Among the objects I discovered in my father’s study–a place which had not been explored, I would imagine, for about 20 years–are (in no particular order):

  • the music he selected and used in 20-odd years of directing the Nassau Renaissance Singers, including some of his own arrangements and those of other choir members
  • memorabilia from the various CARIFESTAs he attended during his time as Director of Culture
  • notebooks with drafts of chapters of his thesis
  • notebooks with notes from a psychology course he took in England when he was there
  • a stash of various sublegal substances & risque publications (yep, he was a rebel)
  • some really cool posters from Cuba
  • notes and minutes from various official meetings, including the doodles he made during the discussions
  • documents showing what Sammie Swain cost to put on in 1985 (our recent revival CERTAINLY didn’t keep up with the cost of living!!!)
  • an early draft of what would become Winston Saunders’ masterpiece, You Can Lead A Horse To Water–a draft called You Can Take the Horse to the Well
  • slides from 1960 to 1990
  • reel-to-reel tapes of the interviews he conducted for his master’s thesis
  • some 16mm films … no idea what’s on them
  • a screen and a projector for those films (but we’re advised NOT to play them until someone can digitize them)

So … wow.

  • Cost of Sammie Swain, 1985


Diners’ Debates #3: Immigration

On December 16, 2014, professors Ian Bethell-Bennett and Rudy Tinker discussed the implications and challenges about the “new” Bahamian immigration policy.

Diners’ Debates #1: Economic Inequality

On October 16, 2014, Michael Stevenson and Christopher Curry led the discussion about economic inequality in The Bahamas.

Two professors from the College of The Bahamas discuss the link between economic inequality and crime.


During the 1980s, a group of Bahamians met at the Sisters of Charity Convent on West Hill Street to discuss issues of concern and interest. Now it’s thirty years later, and a new series of discussions is under way. We meet at MOJO’s restaurant and bar on West Bay Street. We also broadcast the discussions live via 1000mikes. These are those broadcasts, now available to download as podcasts.

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