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Illustrious Exile: Journal of my Sojourn in the West Indies by Robert Burns, Esq. Commenced on the first day of July 1786
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In 1786, the Scottish poet Robert Burns, penniless and needing to escape the consequences of his complicated love life, accepted the position of book-keeper on an estate in Jamaica. The success of his Poems chiefly in the Scottish Dialect made this escape unnecessary. Thus far is historical fact. In Andrew Lindsayâs novel, Burns indeed goes to Jamaica and then to the Dutch colony of Demerara where, into the world of sugar and slavery, he brought his propensity for falling in love, his humanity and his urge to write poetry. In 1997 a small mahogany chest is found in a Wai Wai Amerindian village in Guyana. It contains Burnsâ journal from 1786 to 1796, when he died.
Andrew Lindsayâs novel is a work of imaginative invention, poetic description and meticulous historical reconstruction. As a fellow Scot who has settled in Guyana, Lindsay brings an incomerâs fresh eye to the Caribbean landscape and imaginative insights into how Burns as a man of his times might have responded to slavery. Not least, Illustrious Exile contains some brilliant versions of Burnsâ poems, as written in the Caribbean.
About the Author
Andrew O. Lindsay was born in Scotland in 1946. He studied English at the University of St Andrews where he gained the degrees of MA and B.Phil. He spent his professional career at Madras College, St Andrews, much of the time as Principal Teacher of English. He was able to take early retirement in 2003, a move that allowed him to devote himself to writing full-time.
Andrew has always had a strong interest in the life and works of Robert Burns, and is a past president of St Andrews Burns Club, one of the oldest in Scotland. His partner Eve is a daughter of the late Denis Williams, the distinguished Guyanese archaeologist, author and artist, and Andrew now regards Guyana as his second home. The more he grew aware of the history of the once great Demerara sugar plantations, the more he became intrigued by Burnsâ virtual silence on the subject of the slave trade, particularly since the poet had seriously contemplated emigrating to the West Indies. The result was Illustrious Exile(2006).
He is a past winner of the Sloan Prize for Scots writing with a short story The Ken-Sign, which remains unpublished. He is currently gathering materials for a collection of short stories based on the varied experiences of âreturneesâ in Guyana. As a Scot in Guyana his own experiences raise issues of identity that he is exploring further in poetry and prose. (Courtesy of Peepal Tree Press)
Marie-Elena John is a former Africa development specialist. She and her husband and two children divide their time between Washington, D.C., and Antigua. This is her first novel. (Courtesy of HarperCollins)
Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley
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Coinciding with the 25th Anniversary of Bob Marley's Death (May 11, 1981) NEW BOOK FROM AMISTAD/HARPERCOLLINS ISBN: 0060539917; On Sale: 05/02/2006; Format: Hardcover; Pages: 224; Bob Marley was a reggae superstar, a musical prophet who brought the sound of the Third World to the entire globe. Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley goes beyond the myth of Marley to bring you the private side of a man few people ever really knew. Drawing from original interviews with the people closest to Marley -- including his widow, Rita, his mother, Cedella, his bandmate and childhood friend Bunny Wailer, his producer Chris Blackwell, and many others -- Legend paints an entirely fresh picture of one of the most enduring musical artists of our times. This is a portrait of the artist as a young man, from his birth in the tiny town of Nine Miles in the hills of Jamaica to the making of his debut international record, Catch a Fire. We see Marley on the tough streets of Trench Town before he found stardom, struggling to find his way in music, in love, and in life, and we take the wild ride with him to worldwide acceptance and adoration. From acclaimed journalist Christopher John Farley, the author of the bestselling biography of Aaliyah and the reporter who broke the story on Dave Chappelle's retreat to South Africa, Before the Legend is bursting with fresh insights into Marley and Jamaica, and is the definitive story of Marley's early days.
About the Author
Christopher John Farley was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and raised in Brockport, New York. He is a graduate of Harvard University and a former editor of the Harvard Lampoon. He is the author of the bestselling biography Aaliyah: More Than a Woman and the novels My Favorite War and Kingston by Starlight. He is also the coauthor of Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues. He has worked as an editor and pop-music critic at Time magazine and is currently an editor at the Wall Street Journal.
Muscular Learning: Cricket and Education in the Making of the British West Indies at the End of the 19th Century
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This study is a major contributopn to the debate on cricket and society in the West Indies. This book was written with passion and imagination and inspired by CLR James's masterpiece Beyond a Boundary. The book explores the role of theat quintessential imperial game-cricket and education in the shaping of identity in the former British West Indies from the latter years of slavery to 1900.
About the Author
Clem Seecharan is a Professor of Caribbean History and Head of Caribbean Studies at London Metropolitan University. He is the authour of the 2005 Elsa Goveia Prize winner Sweetening Bitter Sugar: Jock Campbell the Booker reformer in British Guiana 1934-1966.
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This may be the smallest fort ever constructed by the Dutch overseas. Kyk-Over-Al: the historic name of a small island, about 1.5 acres in size, is located at the junction of the Mazaruni and Cuyuni Rivers.
In the late 16th century, Europeans began to trade in the West Indies for salt, which was at that time a `luxuryâ in Europe. European trade goods were exchanged for indigenous products such as annatto, which was used as a dye in Europe.
However, the trade was not economically viable as the quantities of items supplied by the indigenous peoples were insufficient. Thus depots were built to collect and store produce until the arrival of the ships. Two depots, one at Nibie, a small village on the Abary Creek, and one on the Pomeroon River, were established for his purpose.
The latter was soon removed during the early part of the 17th century to a small island at the junction of the three rivers, Essequibo, Cuyuni and Mazaruni. A small fort armed with a few guns was constructed. It was named Fort Ter Hoogen in honour of an influential Dutchman. However, this appellation soon gave way to the descriptive name Kyk-Over-Al (See Over All).
The British governed the island in 1666 for a short period. However, it was recaptured and fortified by the Dutch. Activities reached a peak in 1670, when a great deal of trading was done with the local tribes.
By 1716, the island became overcrowded and this resulted in the decision to construct a new house for the Commadeur at Cartabo Point. Dutch administration was relocated to Fort Island, closer to the mouth of Essequibo River. In 1748, most of the buildings were demolished and the materials were used to construct a sugar mill at Plantation Duyenenburg, which was located along the Essequibo River.
During the boundary dispute of 1897 between Venezuela and the British Guiana, excavations of the foundations of the remaining ruins and the bricks of the lower course were undertaken to clarify the builders of the fort. The samples taken were analysed in England. These examinations revealed that the bricks used in the construction of the fort were of Dutch origin. This knowledge was used to substantiate the claim that the British had inherited territories formerly occupied by the Dutch.
In June 1910, the island was thoroughly cleared of its undergrowth by an order of Governor Sir Frederick Hodgson. Many parts of the fort, including the stone ramparts and brick pavements complete with relics of Dutch occupation such as canon balls, glass bottles and several clay tobacco pipes were unearthed.
The ruins revealed that the ground floor was used as a storehouse for food and goods received from the indigenous and a magazine. There were three rooms on the top floor - one for the soldiers, one for the Commandeur and the other for the Secretary of the colony of Essequibo.
Today, all that remains of the fort is a brick arch.
On July 20, 1999, the island was declared a National monument. This site is maintained and managed by the National Trust of Guyana.
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Isabel Adonis,Elizabeth Alleyne,Caz,CleanSlate,Cyril Dabydeen,David Dabydeen,Hope McMillian,Michaela V. McRae,Pertamber Persaud,Jeremy Poynting,Guoyan Rampersaud,James C. Richmond,Zaira Simone,Kamanie Singh,Jacqueline Ward,Wyc Williams
Over the past five years, we have seen a significant shift in the way the Jagdeo administration conducts business. These alterations are evident in every level of the way the ruling government operates, including the areas of public relations, legislation and even its approach to education.
The Jagdeo administration has taken huge strides away from the policies of Dr. Cheddi Jagan and the PPP party today does not look at all like the party Dr. Jagan built. Many PPP supporters are disappointed at the party and its policies.
In fact, I had one PPP supporter, a very poor person, crying because her house lot was taken away by the Housing Minister because she could not come up with the $58,000 payment needed to build a house within the allotted time period.
Many PPP supporters live in poverty and have no electricity. Many still cook on a fireside and do not even have running water. These PPP loyalists are often destined to cut sugar cane for the rest of their lives while they continue to live on promises.
As such, logical reasoning would surmise that the PPP is more of a cult than a political party. Its members unite together on the rancid doctrine of racism preached to them on a daily basis. However, apart from this treacherous solitary factor, they have very little else in common with the agenda of today's PPP.
After listening to recent pronouncements by the President, the cabinet secretary and top advisors, one cannot help but recall the last major cult in Guyana that was led by self-appointed saviour, Jim Jones.
Jones' trusting supporters allowed him to twist their reasoning and common sense to the point that they willingly drank poisoned kool-aid. They ignored any warning signs of imbalance or impropriety to be a part of a group that claimed to be ordained of God and to have the keys to an eternal paradise. They allowed themselves to be brainwashed with destructive ideologies.
It is easy to stand on the outside of that cultish environment and pronounce judgement on those naïve followers because we were not foolish enough to fall prey to the smooth words of a twisted, charismatic leader.
However, twisted leaders are not exclusive to religious groups alone. They can be found in every segment of society, including the political realm.
In Guyana today, we find a different, yet just as dangerous, type of cultish environment. PPP supporters have been programmed through constant propaganda and empty promises from trusted leaders to believe they will one day soon have the promised electricity, running water and a Berbice Bridge .
It would seem that stark logic and good reason would prove these promises to be nothing more than a manipulative ploy to maintain the loyalty of the party faithful. But cultic behaviour defies all logic and will often defend the constant failures and misdeed of its leaders – even to death if necessary.
It is indeed a precarious situation when a democratic nation finds a majority of its citizens to be the pawns of a manipulative political party since these are the same individuals who decide who will lead the country. Blind allegiance to any leader will eventually lead to a tragic outcome.
We are called upon to use our reason and good sense when choosing leaders. If a leader cannot be trusted, then good sense demands the expulsion of such a leader. Yet in Guyana , we pledge our loyalty to unscrupulous leaders merely because they are a certain race – as if race has anything whatsoever to do with integrity or trustworthiness.
Followers of the PPP cult will dogmatically assert that their party is bringing progress and economic reform to the country in the face of very little national development and abject poverty. They defend the inappropriate actions of their leaders and regurgitate the propaganda fed to them even though in their hearts they know none of it is true.
In the quest to be part of an elite group, even if the group is wrong, followers of a cult would rather die in their error than admit their group is a failure. Such is the state of Guyana today. As crime overtakes our streets and our educational system falls into a state of utter disrepair, the Jagdeo administration continues to proclaim that we live in a paradise.
The empty promises of today's PPP will not provide jobs for their supporters or make them prosperous; yet still the followers are happy to settle for a fake paradise rather than shake the cult that has indoctrinated them and never delivered.
Freddie Kissoon, the renowned professor and columnist, made a profound discovery when he showed that none of the leaders practice what they preach. He cited the example of Dr. Luncheon's recent illness when he went to the great United States instead of Cuba where he sends his supporters for, as the President describes, the best medical care.
When Dr. Jagan was ill, the US Air Force sent a plane to pick him up and took him to Walter Reed Military hospital. I helped with that mission. It was well known that the same man had no love for the US . In fact, he and his wife spent decades demonising America and its social policies, yet on his dying bed he realised that this is where the best medical care was, not communist Soviet Union at the time.
The Passport Office is filled everyday with Guyanese who are primarily PPP supporters. So it is obvious that although they verbally remain loyal to their cultish party, they still know the party has failed them. While they do not have the strength to leave the party on Guyana 's shores because of a fear of their family and friends, they flee to other countries in search of prosperity.
The PPP leaders demonstrated their dictatorial methods, a component of this cult, once again this week when they rushed through an amendment on the election process. This is especially callous considering the fact that the elections are about all the political parties and all the people – not just the PPP. They have once again totally disregarded others' views and proven what the next five years will look like if we allow this cult to get stronger. Even a so-called ex-PPP executive seemed still tied to the party by supporting his beloved cult by his recent vote on the amendment.
If Guyana does not wake up to the reality of this cultic political situation, we are likely to die a slow death just like the followers of Jim Jones. Reason and logic should take precedence over any allegiance to leaders who promise the world, but deliver fear and poverty.