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2014 GCA HONOREES – Dmitri Allicock awarded second prize – Godfrey Chin Prize for Heritage Journalism


Godfrey Chin Prize for Heritage Journalism

Dmitri Allicock AwardNote: click document above to enlarge

The Amazing Calabash of Guyana – By Dmitri Allicock


By Dmitri Allicock


Calabash Tree

The calabash was one of the first cultivated plants in the world, grown not primarily for food, but for use as a water container. The bottle gourd may have been carried from Africa to Asia, Europe and the Americas in the course of human migration.

This tough prehistoric stubby looking tree belongs to the family Bignoniaceae and is rarely seen much taller than 15 feet with a leafy canopy that provide a natural shady cool playground for Guyanese children.

The light green calabash flower of five petals fuses into a funnel shape that give birth to large spherical fruits of more than one foot in diameter. The hard shell of the fruit encloses an acrid smelly whitish pulp and thin dark brown seeds. Continue reading

Eddo Callaloo and other poems – By Dmitri Allicock



By Dmitri Allicock

Oh delicate leaves cooked by the bundle

Noble nourishment not only for the humble

Market or garden fresh for the pickings

 Guyanese callaloo called one foot chicken

Poi, carila, bhagi, and spinach of the land of green Continue reading

Historical Guyana in Pictures – by Dmitri Allicock and Christopher Jeffrey

Historical Pictures of Guyana

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High Street

High Street, Georgetown 1900


A picture may paint a thousand words but ads written from over a century ago lend a kind of majesty to that vintage age of early Guyana and capture so well the essence and that flavor of passing time.

For the travelers of British Guiana in the late 1800s and early 1900s these historical hotel’s advertisements served the practical purposes for lodging and comfort away from home. Hotels would have provided basic accommodation, a room with bed, a cupboard, a small table, washstand and cutting edge technology of electrical lighting plus furnishing like a billiard table, drawing and stylish dining room for passengers arriving by steamer.   Continue reading

Steamers of British Guiana – By Dmitri Allicock

Sprostons Dry Dock of October 26, 1867

Sprostons Dry Dock of October 26, 1867

Steamers of British Guiana

And so have disappeared over the horizon that regal age of the Steamers of Guyana, what some of us might have experienced and also what our fore-parents spoke so fondly of.

By Dmitri Allicock

The cautious introduction of steam propulsion to vessels in British Guiana brought the golden age of sailing ships and the reliance on the currents of the wind to an end in the 1800s and launched an era of both commercial and passenger steamships in early Guyana.

The steamer service in Guyana dates back to the early 19th century when the colonial government contracted a few privately-owned steamers to provide transportation for commuters and for shipping of produce.
The first official documentation of a steamer service can be traced to the establishment of a Local Steamer Navigation Company, which appears to have been founded in 1825. This company commenced operations in 1826 with the Cambria, an immigrant ship, which was purchased for the sum of $50,000.  Continue reading

Sail on R.H. Carr – By Dmitri Allicock

RH Carr

Sail on R.H. Carr

By Dmitri Allicock

  Demerara voyagers travelling Inland River trail

From coastal Georgetown to tranquility we sail

Rough muddy waters and wide river mouth

Narrowing valley with smoother waters of the south

Laughter and waving children from second class  Continue reading

Guyana: ‘Life beneath the Canopy’ – By Dmitri Allicock

Canopy pix


‘Life beneath the Canopy’

 By Dmitri Allicock

Deep within the trees of a mystic morn
Furry monkeys stretches and yawn
Fresh water creek slowly flows below
Glistening beauty reflected in its glow  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