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Sep 7
Gerard Clarke liked Claude Gonzales's discussion bugs gone making a NEW MOVIE about NEW YORK PANORAMA and the EVIL EMPIRE ... but the man never finish the movie about COLLEGE BOY and ROLLY POLLY
Sep 6
Gerard Clarke replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion No more dreams about PAN IN RUSSIA -- Like PAN IN GERMANY!!!
"No one seem to remember the words or Leo Benhackker when Trinidad returned from Germany. "We were lucky to reach where we reached, we just do not have the skills to play at that level." It is not about goalkeeper or coach."
Sep 6
Gerard Clarke replied to Pan Times's discussion More thoughts on Panorama NY 2017
"Curtis Lynch...You asked the question...Where do we go from here? Let the truth be told,answer =..right back to W.I.A.D.C.A.for a 2018 panorama! W.I.A.D.C.A.= W.orst I.ndividuals A.round D.edicated C.ultural A.rtistes! The Pan Body needs to do it…"
Sep 4
Gerard Clarke replied to Pan Times's discussion New York Pan Suffers A Concussion And A ‘Buss Head’ But Panorama Is On - Dey Jammin’ Still
"I gather that New York panist are from Trinidad and not Grenada. The same thing would have happened if it was in Trinidad.This takes my memory back to 1979 when it was agreed to boycott the panorama after the prelims because of a refusal to increase…"
Aug 23
Gerard Clarke replied to odw's discussion Steelband Foundation revived to make pan profitable
"Claude, yuh still taking on this pan rollin wid pushers ting?? dat is like tellin PTSC tuh bring back tramcar. When Invaders had the Republic day jouvert,bands catch they aunt uncle and nenen tuh get pushers. I saw players stop playing tuh push…"
Jun 16
Gerard Clarke replied to Pan Times's discussion Happy Birthday to Panist Bede Lopez
"Hope you have a wonderful day and keep posting the music."
May 27
Gerard Clarke replied to Cecil hinkson's discussion MR KEITH DIAZ DO SOMETHING FOR THE STEELBAND...
"Cecil I said nothing about stopping and playing for judges. what you are talking about USED TO HAPPEN. bands have been stopped because playing on the drag disturbed the band on stage and you would hear them in the stands. I was on the dag when bands…"
May 23
Gerard Clarke replied to Cecil hinkson's discussion MR KEITH DIAZ DO SOMETHING FOR THE STEELBAND...
"Mr Gonzales: I have just returned and with some priorities before I go out again, so maybe yuh pardners Bugs, ODW and merrytonestothebone could help yuh wid dah one."
May 23
Gerard Clarke replied to Cecil hinkson's discussion MR KEITH DIAZ DO SOMETHING FOR THE STEELBAND...
"Cecil, I get your point, but when bands perform on the drag,you hear them in the grand stand and that will disturb the performing band on stage and the judges. It happened before and bands were stopped after bending the corner and facing west.You…"
May 23
Gerard Clarke replied to Pan Times's discussion What the Steel Pan Can Teach You About Entrepreneurship:
"Fitzy T.Spencer you are correct, adopted IS the wrong word"
Apr 18
Gerard Clarke replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Now I have come on this forum MANY TIMES and said: This is this THE BEST CAYLPSO I HAVE EVER HEARD. But if THIS ONE is NOT THE BEST -- I don't know what THE BEST IS!!!
"Ah hear yuh sah! ah go bat in meh crease."
Apr 8
Gerard Clarke replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Now I have come on this forum MANY TIMES and said: This is this THE BEST CAYLPSO I HAVE EVER HEARD. But if THIS ONE is NOT THE BEST -- I don't know what THE BEST IS!!!
"Cecil, he keeps the forum ticking. As the fire goes low he will throw some gas,lol"
Apr 8
Gerard Clarke replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Now I have come on this forum MANY TIMES and said: This is this THE BEST CAYLPSO I HAVE EVER HEARD. But if THIS ONE is NOT THE BEST -- I don't know what THE BEST IS!!!
"Portrait Of Trinidad by Sniper, my calypso "anthem"1965 Calypso King. Mr. Claude, yuh starting ah nex kankala again!! LOL"
Apr 8
Gerard Clarke replied to Cecil hinkson's discussion THE BOMB TUNE
"As Nappy said....BRING BACK THE OLD TIME DAYS.........."
Apr 4
Gerard Clarke replied to Cecil hinkson's discussion THE BOMB TUNE
"Merrytonestothebone, two tunes were learnt that year I'll Be A Fool For Rachmaninov and Uncle Albert by the Beatles in 1972. Uncle Albert was used as the bomb, however I'll Be A Fool For Rachmaninov (a medley) was played mostly in fetes…"
Apr 3

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pan player for 50 years, member of Starlift for 47 years, played 40 panoramas, 40 years on the road and stage side, made 10 overseas tours,arranged for a while winning school panorama in 1976 and placing 3rd in 1977.was always trying my hand at tuning with grapefruit tins and Klim tins.
Eventually went full speed to get into tuning and approach my good friend Herman Guppy(the world's best in my view) for assistance and he certainly did over a five year period,teaching me the preparation and tuning fine points.I now work with different bands, groups and individuals at home and abroad.

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At 9:21am on September 4, 2015, Cecil hinkson said…
Happy Birthday Gerard, be blessed.
At 3:52am on May 11, 2013, Charlene Lusk said…

Gerard, I haven't forgotten where I grew up man, and where I learned monopoly, where I saw my first robot that answered all those game questions. Don't forget, I'm the one who used to keep you in check. And I was the bodyguard, remember? That's where we learned to play draft. Remember when we used to run out to your Uncle Geoff's car with the crown on the front? I learned so much from your relatives it ain't funny. Ma Clarke was the greatest. And of course, the triplets was my favorite. I never forgot. I still feel like part of the family. They were my college associates. Remember we used to play in the orphanage with the Wickhams? Hey, what happened to that Barnes guy...I forgot his nickname. Good to read your comment about the mango tree. Ansel.

At 11:33pm on April 25, 2012, Gregory Lindsay said…

I have had some discussions with an highly placed individual close to the President of PT at the organisation last week and I am hoping to get some insight to my inquiries from observations and documentation received on this topic. I have knowledge of certain things and if I begin to talk and produce documentary evidence in my possession, some individuals will lose their bids for re-election of their jobs in PanTrinbago and maybe need a Senior Counsel. But it will clearly provide the answer to this salient question being asked in this discussion.

I have been silent on the forum for a while for a reason.When I say what I say it is the truth,..from the ground in the pan world in T&T. So given that for me it is not a place for idle ole talk and foolishness or a laundry to wash the organization's dirty linen.  With Pan Jazz in Tobago this weekend, Point Fortin Borough Day next weekend then leading into STEELFEST right after, I am hopeful that I will get the truthful response to my inquiries in a reasonable amount of time from the President himself or a suitably placed designated emissary . 

A word to the wise; the properly constituted number of meetings that PT is suppose to have with the body is stymied. It is an election year and that is due in October. The COSCERO (PT Central & Regional Officers)  meetings have also seemed to have gone off line. Given this the opportunity to raise my concerns internally at an association meeting can be likened to a mirage in the desert.  So it might appear from a strategic communciations standpoint (or subsequent lack thereof) allegedly that a 'cabal of officers' is running the affairs of the movement with no properly constituted oversight of the general membership or regional secretariat sectors.

 

Should PT fail to respond to my enquiries posed, I hope when I get ready to let down my bucket on When Steel Talks that your server can handle the traffic. Because although I am asking the same questions being asked to the PT hierarchy in advance, I never seem to quite get the attention needed to provide answers until I began posting them on the WST network.

 

I will continue to be patient and kind with my leaders elected and appointed at PT, but at the appointed time and hour, as we all know the longest rope has an end.Until next time,...I will continue to be as NCC's CEO Moe categorises me 'a purist' and a steelband leader in the unsponsored fraternity..WST keep up the great work that you do in the Diaspora in loving up the pan.

At 11:30pm on March 24, 2012, Steve "Carter" K. said…

Gerard you are probably correct for I have never heard of North Stars connected with the Bomb Competition .

At 7:26pm on October 13, 2011, Cheryl Flemming said…
Thanks so much for the imput and the credit should indeed go to Ray Holman first........love the pan so let us keep it Alive.

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Radio Trinidad Tune

Posted on October 13, 2011 at 6:40pm 12 Comments

Hi, a discussion with Hameed Shaque and others was about the name of the tune played on Radio Trinidad at 5.30 am and the composer.Two past employees (the present did not know) confirmed that the name was CALL OF THE KISKIDEE and the composer was UMILTA McSHINE. All they could say is that the soloist was from Woodbrook.Someone said Ormand "Patsy" Haynes, but I don't know where he was from.

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