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Remembering Bookmann geocites 2004 – Children’s Playgrounds

…the same year, 1931, the under-privileged children of Port of Spain must have spent a happy Christmas for in mid-December the “Thorne” children’s playground was opened in Woodbrook, and the “Alfred Richards” children’s playground was opened near the eastern fringes of the city, on the St. Joseph Road. “The Making of Port of Spain” – Michael Anthony

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A place where adults can recall their childhood

What brings childhood pleasures? Sliding down a hill on a narrow plank of well-waxed wood with your arms and hands fluttering in the air to keep in balance or the rings of dirt stamped on the your knees from pitching marbles. Then there is flying a Mad-Bull kite with its cocoyea ribbed frame pentagon shape dipping under the glare of the Caribbean skies in the Queen’s Park Savannah. What do you remember as a child?

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The swinging Boat

A structure that has an effortless motor, assisted by pivots and counterbalanced by the laws of gravity. A simple pleasure that asked for not much, and when it is in motion, the brain sends a message to your heart, What a thrill. Childhood memories, what do you remember?

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Public swings

No batteries, no video games, no subliminal acts of violence….you have entered the world of the wooden carousal, the rocking horse, the swinging boat, the witch’s hat and other neglected and unsafe swings plotted in various places in the Public Grounds, Woodbrook, Trinidad, West Indies.

Chinee Chinee Worker Worker Look dem Look dem

How does a Chinee screw? – Like a sewing machine


The Chinese on a major construction in Port of Spain, Trinidad

If ever you want to know what makes a country a power house, just come down at noon, from Monday – Sunday and have a look at the work ethics of these Chinese construction workers in their blue overhauls and yellow hard hats.These men are from the Shanghai Construction Group International, and an estimated figure of 100 workers are on site over the construction of the Academies for the Performing Arts. A building that is costing US$100.000.000 dollars.

From a street that was empty with no cars, or school, they just appeared, from nowhere and marched across Keate Street. But something was quite different here. They looked tick as if all of dem just bustup some good old Tani blue food. Provisions with stew salt fish, dumplings, calaloo and plantain, plus a big bottom woman on de side for dem nice looking ones.

The view of a very complex structure built by the Chinese facing the Queen’s Park Savannah


Power to the Concious

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Copyright © 2009 Richard Bolai

Mind boggling isn’t it? What underlaying meaning is this Trinidadian taxi trying to say? Concious, Concious, Conicous…. What the freud is Conicous?

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Power to the concious which may be misspelt or just correct depending on who pronounced it. Was the owner or graphic artist who carved these vinyl letters, c o n s c i o u s of it? These types of affirmations are generally placed on the back windscreen of Maxi taxis to give a sense of the owner’s pride. It is also a fine example of spelling as you speak.

Rise Nigger Rise

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Free me my brother from this paradise I call home

The young man you see here seems quite content as he rests under one of the trees at the public swings in Woodbrook , Trinidad, West Indies.

Take one’s adversity
Learn from their misfortune
Learn from their pain
Believe in something
Believe in yourself
Turn adversity into ambition
Now blossom into wealth

Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shaku by you.

Tupac Shaku superimposed over a vintage portrait of the Sacred Heart as part of thebookmann headers

Number 1 – Sanitation Workers

Posing for a snap, Port of Spain, Trinidad

If ever you are caught behind a sanitation truck and pondered to yourself, why dem have to pickup now, be very careful with what you say, because dem doing what you ain’t want to see you doing, that is cleaning up your own shit. At one of the popular malls in Port of Spain, these two sanitation workers are proud of what they do and were ecstatic over being appreciated for that very fact.

Sanitation Workers should be the highest paid public servant for what they provide to society and that is to keep your city and town clean. Thank them sincerely

Poll: If the Prime Minister went on strike, not one will take notice or even care. If sanitation workers did the same, you bet the stench will get your ass into action

A man relying on his own transport

Dem two in dat car, farse eh

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The man at the centre of this photograph shows what street style means. Here he is briskly walking on the pavement in St. James, Trinidad, West Indies and proudly carrying in order from the top of his head, a cardboard box. This is possibly filled with something. A large iron pot, or cooking utensil, and four bags over his shoulder. A weaved basket, crocus or plastic. Two are carried on either side to give him balance. This is indeed a vendor of some sort, or just a man minding his own business and relying on his own transport, himself.

Farewell 2008 – Thank you for teaching us

A home showcasing the flag of Trinidad and Tobago