So you want to know what happened at the big meeting between UAB Batman NCF and Minister of State Reverend Joseph Atherley which took place at the Prime Ministers office this week?
You are so malicious then! How you get so?
Well I cannot say because I am sworn to secrecy. This meeting was called in an effort to bring a resolution to the current calypsonian boycott of 2007 calypso competitions. At the meeting it was agreed parties would not speak to the press, and I was saying to myself well Boyce Voice is not the press so I can blog it here. Then some smart Alec Chairman (will not call Al Gilkes name) said “and not on Boyce Voice either”. Cheese dawn bread he get me.
Any ways you know no one swears Boyce Voice to complete secrecy so I want to raise one serious concern that I intend to take up with the UAB which occurred at the meeting. Bear in mind the press has been calling for comments and I have not been telling them any thing so this issue would be exclusive to us.
The meeting was slated to start at around 3.30 pm. I was busy promoting the Trevor Eastmond benefit show (on this Sunday) so I had skipped lunch in order to get to the meeting on time. Minister Atherley started meeting around 4.00 pm, I was expecting the meeting might last for like 90 minutes or so.
5.45 pm: Coming around to the one time of the day I usually eat .Starting to get hungry Meeting still gine on..
6.15 pm: I am now officially hungry, am expecting that we will break for government provided snacks; not happening, meeting still gine on..
7.00 pm: Beginning to move from hungry to early stages of semi starvation, my mouth is turning white, am delirious seeing double, there are now two Ian Estwicks speaking (what a nightmare); meeting still gine on..
7.15 pm: I am now in a state of starvation, am looking at Penny Gomez from Ncf and she is beginning to look good enough to eat, I mean with lettuce and mayonnaise, meeting still gine on.
7.30 pm: Am no longer making contributions to meeting, would collapse in bad feels if I were not sitting in a chair, Ian Estwick is making his 2000th presentation, it is now night, have not eaten since 5 am today. Am thinking we will probably get government sponsored dinner after the meeting, am holding on till then; meeting still gine on..
8.00 pm: meeting done, I waited to hear Minister Atherley say where we are eating, I have my order ready in my head, he says nothing, realize that I am eating at home, if I make it home.
As I am on my way home I realize the sinister plan of the Government. To invite UAB and Batman people to long extended meetings and starve us to death! After we are gone government will take over all the cultural industries with the Festival Events Bureau and engage in commercial activities.
I am no idiot, next time I gine to a meeting at the Prime Ministers office, I taking along some mauby and whole wheat biscuits! As I said at the beginning of starvation soliloquy, for me to reveal the discussions at meeting would be irresponsible at this time. Even though I am irresponsible I am not that irresponsible. At least not yet!
Suffice to say meeting was amicable and progress was made, no body locked off any body’s neck (I would have gone for Penny). Aside from the bout of starvation that almost killed me every thing was fine, will keep you up to date. I have to eat again.