Here is NEWS that was mailed to my readers on February 10, 1999:-
February 10, 1999 BAJAN NEWS ---------- Once again - Minibus MADNESS ---------------------------- WHAT would cause an "adult" driver of a mini-van transporting school children to engage in the following DANGEROUS antics... that are now occuring in Barbados ????? WALKING THE DOG - in this one, the van driver stops his van where the road is a gentle incline... puts it in "neutral", releases the brakes.. turns off the ignition... and tosses the keys backward into the body of the van.... HOPS OUT OF THE VAN... and jogs alongside... while the kids howl with delight, fear or excitement.... and have a scramble to see who can retrieve the keys first... this person then tosses the keys to the van driver outside ... who climbs back into the van..... hopefully before it hits something. ROCKING THE CRADDLE - in this one, the van driver tests the center of gravity of his vehicle by rapidly jerking the steering wheel left and right in increasing increments to the point where it would ALMOST flip over on its side. DOING THE CHICKEN - in this one, the van driver overtakes as many as 3 or 4 stationary cars... just in time to slip through the intersection before opposing vehicles can gain momentum usually AFTER THEIR LIGHT HAS CHANGED GREEN ! MILKING THE COW - I am still awaiting the details of this one, which I have not been able to comprehend so far. and check out this final incident which occurred recently... a pedestrian walking past a stationary van which was "rocking" to the movements of its occupants... and the sound of the "dub" bassline emphasised by maximum BASS boost... was horrified upon glancing into the vehicle to observe every female school girl sitting in the lap of a corresponding boy and moving their pelvis to the beat... whereupon the schoolgirl sitting nearest to the shocked and staring passerby.. shouted out "what the f___k you looking at !" draw your own conclusions, peoples... but the new Government certainly has their work cut out for them.... MEANWHILE.... the Barbados Workers Union is getting ready to shut down the entire island if they don't get what they want at CBC... yesterday, they were talking about shutting down the other media houses Advocate, Nation and Redifusion.... today there is mention of the Barbados Light and Power .... so who knows where it will end ... but it looks like TROUBLE anyway you look at it ! I gone.