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The shooting range is known as, “Bullets & Burgers”, and is marketed as a family day out to include lunch and the choice of more than 20 automatic weapons to fire – From the BBC report on the accidental fatal shooting of her machine gun instructor by a nine-year-old American girl who could not control the gun’s recoil when it accidentally slipped from “single shot” to “automatic fire”. Thanks, Concrete Stand

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One of the unpleasant surprises about Barbados for me, especially coming from Fondes Amandes, St Anns, as I do, was what passes for soil here. Viewed from a taxi coming from the airport, the freshly ploughed cane fields look black and rich; viewed from the top end of a garden fork, though, the picture changes. The first time I stuck a garden fork in it, six years ago, and, St Anns/former cocoa estate style, yanked the fork back, the wooden handle snapped off and the steel tines of the fork itself remained unmoved: the Bajan “soil” had it in its death grip. It’s like rock.

Unless it gets a little wet. Then it turns into, not mud, but something like super-sticky

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A trip to Trinidad, for me, begins and ends with Chinese food, the cuisine of happiness of my childhood: Happy Chinese Food Sunday meant my parents weren’t arguing and we had enough money not to be literally hand-to-mouth. (My father made some money in his life but there was a period of about three years or more, from when I was about ten, when the UN would have classified us as living below the poverty line; I certainly didn’t have a US dollar a day; I got 25 TT cents every three days; during the school week.)

In Barbados, the Chinese food largely sucks, as compared with the Trini version, so the first and last places I go to eat are the same: Sunday Kitchen, the takeaway

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The whole world watched in shock and horror as Brasil collapsed against Germany in the World Cup in July but only the Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel cricket team was actually inspired by it. Could there have been a bigger waste of anyone’s time anywhere on the planet yesterday than watching the last five overs of

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Heard the stunning news last evening that Robin Williams is gone. Haven’t had the heart to check this morning whether it’s true that he went by his own hand. Amazing that a person one never met could touch one’s life so deeply. From Mork to the Fisher King, here was a gentle, if hirsute, soul. What a loss. And to think there are so many Isis/Islamic State wankers God could have taken instead.

Went to watch The Fisher King in his honour last night but my son rebelled at the thought of a possibly serious/depressing film on a night when

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When my wife is away, as she is now, I miss her most powerfully in another room, perhaps, but the whole family really feels her subtraction in the kitchen: we go from near- or actual gourmet meals to sandwiches overnight. They’re old enough to get meals for themselves now but, for most of their lives, the departure of their mother has translated into so-many-days of cheesy toast for lunch and cereal for both breakfast and dinner. It’s all we can do to keep the family dinner around the table at night going in her absence: me with my rice cakes, my daughter with her smoothie and my son with his Cini-Minis; it’s a good thing we’re not believers: God would find it difficult to stump up the grace to bless our meals.

She does all she can before she departs, like the late Comrade President Hugo Chavez did for Venezuela, but

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