Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Cheese-on-Bread 2008 Ministerial Awards Pt. 3

The final Ministerial awards are:

The Firestarter Award
This award goes to the Minister who knows how to light a fire under the projects he undertakes. A former DLP administration had a firestarter in Harcourt Lewis, the just departed BLP administration had one in Dame Billie Miller. Good things are expected from this currrent firestarter and I'm sure he won't disappoint.

The award goes to Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment, Urban and Rural Development, Christopher Sinckler

The One-to-Watch
Every now and then there's a Minister who gives off a good vibe, who appears to have the potential to go far in the political sphere. It's early days yet, but the vote of confidence he just received from the PM says a lot.
The winner of this award is:

Minister of Health, Donville Inniss

And the final award is the Minister of the Year. This award goes to the hardest working Minister of the year, the one who didn't let the grass grow under his feet atall. His tireless efforts to secure homes for the people of Barbados have been commendable. Without further ado, the Minister of the year is...

Minister of Housing and Lands, Michael Lashley. Good job, Minister.

Anyhoo, Happy New Year you fine peoples. Be safe out there.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Cheese-on-Bread 2008 Ministerial Awards Pt.2

Here we go again with the awards...

The Strongest Sex Appeal
No, it's not what you think. The recipient of this award did not win based on his physical attributes, but instead because of his recent comments in the House of Assembly. He created a furore by urging his Cabinet colleagues to declare their sexual orientation so that they wouldn't be considered "hyocrites" when they discuss matters of a sexual nature. He's either real brave or mad as wuh....

The winner is Minister of State, Education and Human Resource Development, Patrick Todd

The Nice Guy Finish Last Award
Now don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with being a nice guy. However, politics ain't got a thing to do with being nice, and these two appear a little too laid back, especially when it comes to claiming their share of the spotlight. They may be getting the job done, but if they don't hype themselves they're going to get left in the lurch. They were both given a second chance recently; I suggest they pick up the ball and run like the wind.

Tied for this award are:

Minister of Int'l Business and Int'l Transport, George Hutson and

Minister of the Environment, Water Resources and Drainage, Dr. Denis Lowe

The Macbeth Award
"Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing."

People expected so much from this award winner. In opposition he fussed and fretted and shadowed to the hilt, only to fade into the pale as a government minister. In all fairness he had an insurmountable task and maybe the recent change in portfolio will do him some good. The winner is:

Former Minister of Health, currently Minister of Economic Affairs, Empowerment, Innovation, Trade, Industry and Commerce, Dr. David Estwick.

The Foot-in-Mouth Award
Every Cabinet has one of these; the Minister who can't seem to open his or her mouth without ticking off someone. Whether you call them frank or tactless, they can sure do with a copy of Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People.

The winner is:

Minister of Education and Human Resource Development, Ronald Jones

The final awards tomorrow....

Monday, December 29, 2008

Cheese-on-Bread Ministerial Awards for 2008

Hey, peoples. Hope everyone had a good Christmas and it was filled with love and cheer and all that fuzzy stuff.

So, it's almost been a year since the DLP took over the reins of government here in Bimshire and I haven't really blogged much about their progress so far because frankly I didn't have the time. Not to mention, I wanted to give them a chance to get down to work. Tis only fair, right?

Anyhoo, I think enough time has passed that we can get a measure of the men and women of Cabinet and to pass out some year-end awards in the following categories:

The Most Eloquent Minister
Most politicians like to talk, even though many of them don't often make sense. This award goes to the Minister who not only has a way with words, but appears to have the heart of a poet. The winner is...

Deputy Prime Minister and Attorney General, Freundel Stuart.

The runner-up in this category was Minister of Culture Steven Blackett, who is a former broadcaster and can make the simplest sentence sound real sweet.

The Most Photogenic Minister
The winner in this category won't come as a surprise. Never before has a Minister of Government other than a Prime Minister received so much press coverage, and did the camera ever love her! Hands down, the most camera friendly Minister was...

Minister of Family, Youth Affairs and Sport, Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo. She's much quieter these days but who knows what 2009 will bring.

More awards later....

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Chrianna heads home (his) for the Holidays

Everybody's fave loved-up R&B crooners Chris Brown and Rihanna are apparently spending Christmas in his hometown of Tappahannock, Virginia.

The two were also spotted getting their groove on in a Paris nightclub last weekend.

Well do your thing then, Chrianna. Hope you two have a Merry Christmas and if you can't be good, be careful.

Photo: Young, Black & Fabulous

Friday, December 19, 2008

Stanford downsizes the Legends

I knew that we hadn't heard the last of that ongoing saga between Texan billionaire Sir Allen Stanford, the West Indies Cricket Board and Digicel.

News broke a few days ago that Sir Allen had suddenly dissolved the Stanford 20/20 board of directors, throwing into doubt his future involvement in Caribbean cricket.

The Texan billionaire, who has pumped more than US$100 million into the sport since 2006, will apparently conduct a full review of his 2008 programme before outlining his plans for the 2009 programme next month.

If you recall, there was major wrangling earlier this year between the WICB and Digicel, which was claiming that the Stanford Superstars team chosen to play in Stanford's Super Series was a West Indies team and the dispute went before the London Court of International Arbitration, who agreed with Digicel.

Anyhoo, Stanford has now gone and dissolved his 20/20 board, which comprises 12 legends of West Indies cricket, - Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Everton Weekes, Reverend Wes Hall, Lance Gibbs, Sir Vivian Richards, Andy Roberts, Joel Garner, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Richie Richardson, Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh.

I was always concerned that Stanford's love affair with West Indies cricket would come to a bad end one day. He has what the business of cricket needs to operate efficiently (plenty moolah), but I always felt that the commercialising of cricket has led to its downfall in the region.

I'm not in a position to say what WI cricket needs, Lord knows they've tried everything except an exorcist. All I can say is that it looks bad to open a paper and see that a WI cricket legend has been fired....

Monday, December 15, 2008

Size 10 farewell for George Dubya

Hey, peoples. By now most of you must have heard about the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at U.S. President George W. Bush. I missed the video on the news and checked around for it online, and after watching it I decided why not post it up.

All I can say is that it's a good thing the guy wasn't firing a gun, 'cause he can 'pelt' straight, as we Bajans would say. It's only because of Bush's quick reflexes (then again he's been ducking for the past two terms) that he missed. The Secret Service really fell down on the job, I thought one of them would have thrown themselves in front of Bush and taken the shoe for him, haha. They best step up their game when the new sheriff hits town in January....

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Happy Holidays from the Obamas!

Hey peoples. Well, it's that holly jolly time again, the time for good cheer and all that jazz. To get you you in the mood, here's a holiday video from the President-elect of the USA Barack Obama and his family. Sigh...I never get tired of saying that.:)

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Independence Day Honours

Hey, peoples! Last night we saw a departure from the usual Independence parade activities, in that instead of an early morning parade at the Garrison Savannah on Independence Day, the parade was held last night and the Independence Honours revealed at midnight.

The event was a reenactment of the first Independence in 1966, and I'm sure it was deja vu for a lot of the older even rained like that night 42 years ago! It was a fantastic event though - the cultural pieces, the tattoo with the mounted police, the fireworks. Well done, event planners.

This new DLP administration seems to like making these types of occasions people-centred, and so far I've noticed that two events that would normally be for a chosen few (the swearing in of the Cabinet and the ecumenical service held the week before Independence) were open to the public. Good going, DLP.

That 'people-centred' nature was also reflected in the list of Independence Honourees, in that people who could be considered grassroots received top national honours. A lot of 'ordinary' Bajans received awards. Here's the list:

Knight of St. Andrew - retired life insurance executive Marcus Jordan

Companion of Honour of Barbados - retired parliamentarian and women's advocate, Maizie Barker-Welch

Gold Crown of Merit - Entertainer Richard Stoute (at last!)
Cardiologist Dr. Richard Ishmael
Educator Olivier Cox (Metropolitan School)
Managing Director of Jordan's Supermarket Audley Jordan

Silver Crown of Merit -
Deputy Chief Commissioner of the Barbados Boys Scouts Association Lt. Col Vere Springer
Emergency Management Consultant Dr. Brian Charles
Manager of Business Development, Barbados Public Workers Cooperative Credit Union Keith Bourne
Retired yacht captain and boat owner Owen Burke

Barbados Service Star - Stanton Parris
Rawle Clarke (organiser of Senior Games)
Jean Lovell
Valrie Pilgrim
Gerald Hunte

Barbados Service Medal - Linda Waithe
John Haynes (active in community disaster planning)

Bravery Medal - Island Safari tour guide Ruel Stanford. Earlier this year he courageously assisted a group of tourists from falling victim to highway bandits.

Photo: Barbados Advocate

Friday, November 28, 2008

Happy Independence, Barbados!

Well, peoples, on Sunday Barbados will be celebrating its 42nd Anniversary of Independence. This lil rock has come a long way, and we have been blessed in many, many ways.

I'm proud of what my country has achieved, but we can't afford to rest on our laurels if we're to achieve the world class standards we're always yearning for.

For those of you who are new to the blog and want to know more about Barbados and its culture, check the archives for all my 2007 Independence coverage. Learn to speak like a Bajan, cook our recipes and see some of our places of interest. Have fun!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Chrianna takes the AMA's

Congrats to power maybe-maybe not couple Chris Brown and Rihanna, who between them won five American Music Awards last night. Rihanna won in the categories of Pop/rock Female Artist and Female Soul R&B Artist.

Rihanna beat out the likes of Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey and Alicia Keyes for those awards, and even though I'm happy she won (more awards for a Bajan, den!), as a person who appreciates quality music I couldn't help wondering what the hell the AMA judges were smoking when I heard she beat Blige and Keyes especially. Then I found out that the votes were fan-based. I get it.

Anyhoo, these award shows are as much about fashion as music, so let's see what our girl wore on the red carpet.

Hmmm. Only Rihanna could wear a dress that looks like a strategically draped table cloth and make it look hot....

Photos: Just; Young Black & Fabulous

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Rihanna tats up...again

It's been a while since I've posted anything about Rihanna and since I stumbled across this one I thought I'd share.

According to People Magazine Rihanna is sporting a new tribal tattoo on her wrist, which she apparently had done while on tour recently in New Zealand. The exotic Maori-inspired tat is of a geometric design.

She's a brave girl, 'cause I hear wrist tattoos hurt like hell.

Anyhoo, this whole tribal tattoo thing got me thinking...we have Maori tats, kanji, Celtic, African and others. Where are the Caribbean tribal tats? Or is this another sign that we're a displaced imported people without ties to any tribal roots? Sigh, I guess that's a rhetorical question.

If we were to design a Caribbean tribal tattoo, what would it look like? Let me know what you think. If we come up with something, maybe we could get Rihanna to showcase it to the world, since she doesn't seem to be afraid of needles atall....

Monday, November 17, 2008

Cable & Wireless gone sour

In case you haven't heard, earlier this month, Cable and Wireless official Donald Austin announced that the company was to be rebranded as LIME (Landline, Internet, Mobile, Entertainment).

You can read the story here to see what the new company will be offering vis-a-vis the former Cable & Wireless.

I'm neither here nor there with the rebranding, and yes, I know LIME is the acronym for the services the new company will provide. I'm just wondering if in our Caribbean context anything to do with 'liming' will be taken seriously.

In our part of the world, to lime means to relax, chill out, hang out, etc. Lime is also a citrus, and a sour one at that. Makes good lemonade though, but I digress...

I just think it's the kind of name that won't be taken seriously, and by extension the company won't be taken seriously. But hey, maybe after being a stodgy monopoly for decades they want to be seen as fun and hip. I can't wait to see how Digicel responds....

Saturday, November 15, 2008

'Mama Africa' remembered

A memorial service was held today for South Africa's first lady of song, Miriam Makeba, who died last weekend while performing in Italy.

Musicians, poets and politicians were among the thousands who flocked to the service in Johannesburg and paid tribute to the 76-year old songstress.

On behalf of Cheese-on-Bread , I would like to extend condolences to Ms. Makeba's family, and also to the people of South Africa. Miriam Makeba's music brought attention to the scourge of apartheid and even though she was exiled as a result, she was an ardent campaigner against that divisive social structure.

For all you fellow fans, here's a video of Makeba performing her beautiful hit Pata Pata. May she rest in peace.

Hillary Clinton for Secretary of State?

Hey, peoples. Hope everyone is having a good weekend so far.

I guess by now you would have heard the rumour that President-elect Barack Obama is considering Hillary Clinton as his Secretary of State. I guess it's a distinct possibility, since the two have been meeting in recent days. Also, he has tapped quite a few aides of former president Bill Clinton for his staff, so why not the former First Lady herself?

I wouldn't be surprised if it's true, since Hillary threw her support behind Obama after the primary and you all know how payback goes in politics. I'm still a bit rankled by some of her comments about Obama during the primary, but obvious Mr. President has gotten past that. It will be interesting to see how they work together, if the rumour is true. I could never be a politician...I can hold a grudge too long!

Anyhoo, having a Clinton back in the White House isn't such a bad thing. At least with this Clinton the most scandalous thing that might happen is that Michelle Obama has to sucker punch her for saying the wrong thing about the President. That Michelle looks like she don't play at all....


Wednesday, November 05, 2008

When we dare to dream

"It's been a long, a long time coming, but I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will.."

This morning the lyrics of Sam Cooke's haunting civil rights melody are echoing through my mind. I dared to hope that this day would come, that the electorate of the United States would be mature enough to vote for change, to take a chance and to create history.

Barack Obama's 349 electoral votes to John McCain's 162 signal more than a Democratic win over the Republicans; they symbolise a chance for the world to experience a paradigm shift, to look beyond race and the colour of a man's skin to value his mettle and soul. All I can say is that I feel proud that my son can grow up in a world where he can look at Obama's example and dare to dream.

Anyway, enough from me, before I start to cry again. Below you can find a video of Obama's powerful remarks in Grant Park, Chicago, after his win. You can also read the transcript of his remarks and feel free to copy and paste it out for posterity. Enjoy.

November 4, 2008
CHICAGO - If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.

It's the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen; by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the very first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different; that their voice could be that difference.

It's the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled — Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America.

It's the answer that led those who have been told for so long by so many to be cynical, and fearful, and doubtful of what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day.

It's been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America.

I just received a very gracious call from Senator McCain. He fought long and hard in this campaign, and he's fought even longer and harder for the country he loves. He has endured sacrifices for America that most of us cannot begin to imagine, and we are better off for the service rendered by this brave and selfless leader. I congratulate him and Governor Palin for all they have achieved, and I look forward to working with them to renew this nation's promise in the months ahead.

I want to thank my partner in this journey, a man who campaigned from his heart and spoke for the men and women he grew up with on the streets of Scranton and rode with on that train home to Delaware, the Vice President-elect of the United States, Joe Biden.

I would not be standing here tonight without the unyielding support of my best friend for the last sixteen years, the rock of our family and the love of my life, our nation's next First Lady, Michelle Obama. Sasha and Malia, I love you both so much, and you have earned the new puppy that's coming with us to the White House. And while she's no longer with us, I know my grandmother is watching, along with the family that made me who I am. I miss them tonight, and know that my debt to them is beyond measure.

To my campaign manager David Plouffe, my chief strategist David Axelrod, and the best campaign team ever assembled in the history of politics — you made this happen, and I am forever grateful for what you've sacrificed to get it done.

But above all, I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to — it belongs to you.

I was never the likeliest candidate for this office. We didn't start with much money or many endorsements. Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington — it began in the backyards of Des Moines and the living rooms of Concord and the front porches of Charleston.

It was built by working men and women who dug into what little savings they had to give five dollars and ten dollars and twenty dollars to this cause. It grew strength from the young people who rejected the myth of their generation's apathy; who left their homes and their families for jobs that offered little pay and less sleep; from the not-so-young people who braved the bitter cold and scorching heat to knock on the doors of perfect strangers; from the millions of Americans who volunteered, and organized, and proved that more than two centuries later, a government of the people, by the people and for the people has not perished from this Earth. This is your victory.

I know you didn't do this just to win an election and I know you didn't do it for me. You did it because you understand the enormity of the task that lies ahead. For even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime — two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century. Even as we stand here tonight, we know there are brave Americans waking up in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan to risk their lives for us. There are mothers and fathers who will lie awake after their children fall asleep and wonder how they'll make the mortgage, or pay their doctor's bills, or save enough for college. There is new energy to harness and new jobs to be created; new schools to build and threats to meet and alliances to repair.

The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America — I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you — we as a people will get there.
There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won't agree with every decision or policy I make as President, and we know that government can't solve every problem. But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree. And above all, I will ask you join in the work of remaking this nation the only way it's been done in America for two-hundred and twenty-one years — block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.

What began twenty-one months ago in the depths of winter must not end on this autumn night. This victory alone is not the change we seek — it is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were. It cannot happen without you.

So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism; of service and responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves, but each other. Let us remember that if this financial crisis taught us anything, it's that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers — in this country, we rise or fall as one nation; as one people.

Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long. Let us remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican Party to the White House — a party founded on the values of self-reliance, individual liberty, and national unity. Those are values we all share, and while the Democratic Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress. As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, "We are not enemies, but friends…though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection." And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn — I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your President too.

And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of our world - our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand. To those who would tear this world down — we will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security — we support you. And to all those who have wondered if America's beacon still burns as bright — tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from our the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope.

For that is the true genius of America — that America can change. Our union can be perfected. And what we have already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.

This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations. But one that's on my mind tonight is about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta. She's a lot like the millions of others who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election except for one thing — Ann Nixon Cooper is 106 years old.
She was born just a generation past slavery; a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky; when someone like her couldn't vote for two reasons — because she was a woman and because of the color of her skin.

And tonight, I think about all that she's seen throughout her century in America - the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we can't, and the people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes we can.
At a time when women's voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, she lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach for the ballot. Yes we can.

When there was despair in the dust bowl and depression across the land, she saw a nation conquer fear itself with a New Deal, new jobs and a new sense of common purpose. Yes we can.

When the bombs fell on our harbor and tyranny threatened the world, she was there to witness a generation rise to greatness and a democracy was saved. Yes we can.
She was there for the buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma, and a preacher from Atlanta who told a people that "We Shall Overcome." Yes we can.

A man touched down on the moon, a wall came down in Berlin, a world was connected by our own science and imagination. And this year, in this election, she touched her finger to a screen, and cast her vote, because after 106 years in America, through the best of times and the darkest of hours, she knows how America can change. Yes we can.

America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves — if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will we have made?

This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment. This is our time — to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth — that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people:

Yes We Can. Thank you, God bless you, and may God Bless the United States of America.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

The fight is on

It's on, peoples. So far Obama has racked up big wins in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Mexico and some other states. So far he has 200 electoral votes and McCain 90. Just 70 more to go!

If Obama can take Califonia and Florida, he gone clear!

A new page in history begins today....

Hey, peoples. Well, this is it. November 4th. The end of nearly two years of campaigning for the presidency of the United States.

As the pundits like to say, no matter the outcome, history will be made. Apart from the obvious history that would be made with a win by Barack Obama, if John McCain were to (gasp) win he would be the oldest candidate to assume that position.

As Obama himself said yesterday, it will be fun to see how the story ends. His campaign has been phenomenal, and he has certainly gone the distance, something few of us could have dared to dream.

So, as we await the outcome of this heated race, I'll wish both the candidates luck (but Obama just a bit more of course ;) I'm a bit fearful of the Electoral College system; remember the whole Bush/Gore incident of a few years ago?

Condolences to Obama on the death of his beloved grandmother, and hopefully he will soon be consoled with a historic entrance to the White House.


Monday, October 27, 2008

Post-baby Cheese

Hey, all my lovely peoples! Hope all you Cheese readers are doing okay out there. I've missed you all, and thanks very much for your kind wishes. Even though I didn't have a chance to blog, I skimmed through the comments that were left on the site. I see I'm still getting bused by the tattoo crowd. If one half-joking blog entry could generate so much ire, imagine if I had really tackled something controversial like politics or religion! It's all good though, I stand by what I wrote, even though it was in jest.

Anyhoo, on August 26 I had a beautiful little boy named Ethan. He's developed quite a character already and it's going be interesting to see the kind of person he further develops into.

I must admit I miss blogging, so you'll be hearing from me from time to time. I can't promise I'll blog every day but I'll try to be around more often. November 4 is approaching fast so you know I have to give my boy Obama some props before then.

So much has happened in the last two months. Several times I was itching to vent, but then the lad woke up from his nap or I had to go sterilise bottles and never got to the computer. So, here's a list of things that I wish I could have blogged about since August....

6) Rihanna going broke. It was a rumour going around and I hoped there was no truth to it. I haven' heard anything about it since then and all indications are she's still in the black.
5) More idiocy from the Ministry of Public Works. I swear they love to frustrate motorists. Now they have a new set of one-way signs all over the Belleville area in St. Michael.
4) The never-ending highway expansion and the mess that is Wildey. Every day the traffic rules up there seem to change. On any given day you might have to drive a mile out of your way to get back on your route. They know gas expensive?
3) Former BLP Cabinet minister Hamilton "Hammie-La" Lashley goes independent. First he was a DLP, then a BLP, now he's an Independent working for the DLP. I may be wrong but now he looks like a PIMP.
2)Flooding in Bridgetown. If we didn't know before that Bridgetwn was built on the banks of a river, we know now. We're lucky no one drowned during the recent heavy rains. The authorities need to look at drainage in the City fast before a catastrophe occurs.
1) The Palin phenomenon. McCain thought he was sooo smart bringing in Sarah Palin as his running mate but Hillary Clinton she is not. FYI Mccain, you need a running mate who is a viable alternative if you become indisposed as President. Hillary Clinton may have seemed distant and cold, but I'd pick her any day over the "pitbull" soccer mom from Alaska who shoots wolves from helicopters. I guess the Republicans must know by now that female candidates aren't interchangeable....

Monday, August 11, 2008

Goodbye...for now

Hi, peoples. As many of you regular Cheese readers know I haven't been blogging much recently. Actually, this year has been a very minimal one for blogging period.

Apart from new responsibilities at work, I've been preparing for a new stage in my life, that of motherhood. I'm now at that stage where I thought I had better sign off the blog officially before I just disappear off to the labour room and you hear nothing from me for months.

So, sayonara my good peoples. Sorry I wasn't able to fulfill that promise of the updates from China; my source got caught up in some other dramas and she could do with her own blog talk about 'em.

Take care and God willing I'll have the energy in the near future to resume blogging.

Peace to all.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Can you smell the desperation?

We knew it was gonna happen. Now that Barack Obama is in the final leg of his race to the White House, almost every day his campaign is being besieged by some rumour or silly statement.

Just last week Rev. Jesse Jackson made his offensive comments about Obama, now the presidential hopeful and his wife Michelle are the subjects of a satirical cartoon on the cover of this week’s The New Yorker and it’s stirring up controversy. Michelle is depicted with an afro and AK 47 (playing on the “un-American” and revolutionary controversy she has been subjected to) and Barack is depicted as a Muslim with the American flag burning in the fireplace (playing on the Muslim rumors he has admonished since Day 1).

According to, here are the different statements taken from from both sides regarding this cover. The New Yorker says about its cover:

“On the cover of the July 21, 2008, issue of the The New Yorker, in ‘The Politics of Fear,’ artist Barry Blitt satirizes the use of scare tactics and misinformation in the Presidential election to derail Barack Obama’s campaign.”

And the rep from Obama’s campaign says:

“The New Yorker may think, as one of their staff explained to us, that their cover is a satirical lampoon of the caricature Senator Obama’s right-wing critics have tried to create. But most readers will see it as tasteless and offensive. And we agree.”

And what the cartoonist himself has to say:

I think the idea that the Obamas are branded as unpatriotic [let alone as terrorists] in certain sectors is preposterous. It seemed to me that depicting the concept would show it as the fear-mongering ridiculousness that it is.

Some people are really scared Obama is going to be the 43rd President of the United States...

Friday, June 06, 2008

Oh Evander... (Click for larger view)

Well, by now the whole world must have heard about four-time World Heavyweight Champion Evander Holyfield's financial woes. Apart from foreclosing on his 109-room, 54,000 square foot Atlanta home, he apparently owes $5000,000 in landscaping fees and child support to one of the mothers of his nine children. To read the full story, click here.

Dayum. It's sad when a man can have a lucrative 24-year career, including earning $34,000,000 in one fight alone, then to come to this. Wanna bet paying for his house did him in? The pool alone looks expensive to maintain.... (Click for larger view)

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Should Obama make Clinton his running mate?

Now that Barack Obama has been given the nod by his party, the next question on everyone's lips is who will be his running mate?

Obama has chosen a team to help choose his potential Vice President and word is that his opponent in the primary, Hillary Clinton, wants the second spot. Some of her supporters appear to think it's her right and out of respect Obama should offer her the spot.

Well, who knows what Obama's going to do, but what do you think? Should he bring Hillary Clinton, who had taken a few pot shots at him during the campaign, on to his slate?

Vote in the side bar, peoples.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Let the Games begin...

At last. After 17 months of campaigning, debating and in some cases mud-slinging, Senator Barack Obama has created history by being the first black candidate nominated by a major party in USA to run for presidential office.

You can read the story here. It will be interesting to see if he chooses Hillary Clinton as his running mate...


Friday, May 30, 2008

Something new

Hi, peoples! Hope you're all well out there and coping okay with the high cost of living, rising fuel prices and all that.

Thanks much for all your comments, even though I had to delete a few cussing me out about that darn tattoo post from over a year ago. Some folks take things way too seriously....

Anyhoo, a friend of mine, who we'll call Starr, is at this moment winging her way to China, where she'll be living for the next two months while she completes a course. She'll be contributing to the blog on what I hope will be a regular basis, and giving us an insight into life in China, its preparations for Olympics and other areas of interest.

Hopefully you'll all stay tuned for that.


Friday, May 09, 2008

Cover Fab + Chrianna PDA

Two of Black America's powerhouses recently graced the covers of the affluent publications Time Magazine and Black Enterprise.

For a publication like Time Magazine to throw its support behind a yet uundeclared candidate says a lot. This is really going to start a war in the Clinton camp...

And Ms. Oprah Winfrey chats exclusively with Black Enterprise magazine for its June issue about the beginning of her career and her business choices. On Friday, May 16, Black Enterprise will name Winfrey’s Harpo Inc. its 2008 be100s Company of the Year. Good job.

So, what's the latest with with R&B lovebirds Rihanna and Chris Brown? The couple was spotted all pda'd recently in a Miami KFC.

Hmmm. I wonder if one of them has an endorsement from KFC? Seriously's good to see them having a bit of normalcy.


Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Rihanna's 'Take A Bow' video

The latest video from Rihanna, 'Take A Bow' has finally hit the net.
You can watch it here

Friday, April 25, 2008

Rih-Rih the Fashion Queen

Rihanna continues to dominate the fashion world, recently going on a photo shoot for InStyle magazine.

She also rocked a hot Gucci dress for US Weekly magazine.

Do your thing then, Rih-Rih.


Catching up

Hi, peoples. I feel really horrible for ignoring this blog for so long but things have been really overwhelming of late. I was even considering shutting down the blog for a while but frankly I miss blogging and reading your comments.

So, what's been going on since I last posted? Well, fuel prices rose again and along with that most other things. It's definitely time to watch the coppers now. I know some folks who are downsizing their vehicles to ones with smaller tanks.

The other big news story going on (and on and on and on) is that of the Ghanaians and Nigerians stranded in Barbados. The whole thing is as fishy as Oistins Market after a big catch. I've heard so many things to make me believe that something crooked went down with their trip here, and I think they were duped and need to come clean.

Now Government is going to have to pay $1.2 million to get them back home. Doesn't Caribbean Airlines have a plane we could charter at a cheaper cost? Damn.

Photo: PM David Thompson (third from lefet) chats with some of the Ghanaians housed at Paragon military base. (

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Guess who?

Guess who's hitting the tattoo parlour again?

That was easy, right? None other than local songstress Rihanna, who recently extended her star-spangled tat at Whatever Tattoo Parlour in New York.

Rih Rih was in NYC to attend a party for her personal assistant, Melissa Forde (the red-headed girl you see in a lot of photos with Rihanna).

And who else was in attendance? Rihanna not-boyfriend of course, Chris Brown.

He's cute and all, but he really needs to update his wardrobe. Work that out, Rih Rih.