IMPORTANT NOTICE: Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic - Barbados. All hikes organised by the: Barbados National trust and Barbados Hiking Association have been cancelled until further notice.

Hiking in Barbados | Run246 | The Barbados Hiking Association

Barbados PM Mia Motley in her Covid-19 update of 9th September 2021 announced with immediate effect hiking in groups is banned. Please check the Barbados Hiking Association Facebook Announcement page for further information. Run246 produce a regular listing of road running, trail running, triathlon, obstacle course racing and hiking events that take place across Barbados. …

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Alan Emtage creator of Archie ftp search engine

Alan Emtage – the Bajan who invented the ftp search engine in 1989 while a post-grad student at McGill University

Bajan Alan Emtage in 1989, aged 25, invented the first internet (ftp) search engine – Archie (Archive without the v).  At the time he was a post graduate student at McGill University working as a volunteer systems administrator for the School of Computer Science where he conceived and implemented: Archie, a pre-web internet search engine …

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The Balloonist of "The Small World" Bridgetown Barbados

Four days up and twenty days down – The Small World crossing of the Atlantic December 1958

The Small World was a silver and black hydrogen filled balloon captained by Arnold  “Bushy” Eiloart, whose quest was to be the first balloon to complete a transatlantic voyage from Tenerife to the east coast of the United States.  The Small World balloon had the registration G-APOB.  The gondola had the registration The Small World …

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Troops of the British West Indies Regiment -1916

George Blackman BWIR – There were no parades for us

In 1915 Britain’s War Office, which had initially opposed recruitment of West Indian troops, agreed to accept volunteers from the West Indies. A new regiment was formed, the British West Indies Regiment (BWIR), which served in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. “They called us darkies. But when the battle starts, it didn’t make a …

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Score for "Massa Buy Me"

Banja in Barbados and its influence on calypso throughout the West Indies

The story of Banja and its development and its influence on calypso though the West Indies told by our guest contributor Roger Gibbs – who is Toronto based.  Here we re-publish Roger Gibbs’ video presentation: Early Calypso in Barbados.   In addition to the video Roger has also provided us with a transcript for those that …

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TAPSO - Festival of Britain, July 1951

Lt. Joseph Nathaniel Griffith – the Bajan that taught a band to play

This is the story of Bajan Lt. Joseph Nathaniel Griffith who was the Trinidad All Steel Percussion Orchestra (TASPO)  musical director which debuted at the at the Festival of Britain at the South Bank Exhibition in London on 26th July 1951.  At the time TASPO was probably the most technically advanced steelband in the world.  …

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Three Houses Sugar Factory, St. Philip, Barbados - 1954

Barbados Sugarworks 1640 – 1924 (Summary)

Jim Webster in collaboration with Francis Ward, has put together three posts for BajanThings all on the theme of Barbados Sugarworks.  This post brings together in one place three data tables: Ronnie Hughes: Barbadian Sugar Plantations Index 1640 – 1846 Barbados Almanacs: Plantations & Sugar-Works 1848 – 1871 Handbook of Barbados: Plantations & Sugar-Works 1912 …

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Small Hope, St. John, Barbados

Barbados Almanacs: Plantations & Sugar-Works 1848 – 1871

This is the third in our series of stories based upon transcriptions of old plantation sugar-works tables and records. Previously, we published the sugar-works listings from the Barbados Handbooks 1912 – 24 and the Ronnie Hughes Plantation list 1640 – 1846.  The latter was previously published on the plantations.bb website which no longer exists. The …

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Barbados Sugar Estate with Windmill and Factory

Ronnie Hughes: Barbadian Sugar Plantations Index 1640 – 1846

Ronald G. Hughes: Barbadian Sugar Plantations 1640 to 1846 index was compiled from deeds, wills, maps, census, newspapers, surveyors’ plans and correspondence. The basis of this listing was Ronnie Hughes seminar paper 1977/78, Department of History, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, titled: “Barbadian Sugar Plantations 1640 to 1846“. Over the ensuing years …

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