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Tuesday, February 08, 2011

DesignsByNJL Black and White Collection

DesignsByNJL is a New York based jewelry designer who has created a Black and White Collection of accessories. An avid mas player and devout Mac Farlane masquerader, Natalie of DesignsByNJL created these handmade one of a kind pieces to complement costumes from Brian Mac Farlane's Humanity Circle of Life.

If you are interested in viewing or purchasing  any of the pieces,  DesignsByNJL will be based at Brian Mac Farlane's Mas Camp at 49 Rosalino Street Woodbrook starting Friday February 26 everyday from 4pm-8pm. For more information you can also check out DesignsByNJL on Facebook.

Guess how many Limes to WIN!

A 360 degrees view of the Lime Display that is presently in the Hyatt Regency Trinidad Lobby. The person who guesses the exact amount of limes in the display or comes closest to the amount without exceeding it will win something very special! ( I heard it's tickets to the Lime Fete!)

You can submit your guesses at the Hyatt  Regency Trinidad OR on Facebook at the Lime's Official Fanpage!

Bringing You Up To Speed In February

Today marks exactly one month before Carnival Tuesday! And SO much has been going on let me bring you up to speed!

HARTS is now officially SOLD OUT, and that includes the surprise section "Sailor" that they launched on the website very recently.

Spice has finally decided to update their website to reflect their SOLD OUT Sections,Vines of Syrah, Tuscany Female, Peruvian Splendor FL and Male, Haute Couture FL and Male SOLD OUT! 

Despite rumours that The Word Presents Genesis I ( aka the Catholic Band) is SOLD OUT, I have been informed that there is still room in most of the sections. Also a new section has been added for the differently abled and elderly on the Garden of Eden Float! For more information check out their new website 

Machel Montano shot the video to his Road March contender on Saturday and he even had a micro stage constructed  at the Savannah to lend some authenticity o the whole experience, some behind the scenes video from the shoot was released by the Machel Montano channel on

And if you enjoyed looking at THAT stage here is a shot of the real one under construction... fingers cross it is ready by next Saturday!

Finally masqueraders and band leaders may have the cloud of a proposed Costume Tax hanging over our heads as we all wonder what this means for costume prices next year. Minister of Arts and Multiculturalism Winston "Gypsy" Peters as reported by the Trinidad Express today has this to say .

Minister of Arts and Multiculturalism Winston "Gypsy" Peters will seek Cabinet approval to increase taxes on all imported Carnival costumes that are made in other countries in time for Carnival 2012.

Speaking at the launch of the People's Band at the foyer of the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) yesterday Peters made clear his intention to preserve the culture by taking steps to deter the importing of Carnival costumes.

"I intend to put a screeching halt to the fact that we are importing most of our mas from India and China. As of next year there will be an enormous amount of tax for any costume coming into this country assembled. We do not want Trinidad and Tobago to be an importer of Carnival, we want to be exporters of Carnival," he said.

Peters said he did not want the local masmakers to suffer because of those bands which chose to import ready-made costumes and therefore the tariff on imported materials for the making of costumes locally would be decreased.

I will reserve further comment least I spoil the excitement I have over Carnival 2011 and await further details on this proposed "tax". But, feel free to leave your comments on the Minister's idea.
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