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S. F. Thomas replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion No Panorama POST MORTEM on BOOGSIE and PHASE II
"Cecil: Certainly he has a challenge to face... He has seemed to me tired. I hope his health permits him to rise to the challenge... -Big Sid"
Mar 16
S. F. Thomas replied to Bugs's discussion A Band and Set for Dimanche Gras 2019
"Fantastic! Our own Edmundo Ros (born Edmund Ross, 1910 Port of Spain) gave an  English-language version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmrOqmZMKyA He was a hit in England playing Latin music, with some calypso thrown in. I remember he came…"
Mar 15
S. F. Thomas replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion No Panorama POST MORTEM on BOOGSIE and PHASE II
"Claude: Great question! And forgive me for taking so long to respond to it... Musical genius does not diminish with age. For example: the aged Cuban gentlemen of The Buena Vista Social Club made a "come-back" when they were in their 80s;…"
Mar 15
S. F. Thomas replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Duvone Stewart has stormed the CONSCIOUSNESS of PAN LOVERS GLOBALLY with his arrangement of "YEAR FOR LOVE"
"Hi all, I like all the comments, and memories. The memories especially are needed to keep Duvonne's achievement in perspective. When I give his 2018 piece a Greatest of All Time accolade, it is because of the overall conception and coherence of…"
Mar 1
S. F. Thomas replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Duvone Stewart has stormed the CONSCIOUSNESS of PAN LOVERS GLOBALLY with his arrangement of "YEAR FOR LOVE"
"Hi Ian, Thanks for the correction. I wasn't sure about 1969 and too lazy to check... -Big Sid"
Mar 1
S. F. Thomas replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Duvone Stewart has stormed the CONSCIOUSNESS of PAN LOVERS GLOBALLY with his arrangement of "YEAR FOR LOVE"
"Claude: Each one of us on this group probably has such a memory. Mine was the year (1969?) Solo Harmonites won Panorama with "The Wrecker". I had an out of body experience jumping up in that band, one of maybe thousands, just as the band…"
Feb 16
S. F. Thomas replied to odw's discussion Panorama Finals Large Bands 2018 (TOP 10)
"P.S. Re that last thought: It's easy to see why the scores were low relative to other years, despite the high performance standard: Renegades at playing position No. 1 was scored first. Judges naturally set a conservative "benchmark"…"
Feb 16
S. F. Thomas replied to odw's discussion Panorama Finals Large Bands 2018 (TOP 10)
"Thanks Claude. This is a piece to listen to, over and over again, there is so much in it, and at so many levels. Amazingly, the piece succeeds at several levels: One - It is Panorama music, and of a high order, produced to satisfy the producers of…"
Feb 16
S. F. Thomas replied to odw's discussion Panorama Finals Large Bands 2018 (TOP 10)
"Yes! Absolutely masterful. With this arrangement one gets the sense that Duvonne is a Master Musician whose instrument is the whole orchestra! One gets the sense also that he is playing this instrument not only with absolute mastery, but with a…"
Feb 16
S. F. Thomas replied to odw's discussion Panorama Finals Large Bands 2018 (TOP 10)
"Hello all, I'm coming out of hibernation just to say I thoroughly enjoyed this year's Panorama. All the performances were outstanding.  But what tells the tale of this year's Panorama is that the points spread between the last…"
Feb 16
S. F. Thomas commented on Ian Franklin's blog post JUST SOME PAN TRIVIA!
"Interesting. I think I understand the logic behind the winning positions. #1 is good because all will remember who went first, including the judges. Last position also will stand out. Positions 8, 9 and 10 are the power positions. That takes some…"
Jul 3, 2017
S. F. Thomas replied to Pan Times's discussion Anthony Bourdain takes on Trinidad in the latest episode of "Parts Unknown"!
"Bugs: It wasn't so much what  he said, but what he didn't. The Syrian community is implicated in drug-dealing. Not me that say so, but some within or related to the community itself, e.g. Daurius Figueira cited above, and David Nakhid…"
Jun 28, 2017
S. F. Thomas replied to Pan Times's discussion Anthony Bourdain takes on Trinidad in the latest episode of "Parts Unknown"!
"odw: Thanks for posting these. I gave a link only to the second, then realized the earlier one was actually more on point. But once one gets to one, the other one will also be right there to look at also... for those interested enough to dig…"
Jun 26, 2017
S. F. Thomas replied to Pan Times's discussion Anthony Bourdain takes on Trinidad in the latest episode of "Parts Unknown"!
"Wey de link?"
Jun 26, 2017
S. F. Thomas replied to Pan Times's discussion Anthony Bourdain takes on Trinidad in the latest episode of "Parts Unknown"!
"Claude: I don't  get the specific allusion as to parr chahee and the video, but of course I'm reasonably well clued in to the general context. If I looked at it again I might get it, but I won't. I understand the sensitivity. But…"
Jun 24, 2017
S. F. Thomas replied to Pan Times's discussion Anthony Bourdain takes on Trinidad in the latest episode of "Parts Unknown"!
"Claude: Never heard it, don't know what it means. But inquiring minds want to know... -Big Sid"
Jun 24, 2017

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At 9:12am on March 27, 2012, BEDE LOPEZ said…

Thanks Sid, we will talk again

At 10:30pm on July 28, 2010, Glenroy R Joseph said…
Yes, i know some of those names, , Malcolm Jones and Trevor Scott were a couple years older than us.
Trevor's brother Hubie, their cousin James Babb and a few of us used to lime in Frederick street, Marabella.
I also knew Robert Sair. As a matter of fact, he was one of the guys I spoke to after the clash
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Guinness Gondoliers was a tough band from the Coffee who also played military mass, and were our natural rivals.

For a while, they and All Stars were the biggest bands in Sando.

I remember they portrayed an outstanding tribute to John Kennedy after his death.
The clash may have damaged that band, because shortly afterwards Bobby and his brother took some members and left them to form Cavaliers.

Guinness had both bands compete in a musical "shootout" for the sponsorship, and the Cavaliers won.

That was how Guiness Cavaliers was born.

BTW I don't know if you remember the druggist in Marabella at the time, but he was a large man, maybe Syrian, and with a beard he made a perfect Fidel Castro. We had an outstanding presentation that year, and our bomb tune was Handel's Largo.

I remember Marines going up the Coffee at about seven pm that Carnival Tuesday playing our bomb tune, and we clashed with Gondoliers right by Presentation College.
I remember being told how fast "Castro" moved down Lord street. I believe Robert Sair was the one who told me this

. I didn't see "Castro", because I also ran like hell.
At 1:42pm on July 28, 2010, Glenroy R Joseph said…
Yes, we may know some of the same people.

I went to Naparima and left to become an apprentice in Texaco in 1962. I worked in the electrical dept . until I left T&T in 68.

I played military mas with the Marines in 63. ( The Cuban Crisis).

That was the year we clashed with Guiness Gondoliers on the Coffee.

Nice meeting someone on this forum with those roots.

Glen
At 1:17am on July 28, 2010, Glenroy R Joseph said…
Hey, Big Sid, We must have something in common. I'm a Marabella boy and I also grew up with Southern Marines.

Even played mas with them back when playing mas was cool :).

I also beat pan with Scarlet Symphony which broke off from Marines. After they broke up I beat pan with Silvertones in Sando.

I left Trini in '68..

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