Tony Deyal

 

Ringside at the Pappyshow

What some societies call a “seer” or soothsayer, clairvoyant or prophet, we in Trinidad call a “see-ah” man.” When I was young and someone lost an article, money, spouse or any other significant or sometimes increasingly insignificant object, that person visited the obeah or “seeah-man” to find out the truth and sometimes inflict the appropriate or grossly overweighted punishment on the person fingered by the seeah-man. When people wanted to harm someone they believe had harmed them or when they wanted an object belonging to the other person, including saidRead More

Tony Deyal

About Tony Deyal

Tony Deyal is a Caribbean journalist who believes laughter is the best medicine.


No Case Like Holmes

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson

One of the lessons one learns from cable television is that there are Desperate Housewives everywhere. However, there was none as desperate as I was on New Year’s Day 2014 and while we were not in search of the same thing, no housewife in New York, Dallas or Beverley Hills was as frantic as I was to find the object of my desire. This was no mere act of desperation akin to “Desperately Seeking Susan” but I spent several Desperate Hours and took many Desperate Measures looking for a particularRead More

Tony Deyal

About Tony Deyal

Tony Deyal is a Caribbean journalist who believes laughter is the best medicine.


Road Worriers

Christmas generally comes with a crash and goes out with a bang. There is a direct relationship between the season of goodwill towards all men and an increase in vehicular traffic, congestion and accidents. Had the nativity taken place this year, the three wise men may never have arrived in Bethlehem safe and on time with their gold, frankincense, myrrh and tempers intact. What compounds the problem is that the spirit of Christmas is generally plural and consumed in large quantities, and that the designated driver, confident of his abilityRead More

Tony Deyal

About Tony Deyal

Tony Deyal is a Caribbean journalist who believes laughter is the best medicine.


Christmas Leftovers

Santa Claus

Christmas is a widely observed holiday on which neither the past nor the future is of as much interest as the present. It is that time of the year when you exchange hellos with strangers and good buys with friends. There is increasing concern about the lack of religion in Christmas. A recent survey showed that the only time most people mention God is when they check the price tags in the stores. Christmas is when most people get Santamental. In one case, they almost drove Santa mental. I wasRead More

Tony Deyal

About Tony Deyal

Tony Deyal is a Caribbean journalist who believes laughter is the best medicine.


Swansong for Santa

In my childhood, “His Master’s Voice” was not the lady of the house but phenomena that waxed even warmer and needed to be wound up to give voice. They were records set, not by Usain Bolt, but a large record company, RCA Victor. Those thick, black discs carried on their labels pictures of a dog named Nipper, with his face stuck in a large brass phonograph cylinder. “Why the dog trying to eat the gramophone?” I asked my Grandmother. “He teeth go break!” Unfortunately, His Master’s Voice was almost impossibleRead More

Tony Deyal

About Tony Deyal

Tony Deyal is a Caribbean journalist who believes laughter is the best medicine.


Pain is a Four-letter Word

We all deal with pain in different ways. We say “I feel your pain” knowing full well that we are all different and I can feel my pain extremely well and may feel what your pain may feel like but can never really feel your pain. Empathy and sympathy are all well and good but when I’m in pain and feeling it I know very well that nobody else in the world is feeling exactly how I feel when I’m feeling it. My father had many different responses to myRead More

Tony Deyal

About Tony Deyal

Tony Deyal is a Caribbean journalist who believes laughter is the best medicine.


Fiat Justitia or Just a Slow Coach?

When I was a young man, the Merrymen of Barbados, led by Emile Straker, was the hit band of the Caribbean. If you went to a “house” party you started the night with the Merrymen and ended it with Lost Indios Tabajaras. First came “Big Big Bamboo” with its suggestive lyrics, then you hustled the girls, “The More The Merrier” actually, drank your rum until you were “Sweet For Days” and having found one that you could truly tell “You Sweeten Me Girl, Yes You Sweeten Me” you moved onRead More

Tony Deyal

About Tony Deyal

Tony Deyal is a Caribbean journalist who believes laughter is the best medicine.


What Milk?

When Jesse Unruh, the former speaker of the California Assembly, said, “Money is the mother’s milk of politics” he was definitely not trying to titillate so much as ventilate a hidden truth. Behind every great man might be his mother but behind every great or not-so-great politician is his and other folks’ funds. The Bible might have valid grounds for decrying the love of money as the root of all evil but our present financial times demand lots of money liberally spent if you love the political limelight and theRead More

Tony Deyal

About Tony Deyal

Tony Deyal is a Caribbean journalist who believes laughter is the best medicine.


Chuckful of Bowling Talent

Village and district cricket in the dry season and football in the wet season, organized in leagues by older players and village businessmen, were extremely important to the pride of the different communities and they were blood and sand affairs, no quarter given, no holds barred and no rule unbroken especially the one about “unfair” deliveries and bowling actions that are called, in the different islands, “chucking”, “shying”, “stoning” and “pelting.” My friend Franklin (a.k.a Feco), was as lethal a pelter with the ball as with a stone or stickRead More

Tony Deyal

About Tony Deyal

Tony Deyal is a Caribbean journalist who believes laughter is the best medicine.


Journalists and Other Psychopaths

“While attending her mother’s funeral, a woman meets a man she’s never seen before. She quickly believes him to be her soul-mate and falls head over heels. But she forgets to ask for his number, and when the wake is over, try as she might, she can’t track him down. A few days later she murders her sister. Why? “If the first answer that springs to your mind is some variation of jealousy and revenge – she discovers her sister has been seeing the man behind her back – thenRead More

Tony Deyal

About Tony Deyal

Tony Deyal is a Caribbean journalist who believes laughter is the best medicine.