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THE ‘NETTE EFFECT: Women can be just as guilty

05 July 2016

I’M NOT A FEMINIST. Not – in the immortal words of Seinfeld – there’s anything wrong with that. However, I find that if people perceive you as a particular thing, then it becomes harder for them to approach you on certain subjects. They imagine that is where... Read More

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THE ‘NETTE EFFECT: Fathers, ‘fess up’ about all your children

21 June 2016

FOR ANYONE WITH SECRETS, hearing the sermon on Father’s Day should have made them wince a little or a lot. Reverend Vincent Wood was calling out fathers, some of them on well-preserved skeletons in their closets. He admonished them to take care of the children outside... Read More

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THE 'NETTE EFFECT: Put yourself in mum’s shoes

07 June 2016

LIFE ISN'T FAIR states the rogue Scar in his epic quote from the Disney classic The Lion King. The quote applied both to mankind and the animal kingdom and that proved to be the case recently. Life isn’t fair – not for man and sometimes not for gorillas. A lot... Read More

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THE ‘NETTE EFFECT: Story of a lost ‘brother’

24 May 2016

A WHILE BACK – though it doesn’t quite feel so – when my daughter was still at primary school, she reported to me that there was a certain boy who teased her. Sometimes she would come home and recount how he had teased her and that she did not know why he did it.... Read More

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THE ‘NETTE EFFECT: A mouse loose about the house

17 May 2016

FOLKS, HAS THIS ever happened to you? It is the dead of the night and you hear an indistinguishable noise. It is an intruder for certain. Not of the criminal type, but more of the pest type. In the stillness of the wee hours you train your ear in the direction of... Read More

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THE ‘NETTE EFFECT: Ribbing could ease the tension

03 May 2016

WE’RE ON AN old topic here. How many of us would like to get a chance to verbally roast some of our fiercest opponents? I mean to actually get to tell them what we think of them, their suggestions and how they operate in all-out, no-holds-barred speech and then at... Read More

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THE ‘NETTE EFFECT: Stepping in when there’s conflict

22 March 2016

I SPENT A COUPLE OF HOURS detained by some law enforcement officers last week and the week before that. I am expecting the same will recur today. Two local cops led the way questioning me quite a bit but I was able to put my case. There was no polygraph machine... Read More

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THE ‘NETTE EFFECT: All ah we in de ‘wata’ do

01 March 2016

I THINK comedian Lord Zenn aptly captured how most of us feel when we get a bill for awful or no service. For those of you who haven’t seen his comedic take on the water issue, an exasperated and towel-clad Lord Zenn sits in his dry bathroom in St Joseph waiting... Read More

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THE ‘NETTE EFFECT: No easy fix in wrapper clash

23 February 2016

CARL MOORE WROTE: “What if the teacher – without a word – had taken that wrapper off the floor and placed it in the garbage bin for the entire form to see?” John Watson responded: “What if the student, without a word, had taken up that wrapper off the floor and... Read More

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THE ‘NETTE EFFECT: Litterbug put to shame by PM

16 February 2016

FOLKS, this may well be the first and only time that a politician receives honourable mention in Nette Effect. I find in a lot of cases their offerings are not a right fit for this stop-and-smell-the-roses column. In other cases, I’m afraid people may accuse me of... Read More

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THE ‘NETTE EFFECT: This bandit can’t change his spots

02 February 2016

MY BROTHER delivered the crushing news early one morning in the form of a question. He asked me if I had left the window of my vehicle down. “No,” I said. He responded by instructing me to go check because the window was down and some things were on the front... Read More

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THE ‘NETTE EFFECT: Held ‘hostage’ by Customs

26 January 2016

JUST DAYS before Christmas, I made a mistake of epic proportion by venturing into a state-controlled agency to do business. I went at the eleventh hour to collect a barrel in the Bridgetown Port and as it turned out, what I calculated would be a few hours ended up... Read More

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THE ‘NETTE EFFECT: The Best of times as a cub reporter

20 January 2016

A FEW OF US from the old gang recently reunited for a visit that was long in coming. We went to look up our mentor Robert A.I. Best. That used to be Mr Best for those of us who first sauntered through the glass doors of the Old Lady on Fontabelle almost 30 years... Read More

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THE ‘NETTE EFFECT: Following the Magufuli example

05 January 2016

SO ALL THE merriment is over, practically. I didn’t get a chance to wish everyone all the happiness during the season partly because I have a hard taskmaster of an editor. Yes, Bryan is very deadline-oriented while I’m a bit more, what is the opposite of uptight?... Read More

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THE ‘NETTE EFFECT: A safer way for Greenwich commuters

08 December 2015

A READER CALLED ME recently. Believe it or not, he had read this column and to the end too. Yes, I am shocked as you are. It was the one where I warned drivers about picking up suspicious strangers, and strangers about allowing suspicious drivers to pick them... Read More

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THE 'NETTE EFFECT: The wrong Doo Doo

17 November 2015

THE GITS FAMILY was zipping along, heading to St Philip, when the mother casually pointed out: “Hey, look ‘Doo Doo’.” She instructed the driver to stop so they could give the man a lift. With that the driver slowed down, the mother shouted the man’s name and directed... Read More

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THE NETTE EFFECT: Simmons, Ho equally at fault

03 November 2015

IN A LAST-DITCH EFFORT to secure some sea eggs before the ban kicked in on Sunday, I called up Marva from St Philip. It has long been rumoured that the parish is legendary for it sea eggs, which apparently have the ability to last for several years. Yes, that is... Read More

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THE ‘NETTE EFFECT: Roads too much for Betsy

27 October 2015

I HAVE sworn never to drive through St Joseph again. And for sure not with a bunch of don’t-know-my-way-around-any-place teenagers taking directions from an I-don’t-know-my-own-backyard, Bissex, St Joseph teen. The rugged terrain, as I am poetically putting it, does... Read More

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THE ‘NETTE EFFECT: Staring death in the face

13 October 2015

WHAT IF, you were staring down the barrel of a gun in the hands of a man who had just shot several people? What if, you knew for certain that the wrong response to his question could be deadly? Would you speak truthfully, with a loaded gun pointed at your head?... Read More

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THE ‘NETTE EFFECT: Things getting really hot

25 August 2015

ARMS WERE FLAPPING back and forth as worshippers tried their best to remain cool and awake during Sunday’s unusually warm day. It was so sweltering that I almost broke my no-shopping rule just to experience the cooling sensation of the supermarket’s AC on Sunday.... Read More

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THE ‘NETTE EFFECT: A testimony of true christianity

23 June 2015

IT TAKES a powerfully wicked mind to enter a place of innocence, see goodness on display and then set about cutting a swath through it. Read More

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