Selling your soul to the devil – Oil and money do mix

A note to architects or draftsmen, when did the state of Florida have jurisdiction over you?

This structure with its lovely filigree wood trim and shingled roof once occupied the lot at the corner of St. Vincent and Prince Street, Port of Spain. It was the home to lawyers and doctors or some sort of bureaucratic agency. Quaint as it seemed, the conditions inside appeared unfit to live in. Then suddenly, the building was condemned and remained abandon for some time until the eventful day it imploded onto the pavement.

If you walk along the streets of our Capital, be mindful of the gapping holes which are filled with tyres or sticks to alert you so you don’t fall in. The piles of litter or pools of dried urine left by the homeless and the disappearance of old buildings that gave the city its charm.

Aiming to capture the title of the financial hub of the Caribbean, common landmarks in the city are being sold for the almighty dollar, and are being replaced by conglomerates who have seized the opportunity for prized locations with no incentive of the aesthetics of our island. And slowly, what we thought was ours, is gently been pulled beneath us.

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Double Exposures and a less eventful day in our history

This is the Red House, rebuilt in 1907 after a fire destroyed it 1903. Red House is the centre of Trinidad and Tobago’s Parliament and it is a building which has been neglected for sometime.

A few years ago, thebookmann and Adele had the opportunity to tour the chamber. We walked the path of the Leader and Opposition. We saw the ornate wooden chair that sits the Speaker of the House, a gift from Indian in celebration of our independence in 1962, and the physical evidence that has marred our history since our independence.

Not all feels well in the chamber, as if a blessing in needed to cleanse the uneasiness or the superstition ills that seem present. The people who sit, debate and abide by our Constitution are constantly reminded that things could suddenly change in a split second, and were there was calm, there could be chaos. Through the elaborate gesso work that decorates the ceiling and there is an ominous scar that is visible to the eye. There are Bullet holes logged in parts of the ceiling. This was the attempt in 1990, to overthrow the government and where the then Prime Minster was injured and seven people were killed in the attacks. Trinidad and Tobago still suffers from that day, and its aftermath.



 

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