preparing for my holiday in the UK and the winter assault, I upped my
antioxidant and vitamin C etc.. At the same time thought it wise to increase my fitness level for the
Christmas shopping, (and make way for fish n chips, eggnog, family gatherings and the mere
joviality of the season) I took myself off to the gym.
idea was to sign up for a month, work those muscles and do some cardio.The nearest gym (which was not the best idea) happens to be a rather la di da place, what they call a, “boutique gym”.I
forgot that when they opened a few years ago it was branded as stylish and
geared to the well paid professional - and pretentious!So pray tell why I found myself
walking up their stairs on a bright and sunny Saturday afternoon, it had to be
a senior moment.
Mister, the I look so good trainer, welcomed me with his
best greeting and asked me whether I’m part of any corporate group.Errr no! He went into a long spiel about signing up and
membership as if it was a given.He
probably thought that I was retarded because I kept interrupting him about the
$300 sign up fee. He was clearly annoyed that I didn't find the ambience and prestige of association impressive, we were back and forth about me handing over $300 "to belong" and then $120 a month for membership.Hell no…... My friends would laugh me out of the park.
next “twist arm tactic” was well if you sign up for $200 and the
monthly fee, you can use the gym off peak hours.All I wanted was to join for a
month, but boyfriend said that is reserved for tourist, oh yeah, this is a
gym really is very nice and offers a wide range of services; a weight room, a
"cardio theatre" with intimidating looking treadmills, bikes, steppers, rowers, weight
On offer is Les Mills
Classes; Bodypump, bodyjam, bodyvive, bodybalance, bodystep, bodyattack …. - hour long
high-intensity workouts burn through fat and help carve lean muscle. (OMG); and classes like Zumba, spin, pilates etc.
was trying to process all the technology when suddenly the trainer asked me if
I ever tried Surfside, another gym.Before I could respond properly he added that Surfside would be more suitable for me. Wtf, lol and more
lol, for half a second I lost my speech.Anyway I swallowed hard, thanked him for his time only too happy to escape the madness.That place is
stupidly expensive even if I made the grade.
pulled these pictures from their Facebook page to prove my point, this gym is
for the glam squad.
then I’ve signed up for the Yummy Mummy Fitness zumba group.
Classes are twice weekly at a local primary
tend to just buy the Sunday papers and rarely watch national news so it was with amusement that I learnt of the kefuffle with the Minister of Finance suggesting that the Leader
of the Opposition (who just happens to be a woman) to go …………… lol.
The Naughty Boy!
Yes we know
the behavior was akin to a little boy tantrum and more disturbing because this was
the second occurrence in recent times that the esteemed Minister had made a
deprecating remark towards a woman.
to get caught up in the political venting and posturing, suffice it to say that the
Opposition Leader, Mia Mottley called for a parliamentary vote of no-confidence
and a public petition was targeted at the Minister of Finance, Chris Sinckler wherein thousands of signatures
went along to the Rally in Queens Park which was supposed to be non political and
I must admit the early speakers kept it cool but by late evening the trash talk
and good old Caribbean ‘bacchanal” played out.Ms Mottley came on stage to thunderous applause, she is such an eloquent speaker!
Queen's Park, beautiful setting for a Rallly
rationale behind the motion was to have the Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart
remove the Minister of Finance from his portfolio.
dismissed the rally to be a political stunt to gain mileage.
it was and I’m not political, but I do support Ms Mottley for taking exception
to the Minister of Finance comment that she,
the Leader of the Oppostion Mia Mottley should “strip naked and run down Broad
Street in her attempt to get attention”.
Chris, Mia Amor Mottley, Queens’s Counsel, Member of Parliament and Leader of
the Opposition gets attention without trying.
is a woman who receives accolades for her oratorical skills, is beloved by her constituents,
young old and in between, is at ease with the boys on the block, at home with
Heads of Government, comes from a wealthy middle class family; at 29 was one of the youngest Barbadians ever
to hold a ministerial portfolio, a political lineage to equal that of Errol
Barrow and you say she is seeking attention .... I don't think so.
Mr. Minister, if she does not become the next Prime Minister of
Barbados I’ll eat my hat; ooops! So maybe you should go and wash your mouth out with
Any more disparaging remarks
towards women and my female friends and I may just vote Sisterhood!