COMMENTARY: A house and a mango tree

Jean Rhys House before demolition. Photo: Lennox Honychurch; the demolition site on May 7, 2020 with mango tree in the background before it was uprooted. Photo: Cecil Clarke

What’s so significant about a house and a mango tree? Absolutely nothing one may say and you may be right. Houses and mango trees flourish in these parts but when that house was once the home of one of the most famous writers of the 19th century, one of Britain’s acclaimed or so they claim, Jean Rhys. Ella Gwendolyn Williams, as she was known, was actually born in Dominica and resided in Grand Bay, and yes, in Cork Street, in the house referred to as Vena’s Guest House.

I once called for this building to be converted to a museum and renewed that call with local icons such as Leroy Charles after the death of Jeff Joe; I suggested that we should convert this property where artifacts, films and photographs could be displayed of our rich musical and cultural heritage. Certainly, a culturally rich country like Dominica cannot continue to advance upstairs the old post office as any sort of representation of a National Museum. In fact, it is embarrassing, to say the least, parading this in the face of cruise ship arrivals.

I have always lamented the fact that we never seem to have a Minister of Culture who is or has been a real practitioner and who have a passion for the arts. Like the other culture, that is agriculture, we seem to put anyone there to make up the numbers. However, in recent times I was happy to see a real culturally conscious practitioner take up such a ministry and still believe her voice will be heard albeit late in the matter, I now present.

Guess what? The house has been destroyed and the mango tree of over 130 years, planted since the 1870s around the time of Ma Pampo, was just uprooted to make way for “development” and “progress”.

Many who visit the Credit Union doing day-to-day money transactions or passersby either don’t have a clue or are oblivious and for them, this is just another construction as any other in the city. I don’t blame them as we are never taught at school about our history, heroes or heritage.

What was so hurtful [is that] demolishment of the edifice heightened during the peak of COVID-19 and in the midst of Africa Day observances while we seem to extend masks on our faces onto our eyes. I dare say in no other country this could have happened without an uproar. I guess the Athie Martins have done their share on their stand against the smashing of the Garden’s wall or the Lennox Honychurchs who normally would cry foul on such activities, are burnt out and almost feel alone. I am beginning to believe that if George Floyd had died in Dominica we may only hear some voices of “Citizens for a Better Dominica on Q95” and the rest would turn a blind eye. On a broader perhaps scale, a hyperbole of sorts may be, thank God, the Pyramids of Gaza were not constructed in Dominica, it would be in danger- so gross is our lack of appreciation for national monuments and arts.

But if we as a people could still see the significance in the crushed school bus in the Gardens as evidence for visitors to feast their eyes on the force of nature and the ravages of hurricane David then why can’t we as a people see merit in preserving a home of such historical significance or a mango tree of over 130 years old. It might well be the oldest mango tree in these parts or the world. Now isn’t this worth some “dollars and sense” to the ministry of tourism or is the vision limited to the World Creole Music Festival (WCMF) and Trafalgar Falls?

I do not want to delve into the politics, truth or rumors as to who has bought the property be it a politician or associates, but surely we are obliterating everything Dominican which makes this country unique and fail, time and time again, to build on it.

In terms of modernization, Roseau, unapologetically, is the most backward city in the region but we have something that most don’t have and this is our competitive edge -the jalousies spoken of by Jean Rhys herself in her writings, the verandahs and lattice works. We are the only country with an old market and Barracoon building lined with cobblestone streets where slaves were once sold. Where is SHAPE, the Society for Heritage Architecture Preservation and Enhancement, to add their voices to this ‘unshapely’ act of distorting a city? There is no plan in Roseau and this is evident by a green market being next-door neighbors to KFC? What a contradictory message and lack of harmony in the sentiments echoed by the ministry of health re fast foods, disease and morbidity.

The beauty of Roseau is further accentuated by the Creator; where else is there a river running in the center of a city and acreages of green space in the magnificence of the Botanic Gardens?

We may never compete with the sky risers of many of our Caribbean neighbours or the elaborate shopping malls, theatres, but we have something: our quaintness steeped in history and ironically, we don’t seem to know. We are trying to be like someone else on one hand and when to speak up on matters of national significance, we remain mute. We choose silence because we are partisan about so many things when it comes to nation-building.

Our consciousness has faded years ago, and the talk shows prove that every day; it’s all about the politics of division. What about our history, preservation of our landmarks, sharing those with outsiders and making money from selling the experience? Is this new construction part of the CREAD, Climate Resilience Execution Agency, and the Roseau rehabilitation plan?

I tried asking who is doing it…for what purpose? Everyone seems afraid to give me answers or probably they just don’t know. Well, really, I don’t care. All I know is, once again, we are destroying the soul of our nation; the Minister remains mute, Cultural Division follows suit while where once stood an edifice of historical significance, of much greater benefit to the nation than any personal advancement, has been mercilessly leveled to the ground; planning, as usual, has no plan except for trivialities of ‘you need to build four feet away from this or that boundary’.

I say to whoever and no matter the purpose that ‘You are squatting on a national treasure”. I don’t care how much has been paid; I have said my piece/peace.

Sorry Jean Rhys, sorry Ras Albert Williams and Arnold Toulon, our words will not be enough to stop them; all we have are memories of reading from Jean’s work and other poetic pieces with members of the Dominica Writer’s Guild some decades ago with Harry Sealy, Albert Williams, Ann Mills, Albert Bellot, Ras Mo, Gregory Rabess, Jeno Jacob, Carla Armour, Gerald Latouche and scores of others in that very same house…under the watch and shade of that mango tree- now obliterated to the pages of history.

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  1. June 30, 2020

    Telemaque, in response to your comment below, please tell me which one is more advanced: A secondary school in Antigua or Bathurst Heights Secondary School in Toronto; right into one of those advanced Colleges such as Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology, which has many plants in Toronto?

    Now you are always talking about people not using their names to comment on this board. So I challenge you to list the names of the institutions and faculties from where you received training for your so-called profession, otherwise, whenever you start boasting about your high education to the posters on this comment board, remember that I know you are lying.

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      July 9, 2020

      Elizabeth, you did not go to secondary school in Canada, neither did you attend any college in Canada.

      When you went to Canada you were long pass high (secondary) school age.So, if anything your alternative would be to take a college entrance examination; actually a placement examination.

      If you pass it you would be accepted.

      In the first place there are prerequisites for freshman too, they might ask to see your GPA from the secondary school you attend in Dominica.

      So, you doh talking to Dominica idiot  eh!

      You and Roosevelt can only fool each other.

      And if you are insinuating that secondary school education in Canada is higher than Dominica you might be wrong.

      My children came here, went to junior high prior to High School, turned out what they were teaching them in junior high, they had better than that in elementary school in Antigua.

      And I doh arguing with you cause I know you neither had high School nor college oui!


  2. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    June 29, 2020

    Admin: I doubt Jean family owned slaves; I did some research; however I found nothing linking her family to slavery.

    To be frank perhaps her family came to Dominica as indentured slaves also, in this case it is essential to note:

    Jean Rhys novel, “Wide Sargasso Sea,” takes place right after the Emancipation Act of 1833 was initiated.

    Slavery has ended and there is a lot of tension going around the city. Former slaves were still considered to be lower than the Europeans.

    Magistrates were brought in in order to replace the former slave owners and to help fix the terrible conditions, however, many felt that their magistrates were as bad if not worse than their former slave owners.
    “No more slavery!”
    “She had to laugh!“
    These new ones have Letter of the Law.
    Same thing.
    They got magistrate.
    They got fine.
    They got jail house and chain gang.
    They got tread machine to mash up people’s feet.
     New ones worse than old ones – more cunning, that’s all.” (Rhys 26)

  3. Nudibranch
    June 29, 2020

    Paved paradise and put up a parking lot
    – Joni Mitchell

    It’s old therefore of no value.
    Bring back the cruise ships, we prefer modern day slavery over our own heritage, especially if it involves reading a book.

  4. June 29, 2020

    Well said I think there should be a petition to save the mango tree who ever bought the house should save the history of the mango tree and its not just an old kind of mango its very nice lets try to save it they can build around it.

    • Toto
      June 29, 2020

      Wallace, you obviously not living in Dominica. That mango tree gone too, unceremoniously removed by soulless people.

  5. John Cohen
    June 28, 2020

    The building made it’s time. New developments must come. Nostalgia for the how things were has no place in this modern day.
    In addition a person has the right to enhance the real estate value of their property.

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    • Nkrumah Kwame
      June 29, 2020

      John Cohen, you are right as regards your ultimate paragraph. No one is arguing to the contrary. What the author is lamenting is the fact that we seem not to appreciate our literary heritage.
      In many other countries it would have been bought by the government and managed under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture

  6. June 28, 2020

    Since this is an opinion article allow me to give my opinion. The building was an eye sore and had to be torn down a home for the mango tree could not be found so it had to go. The lady we speak of was only born in Dominica and after leaving Dominica at a tender age only returned once. Her contribution to Dominican culture is miniscule and hardly worth mentioning. So again much a do about nothing.

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  7. Maz
    June 28, 2020

    Thank you for this article. It is very sad that the former home of Jean Rhys was allowed to dilapidate and then be demolished. Likewise 130 years is long for a mango tree, I’m sure it had many more years to live. Goodbye tree RIP. Hopefully, somebody will put up a plaque to commemorate the place. It will be a tourist draw.
    My only advice as a traveller is nobody is interested in the same modern buildings you can see anywhere in the world. This is what most tourists are trying to get away from! Your unique history, preservation of the original facade of a building is what fascinates most visitors.

  8. Jonathan Y St Jean
    June 28, 2020

    It doesn’t surprise me that the ruling regime doesn’t care much about the soul of Dominica. They are more interested in enriching themselves and their friends. After independence instead of adhering to the precedence of democracy which we inherited from Britain, the county has sunk to a new low in almost every facet on governance. The laws are being reinterpreted to suit the greed and arrogance of the ruling regime. Since the rulers won’t stick to democratic norms of good governance, it’s no surprise that they don’t give a damn about a house and a mango tree.

  9. Petroline
    June 28, 2020

    It is extremely sad if cultural artifacts are not preserved and even more sad if no one cares. Maybe this means more needs to be done to educate people on what culture really means.
    By the way there are ways to renovate a structure and still preserve it. Why wasn’t that considered? It is sad.

  10. Roger Burnett
    June 28, 2020

    My concern is not only for preserving Roseau’s identity from the past but for creating its identity for the future.

    Unless the building that replaces Jean Rhy’s family house is of better merit than what presently passes as architecture in Dominica, Roseau will become devoid of identity.

    The defence of the originality of places is the defence of the originality of ourselves.

  11. Garvey
    June 27, 2020

    A very good observation in your article.A government and the citizens who fail to see the value of history and culture is bankrupt,we speak of tourism and resilience. History,culture and architecture plays a major role in your tourist product.The Botanical Gardens is just a park there’s a lot more required to be considered a Botanical garden.Where there is no vision the people perish.The leaders lacks vision and the people are mute so the island is every thing else the Chinese will fix it after they take over.

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  12. June 27, 2020

    Dan Turner, I know who you are! You are an atheist; you don’t believe in God. You chose to live in Dominica, where the majority of the people would not walk with you.

    Definitely you did not get you way there, with a Government that also believes in God–even if we all are prone to make mistakes. But that is the reason God is with us; we hold on to Him, for He always picks us up when we fall–the same is for our Government; they are human beings too.

    So you moved back to your Great USA, pledging “never to return to Dominica”, those are your words–I contended against you on Dominica News Weekly

    Your Satanic mouthing against Dominica will never transpire for the devil can never have victory against a Mighty and Holy God of Love, who is the Great Spiritual Being of Light. He gave Himself a Body in the Man Jesus–His Christ of Love.

    So your beef against our Government is like a puff of smoke that vanishes in the air, so keep in your mouth.

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  13. The Realist
    June 27, 2020

    Ian Jackson is missing the point. All countries have people who patronise arts. they usually are the most wealthy or educated. In dominica you know where that group and their clappers stand. They sit grumbling about how Dominica is declining yet they only put money in things that have direct financial return for themselves and nothing else. They could have saved that building. See what happened with dominica club. They fought like hungry rats over the money from that.
    If these people dont care about history and art why should poor people ? the same poor people who make them rich and who they despise for voting labour.

    Use your wealth for a greater good and maybe just maybe people will start to listen and care for what you care about. use it as a political weapon and withdraw it like a child when you dont get your way, and poor people will say F you too. the same poor ppl you want to coopt to revolt and take the country back for you and your children to continue have a bon temp

  14. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    June 27, 2020

    Admin; whereas it may seem in my first submission, I leaned on Lennox a bit; everything was directed mostly at Ian Jackson!

    Nevertheless, whereas Lennox Honeychurch is a Dominica historian, I suggest if he was privy to the fact that the demolition of such an historic building was about to take place; he of all person should not wait until the building was demolished produced photographs of what was ideal for conservation.

     So, the conservationists like Athie Martin went to sleep, rather than rising funds which should be used to renovate it; nevertheless, the same Athie protested the removal of a bit of rock in the bath Estate area, which was a danger to pedestrians.

    I suppose the rock reminded him of his days as a kid walking past the rock going to and from his village of Trafalgar.

     I suppose only people like the boy bishop is entitled to million dollars to put on roof, on catholic building, but a historic reminder to our people don’t worth it! 

  15. Original
    June 27, 2020

    This is really sad especially since Dominica has an architect society, who seems to be silent on everything architectural or urban. Years ago there was much talk about the implementation of urban zoning regulation, which would have prevented this by establishing a historic city center. This establishment of zoning regulation seems to have disappeared totally. We live in a society where people and or institutions of the communities do not participate in the management of the society and or communities.

  16. Nadia Buke
    June 27, 2020

    Thank you Jackson, powerful and well put together. You had the guts to come forward while most of the so called intellectuals and historians are like ostrichs with their heads in the sand.

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    • Nudibranch
      June 29, 2020

      Paved paradise and put up.a parking lot
      – Joni Mitchell

      It’s old, therefore of no value. Thank you for articulating what a lot of us feel.

  17. Jf
    June 27, 2020

    We don’t care about history and its importance. We are regressing as a people.

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  18. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    June 27, 2020

    Anyway; Jean Rhys was not a poem write, hence she cannot be describe as being poetic, she was a writer, or author; there is a difference in the two.

    A poet is one who composes poems and creates poetry in the process: he/she is just like a potter who is adept in making pots and creating the art form of pottery in the process; they alone can be called a poet who creates poetry frequently.

    Here is a bit of her history: Jean Rhys (originally Ella Gwendolen Rees Williams) was a Caribbean novelist who wrote in the mid 20th century. Her first four novels were published during the 1920s and 1930s, but it was not until the publication of Wide Sargasso Sea in 1966 that she emerged as a significant literary figure.

    “originally Ella Gwendolen Rees Williams) was a Caribbean novelist who wrote in the mid 20th century.”

    I would much prefer that to read ‘was a Dominica born novelist.’

    Note: Lennox she did not write poem’s! 

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    • June 27, 2020

      Telemaque, you said “I would much prefer that to read –was a Dominican born novelist “.

      Well, here, at Google search, it says that: “Jean Rhys, CBE; born Ella Gwendolyn Rees Williams (24 August 1890 – 14 May 1979), was a mid-20th-century novelist who was born and grew up in the Caribbean island of Dominica. From the age of 16, she was mainly a resident in England, where she was sent for her education.”

      That is why I don’t care about this subject; for it appears that the lady left Dominica when she was a teenager. She would have acquired her fame as a citizen of England–no doubt. Maybe her parents were slave masters in Dominica.

      No wonder her house in Dominica was dilapidated–what is so historic about her on our behalf? Give me the thumbs down but I say: “Nothing”!

      ADMIN: Its unlikely her parents were or could have been slave owners. Slavery was abolished nearly 60 years before her birth.

      • Pipo
        June 29, 2020

        And where you live Elisabeth? Did you not leave Dominica for Canada that is now your adopted home and looking after you in old age? You should inform yourself before talking. Jean Rhys had a tough life and suffered poverty,
        not only in England but also in the rest of Europe and did not really get her recognition till very late. Who are you to judge, you righteous Christian?

        • June 29, 2020

          Pipo, I have no idea what you saying above. Who am I judging, and what for? You all are in Dominica fretting about an old house and an old mango tree–I don’t see the point of that–so what

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        June 29, 2020

        Elizabeth, if you read my comments, you will find in one of them it plainly stated she was born in Dominica.
        I’m fully aware of this lady’s history, if the administration posted it; I don’t know you might read where I spoke of the movie “Wide Saragossa” in that submission I quoted she was born in Dominica.

        I do not have to Google Elizabeth, I leave that to twelve year old teachers like you, and your friend Man-dog okay!

        Without Google people like you would be mute, and even at that your comments are erroneous; trivial, insignificant; and shall I add total rubbish eh!


        You said I do not read all of the article before I write, I am sure you don’t read all of my submissions, all you do is hurry to ensure I get your thumbs down!

        You think I doh know that’s what you do?

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        June 29, 2020

        Elizabeth, you are a walking talking contradiction; you contradicts yourself:
         “Telemaque, you said “I would much prefer that to read –was a Dominican born novelist “.
        Well, here, at Google search, it says that: “Jean Rhys, CBE; born Ella Gwendolyn Rees Williams (24 August 1890 – 14 May 1979), was a mid-20th-century novelist who was born and grew(Elizabeth Xavier).

        If you were not so busy trying to destroy this boy that you love, and hate so much; and did not like to Google so much you would have read this:

        “Wide Sargasso Sea is a 1966 novel by Dominica -born British author Jean Rhys. It is a feminist and anti-colonial response to Charlotte Brontë ‘s novel Jane Eyre (1847).

        That I submitted on DNO on the the 27th of June, 2020.

        I don’t know how you missed it, and come with the crap you talking when again I had submitted something stating she was born; ” born Ella Gwendolyn Rees Williams.”

        For your information she simply wrote under the fictitious Jean Rhys.

        • June 29, 2020

          “– you would have read this”:–“Wide Sargasso Sea is a 1966 novel by Dominica -born British author Jean Rhys—” Telemaque you are a compulsive liar. You just cannot say anything without lying.

          Here is what you wrote on Sunday, June 27:

          “And here is a bit of her history: Jean Rhys (originally Ella Gwendolen Rees Williams) was a Caribbean novelist who wrote in the mid 20th century. Her first four novels were published during the 1920s and 1930s, but it was not until the publication of Wide Sargasso Sea in 1966 that she emerged as a significant literary figure: There is no mention of Dominica in that passage.

          Otherwise, why did you say: “I would much prefer that to read ‘she was a Dominica born novelist.”? That was why I responded to your post.

          And if you are quoting me, do it honestly. Why did you leave out “up in the Caribbean island of Dominica.”? With me, it cannot cover up your lies.

          • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
            June 30, 2020

            You Elizabeth are an embarrassment to yourself, Dominica, and the rest of the world eh!

            Do you remember not too long ago, when you all and I mean including you hung on to the coat tail of someone born to a man from Dominica just because yo heard she got the job to prosecute some white criminal for the killing of a black person?

            If you were on planet earth then, and remember your anxiety; when I told you all there are Dominican born all over the in more important position than that lawyer; and I mentioned Jean Rhys, and reference the Movie “Wide Saragossa.

            How can you call me a liar, and say I did not read the Novel?

            Nothing written on DNO simple disappear into the trash bin of history, if you have the time, go back and review the saga and the hype when I spoke about my cousin Lois Robinson and the success of his children and stated one is a district attorney in Florida.

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      • June 29, 2020

        Thank you ADMIN

    • Ivenia
      June 28, 2020

      She wrote poems, she didnt write poems, she wrote novels she didn’t write novels. That’s not the point and what she wrote is not the focus of this article. She was a writer, period. Mr. JACKSON ARGUMENT is based on preservation of the country’s rich history and culture. PERIOD.

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      June 28, 2020

      Ten idiots, these people are so dumb and dunce, true sound and educational information matters nothing to them.

      They are gratified by giving thumbs down!

      The administration do not like when some of us tag people idiots, and fools, but the display of people with a warped mentality, one can’t help identifying them as idiots and fools!

      They do not contribute anything educational: in some case some idiots only response is: “thank you very good information.”

      Beyond that they are mute nothing to say: How can one give thumbs down to another who simply disseminated information which is public knowledge known to the world?

      Dominica, shall forever be a poor corrupted miserable place, all because of idiots like the ten who gave me the thumbs down.

      You little begging wet back rubber, and plastic shoe; walking mud crab, if I disseminated information to teach you rats how to thief people thing, I would get plenty thumbs up!

      Well, I duh know how to thief…

    • Pipo
      June 28, 2020

      Thanks Francisco but we can all read that on Wikipedia ourselves and a lot of us probably have. More important though, have you read any of her literature and I would suggest you do to give you a better insight into her prose. She was definitely born in Dominica so why not say that, unless you are ashame of that or something.f

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      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        June 29, 2020

        Man shut your mouth, tell me what have you accomplished in life academically!
        Write your educational background on DNO, let’s get an insight of you knowledge, let’s see if your brain is as large as youth mouth.

        Whosoever the nobody you are; let google and wikipedia be your institution of learning, I am both college and university educated, that is the difference between scums of the earth and me!

        All of my employment life I worked in the field of science and technology, and that is because I educated myself; have nothing to say to me; I am not at your level, my knowledge do not derive from the Internet, google or Wikipedia.

      • Roger Burnett
        June 29, 2020

        Thank you Pipo for introducing the word “prose” into the debate.

        Jean Rhys’s writing is prose of the highest order and in turn, poetic.

      • June 29, 2020

        Yeah Pipo, even though I am mad at you too, I agree with what you said to Telemauqe. I don’t why he thinks he anything to teach anyone–everything he writes is foolishness.

        He quoted my reference about the Lady where I tried to show him that: “born and grew up in the Caribbean island of Dominica” here is what he did: “who was born and grew(Elizabeth Xavier)” Why did he leave out the important point?

        Yet still, he is trying to tell me that he mentioned that fact and I missed it; when everyone already read that he did not know that the lady was born in Dominica, by his own words. Lies, lies, and more lies.

        • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
          June 30, 2020

          Elizabeth doh call my name in your ‘ting.’

          I know I cannot compete with you, because you graduated kindergarten, at twelve years old, and commended teaching school eh!

          At twelve years old I was still in elementary school in Wesley, shortly after that I left; went to Antigua where I got my secondary education.

          Now tell me which secondary school in Dominica you attended, and at what age.

          You that sukuooyant flying in the night, never set foot in a secondary school for one day in your entire life never mind college or university!
          I have!
          Happy flying tonight; but remember to fill your tank with gas cause if you run out you will fall out of the sky, and blame me.

          I have garlic, and kojo-root bush hanging over all my windows and doors to keep Dominica sukuooyant out oui!

          And I saltpeter me blood too so (aint go do you no good eh!)

          Have a nice day lie on some moor:


          • June 30, 2020

            Telemaque, tell me which one is more advanced: A secondary school in Antigua or Bathurst Heights Secondary School in Toronto; right into one of those advanced Colleges such as Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology, which has many plants in Toronto?

            Now you are always talking about people not using their names to comment on this board. So I challenge you to list the names of the institutions and faculties from where you received training for your so-called profession, otherwise, whenever you start boasting about your high education to the posters on this comment board, remember that I know you are lying.

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  19. Dan Tanner
    June 27, 2020

    Progress will come when the missionaries and corrupt politicians and racist Dominicans go. In short, never. Dominica is doomed.

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    • BG
      June 27, 2020

      I totally disagree with this article. America would not be so advanced if they had this “poverty ” mindset. Why can’t the writer build himself a straw house.

    • Sacre tonner
      June 28, 2020

      A mango long tree wee. If it was a chewy or a wose or lapeau amer or lickar i would say it is sad to see it go but the roots were damaging the road and surroundings. The house was full of aluminum windows nobody said anything. It was like this for years and nobody asked to save it. Now the eyesore is gone we have critics opening their mouths. Chewps.

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      June 28, 2020

       I must give you thumbs up it is this time.Dominicans have a one track mind; gee me, gee me something nuh!

      I went home, in Roseau I saw complete block (street) of people begging, want everything for free! 

      I am from Wesley, I found myself in a situations where young and old people ask me to buy, or give them rum at 5:30 in the morning.

      I mean our people are disgusting, they do not want Dominica to develop and prosper, as long as they can get something from Dominica one man government Roosevelt for nothing; they have it made?

       You may not be familiar with the term; “have it made:”

      In Dominica that simply means very content with the crap they have; one buys three bottles of rum put it on a shelf with couple of glasses, and commenced selling a shut of rum. That’s his wealth, he will be termed a big man in Dominica!

      And that’s having it made in the shade!

  20. Shaka zulu
    June 27, 2020

    I have been to New Orleans Louisiana where the smell and buildings reminded me of Roseau. There were buildings and trees and even old cemeteries preserved with a story. These old structures were the basis for the tourist industry where tour guides roam the city in groups going around the french quarter giving tours. Millions visit year round just for the experience of a time long ago. We must have a historical preservation society in Dominica if we are to develop to city as a cruise tourist destination. The way we going in Dominica in another 10 years all will be lost. These buildings should not be broken down unless they are first evaluated for remodeled in similar architecture or unless they pose a physical hazard. I don’t understand how you would cut down a tree that old. It is a bloody shame and tody Mr. Honeychurch i agree with u.

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      June 29, 2020

      You see we have to be careful not to over exaggerate, because there are some of us who been there too. 

      I don’t know that filth can be an attraction to any city, one of the great attraction to the French Quarter in New Orleans is entertainment.

       What about the museums, tours, riverboat rides too!

      I would have believed everything you said if I had not been there:

      So, what about Madi Gras which each year during Mardi Gras, approximately 1.4 million visitors take to the streets of New Orleans to participate in the city’s iconic Fat Tuesday parades and festivities.

      That is not stench of a city!

      Maridi Gras is “Carnival” during that time more people internationally go to Louisiana than the amount of tourist Dominica perhaps get in ten years.

      Boy I don’t want my mate to read your comment, she is from Shreveport Louisiana, we have assets in Shreveport, I doh want to get slaughtered because of what a Dominica said eh!

      • Shaka zulu
        June 30, 2020

        Lol. You crack me up. I was just referring to the historical context. They have some darn good food. Either way many people visit French quarter because of its historical appeal. However if you have people coming you get them involved in the music, food, and culture hence the 24-7 party. But that is what brings revenue for restaurants, tour guides etc.

        • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
          July 1, 2020

          Okay, yeah they have some good food, some very salty also, man the last time Rendy and I went there we got food poisoned. 

          We left the restaurant, headed to the hotel; the next thing both our stomach (belly) started growling, we were on I-20 about five miles from our hotel; boy, by the time we got into the elevator, I boy felt something like water oui!


          We were on fifth flour by the time I made it to the bath room, ( I doh going an tell you what happen eh)!

          For two days we were both sick, heading back to Los Angeles every 50-60 miles we I had to go to the bath room; if you return there be careful where and what you eat.

          I discovered we got poisoned from eating chicken contaminated with salmonella!

          When I was talking my last bite on a bit of chicken, I saw the actual lave( algae  ) in  the chicken.

          I also like to go there for some gambling too.

  21. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    June 27, 2020

    “What’s so significant about a house and a mango tree?”

    Lennox, Dominica is a place where many like you talk plenty, and like to write very long comments; by the time one finish reading they conclude it is nothing more than cheap political rhetoric!

    You are staunch supporter of Labor Party, and Roosevelt Skerrit, a historian at best I must admit.

    Where were you when the decision was made to demolish what should undoubtedly be an historic building which should have been renovated and preserved.

    Lennox, I watched the movie “Wide Sargasso Sea many times, it very interesting, among other stories written by this Dominica born; all of us should be proud of her. 

    “Wide Sargasso Sea is a 1966 novel by Dominica -born British author Jean Rhys. It is a feminist and anti-colonial response to Charlotte Brontë ‘s novel Jane Eyre (1847), describing the background to Mr Rochester’s marriage from the point-of-view of his mad wife Antoinette Cosway, a Creole heiress.”
    She wrote…

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