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Poles Apart

My name is Carolyn Smith and I teach English as a foreign language in Poland.


I live in Silesia, near the Czech Republic border, in the southern part of Poland. It’s WAY smoggier than the northern part.

I would say I come from Maraval, where I’ve lived most of my life, but I was born in Stockholm, Sweden. My father, a Trini, met my Swedish mum when they were both living in London. She went back to Sweden to have me because she had no family in England except my dad. We came to Trinidad when I was about a year old. I grew up completely in Trinidad. My father Brian died 12 years ago, when he was 66, from lung cancer, from smoking. My mum Biritta won’t leave Trinidad. Everyone calls her Bibi.
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The Resolution will not be Televised

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Jahleel Castagne and I don’t make any New Year’s resolutions.


No, BC Pires, I don’t have the nickname, “Jah.” Most people just call me "G". You know a nickname has stuck when that's what your mother calls you.
I come from Trincity and live now in Chaguanas. I have five brothers and one sister. My father passed away from MS when I was 16 [but] my wonderful mother Andrea deserves special mention. I am married but we do not have any kids.
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Flying the Red, White and Black

My name is Santa Claus and every Trini done know that, just like God, Santa Claus bound to be a Trini.


I'm from North Post, up Toco side. If you check it, everywhere in the world have an address like North Post or North Coast, like how every Caribbean island have a Church Street. That address was invent to facilitate the I, Santa Claus-self. I can’t reveal the technology because them elf and them unionised but, when I leave the North Pole, is straight North Post, Trinidad, I reaching, by some kinda elf-internets WhatsApp-something. That is how nobody doesn’t see flying reindeer pulling sled. North Pole to North Post Trinidad, then North Post Australia, then Asia, then come back round to the Americas and then I tie everything off in You-Rope. Of cuss I have to reach Por’Spain first! I’s a Trini!

Boy days in the North Pole didn’t eat nice at all-at all. Trini like they air-condition but that cold does blow your mind and nose same time. You doesn’t can turn it off! It come like you living your whole life in a sno-cone cup! People does talk ‘bout spinning top in mud but that more better than spinning top in ice! But, last couple years, with covid and thing, I work out a system whereby I working from home. By the beach in Toco.
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There’s No Business. Like, No Business

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Louris Martin Lee-Sing and, after two years of sucking extreme salt, we have a little lights, camera, action back in show business.


I'm from Carenage. A beautiful, scary, and interesting place. So I grew up by the beach and Down the Islands. My DDI was not luxurious. My grandfather had a water taxi service. We, his grandchildren, would spend days, sometimes weeks, at his small caretaker house on Monos. He worked for Mr. Massy who had the traditional palatial DDI house just a few metres away. We were not allowed there but we snuck in constantly anyway. Driving the boat, getting black-black in the sun, away from our parents and anything looking like supervision. He barely fed us. We ate Crix and cheese every meal. It was the best!
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Maybe They Should Have Called Me Coral…

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Dr Anjani Ganase and I’m a director of SpeSeas, an NGO dedicated to making positive changes to the way the ocean is used.


I'm born and raised in Santa Cruz. Until I was 13 or 14, we lived on a seven-acre farm. I know how rare that is. Literally transitioning from the traffic in Maraval to the bush, going over Saddle Hill. I’ve never felt unsafe as a child and still don’t as an adult. Me & my brother trudging through the bush with a spear, spying on the farm animals. We were kicked out of the house in the morning and just had to go climb trees, pick cocoa… and NOT tell the parents if you did anything dangerous or stupid.

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Poles Apart

My name is Carolyn Smith and I teach English as a foreign language in Poland.


I live in Silesia, near the Czech Republic border, in the southern part of Poland. It’s WAY smoggier than the northern part.

I would say I come from Maraval, where I’ve lived most of my life, but I was born in Stockholm, Sweden. My father, a Trini, met my Swedish mum when they were both living in London. She went back to Sweden to have me because she had no family in England except my dad. We came to Trinidad when I was about a year old. I grew up completely in Trinidad. My father Brian died 12 years ago, when he was 66, from lung cancer, from smoking. My mum Biritta won’t leave Trinidad. Everyone calls her Bibi.
Read more

The Resolution will not be Televised

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Jahleel Castagne and I don’t make any New Year’s resolutions.


No, BC Pires, I don’t have the nickname, “Jah.” Most people just call me "G". You know a nickname has stuck when that's what your mother calls you.
I come from Trincity and live now in Chaguanas. I have five brothers and one sister. My father passed away from MS when I was 16 [but] my wonderful mother Andrea deserves special mention. I am married but we do not have any kids.
Read more

Flying the Red, White and Black

My name is Santa Claus and every Trini done know that, just like God, Santa Claus bound to be a Trini.


I'm from North Post, up Toco side. If you check it, everywhere in the world have an address like North Post or North Coast, like how every Caribbean island have a Church Street. That address was invent to facilitate the I, Santa Claus-self. I can’t reveal the technology because them elf and them unionised but, when I leave the North Pole, is straight North Post, Trinidad, I reaching, by some kinda elf-internets WhatsApp-something. That is how nobody doesn’t see flying reindeer pulling sled. North Pole to North Post Trinidad, then North Post Australia, then Asia, then come back round to the Americas and then I tie everything off in You-Rope. Of cuss I have to reach Por’Spain first! I’s a Trini!

Boy days in the North Pole didn’t eat nice at all-at all. Trini like they air-condition but that cold does blow your mind and nose same time. You doesn’t can turn it off! It come like you living your whole life in a sno-cone cup! People does talk ‘bout spinning top in mud but that more better than spinning top in ice! But, last couple years, with covid and thing, I work out a system whereby I working from home. By the beach in Toco.
Read more

There’s No Business. Like, No Business

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Louris Martin Lee-Sing and, after two years of sucking extreme salt, we have a little lights, camera, action back in show business.


I'm from Carenage. A beautiful, scary, and interesting place. So I grew up by the beach and Down the Islands. My DDI was not luxurious. My grandfather had a water taxi service. We, his grandchildren, would spend days, sometimes weeks, at his small caretaker house on Monos. He worked for Mr. Massy who had the traditional palatial DDI house just a few metres away. We were not allowed there but we snuck in constantly anyway. Driving the boat, getting black-black in the sun, away from our parents and anything looking like supervision. He barely fed us. We ate Crix and cheese every meal. It was the best!
Read more

Maybe They Should Have Called Me Coral…

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Dr Anjani Ganase and I’m a director of SpeSeas, an NGO dedicated to making positive changes to the way the ocean is used.


I'm born and raised in Santa Cruz. Until I was 13 or 14, we lived on a seven-acre farm. I know how rare that is. Literally transitioning from the traffic in Maraval to the bush, going over Saddle Hill. I’ve never felt unsafe as a child and still don’t as an adult. Me & my brother trudging through the bush with a spear, spying on the farm animals. We were kicked out of the house in the morning and just had to go climb trees, pick cocoa… and NOT tell the parents if you did anything dangerous or stupid.

Read more

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