Friday, August 21, 2009

Ryan's gold medal run

Hey, peoples. Here's another look at Ryan Brathwaite's gold medal run in the 110m hurdles at the World Championships in Berlin.

I'm still emotional from his medal presentation today. CBC real lousy, though, I had to watch it online. I'll reserve my cussing of them for another day, though. Right now, it's all about Ryan.

Have a good weekend!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Run This Town video

I just came across the highly anticipated video for Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West's new single, Run This Town.

I think it would be very apt if I dedicate it to Bajan hurdler Ryan Brathwaite, sprint sensation Usain Bolt and the other Caribbean athletes who are burning up the track and the field in Berlin right now.

Ryan Brathwaite takes gold in Berlin

Blue, yellow and black, put it up! Cheese-on-Bread salutes Bajan 110m hurdler Ryan Brathwaite, who won Barbados' first ever gold medal at the IAAF World Championships in Berlin today.

Setting a new national record of 13.14, Brathwaite dipped on the line ahead of Terrence Trammel and David Payne of the USA, who both clocked 13.15.

Congrats, Ryan. You worked hard for this, boy. Well done.

And Usain Bolt continued his winning ways as well today, busting his own 200m record down to 19.19. Wuhloss. Go on with your bad self, Bolt.


Monday, August 17, 2009

Jamaicans own the track in Berlin

Congrats to Jamaican athletes Shelly-Ann Fraser and Kerron Stewart, who won gold and silver respectively today in the 100m finals of the World Championships in Berlin.

You can read all about it here. Of course, big up to my boy Usain Bolt, who tore up the track to win his 100m final yesterday.

Wunna run tings fuh trute.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Sir Shridath hurt me bad, bad

Hey, peoples. Hope all is well with you and yours. I would like to extend a hearty welcome to my first follower, Bajan Gossip Girl. Thanks, chica!

I don't have a lot of time to blog these days, so I keep things bottled up till I get an opportunity. What I want to talk about today has been bothering me for a while, so I'll try to calm down and not vent so I can write coherently.

I've always admired regional integrationist and former Commonwealth Secretary General Sir Shridath Ramphal. I met him years ago and considered him gracious, intelligent and down-to-earth. Imagine my surprise then when I read in the media that Sir Shridath was likening Barbados' recent immigration policy to "ethnic cleansing!

A lot has been said about the policy, both good and bad, but the reason why Sir Shridath's comments hurt me bad, bad, is because he of all people should know better!
He is no stranger to Barbados, and actually he has retired here now - I saw him strolling through the supermarket just the other day, but I digress.

As someone who lives in Barbados and has long been associated with Barbados, Sir Shridath knows that Barbadians are some of the most welcoming, accommodating people in the world. We're more likely to be "cleansed" out of our country than the other way around, we're that nice.

So for him to equate the Government's long overdue decision to manage immigration and especially halt illegal immigration with someting as vicious and sordid as ethnic cleansing is grossly unfair. Frankly, he should stand up in Heroes Square with a loudspeaker and apologise to the people of this country.

We can't be that bad if you chose to retire here, Sir Shridath.