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Apart from Lord Kitchener, who has clearly made the big time, they are all very ordinary people. But Kitchener was disappointing. ” Kitchener’s songs were either colorless or, in the case of “The Well,” crude. On the whole, the smutty calypsos didn’t compare with Sparrow’s because they lacked wit, apart perhaps from Lord Conqueror’s song about the cockfight. In sharp contrast, Lord Pretender was severe, straight-faced and unashamedly didactic. His songs addressed race (his point being that we are all members of the human race) and the recent hurricane disaster in Tobago.
Roxburgh, few guests would attend if there was no alcohol at all. Then everyone drove off to the bride’s parents’ home, where the main ceremony with 1,500–2,000 guests was to take place. The bride wore a yellow sari with matching jewellery, while the groom was in a white suit with tight trousers and a Nehru-style coat, buttoned from top to bottom. The ceremony was performed with a ring made from the sinew taken from the back of a bamboo leaf. 7 Then the couple and guests returned to the groom’s home for a western-style ceremony, during which the bride now wore white and received a diamond ring.
It is situated on the side of a much-quarried hill. The roads are steep and tortuous, and the houses packed tightly together. But it is attractive, in a higgledy-piggledy way, and the few people we have met there were most friendly. I must just mention that Vera Rubin’s2 predictions were correct. No sooner had we stepped into the taxi from the airport last night than our East Indian driver began to complain about Dr. Eric Williams, the Creole prime minister and leader of the People’s National Movement (PNM).