Westward Ho! - Charles Kingsley - Engraving

How they came to Barbados and found no men therein…

Amyas Preston was an English privateer of the Elizabethan period. Preston came from Cricket, St Thomas in Somerset.   He took part in many wars and battles in support of England. Among these were the Preston Somers Expedition in 1595. The Preston–Somers expedition was a series of military actions that took place from late May till …

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Ra II entering the Careenage 12 July 1970 - Craig Burleigh

BajanThings six years on…

It is that time of year to reflect on BajanThings six years on since launch and over the past twelve months.  We hope you had a Happy Christmas even if you had to self-isolate away from your family. What was your BajanThings all time favourite post?  What was your BajanThings 2020 favourite post? My all …

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Hiking in Barbados

Hiking in Barbados | Run246 | The Barbados Hiking Association

The Barbados Hiking Association Group Hikes re-commence on Sunday 6th June 2021.  Please check the Barbados Hiking Association facebook Announcement page for further information. UPDATE – 29th May 2021 from Barbados Hiking Association The resumption of scheduled Barbados Hiking Association Group Hikes start on Sunday 6th June 2021 starting at Codrington College St John at 6.00am …

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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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