The Apartment: About Last Night

A couple of months ago, I was happy to be part of what hopefully will be another landmark moment in T&T scripted television drama, when the Pauline Mark-led team behind The Apartment: About Last Night shot the pilot movie for what we all hope will be a successful multi-season local TV series. Next month (the week of 2nd September, 2015), it makes its premiere at MovieTowne, with the … Continue reading The Apartment: About Last Night

Savage seasons: a little whingeing on TV character exits, cliffhangers, and gutwrenchers 2014-15

I’m grateful to have a very full life, so actually watch much fewer TV shows and movies and read far far fewer books than I’d like. But when I want to escape into other worlds and decompress from my own (though sometimes these other worlds leave me more agitated than I’d been before I tuned in), there are some worlds and families that I dutifully reconnect … Continue reading Savage seasons: a little whingeing on TV character exits, cliffhangers, and gutwrenchers 2014-15

Party done! Musings on Trinidad Carnival 2014

Another Trinidad Carnival has come and gone. And it has left me with many more questions than answers. I’ll start with the most benign. On a lighter note: masquerader tips, tricks…and lessons Toe pads do not work. At least not for me. Though, maybe my toes would be even worse without them. Kinesio tape rocks. If you have any injuries, old or new, get a … Continue reading Party done! Musings on Trinidad Carnival 2014

Pragmatism vs idealism…or something

I am at odds. On the one hand are the succinct, sage but fatalistic words of Trini (West Indian? African diaspora? Universal?) sayings like: “Like who like you” “Bat in yuh crease” “Goat doh make sheep” And the blood-chilling end to the fable that lives in different incarnations in different parts of the world (the scorpion and frog in Aesop, the morrocoy and scorpion in … Continue reading Pragmatism vs idealism…or something

“Theatre is life, film is art, TV is furniture”

I think it’s nearly 10 years I’ve been trying to decide whether I agree with this! I first heard it said by Phylicia Rashad on a New York TV station, and I’ve been mulling it ever since. I thought I disagreed with it, actually thinking film was more life-like and theatre more “artful” – at least from the actor’s perspective – but I think I … Continue reading “Theatre is life, film is art, TV is furniture”

Every breath a meditation

To be aware is to watch your bodily activity, the way you walk, the way you sit, the movements of your hands; it is to hear the words you use, to observe all your thoughts, all your emotions, all your reactions. It includes awareness of the unconscious, with its traditions, its instinctual knowledge, and the immense sorrow it has accumulated—not only personal sorrow, but the … Continue reading Every breath a meditation

Shark protections — a necessity in Trinidad & Tobago

I wanted to be a marine biologist for a spell as a child. I was particularly fascinated by the “big fish” – the fish and mammals that dominated the ecosystem. Sharks in particular fascinated me, being among the few species that had barely had need to evolve over millennia, so perfect was their design. It horrifies me a bit that among our local delicacies is … Continue reading Shark protections — a necessity in Trinidad & Tobago