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Saluting Colin

Published: 
Monday, April 9, 2018

In our salute to Colin Laird, we cannot escape the fact that this Brit came to the Republic and made an indelible mark on our landscape.

He embraced this country like none other and showed that Trinis could be masters in the world of architecture.

He was an architect with a keen sense of the value of beauty, form and purpose that was translated into edifices and pathways that grace and embrace.

Just look at the National Library Building which drew on the past but also merged with the present and created an environment for modernity.

The Brian Lara Promenade transformed what was a blighted cityscape into a thoroughfare that generated a new life and purpose for the capital.

And that is just two of the contrasting ideas that Laird set before us as a testament to what could be achieved in shaping our own architectural features.

In our travel abroad to major cities, our tours often take in the structures that bear the stamp of their architects and the historical landmarks that they record.

A fitting tribute to Colin Laird would be a renewed effort not only to admire his handiwork but to seriously complete the important work on those edifices which have become unsightly features of our landscape.

Let’s save them now so that we can benefit from the joy and admiration that they can generate for us and our visitors from generation to generation.

Facebooking our fears

Those who grew up with computers have had less fear of the online world of Facebook, Twitter and other tools. These have become an everyday channel to the world of their friends and family.

Business has embraced both of them and more in an effort to tap into the customer preferences and to be able to encourage them to purchase their products and services. While much of this has been successful in a number of instances personal information and that of your family and friends has been stolen.

The recent revelations that Facebook has been used to gather information about people without their permission raises fresh fears.

Facebook has moved to address the gaps in their technology platform and have pledged to do even more to ensure that the information you post is not compromised. We should not let this situation prevent us from enjoying the new ways of communication and sharing.

Brave Bravo

The smashing performances of Dwane Bravo and brother Darren in the IPL tournament makes us wish that we could get both Bravos back in the Cricket West Indies team. We need to be winning again.

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