Loby’s Books

There are times when one has to take note of the influences in one’s life. For a great many persons and of course for me and my siblings the single greatest impact has been family. We lived on Lord Street in San Fernando. It was a curious but warm and lively place in the heart … More Loby’s Books

The Literacy Challenge in Chinidad and Chobago

Illiteracy is a growing epidemic in Trinidad and Tobago. Only thing is that no Minister of Health has openly addressed it. The symptoms are everywhere. One such indicator is the terrible spelling of simple everyday words on commercial establishments. One sign at a roti shop read, ”potatoe roti $8.50”. There are two issues that prevailed … More The Literacy Challenge in Chinidad and Chobago

Ode to Corduroy

Have you ever wondered what the hell happened to corduroy? Ever since Numbers Stores closed its doors (with three branches: High Street and Mucurapo Street San Fernando and Gulf City La Romaine) corduroy is as scarce as calypso on the radio. Numbers was the place to get any popular design or clothes fad. I found … More Ode to Corduroy

Family Ties

Families in the Caribbean are quite diverse in size, structure and composition. The head of any family in any Caribbean island is also pretty unique and adheres to no textbook prescriptive design. The traditional bedrock nuclear family has been reshaped through significant historical developments starting with indigenous first peoples whose blood still exists in small … More Family Ties

Hide de Bread!

Trinidadians bake on a Saturday. “Trinidadians” is not synonymous with “women”. Many men in Trinidad pride themselves as bakers. My grandfather was one. Originally from Barbados, schooled in pastry and bread-making, he truly was a professional in the art of flour. ‘Papa’ (as he was called) worked at Joseph Stauble’s bakery on New Street San … More Hide de Bread!