Allow me to release my WAITING thoughts. I am Anancy, the Caribbean trickster/subvert. I weave Calibanesque web and spin signifying discourses. As a child of alter-native talk, I am your postcolonial orphan – border crosser; third-space nomad; dweller at the crossroads, a citizen of multiple limbo spaces and an inhabitant and negotiator of the state … More Waiting for what?
W.B. Yeats wrote many moons ago: ‘Turning and turning in the widening gyre/ The falcon cannot hear the falconer/ Things Fall Apart; the centre cannot hold/ Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.’ [‘The Second Coming’] And, the late Chinua Achebe wrote a brilliant postcolonial novel on Things Fall Apart in 1959. I wonder what … More normalising hate – an ongoing modern tragedy
Next time your doctor’s appointment is cancelled and your journey disrupted because of ‘worker’s action’ (what used to be called Strikes) just consider this: a lot is at stake for workers than what the press, employers and government officials may be sharing with us. Strikers and those who protest for better working conditions and wages … More On Strike and Fear of Protest
Whatever happened to civility and propriety on these shores? Has it gone overboard, underground or was it never there in the first instance? Perhaps, civility was one of these myths that those of us from former colonies got brainwashed over! In the public domain I rarely come across kindness and courtesy, so much so, that … More please be seated and much more….
Have you recently given thought to the language used in the economic world and financial institutions? In the Caribbean, I used to feast on the reports of the World Bank and IMF as we took on and contested the then Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP). When I moved to Europe, the mysterious operations of the World … More Language of the shitstem
‘All this stupid little country has to do is stand in line and do what it is told for one miserable day, but can it do that?’[Pascal Sauvage in Johnny English] ‘It is an unmitigated disaster, English.’ (says Pegasus). ‘I couldn’t agree more, sir.’ (responded Johnny English) [in the film John English] Perhaps that Rowan … More A divided nation(?)
They say you should not ‘judge a book by its cover’. But in my world of diversity and intercultural awareness work, monitoring covers is very important for a number of reasons. Besides giving one a quick ‘bird’s eye’ view of what to expect (or not) and then to be surprised either way, a ‘cover’ can … More unbelievable
We all have unconscious biases – the ways in which we can be prejudiced due to processes that happen outside of our awareness. These prejudices or biases we often tend to dress up as ‘likes and dislikes’, as a nicer way of putting them: but they are prejudices nevertheless. Since moving to a new place … More recognising prejudices – especially my own