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Thursday, December 14, 2006

News Flash.. No Grand Stand.. No Panorama!

This just came across T.V.6 news; Pan Trinbago president Patrick Arnold has announced that if the Grand Stand is torn down and an alternative venue is suggested for Panorama 2007 decisive action will be taken, and there will be no Panorama !

I am stunned, finally someone is taking a stand against the demolition of the Grand Stand when it is entirely feasible to use the facilities one last time, and start construction of the Carnival Centre after February. No preparation work has started, the Grand Stand is still standing and the demoliton is scheduled to take place over the course of a few months! So, it makes perfect sense to wait until AFTER Carnival to start this project. Afterall, the propsed Carnival Centre was supposed to be in construction phase as I type, and yet after Carnival 2006 nothing was done... for 12 months the Savannah has stayed untouched.

I am anxiously awaiting the response of Culture Minister Joan Yuille Williams to this statement; Panorama has intrinsic value to Carnival and I cannot fathom NOT having Panorama, in any form, that is prelims, semis or finals, next year.

For more of Patrick Arnold's views on the Panorama fiasco read/listen to this interview on "When Steel Talks."

Dante’s Inferno launches Tomorrow

This one is for all the South masqueraders.Reigning south band of the year "We People International" will be launching their 2007 Carnival presentation Dante's Inferno at the Sting Night Club on December 15th. Music will be provided by Invazion and DJ Sean.

The mas camp is located at 110 Cipero Street and for further information please contact Dawad 758-7090/653-9725, Joan 485-0699, Clunis 684-8929,Paula 652-7373,Gregory 678-8962, Terrance 620-4307 or Anastasia 685-1719.

Christmas Gifts for Your Carnival Baby

Even though I an being somewhat of a scrooge this Christmas, only buying gifts for a few since I am not celebrating Christmas in the traditional sense I thought of those of you who are still trying to rack your brains to think of gifts for friends and family members who are certified Carnival babies.And for anyone thinking of getting me a gift, I would be quite happy with any from this list, especially #1!

1.Pay off the balance on their costume. This is the ultimate gift for someone who is playing mas next year, but if you cannot afford to pay off the balance making a payment towards their costume is as good a gift as any. And with so many bands accepting payment online you can get this gift without ever having to leave your home.

2. Matching footwear for their costume. This takes some input from the person for whom the gift is intended; try to get an idea of what type of footwear they are interested in getting. Some people prefer boots over sneakers as well as the fact that the footwear has to be a match to the costume.

3. Clothing and shoes. When shopping for clothing take into consideration that you are buying items that will be used for going to fetes and limes. It can be nice tops, a pair of jeans or short pants. Get clothes that are in style but look for unique pieces so that he/she will not be look line a clone when partying. Shoes might be tricky if you are living abroad where it is winter, but try to find cute sandals, wedge heels and flats. Many shops now have “resort wear” that cater for people escaping the cold weather on vacation, so you should be able to find appropriate clothing and shoes.

4. Make up. This one is tricky since you are essentially getting her makeup to match her costume. Items to get would include makeup primer, lipstick, eye shadow and eyeliner. It is crucial to pay attention to the brand she already uses, do not deviate from that norm. Most women would already have an idea of what colours they are interested in by now, it will not hurt to ask nicely if she has started shopping for makeup for Carnival. The ultimate gift in this respect would be to sponsor a makeup artist to do her makeup on Carnival Tuesday.

5. Spa certificate. This is to be used for that body polish, manicure or pedicure before Carnival or it can be used for a massage after Carnival as well. A very flexible gift that allows the person to enjoy a day of pampering.

6. Luggage. This is for the Carnival babies that do not live in Trinidad. Let them travel in style with new luggage; get suitcases on wheels and for the ladies get the matching makeup/overnight kit as well. Do a search for reviews on the best brands to get and luggage these days come in some fun colours and designs, no need to stick with boring black.

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