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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The Internet & it’s … “THREADS” … written by Big Virge 1/7/2013

Yes Yes Motha Suckas’ … !!!

What’s the word … ?!?

Well, as I am struggling to get to explain about my Philly diaries, i’ll use a … Internet Thread … I saw today, that asks what the Brits think of Americans ???

As most of the people on the thread were of Irish/British descent, hardly seemed worth adding to the fucking nonsensical rhetoric being spouted, but, it has lead to me posting a lil’ more, about Philly, in amongst other things, tonight.

Firstly, Big Up to my new, Fav female tennis player, mostly because of my old man lust for a nice young fit girl, who happens to be a pretty good tennis player, Ms. Sabine Lisicki, who, if she stays healthy, focussed & positive, may well be on her way to a Wimbledon title, YOU GO GIRL !!!

Having beaten the probable favourite, Serena Williams, in 3 today, I sense that this is her chance to grab the spotlight after what has clearly been a very difficult couple of years, having suffered some pretty horrid setbacks, injury wise. Always smiling, and seemingly, always happy to have the opportunity to do, one of the things she loves, i’m down !

…. and saying, Go Get That Trophy Girl !!!

…. of Polish & German roots, now a U.S. resident, if I was twenty years younger and around tennis circuits, oh yes, those legs …. anyway, I digress !!!

Good luck for the rest of the tourney Sabine !!!!

So, origins, and who likes and doesn’t like …. who …. ???

Well, Philadelphia, The City of Brotherly Love, or, is that Shuv, cha, well, whatever it is, I do think that the element of race & it’s levels of division are clear for anyone with, “Open Eyes”, to see !!!

The Yankee Doodles are far from being, as advanced with it all, as, Mr. Obama’s presidency suggests, subtle, nigger references from bar managers & their black staff, YES, F’ing Black staff, whose comments were in reference to me, indicate a subversive level of racist mentalities, that run without any kind of discussion or challenge, from, i’m sad to say, all sides, but, most definitely, in places like the very lovely, and quite plush, Radisson, down there in central Philly, around what, 17th street.

Philadelphia is a city with much history, that again, draws back to England, Charles II, and of course, William Penn, famed for Penns’ landing, and of course, Pennsylvania State right !

Well, there is proof, that, whether the English are looking at Americans, or, Visa Versa, aren’t all you the same F’ing people !?!

Oh, but ofcourse, as one white dude tried to tell me in a bar, every black baseball player, born in the U.S., is, American, well, yes that’s true, but, as I explained to him, or tried to, are they not of another origin, like say, Africa ???

… or, wherever they were transported from to be the offspring of parents, residing in the U.S., at their time of birth ???

Didn’t go down so well, especially when he insisted on showing me, I guess, in his own way, how far Philadelphia has come, due to being the last Baseball team, apparently, to use black players, to being the team famed for being where, Jackie Robinson gained much of his fame, as the new movie, “42”, will hopefully show.

…. haven’t seen it yet, but, am interested, as the monument in honour of the black leagues in Philly, is in a very small corner of a park, in a not-so-nice, part of town.

So, the slavery elements, and the historic nature of Philly, well, German Town, Dutch influxes, and of course, The Irish, en masse, have many memorials, statues, and houses preserved, to ensure that their stamp is firmly imprinted on any visitors passport as it were.

Surprised … ???

…. nah … but, in terms of it’s progressive attitude towards race relations, errrm, well, having had a coach ride in Old Town/City, I would have to say that when an Irish guy can tell me that he isn’t so sure about the whole, “Inter-Racial”, thing, but, in the same breath, can tell me how, “Even I find myself thinking on the train, that some black ass would be worth a look”, as it were, one has to wonder how far we have to go !!! Let alone, have we come ?!?

The area of Philly, that has some kind of homage to what the slaves went through, would hardly constitute, in my mind, the level of acknowledgement & recognition of suffering, that, our forefathers/mothers, went through, as black people, but hey, it was the … ” Old Days” … right, ain’t nothing to be carrying a chip about !!!!!

Maybe, if you don’t give a shit about anything other than the, “Bling”, you sporting, or, the amount of pussy/dick, that you can get of different types, regardless of the reasons why it’s becoming available now !!!

Well, the judgements continue, and I was clearly, a most intriguing attraction for the Radisson bar faithful …… for a lot of, seemingly, fear & insecurity driven, reasons, but hey, I have no issue causing a lil’, “Positive Disruption”, unlike the human church mouses running about town, serving the, well to do, mainly white folks, who, owned I believe, 99 of the 100 private condos up in that bitch !!!!!

The other was, YES, owned by black folks, well, at least we’re getting up there right ???

Hmmmm, how bad or good a sign that is, i’m not sure, when, they are mostly welcomed by black faces, who are still, in my view, highly subservient to them.

Now don’t get me wrong, I met a … “Black Woman !”, who showed me a level of that dignified attitude towards her job, regardless of who she would greet and meet, there was a fire that she possessed, that I will eternally be grateful to have felt, so, much love and respect goes to … Ms. Francine !!!

Yes … Ms. Francine !!!!!

Well, i’d happily of had her as my, Miss Daisy, just to be around a black woman, with such, inner fortitude, as I felt from speaking with her, and sharing some of my art with ….

Yes, Ms. Francine, I am still doing it and will always remember your words of encouragement, a la, Lady Gaga, of all people, but, we shall always know why …… !!!!!

Okay, on that note, i’ll leave y’all hanging …..

I have yet to get into the Nitty Gritty of Philly, but, these days, it’s a very free flow that i’m rolling with, as, so much crazy ish is going on all over this world of ours …..

Keep strong people, keep the faith and one thing I will say today …..

Stand up for what you believe in, it is, and will be scary, don’t doubt it, but, if your faith holds righteous values, you will prosper, even if, it doesn’t seem like it, initially ….

Don’t follow, for followings sake, set your trend/standard, and stick to it …..

Money can only do so much for you, your soul cannot be fed by it ….

Bless up, and yes, share that love …..

and cut out all this, English, American, whoever, Stuff ….

…. and accept the path to rising above, and seeing yourself and the rest of us all, as just being ….

“Human”.

One Love ….

Big V

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