First post of 2014 with Video

January 7, 2014

So I’ve finally installed WordPress on my iPhone, over a year after having it. That means I’ll be more likely to post pics, videos and stories. I just hope I don’t post my “personal photos” accidentally! 😜

Check out the video here!

The purpose of this revised blog is to be more open with readers about what makes me tick, how things in the world work and to help everyone better understand what’s going on in the world around them in a way they can appreciate.

I’ll also be uploading to YouTube so check out my channel – guess what it’s called.

Watch this space to find out more of what’s happening in the life of the Superlative1.


Paris Hilton for President!

August 5, 2008

After John McCain’s used Paris Hilton in a smear campaign ad against Barack Obama, Paris Hilton queen of fame whoring and we all secretly love her for it, has taken the opportunity to throw her hat into the ring. Even going so far as to name her vice President, Rihanna!

Click Here to watch the ad.


Supermarket Time!!! *Repost*

June 12, 2008

WOO! So the wonderful Government of Barbados is yet again coddling its citizens. What a double edged sword. They’re working at reducing the cost of certain goods on the shelves of the supermarkets across the island. Funny enough I was having a two day discussion about the price increases and I felt I needed to share this with my well informed reading public.

The problem is, people fail to realise that the Government NOR the big bad food chains are responsible for increasing food prices per se. Another overlooked consideration is that with the Americanisation of the world as we know it since the advent of a million channels on the idiot box, everyone MUST have what they see, be it Olay Daily FacialsÂŽ or Tostino’s Pizza Rolls.
The complication comes when you have to import these things as you all know there is no Oil of Olay factory in Barbados. We have a LARGE import bill because we are a tiny country and we don’t produce half of the things we need/want. How do people think they get here? Taking it away from the more luxurious items and bringing it down to grass roots level, let’s look at Sardines- a popular choice would be the brand Brunswick. Show of hands, how many of you out there have gone to the beach and felt the sweet caress of a sardine against your leg? For good reason, we don’t HAVE sardines in our waters. What then must we do to have our homes reek bright and early in the morning? Import!

Now, how does one get a tin of sardines from Canada to Barbados…? OH! I know, the wholesaler can make a paper plane and hurl it in the direction of Barbados. Now true I never made it to CXC with Physics but something tells me that won’t quite work for a variety of reasons. The fact is, we have to ship things to Barbados but Barbadians don’t seem to realise this. At any rate, I shall end it here and leave you with this to chew on.

Ef yuh wan to stan up in de people supamarket and spin roun looking at a hundred different boxes of Corn Flakes, yuh gun gotta pay for de luxury of superfluous choice.

Educate yourselves. Peace.


The Difference Between Being African American and Being Black

May 4, 2008

I am so shame… Despite many people calling me racist, I continue to point out the subtle difference between being African American and being Black.

Whereas black people such as Chris Williams sing songs like “Love Is Gone” for David Guetta’s smash dance album Pop Life meanwhile African Americans sing what is featured below and think that it passes for an uplifting and endearing ballad.

What would possess anyone to write that song, sing it, produce it and decide THIS is the best I could do with my song writing and rapping ability! It is vile, grotesque and at the very least inappropriate. I am waiting for the remix featuring Trina.

*Shakes head from side to side disapprovingly*


Who Striking Wednesday?

February 18, 2008

Why is it that every time a company has to dismiss staff for wrong doing that company is vilified and the Union chooses to step in, only encouraging people in a lot of foolishness?

1)Royal Shop staff member is told/asked to work in the Port. She refuses. She is dismissed. Clearly she didn’t want her job, fine. Then her co-workers decided they liked her so they went on a wildcat strike without the Union’s sanction. They too were dismissed as is the nature of how things are done in such a situation. What’s the big deal? The big deal is the Union has filled people with a sense of entitlement that any degree of wrong is lauded and they should NEVER be subject to reprimand.

2) Sandy Lane guest alleges 17,000 in Euros  went missing from their room. The police were called in, a staff member was simply asked by police to go down to the station for questioning, he went, was questioned, then went home. Staff went on a wildcat strike, were dismissed. He still has his job, was never arrested and now his name is all over the media because of his overzealous co-workers. Again, the Union is intervening to reinstate the rule-breakers.

My issues are these:

  • Wildcat Strikers are subject to dismissal.
  • In the Royal Shop case the girl at the center was wrong and in the Sandy Lane case, no great social injustice was committed against anyone.
  • There have been times when the Union COULD and SHOULD have intervened for a worthy cause and did NOTHING.
  • Often the Union only steps in when they KNOW media coverage will be at its highest. Fame whoring.
  •  Why now is all of corporate Barbados being held hostage by its workers? That is pure nonsense. I am in support of workers’ rights but the union comes in to muck up operations and grind companies to a halt over lawlessness. Then they turn around and wonder why companies don’t want staff unionized. It has nothing to do with wanting to unfair people it has to do with the Union’s track record of dealing with situations.

If it were my company, I would shut it down first.


DLP’s Plan of Action Part 1- Capital Account Liberalization

January 18, 2008

What are the definitions of ‘Money Laundering’,  and ‘Tax Haven’ because they seem to come to mind given section b) and c) of the Account Liberalization initiative the ruling Democratic Labour Party has in its manifesto.

b) Residents and Non-Residents will be able to hold bank accounts in US Dollars, Euros, Canadian dollars and Sterling in unrestricted amounts provided these are not funded from Barbados dollar sources. The holding of different currencies will eventually help to diversity the financial services industry.

c) A 5% rate of income tax will be applied to interest earned on these balance in order to encourage their repatriation from foreign banks where they remain undeclared. These deposits will be subject to existing foreign currency reserve requirements.

We have in place a declaration policy governing local transactions which state all deposits of and exceeding $10,000 BARBADOS dollars the source of which must be declared. However this is saying undeclared money in non Barbados dollars will be subjected to a 5% income tax on the INTEREST not the money.

So if i were a drug lord and wanted to hide 30million Sterling for example i could send it down here and only be taxed on the interest the money earns. Don’t forget the term in b) “in unrestricted amounts”.

At any rate, I MAY be wrong but we’ll see when the World Bank and the IMF get wind of this.


Superlative1 vs. Cable and Wireless- Round 2

January 18, 2008

Below is a copy of the irate email I sent to C&W Thursday, January 17th, 2008.

“This email is to air my frustration anger and annoyance with the Staff and Service of Cable and Wireless bMobile. On Tuesday January 15th I purchased the handset which appears in the subject of this email at minutes to 9 in the evening at the Sheraton Center location. Despite having to deal with an unprofessional and surly CSR by the name of <Name Removed> (I assume from the scratchy handwriting at the bottom of the receipt) I STILL purchased that handset. I take it home and charge it as instructed and put in the memory card which came with the phone only for the phone to not access the memory card.
On Wednesday January 16th I take the phone to <Company Name> (the company I remember as being the licensed distributor and repair company for the phones that bMobile carries. I was specifically instructed to return the phone because the card reader was corrupt. PLEASE NOTE I bought this phone the Tuesday night, less than 18 hours before I took it to be looked at.It is at this point I am seeking redress because I am TIRED dealing with the rude and undertrained staff of Cable and Wireless in general and I am TIRED of being sold faulty phones as the last time I obtained a phone from C&W it ALSO had a manufacturer’s defect that phone was valued at <Figure Removed> The treatment I received when I went to take that phone for repair was deplorable at best and I am not in the frame of mind to deal with that again.
In other words, I intend to return this phone to bMobile where upon my arrival there is another handset waiting for me to simply insert my SIM and Memory Card into and leave the store. After the horror of the last transaction of this nature I do NOT want the phone to be repaired because I won’t be accepting that defective merchandise back. ALSO given the fact that the telephone CSR person put the phone down in my ears this evening after I asked her if there were any managers I could speak with to which she responded by giving me a 292-5050 number (which landed me BACK at the customer care center) then to see “Call Ended” come up on my screen I REALLY am not about to be appeased by guarantees of repair since it wasn’t even a DAY that I had the phone.
Feel free to respond to this email ASAP or to contact me directly at <Number Removed>”

However, I went there tonight and got it solved, and I met the NICEST CSR ever, she needs a promotion. She found out the problem on her own, rectified it FOR ME TO SEE and it turns out it was the memory card itself and she replaced it and doubled my memory at no additional cost:). I am to write an email lauding her efforts. I made sure to find out her name and have it on the back of the receipt. She really improved my night.


Priorities

January 13, 2008

As the date for the polls draws ever closer here in Bimshire (Barbados for those not in the know), the air is alight with political discussions, accusations and warnings from all sides- namely the right side, the wrong side, my side, your side, their side, our side, up side and of course the down side.

Whereas I have been accused, rather labeled as being a Capitalist, I more so view myself as a Realist.

The BLP has a history of what many would deem as Capitalist goals and development strategies, fine. The DLP likes to tote themselves as being a Socialist party, all for advancing the society. My issue is this- One of my more financially secure friends said that if he were in Barbados on election day, he would vote for the BLP because they make the rich richer and he went on to ask if I honestly thought that if the DLP were to win that they would evenly distribute wealth… valid point. How DO they intend to evenly distribute wealth? The BLP has been in power for 3 consecutive terms and it has been said that they create an environment for wealth to be generated by individuals, groups, what have you.

On the other hand, the DLP’s plan of actions seems to be holding hands for the greater good- but will it just result in holding hands to bring each other down? Socialism only works when individuals have a vested interest in the larger group, and we know how selfish Bajans can be so what’s going to happen?


The Hit List

December 20, 2007

Not saying that I have one or that you’re even on it, but…

I had this epiphany the other day. You know this planet is overpopulated and worse still is the types of people it’s over populated with- jackasses. So I move that a list of these such persons be compiled and something be done about it.

However not being one to sully my hands, I would have to outsource the work.

Hey! I hear Rodney Beckles has nothing much going on in his life right now, I could get him to do it. Just hand him a chillum pipe and say “Here, go, murder.”

What? If he does it in Jamaica well high he can just claim self defense and get off again.

Ooh… no he didn’t….


The Infamous Account

December 11, 2007

Personally I found nothing wrong with it when he said it the first time. The problem as I see it with African Americans and many Western Black people in general is the fact that they think certain elements of a society are ‘cultural’ and should be justified to continue.

Sickening me more than simply that is the ignorant AfroCaribbean people who are not even a part of the American system! Ever since the advent of BET or as I like call it GET (Ghetto Entertainment Television) I have realised a downward spiral in the mood and behaviour of black people the world over. There is nothing wrong with looking to another country for guidance or at the very least something to emulate, but why must you choose to emulate the NEGATIVE traits???

Bill Cosby had it right the first time.

“They’re standing on the corner and they can’t speak English. I can’t even talk the way these people talk: Why you ain’t, Where you is, What he drive, Where he stay, Where he work, Who you be… And I blamed the kid until I heard the mother talk. And then I heard the father talk. Everybody knows it’s important to speak English except these knuckleheads. You can’t be a doctor with that kind of crap coming out of your mouth. In fact you will never get any kind of job making a decent living. People marched and were hit in the face with rocks to get an education, and now we’ve got these knuckleheads walking around. The lower economic people are not holding up their end in this deal. These people are not parenting. They are buying things for kids. $500 sneakers for what ? ? And they won’t spend $200 for Hooked on Phonics. I am talking about these people who cry when their son is standing there in an orange suit. Where were you when he was 2 ? ? Where were you when he was 12 ? ? Where were you when he was 18 and how come you didn’t know that he had a pistol ? ? And where is the father ? ? Or who is his father ? People putting their clothes on backward: Isn’t that a sign of something gone wrong? People with their hats on backward, pants down around the crack, isn’t that a sign of something ? Or are you waiting for Jesus to pull his pants up ? Isn’t it a sign of something when she has her dress all the way up and got all type of needles [piercing] going through her body? What part of Africa did this come from?? We are not Africans. Those people are not Africans; they don’t know a thing about Africa With names like Shaniqua, Taliqua and Mohammed and all of that crap, and all of them are in jail. Brown or black versus the Board of Education is no longer the white person’s problem. We have got to take the neighborhood back. People used to be ashamed. Today a woman has eight children with eight different ‘husbands’ — or men or whatever you call them now. We have millionaire football players who cannot read. We have million-dollar basketball players who can’t write two paragraphs. We, as black folks have to do a better job. Someone working at Wal-Mart with seven kids, you are hurting us. We have to start holding each other to a higher standard. We cannot blame the white people any longer.” Dr. William Henry “Bill” Cosby, Jr., Ed.D.

Well, how many of you got offended? If you did- think long and hard.


My First Earthquake

December 4, 2007

As with every major event in my life, I somehow managed to miss the massive earthquake which shook the region. Not because I was asleep, but because of the fact I died years ago, and apparently my senses are now catching up.

In case you missed it, a 7.4 earthquake was felt up and down the island chain on Thursday, November 29th.

Anyway, so I was in the bank when it all went down. I was there to cash a cheque. I should have known something was wrong or rather about to go horribly wrong when for the first time in recorded history, the bank was at full staff.

The line was moving very quickly and I was excited by this fact so my disposition was quite sunny to match the day itself. It is at this point it went downhill. I get to 6th in the line when all of a sudden, I look outside and I think to myself, “hmmm outside looks odd”- not overcast odd or an orange hue odd, just… odd. The same time, I hear screaming and the wonderful bajan exclamation “Oh ra***ole! I know in here did feel like um gun fall to sh*te down!” followed of course by a mad dash to the exit. Being 6th in the line and also having not felt anything, I figured they’re being ridiculous, then an alarm went off and an evacuation was ordered. It was at this point I figured it was a bomb so I hightailed it out of there in much less of a panic than anyone else but still, I made a hasty exit. It was not until I got outside and saw traffic at a standstill and people running from one side of the street to the other like chicken little- a la the sky is falling- I realised, wait, is this an earthquake? Trust me to miss it.

So now everyone is still in shock, screaming, pointing, saying which building caving in *rolls eyes*. Why I thought they were being alarmist was the fact that common sense notwithstanding, if you are in a building which is shaking and you run across the street to safety while on your way there, you are met by people seemingly doing the same thing from the other side, chances are it isn’t remotely limited to your building.

At any rate, so I am now calmly walking through the city whilst everyone else is at a standstill, noticing food on the ground, as well as many IQs at this point. I decided that since it was over, and everyone is still reeling, I shall make a dash for the other branch to cash my cheque. Of COURSE that one was closed also with the staff all outside a-yelling and a-screaming about having to pick up their children from wherever and going home.

Yes folks, they shall sit one hour in non-moving traffic to run to their ‘more structurally sound than this brand new two storey bank’ houses, to safety. I was unimpressed to say the least. Were I a bank teller, I would simply have felt it, looked around, and when it was finished go “Next customer please” to whomever was left.

Money grubbing + No social life = Workhorse.
A simple equation don’t you think? Anyway, I hereby decree that this event shall hereon out be referred to as “The Great Wobble of 2007”


iPhone vs. Voyager

November 13, 2007

Now I don’t know who besides me is slightly obsessed with cellular technology and cell phones in general, however it appears as though the reason for Apple releasing the officially unlocked iPhone and getting them onto the market earlier than anticipated may NOT be due to them being the most wonderful people EVER!

It comes due to the fact that whenever technology is created that goes a step further than previous devices did, it takes a while, but that technology is replicated, usually in a year’s time. It would appear though that the wonderful people at LG have learned a trick or two in a relatively short space of time and are bringing out their new fangled phone which DOES look like something out of Star Trek and rightfully, they’re calling it Voyager. Click here to get a look at the phone which is not yet available in Zone 1. Something tells me it’ll come out somewhere around the time when iPhones are up for grabs. This could be the phone that did for Verizon what the iPhone did for AT&T.

Hmmm… maybe I should change the type of phone I want for my birthday


Meat of the Loom

November 10, 2007

Before I get into the explanation of this title, I must first give a shout out to the person responsible for leading me to come up with this name. Hey L. Rox! Secondly, I want it to be known that although I like to discuss the political and social environment, my blogs are primarily supposed to be humorous ones. If you fail to see the humour, move on and call it a day.

As many of you have heard by now, there is supposed to be a subsidy on meat. YAY! Although, a fair share of my friends are vegetarian and just shrugging going “big whoop” one even went so far as to say he’ll still starve (Yo De Jay!). I think this is a perfect opportunity for people with a green thumb to get in on the action! Plant your meat today!

I am sure many of you are already raising eyebrows wondering if I have completely lost what little I had, but I can assure you it is nothing so drastic. It is simply a play on words, you know, a ‘meat plant’ versus a meat plant. Anyway, if you assess the meat situation in Barbados, you would have to agree something is amiss with our fine meat and poultry industry.

I have a theory resulting from frequently dining out: “Chicken is a seasonal fruit.” Once I went to a restaurant which shall remain nameless and the menu clearly stated Lobster (Available year round) then when it came down to the chicken wings it had (When in season) and I looked over at my dinner-mate and she too was finding that notice a bit odd. Funny enough, going to lunch at a different establishment we were informed there was no chicken available, however we could order any of the fish dishes on the entire menu. I felt this was too much for my idiom so I just had a flying fish fajita. It was yummy… but I digress.

Getting back on track, I hereby decree that I shall be opening a meat grove. Come pick your farm ripened chicken breasts, stew beef and lamb necks to name a few.

*Sub-note*
Wanted: Meat pickers, no experience necessary, preferably vegetarian.