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Quizz Time & Facts / Knocked out but bounced back (Heavyweights)
« on: July 10, 2020, 06:32:42 PM »
How many heavyweights got knocked out in their first attempt to win the World Title but won it later in life.

Name the fighters and if you are really good who they lost to and who they won it from. ;-)


Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Re: Trinidad & Tobago authors
« on: July 07, 2020, 04:00:32 AM »
Trinidadian Ian Williams wins Canada’s top literary award for fiction

By Stabroek News November 19, 2019

TORONTO,  (Reuters) – Writer Ian Williams won Canada’s top annual literary award for fiction for his book “Reproduction,” the prize’s sponsor said yesterday.

“Reproduction,” published by Random House Canada, explores the bonds between family and how they are formed, through individuals in a Toronto suburb.

“You have no idea how special this is to me,” Williams told the audience while accepting the Scotiabank Giller Prize. The award carries a cash prize of C$100,000 ($75,901.33) while each of the other five shortlisted finalists takes home C$10,000.

The Giller Prize was founded in 1994 by Jack Rabinovitch, a Montreal-born real estate developer, in memory of his late wife Doris Giller, a literary journalist. Notable Canadian writers including Alice Munro and Mordecai Richler supported its creation, and Scotiabank began backing the award in 2005.

The six shortlisted finalists were chosen from a list of 117 submissions.

Williams’ family emigrated to Canada from Trinidad in the late 80s, according to an interview he gave to the National Post newspaper in 2013. Williams, who is an assistant professor of poetry in the University of British Columbia’s creative writing program, is based in Vancouver and grew up in Brampton, Ontario.

Notable previous winners of the award include Canadian literary giants such as Munro, Richler, Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje. Atwood and Munro are both on the prize’s advisory board, which is separate from the jury.

Atwood’s most recent book, “The Testaments,” a sequel to her popular 1985 dystopian novel “The Handmaid’s Tale,” was long-listed for the award this year.

In selecting Williams’ book for the prize, the jury called it “an engrossing story of disparate people brought together and also a masterful unfolding of unexpected connections and collisions between and across lives otherwise separated by race, class, gender and geography.”

Williams thanked Atwood, who was present at the gala, and said the first book he bought with his own money was one of hers. He also thanked Rabinovitch, who died in 2017, for his support of the arts.

“If you’re wealthy and got tons of money… support whatever moves you,” Williams told the audience.


Quizz Time & Facts / Re: Max G here's a quickie (Boxing)
« on: July 04, 2020, 02:41:37 AM »
Andrew "Six Heads" Lewis. This information age yuh can google everything except who is God mother.

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Quizz Time & Facts / Re: Max G here's a quickie (Boxing)
« on: June 30, 2020, 03:49:55 AM »
Tallest go ahead.


Quizz Time & Facts / Re: Max G here's a quickie (Boxing)
« on: June 25, 2020, 12:38:43 AM »
Deeks padnah, when you voop. You does voop in style yes.  ;D

Jersey Joe was not from the WI however, his father was Bajan.

In short, no.


Quizz Time & Facts / Max G here's a quickie (Boxing)
« on: June 22, 2020, 02:45:41 PM »
What ex World Champion from the WI once lost a fight because he had to go "to the toilet."

Hint it was not in a world title fight.



Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Re: Trinidad & Tobago authors
« on: June 22, 2020, 01:26:44 PM »
Discovered a critically acclaimed book by a Trini author here in Medellin: A perfect pledge by Rabindranath Maharaj.

Was curios as to other TT authors as I am presently working on a book myself.

Here's a list:


Well after years of procrastination, finally finished the book back in April. All 61 chapters of it. Have been editing and getting the Letter of Query ready. Today I start approaching agents. Fingers crossed. ;-)


Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Re: Lock down entertainment
« on: June 14, 2020, 10:10:13 PM »
Postcard Killer, decent movie. Ending was a bit dotish but anything with Jeffery Dean Morgan just seems to be good.

Bloodshot. Good action movie.

Ad Astra with Brad Pitt, decent Science Fiction Movie.

Just Mercy, damn good film. Recommend it to all. Shameful what they put African Americans through in the US.


Yuh almost make it thru , vb. Yuh was on the Representative offence team , then yuh get emotional. :yellowcard:
Good breakdown all the same, we can edit a few things. :-[

I was very proud of myself for most of it but the adrenaline got the better of me at the end.  :)

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Re: Lock down entertainment
« on: May 24, 2020, 06:00:31 PM »
I just watched 30 days of night. Good action, big hole in the plot but it''s a movie.

Extraction - good movie, again hole in the plot but go with it.

DO NOT watch the Brawler, based on the life of boxer, Chuck Wepner, no real effort for realism or accuracy better to watch Chuck based on his life and MUCH better.

Walkaway joe - good movie with Jeffery Dean morgan.

pull stones, in my reading, there isn't vacillation. It must be appreciated that  the matter is a fluid matter. There is no direct line.  As such, approaches will change. That's part for the course.
no pun intended big brother but some of those words you’re using are a little to sophisticated and I’m not familiar, so please give me in layman’s terms what you’re actually saying, as this ttfa and FIFA thing is driving me  to the limit, I really don’t know how much of this nonsense I could take.

Strap on the seat belt, bredrin. There's a lot more distance to ride on this rollercoaster. Many thought  it was destined to be a 110 m hurdle run. Zurich thought it would be an immediately done deal and it hasn't been.


the inability to decide between different opinions or actions; indecision

Eh Eh ...ah learn big word today.  ;D

A more layman's approach here. ;-)


Football / Re: The Jack Warner Thread.
« on: May 23, 2020, 01:38:23 PM »
Sadly, I agree with JW.

In his day they may have been crooked FKS but the CFU had rank.


Y'all know about this fella?


I know we like to follow Trini roots all over the world- never heard anyone talk about this guy.  Now watching him playing against Man City in the UEFA Cup (match played earlier this week I believe).... If I missed a thread about him, hard luck.....

I sometimes teach Eng.. on line. I had a student from Istanbul today. He lives in Besiktas and apparently ATiba Hutchinson is his neighbour
They live in different apartments but he can see AH from his balcony.
I had forgotten about AH but as he has played for PSV Eindhoven and Besiktas and still at Bes. at aged 37 he must be doing something right.

He say AH is  "a good father. Every morning at 9 am he comes out on the balcony and plays with his children."

Not really football related but I was so surprised to hear the name come up in my class and of course I was a Besikas fan when I lived in Ist.


Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Where can I find TT movies?
« on: May 04, 2020, 09:20:18 PM »
I realize that there are a few TT movies on Youtube but certainly not all. I can't find them on Torrents and as I live abroad really hard to go a cinema in the few countries that they are in.

Anywhere on the net I can find these movies, any kind of stream available?

Football / Re: Densill Theobald Thread
« on: May 01, 2020, 08:28:14 PM »
Although like many I questioned Denzil's constant starting on the NT. I always liked his story, he is an inspiration for the lower income youth.

I wish him the best.


Football / Re: The In Memory Of Thread
« on: April 19, 2020, 08:55:38 PM »
They forgot to mention that Ali made his national Sr. debut while still in MSC.

I believe it was 1984 or 85. Arthur Suite's leage was banned by Jack/TTFA so was any player playing in  the League. TT played with a basic Second Eleven for a year.

Ali was asked to make his debut vs Mexcio. He didn't too bad considering. We lost 2-0.

I myself was in high school and I was thinking Damn! They take him from MSC to make his debut vs Mex. of all teams.


Cricket Anyone / Re: Brian Lara Thread
« on: April 01, 2020, 12:59:30 PM »
Ian Salandy who is in the U14 photo died earlier this morning in London, heart attack.


RIP Ian.

Football / Re: Robert Hadad Thread
« on: April 01, 2020, 12:40:33 PM »
Hadad ready for TTFA challenge
T&T Guardian

"My degree is in accounting (University of the West Indies). I am a real Caribbean Boy. I love my country and I love everything about T&T, said Hadad, who worked in accounting at Peat Marwick, before the family business got going in 1992. However, it was while working at Peat Marwick in 1990 he got into the administrative side of the football.

"I worked with Ralph Brown and Ollie (Oliver) Camps at the end of the 'Road to Italy 1989'. I was an auditor and my assignment was actually working on the Road to World Cup Fund and doing the audit for them afterwards, so it's kind of funny, that 30-plus years afterwards, I am here now, trying to make an impact, back in football and maybe turn things around a bit.

SMH.....  >:( :banginghead: :banginghead:

Cricket Anyone / Re: Brian Lara Thread
« on: March 30, 2020, 06:22:19 PM »

additional quotes have been added..Sagar just above the subhead "the best wickekeeper the WI never saw."
AND just below the Roland Holder photo, re Lara vs Pakistan in Toronto

Cricket Anyone / Re: Brian Lara Thread
« on: March 30, 2020, 11:00:02 AM »

Football / Re: RIP Weary (Joann Charles)
« on: March 02, 2020, 01:49:38 AM »
Hello to Heaven. Hope all is well.

Still missed.


Football / Re: U-20 Women's Team Thread.
« on: February 24, 2020, 09:02:52 PM »
Hmm. T&T teams could win competitive games yes. I almost forget what dat feel like
to hear andre baptiste tell it yuh would tink d house falling down dat selfish prick is no patriot

There is an element of willful hype in the mix.

Last week he was discussing the NAAA's travel arrangements to the Bahamas and he was presented with a lucid rendition of Caribbean Airlines' position by Dionne Legoure ... yet he embarked on embracing the most unlikely interpretation of facts that were not in dispute, topped off by playing post-interview a recording of an ad for the show that while somewhat appropriate for airing before the interview ... was definitely inflammatory at best post-interview ... particularly in light of what had been fleshed out for any discerning listener.

He either didn't wish to be wrong, simply was more interested in the hype or just failed to absorb the distinctions with which he had been presented.

All of this was quite at odds with the reason he demonstrated while engaging Bajan cricket journalist, Ezra  Stuart, last week ... that is,  other than inartfully trying to protest a point that Stuart expressed. Protest=screaming.

If you're the interviewer, yuh really doh need to "go there" even if on the phone and even if the guest is marching on blindly voicing his opinion and can't be corralled in the manner one would employ in-studio.

Enthusiasm is no excuse. Hype and excitement of this nature detract from responsibility in delivery on the airwaves.
Andre is ah charlatan and buffoon plain and simple lost all respect for him when he opted to throw d women warriors under d boss for what ever d inducement dat DJW throw him he,s f**king snake
hey lefty, just here to thumbs up your post. I really can’t stand that bloke either. To think he endorsed DJW while campaigning against David Cameron was nothing short of shocking. He has an end of the year award (biggest boo boo in sports) but did not nominate DJW at least once, IMO that beyond shocking, yet had the nerve to nominate William wallace for the secondary school football president. that told me all I need to know about the worst sport commentator on the planet.

If an englishman from Yorkshire were to vacation in trinidad and tuned in to his commentary of the game, that englishman would think he was listening to the game in a different language. awful awful diction and very colloquial in his commentary. don’t know how he landed the gig TBH, the man has nothing going for him in that regard.

I have wondered that for years. I believe he has a high ranking position with Toyota and may bring a certain amount of advertisement to the table.

dat man does get on my last nerve, and dat TTFA hypocrisy jus make d hatred worse

Football / Re: Dayne St. Clair Thread
« on: February 12, 2020, 08:04:50 PM »
Imagine two such GKs available to us and nobody even thought of giving them a game or two to at least tie them to us.

Of course we have no fkng program so perhaps that is why...no game to actually play.

Football / U-15 Captain, stroke??
« on: January 13, 2020, 02:06:40 PM »
I heard through the grapevine today that Captain of the Nat. U15 team had a stroke on the weekend.

No idea of this is true. Yet to see the Press make a report.

Football / Re: Brian Williams, the Dread Medusa
« on: January 09, 2020, 01:40:05 AM »
Update to the article in the final three paragraphs, mentioning Club Nacional and quotes on BW from Richard Chinapoo.


Football / Re: Nigel Myers Thread
« on: January 09, 2020, 01:37:12 AM »
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Football / Re: Brian Williams, the Dread Medusa
« on: January 02, 2020, 09:27:29 PM »
he has coached befor,e youth teams, defensively passable, offensively slow and one dimensional with no counter-attacking or at least poorly implemented counter-attacking, was 11 or 12 during Italia 90 WCQ, was the strike squad play slow, it never struck me as slow but I was 11-12 at that age your sense of perception can be very misleading, but SLOW is a common complaint about our football recently and is dat generation coachin now ???

Strange you should say slow. I had a friend who used to play for Trintoc. Long story short he was brought on as a sub in an exhibition game for TT around '88 - low level game.

As he put it: "It's a good thing I made a few good passes. In general, I played shit. Them men must be some kind of half horse, the way they (TT) was playing fast."

Strike Squad to me was like Brazil Light - good skill and build up. But perhaps a pro player might have a different opinion.

Football / Re: Brian Williams, the Dread Medusa
« on: January 02, 2020, 03:49:03 PM »
Interesting stuff. He seems like one of our better coaches - does he love youth coaching too much to take the helm of a first-team in the near future?
I think it's just a matter of opportunity. He was the Coach for United Petrotrin and Sanfernando Giants. He was also the Asst. Coach to the NST in the past.

But the man have a consistent income with WC so I guess he know better than to end up with a fly by night team.

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