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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
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
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
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
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
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
S. F. Thomas replied to Pan Times's discussion Anthony Bourdain takes on Trinidad in the latest episode of "Parts Unknown"!
"Wayne, Claude: I agree in part with both your comments. But actually, I think this was a thoughtful and well structured piece. All the producers did really was put up a mirror to the different segments of the society, and let people tell their…"
Jun 24
S. F. Thomas replied to odw's discussion Grand Masters Speak on "Beating Pan"
"odw: I meant to refer to Curry Tabanca as a particular piece, not as a genre. CT wasn't chutney music as such... I don't think. But Smooth's arrangement of it is rhythmically challenging because of the way he brings in tassa drums as…"
Jun 10
S. F. Thomas replied to odw's discussion Grand Masters Speak on "Beating Pan"
"odw: Yeah, that's one of my favorites on a lazy weekend... -Big Sid"
Jun 10
S. F. Thomas replied to odw's discussion Grand Masters Speak on "Beating Pan"
"odw: "From the academic side we can make the mental shift, it more difficult for others outside to do the same." Seems to be getting easier for them to "get it". The only panorama arrangement that evidently must be tall ask for…"
Jun 10
S. F. Thomas replied to odw's discussion Grand Masters Speak on "Beating Pan"
"odw: Thanks for that. Thought-provoking. Very profound point made by the Elders... the difference between "beating pan" and "playing pan". The same question applies to the terms "panman", or "steelband man" vs…"
Jun 9
S. F. Thomas commented on Ian Franklin's blog post JUST SOME PAN TRIVIA!
"Okay Claude, I hear dat! T'anks anyway... -Big Sid"
Jun 2
S. F. Thomas commented on Ian Franklin's blog post JUST SOME PAN TRIVIA!
"Oops! CORRECTION! I flipped those two: Should read: Smooth's Hammer: 97.7% Boogsie's Feelin nice: 97.4%"
Jun 2
S. F. Thomas commented on Ian Franklin's blog post JUST SOME PAN TRIVIA!
"Thanks Claude.  As an engineer I couldn't help myself and whipped out my onscreen calculator to find: 1) Smooth's Hammer (1986)     : 487/500 ~ 97.4%, and 2) Boogsie's Feelin Nice (1987): 293/300 ~ 97.7%.  So…"
Jun 2
S. F. Thomas commented on Ian Franklin's blog post JUST SOME PAN TRIVIA!
"Ian: Thanks for these bits of trivia. But tell us more .... who got the 487 and the 462 and the 278? I already know who got the 293 (All Stars with De Hammer).   The list of those who won playing from position #8, also the year, would be…"
Jun 2
S. F. Thomas replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion When will the people on this forum come to realize that KEITH DIAZ has ZERO INTEREST in the PAN MOVEMENT
"Claude: HOPELESS is a strong word, self-fulfilling... OTOH, it certainly seems like a TALL ORDER as people used to say... I re-read CLR James' The Black Jacobins (Toussaint L'Ouverture and the Haitian Revolution) recently. Now there was a…"
May 31

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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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