Sunday, March 6, 2011

Random News Generator- Trinidad and Tobago

Actually our third go-around with the Trinidadians; they're the first country to be able to say that.

To celebrate this completely meaningless statistic kept by a small-time one-man blog in Wisconsin, they have opted to hold Carnival, the largest such celebration in the Caribbean. Not as large as Rio's Carnival or New Orleans' Mardi Gras, but large. Carnival there lasts for two days, the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, which here means that it kicks off tomorrow.

Curiously, while poring over the stories concerning it, while most coverage of it has centered around your basic detailing of the various festivities, the Trinidad and Tobago Express has been running piece after piece detailing what a sad and scary thing the Trinidadian Carnival is: this piece by Lennox Grant, this letter to the editor, stories about and by the police presence here and here and here and here. And while Marion Miller appears to be caught up well enough in the celebration, he doesn't appear to have much company on the staff of the Express. Not sure what to make of that.

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