This Is The Year That Was: 2011, Pt 1 – for Education, Energy and Jamaican Mourning
2011 will be special for many for many reasons – here at Bajan Reporter we base it on shares in Facebook now, rather than the number of comments, since switching to a website has led to occasionally more vitriolic or legally questionable comments which are better left unprinted since Bajan Reporter is not anonymous and therefore may be considered as an accomplice if left unhindered?
14 items received 15 shares or more on Facebook this year, which means that at least once a month Bajans and other nationalities were fascinated by this website’s coverage… In this article, we’ll look at the top ten then next time around who were the Fantastic 4 and why?
15 shares were for stories on Foreign Affairs, although one Local and the other Afar – both were for sovereign matters… John Legend made a hullabaloo in May when he performed for Mother’s Day, what I did not appreciate was how the Media were sidelined and said so! I felt Bajans’ rights to adequate coverage were abrogated in favour of overinflated egos – not Mr Legend, but his staff, who felt they were legends in their own minds?
Where I feel Bajans should NOT overdo their Sovereignty was when the UK’s David Cameron asked for Homophobic Commonwealth members who need financial assistance to revise their laws to access preferential loans; the desire to state how no one can make me change my law for any price-tag may sound noble but considering the deep fiscal hole Barbados is already in, by having laws reflect our philosophy would it not make Debt Consolidation more feasible?
At 17 shares was a matter which appeared prophetic in a manner of speaking, the issue of Ackee Vendors… While people have a right to make money – do they have a right to endanger themselves as pedestrians or motorists on the highways of Barbados? What was interesting is that in a matter of weeks, the Transport Ministry finally sought to redress the matter!
When Peter Williams stepped down as Light & Power’s CEO and a new officer was appointed along with a Canadian officer from Light & Power’s parent organisation of Emera sent along to their Barbadian outpost created much interest here at Bajan Reporter – this item got 20 shares!
Rihanna as Art? Nothing new – Britain’s John Dolan did it this year too, so have quite a few others but usually it’s a popular current pose – then Graham Gill took a classic view and transposed the face of the performer from Westbury Road at his group show of Breadfruit & Bakes shown for a painfully brief time at EBCCI in July, it earned 25 shares on Zuckerberg’s website at the time.
Learning German at BCC was popular for 23 shares on FB this year, while Damon Corrie discovering new areas of Guyana pulled a hearty 29… Then we had a dude who was not even alive when he earned his place in my 2011 review?
I have many regular contributors but quite a few prefer their anonymity so as to allow them to learn more in the sidelines. One of them sent me the weirdest Obituary I’ve ever seen so far, it pulled 36 shares too… The scary thing is, by West Indian standards, he was a regular joe – he left behind to mourn a Wife, a Special Friend and Life Partner… This was debated as far off as Oxford if other islands would be as tolerant as Jamaica for such heterosexual promiscuity?
Then as we start to get to the big time, the item which had 48 shares was a story which was first on Facebook then alerted to me personally, so I decided to to actually speak with all aggrieved sides and list their complaints – I had the jump on both the Nation & Barbados Today… This was the situation where Hilltop Primary apparently seemed to discriminate against a little boy with dreadlocks as a hairstyle? Honestly – I feel both sides could have done better to reach an accord, but everyone has their pride and not much else these harsh fiscal times, so it goes…
By Friday? The main quartet of hot stories will appear (provided no other juicy developments suddenly sprout from a hitherto undiscovered cranny) – of course, we’re sure you want a hint… More education, more dead personalities and more tresses feature heavily in the last batch – be hair, LOL!