Black violinist George Augustus Polgreen Bridgetower (1780-1860)

John Frederick Bridgetower

John Frederick Bridgetower was born a slave in Barbados but was not content to end his life as one. There is no record of how he escaped from Barbados and made his way to Poland. There he worked in the family home of Austro-Hungarian Prince Esterhazy (Joseph Haydn’s patron) and learnt to speak  English, French, German, …

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Lime Kiln - Ragged Point

Arthur Hutchinson’s abandoned Lime Kiln at Ragged Point, Barbados

To extract sugar from sugar cane Calcium Oxide (CaO) has to be added to the juice. This allows the impurities to precipitate and be removed from the juice. This is done in large settling tanks after the juice is heated. The residue, called mud, is filtered out and used to fertilise the cane fields. This lime, …

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Annies B.B.Q, Oistins, Barbados

Oistins Fish Fry – Barbados. Annies BBQ where locals go for lunch, dinner and a drink

Richard Ligon wrote in his A True and Exact History of Barbadoes (first published in 1657) ….which they called Auftins Bay, not in commemoration of any Saint, but of a wild mad drunken fellow, whofe lewd and extravagant carriage made him infamous in the island; and his Plantation standing near this Bay, it was called …

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2nd Lt Walter Tull – first black infantry officer in British Army (1888 – 1918)

Walter Daniel John Tull was born in Folkestone, Kent, on 28 April 1888 to Barbadian carpenter Daniel Tull and Kent-born Alice Elizabeth Palmer.  In 1895, when Walter was seven, his mother died of cancer. A year later his father married Alice’s cousin, Clara Palmer. She gave birth to a daughter Miriam, on 11 September 1897. …

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Sidney Graham 2005 A forgotten Bajan WWII hero

Sid Graham. A forgotten Bajan WWII hero (1920 – 2017)

Sid Graham was born in Tidal Basin, Custom House in the London’s East End in 1920, the son of Sidney “Siddy” Graham a seaman from Barbados and his English wife Emma an East Ender.  Sid made it to his 97th birthday on 28th January 2017  and sadly passed away on 30th April 2017.  Until then …

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Blue Box Cart - 1983 Sailor Mas

Blue Box Cart. The growing years 1982 to 1991

At COT Printers, sometime in the last week of July 1982 a planning committee with Nigel, Claire, Bob and Jeffrey for the upcoming Kadooment is in progress. A few drinks soon produced a cart used to move paper around the office. A wooden box arrived and was nailed to it. Someone had Blue paint and the name that has …

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