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From 'two deaths' to ‘Resurrection’ NAGB hosts two new exhibits

T “This Is For That Day” (2018) by Tessa Whitehead

“Untitled” (1987) by Chan Pratt

he National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB) debuted two exhibitions this week. Works by renowned artist Chan Pratt and midcareer artist Tessa Whitehead were selected to challenge creative expression, inspire conversation and evoke strong emotional responses from viewers. With over 100 pieces from master Bahamian artist Chan Pratt, the NAGB celebrates his life and creativity posthumously with “Resurrection”. Mr Pratt is known as one of the first Bahamian visual artists who successfully transitioned from the corporate world to follow his passion and go on to produce acclaimed art. He typically used acrylic, watercolours and oils, which allowed him to experiment with and hone his craft. However, it was his relationship with the palette knife that truly gave his artistic observations nuance and depth. As his skill matured, he used tropical colours, and with the breaking of the plane, brought on and pushed by knife application, he was able to add diffusion to the tropical/temperate light, cooling the temperature and bringing a sculpted sensibility to his work. This novel technique enhanced realism and gave a very present feeling to the viewer, often adding to the tranquil mood found in the environments depicted. The NAGB also welcomed the first solo exhibition by

interdisciplinary artist Tessa Whitehead, showcasing a new body of paintings entitled “... there are always two deaths”. Ms Whitehead’s haunting work delves into many subjects that deal with the past, folklore and landscape. It also shows feelings of rejection and belonging that arise from issues of race or mixed heritage, and of gender and the dark, difficult journey that entails moving through the 21st century as a Bahamian woman. “The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas is a world-class museum that is committed to sharing visual art with the general public. The museum exists to educate, uplift and inspire all Bahamians everywhere. With the scheduled showing of Chan Pratt’s ‘Resurrection’ and Tessa Whitehead’s …’there are always two deaths’, the NAGB fulfills its mandate,” said Amanda Coulson, executive director. “As the leading art institution in the Bahamas, we will continue to actively nurture and provoke a healthy cultural ecosystem by exhibiting historical and contemporary work.” The opening reception for both exhibitions took place last night. If you would like to know more about upcoming exhibitions, programming or rental opportunities available at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, please visit or call 328-5800.

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Inside Weekend

My perfect Bahamian weekend Tanya Mason Artist/craft instructor Q: Saturday breakfast or Sunday lunch?

Interview 4-5 Emily Petty, a veteran teacher of 46 years, gets a school in Eleuthera named in her honour Carnival 7 Your survival guide to the three-day experience   Pageants 8 - 9 Meet the contestants vying for the Miss World Bahamas 2019 crown    Film 10, 20-21 ‘Black Jesus’ filmmaker Travolta Cooper is seeking support to tell the Myles Munroe story, plus the most anticipated Summer movies   Music 11-12 Julien Believe undertakes his biggest international tour to date, plus Anuschka Wright returns with a jazz classic   Weddings 14-15 Jazmine and Eduardo get their ‘grown up fairy tale’ with a Creole twist   Books 17 The hottest new releases hitting shelves this week   Theatre 18 ‘Untitled’ emphasises empathy and the importance of human relations   Gardening 19 Jack Hardy says it’s a great time of year   Forgotten Facts 22 The earliest Bahamian postage stamps    Literary Lives 23 - 25 Sir Christopher Ondaatje on a towering legend of literature    Puzzles 26   Animals 27 The challenge of keeping swimming pigs, plus Pet of the Week    

“I go tho church on Saturdays so I would say Sunday lunch. There are just less people on the street and Sunday is much more of a relaxing day.”

Q: Wine, rum, cocktail or Kalik? “A nice refreshing cocktail!”  

Q: Beach or Sofa?

“ go to bake in the sun? I think not! I would much rather catch up on my rest on the sofa.”

Q: What is the one thing that you can’t live without? “I can’t live without Jesus, period. Second to him is H2O, because I am thirsty right now.”

Q: Weekend away, where would you go?

“Hawaii would be great, but since I already live in a tropical destination, New York all the way!”

Things 2 Do this weekend Friday

• Insomniac All-Day Fete Time: 10am - 3pm Venue: The Rooftop Kick-off Carnival All-Day Fete meets Suds and Soca. The event will feature music from Haiti, Grenada, the Spanish and French Caribbean, Trinidad, and the Bahamas. This is the swimsuit edition, so swimwear and join the revelling.   • Twilight Electric Festival Time: 6pm - 11pm (runs every Wednesday to Sunday until June 23) Venue: Paradise Harbour, Atlantis Twilight Electric is an entertainment and art festival that is new to Atlantis. Enjoy a unique festival playground featuring the live show “Showtime at the Pink Flamingo” at 8pm nightly and home-grown Bahamian flavours at every turn. Willis and The Illest will perform live on Friday, the Essence band on Saturday, and the Traffic Jam Band take over on Sunday. Tickets for Atlantis guests and Bahamas residents are $15 for adults and $7.50 children under 12 years of age.   • Bahamas Carnival Experience – Insomnia with Bunji Garlin Time: 7pm Venue: Clifford Park SEE PAGE 7   • Cinco de Mayo Weekend Time: 9pm Venue: Fat Tuesday

A caliente Latin Party with salsa, merengue and bachata dancing and lots more with DJ Hooke from Cancun, Mexico. Enjoy Latin food and drink specials.


• Carnival Road Fever Time: 10am Start: Thomas A Robinson Stadium Join the mas bands and revellers on their road march down Thompson Boulevard, through Chippingham, to Saunders Beach and ending on Arawak Cay. • Mother’s Day Expo Time: 10am Venue: Mall at Marathon Everything you need to celebrate Mom and make Mother’s Day a special occasion.   • Sistas Sip & Shop Time: 12noon - 6pm Venue: #87 Meadows Boulevard, Winton Meadows Come and win a fascinator or floral arrangement for that special lady in your life. RSVP/WhatsApp 424-8914 or e-mail   • Third Annual Temp Fest Time: 12noon - 6pm Venue: Temple Christian High School, Shirley Street It’s a ‘Celebration of Spring’ with chicken and steak dinners for $10, and lots of games,

prizes, music and surprises. • Bahamas Carnival Experience – Amnesia with Machel Montano Time: 7pm Venue: Clifford Park SEE PAGE 7   • Give Me Some Time Album Release Show Time: 8pm Venue: The Current, Baha Mar Celebrate the release of Matthew Pinder’s new album, “Give Me Some Time”. Special guests include: RYVOLI, Judah Tha Lion, Molly Bush and Carly Hodge. There is a $10 cover charge.   • Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Time: Midnight - 2pm, Sunday Venue: Green Parrot Bar & Grill Bring in Cinco de Mayo margaritas and tequila shots in various flavours.  


•  2019 Bahamas Open National Triathlon Championships Time: 7am - 12noon Venue: Jaws Beach  These are the Open National Championships, CARIFTA Qualifiers, and Caribbean Championships.   • Bahamas Carnival – Unleash Time: 7pm Venue: Arawak Cay SEE PAGE 7

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For more than four decades she has played a vital role in Eleuthera’s education system, its politics, and its churches. Now, this veteran educator is being honoured by having a school on the island named after her. She tells Cara Hunt her favourite experiences as a teacher and how she wishes parents were more involved in their children’s lives.

Emily G Petty


he name Emily G Petty has been synonymous with education for more than 40 years, and today her legacy will be immortalised as the Governor Harbour Primary School is renamed in her honour. Ms Petty spoke with Tribune Weekend about what this honour means to her. “I feel blessed beyond measure and I have to thank God and the Ministry of Education and the people of Eleuthera because this is just wonderful and I am very excited to know that my name will be engraved on that school, even after I am in heaven,” she said. “I believe that God directed me to become a teacher,” she said when asked why she pursued a career in education. “I remember as a young child I would be out in the yard with the trees and the weeds and I would be teaching when the other kids were outside doing other things. I have always wanted to teach.” Ms Petty said that favourite thing about being an educator has been helping her young charges excel and prepare for the future. “I love to see when they grasp the concepts.” She said the hardest part of being a teacher is remaining passionate throughout the years despite the difficulties and negative experiences that may arise. “To be a good teacher you have to be remain passionate and you have to be in love with what you do,” she said.

And she also pointed out the importance of parents playing a more positive and supportive role in their children’s education. “A lot of parents are not as supportive as they think. You cannot leave all the teaching to your school’s teacher. Parents have to help their kids with their homework...sometimes they don’t, either because they themselves don’t understand or perhaps because they just can’t be bothered.” She added that parents also need to speak positively to their children. “A lot of time parents just fuss and fuss and children only hear negatively. Children often internalise that, so I encourage parents to be speak positively and help their children to be the best that they can,” she said. Now enjoying her retirement, Ms Petty said while she misses the classroom she is happy to experience this new stage of her life. “I cried at the end because it was such an integral part of my life for so long, and I miss it, but I still see my students in the community, in Sunday School, and around,” she said. Ms Petty’s contributions to society have been greatly appreciated by her community. In a tribute to the veteran educator, Reginald Eldon, dean of the Queen’s College Centre for Further Education, noted that when he first met Ms Petty in 1975 she was already on her way to greatness. “I was stationed in Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera, as the first full-time, professionally trained Youth Director in the

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Bahamas. I began my ministry with the Methodist Church in the Bahamas in that year, with responsibility for the 16 Methodist churches in North, Central and South Eleuthera as well as all Methodist churches in the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands,” he recalled. “(That) October, 1975, Ms Petty was already on her path of leadership in the Methodist Church in Governor’s Harbour. I was aware then of her talent for public speaking, youth leadership and her potential for growth. I invited her to join my team of youth leaders; the team was made up of some of the greatest youth leaders Eleuthera has ever known.” Mr Eldon said he invited Ms Petty to speak at the first Youth Rally in The Bluff, North Eleuthera, in January of 1976. “I will never forget it! She did not speak! She preached! The topic of her sermon was: ‘Keep on Trucking!’” In the years that followed, he said, she made major contributions in three areas which positively impacted the people of Eleuthera: the Church, local politics, and of course, education. “By far, the earliest contributions and the arena in which she came to terms with the vastness of her mind and the ‘unquenchable thirst to be somebody and to learn to manage her unapologetic daring and creative spirit’ was in the Church,” he said. Wesley Methodist Church in Cupid’s Cay is considered almost like a bridge to the Governor’s Harbour Primary School, soon to be the The Emily G Petty Primary School. This Methodist church, and some of the local church leaders like Roderick Pinder Sr, Vincent and Gloria Gaitor, Ralph Gibson, Maggie Bethel and Gordon Sands were the early gatekeepers who allowed Ms Petty to lead worship services or sit in on the leaders’ meetings. “I remember her early challenges as a young teenage youth leader and I remember how I fought for her with these same leaders, who in many instances seemed to have different standards for young people than they did for adults. It was that way in many of our churches, but Emily Petty never gave up. Despite the challenges and struggles, she kept on trucking,” said Mr Eldon. Ms Petty has given her life to serving God through the Methodist Church. She has preached, given announcements in church as though the future lives of the congregants depended on her articulation and professional

Emily G Petty being interview by BTC during her time as principal of Governor’s Harbour Primary School.

delivery. She has taught Sunday School, served in the Boys and Girls Brigade and worked in outreach and community ministry all over the island. “Ms Petty has always possessed versatility. This was true in her leadership in the church. She was as comfortable in jeans and a T-shirt as she was in her all-white outfit as an officer of the Central Eleuthera Women’s Fellowship,” said Mr Eldon. “I believe those early years in youth ministry on the island served to lay the foundation for the future years of leadership of this Eleuthera woman. I remember her dependability; I remember how I could always ask her to speak. I could always ask her to pray and I was never afraid that she would represent the Youth Department negatively.” Ms Petty was also very vocal when it came to local politics. For most of her life, she was a strong supporter of the Progressive Liberal Party. “The only people that will understand the manoeuvres and political dances in and out of the church when election time came around are those people who grew up in a Family Island Church. On Sunday mornings you could never tell that the prayerful, worshipful church leaders had on Saturday night been present, vocal and highly energetic at the political rally,” said Mr Eldon. “In the Methodist Church, we have always practiced a leadership principle

declaring that our church members are from all political persuasions and church leaders are the leaders of all members. Ms Petty was one of those church leaders who worked overtime at trying to balance integrity in this area of her life.” Her political party, he added, always demanded her involvement, mainly because of her leadership abilities. “She was an able campaign worker; a rallying voice at political rallies, and a trench walker when it came to fundraising and vote-counting. This woman’s expertise covered oceans of influence and floated many political ships on the island,” said Mr Eldon. Perhaps the greatest irony of her life was in 2012 when her son offered as a candidate for the South Eleuthera constituency under the banner of the Free National Movement. “I will not be amiss or wrong to say that Emily Petty caused more of a stir and excitement in the 2012 election campaign in South Eleuthera than her son did,” said Mr Eldon. “And the term that became synonymous with Howard Johnson in that election season, equally fitted his mother, Emily. Bamboozled took on a new meaning! “I remember speaking to Ms Petty during the 2012 election campaign and I just looked at her. She shrugged her shoulders, looked me in the eye and said, ‘Reg, he’s my son and I will wholeheartedly support him!’”

As an educator, Mr Eldon remembers Ms Petty as someone who taught the students of Eleuthera long before earning her Teacher’s Certificate, and someone who possessed great determination. “Her determination helped her win battles when she needed additional teachers and as she built bridges to the community, seeking to augment income for supplies through school fairs, cookouts and fundraisers. I don’t remember ever seeing her flinch or let her shoulders relax...She worked hard, was consistent and stayed the course,” said Mr Eldon. “Eleuthera has produced some of the finest teachers in our country. Many of these devoted servants of the people, and producers of Bahamian leaders, left Eleuthera and served their careers in other islands. There are a significant number of women and men who decided to stay in Eleuthera and work to make the island better through their contributions in education. Emily Petty is one of those people. “Ms Petty struggled through most of her life. She made mistakes, and there were some people who did not support her ministry. It happens with all of us. Today. her entire life of service shines a bright light on the qualities of civility, service and commitment. I believe we will be hard-pressed to find someone who would knowledgeably say that Ms Emily G Petty is undeserving of this honour.”

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A survival guide to the Bahamas Carnival Experience By JEFFARAH GIBSON


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f you’re attending the Bahamas Carnival Experience this weekend, be prepared to lose plenty of sleep.  Kicking off tonight, it is being touted as one epic weekend of entertainment. BTC’s “Mas in Paradise” will feature soca stars Machel Montano and Bunji Garlin, as well as 15 other special guests, who are all expected to bring dancehall to Clifford Park in a big way. In addition to the food village, there will two sections in which to party – a wet section and a dry one. On Friday and Saturday night, revellers will have the option to party in the dry section and enjoy the concert line-up. Or they can fete in the wet, J’ouvert section, the Kalik Light Foam Pit, and enjoy the sounds from some of the hottest deejays from the Bahamas, Trinidad and Jamaica. Hitting the stage tonight for “Insomnia” will be Bunji Garlin, Kes the Band, Patrice Roberts, Dexta Daps, Voice, Sketch Carey, Rik Carey and Benji. Then tomorrow, May 4, it’s time for the Road Fever march in the day (from the national stadium to Arawak Cay) and “Amnesia” in the night. On the main stage concertgoers will see Machel Montano, Farmer Nappy, Swappi, Problem Child, Shal Mashall, Teddyson, DMac, Mdeez and Fanshawn. Top soca deejays spinning tunes include Willy Chin, Close Connections, Dr Esan, DJ Bravo, Tank, and many more local deejays.  The weekend wraps on Sunday with “Unleash” on Arawak Cay – “the hypest cooler fete of the year,” according to organisers. If you are experiencing Bahamas Carnival for the first time it may seem like a lot to navigate. However, hopping from fete to

fete is how carnival is supposed to be experienced, said Jayde Knowles, the event’s public relations correspondent. Offering tips on how people can make the most of their time during the Bahamas Carnival Experience, she noted that “the race is not for the swift, but those who endure to the end.”  

Get enough rest

If you are planning on attending all three nights, this tip is a nobrainer. You won’t be able to keep up with all of the performances happening if you are not alert. Jayde suggests maybe taking a two-hour power nap before heading out to the park for the festivities. “Don’t over-exert yourself and expect to make it through the weekend,” she said.   

Cool outfits and comfortable shoes

Bahamas Carnival allows revellers to be as expressive and colourful with their attire as they desire. When deciding what threads to wear, make sure it’s something cool, comfortable and light-weight. “You want to be able to move around, or jump up and down freely,” said Jayde.  

Stay hydrated

“If you are planning to be on the road, I can’t stress enough how important it is to hydrate. The last thing you want is your body giving out on you over the weekend,” said Jayde. “Once you are done with the road, I would say catch an hour or two-hour nap, take a shower and get ready to come to the concert. When you are there you can find a nice comfortable spot to enjoy the show. And of course when its time to jump and dance you can do that, too.”  

Engage as much as possible Bahamas Carnival is an immersive experience and the only way to truly get the most out of it is to enjoy all of the events fully, said Jayde.  “This is how carnival is experienced all around the world. You go from one fete to anther fete to another. This is one weekend where you may lack some sleep, but how often do you really get to do this?” 

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Miss Abaco Carissa Francois

Miss Balmoral Island Shakera Hall

Miss Cat Island Edneka Farquharson

Beauty unveiled

Miss Crystal Cay La’Tiqua Smith

Miss World 2019 contestants are revealed


ast Sunday saw the official unveiling of the 2019 contestants vying for the crown of Miss World Bahamas. This year’s pageant, which culminates with grand finale on May 26 at Atlantis, features eight beauties competing for the title and the sash. The unveiling happened at Seven at The Pointe during the premiere of the “Road to the Crown” reality TV series which will complement the pageant journey. Each new episode airs on Tuesdays on Our TV, Cable Bahamas Channel 212. Next up for the contestants is the National Costume competition, set for May 10 at The Rooftop. The costume competition is always a fun event as the women get to let their hair down and display their creativity in fabulous attire created by Bahamian designers.


Miss Abaco Carissa Francois

• Age: 17 • Favourite colour: Royal blue • Favourite food: Fettuccine

• What was your childhood like? My childhood years were a struggle. I was bullied in primary school and junior high school because of my size. At a young age, my family began facing hardship after my dad had to leave the country, leaving the welfare of our family to my mom who didn’t have a full-time job. After bouncing from apartment to apartment we moved from Abaco to New Providence, however, during our stay with family we weren’t treated the best. All these events happened in a span of three and a half years. However, my four siblings and I are close because we’ve been through everything together. Now we are living a happy, fulfilled life, which is great! The grace of God and the help of my pastor and church family is what kept us during those difficult times.” • Something unusual about yourself:  I used to eat rocks because of the satisfying chalky taste it had. Weird, right? • A proud moment in your life: Becoming Miss Abaco 2019. • Fun Fact: The sight of blood frightens me.  

Miss Balmoral Island Shakera Hall

• Age: 25 • Favourite colour: Black • Favourite food: Fries and mushroom burger • What was your childhood like? My childhood years were spent on the island filled with excitement, adventure, fun and family time. • Something unusual about yourself? The most unusual thing I’ve done was to join in on the tradition of jumping fully clothed into a blue hole on the last day of high school. • A proud moment in your life? My most memorable moment was coming third place in a spelling competition in primary school where I ran against fifth and sixth graders while being in grade three. That taught me that success is not about being first, but doing your best. • Fun fact: I own a vegan catering company called What Ve’Gan Eat.   

Miss Cat Island Edneka Farquharson • Age: 21 • Favourite colour: Pink

• Favourite food: Crab and dough • What was your childhood like? My childhood years were traumatic, yet adventurous. I faced and eventually overcame hostile situations which led to me being placed in the Ranfurly Home for Children. My time there was amazing; I was given opportunities which changed my life. However, I didn’t fully appreciate everything the home did for me until I left because I always felt like something was missing. • Something unusual about yourself? I have unbelievable drive! Despite the difficulties I have faced, I am now working and putting myself through school. • A proud moment in your life? Making the decision to further my education and following through with that decision by enrolling in BTVI. • Fun fact: Even though I am from the sunny Bahamas, my favourite sport is ice skating.

Miss Crystal Cay La’Tiqua Smith • Age: 19

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Miss Eleuthera Nyah Bandelier

Miss New Providence Jerchovia Moxey

Miss Ocean Cay Rotalya Williams

Miss University of the Bahamas Lydia Cooper

• Favourite colour: Blush and periwinkle • Favourite food: Baked crawfish tails • What was your childhood like? My childhood years were filled with family bonding, especially in the time of my adolescent challenges. • Something unusual about yourself? I have native Indian ancestry. • A proud moment in your life? I was a member of the historymaking first private school team to win the Senior Girls High School National Basketball Championships in 2017. • Fun fact: I spent a summer as a mermaid.

My eyes change colour between blue, green and grey, depending on my mood, what I’m wearing, and sometimes even the weather. • A proud moment in your life? Aside from graduating high school, my proudest moment would be overcoming bullying which made me more confident, and which is how I grew stronger from that experience. • Fun fact: I am petrified of frogs but that didn’t stop me from eating frog legs once.  

I’m known to be the performer of the family and took every chance I got to entertain my family by putting on my own productions. With each show I’d invite my family members to come and enjoy the theme of the night in our living room and backyard, ready to dazzle them. • A proud moment in your life? Gratefully, I have been blessed with many memorable moments, but I was most proud of my first self-taught sewing experience in university. I channelled my love of crafts and fashion, found my way in front of a borrowed sewing machine and made a skirt out of curtain fabric. I hope to one day have my own fashion capsule line. • Fun fact: I once touched a poisonous blue jeans frog while white water rafting in Costa Rica and lived to tell about it.

Completing university and receiving my degree is a milestone I will never forget. Fun fact: As a child, I always played the role of teacher, and teaching is my profession today.

Miss Eleuthera Nyah Bandelier

• Age: 18 • Favourite colour: Red • Favourite food: Sushi and tacos • What was your childhood like? My childhood years were very active. I have lots of fun memories playing and running around with my cousins and my neighbours. I attended dance school where I learned ballet and acrobatics. Attending church on Sundays was also a huge part of my childhood. I always looked forward to the summers when I would get to travel with my grandmother. While there were fun times, I also experienced some bad. But I’ve learned not to let the negative memories affect or dictate my life but rather grow from the experience. • Something unusual about yourself?

Miss New Providence Jerchovia Moxey

• Age: 24 • Favourite colour: Anything with glitter • Favourite food: Pea soup and dumplings • What was your childhood like? I have one word to describe my childhood years: busy. I have very fond memories of going to dance practice, soccer, clarinet lessons and choir practice, all in one week, while still being a full-time student. Throughout my childhood my parents ensured that excellence plus passion always equalled fulfilment. I spent my time juggling how to be a big sister to two siblings with my million-and-one extracurricular activities along with learning what I wanted to be when I grew up. It’s at that time I learned that experiences shape who you are and steer who you aspire to be. • Something unusual about yourself?

Miss Ocean Cay Rotalya Williams

• Age: 22 • Favourite colour: Gold • Favourite food: Conch salad • What was your childhood like? My childhood years were definitely filled with some of the greatest memories of my life. I looked forward to Saturday afternoons in my grandmother’s backyard, playing school with my siblings, cousins and neighbourhood children. • Something unusual about yourself? I research a lot of random things. • A proud moment in your life?

Miss University of the Bahamas Lydia Cooper

• Age: 22 • Favourite colour: Yellow • Favourite food: Shrimp fettuccine • What was your childhood like? My childhood years were probably one of the most enjoyable times in my life. It was most enjoyable because I didn’t have the responsibility of paying bills, but also because that was when authentic friendships were formed and quality time with our loved ones was spent together. I remember there were times when my neighbours and I would spend long days together playing outdoor games, sports and climbing trees. You weren’t cool unless you got a scar from climbing trees. • Something unusual about yourself? Over the past few years, I have had over four generations of cats. • A proud moment in your life? As the youngest of seven siblings, being the first to go to university. • Fun fact: I love reading romance novels and all things inspirational.   Vote for your favourite contestant at

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Funding purpose

Filmmaker seeks support in telling ambitious Myles Munroe story By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer


The late Dr Myles Munroe


hen Bahamian filmmaker Travolta Cooper made a proposal to the estate of the late Dr Myles Munroe back in 2016 to tell the story of the spiritual late leader who impacted many lives in the Bahamas and around the world with his ministry, he didn’t know it would turn into one of the most ambitious projects of his career. Travolta, who is known for his highly acclaimed film “Black Moses”, began the groundwork for the Myles Munroe story titled “Mr Purpose” nearly three years ago and expected to debut the film mid-2017. As the cameras began rolling in Africa, Europe and North America – all places Dr Munroe frequently visited – the project’s depth and vastness quickly became evident. Today, “Mr Purpose” remains in the production phase and the filmmaker is in need of additional funding to finish the documentary. A Go Fund Me page was launched to raise $50,000 to complete the film he believes will not only tell Dr Munroe’s story, but become an extension of his ministry. The film documents the life and legacy of Dr Munroe, who travelled all around the world ministering the gospel and inspiring countless people to pursue their God-given purpose.

Myles Munroe Jr, executive producer of the film, said when Travolta approached him about completing the project in 12 months he laughed. Travolta admitted he had underestimated what it would take to produce “Mr Purpose”. “This has been one of the most intense experiences of my life. My last feature documentary, ‘The Black Moses’, was pretty intense as well, with the filming and travel. But ‘The Black Moses’ was mere training ground for this,” he told Tribune Weekend. The existence of this film is a achievement within itself, said Travolta, given that it is a Bahamian production which is being filmed on six continents. “That’s never happened in our history. That rarely happens anywhere in the world, much less in our little country. It’s a pretty ambitious film,” he said. And despite having to travel to different continents to complete the film, the only road block so far has been funding. “I’ve been welcomed all around the world to come and document Dr Munroe’s time in these various countries. Some countries even offered to pay for our accommodations. Truth? I haven’t experienced this hospitality in my own home. I initially thought funding would be a walk in the park here at home.

An aspiring South African politician is interviewed about Dr Myles Munroe. “Black Jesus” filmmaker Travolta Cooper is exploring the life of Dr Myles Munroe.

An interview with well-known motivational speaker Les Brown for the “Mr Purpose” documentary. Easy equation: the Bahamas + culture + tourism = funding. Because no Bahamian in the history of the country has put our country on the world map like Myles Munroe. “Most of us – believers and secular – have that ‘Are you from the Bahamas like Myles Munroe?’ overseas story. But the governments, both past and present, didn’t give. Even when they promised they would. And that story is bigger than just ‘Mr Purpose’. That speaks of how they treat the Bahamian arts and culture community as a whole. This isn’t unique to my own experience as a local filmmaker. Many of us feel

very lost and undervalued here and it’s causing a bit a of brain drain with each passing year. The irony of this production is that when it’s all done, it would be a sad day that I would have to leave the country as well and go somewhere else where creatives like me are valued and can thrive,” he said. By reaching to out to the public, Travolta said he is giving all Bahamians and those who have been impacted by Dr Munroe the chance to sow a seed. Dr Munroe was the leader of Bahamas Faith Ministries. He and his wife Ruth were killed in a plane crash in Grand Bahama in November 2014. Dr Munroe founded Bahamas Faith Ministries International in the early 1980s after studying at Oral Roberts University, a Christian liberal arts school in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His reach extended far beyond the four walls of BFM, as he quickly became an influential religious leader among evangelical Christians, giving sermons around the world and occasionally appearing on televangelist Benny Hinn’s popular programmes.

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Comeback coffee

Anuschka Wright returns with famous jazz tune



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lthough she has been laying low for a while, jazz singer Anuschka Wright has still been keeping busy and remaining musically fit. Her latest work, a remastering of “Black Coffee”, was released today and signifies her comeback. “Black Coffee” was written in 1948 by Sonny Burke and Paul Francis Webster. Over the years, the well-known Jazz standard has been recorded famously by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and many others. “Personally, I’ve always liked the Julie London version,” said Anuschka, who spoke about her inspiration for remastering the song. “At first I’d never really thought that the song suited me very much. Still, it called to me and I added it to my repertoire some time back. And once after a performance a fan told me how

much they loved my take on it and suggested I record it. I hadn’t taken it to heart at the time, but here we are. With me promoting my release of a song I never thought I’d sing well enough to record it.” Like most of the music she performs, “Black Coffee” tells a story. “I always gravitate towards songs of that nature. As an artist I believe a big part of connecting with your audience is by connecting with what you’re delivering to them. Even if the situation in the song isn’t something I can directly relate with, if it’s a story I can relay and a character I can dive into, then I’m all for it,” she told Tribune Weekend. The video for ‘Black Coffee’ was also released today. Apart from exercising her musical muscles, Anuschka said she has been engaging in other projects.

“As an artist I believe a big part of connecting with your audience is by connecting with what you’re delivering to them.” “I’ve been doing quite a bit of contract work in side projects, performing with a disco and Motown tribute show band and doing backup vocals for a few reggae and soul projects here and there. “In terms of my personal projects, however, 2018 was a super low year.

I was creatively worn and struggling financially...among other things. So I had to take a major step back from my art and give myself room to heal. In a sense then, this new release is kind of a signal to the world that I’m coming back to myself and back to my own music,” she said. While she does not have any immediate plans, Anuschka said she has been focused on creating lots of original content to share with her followers. “I’ve been writing for years and have never really sought to develop my own repertoire. I think it’s about time I finally move forward with that. I know quite a few people from back in the day when I would first sing at open mic nights and who experienced my first jazz concert as a teenager where I performed only original songs might be excited to hear that. Anyway, so that’s something everyone can look forward to for sure,” she said.

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Julien Believe takes on the world


ahamian singer, songwriter and producer Julien Believe has officially embarked on his biggest international tour to date. The Julien Believe 2019 World Tour kicked off in Miami, Florida, on April 5 and stops in Los Angeles, San Diego, Boston, Washington, New York, Orlando and Atlanta. Then it’s on to Beijing, China, and Hamburg, Germany. In the Bahamas, he will perform in Nassau, Freeport, Eleuthera, Abaco and Acklins. The tour will take place over nine weeks. “It’s always a pleasure representing the country globally as a music ambassador. It’s a good feeling knowing people from all over the world can be immersed in our culture through my music,” said Julien. “It’s important to expand my horizons and ensure I do different things to get different results. Growth is key! I’m all about new places, new people, new horizons, and most importantly, new experiences.”

“One of my exciting world tour moments will be performing in Hamburg, Germany, at the Rotary International Convention at the end of May where the current president, Barry Rassin, who is a Bahamian, will be finishing his presidential term. President Barry has requested the showcasing of Bahamian culture and entertainment, and I am excited to be part of the line-up and be able to perform for the more than 24,000 Rotarians from around the world.” The singer is not only an ambassador for the Bahamas, but is also an international, award-winning entertainer. Breaking down barriers, Julien has accomplished things that many Bahamian artists dream about: scoring major collaborations with 10-time Grammy Award winner John Legend, dancehall legend Beenie Man, Soca King Bunji Garlin and more. These achievements have earned him great admiration in the Caribbean and on international music scene.

Julien Believe has embarked on his biggest tour to date. A highlight of Julien’s career was his performance at the 2015 Miss World Pageant in Sanya, China, in front of a live audience of thousands, and millions of viewers globally. He has also performed at the Notting Hill Carnival in London, the Hollywood Carnival in Los Angeles and the BET Awards Pre-Party. 

Julien is currently collaborating with music producers in Los Angeles for an upcoming album set to be released in this Summer. Fans can follow his world tour on all social media platforms @ JulienBelieve, or visiting

Franklin, Whitney Houston, CeCe Winans and others. She is also no stranger to stage, as she began performing and singing at the tender age of six. However, her professional artistic journey did not begin until 2017 when she started the five-member rock band named Black

Sheep. After an eight-month run the band decided to call it quits and Ringo decided to pursue a solo career. Krazy Ringo has since performed her debut single on television shows such as “Bahamas at Sunrise” and “The Morning Edition” on ZNS. She has also opened for artists like Willis and the Illest and performed during the pre-show of the third annual Elevation Awards. Her stage name is inspired by her love of anime and Krump dancing. She said it represents the strength, leadership and loyalty displayed by her favourite anime character, and also incorporates her passion for Krumping, an American street dance characterised by expressive, exaggerated and highly energetic movement. For more information on Krazy Ringo, visit her social media pages on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. Contact her at 803-8415 or e-mail

New ‘Krazy’ singer gets her start in the industry A new artist is about to make a splash on the local music scene. Alisha Bethel, known by her stage name “Krazy Ringo”, was recently signed to the Bahamian label Encore Records. She brought out her debut single “All Night” featuring rapper TonAsh last December. The single was written by recording artist Sacha the Duchess and is a fun party track that uses the old school R&B vibes that Ringo grew up with. Ringo has been around music her entire life. Her father was a part of the

Alisha Bethel, aka “Krazy Ringo” singing group D4U (Dreams 4 You) and her mother sang for many choirs and praise teams, ensuring Ringo was constantly exposed to various genres of music. At a young age, she was inspired by music from the likes of New Edition, Boys II Men, Bobby Brown, Michael Jackson, Aretha

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2019 Time 100 Gala



Taylor Swift Karin says: “I love this soft pink/yellow combo so much! It’s so girly. She’s looks like the pastel goddess of Spring ushering in the new season. And it fits in perfectly with the colour scheme of her latest video, ‘Me!’. Can’t say the girl isn’t coordinated. I especially love the giant sleeves. It’s such a romantic dress...something for a twilight picnic.” Cara says: “This colour just screams Spring. Such a fun dress; I love the colour combo as well. Yes, the sleeves are insane, but I don’t think they are too much. And add that little crown on her head and she is a Grecian goddess come to life.”


With Karin Herig and Cara Hunt



Emilia Clarke ”Game Naomi Campbell of Thrones”

Sandra Oh ”Killing Eve”

Brie Larson ”Captain Marvel”

Karin says: “She looks so much better here than she did at the premiere of her own show. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her in red, but it’s definitely her colour. Here, I can even forgive the chiffon skirt. The sheer corset-like bodice also looks great on her. While the length does make look a little shorter than she already is, it’s fine.” Cara says: “The lady in red. This is definitely my kind of dress. So I am loving it. It’s my favourite dress this week, I think. It is just such a simple, but classic look. She looks absolutely stunning in this cocktail gown. I also love the length; which I’ve decided to call ‘swishy’ length.”

Karin says: “I do so hate the one big feather/ruffle/brooch on the one shoulder look. It’s so old-fashioned and has been done to death. This whole outfit just ages her and doesn’t let her be the badass she is. This may have been all right for a night at the the dark, where no one sees you... but not on a red carpet.” Cara says: “I don’t like it. At all. First, what is that dead bird on her shoulder? It must have fell from the nest that is her hair. OK, so it’s not really that bad, but it’s just old-fashioned and boring. I’m sure Sandra could pull off something really stylish and haute couture, but this is not it.”

Karin says: “Ill-fitting (did she get a lot skinnier?) and a awful, horrible hue of green. The cut, however, is simple lovely. It just looks like maybe somebody else should be wearing it. Her severe bun and complete lack of any bling also doesn’t help her case.” Cara says: “It’s not always easy being green, especially when the green in question looks like sick. This green is definitely teetering on the obnoxious side, but it manages to be just all right. Otherwise, the dress is very simple and elegant. And look! Every girl’s dream – pockets!”

Karin says: “Here we go, a gold lamé dress, which is totally hideous. She looks like a mannequin dressed in a Ferrero Rocher wrapper. The extremely high neck looks like it’s choking her, and the severe hair and overdone highlighter make her look like a dummy... the kind you see in store windows with a pleading look on their plastic faces.” Cara says: “If you’ve ever wondered what Naomi would look like wrapped in foil, here you go. She looks like she is wearing one of those suits people put on to lose weight. I’m not a fan at all. She is one of the original supermodels and still looks better than 99 percent of people out there, she should have done better.”


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New releases hitting shelves this week • AFRICAN SAMURAI: THE TRUE STORY OF YASUKE, A LEGENDARY BLACK WARRIOR IN FEUDAL JAPAN When Yasuke arrived in Japan in the late 1500s, he had already travelled much of the known world. Kidnapped as a child, he had ended up a servant and bodyguard to the head of the Jesuits in Asia, with whom he traversed India and China learning multiple languages as he went. His arrival in Kyoto, however, literally caused a riot. Most Japanese people had never seen an African man before, and many of them saw him as the embodiment of the black-skinned (in local tradition) Buddha. Among those who were drawn to his presence was Lord Nobunaga, head of the most powerful clan in Japan, who made Yasuke a samurai in his court. Soon, he was learning the traditions of Japan’s martial arts and ascending the upper echelons of Japanese society. In the 400 years since, Yasuke has been known in Japan largely as a legendary, perhaps mythical figure. Now African Samurai presents the neverbefore-told biography of this unique figure of the 16th century, one whose travels between countries, cultures and classes offers a new perspective on race in world history and a vivid portrait of life in medieval Japan.

• A THOUSAND YEARS TO WAIT BY L RYAN STORMS At 18, Moreina di Bianco is a young healer who believes in medicine, not magic, even while possessing a second sight she can’t fully explain. So when the Faranzine Talisman chooses Reina to reawaken an ancient magic and end a war, she must reconcile her beliefs, unlock the talisman’s secrets, and harness the magic within. Reluctant to accept help, Reina agrees to allow two determined escorts to accompany her on her journey for truth, but each comes with a mysterious past of his own. Her estranged childhood friend, Quinn D’Arturio, left their village years ago and only recently returned, harbouring dark secrets behind a solemn exterior. And despite his status as a perfect stranger, a dashing captain by the name of Niles Ingram is quick to fight by Reina’s side at whatever the cost. That someone she’s only just met would give his life for hers is a sobering realisation of the ever-present danger Reina has jumped into. There’s just one problem with Reina’s two companions. They, too, are featured in the talisman’s prophecy—as potential suitors. But what woman wants a suitor, let alone two, when she’s tasked with defeating a usurping general, ending a war, finding the true

king, and rightfully seating him on the throne? • LITTLE DARLINGS BY MELANIE GOLDING Everyone says Lauren Tranter is exhausted, that she needs rest. And they’re right; with newborn twins, Morgan and Riley, she’s never been more tired in her life. But she knows what she saw: that night, in her hospital room, a woman tried to take her babies and replace them with her own…creatures. Yet when the police arrived, they saw no one. Everyone, from her doctor to her husband, thinks she’s imagining things.

A month passes. And one bright summer morning, the babies disappear from Lauren’s side in a park. But when they’re found, something is different about them. The infants look like Morgan and Riley—to everyone else. But to Lauren, something is off. As everyone around her celebrates their return, Lauren begins to scream, “These are not my babies!” Determined to bring her true infant sons home, Lauren will risk the unthinkable. But if she’s wrong about what she saw…she’ll be making the biggest mistake of her life.

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displays integral empathy and human relations By DR IAN BETHELL-BENNETT


ntitled”, playing this weekend at the Dundas’ Philip A Burrows Black Box Theatre, breaks many barriers in its discussion of human relations and the need for empathy. The play, a first for me on the local stage that tackles a really weighty topic in a sometimes humorous fashion, is a deep and revealing study on Bahamian society. Not always pretty, but pretty intense. The play presents conversations ostensibly from the perspective of an art therapist and presents the value of conversation and human contact. In an age where sip and paint events are in vogue, yet conversing on human troubles and realities is no longer the norm, this play shows how important our interactions are. In a culture deeply traumatised by violence and stress, we live generational trauma on the DNA level. This informs our lack of interpersonal communication, because everyone is angry or in a rush. The promise that technology would allow us to work less has proven false. We all work more, and receive less remuneration for our time. Humanity seems to be losing ground to mechanised productivity, machine gun violence and gangster talk, not to mention “cuss de nex car” kind of anger. The play is broken into vignettes of people’s lives and their traumas. “The Strong One”, the first episode in the second act led by Mayqeen Demeritte is an exploration of family (dys)functions and dynamics, and of a child who does everything while the others dump everything on that one child. We see this as uniquely Bahamian because in so many other cultures the split in families is complete by the age of 21.

“Untitled” is a play by Ringplay Productions written by Patrice Francis and J Ben-Hepburn, and directed by Marcel Sherman. It is universal yet uniquely local. The writers point out that, “our lives are our canvas, our invitation to create; a piece of abstract art that feels completed one day and the next, unfinished, untitled, and unsure but constantly committed to finding more.” The well-written, smart and insightful work brings to mind Peter Schumer’s “Bread and Puppet Theatre”. This form of art cuts across theatre and visual art and/or living art to expose the inner workings, inner trauma and life-long conversations we need to have, but often are not given or do not give ourselves the space to have. Francis and Ben-Hepburn draw together the concept of communitybased art initiatives and therapy to articulate humanity covered by the trappings of progress. The splintering, where we do not see community as important but rather seek jobs that allow us to sell our birthrights, is a part of this. We no longer really share old stories or old talk with the generations who follow, yet we expect them to understand things without ever giving them with the information or the tools to equip them to succeed. Conversation, the breaking of bread, is essential for personal, community and national health. The play grapples with all these aspects of interpersonal communication and floats the idea of healing through arts, communication and civic engagement. We see how attached we have become to “tings”. We spoil our children and allow them to develop tastes that they cannot afford. This is

Cast members on stage. best illustrated in “Sausage for Pension” with Tyara Minnis, Renee Cesar and Brentwood Burrows, all of whom come together to bemoan the mother’s “tiefin” that leads to her losing her hotel job. The mother’s youngest, most materialistic and most beloved child wanted sausage, so the mother steals the sausage and as a result loses her job and pension after decades of working in her hotel job The tragedy is silent, but so present in the stories linked by the therapist, Nicolette Archer. Archer connects all the moving parts of the play. She, along with the young students who represent so many different aspects of life – the present, the future and the speakers of sage quotes – act like the glue that links all the experiences. All players have an important role in bringing the stories together in a way that allows conversation to develop. The mental health of a community is based on the art of talking: the need for empathy in our daily lives. The key seems to be community-based arts

programmes and “Bread and Puppet Theatre” that show art is as fundamental to life as bread. Art is not an elite pastime, but a cross- and inter-generational need to bridge lives. “Untitled” is a wonderful look at what we can be if we talk about it. We can resolve so many problems before they arise. The play is a terrific, thoughtproducing voyage through life and daily experiences. It is so worth an evening and may bring things into a different perspective. I commend the writers and producers on the casting and the inclusion of young voices. The cross-generational space is essential for dialogue to develop, and through this talk, reduce violence and traumatic interactions. The need for empathy and humanity are clear. Embrace the moment!   • “Untitled” will be playing at the Dundas’ Philip A Burrows Black Box Theatre tonight and on Saturday at 8.15pm, and on Sunday at 6.15pm.

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A great time of year It’s time for warm, languid evenings and jam-making, says Jack Hardy


ay is the Chamber of Commerce month of the Bahamas. It is mid-Spring and the sea is not only a tempting blue but comfortably warm. All the subtropical plants that have served us well through the cooler months are showing renewed energy while the true tropicals are beginning to strut their stuff. Crepe myrtle will begin flowering and strewing the ground with colourful petals; royal poinciana trees will be bearing early flowers, a time that many consider to be more attractive than when fully covered in flowers; heliconias unsheathe their bracts while gingers produce flowers, and bromeliads turn their sometimes otherworldly flowers stalks into stunning displays of creative floral design. There are ripe dillies in the bush and full onions in the veggie patch. The weather is sunny and any rain is usually a brief but refreshing shower. Evenings outdoors are languid and you may hear the rumble of thunder and see flashes of heat lightning as, perhaps, you sip a favourite cocktail before bedtime. It’s a great time of year in a great place to be. Let’s have a look at those onions. Once the hollow leaves droop and start withering it is time to pull your onion crop. Just ease them from the soil, knock off any attached earth, and allow them to lie on the ground for a week or so. Turn them every day to expose different areas to the sun. After a week your onions will be hardened but not fully cured. Collect the onions and remove the roots by pulling with your fingers or clipping with scissors. Now decide what

Green tomato jam to do with them, and that depends on how many you have. Onions you will be using within a few weeks can have their stems cut away leaving two inches intact. The top of the onion is its weakest point and the last part to become cured. If you cut the leaves too low you may cause this part of your onions to start rotting. Onions you intend to store for a month or two should be placed in groups of 10 or 12 and the leaves plaited roughly. When this is done you can tie the leaves at three points and hang each bunch in an area that gets

good breeze but no direct sunshine or rain. When you are ready for cured onions all you have to do is cut away the one or two that you need. You can also store your onions in an onion sack which, after all, is made for the job. Cut the foliage away and leave 2 inches of stem. Put your onions into onion sacks but do not add too many. Hang the sack in a breezy spot and every day or two give the bag a light massage to alter the position of the onions and allow each to have time on the outside as well as the inside of the onion mass.

How long your onions will last this way depends completely on the type of onion you have grown. Some store well while others do not. Even poor storage onions should last two months. Some varieties of yellow onion, usually quite small, can last for six to eight months well cured. If you see new shoots projecting from the top an onion, remove it and use it straight away. Red and white onions do not usually have long storage lives. Those warm, languid evenings I mentioned earlier sound a death knell for tomatoes. Once the nighttime temperature stays constantly above 68 degrees your tomato flowers will not self-pollinate. Expect no more tomatoes once May arrives. While you still have plenty of tomatoes on the vine you may wish to make some tomato jam, or tomato butter as the Americans call it. Instead of boiling for hours using the old fashioned way of making jam, just cook your tomato pulp and sugar mixture for a few minutes to sterilise it. Store the jam in your refrigerator and use within three months. For longer storage, freeze the jar. Instructions for quick or refrigerator jam are contained in a leaflet in jars of pectin at your local supermarket. Some people like to include skin and seeds in their tomato jam but I prefer a more refined preserve. Make a cross at the flower end of your tomatoes and dip them into boiling water for 10 seconds or so. The skin will come off easily. Remove the stem end core and chop the flesh coarsely. Run your fingers through the chopped tomato and remove the flesh bit by bit. You will find that juice and seeds tend to be left behind giving mostly tomato meat with which to make your jam. Even better, use large heirloom tomatoes and make your jam what winemaker would call a varietal. Heirloom tomatoes taste superior, therefore produce superior jam. They often have small seed cavities around a substantial mass of ripe meatiness. You can remove the skin, and then remove the seeds with a teaspoon. Chop the remainder and make your jam. Your jam is red? How conservative you are. Choose yellow heirlooms, green heirlooms. Make a really special jam.

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Summer Movie Preview: Sequels galore, but original gems too LOS ANGELES (AP) — Summer starts in May at the movies and The Associated Press has you covered with a month-by-month guide of what’s playing at the theaters, and on Netflix, from the biggest blockbusters to the smallest indies.


“Long Shot” (May 3) —A childhood crush gets a second chance when a presidential hopeful (Charlize Theron) hires a speechwriter (Seth Rogen) who she used to babysit in this raucous comedy. “Uglydolls” (May 3) —The popular toys are voiced by some of music’s biggest stars, including Kelly Clarkson and Pitbull, in this animated family film. “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” (May 3) — Zac Efron plays Ted Bundy in this unconventional look at the serial killer through the eyes of an ex-girlfriend (Lily Collins) witnessing his downfall in this Netflix drama. Also in select theatres. “Wine Country” (May 10) — Amy Poehler has assembled the Avengers

of comedy, Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey, Paula Pell, Rachel Dratch and Ana Gasteyer, in this Netflix film about a heightened 50th birthday trip to Napa. “The Hustle” (May 10) —Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson put a female spin on “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.” “Detective Pikachu” (May 10) — Ryan Reynolds lends his voice to the cuddly yellow Pokemon in this liveaction mystery. “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum” (May 17) — Everyone’s favourite assassin is back and this time the Keanu Reeves character has a $14 million price on his head. “Aladdin” (May 24) — This liveaction reboot of the animated classic from director Guy Ritchie finds Will Smith in the role of the Genie. “Brightburn” (May 24) — This James Gunn-produced thriller with Elizabeth Banks puts a sinister spin on a classic superhero tale. What if the alien child who crash lands on earth isn’t actually good? “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” (May 31) — “Stranger Things”

“The Lion King” (July 29) breakout Millie Bobby Brown makes her big screen debut alongside Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga and O’Shea Jackson.” “Ma” (May 31) — Octavia Spencer terrorizes some young kids in this thriller from “The Help” director Tate Taylor. “Rocketman” (May 31) — Taron Egerton uses his own voice to play Elton John in this fantasy musical biopic, with Jamie Bell and Richard Madden.


“Dark Phoenix” (June 7) — Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey gets the spotlight in this X-Men sequel set a decade after the events of “X-Men: Apocalypse.” “Late Night” (June 7) — Mindy Kaling wrote and stars in this comedy about an aspiring comedy writer who gets the dream job on the writing staff of Emma Thompson’s late night show. “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” (June 7) — A gem of a film about legacy, gentrification and the meaning of “home.” “The Secret Life of Pets 2” (June 7) — Harrison Ford makes his animation debut alongside Kevin Hart, Tiffany

Haddish, Patton Oswalt and Dana Carvey in this sequel to the immensely popular first film. “Men in Black: International” (June 14) — Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth take up the mantle of this franchise with “Straight Outta Compton” director F. Gary Gray at the helm. “Shaft” (June 14) — Samuel L Jackson returns to the role of John Shaft II in this Tim Story-directed film about his FBI agent son, John “JJ” Shaft Jr., played by Jessie Usher. “The Dead Don’t Die” (June 14) — Jim Jarmusch brought together a starry cast, including Adam Driver, Bill Murray, Selena Gomez and Tilda Swinton, for this zombie comedy. “Murder Mystery” (June 14) — Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler re-team for this film about a cop and his wife who become suspects in the murder of a billionaire. “Child’s Play” (June 21) — Mark Hamill lends his vocal talents to the voice of the demonic doll Chucky in this reboot of the 1988 horror film, with Aubrey Plaza and Brian Tyree Henry. “Toy Story 4” (June 21) — Woody, Buzz and Bo Peep are back with old

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and new pals, like Forky, in this sure-to-be emotional sequel about everyone’s favorite sentient toys. “Annabelle Comes Home” (June 28) — In this third “Annabelle” film Ed and Lorraine Warren’s daughter (Mckenna Grace) and her baby-sitters are the targets of the murderous doll. “Yesterday” (June 28) — A freak accident ends up erasing The Beatles and their music from the world’s memory except for the one struggling musician who uses it to his advantage in this charmer from director Danny Boyle.


“Spider-Man: Far From “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” (June 14) Home” (July 2) — There is life after “Avengers: Endgame” for Peter Parker (Tom Holland) on a school trip to Europe, where Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio complicates things. “Midsommar” (July 3) —”Hereditary” director Ari Aster is back to scare audiences again with this film about a couple vacationing in a Swedish village with possible cult tendencies. “21 Bridges” (July 12) — Chadwick Boseman puts down his “Black Panther” suit to play a disgraced NY detective pursuing a cop killer in this gritty thriller with Taylor Kitsch and Stephan James. “Stuber” (July 12) — A ride-share driver played by “Rocketman” (May 31) Kumail Nanjiani gets in over his head when he takes a cop “Brahms: The Boy II” spinoff focuses on Dwayne (Dave Bautista) on pursuit as (July 26) — An unsuspecting Johnson and Jason Statham’s a passenger in this comedy. young family moves into the characters as they try to “The Lion King” (July 19) combat Idris Elba and help —Jon Favreau’s hyper-realistic Heelshire Mansion and gets to meet Brahms in this sequel Shaw’s sister (Vanessa Kirby). CG update of the animated to the 2016 film, with Katie Expect equal amounts quips classic featuring the voices of Holmes. and muscles. Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Seth “Dora and the Lost City “Luce” (August 2) — The Rogen and James Earl Jones, of Gold” (July 31) —A parents of an adopted teenreturning as Mufasa. live-action family adventure ager and model student start based on the animated series to question everything after “Once Upon a Time in Holwith Eva Longoria, Eugenio reading a disturbing essay he lywood” (July 26) —Quentin Derbez and Isabel Moner as wrote. With Naomi Watts and Tarantino takes audiences Dora. Octavia Spencer. back to Charles Manson-era   “The Kitchen” (August Hollywood in this film about AUGUST 9) —When their husbands are an actor (Leonardo DiCap“Fast & Furious Presents: arrested by the FBI, Melissa rio), his stuntman (Brad Pitt) Hobbs & Shaw” (August 2) McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and neighbor Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie). — The first “Fast & Furious” and Elisabeth Moss have to

“The Hustle” (May 10)

“Wine Country” (May 10) run the Hell’s Kitchen organized crime scenes in the 1970s in this film loosely based on a comic. “Brian Banks” (August 9) — The true story of a high school football star (Aldis Hodge) with a promising future at USC who is wrongly convicted for a crime and spends years in jail. Greg Kinnear co-stars as one of the people who tries to help. “In The Shadow of the Moon” (August 9) — Set in Chicago, a detective is searching for a serial killer who murders based on the lunar

cycle. With Boyd Holbrook and Michael C. Hall. “The Informer” (August 16) —A former criminal played by Joel Kinnaman is working undercover for the FBI when a dicey job takes him back to his old prison in this adaptation of the novel “Three Seconds.” “Angel Has Fallen” (August 23) — Gerard Butler is back for a third time as unlucky secret service agent Mike Banning. Now there’s a problem on Air Force One, but Harrison Ford is not involved.

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Bahamian postage stamps


y first visit to Stanley Gibbons, the famous stamp shop in London, was in January 1950. I had been lusting over a red stamp album designed for collectors of British stamps and I used my Christmas money to buy it. Much more recently, I went there to buy albums for my collection of Bahamian postcards and, because I was from the Bahamas, they insisted on showing me a splendid collection of Bahamian stamps that the owner wanted to sell....Price: £1 million. My collection is far more modest, but I do have 10 pages of Bahamian postage stamps, none newer than 1954. Adhesive stamps first appeared in 1859, but before that the “Ship Letter” was an effective way of sending mail across the seas. I have one example of a Ship Letter that was written in St Thomas (Virgin Islands) on November 4, 1829 and addressed to my second great-grandfather, William C Nairn, Great Harbour, Long Island, Bahamas. The letter was from one John Perkins who gave it to Captain Joseph Cole, of the schooner Kath, for delivery to Mr Nairn. who had salt for sale. Pinder was ordering a schooner-load of Bahamian salt. It took another 30 years or so for the first Bahamian adhesive stamp

The first Bahamian stamp, inspired by a 1837 portrait of Queen Victoria.

The Queen’s Staircase design was used from 1900 to 1930.

to appear, but in 1858 Governor C J Bailey suggested, and designed, an adhesive stamp. It featured two characteristic local products – a pineapple and a conch shell. Eventually, these were incorporated into a design, having as the central figure a portrait of Queen Victoria. Perkins, Bacon & Co printed the “One-Penny Interinsular” stamp, which served the Colony for 25 years. After a while, similar

stamps, of four-pence and six-pence values, completed a trio of handsome, classic stamps that have remained favourites with collectors. Thomas De La Rue & Co produced the first surface-printed Bahamian stamps that still incorporated the pineapple and conch shell. This design, with the heads of successive kings, lasted until the death of King George VI in 1952.

The King Edward III series

Forgotten facts | Paul C Aranha At various times the Bahamas issued pictorial issues, the first of which appeared in 1900 exhibiting as its centrepiece the Queen’s Staircase. This design was used for some 30 years. The Tercentenary Series of 1930 celebrated a triple event – the first grant to Sir Robert Heath in 1629, the first Legislative Assembly in 1729 and the tercentenary date of 1929. The design, with its central motif depicting the Great Seal of the Colony. The design (minus the commemorative inscription) was continued for the twoshilling and three-shilling stamps. This latter was produced in various delicate shades of black, blue, green and sepia and continued until superseded by the Queen Elizabeth II issues. Today, I am a fan of the “Jeopardy” programme on the ABC television network. My wife and I amuse ourselves by competing with the three on-screen contestants and I am able to answer many geography questions only because I learned of those countries through stamp collecting. *I am grateful to the 1956 writings of Harold G D Gisburn, Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society for the technical information contained above. • For questions and comments, e-mail

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literary lives – count leo n tolstoy

A legend of literature Sir Christopher Ondaatje writes about the Russian writer generally regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time.


ount Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy was born to an aristocratic Russian family at Yasnaya Polyana, a family estate a 120 miles south of Moscow. He was the fourth of five children of Count Nikolas Ilyich Tolstoy – a veteran of the Patriotic War of 1812 – and Countess Mariya Tolstaya (née Volkonksaya). His parents died when he was quite young, and he and his siblings were brought up by relatives. In 1844 Tolstoy went to Kazan University where he studied law and oriental languages, but he left without completing his studies and returned to Yasnaya Polyana after which he spent a few idle years in Moscow and Saint Petersburg leading a loose and indulgent life. He started writing and a novel based on his early years, “Childhood”, was published in 1852. In 1851, after accumulating huge gambling debts, he left Yasnaya Polyana with his older brother and went to the Caucasus to join the army, serving as an artillery officer during the Crimean War. He was in Sevastopol during the 11-month siege (1854-1855) including the battle of Chernaya. He was recognised for his bravery and promoted to lieutenant. Appalled by the mortality in war he resigned his commission and left the army at the end of the Crimean War.

Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1828 – 1910) Tolstoy’s wartime experience as well as two journeys to Europe changed his life and his attitude to government for ever. He witnessed a public execution in Paris in 1857 and wrote to his friend Vasily Bolkin: “The truth is that the State is a conspiracy designed not only to exploit, but above all to corrupt its citizens ... Henceforth, I shall never serve any government anywhere.” Tolstoy’s European trips shaped his political and literary development. He met Victor Hugo and read “Les Misérables”. The battle scenes in Hugo’s novel reflect this influence in Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” (1869). He visited the French anarchist Pierre-Joseph Proudhon who was living in exile in Brussels, and took the title of Proudhon’s book

A young Tolstoy in 1849

“La Guerre et la Paix” for his own masterpiece. Tolstoy said that Proudhon was the only man who understood the significance of education and the printing press. Inspired by Proudhon’s educational zeal, Tolstoy returned to Yasnaya Polyana and started 13 schools for Russian peasant children. However, his educational experiments were hindered by the Tsarist secret police. In September 1862, after his older brother Nikolay died, Tolstoy married Sophia “Sonia” Andreevna Behrs. They had 13 children, eight of whom survived. On the eve of their marriage Tolstoy gave Sonia his diaries which included explicit details of his sexual past and the information that one of the serfs on his estate had borne him a son. The marriage was plagued by sexual passion and emotional insensitivity. Nevertheless, their early married life allowed him to complete “War and Peace” and “Anna Karenina” (1877). Sonia acted as his secretary, editor and financial manager. It is said that Tolstoy’s later married life was one of the unhappiest in literary history – the relationship deteriorating as his beliefs became ever more radical. He even tried to reject his inherited wealth and to renounce the copyrights of all his writings. Leo Tolstoy is one of the giants of Russian and world literature. Apart from “War and Peace”, whose vast story moves from Napoleon’s headquarters to the battlefields of Austerlitz and Borodino, and which Tolstoy did not consider to be a novel, his acknowledged novel “Anna Karenina” tells parallel stories of an adulterous woman trapped by the conventions of society and of a philosophical landowner very similar to Tolstoy himself. Tolstoy also wrote poetry and short stories. His “Russian Book for Reading” contains 629 stories in various genres, and he famously said: “Writing poetry is like ploughing and dancing at the same time.” He wrote a novella, “The Kreutzer Sonata”, which was published in 1889, and was immediately banned by the Russian authorities. The work is an argument for the ideal of sexual abstinence and an in-depth first person treatise on jealous rage and how love can quickly turn into hatred. He complains that

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women’s dresses are designed to arouse man’s desires, and speculates that women will never enjoy equal rights as long as they are viewed as objects of sexual desire. Yet they use their situation as a form of power. Tolstoy’s main character Pózdnyshev relates the events leading up to the murder of his wife. *** The Kreutzer Sonata “I think it is superfluous to say that I was very vainglorious: if we are not to be vainglorious in our habitual life, then there is no cause for living at all. Well, on that Sunday I entered with zest into the preparations for the dinner and soirée with the music. I myself bought things for the dinner and called the guests. “At about six o’clock the guests arrived, and he appeared in evening dress with diamond studs, showing poor taste. He bore himself with ease, replied to everything hurriedly and with a slight smile of agreement and comprehension – you know, with the especial expression which says that everything you may do or say is just what he expected. Everything which was improper in him I now took notice of with particular pleasure, because all this served to calm me and show me that he stood for my wife on a low level to which, as she said, she could not descend. I did not allow myself to be jealous. In the first place, my torment had been too great and I had to rest from it; in the second, I wished to believe the assertions of my wife, and I did believe them. And yet, although I was not jealous, I was unnatural toward him and toward her, and during the dinner and the first part of the evening entertainment, before the music began, I continued to watch their motions and glances. “The dinner was like all dinners – dull and stiff. The music began quite early. Oh, how I remember all the details of that evening! I remember how he brought the violin, opened the case, lifted the cover which has been embroidered for him by a lady, took out the violin, and began to tune it. I remember how my wife sat down, feigning indifference, under which I saw her conceal her timidity – timidity mainly as to her own ability – how she sat down with a look of indifference at the piano, and there began the usual la on the piano, the pizzicato of the violin, and the placing of the music. I remember how, then, they looked at each other, casting a glance at the

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“Kreutzer Sonata” (1901) by Rene Xavier Prinet, inspired by Tolstoy’s novella of the same name which in turn was inspired by Beethoven’s music.

Tolstoy’s estate, Yasnaya Polyana (”Bright Glade”), where he wrote both “War and Peace” and “Anna Karenina”. seated guests, how they said something one to the other, and how then it began. He took the first chords. His face grew serious, stern, and sympathetic, and, listening to his tones, he picked the strings with cautious fingers.

The piano replied to him. And it began ...” Pózdnyshev stopped and several times in succession emitted his sounds. He wanted to speak, but he snuffled and again stopped.

“They were playing the Kreutzer Sonata by Beethoven,” he continued. “Do you know the first presto? You do?” he exclaimed. “Ugh! Ugh! That sonata is a terrible thing, particularly that part of it. Music, in general, is a terrible thing. I cannot understand what it is. What is music? What does it do? And why does it do that which it does? They say that music acts upon the soul by elevating it, - nonsense, a lie! It acts, acts terribly, - I am speaking for myself, - but not at all by elevating. It neither elevates nor humbles the soul, - it irritates it. How shall I tell it to you? Music makes me forget myself and my real condition; it transfers me to another, not my own condition: it seems to me that under the influence of music I feel that which I really do not feel, that I understand that which I do not understand, that I can do that which I cannot do. I explain this by supposing that music acts like yawning, like laughter: I do not want to sleep, but I yawn seeing people yawn; I have no cause for laughing, but I laugh hearing others laugh. “This music immediately, directly transfers me to the mental condition in which he was who wrote that music. I am merged in his soul, and am with him carried from one condition to another; but I do not know why this happens with me. He who wrote it, say the Kreutzer Sonata, - Beethoven, - he knew why he was in such a mood; this mood led him to do certain acts, and so this mood has some meaning for him, whereas for me it has none. Therefore music only irritates, - it does not end. Well, they play a military march, and the soldiers march under its strain, and the music comes to an end; they play dance music, and I finish dancing, and the music come to an end; well, they sing a mass, I receive the Holy Sacrament, and the music comes to an end. But here there is only an irritation, but that which is to be done under this irritation is absent. It is for this reason that music is so terrible, and often acts so dreadfully. In China music is a state matter. That is the way it ought to be. How can any one who wishes be allowed to hypnotise another, or many persons, and then do with them what he pleases? And especially how can they allow any kind of an immoral man to be the hypnotiser? “Into whose hands has this terrible power fallen? Let us take for example the Kreutzer Sonata. How can one play the first presto in a drawing-room amidst ladies in décolleté garments? To play this presto, to applaud it, and then

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to eat ice-cream and talk about the last bit of gossip? These things should be played only under certain important, significant circumstances, and then when certain acts, corresponding to this music, are to be performed, and that is to be done which the music demands of you. But the provocation of energy and feeling which do not correspond to the time or place, and which find no expression, cannot help acting perniciously. Upon me, at least, it had a most terrible effect: it seemed to me as though entirely new feelings, new possibilities, or which I had never known before, were revealed to me. ‘Yes, that is so, it is quite different from which I used to think and feel about it; it is like this,’ a voice seemed to say within me. What this new thing was which I had discovered I was not able to explain to myself, but the consciousness of this new condition was a pleasurable one. All the people present – among them Tolstoy with his wife, Sophia Tolstaya my wife and he – presented themselves in a new light to me. “After the allegro they played the beautiful, but common, and not new andante with trite variations, and a very weak finale. After that they played, at the guests’ request, an elegy by Ernst, and some other trifles. All that was very nice, but it did not produce on me one-hundredth part of the impression which the first had produced. All this took place on the background of the impression which had been evoked by the first piece. “I felt light and happy on that evening. I had never before seen my wife as she was on that evening. Those sparkling eyes, that severity and expressiveness while she was playing, and that complete dissolution, if I may so call it, and that feeble, pitiable, and blissful smile after they were through! I saw it all, but ascribed no other meaning to it than that she was experiencing the same as I, and that to her, as to me, there were revealed, or, as it were, brought back, new, unfelt sensations. Tolstoy’s epic “War and Peace” contains l The evening came to a successful end arge sections of philosophical discussion. and all departed. “Knowing that I was to leave in two days to attend to the meeting, Trukhachévski at leaving said that he hoped at pleasure he had given me. He, too, in an argument on marriage, divorce his next visit to repeat the pleasure of bade farewell to my wife. Their fareand love. He tells of how he had met the present evening. From this I could well seemed to me most natural and and married his wife, after which there conclude that he did not consider it proper. Everything was beautiful. My were periods of passionate love and possible to be in my house during my wife and I were both very much satisalternate periods of vicious fightabsence, and this pleased me. fied with the evening.” ing. She bears him five children. His “It turned out that since I should   wife then takes a liking to a violinist, not be back before his departure, we *** Troukhatchevsky, and the two perform should not meet again. This excerpt from “The Kreutzer Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata (Sonata “I for the first time pressed his hand Sonata” takes place during a train ride No 9 in A Major for piano and violin, with real joy and thanked him for the when Pózdnyshev becomes embroiled Opus 47) together. Pózdnyshev then

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Tolstoy considered “Anna Karenina” his first true novel

explains that some music is powerful enough to change one’s internal state to a foreign one. He hides his raging jealousy and goes on a trip, returning early and finds the violinist Troukhatchevsky and his wife together and kills his wife with a dagger. The violinist escapes and although he wanted to run after him, remembered that it would seem ridiculous to chase after one’s wife’s lover in one’s socks. Later, acquitted of murder in light of his wife’s apparent adultery, Pózdnyshev rides the trains seeking forgiveness from his fellow passengers. Tolstoy died in 1910 at the age of 82. Renouncing his aristocratic lifestyle, he finally summed up enough courage to separate from his wife – leaving home secretly in the middle of winter. He died of pneumonia at Astapovo train station, after a day’s rail journey south. The station master took Tolstoy to his apartment where his personal doctors were summoned. He was given injections of morphine and camphor. Despite police attempts to limit access to Tolstoy’s funeral procession, thousands of peasants lined the streets. He is buried in a simple grave in Yasnaya Polyana.   NEXT WEEK: A macabre tale of revenge • Sir Christopher Ondaatje is the author of “The Last Colonial”. He acknowledges that he has quoted liberally from Wikipedia, and “Tolstoy: A Biography” (2001) by A N Wilson.  

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The challenge with pigs that swim Animal matters | KIM ARANHA

countries around the world, wanting and needing more information. It is clearly time for the government, be it Tourism, Agriculture, Environment, or anybody else who wants to get involved, to join forces with the BHS and let’s create some very simple and uncomplicated guidelines for any pig operation. It is also essential to limit the number of these “pop-up pig happenings”. I am not insensitive to the amount of money people are suddenly making, especially the boat operators, and they have commitments and families. It is not lost on me that they need


Kittens here! Kittens there! Kittens everywhere! Spring has definitely sprung, and with it the kitten season has begun at the Bahamas Humane Society. Have you been looking for a playful addition to your family, one who will bring a smile to your face with his/ her antics? Then perhaps a kitten, or two, would be right for your family. Kittens do well in pairs as they can keep each other busy when you’re not home, and they’re forever inventive with their toys. Many would prefer the box the toy came in to the toy itself!

a livelihood, but it cannot be at the expense of animals suffering. It is not asking too much of the people in authority to do something about the swimming pigs now, not next month or in 2020. There is way too much procrastination around here. Let’s do it, and do it now. The Bahamas Humane Society is ready and willing to assist in the creation of workable guidelines. We need our tourism products to be of high calibre, something we can be proud of. But then again we still need to have conversations about the surrey horses and dolphins on Blackbeard’s Cay...but that’s another article! PHOTO/PATRICIA VAZQUEZ

been documented in the Bahamas since the 1800s. Soon everyone and his brother was buying pigs and setting up swimming pig destinations with no clue as to what they were doing and what these poor pigs required. You don’t just dump a few pigs on a beach and be done with it. They need proper shelter, constant access to cool and clean fresh water, proper food, vitamins, skin care, worming and a hurricane evacuation plan. These things don’t just happen; they take time, money and responsibility with follow-through. Unfortunately, people think that they can go and buy a couple of piglets and become millionaires overnight. The mind set is frequently, “they are only pigs, if they die I can always buy a couple more.” This debate was in the forefront when scores of pigs died en masse in the Exumas. The jury is still out as to the cause of their death. The official verdict is that they ingested sand. I have difficulty in believing that sand was the culprit as they always inadvertently ingest sand, so I believe that it is highly unlikely that sand killed them. I do not challenge that they had ingested sand, but I believe that they were poisoned by contaminated pig feed that killed hundreds of pigs across the country, many of which were quietly buried one evening in a mass grave on government property off Gladstone Road. Recently, The Tribune blew the whistle on an operation in Grand Bahama. The photographs show what appears to be a very inadequate habitat for these poor creatures. It looks as if they are living on a rock. A tourist was so horrified by what she saw that she posted comments on Facebook. Thank goodness for the public forum that Facebook provides. Over the past 48 hours I have spoken to journalists from several



ome years ago an enterprising farmer put some pigs on a cay in the Exumas. These were farm pigs, destined to be pork chops one day. He put his pigs on the cay because there was a natural source of fresh water, and being a small island, the location served well to keep the animals contained until he was ready to take them “to market”. Because the island is in the beautiful Exumas, people anchored off the island and when they saw pigs they started to feed them, just as people do with the iguanas a few islands away. The pigs enjoyed the scraps and treats and soon learned to come into the water to get the scraps. So next thing you know, some enterprising boat operators decided to market this whole swimming pigs thing, and lo and behold it became a huge, insanely huge, success. People flocked to see the swimming pigs; boat operators started charging hundreds of dollars for day trips to see these pigs. And that’s where all the trouble began. When you have people willing to fly from Japan, Norway and other far-flung countries, that is when the feeding frenzy starts. Everyone wants to jump on the bandwagon, everybody wants to make a few bucks and suddenly there were pig operations popping up all over the Bahamas. You would think the tourists don’t have pigs in their own countries! Anybody with a boat was in on the deal; unlicenced tours for unsuspecting tourists were everywhere, charging, collectively, thousands of dollars, making many unscrupulous operators very rich, very quickly. Sea planes were flying visitors, big boats, little boats, yachts, and sailboats... media, photographers, magazine articles, documentaries. For pigs that swim and beg? Really? For what it’s worth, swimming pigs have

If you’ve been thinking about a kitten, come see the wide variety at the BHS or call 323-5138 for more information. Adoption hours are 11am to 4pm, Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm on Saturday. A kindle of kittens awaits your arrival! • It’s Quiz Night time! Tuesday, May 7, 7pm at Compass Point. Come put your trivia skills to work and support the BHS while having a fun evening out. It’s $10 per player, teams of two to six players. Please e-mail to make your reservation.

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