of Trinidad's worst guarded secrets is the identity of Macaw, writer
of the daily column, "Notebook", in the territory's evening
newspaper, the " Evening News".
always is the column political as generally believed; one day, perhaps,
it may be just a story of a matron from the country on her first airplane
trip ("Is up here de Russians send de dorg ?"), or the problem
of trying to get pastels through Jamaican customs ("Oh, ho !
'Tis doocoonoo!). The name Macaw was chosen because of its similarity to "maco",
Trinidad slang for someone who minds somenbody else's business. The
name of the column is much older than the byline, which was used sometime
before the present writer took over. The regular columnist was ill; the first substitute was on leave and
the other possible writer probably had Asian flu ; anyway, he was
not to be found. Worried, the Features Editor gave the blank page
the issue of the "Evening News" came out, "Notebook"
had been reborn. The "new" Macaw was accepted with delight
and enthusiasm. Today, "notebook" is the best-read feature in the newspaper,
the "new" Macaw being responsible. This book is the first
collection of Macaw pieces which anyone, Trinidadian or not, can enjoy
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