In amongst all the Pish that’s going on … written by Big Virge 26/8/2013

Yes Yes … Motha funksta’s … !!!!!

Well, as the, “Summer Rains”, of Barbados, do their thing, and my body keeps tellin’ me ….

“Eh bwoy, mind yaself, try and exercise, before me show you some pain ya can’t recover from … !!!”

I find myself in the midst of political shifts that are seemingly, increasing the angst levels in many people here, Bajans’ are indeed, Quite The … ” Different “, breed, in many ways … !!!!!

…. however, much like the masses of countries who live under what is essentially, still, British/Irish rule, they are complaining amongst themselves, rather than in the corridors of power, of those, they chose …. to vote in !!?!!

Thus, job pressures, strange economic decisions, and business pressures are now beginning, to seemingly, hit home. Everyone from students to some of the islands elders, are now seeing that, from the likes of LIAT, to, Barbadian Governance, there are problems in the region, that, perhaps needed to have been addressed before the likes of Richard Branson and others start to point them out to the rest of the world !!!

Anyhow, in amongst all this, I have to shout out my man Moss … !!!

… who has shown me something that, very few, in fact, hardly any Bajans’ have done, since my arrival, which is to, show me a good time amongst, “The Locals”, who, although clearly, not as well off as their white counterparts, find ways to get by, look after their young, and live in impoverished zones, just up the road from the likes of white folks who have everything and more ……… well, it would seem, but a REAL sense of community …. ???!???

Hmmmm …. I would seriously question their version of communal living against that of the block I was on last week, having had a really cool, afternoon & early evening there.

Even the bank i’m with here, who’ll get no free advertising on this page, had representatives who treated me as though, I am a human being, not some, “Scary, Crazy, Angry, Drug Induced, Maniac !!!”.

Wow, it’s taken, pretty much a year and a half, but, better late than never I guess !!!

My insurance company has also, in the last few, been showing me that they are actually, pretty efficient in ensuring that the accident I have recently been in …

(Thanks for asking everyone, yeah i’m fine !)

…. gets handled suitably, as it was quickly established that the, “white bod”, who was probably on his f’ing phone, was totally at fault !!!

Toyota here in Bim, is up to standard, at least, thus far, fairly friendly, professional and helpful, which does make you wonder what the rest of Barbados is playing at, in terms of their service ethics ???

Anyway, no such issues on the block last week, children in full flow, running around and causing as much disturbance to adults as they were, receiving love ….

A beautiful thing, and very inspiring for a writer like me …. !!!!!

The local, young puppy dog, on the lookout for a feed, which he/she got in the form of some Bajan takeout !!!!!

“Food” ….. to heighten the minds and spirits of the men and women, who, slowly but surely gathered for a dominoes session, which went from, late afternoon to night, like the sun and moon up in the sky !!!

No fancy apartments, just, I guess … ???

…. what many would many would define as, “Tenement style living”. An example being, the, Corrugated Iron Roof, over the wooden bench, where viewing of the domino table, could be availed.

All, practically built and designed, to enable the locals to chill, and, cool out, while tunes ran from yards, phones, or wherever sounds could emanate from !!!!!

I do not come from, abstract poverty, but, know what it is to use outside toilets and to bath in tubs from a pipe, and it does amaze me to this day, that, some people never escape such living !

Ghetto living, I hear you ask … ???

NO, just homes in poorer zones, while the wealthy look down at the residents, from a distance, in their heavily secured & gated homes, or ….

“Ghettos” … of a different type maybe … ?!?

So ….

“Escape” ….. is not what I see it as being, it would be to just have what the rest of us, “Well to do”, folks, have ……

Does our water make us any cleaner or better … ???

I somehow doubt it, but, as my Landlord was quick to advise me of today, my new neighbours are from the British High Commission !!!

“Like” …. Big F’ing Deal !!!!!

As if, my flying half way across the world to chill for a while, was to be next to the same ilk of Brit, who I couldn’t get close to, when living in London … !!!!!

Life eh …. You just can’t legislate for how it can play out sometimes …… ?!?

Anyway, as I explained to my landlord, “Titles'”, mean nothing to me anymore, especially when being on a block up the road, has shown me that, half of my neighbours rent for a year, could probably provide for, that, “Whole Community”, a level of development, that would avail, a less impoverished style of living !!!

I dare not say … BETTER … cos’ who’s TRULY living better huh ???

I saw peaceful, happy, fun-filled times, in just 5 hours, that, I will remember til’ the day I move on to what is hopefully, a more balanced, realm, where all this inequality, doesn’t exist.

We even had that, “Classic Moment”, where, due to one of the children’s attentive eyes, a Rather … BIG CENTIPEDE … !!!

… was spotted as dusk brought darkness to the block ….

Thank the father for, “Young Eyes”, huh !!!!

There was the usual commotion in establishing who was gonna kill it, interestingly, while my man, in his Timberlands, backed off … LOL … !!!!!

It was a reminder of why I wanted to come back here after, my visits, as a youngster, which I am thankful to my parents for doing for me, now, more than ever !!!

Maybe the other ignorant stuff that i’ve experienced, have indeed, been valuable lessons, backbiting, threats, and basically, a reluctance to face, “TRUTH”, or, show some sense of remorse for, said, ignorance, may well be about to face, Karmas’ Powers ….

Well, as time rolls on, I can only hope so …..

As for being on the block for a night, it was, indeed, a highly pleasurable experience and had none of the … “Wrong & Strong”, behaviour, that I have sadly, become accustomed to, from Bajans, claiming to have … RESPECT for man … ???!???

Well … there was … NOTHING … “Wrong & Strong”, to speak of, in this day, and, fa sure, not one iota came my way, and the funny thing is …..

This experience on … my brothers’ … BLOCK …

was …..

In amongst the Pish … that’s currently, going on …. !!!!!

Bless up y’all and have yourselves …. A GREAT WEEK !!!

One.

Big Virge.

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A bit of … “Here”, leading to some of … “There” … Philly Diaries 1 … written by Big Virge 20/6/2013

Yes Yes folks ….

What’s good in your zone … ???

Well, in mine, down the south coast of Bim, surrounded by white folks, it ain’t a joke, as the rogues looking to get a quick pay off, are getting close !!!

Prior to leaving these shores recently, it had become evident that many south coast beach front properties were being robbed, even the Jamaican PM’s fam had a safe taken, apparently !!!

Now, the interesting part of that story is that, in speaking to a Jamaican buddy, who has a business here, recently, his reaction was most interesting when hearing about the robbery of Jamaican Dignitaries ….

His reaction was,

“Good, she and her family continue to leave people impoverished whilst living a lavish lifestyle, and then, have the cheek to claim to care about the poor people of Jamaica !!!”

Harsh right !!!?!!!

Well, upon reflection, one would need to assess any level of sympathy you have for people of such ilks, and those, within the hierarchies of society ……..

I do not advocate, robbing and teefing on any level, however, much like Chris Rock done say bout’ beating woman,

“I ain’t about to beat them, but, I will shake the shit out of a bitch, to wake her the fuck up !!!” …. (paraphrased of course) ….

So, in applying it to Barbados and the slow, but sure, rise in crime, who deserves to be robbed, or, better still, who can afford to be robbed uh people ???

I just picked up some food in the Lanterns Mall, and had a discussion with the girls, who were quick to say that, you know what, all these poor people, robbing who they think have money, well, as one of those who isn’t, poverty stricken, but, who still needs to get paid to maintain, I would say this to these young brothers :

“Fellas, is it me, or, is it those around me, who are affecting your ability to live as you’d like ?!?”

“Are your ideals of what you NEED, in perspective and logical ?!?”

….. come on guys, robbing your own is not cool, even if they may live a little differently, note, differently, NOT BETTER, material things, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT …… make a Happy Person !!!

Hard as it is to believe, dont let the big cars, trophy wives and husbands, fool you, behind closed doors, many of these people are some of the most unhappy, twisted, lost souls you will ever find, believe in that … !!!

….. just look at how some of these REALLY HIGH PROFILE actors die, not peacefully, in many cases.

Thus, a quick RIP to James Gandolfini !!!

I know i’m gonna get a WHAT !?!, from most people, but, never watched a full episode of The Sopranos, but, in anything i’ve seen with him, he was always very good, and by initial tributes, seemed to be a very cool dude offscreen !!!

R.I.P. JG

So, talking of cool people, and the US, here is my first instalment of my Philadelphia diaries …..

However, due to this news of men moving in my area, waving and pointing guns at workers, during the day, I have to start with a conversation I had with my new, Jamaican, U.S. buddy, “Reggae Surge”, from G-Town radio, who spoke on a situation he was part of, not so long ago in Jamaica, having been raised there, but, having spent a lengthy period away from the island.

He explained how he had returned to JA, for a holiday, and was in his old neighbourhood, so, had decided to go for a walk in his old district, late one night. He got into what would of been an old stomping ground, and said that he felt as if there was danger in the air, but, due to his being Jamaican, felt comfortable to carry on walking, but, having got to an old block of his, was quickly, in essence, scoped by a guy on a stoop, who, immediately spoke to him in a very aggressive tone, only for him to be shouted at by a man behind him, who knew Surge, from way back, who quickly explained to the man,

“Yow, he is so and so’s nephew/whatever, jus cool nah man, and let man roll !!!”.

Surge said he was told in no uncertain terms afterwards, “Don’t move so bredrin, Jamaica has changed, so, cool you cool, but, watch yourself !!!”.

Now, Jamaica seems to get a bad rep, I have yet to go, but, it does sound as though people need to recognise, from a global perspective, the dangers of being a … “Have Not”, in todays’ society of … ” Bling Blang Wrong !!! ”

I had a conversation in my hotel in Philly, with a couple from Connecticut, so, ofcourse, I brought up the subject of the Newton shootings with this elderly couple, now, it was clear that the husband was wary, but, had asked me for local info, thinking I was a local, but, when I started on the school shooting, his wife/partner, was quick to express her sadness and dismay at such a crazy happening, but, it always begs the question in my mind, it’s fine when we black folks have got it going on in our neighbourhoods, but, once it encroaches on white folks bliss-filled, neighbourhoods, it’s a SERIOUS matter, that needs to be addressed, with immediate effect !!!

Hmmmm, one has to hope that these days, less of these primitive attitudes exist, but, in reality, it would seem, as it has always done, as though the importance of safety for people, does not revolve around black communities.

Sad, but, I think, ultimately true.

In leaving this subject for now, I was explaining to the girls in Lanterns. that, the mindset of the people robbing, is seriously corrupted, when, as i’ve quoted before, men like RZA speak it loud and clear in interviews ….

Ask a F’ing Nigga to go rob some OTHER Niggas, they’re in the car before you, but ask them to go after Police, or, heaven forbid, Politicians, and those within the Corporate World, who hold the REAL MONEY, and who truly live, in my opinion, way beyond their needs, not only is there …. silence ……….

….. but, these same apparent, Bad Bwoy, Street Thugs and Killers, become very distant.

I remember reading a piece of my art, which speaks on Black on Black issues, to a young black man, who lived up the road from me in London, one day, only to hear,

“Very Good, but, you should be careful, speaking THAT STUFF !!!”

….. as if, trying to uplift the mindset of our people, was some kind of …

” Cardinal Sin !!! ”

I really hope, as i’ve just been told, that, when corrupt practises are being found to be true, in echelons, above and beyond the levels of crime that are clearly, disturbing more and more people now, that, the people of this island stand up and be counted, because the best way to stop a lot of this foolishness is to stand firm collectively, and ensure that these rogue criminals, be they street, or, more importantly, officials charged with peoples’ safety, that, they are challenged publicly/internationally, if needs be, a la the ongoing rape debacle of the two English Women, and with immediate effect !!!!!

Don’t get tie up people, I am not saying, try and play, ” Daddy Big Bollocks “, if an intruder comes into your home with weaponry, but, I hope you all, whether white, black, rich or poor, get the gist of what i’m saying !!!!!

Don’t wait until,

” It happens to you !!! “, to be concerned.

…. be concerned NOW, as you should always be & as i’ve said recently, people, stop with all this, divisive bullchit !!!

…and …

” Try Your Best Yes …
Your … VERY … BEST !!!
to make a … ” DIFFERENCE ”

So, to my struggling brothers & sisters ….

As my big brother, “Jabba”, from Jabsrocking, done show me …

“Who Jah Bless, No-one curse …
Why you want to steal … ?
from your Brother, ” FIRST ??? ”

Stop the Violence … !!!

&

Stop the Fukry … !!!!!!!!!!

Come on people …. !!!

One love & Bless up y’all …

Virge

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