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The men who betrayed Guyana's greatest revolt

Boat (Miss Sonia) on the Berbice River

Today, the Berbice River is calm and peaceful (see photo). But exactly 250 years ago, the Dutch were beginning to take control of the revolt along its banks. As they did so, they discovered that some of the most important rebels were changing sides ....

Guyana's great uprising comes to an end

Berbice River

This year sees the 250th anniversary of the end of the Berbice Revolt. By October 1763, much of this river (see photo) was under the control of the slaves. The Dutch garrison was overwhelmed with disease, and - just for a moment - it had looked as if one of the greatest revolts in slavery's history might just succeed.

The Secret Service and their difficult but important role protecting the President of the United States of America

United States Secret Service

The recent security breaches at the White House in Washington DC have many questioning the Secret Service and in particular the reaction of the Service to the person who jumped the fence.

The Secret Service has a very difficult and complex job to do, but let us isolate their role at the White House which among many others is to protect the President and the infrastructure.

Men who have played over a quarter of the Tests for their teams

Shivnarine Chanderpaul is the latest addition in this elite list © Getty ImagesAs West Indies play their 500th Test, Shivnarine Chanderpaul won his 158th Test cap. Abhishek Mukherjee looks at the men with most frequent Test appearances for their respective sides.

Parliament Not Helping Local Democracy

The National Assembly has failed to comply with constitutional provisions for local democracy. The 1980 constitution provides for a countrywide system of local democracy and the establishment of local democratic organs. The democratic organs were created to exercise power by constitutional order to govern their respective local government authority areas.

What's the greatest waterfall in the world?

John Gimlette at Kaieteur Falls, Guyana

It may not be the biggest or the highest, or the most watery, but - for my money - it has to be the Kaieteur Falls (Guyana).

I flew up there once, on a day tour from Georgetown. After a while, you get to the upper reaches of the Potaro. This river itself would have been worth the trip, like a gorgeous seam of folded jet. But then suddenly it just ended. It poured over a lip, and vaporised as it fluttered away into a deep abyss. The Falls. 

Word for Today is Consolidation

Consolidation

Word for today is Consolidation.
Unification, solidification, strengthening, union of two or more.
Consolidation of principals, efforts and/or beliefs.

E.g. United States, European Union, CARICOM, UNSAR, NATO.

To succeed we must consolidate the resources of the family(s), group(s), organization(s), countries. IGH

Make us Proud

Make us proud

Do not share videos, images or any information that propagates a stereotype, you will only be messenger for the enemy of progress.

Only share the images or information you are proud of. IGH

Shakespeare and Guyana

Flag Island, Essequibo, Guyana

Today is the bard's 450th birthday. Had he ever heard of South America's 'Wild Coast'?

Undoubtedly, yes. In 1595, when Shakespeare was aged 31, and at the height of his creative powers, Sir Walter Raleigh published his great prospectus, "The Discoverie of the Large, Rich and Bewtiful Empire of Guiana".

The old New Amsterdam Hospital

The old New Amsterdam Hospital

Here is one of my favourite buildings in Guyana; the old hospital in New Amsterdam. Sadly, it was pulled down a few months after I took this photograph, but here is what I wrote about it in 'Wild Coast':-

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