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In today’s world when time is such a precious commodity, we face, almost on a daily basis, the great challenge of giving our best at home and at work. Can we really do so...

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Monique Roffey, the primum mobile of this column, is not a girl, she’s a woman, I just couldn’t resist the headline. Literary punters would know her novel Archipelago, won the OCM Bocas prize last year. Of her earlier novel, White Woman on a Green Bicycle, I’ve made disapproving comments in this space, but she and the book did pretty well notwithstanding...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
​The unsubstantiated claims of Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar, Attorney General Anand Ramlogan and others of the United National Congress that the post-election runoff could give third and fourth parties a foot in the door of government and enhance...
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Cell phones are everywhere and they are here to stay. In 2013, with the world’s population being just over seven billion (7,012, 000,000), there were nearly seven billion cell phones (6,800,000,000). In theory 97 per cent of the world’s citizens...
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
​Quite justifiably, the Mitchell Library is a landmark in Glasgow. Even in a city full of grand old buildings it stands out, a baroque structure occupying a whole block and topped by a copper dome. Its interior, with some 1.2 million reference books...
Monday, August 18, 2014
I have, on a few rare occasions, met shoes that I was prepared to sell a pint of blood for. Not that I did. I can usually talk myself out of purchases I cannot afford, even though the grief might be protracted and result in midnight raids on the...
Monday, August 18, 2014
​“I saw it more as a new experience than a limitation,” Jason Clarke says of his life-changing fall from a Julie mango tree at the age of six.
Monday, August 18, 2014
​The shocking death of American comedian Robin Williams last week made me think about just how much we take creative people for granted, including writers. It’s almost impossible to visualise the pain that writers go through as they struggle to...
Monday, August 18, 2014
​Stanley is a shark fisherman from a poor community in the northeast of Trinidad.
Monday, August 18, 2014
​An anniversary is definitely a time to celebrate one’s achievements; certainly not one for mindless self-congratulations.
Monday, August 18, 2014
​Robin Williams is dead. There. It’s said. I did not know the man, and even though he gave of himself in an abundance of riches in every medium he touched, I never confused those pleasures with any sense that I understood who he was.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
The runoff proposal in the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2014 has been the subject of confusion over the last two weeks following the Prime Minister’s statement on August 4, in the House of Representatives and the laying of the bill itself on that...