, Nicaragua, Honduras, Pana-
ma and Mexico.
That all these interventions
came in Caribbean countries was no
accident. The Caribbean Basin was
seen to be of pivotal importance in
the defense strategy of the United
States.


ROOSEVELT

To that country it was important
that the entire basin be either under
its control or in friendly hands. In this
context the security of continental
United States was seen to be inti-
mately linked with the maintenance of
stability in the Caribbean countries.
This was the rationale for what-
has come to be known as the Roosevelt
corollary to -the Monroe doctrine.
President Theodore Roosevelt in his
annual address to Congress in 1904
stated that "Chronic wrong-doing, or
an impotence which results in a general
loosening of the ties of civilized
society ...... may force the United
States, however reluctantly,...... to


the exercise of an international police
power."
The implications of this doctrine
are even today of unquestionable sig-
nificance. In the first place, while it did
not take long for the dollar to follow
the the gun, a fundamental reversal in
the pattern of imperial domination in
the region had taken place.
From that time onwards it was
not solely the potential for economic
exploitation in the Caribbean which
would attract the attention of regional
powers, but the need to ensure
stability inr the islands as the first line
of defense in their own security.
SThe implications of this change
Were never manifest so long as Britain
and the other European powers retained
at least formal hegemony over the
area and so long as the United States
remained the single, undisputed power
in the hemisphere.-
Within recent years however,
even as the European colonial presence
has been making its slow withdrawal
from the Caribbean, trends both in
America and worldwide have been
eroding the bases of U.S. hegemony Ia
the hemispheres, In the process, soms
other American countries have enteed
into the category of hemispheic
powers, some with an enormous potea-
tial for expansion.


0 To Be Cont'd Next We e


Sir,
AN account by an eye-
witness of the House of
Commons. in 1571 began
as follows:' 'This House is
framed and made like
unto a theatre...
The eyewitness was, no
doubt, referring to the
structural .aspects of that
famous Chamber of the
mother of Parliaments.
But the term theatre
would not be inappropriate
when reference is made to
some of the recent pro-
ceedings in the House of
Representatives.
The performances are
certainly not of tragedy
but of comic opera, of the
absurd even. The most
recent display was on
Friday 21 when one daily
paper reported:
"The Attorney General
waved a petition with
more than 4,000 signatures
opposing Rep. Robinson's
motion for internal self
government for Tobago. He
told the House the sig-
natures were unsolicited.
"The Attorney General
challenged Mr. Robinson
and Dr. Murray to resign
their seats; he assured
(them) that the Govern-
ment would call by-elec-
tions (sic) within three
months. They could fight
again on the basis of
internal self-government
"and we would see what
the electorate of Tobago


Reps In

Lower

House

Miscast

has to say on this." .-
There was a double irony.
Is it not only a matter of
months since the elector-
ate of Tobago removed the
two PNM incumbents and
replaced- them by DAC
members in Dr. Murray and
Mr. Robinson? If for some
reason the Government
feels that the voting or the
Representatives are not a
true reflection of the
wishes of Tobago, then it
is up to them not to Mr.
Robinson to call a new
election.
It is surely naive of the
Senator to expect the
members of Tobago, to
resign under these circum-
stances. But if Mr. Richard-
son over the petition 'un-
solicited' of 4,000
signatures, where was he
when the Government
remained in office for 5
years after getting the
support of 28%. .?
Then the second touch
of irony. Unlike Dr. Murray
and Mr. Robinson, the
Senator did not face the
music. His presence in
Parliament is due to one
of the recent constitutional

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LLOYD, I reading you
but I still can't read you
at all. I en following this
Gandhi business I see you
talking bout When I join
Tapia, I en join no pressure-
group and I en join no
religion neither; I join a
party and by that, I don't
mean a newspaper. So
what is this Fabian thing?
People in Trinidad and
Tobago never hear about
that and they not inter-
ested because they tired
with history mas. What
we want is a party to move
them by any possible means
and as far as I am con-
cerned, Tapia is the only
possible alternative when-
ever we time reach. Best-
boy, I want you to under-


Stil


SUNDAY FEBRUARY 13, 1977 TAPIA PAGE 3





On My OwnScene


stand that that is what I
join; why you ears so hard?
Well my ears hard yes,
because I still on the same
old scene. If you join a
party to move them, that is
your personal business. Or
if you join a paper, that is
your business too.
The point that I want to
make is that it is not my
business alone. Everybody
wants to meet you in the
road and ask you boy what
all you doing these days?
How the party coming?
How, the paper coming?
All you fighting the Local


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THURS. FEB. 3.
26 Postmen charged and 4
acquitted, magistrate to rule
on no-case plea. Manley in
Russia: Jamaica can build on
Russian' experience. Threat to
call off Sunday's Panorama
over non-completion of North
stand. Postal Union sees hard-
ship in new working hours
plan.' Some public sittings in
Port probe to be held. Gov't.
officials visit Gonzales. 3 Oppo-
sition members seeking to
isolate Gairy Gov't from other
Caribbean states. St. Mary's
principal renews plea for merit
scholarship. Union to PM; let
Caroni deal with.Forres Park
issues.
FRIDAY FEB. 4.

Trailer issue to be taken
before court; port firm objects
to duty demanded. 42 postmen
to be transferred to GPO.
Labour row on UWI St. Augus-
tine campus. PNM to hold
special talks on Local Gov't
polls March 27. Self-rule issue
for study by DAC group.
Anguilla's new leader Grumbs in
plea for peace and unity.
$4.5m worth of fruit imported
in 1975.

SAT. FEB. 5.
Tobago issue for joint study;
debate ends in accord after
Gov't amendment. CDC ban
on outsiders petty says Duke.
$1m. in goods seized as Gov't
trawler raided. Cuba 'open' on
anti-hijacking agreement with
U.S. Man shot dead as police-
chase hijacked car. Pakistan on
brink of victory over Leeward
Isles. Sportsman of the Year
Hasley Crawford to get special
job with Min. of Education.

SUNDAY FEB. 6.
Priest transfer row in Angli-
can church to be resolved. Gen.
Sec. Gajraj Singh tells postmen
to go back to work. Trawler
still under heavy police guard.
Gatcliffe says tax level deterrent
to investment. Postmen back
on job as soldiers leave GPO.
Panorama semi-finals on today.
Caribbean students affected by
fee hike in Canada.

MONDAY FEB. 7.
400 doctors seeking jobs in
Trinidad says Kamal. Short-
shirts' "Tourist Leggo" makes
big hit with Panorama crowd.
Early morning fire razes Nap-
arima Bowl on eve of Carnival
Queen show. Ministry team to
probe dangerin 2 oil firms. Man
throws 3 children in Ortoire
river. Catholic Education board
in serious financial trouble.


TUESDAY FEB. 8.
Haggle over trawler cargo:
police say $lm, firm says
$200,000; Phone workers case
adjourned to Feb. 17. San
Fdo asks for 'full autonomy'
when gov't expands local gov't
powers. R.C. church moves to
stop hymns at fetes. Abortions
to be made legal; legislation
being drafted. Ban on under
18's affecting business say pool
operators.
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Says Lloyd Best


Government elections?
How you expect the party
or the religion or the paper or
the pressure-group to come if
everybody waiting on every-
body else?
The logic of this waiting is
another one-man party with
everybody desperately depend-
ing on a single individual to
retrieve the situation by magic.
How many examples have
we not-had of parties dominated
by obvious players whom we
do not dare to shift cause the
party lives by play since the
members habitually fail to
work?
So whatever we say we pjre
building, be it pressure-group or
party, the important thing is to
build it, not to declare simply
that we are doing so.
It might seem a strange
thing. But if the responsibility
is shared by many then it
becomes quite an impossibility
to be certain in advance what
exactly the Movement will'be.
What comes out in the end
depends on how the different
ideas of the Movement hang
together as a whole, on what
kind of chances and choices
present themselves to it, on
how competing actors and
movements perform and on the
whole historical context.
It follows that only a copy-
cat (or a Scribe perhaps) could


be so presumptuous as to be
talking in advance about a
Ghandian Movement or a
Fabian Movement or an Owen-
ite Movement except in minor
comparative details.
This is what we meant in
Tapia when at the very begin-
ning we said we were "playing
for change." We will do at any
point of decision what we judge
is the worthiest and most valid
thing.
And then, when it is all over
and done, people will surely
say what its character was, if
in the end it was something
worth talking about.
The great risk of such an
approach is that there is no
better opportunity for naked
opportunism. The only saving
grace is that there is also no
better opportunity for valid
involvement or for creative
intervention.'
The test of our integrity is
*whether we can walk this
perilous tight-rope, sustaining
-our discrimination and emerg-
ing valid and whole.
The same conditions which
created the Devil are necessary
to God. Whether it is the one
side or the other is often a
matter, of luck but always the
test as to how responsible we
are.


The mortal fear of respons-
ibility drives many to the
security of orthodox positions
trying in vain to repeat Mao
or Castro or Lenin, or Marx or
Ghandi or the Fabians or the
French or British or American
Revolutions.
But historical models can-
not- be repeated unless the
exact situations' recur. The
only reasonable procedure is to
stay on the scene that you on.
The cost of that' procedure
is that you will have no ready
friends. The real value of saying
that you are a capitalist or a
socialist or a Black Power Man
or a Ghandian is that it yields
you ready allies and shows you
who your enemies are. Or so yu
think until..
Orthodoxy makes life very
simple, as we shall see.
Much better in the end to
mark out your own direction.
They say you could make track
for gouti to run but lappe does
make he own road.
But boy, for that you need
more guts than a calabash.


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PAGE4 TAPIA SUNDAY FEBRUARY 13, 1977


"SO how de winter treating
you, boy?"
."Welt, no worse than it
treating you."
A hundred times, in the
two months since mid-
November, I've answered
questions like that
The people who ask it
have all had several winters'
experience. They know
what it's like better than
I do. All of them, at some
time or other, had been
through the trauma of a
first winter. -
Still, it's as if they want
to experience it all over
again, through the eyes of
a first-timer.
Eyes? Its not eyes alone.
Winter is eyes and nose and&
mouth and arms and legs and
fingers and toes and, yes, ears,
grrr, ears. It's a beastly tele-
phone receiver against a piti-
fullytender ear.
It's any one of a million
little horror stories things
that actually happened. Or any
one of a million nightmares -
things that you fear might
happen.
Like falling, many miles
from home, in. a puddle of
grey-black ice water. Or being
splashed by a passing car.
None of that ever happened
to me. But I know: one day,
one day.. .


Just as rIm cheerfully assured
that I will, must, -sometime,
slip and fall on the ice. So you
haven't had a winter- if you
haven't stepped briskly on
What looked like good concrete
pavement, but what was really
good concrete pavement glazed
all over with a film of rock-
hard ice.
So I would get up, if I
could, And then I .too would
have a story, one to add to the
endless fund of shared anec-
dotes, a small but poignant
episode in the continuing saga
of Tropical Man pitted against
Old Man Winter.
So winter is a story. I didn't
think it was. Id had five weeks
In what I can now call the
"late fall" of 1975.


Little Bit Again And




Snow In Mo Bay




And Puerto Rico


d heard a damp grey
November Sunday described as
"a nice day", and joined in the
anxious watch, through falling
temperatures and false-alarm
flurries, for the first arrival of
snow.
But yesterday, I chafed as
the bus crawled in a long line
of traffic behind two mons-
trous pieces of equipment that
scooped and packed the snow
like combine harvesters.
Its a facility that's still
apparently out of reach of many
citizens in the nearby US city
Sof Buffalo. There, the TV
cameras the other night showed
sidestreets reduced to narrow
pathways, with cars double-
parked in frozen immobility
amidst several feet of snow.
Winter is news, a never
failing source. It's the infinitely
absorbing epic of Technol-
ogical Man's struggle .against
the elements. The most
advanced'20th century society
is organised for winter's on-
slaught, yef not quite enough
so.
Always, Winter, a relentlessly
besieging force, can find an
exposed flank. A vast modem


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city can be shut down for a
day, its business machinery
functioning ony to count the
cost in dollars.
In wide continental regions,
fuel is short Shipping lies
locked in frozen Great Lakes.
Its from Florida now that
some of the most distressing
stories come. They're wearing
fur coats at the winter resorts
on Miami Beach.
Florida's agriculture, the
produce of a continent's
natural hothouse, is in crisis.
Only three more days work
remain, the announcer says, in
harvesting the frosted furrows
of tomatoes.
The next scene is of record-
breaking crowds in the food
stamp and unemployment
offices; Relief agencies collect-'
ing unaccustomed warm cloth-
ing. Migrant workers facing
even worse impoverishment.
This winter is big news,
history-making, record-breaking.
Snow in Florida? Not since
records began .to be kept.
Sustained low temperatures in
Toronto? The worst in living
memory of most residents.
Snow in the Bahamas!
What next flurries in
Montego Bay? What, you want
to ask, will be winter's new
frontier? Can Trinidad, where
Diego Martin and Santa Cruz
valleys are legendarily "cold"
areas, know just what's in
store?
For it's not over yet. Those
up here going-home-for-de
Carnival, two or three weeks in
February, know what they'll be
missing in Canada. February
and March are reputed to be
the coldest months of all!
"Boy, ah really- can't take
this thing no more. Ah tireda
it" He looked properly grim
and shook his head, as he gave
that reply to my question: "So
how de winter treating you?"
Then there is' the woman
who fled back to Antigua
when the going got tough in
her first two winters. She can
deal with it now, five-years
later, consoled by the knowledge
that her family has firm plans
to move to Trinidad in '79.
"The winter don't trouble
me, you know, I find if you
organise yourself you could
deal with it" We were motor-
ing from Hamilton in his
Country Squire station wagon.
And he was organised, this
young Trinidadian tycoon who
talked enthusiastically about
the shipping, export and travel
agency business he's into.
He had a plan foreverything.
He described in detail to the
dinner party how, for -a rela-


tively small initial expenditure,
a house-owner could have his
driveway electrically wired and
heated, and there'd be no need
for shovelling. Who'd ever
thought of that?
And tor the guy who'd for-
gotten to change the water in
his windshield wiper pump to.
anti-freeze at the start of
winter, and who now had no
defence against ice formation
on his windscreen. The solution:
park the car in. a heated base-
ment for a day; the water
would be sure to melt.
"Look, man, don't worry-
wid dem people nuh. Once
you learn to dress, the winter
won't bother you." This.other
one had learnt- to dress for
winter the hard way. He'd had
two bad colds.
No longer for him the T-
shirt and light windbreaker he'd
tried to get by with when he
First came. New Years night -
minus 16 in the suburbs he
wore boots, thick socks, leo-
tards, dehim jeans, shirt, denim
jacket, overcoat a9 l wollen
tam.
"Is all these blasted clothes
you have to wear." That's
somebody else's complaint
I know how you feeling,
boy. Leathers, rubbers, furs;
knits, seiges, tweeds; all prefer-
ably in dark colours, black
favoured by older people,
S"Bundle up," is.the cheerful
advice of the TV announcer
forecasting "minus 20 and
falling". And in the subway
seats, three bulkily clad persons
is an uncomfortable fit No
wonder everybody stares straight
ahead no fidgeting or just
buries his head in a newspaper.
It's what makes streetwear
into a uniform dowdiness. The
repulsively ugly rubber over
shoes worn and discarded all
over the streets. The shiny
vinyl snowboots into which
children's,feet are stuffed. The
"Mukluks" boots mat look like
they were made from skinned
wirehaired puppies.
Then denims, denims, denims.
Spectacularly watched and
faded in some cases, stuffed
. into calf high boots those are
the sharp chicks. Or with the
cuffs sweeping the ground, a
fringe of wetness around the
shoes students on the way to
becoming absent-minded profes-
sors.
Observe that woman with
the black scarf wrapped around
her face as she waits for the
bus, only nostrils and eyes
visible. Or those rinsed pink
cheeks twitching as they come
in from the cold into the bus.
The world is a backyard of


slush and snow and wetness.
Why clean your boots? And
do you really need more than
one warm pair of pants for the
winter?
Spattered coat-tails and
pants legs. Shoe stains that
resist applications of polish.
Cars with dripping grey-black
clumps of muddy snow clinging
to the fenders. Buses with
clouded windows and streaming
floors. The scuffed snow all
over, like sand on an endless
beach.
That way, every house is a
sanctuary of warmth and '
dryness. "Orf wid de-shoes" is
a sign crayoned in comic-strip
lettering on an apartment front
door. But the several vacant
pairs of boots in a widening
pool of water are a hint you
could hardly miss.
So you dance in your socks
on an immaculate white shag
carpet. A little hatch like a
square porthole is kept open to
aircondition the room as, with
Kitchener's newly arrived '77
LP, the tempo begins to rise.
Ifs a joint birthday party,
and one of the guests-of-honour
gives in to the calypso spirit of
abandon. He strips to T-shirt
and bare feet Yes, man, whisky
flowing like water.
Two days later, I phone
him. He had been out of cir-
culation since the party
"Jaws . koo-foom, koo-
foom.'. fever in mih head for
days."
"You must really come here
in the summer, man. That is
something else. That is the
time people does just want to
strip naked and to get down,
man.
"That is what all this winter
business is all about the
build-up for the big release of
suiimerL"
Which is one way of looking
at it. But if-you have nd back-
ground of-year-round summer
against which to see the Cana-
dian winter, if you know it ai;
just a fact of-life for effectively
five months of the year, your
whole attitude would be differ-
ent




I stared in wonder at the
thousands of teenage high
school girls, clad only in mini-
skirts and blouses or leotards
and bath suits who marched
and twiled( their sticks and
kicked their legs in the streets
of Washington for the Jimmy
Carter inaugural parade;
In at least one float, from
American Samoa, there was a
man barebacked and bare-
footed. Meanwhile, in the
solar-heated reviewing stand
where the Presidential party
sat, Mrs. Carter was shown
pulling Amy's coat tight round
her chest. Temperature: 20F.
"If you can't beat the
Canadian winter, join it," goes
an ad for winter sport equip-i
ment For the people who are-
born and bred in it, winter is a
time for certain kinds of out-
door activities, not only for
dread of the cold.
Already a generation gap is
showing between West Indian
parents and their Canada-born
children who can play for
hours in the snow with no
apparent ill-effects.
"So, you feel you could live
in this country, boy?"
I haven't decided why that
question is so often asked of
me. Is it something aboutme,
or about themselves the askers
want to learn?
Meantime, I have invariably
given the same answer: "If all
you could do it, I don't see
why I can't".
Except that I know the
question of doing so hasn't yet
arisen.
When it does, if it does, it
might be another story.
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entirely at home and
then conveniently pack-
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power politics.
In 1961, Castro
declared that he had
become or had been a
disciple .of Marxism-
Leninism. By then the
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-history even as the com-
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and of. keeping Mao's
China a decent arm's
length away.
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bares _the essential
difference between a valid
Caribbean Movement
forged from below and
the kind of Red-Army
Badjohn regime which
Moscow has imposed on'
Eastern Europe.
CONFORMITY

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may enforce a conformity
and therefore a confusion,
the alignments which
suggest a capitalism and
a socialism, each one and
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matter of ephemeral con-
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Own Road


Building from below Cuban revolutionaries in the hands of Bastista's forces. Castro extreme left


Making Room For Politics


BEHIND the veil of social-
Sist arrangements, what
really are the intentions of
the Cuban Revolution?
Are they Caesarist, Czarist,
authoritarian and elitest?
Or are they democratic,
participatory and popular?
No different from the
Russians in their interna-
tional designs, the Ameri-
cans could never afford to
probe these crucial ques-
tions. But now the new
political structure, finally
established in the last
weeks of 1976, may yield
some vital clues to the
answers.
Although the new model
lboks like an attempt to
adapt the Soviet system to
Cuban conditions, writes
Latin America Political
Report it has important
democratic modifications,
both-at the top and the
bottom.
At the top, the power
of the Castros is consoli-
dated with Fidel as Leader


and Raul as his deputy in
Me party, the government,
the national assembly and
the state council, as well
as the army.
If this is dangerous per-
sonal power, it is also the
power of the original Cuban
revolutionaries over and
against any designs which
the old PSP cadre might
still be -harbouring in
secret after the failure of a
faction in the 1960's to
take control of the Gov-
ernment.
The new government
structure reflects the cur-
rent balance of power in
the Corkmunist party after
a third of the leaders were
replaced; strengfhening-the
power of Castro's closest
supporters, particularly the
Sierra Maestra veterans.
At the formal level, the
drive towards participation
shows itself in elections
which allow the public a
self-expression and in
elected assemblies enjoying


some effective control over
the executive.
There are national depu-
ties elected by provincial
deputies who in turn are
elected by Imunicipal
deputies. At all levels
delegates are accountable
and dismissible by those
who elected them.
National assembly depu-
ties can remove judges,
appointed in the first place
by the Assembly. Members
of the State Council can
be similarly removed.
The Council of Ministers
formally is appointed by
the National Assembly.
One of the main aims of
the new arrangements has
been to separate the party
from the government,
machine, leaving the party
free of administration and
able to exert its moral
authority at all levels of
decision making
"This again." writes
Latin America!, "is very
different from Soviet
practice/ under which
party leaders at all levels
are in fact the final decision-
makers."


Where Is




Shorty?


Esther LeGendre
THE riddle of: 'Where is
calypsonian Lord Shorty
this year?' has been solved.
Shorty, this time, is doing
his own thing away from
the blaring excitement of
the calypso tents, in the
cool sophistication of the
Penthouse.
Shorty and his island-
hopping group, the Vibra-
tions International, opened
a three-night stand at the
Penthouse last Thursday.
The Penthouse show though.
was just another stop on a
circuit of island-wide shows
being staged by Shorty and
his Vibrations.
Last year, Shorty broke
away from the Original
Young Brigade to establish
The Professionals which


has not re-appeared this'-
year. Since then, Shorty
and his Vibrations, consist-
ing of singer Ella Andall of
Hello Africa fame, the /
Groovy Millers and band,
the Vibrations have been
on tour of the Caribbean
Islands and the U.S.A.
Hitting the stage at mid-
night on Thursday, Shorty
sang five new calypsoes to
dispel rumours that his non-
appearance in any of the
town's five tents, was
because he had nothing to
sing.
Opening night-clubbers
were treated to So-ca, the
soul-calypso r hy thm
pioneered by Shorty with
Endless Vibrations and the
first-time performance of
Sex for the Fairer Sex,


Lord Shorty
soul sister of The Art of
Making Love, which is
potentially as controversial
as The Art itself.
Why the switch from
the tents? Says Shorty:
"I am a year-round,
international artiste and I
have a responsibility to the
other artistes who throw
in their lot with me during
the year.
"We have a good thing
going together and I am not
deserting them at Carnival
time to go to the tents. I
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IT was Carnival again. By Sunday
night, the town like it was on
fire: music, wailing, bacchanal,
heavy jamming. Just now it
would be JOuvert morning and
Competition on the Promenade.
Everybody hurry to see who
would be this year Ole Mas King.
In the Community Centre,
mas-makers from the Puzzle
Island Joy Riders band was
feting with the usual confidence.
They always win Ole Mas Band-
of the Year. Most of the time
somebody from their band take
the King prize. This time Joy
Riders play "Local Groceries" to
mark the food shortage the
country had not too long before.
They look like winners already.
And from the way how Bull-Bull
one of their members was
carrying on, it look like he done
win the King prize.
That year had plenty moneyin
Ole Mas. Apart from the King, they
had a prize for the Ole Mas Queen and
another prize for the winners of the
Couples Section.
Bull-Bull plan to win King, for'
his wife Beryl to win Queen, then they
would get together and win the Couples
Section. Is only one man Bull-Bull was
really worried about his old rival
name Last Minute, the fella who win
two years straight and was now going
- for the hat-trick. They say Last
Minute bad learn;t a secret technique
that never fail.
So it was about three hours to


uJMnT o1, Iull




Th(

J'Ouvert and the Community Centre
was hot as Fatman Bopeep with Brass
start to jam a heavy kaiso that could
very well make the Road March.
Liquor flowing like water and every-
body happy because everybody ready
for when the mark bust on the
Promenade and Competition open.
Everybody ready except one man.....
Last Minute was feting too. But
all he had on was a old football pants,
a holy merino and a sneakers without
lace. Up to now he had neither costume
or idea for costume. But he has a secret
technique. One that never fail. So he
smile to himself and say: I is Last
and Last Minute always come first.
Plenty people never know this,
but Last Minute had take up Yoga a
long time. He finally meet his Guru
one day in the form of a blind Yogi
from Hermitage Village. Last Minute
learn to fast and meditate. Then his
Guru give him a secret word to use
with a secret technique. With this, the
Guru tell Last Minute, you could get
anything you want.
From the time Last Minute use
the technique everything start coming
his way like magic. But he overdo it
and get the yogi real vex by sleeping
with a Qub woman from down on the
wharf. That, for the Guru, was the last
straw he had warn Last Minute that
the power would cut if he went gala-
vanting with all kinds of riff-raff.


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So Last Minute lose the power
and suddenly all fall down: they fire
him from a good wock in Texaco, the
store take back their fridge, and rent
pile up like mad.
But when the New Year open,
Last Minute went back- to the Guru
Lnd beg for a chance. It was hard. The
tide really fall low. The Guru tell him
that foe-day morning in Hermitage
Village that he still had a long way to
go, but-because he consider Last
Minute a special disciple he would
grant him the power once for the year.
It must be soon, the guru say, and it
must be on a special occasion. Last
Minute didn't have much time to
decide. The guru was ready to change
his mind.
So just like that Last
Minute, a old Ole Mas player and
winner of the King prize for the last
two years burst out:' "Let me be the
champ on J'Ouvert morning, master!
Let me win the Competition!" "And
the Guru tell him, "Go, son, for your
wish has been granted".
"Last Minute! Last Minuter',
Bull-Bull grab Last Minute and pull
him to the table where he and Beryl
was, "How you could hide so!" Last
Minute take a big lash at Bull-Bull 40-
Overproof rum and make a face,
trimbling as he swallow the fire water.
Bull-Bull start to show off his Mas.


Mas


"You ready for your blows, Last
Minute start digging up in Bull-Bull
and Beryl Mas.
Bull-Bull call his mas "Space Age
Grocery". On his back he had a sign
mark "Ai-strong-the-Ass-Throw-Knot
Drink Maltevolt 12%". Bull-Bull even
had a lasso and he was lassoing Beryl
with it On his head he had a turn-
down posey mark "Up-side Down
Space Age Toilet 4UZP" As for Beryl,
she had her chest stuff up big-big with
newspaper and she cover all over that
area with Johnson's Baby Powder. On
her chest Beryl had a sign mark "Use
Powdered Milk". And the two of them
together had some signs mark: "Sun-
light Soaip" "Breeze", "Wind Pies and
Nothing Chops" and "Evaporated
Milk".
Last Minute could see that Bull-
Bull bring a real educated mas. "I
making a clean sweep this year, Last
Minute", Bull-Bull say, "I read Diction-
ary and Encyclopedia to plan this Mas
for yod'. Last Minute only smile and
say, "That is good, Bull-Bull, but take
care you didn't over-plan"
Sometime later, it was just about
two hours to. J'Ouvert when Last
Minute take a last lash at the 40-
Overproof (Bull-Bull and Beryl wouldn't
let him leave on one foot) and bounce
out the Community Centre to go and
Suse his secret technique to find the
winning Mas.


I
Pigeons,
Swooping in the morning
Gently
Pink feet furled pnd riding
S on a passing current.

All around, the mountain chains
like brothers sturdy
rest awhile amidst the pantomine
of breezes
sunshine
and white clouds.


Like a strange mysterious woman
Vulgar and voloptuous,
From some unseen infernal fire
The smoke goes upwards
Between peaks
and pigeons.

II
Mushrooming
Tales of Hiroshima,
Nagasaki,
Screams
and orphans' faces.
Nepalm
Blemishes outlasting generations,
Morons born
the limbless living
(Gaunt survivors of their Past)
With the print of Man,s blessing
stamped on each forehead.


Memories of Pompei
statues carved in stone
cold
..... and those formed fast in magma,
Gagged eloquence of seers
Throttled in their glory
Mesmerized by the onrushing devastation
Petrified
in a last
frantic
Gesticulation...
.... hot....

In faraway Pacific isles
Fire and flora
Jostle for greatness.
A quiet ship in harbour is witness to
the night's dark pain
shot through with awful
splenderous
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-Short Story


by R.A.Williams
Last Minute reach home, sit-
down, kick off the sneakers without
lace and wrap his two foot under him.
"Bring something to eat, Millicent",
he call out to his wife, "Let we cele-
brate victory in advance". Millicent-
gone in the back, numbling, I'hope I
could find something. You know how
the tide low this last meeting".
Last Minute close his eyes and
start off by breathing out and in slow,
real slow: ii ..... out .... in. ..
out .. . His body start to feel light
like a feather. Last-Minute forget he
had a body, he in space, he was space..
"Master. .. .Master", he say in a sing-
song voice, "Master." Giver of all gifts..
You know of my love for yof'. Then
he chant "OM" followed by" AMEN".
When Last Minute, feel as if he
was lying in a big pool of light that
was onlytrimbling and vibrating, is
only then he use the word his Guru give
him. He repeat it seven times At the
same time he see himself as winner of
the Ole Mas 'Competition: collecting
the prize, shaking the Mayor hand,
telling Bull-Bull: "Well Bull, you try
hard, but try again next year '.A smile
come to Last Minute face. He feel a
great ease. The prize is his, own.
"Lord", Last Minute say, "Send
a Ole Mas. Lord, send a good Ole


majesty
A silent steering Carnival
of sparks and fire
Sand after
quiet ash.


I"-
What is this I see coming
Thundering Apocalyptic parade?
The hills
in strength and langour
Are blind
and impotent like hoary men
Unwary
bobbing in the breakers
backs backing back
unseeing
"What a lovely day for swimming!"
Glorious bodies!
shining and slithering
in the foam,
Calling destruction.
The pigeons cannot see
Flying. ... flaunting.... flirting
Innocently.
"what a nice day to go flying!"
The islands
Singing
Longlearnt jingles
Brought frozen down from wintry isles,
... have reached the line
where
"all fall down"
(roses posies and all)
Someone has lost his gloves
and finds there is
no Sunday morning
in his Tomorrow,...
And Idiscern
amidst false wealth and laughter
the far-off sight of beggars
coming down.


IV
0 pretty virgen isles!
They prey of hungry eyes
Conquistedores
and privateers -
Scarred, bleeding from the mass of trampling feet
of fearful furtive strangers
on your shores
from the long voyage.
O careless pretty isles


Mas'" He was going through a last
round of "OM" and "AMEN" when
Millicent come in.
"Sugar Plum', Millicent rest
down a plate on the centre table,
" You best hads untangle yourself and
eat something before you start medi-
tating on a wind-vain, yes".
Last Minute open his eyes slow,
real slow and see a bread and cheese
watching him from the plate. Last
Minute watch the bread and cheese
hard.
"That is what the Lord send us,
Millicent?'
"Yes, Love," answer Millicent,
"You know we can't afford the usual
Pelau this year. So bread and cheese
will have to do the trick."
Last Minute start to vibrate. His
blood start to boil like a bad volcano.
His skin'get hot. He start to sweat.
"What you say Millicent?" Last
Minute feel like if he want to cry
because something coming and he
can't wait for it to come.
Millicent, watching Last Minute
and knowing that the spirit was
moving, answer again:' 'I say we can't
afford the usual pelau; bread and
cheese will have to do the trick."
And POW! -just like that, the
Confd on Page 8


Jingling in your pockets
The sweets and coids. from strangers' hands,
How spent
your innocence?


With rolling eyes like drumbeats
"panting...
. heaving in your breast...
entangled in the lecherous embrace,
the web of foreign merchants
in your hair, .
Wailing to sisters struggling
in the same
wild frantic horror
of your own despair.
The pigeons scatter...
the hills and mountains
like trash
are broken and falling
And all the isles bejewelled and bedecked
are siezed in fervid torturous
contraction
a wracking pain
that chokes a desperate prayer
S at the last hour!

V
STILLBORN.
The islands are silent
Old posters
propaganda
flutter like dying birds in the hushed streets,
And scarecrow despots
crawl around in rags.
Will all the waters of our oceans
wash away this guilt?


Cleanse
the festering sore of
of our septic existence?


Hush------------
And the shroud falls
Falls down upon us,
The stench of bodies burning
mixed with cane
drifts through the broken glaring windowpane.
Grotsquerie of intellectuals
the shouts of red-band streetcriers....
the scab of reactionaries ....
ridden with bedsores..
No virgin islands these,
but haggered
hollow-eyed
night-stalkers.


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0 From Page 7
tuning that was to happen, happen.
Millicent! Millicent !' Last Minute jump
and hug up his wife who stand up with
her mouth open. "We have the winning
Mas!".
It was less than a hour to
J 'Ouvert.


From the time the Mayor declare
the Carnival officially open by bursting
a empty rum bottle on the oand-stand,
band after band start flying down the
Promenade. As usual, the last Ole Mas
band was the experts themselves -
Puzzle Island Joy Riders backed up by
music from the Puncheon Rats Steel
Band. As soon as people see Joy
Riders' 'Local Groceries' they start to
bawl and clap and scream. Without a
doubt. Joy Riders cut everybody
throat Them tellas really know Ole
Mas Who go be the King? Who go get
Queen? The Mayor and everybody else
watching real close. The winners must
come from this band.
Bull-Bull was favourite from the
start People like the intelligence of his
mas. 'With Beryl, he could make a clean
sweep. Still, maybe Bull-Bull was a
little too serious, a little too educated.
If somebody could come just a little
different, maybe they could get the
edge. But so far, Bull-Bull was on top.
It had some other good Mas and
it had some bad ones too. Scissors and
his wife had a good idea when they
play "Tack-in-Bake and Curry Barb-
Wire". They say that was a. dish for
hard times A nex fella name Koylass
had the same kind of idea and he play
,a hard times food too "'Curry
Train line and Stew Down Policeman
Boots". And the crowd had like both
of them.
The thing with Koylass was that
he make a bad-check and bring tbo
much train-line;,so while leaving the
stage he try to off-load some. But the


The 0

Mayor spot him and bawl out "No!
Koylass, tote yuh train-line with
yuh!"
Some Mas get boo: like Sharkey
who put on his sister nightie and stick
five roses on it He say he playing "Five
Roses Flower". And it had Miss Baby
who gone up on the stage screaming
like if she father dead. She play" Can-
nings I-Scream" and she get boo too
bad.
But the crowd had like Bissoon
who put on one of his wife dress and
stuff it big-big in the belly with a
pillow. Bissoon play "Inflation." Bis-
soon wife put on her husband rubber
leggings and Texaco steel helmet and
she come on stage with a big length of
B-H cane in her hand. She had a sign
mark "It's The Real Thing." Well is
when "Inflation "and "The Real Thing'
come together on stage, is then the
crowd bawl. They might have even get
a prize but they carry it too far and
the Mayor get vex after all- Ole
Mas is Ole Mas but that was dam
rudeness.
So the crowd clap Bissoon/ and
Umilta, (that was his wife name) then
from the stage.
It had a fella who barely escape
a big boo. He come on stage wearing a
*dress and a woman mas-face and all
he doing was to throw a big red
tomato in the air and ketching it up
there. This fella say he playing Hinds
Tomato Ketch-Up." People start to
steups and was just about to boo real
hard when the fella take off the Mas-
face and A! A! it was really Hinds,
a popular fella from the town in
truth! The crowd laugh and clap and
then run him from the stage. As'Hinds
"was running off he stop and ask a
young fella who hold on to his dress:


i


e' Mas

"But what the hell happen. Mister'?
Yuh woman-crazy or something?"
People hold they belly and bawl.
But the J Duvert was fast coming
to a close. Only a few more Ole Mas
had to appear. None of them could
touch Bull-Bull. A fella come with his
belly stuff up and say he playing "7-
UP': A nex tess come biting piece of
black pudding' that was floating on
mauby in a chamber-pot. This fella get
run off in a jiffy but he keep arguing
and telling people: "Is a new posey
yuh know! Is a new posey!". Finally
a fella name Gunsmoke wearing a see-
through nightie with his chest stuff up,
pass carrying a sign mark: "Salt-fish;
25 cents a pound: Cash and Carry.'
And all of a sudden it look like
if everything finish. The steel-band get
cool. People start talking quiet among
theyself. The Mayor wait a good time,
look around, shake his head and start
putting scores together.
He was making a last check on
his score-sheet when "WAIT! WAIT!"
-it was Puncheon Rats Base-man that
bawl out at the top of his voice -
"EVERYBODY HOLD ALL YUH
HORSES!".
A nex two Mas was coming
down the Promenade.


The nex two Ole Mas was Last
Minute and Millicent Most people was
glad to see them make it in time for
, the Competition. Yet at the same time
the crowd feel real let-down because
-.even after the two mas-makers reach
on stage nobody could understand
what they was playing.
And who could blame them?
All Las Minute had on apart


at. Silks


Afros


A Wide Assortment Of


Blues, Corduroy Suits,

Numbered Socks &

Imported Caps
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Tye Die Jerse,

Printed Jersey


Dashikis


Kurtas



Make


It a must
Vaiv. i,-

VMisit


Mansville


King

from the old foot-ball pants, holy
merino and sneakers without lace
Swas a big inako piece of brown paper
that cover his head, back, legs, arms
and back-side. The paper swell up like
a balloon and on Last Minute back
had a sign mark "CHEE FOO."\
As for Millicent: she had on a
yellow skin-fit bathing suit, a yellow
cap mark "TOCO Retreads", yellow
Jim Boots, yellow foot-ball socks and
a pair of long yellow gloves
So Last Minute was brown,
Millicent was yellow, and the crowd
still quiet like if they have lock-jaw
because they just can't read this Ole
Mas.
People get restless and a few of
the younger folks even steups hard.
But is Millicent who save the day when
in a flash like lightning she-pull
out two. sign from behind her back and
hold them up for everybody to see
As soon as people read the signs they
get the wire as to what was really
going on. One of Millicent sign was
mark: "TRY YOUR LOCAL SWISS
CHEESE" and the other one was
mark: "LOCAL CHEESE SANDWICH
WITH PLENTY PEPPER".
'People start to laugh and clap
already because they realize the intelli-
gence of the Mas. It was now plain to
see that Last Minute was portraying an
Original Hops Bread from CHEE
FOO'S Bakery while Millicent, was
playing a slice of cheese. Then the two
would get together and form the
sandwich with pepper. People clap
again and a few fellas who could
whistle with their finger start to whistle
with their finger A old fella in the
crowd say: "Ole Mas fadder!". -
0 Cont'd on Page 11


I World of

Seamoss
IN Hawaii, they eat. 65
species of marine algae.
The French call it sea
lettuce and make a green-
algae salad seasoned with
vinegar, lemon, pepper and
y S oil a la Parisienne.
In Europe and North
S America they eat young
S shoots of brown algae
while in Indonesia they eat
the vegetable fresh with a
spicy sauce.
It is said that the first
attempt to move away from
natural gathering to organised
cultivation was made in Tokyo
Bay at the end of the 18th
century.
In Chile, marine algae are
called cachiyuyo and are sold
in the markets as greens.
Here in the West Indies we
have not been great users of
marine algae. Some species are
abundant but on the whole,
algae are not exploitable under
natural conditions.
Caribbean production and
use await the advance of mari-
cullu r as part of a regional
progirainie of increasing the
home output ofl food.


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PAGE 10 TAPIA SUNDAY FEBRUARY 13, 1977


EARL BEST

EAST, by virtue of their
defeat of a strong Central
XI last weekend will keep
the Texaco Cup until 1978.
Mainly responsible for
this last East victory was
national spinner Imtiaz Ali
who recently lost his place
on the national team to
Central's Ranjie Nanan.
The East batsmen were left
to get a mere 139 runs for
victory in more than ample
time after Imtiaz's 5 for 65
had restricted Central to less
than 200 in their second inn-
ings.
As in the first innings when
they scored only 119 it was


North Fails To




Displace East


George Ramoutarsingh (3-39)
who helped Imtiaz get rid of
Central.
Central's last four batsmen
failed to add a single run to
the 181 already on, the tins at
the fall of the 7th wicket
When East batted for th4
second time, neither Inshan Ali
(4-57 in East's first innings
total of 164) nor Nanan could
duplicate Imtiaz's performance.
Larry Gomes (46.n.o) and
brother Sheldon (23 n.o.) con-
solidated a sound start with a


match-winning unbroken 3rd
wicket partnership of 53.
Inshan finished with match
figures of 37-8-84-5 while
Nanan had figures of 28-7-47-2.
In the other game, North
recovered from an inglorious
first innings to cheat South of
full points in their encounter
down at Dubisson Park.
Having skittled North for a
paltry 96 Centraltmassed 283
in their turn with one-time
national opener Kenrick Bainey
getting 83, A. McLeod'51 and


national spinner Arnold Oliver
34 not out.
Skipper Pascall Roberts had
five figures of 45-19-66-6 and
it was he who pulled the cashew
nuts out of the fire for his
team.
.At that point, they were
faltering on 217 for 6, a mere
30 runs ahead with only four
wickets intact.
Half an hour or so before
the scheduled close, when
stumps were drawn, Roberts
had hit 3 sixes and 12 fours in


n


scoring 105 not out and North
had rallied to 365 for 7.
They thus finished with 14
points, two more than South
with Central last of the four
with 2 points.
These performances are un-
likely to affect the composition
of the Trinidad party going to
Georgetown in April for Trini-
dad's last 1977 Shell Shield
game.
The first two rounds of the
T .C. competitions will have
been completed by then. But it
seems unlikely that, barring
injury, there will be many
changes to the team that
carved out an authoritative
victory over a confident Barba-
dos, thereby ensuring that the
Championship will not be
decided until the very last.
However, 'the selectors must
have been watching these pro-
ceedings with some interest.
with a view to finalizing the
team to oppose the Pakistanis
from February 26th to March
1st.


Pakistan

Tour Opens
WHEN the Pakistanis
opened their tour of the
Caribbean last week with
a four-day game against
the Leewards in Antigua,
they seemed surprised at
how slow thewicket played.
SOpener Majid Khan.
sounded a warning with a
well made century in his
first outing. Skipper
Mushtaq got a half century.
Saleem Altaf, the 32-year-
old, took bowling hpnours,
overshadowing Imran Khan
who arrived with- a pretty tall
reputation. He returned the
flattering figures of 5 for 6 in
the/Leewards' first innings.
Imran, like Andy Roberts
(who was used sparingly by
Richards) came out of the
match wicket-less. His partner
Safraz managed only two
wickets but from reports was
still able to get some cut and
swing.i
Mushtaq's leg-spinners
apparently posed batting pro-
blems but young Iqbal Quasim,
the only spinner to make an
impression in Australia was also
wicket-less.
Viv. Richards gave an early
indication that he is in good
nick with 60 and 34, knocks
described, by a commentator as
"typical of Richards, with few
blemishes."
Jim Allen, the replacement
for Wayne Daniel in the Presi-
dent's XI, had another good
knock of 58. His name may
continue to ring in the ears of
the selectors.
Young Derrick Parray, in his
first season at this level, again
performed creditably.
Cont'd On Back Page


Reps

Miscast
0 From Page'2
amendments 'designed to
overcome the problem of
the large number of cra-
paud elected to the House,
according to the Prime
Minister, on the strength
of "party discipline."
One and only one con-
clusion can be drawn from
the recent performances in
Parliament .the dramatic
personae' are not suited to
their parts. /
Lennard Nimblett,
St Anns.
January 24, 1977.


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UNIMIUT rrcDiUAMHY 1u, iu/I I I A YAti II


0 From Page 8
And, in truth, who could
beat that especially now that they
was going to give a demonstra-
tion?
Puncheon Rats start to beat
pan and jam iron. Millicent fly to
one end of the stage. Last Minute
fly to the other. Puncheon Rats
start to jam more iron. Millicent
start to wine and wiggle, coming
down to Last Minute like a true-
true piece of cheese that ready to
get eat. The place get hot. Men
mouth start to water. Last Minute
open his arms wide-wide and start
to wine back, going towards
Millicent like a moving Hops
Bread that cut open, the "CHEE
FOO" sign jumping up on his
back. The crowd start to scream.
A woman bawl out "LOOK MIH
MAN!"; Puncheon Rats jam more
iron. East Minute and Millicent
start to wine faster and sweeter.
People run up on the stage.
Now if you really want a
good example of what a great
show these two Mas-Makers put
on that day, listen to this talk that
the old people always talk. The
old people say that half of your
life gone if you didn't see three
things in this world. The three


The G

things, the old people say is: God
face, a Chinese Policeman and
the. third thing is that J'Ouvert
Morning when Last Minute and
Millicent throw waist at one
another on the Promenade.
Firemen next door turn on
their siren. A policeman that was
charging a fowl-thief in -the
station let him go and the two-of
them run out to see. People selling
fig and papers by the Hospital
leave their stall. And a couple
Catholic priest peep out by the
Presbytery.
So it was excitement like
Hell that FOuvert morning as
Puncheon Rats beat life out of
their pans as Last Minute and
Millicent wrap up round one
another to make the cheese
sandwich with plenty pepper that
nobody would ever forget.
The crowd come around,
clapping and screaming, patting
the two Mas-makers on their
back, giving them rum to drink.
For sure, for sure, Last Minute
was the all-out winner. He cut


)(


(e Mas

everybody throat.


*************

The Mayor make a quick
re-check and just as the people
had expect he announce Last
Minute as the all-out winner. The
people clap hard and long. Last
Minute and Millicent who had
already unwrap theyself, stand in
the circle of people waiting for
the Mayor to hand over the
prizes. The place get cool and
quiet.
The Mayor shake Last
Minute hand and was going to
give him the big prize when -a
woman bawl and a nex one
scream "Lord have mercy"!
because a fella name Bull-Bull
had burst through the crowd and
was running towards Last Minute
with a full rum bottle in his hand
like if he want war!
A few people jump back
and one of the men reach forward


Santa. flora.
Carnivalf
Queen
HIGHLIGHT of the Carni-
val Extravaganza at the Lisa
Cinema,. Santa Flora, on
Carnival Friday night (Feb.
18) will be the crowning-of
- Miss Youth Group 1977.
S Lined up are seven contes-
tants.
The show h2s been
organised by the Area
Revitalization Movement
and will also include a
performance by Cynthia's
School of Dance aind the
Crowning of the Calypso-
King 1977.
Proceedings start at 9
p.m. sharp and tickets are
available at Billy Montague's
Residence for $6.00.
Follow-up action on
Carnival Saturday Feb. 19
is the Disguise Dance at
Unique Hall plus Kiddies'
Carnival at the Children's
Playground Subnaik Park
on Sunday Feb. 20.

IriketCoache s.
DETAILS have been
announced of the Scotia-,
bank Cricket Coaching
Scheme for Secondary
Schools. A release by Mr.
Clive Pantin sets out the
programme for Coaches
Larry Gomes and Bryan
Davis.
Gomes will be respons-
ible for Sangre Grande,
Five Rivers, Penal, Siparia,
Marabella and Point Fortin;
Davis .for Barataria, Aran-
guez, Mt Hope, Curepe,
Diego Martin, Mucurapo,
St Dominic's Home and
St. Michael's Home.
Running parallel to the
Coaching Scheme isl the
Schools Competition organ-
ised by Alvin Corneal.
Three playing days have
already gone leaving five
on Feb. 16, March 2, 9,
16 and 23.


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A Personal Productive Loans
A Personal checking accounts
L Bankable business loans
A Business checking accour.n
A Savings Account. from $1
A Fixed Deposits from $100
A Chaconia Accumulator Plan
a type of "Sou-Sou" from
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King

to block Bull-Bull but the Mayor
- a old Ole Mas man himself -
bawl out: "Leave him alone and
cool it! This is Mas-Men private
business!".
And in truth, it had nothing
to worry about because when
Bull-Bull reach Last Minute he
only hug him up tight real
tight pour some 40-Overproof
rum on the King head, drink
some, give the King some to
drink and then say, shaking his
head and trimbling from the fire-,
water: "Last Minute . .King...
I love you yuh beautiful son
of a bitch!".
That Carnival, it was late
J'Ouvert Morning and the sun
was bright in the sky when Beryl;
Millicent, Bull-Bull, Last Minute
and the Mayor hug up one another
and come jumping up Main
Street: laughing, drinking 40-
Overproof, trimbling and sweat-
ing till they shining, with the
iron from Puncheon Rats Steel-
band ringing in their ears.






PAGE 12 TAPIA SUNDAY FEBRUARY 13, 1977


Earl Best

IF it rains in April as it did
last week, Guyana, with
just one game left in the
1977 Competition, may
well fail to get a single
point
Rain took a huge 10/2
hour chunk out of the four
day game and effectively
reduced it to a struggle for
first innings points.
As it turned out, even this
was inconclusive. Though
Jamaica, batting second, were
not quite able to overhaul
Guyana's 386 for 7 dec., they
only lost 6 wickets in reaching
297 by stumps on the last day.
Thus, Jamaica have managed
only 6 points from their four
matches, having taken first inn-
ings points from Trinidad.
Even before the rains came,
the only real interest in this
game was to see how prospec-
tive members of the President's

Bamboo Wins
East Colts
LAST Sunday Bamboo No.
2 won the Harry Narine
Singh- Knockout Trophy;
-they defeated Parkites of
Caroni in the East St
George Colts 30-Over Com-
petition.
Parkites won the toss
and took first strike but
could muster only 80 runs
in 24 overs. Bamboo then
knocked off the required
runs in only 12 overs for
the loss of 4 wickets.
-Scores: PARKITES 80.
A. Khan 30, D. Pope 15. P.
Persad 3 for 18, L. Ramanan,
3 for 5. BAMBOO NO. 2 -,82
for 4. J. Khanhai 34 n.o., Z.
Mohammed 20, I. Hosein 15
n.o.
The match brought to an
end the 1976 Season forwhich
prizes will be presented on
Saturday February 12.

Tapia Cup
Competition
THE East St George Colts
Cricket League Committee
have decided to run an
Under-16 Competition this
Season.
Matches will last one
day on Saturdays and the
starting date is March 27.
Playing hours will be 8.30
a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
The Cuip for the Competition
has been donated by the Tuna-
puna Constituency Party of.
the Tapia House Movement.
Those wishing to take part
are to contact the Secretary
Cecil "Coach" Rampersad at
Gibbs Road, Tunapuna.


Pakistan
From Page 10
All in all however, it is still
too early to size up the series
and to assess the tourists in our
particular conditions. Late news
from the first da, in St. Lucia
confirm that Mushtaq's Squad
needs first of all to seize the
difference in the pace and
bounce between Australian as
against W. Indian wickets,
After Castries, Barbados,
often a graveyard for touring
teams.
Owen Thompson


Islands Should Win


XI and the Test team would
fare.
Foster (who, at any rate,
had already thrown the selec-
tors' Presidents XI bone back
at them) only managed 2-54
with his offspinners and got a
duck.
He apart, the others can all
the reasonably satisfied with
their performances. Baichan
got 42 for Guyana and Austin
picked up two wickets before
scoring 52 for Jamaica.
Croft did not bat but it was
he who scalped the high-scoring
Foster before he had scored.
This was his only wicket for 65
runs off 19 overs.
Ajodha Persaid, the lone
spinner on the President's XI
must have made countryman


At Kensington


Lance Gibbs reconsider his
latest statements; he captured
5-71 off 35 overs to send
Jamaica reeling from 200 for
1 to a precarious 267 for 6.
To add insult to injury as
far as evergreen Lance is con-
cerned, Persaud had scored 10
not out in the Guyanese innings.
The three West Indies bats-
men on the Guyana team
showed signs of rounding into
form with Fredericks getting-
85, Kallicharan 68 and Lloyd a
punishing 36.
Of the other players on view


only Basil Williams and Faoud
Bacchus impressed. The former
scored a reportedly brilliant
century while the latter's 60
for Guyana'was, it seems, quite
impressive.
Bacchus is one of the names
being urged as a Test player of
the near future and there was
much lament over his non-
inclusion on the President's XI.
The Shield then is going to
be decided in Bridgetown in
April just before the last,Test
when Barbados'and the Com-
bined Islands square up for the


final.
With three or four Tests
under their belts, Richards
Greenidge and Roberts and
perhaps Garner, Holder, King
and Allen should be at the top
of their form.
For me,the advantage of
playing at home does not offset
the advantage of the better
balance of their team which the
Islands have.
I'll stick with them to have
their name engraved on the
1977 plaque of the Shell
Shield.


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