Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Rude and obnoxious

Rude and obnoxious people ANNOY me. As my grandfather always used to say, some people have no couth! While Granddad technically didn’t use couth in the correct grammatical sense as it is an adjective, the point is well taken. Some people just don’t have any.

Maybe I’m too touchy or ‘toucheous’ as the people say but Case in Point #1:
A friend recently got married and changed her name on FB by hyphenating her last name. How are you going to post on her profile/timeline/whatever: “You hyphenated your last name? Please tell me you didn’t do that.” Oh let me count the ways how that was rude:
  1.   It is her last name. She did not marry you (which is the only way you might arguably have a say in her name choice) so how is this your business?
  2. It is not your last name so again how is it any of your business?
  3. You didn’t even have the decency to not give your unsolicited opinion on the girl’s public profile? If it was burning you so badly, whatever happened to a private message??

Case in Point #2:
An acquaintance, note what I said, someone you just know, not a friend, proceeds to ask you loudly in front of a group of acquaintances again, about an aspect of your personal appearance in a manner associated with friend status. I won’t relay the rudeness that was unfurled on me recently cause people are too dangerous but the following that I’ve witnessed for myself apply:
  1.  “Wait? That pants fitting you very tight. You put on weight?”
  2.  “Oh you have a cold sore? So you have (genital) herpes?” Yes this actually happened…

People, people, people. When you are rude and obnoxious you expose yourself to cussing, washing off, embarrassment or even bodily harm. Please, think before you speak. Take a few seconds to think how you would feel or react if someone said what you are about to say to you. When an obnoxious act was perpetuated on me the other day, I was forced not to say anything as I was in the company of too many other people. To respond would have been trouble. Let me tell you though, the person was fortunate it didn’t happen ten years ago when I responded instantly once provoked and that so many people were around. It took all of my ‘couth’ to choke out a decent response. Granddad would have been proud.

Stop being rude and obnoxious people. So not a good look.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Gone natural...brb!

So I’ve been bad about blogging. I know. I however HAD to make time to write this entry as the matter at hand seems to be miraculous/earth moving/even apocalyptic to some of my friends. I, Wainelle Alleyne-Jones, have gone natural. Yes. My hair is no longer, fried, lyed or dyed.

Pick your jaw up off the ground (may take you a while)…………and come to grips with the fact that I’m no longer the queen of all things related to a good relaxer. I’m sure your first question now that you can think again is “Why?” Well I guess the simple answer is it’s just something I wanted to try and promised myself I would eventually. Recently I got to the point where I couldn’t remember what my natural hair looked and felt like and figured it was time.

Six months and only two inches later (I’m convinced my hair follicles are so traumatised by relaxer, my hair won’t grow, lol), here I am. It’s been two days since I decided to wear my two inch hair in all its splendour, two days of nerves about the reactions I’d get. Surprise surprise they’ve been pretty much all positive.

Now before you comment on this post congratulating me on my new found enlightenment and consciousness, slow down. Some people may not be amused by this but my going natural has not been inspired by any such thing.  I’m actually a “Disengaged Natural”. See below link:

More power to those who are fuelling or are simply just a part of the ‘natural hair revolution’, embracing who you are in your entirety. (Shout out to my baby sis Asha who’s napptural to the end and has got me this far and my girl Yolande who’s creating fabulous products I love). Nuff respect to you all. That’s just not me. I’m disengaged and unashamed. I’m treating this as another style, just another experience. I’ve had weaves, pieces, braids, you name it, I had it. So why not natural hair?

So for those of you who had to reach for the smelling salts, don’t worry I’m still me. In fact, as I said to someone today, “Girl, I’d lye and fry my hair in a New York minute”.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) TV8

I could not write my first real blog entry about anything but the only local free to air TV channel in Barbados, CBC TV8. The small number of ‘followers’ I have would be done with me before I even start.

This post is a preface of sorts to anything I write hereafter about CBC. I like to put things into perspective by trying to establish the facts before I give my mouth liberties. Now I won’t claim to be an expert on the operations of CBC because I don’t manage the place, further less even work there. Here however is a bit about the framework within which CBC operates and carries out all its duties, including the running of Channel 8.

Taken from their website (emphasis added):

Last Updated on Friday, 10 June 2011 01:24 Tuesday, 26 April 2011 18:23 (not sure what the two dates are about)

The Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is a statutory Corporation, which was created by an Act of Parliament in 1963. The Corporation is mandated to provide public service broadcasting to the community.
Programming is CBC’s business. CBC’s purpose is to provide a medium for communicating programmes of the highest quality in both transmission and content to attract audiences and advertisers.

The CBC operates three (3) radio stations and one (1) television station. The CBC also operates the pay television service, MCTV.


To provide consistently, superior quality educational, informative and entertaining programmes and services that inspire and enrich our Caribbean peoples’ lives while creating a stimulating environment that enhances the quality of life of our employees.

I will not right now evaluate the last two highlighted segments but will let future posts tell the story of whether or not CBC is living up to its stated standards.

Important however to note is the first bit: that CBC is a statutory corporation. Wikipedia defines a UK (which our system was modelled on) statutory corporation as “a corporate body created by statute. It typically has no shareholders and its powers are defined by the Act of Parliament which creates it, and may be modified by later legislation.” Speaking of Ireland, it states “Such bodies do not have shareholders, but are typically boards appointed by a sponsor minister.”

Following on from this I can state:
  1. 1     CBC is part funded by government (which has no money).
  2. 2  It is bound in its operations by legislation and by extent those who champion it (politicians)

Big constraints. CBC therefore will never be an ABC, NBC, BBC or Al Jazeera but the “highest quality in both transmission and content” is still to be expected.

On that note, look at the pic below. ***DISCLAIMER*** I personally did not see this but the person who forwarded it to me is in my estimation an honest person. The error is thankfully no longer on their site.

I will be watching…and writing.

The Jones Girl Next Door

For quite some time now, I’ve been contemplating blogging. I’ve thought about it, then changed my mind, back and forth, back and forth I went. My reasons for not wanting to blog? (a) I write for a living...why on earth would I want to write in my spare time and (b) everyone has a blog! Why would mine be anything special? Nonetheless, here I am, blogging. I’m joining the millions of people already doing it!

What am I blogging about? Nothing in particular, but at the same time, any and everything :). If you really know me, you know I have an opinion about everything. If you’re a Facebook friend, you already know one of the topics I’ll definitely be blogging about: CBC TV8.

So here I go. I can be deep or shallow, funny or serious, intellectual or…no just intellectual :). If you decide to read my posts and comment, I ask a few things of you: keep it clean, respect other people’s opinions and enjoy The Jones Girl Next Door.