The Bajan Things crew: left, Peter Burton, right, William Burton.
What a year it’s been!
For many years my brother encouraged me to write a record of my travels and some history of the island. I had started to write but it was confined to my hard drive. Some will stay there after I go, unless someone finds it.
When my cousin Peter and his family spent their Christmas holidays in Barbados in 2014 the seed, which was fertilised by a few rums and beers, grew. This is the result. Peter is responsible for getting Bajan Things onto the web. He also writes the odd the article.
Bajan Things is mostly about events that I have witnessed, or told by those who did, my travels and the life of some of the people who were born in, or had connections to, Barbados and made their mark on the world stage.
These verbal records need to be recorded for future generations, when we old folks are gone.
I hope that my travels will encourage someone to explore the world before it is lost. In my short life it is no longer possible to travel as freely as it was in the early 1970’s and 1980’s. I would like to visit Egypt, Jordan, Iran, Afghanistan etc. I do not think that this will be possible, as long as there is money to be made making bombs and bullets and buying oil at a reduced price.
Not everyone will want to put on a backpack and walk alone for weeks at time but every one should take time to live outside of their comfort zone.
From an early age I wanted to travel. My first trip was to Trinidad and Guyana when I was about 5 years old. I still remember the time I went exploring on my own into a forbidden swamp in Guyana!
Below is a table of the Bajan Things posting over the last year. In the early days we only had a few followers hence the low number of viewers recorded! For instance the piece on Antarctica posted on 18 January got only 22 unique viewers whereas the piece on The Wreck of the SV Nordenskjold posted a few days ago on the 18 December has already had 287 unique viewers!
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I wish to thank all those who have given me encouragement to continue writing, those who gave me information and those who show me where I missed a comma or made a spelling error.
Life is good. Happy Christmas.
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