Today, dear readers, is a wonderful day in the neighbourhood.


In the city.


It’s the first day of winter as we know it — a loverly grey, blustery, drippy day.


We’ve turned off the AC at last. The sky has been grey all day (NOT a usual event round here, I can assure you!) and things are wet and green and shady.


I took some pix to let you see.


Yay October.



7 thoughts on “October!!!

  1. The sky has been grey all day (NOT a usual event round here, I can assure you!) and things are wet and green and shady.

    If that’s your idea of fun, man, you’re so living in the wrong country. We’ve just had a whole summer of that. Now winter is starting, which will be much the same but darker and colder.

  2. I should just hope so. We were there in your good city last November, and it was impolitely warm and even rudely sunny for most of the week. The wind was kind enough to blow some rain in once or twice, which reassured us that we’d landed in the right place, but it was cooler in Nassau when we returned than it had been virtually every day in London.

    I see a patch of blue this morning. Presumably that means that the sky will clear up by afternoon.

  3. The real answer has to do with the following:

    The inability of Caribbean economies to pay for extensive intellectual activity, or indeed, to support a variety of economic activity, necessitating pretty vast emigration over the past 50 years;
    The tendency of West Indians in the post-colonial years, to seek and attain further education, thus rendering them even less suited to remain in the Caribbean;
    The underpopulation of Canada, which resulted in an immigration policy that was calculated in terms of employment needs, most of which, from the most menial to the most qualified, were favourable to West Indians.
    Canada has traditionally styled itself as not practising racial prejudice and discrimination. Of course, the bloom has gone off that rose these days, but in the 1970s and 1980s it was a major selling point.
    (Possibly not often considered, but nevertheless relevant) The Canadian dollar, which traditionally was valued at less than the Pound Sterling and the US dollar, which, when combined with the excellence of Canadian universities, gave Caribbean students FAR more value for money when seeking tertiary education. I was educated in Canada. Most of my friends were educated in Canada. And Bahamians don’t emigrate like the rest of the Caribbean, as our economy has till now been friendlier than other Caribbean economies to a growing professional middle class.

    These days, of course, this trend is now compounded by the large numbers of West Indian Canadians who continue to sponsor and support their families, thus creating huge populations of transnational Canadian/West Indian people.

    Most of our contemporary writers, as you have noted, have some affiliation with Canada — just as fifty years ago the most influential of our writers had affiliations with the UK.

    The US is only just popping up on our radar. You guys are getting friendlier to black people, while the others are revealing how unfriendly they have always been.

    It’s not JUST a fascination with ice and snow. Though, of course, if you want to see it at its best and most glorious, there are fewer places in the world better able to give a great show than Canada.

    (who lived in Canada for 11 years)

  4. Thanks; that really helps to make sense out of what seems a slightly odd situation, to me at least. I just didn’t know enough about the economic and educational situation of various Caribbean nations to have a clear idea of exactly what was going on; and I had absolutely no idea about the Canadian underpopulation problem you mentioned at all, knowing very little about Canada as well as the Caribbean. Thanks for laying out the answer so clearly; it makes a great deal more sense to me now.

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