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First Independence Address Prime Minister Eric Williams 1962

RealTalk.BB Presents – RealWORDS – our series highlighting the speeches, comments and quote-worthy word-craft that have shaped us all. Please enjoy, comment and share.  Fellow Citizens, It is a great honour to me to address this morning the citizens of the Independent Nation of Trinidad and Tobago as their first Prime Minister. Your National Flag…

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Through it All

Have you ever been asked this dreaded question by your parents, “ So, what are you going to do after graduation?” Then you stare at them with a blank clueless look on your face trying to mask the inevitable horror and depression that is beginning to take residence in your stomach?

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The Ostensible Chronicles: From Freun To Barb

The Ostensible Chronicles is a RealTalk.BB comedic series shedding light on social issues facing various societies. We hope you enjoy. Remember to rate, comment and share. Thank you! Dear Barb, I am not sorry for being silent this past year. When you took me back last year you knew what you were getting. I am a…

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Are the Humanities Dead?

It is with utter disappointment that I look around my Spanish class, lamenting at the drop in student enrollment. Employing just a bit of the knowledge I learned in my previous research course, I am tempted to hypothesise, that there seems to be an inverse relationship between the number of students in Humanities and tuition…

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10 Caribbean Quotations Worth Pondering

” The wounded are all around us and within us. Now, opening ourselves to all those recognize the brutal dialectics of underdevelopment, who acknowledge the cohesive powers of our common needs, our common dangers and our common possibilities, we can begin to stand in a newly grounded solidarity and reach out toward each other, facing…

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The Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow on Our “Mirror Image”

RealTalk.BB Presents – RealWORDS – our series highlighting the speeches, comments and quote-worthy word-craft that have shaped us all. Please enjoy, comment and share.  What I wish to speak to you about very briefly here this evening is about you. About yourself. I want to know what kind of mirror image do you have of…

Culture-Sensitivity

Dear Culturally Offensive Friend

My Dear Culturally Offensive Friend For those people who are studying overseas, at one point or another you have encountered people that have no cultural etiquette whatsoever. It may be out of sheer ignorance, condescension or just for kicks, either way, it always rubs you the wrong way no matter what. In this post I…

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Why…Smile!!

Ever been at a stage in your life when you wonder what’s the point? You just want to give up and have no desire to continue. We have all been at that stage, I know I have been, and believe me sometimes it’s best to know when to quit.

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Self or country? A second look

I read Derek Walcott’s “The Schooner Flight” the first time around with a mix of awe, admiration and amusement but also with a hint of resentment. Resentment – and disappointment too – because the departure depicted in this autobiographic poem was, of course, a real one. I translated it then, in my ignorance, not fully…

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School Days: Lunchtime Part 1

The following story may or may not be very loosely based on true events, but is definitely fictional. Any similarities that may be found in characters’ names, personality traits, or their recollection of certain events to real names, personality traits, or recollection of actual certain events is completely coincidental. No metaphors were harmed in the…

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