Monthly Archives: September 2013

Sorrel and Mauby- a taste for all occasions

Sorrel and Mauby- a taste for all occasions

There is an abiding love by Guyanese around the world for some of the delicious home brewed drinks of Guyana that verges on worship. This unwavering memory of the taste of home can instantly transport you back to that nostalgic and happy place of family and cultural identification. Guyanese foods and drinks are always on the minds of the diaspora regardless of their vast distances of travel and adaptation to other foods and cultural experiences of the world.

Mouthwatering fruits juices and drinks in Guyana comes from the multitude of amazing tropical fruits of Guyana- homemade juices and drinks inexpensively prepared and served in households to satisfy everyday needs. Pineapple drinks made from both chunks of pineapple or peel, five -finger {star fruit}  cashew, paw- paw, orange juice or drink, lemonade or swank, mango juice or drink, coconut water, ginger-beer, guava, sorrel and mauby are some of the more common delicious homemade drinks that are thought of when Guyanese excitedly seek out Caribbean stores to enjoy something uniquely special. Sorrel and Mauby are probably two of the most commonly sought after drinks. Dried sorrel or sorrel syrup, mauby bark or extract, both offers a gratifying taste of tradition to the longing palate of Guyanese.  Read more  [Sorrel and Mauby- A taste for all occasions]

Previous Articles by Dmitri Allicock

Previous Articles by Dmitri Allicock. Most of them are on Guyanese Online

Cricket: On this Day, June 25 1963 -Exactly 50 years ago

Cricket: The Prudential World Cup 1975

Remembering Dr Charles Roza of the Mackenzie Hospital

 Dr Giglioli 1897- 1975 and the fight against Malaria in British Guiana    Continue reading

The Allicocks’ of Noitgedacht

The Allicocks’ of Noitgedacht

By Dmitri Allicock

When you start about family, about lineage and ancestry, you are talking about every person on earth. Alex Haley Author of 1976 Roots

Beyond the populated coastal areas of early Guyana, rivers formed the natural highways, winding inland where undisturbed impenetrable vegetation closes in upon its banks. It was in the latter part of the 1700s that a family of Allicocks sailed 65 miles up the Demerary[1] River and decided to drop anchor at a location called Noitgedacht and would call it home for centuries.

One of the most common names still found in Upper Demerara is Allicock and the story of this family is interwoven within the history of the area and historical Guyana.

The journey of the original Allicock settlers is thought to be originating out of England via the colonies of America, before entering the Caribbean and Demerara. The actual name was also altered from its original form and probably on entrance into America as history appears to point to.      Continue reading

Cat Tales of Guyana


Cat Tales of Guyana – By Dmitri Allicock

Guyana has one of the largest unspoiled rainforests in South America, some parts of which are almost inaccessible by humans. Over 80% of Guyana is still covered by forests, ranging from dry evergreen and seasonal forests to montain to lowland evergreen rain forests. This pristine forest is roamed by least 6 species of Carnivora Felidae including the Waracabra, Jaguarundi, Puma   Margay, Ocelot and the Jaguar. The larger Jaguar actually belongs to the subfamilies of Pantherinae and the small to medium size cats to the Felinae group.   Continue reading

Celebrating the Memory of Otis Redding on his Special Day

Celebrating the Memory of Otis Redding on his Special Day

By Dmitri Allicock

Otis Redding

Otis Redding

Otis Ray Redding, Jr. was born on this day September 9, 1941 –, December 10, 1967. He was an American soul singer. Often called the “King of Soul”, he is renowned for an ability to convey strong emotion through his voice. According to the website of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where he was inducted in 1989. Redding’s name is “synonymous with the term soul, music that arose out of the black experience in America through the transmutation of gospel and rhythm and blues into a form of funky, secular testifying.” In addition, rock critic Jon Landau said in 1967, “Otis Redding is rock & roll”.    Continue reading

Striking Bodybuilder – Alicia Harris

Striking Bodybuilder  –   Alicia Harris

I stay as natural as I can”

By Dmitri Allicock

Alicia Harris

Alicia Harris

“Well I’m a former track athlete, so I do a lot of track workouts when the weather is nice… I try to stay as natural as I can with my foods, a lot of proteins of course, not so much carbs, but not so crazy that I’m depleting myself.  I just keep my energy levels up so I can keep my workouts up.”

Weighing 124 lbs, meet incredible Alicia Harris 5feet 4inches of perfect physique, dedication and finely chiseled beauty. Alicia is a professional body builder and athlete of Guyanese heritage.

“I am a recovering track and field college athlete. Recovering meaning after college was over, there was a piece of competition missing from my life.  I decided to partake in a different kind of competing where I could continue to work out and be rewarded for it.     [read more:   The Gorgeous Alicia Harris ]

Basil Fitzherbert Butcher turns 80

   Basil Fitzherbert Butcher turns 80

By Dmitri Allicock

Basil Butcher

Basil Butcher

Happy 80th birthday to Basil Fitzherbert Butcher! Born September 3, 1933, Port Mourant, British Guiana now Guyana is a former West Indian cricketer who played in 44 Tests from 1958 to 1969. He was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1970.

Basil Butcher was a wristy batsman and was a consistent number 4 and 5 in the West Indies side. He made an immediate impact on the international scene with 64 not out on debut against India in 1958-59 and finishing with 486 runs at 69.42. He struggled until the 1963 tour of England, where he rediscovered his form by making 383 runs which included an innings of 133 from a team total of just 229, helping the West Indies to a draw at Lord’s.   Continue reading

Belated Happy Birthday To Clive Hubert Lloyd

Belated Happy Birthday To Clive Hubert Lloyd

By Dmitri Allicock

Clive Lloyd

Clive Lloyd

Born August 31, 1944, Queenstown, Georgetown, Demerara, British Guiana now Guyana, was a former Guyana and West Indies cricketer.

In 1971 he was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year. He captained the West Indies between 1974 and 1985 and oversaw their rise to become the dominant Test-playing nation, a position that was only relinquished in the latter half of the 1990s. He is one of the most successful Test captains of all time with a record of 74 test captaincy and 36 wins.   Continue reading

Bass Baritone Opera Star Aubrey Allicock

Bass Baritone Opera Star Aubrey Allicock

By Dmitri Allicock

Aubrey Allicock

Aubrey Allicock

Aubrey Allicock just completed a critically acclaimed run as the lead in Terence Blanchard’s Champion at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis , United States. The buzz in the opera world is that this was a career launching performance. OUT Magazine recently ran a profile of the singer along with this amazing photograph.

Jerry Portwood writing for Out Magazine carried an article on Aubrey Allicock’s recently completed role as the young boxer Emile Griffith in the world premiere of Champion.

Aubrey Allicock, currently studying at Juilliard, is explaining his path as a young opera singer. “As a bass-baritone, I’m a baby, I’m a child!” he says, punctuating his confession with a big, hearty laugh. “I’ll probably be 40 before my voice hits its prime.”             Continue reading