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'Festival No-Wine'
Friday, 12 December 2008 20:16
I see in the newspaper that Festival Noel was said to be a huge success -- maybe that's because they made so much money by not buying much wine. The red wine ran out a little after 8 pm - only one hour after the gate opened. The white [wine] was all gone by 8:30. The food was not a patch on last year and if you didn't get in line as soon as you got there you got none of that either.

Festival Noel has had a history of being such a great event -- a laid back evening where you can wind your way between good friends, amazing art, fine wine and exquisite food. A lot of people were more than happy to part with the fifty bucks (
not inconsiderable in the current climate) a head to get in, and then throw a few, or a lot, of dollars at the auction items and art. Not so this year, you had to push your way through to get anything.

This was good news for the vendors at Port Lucaya who got the customers left high and literally dry by Festival NoWine - a large number of the disappointed festival goers were in attendance, trying to catch a drink or a bite to eat, to fill appetites left unsated by festival noway.

This left a bitter taste in people's mouth. If I pay a hundred bucks for a pair of tickets and another $50 for a babysitter, I don't expect to have to then go somewhere else to get food and drink afterward. I spoke to a number of people at the time, and more since. Not one person said the event was worth the money, to a man, and woman, they were left feeling cheated and a considerable number said they will not be going back.

This can only be bad news for an event which has had rave reviews for many years. People are feeling the economic squeeze, yet large numbers paid out this year. Based on this experience however, there may well be a different story being told next year.

The PR spinners should have been issuing an apology, not crowing about success - I guess attack is the best form of defence.



Muddasick! McDonald's
Tuesday, 04 November 2008 12:19

Will the owner of the franchise please return! Service is at a premium when you are there.  With two servers and three customers the staff cannot keep up! 


Companies destroying our roads!
Angry Driver   
Tuesday, 28 October 2008 10:04

Everyone is all annoyed with the ICD (Idiot Control Devices) that they have installed along just about every road on Grand Bahama.  Yeah they piss me off too but at least they are not as bad as the ICD's that the concrete trucks are installing in the middle of the darn roads!

Have you ever been on the Coral Road circle coming from the Sports Complex and hit a bump so huge you would think someone just left a rock in the middle of the road for you intentionally so you could jack up the piece of car that you own?  They have huge lines of concrete that not only damage the road but they damage your car.

In these tough times no one has that extra cash to go fixing any car because you rode through some wet concrete those idiots let leak out of the truck and damage your paint on your vehicle.

Another area where this is happening a lot is on the intersection of Churchill Drive and East Sunrise Highway -- as if that intersection already isn't a killer for drivers. You have people flying around the curve there like bats straight out of hell and they have no regard for the actual speed limit.

Muddasick! Where are the decent movies?
Movie Buff   
Wednesday, 22 October 2008 15:58
BLOOD, GUTS, GORE, VIOLENCE, SWEARING, VULGAR COMEDIES... we seem to have all the junk but no movies with substance. Why can't we get happy, fun, romantic, musical movies anymore? You can't tell me all these horror movies don't in-site violence in our kids.

Where are the thought provoking movies, the romantic comedies, the dramas?  Thank goodness for the "copy" movie places - if it wasn't for them you could never watch a family film or decent movie.

Guess Galleria doesn't want young kids or mature adult money? You know us, the nice polite guests - who throw away our trash, say thank you and turn our phones off during a film. Remember!

Muddasick ... I hope you don't forget Christmas too!
BTC - first they stop work, then they stop e-mails
Wednesday, 08 October 2008 10:55
Muddasick! I don't know if there is any correlation between BTC's work cuts and their e-mail cuts of late, but after reading about a privatization committee, I say 'the sooner the better!'

All this past week my e-mails have been chopped off. Some come with a word or two, others with nothing more than the title. Thank heaven I don't use BaTelNet for my business e-mail because it would really be embarrassing to have to write back to important clients and say 'please re-send.'

Dot-BS should be a source of pride, not an example of what you think 'BS' stands for!

As for the islands I know of where Cable & Wireless faced privatisation and Digicel came into play ... subscribers to both services have benefited from improved quality.

- Speed and reliability at a reasonable price ... that's all we want.
Port parking problems
Friday, 19 September 2008 15:42

A tip of the hat to the writer of this comment. I am a Canadian tourist who comes to the Port [Lucaya Marketplace] area for a month each year, and the parking at the Port has been a constant problem for 15 years that I have been visiting. We like the shops, restaurants and bars. There appear to be two problems - taxis and employees of shops and restaurants. Two possible solutions: taxis should not take up to 1/3 of the parking for themselves and friends. Employees should be forced to park in the west lot off-site with a dedicated five-minute shuttle bus. This may be tough to enforce but can be done.

- Eric in Toronto

All dressed up and nowhere to park!
All Dressed Up   
Wednesday, 17 September 2008 19:55

I am so glad that the Port Lucaya Marketplace is saving a parking space for Lady Henrietta, who moved back to England, for Sir Jack, who is here on and off - who knows when? Another one for the Chairman of the Marina - who is that? The Chairman of the Port gets one, the Manager of the Port, and Lord knows who else!

The parking situation at Port Lucaya is bad enough that we have to search to find a place, and when the large parking lot is full we try the small one, and what do we get to see ... orange cones blocking about 7 spaces in case the rich and almighty suddenly get the urge to come to "The Port." God forbid they might have to park like everyone else!

This is a pretty good example of why our island can't get it together. If we can't give up parking spaces for shoppers who want to spend money at the port or in the restaurants then how the *#&% are we ever going to get investors to come here? I can hear it now, "sure, come in but you can't park there, or sit there and you have to let me be in front all the time, blah, blah, blah...."

Come on, move the signs, move the cones and be like normal people - first one who gets there gets the space!

- All Dressed Up & Nowhere to Park

Tourism is not a '9-5' business!
Monday, 25 August 2008 11:24
This past Friday, I traveled to Ft. Lauderdale on Spirit.  Because of the bad weather in Florida, all the flights were delayed.  It was a painful 6-hour delay.  The departure room was almost full with Spirit, Continental. American and Bahamasair passengers.

What is so amazing is the Oasis store in the precleared lounge.  Firstly, there are three roll up chain doors.  The whole time, only one was open and not even up all the way.  The other two were closed.  Secondly, throughout the afternoon, the store closed two or three times for short periods.  But what really got my attention so much was that at 4.55pm, the store closed it’s doors, the girl counted her money and left.

ZNS reporters
Newsnight Watcher   
Wednesday, 20 August 2008 07:05

I am so happy that I have somewhere to voice my displeasure with ZNS reporters!

Can you tell me why I need to be subjected to seeing Mrs. Parker and Mr. Lightbourne laughing hysterically, talking and/or gesturing at the end of EVERY BROADCAST??? (I say 'seeing' because their voices are muted).  Why can't ZNS (like other stations), simply cut them off after they've said their exit remarks?

If they can't go directly to commercial, because of having to air the credits, then, can't they move the camera to some picture in the background or play scenes of our beaches, historical sites or ANYTHING Bahamian while they run the credits!

Please stop subjecting us to this poor display of unprofessionalism ZNS!

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