BajanThings one year on…

What a year it’s been! We look at BajanThings one years on.

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 BajanThings onto the web. He also writes the odd the article.

BajanThings 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 BajanThings 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!

When Peter set up Bajan Things for me he posted 3 test posts to show me how wordpress, the tool that drives this blog, works.  Amazingly, these three post, Bajan Seasoning, Bajan Hot Pepper Sauce and Bajan Rum Punch are always in the top post from search engines!

You can change the table sort order by clicking the arrows at the end of each of the header columns.  You can sort the table alphabetically or by views or by post date.  You can also filter the table based on a search term if you are looking for something specific.  You can also click on any of the posts and the post will open in a new tab in your browser.  Enjoy.

Page/Post & URL LinkDateUnique Visitors - 2015
Home page / Archives2014/12/1911,666
Bajan Seasoning2014/12/211,743
Bajan Hot Pepper Sauce2014/12/211,407
The Seimstrand, St. Vincent & The Grenadines2015/05/28864
Blue Box Cart. The growing years 1982 to 19912015/08/31791
Bajan Rum Punch2014/12/20736
Torpedoing of the Cornwallis in Carlisle Bay - 11 September 19422015/05/21730
Welcome to BajanThings.com2014/12/20695
Keeping fish fresh before refrigeration2015/10/26631
Bajan Fried Flying Fish2014/12/20501
Subscribe to BajanThings.com2015/03/31438
Thor Heyerdahl's Ra Expeditions to Barbados - 2015 is the 45th anniversary of Ra II arriving in Barbados2015/08/05384
The Bottom-up boulder between Bottom Bay and Harry Smith Beach, Barbados2015/08/16365
The Great Outdoor (TGO) Challenge 2015 - Scotland. A walk to the Park!2015/05/03362
Contact Burts2014/12/20353
The Colin Hudson Great (Barbados) Train Hike2015/01/12335
Memorials for departed friends2015/06/12329
Chicken Rita's. Where Bajan's go for seasoned fried chicken!2015/07/02328
The Wreck of the SV Countess of Ripon2015/12/06314
The Wreck of the SV Nordenskjold2015/12/18287
Hiking with the Barbados National Trust2015/01/05258
Circuit of Cordillera Huayhuash - Peru2014/12/31237
About website2014/12/20235
Run Barbados Marathon - Fri 4 Dec to Sun 6 Dec 2015Fun Mile, 5km, 10km, Half Marathon & Full Marathon2015/07/25232
The old Kensington Oval, Barbados - RIP2015/03/18230
Nelson's column - Bridgetown, Barbados2015/05/13217
Ben's Spring2015/04/02201
Dr. Benjamin Bynoe (1803 - 1865)2015/01/16197
Joe Fortes (1863 - 1922)2015/01/20192
High Altitude Research Project (HARP) 1962 - 19672015/03/27186
The Great Outdoor (TGO) Challenge 2015 - Scotland2015/06/17186
Sid Graham. A forgotten Bajan WWII hero (1920 - 2014)2015/09/06162
Scientific Studies of Coral Rock in Barbados2015/09/23162
Mount Roraima – Venezuela2014/12/21160
2nd Lt Walter Tull - first black infantry officer in British Army (1888 – 1918)2015/09/13156
A day trip to Mustique - St. Vincent & The Grenadines2015/06/03146
The Great Outdoor (TGO) Challenge 2012 & 2013. A 14 day hike across Scotland2015/01/11142
Dr. Alain Bombard (1924 – 2005)2015/02/04137
Barbados Hiking Association: Sagicor Hill Challenge - 20152015/04/26131
Mobile & Marine Systems - Barbados2015/03/24115
Barbados Hiking Association Hill Challenge2015/01/23110
Oistins Fish Fry - Barbados. Annies BBQ where locals go for lunch, dinner and a drink2015/11/1198
Vice Admiral Henry C. Bovell (1893 - 1963)2015/02/0295
El Calafate & El Chalten - Argentina2015/01/3091
Boer Camp Pasture - St. Philip2015/06/2980
Three Man Well - Woodbourne Valley2015/03/1178
Hurricane Ivan 2004 - Emergency radio service in Grenada2015/04/1477
Bajan Things one year on...2015/12/2172
Dr. Colin Hudson (1938 - 2004)2015/01/1270
Colin Hudson Great Train Hike 20152015/02/2069
Boiling Lake hike - Dominica2015/03/0366
Crop Over 1988 - Mac Fingall2015/04/0663
Baby Burts trialling for the Windies cricket team!2015/06/1058
Samuel Weatherhead (1756 - 1816)2015/01/2657
Efficient or Effective customer service? Process gone wrong2015/10/1255
Mount Kilimanjaro - Tanzania2015/02/1350
Capt. William T. Shorey (1859 - 1919)2015/01/1950
William Michael Herbert Greaves (1897 - 1955)2015/01/2845
Ushuaia - Argentina2015/04/2045
Bajan & Trini sports ambassadors - HK Sevens, March 20142015/04/0935
Coming soon...2014/12/1930

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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 goodHappy Christmas.

William Burton
BajanThings – All things Barbadian. Bajan history. Bajan folklore. Interesting Bajan people. Hiking in Barbados. Bajan’s hiking overseas…

5 thoughts on “BajanThings one year on…”

  1. Congrats on your 1st anniversary. The posts I’ve read so far been enjoyable, well written and informative. I plan to read some of the older posts and look forward to the new in 2016.

  2. Thanks for your Xmas greetings etc, and special thanks for that summary list which I shall enjoy as time permits. Simply lovely!

    Sedrick Haynes.

  3. William, I posted the link to some of your articles on facebook and in particular the ‘Old Time Barbados Group’. Judging by comments people love the articles. Perhaps ‘Bajan Things’ could start a facebook page in 2016.

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