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Thursday, March 29, 2007

The horse has bolted

Its not with glee that I look at the examination of the Caribbean by the world during this World Cup. Our cricket is not the issue. Most West Indies fans are brutally realistic about our chances, except when we are drinking. Hopefully this WC will help to refocus ourselves on things that are bigger than cricket and yet which link back into our cricket.

Unfortunately it may be too late. The many people who expected this to be a windfall with Caribbean vendors gouging an unsuspecting tourist population (with the ICC's backing and goodwill of course), are now looking at running home to count their losses.

Meanwhile countries with real problems at even spending on sports in school have constructed stadiums and spent money which can all be traced to poor planning and greed. The opposition parties regionally must be licking their chops.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Things you notice

I have been reading the old fan the flame articles from tim hector (who died some years ago) and though I dont believe in his political ideology in the main what Hector has said is very very poignant.

The Caribbean hasnt actually developed if you look very deep. There are no culprits. Only victims. The politicians are limited in intellect and morality, the old money is limited since they did not become rich through excellence but because of everyone elses mediocrity and now, the average person in the street would rather give a pint of their own blood than to see one of their own transcend it all. So in the end, plenty happens, but nothing is happening.

I now get a better understanding of why VS Naipaul was so caustic about the Caribbean being someone who saw it first hand himself.

Ignorance cannot be bliss. Its just less tiring.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Eco Friendly Oil refinery

Great news ! Dominica is about to have the worlds first eco friendly oil refinery. The details are not clear but then again they dont need to be. You see we had elections two years ago and we are a democracy so we will just have to trust Skerro and crew on this one. The most eco friendly fact is that it will bring 300 jobs. Take that you environmentalists!

The venezuelans are of course managing the facility and paying for it, and by a happy coincidence they are also doing the Environmental Impact Assessment. Early reports indicate that they foresee no problems whatsoever. Arent we lucky to have such nice friends.

I wonder when we will officially hand over Bird Island and persuade the rest of the OECS to abandon this silly struggle against venezuela for our waters (ts really theirs). Maybe after our green oil refinery is done ?

Cynicism lives.