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BRIAN LARA: SPORTS ICON

Trinity Cross recipient, Brian Lara

Trinity Cross recipient, Brian Lara

The sporting arena has been an integral aspect of the identity of Trinbagonians. Along with this we have seen the growth of the popularity of our sports men and women. One such example is Brian Lara. With decades of cricket success, Brian Lara has made and broken numerous world records in test cricket history, placing not only the West Indies Cricket team on the map but also Trinidad and Tobago for being the home of one of the best batsmen ever known.

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A Life in Writing: Derek Walcott

Trinity Cross recipient and Nobel Laureate

Trinity Cross recipient and Nobel Laureate

Derek Walcott was born in 1930 and raised in St. Lucia. Born of mixed heritage, Walcott’s works address many themes of the Caribbean identity and Post Colonial issues. No stranger to Trinidad, Walcott established the Trinidad Theatre¬† Workshop where many of his plays and poems have been featured.

When asked asked about poetry and poems Walcott can be quoted as saying, ‘I always cite something that Pasternak said: ‘Great poets have no time to be original.'” Imitation, he believes, “is not only a form of flattery, but is in a way creation. No two things are going to be alike. Whatever you bring to the craft is going to be individualistic.”

His take on the Caribbean identity can be interpreted in this excerpt from his poem ‘The Schooner Flight’, taken from the StarApple Kingdom Collection:

Christ have mercy on all sleeping things!
From that dog rotting down Wrightson Road
to when I was a dog on these streets;
if loving these islands must be my load.
out of corruption my soul takes wings,
But they had started to poison my soul
with their big house, big car, big time bohbohl,
coolie, nigger, Syrian and French Creole,
so I leave it for them and their carnival -
I taking a sea bath, I gone down the road.
I know these islands from Monos to Nassau,
a rusty head sailor with sea-green eyes
that they nickname Shabine, the patois for
any red nigger, and I, Shabine, saw
when these slums of empire was paradise.
I'm just a red nigger who love the sea,
I had a sound colonial education,
I have Dutch, nigger, and English in me,
and either I'm nobody, or I'm a nation,

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Peter Minshall: The Man behind the Mas

Peter Minshall receives the Trinity Cross from President Noor Hassanali

Peter Minshall receives the Trinity Cross from President Noor Hassanali

Peter Minshall, renowned mas man and Trinity Cross recipient,  shares his passion for the creation of the Carnival costume.

According to Minshall, the magic is “to be able to see the music and hear the dance.¬† In mas, that is exactly the purpose!”

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