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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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”…

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…

Tony Deyal

About Tony Deyal

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