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Laughed it off

I am a retiree from Toronto, who was blessed with having the opportunity to work/live for about a year and a half in Barbados some years ago.

Not surprisingly, I became very fond of Barbados and Barbadians, and have since been a regular visitor/vacationer.

Each visit has been a pleasure, and we always seem to be able attend an major evening event of Bajan culture; usually a musical production, and have not been disappointed.

We just returned from our 2013 a week in Bim; and I must say I was a bit disappointed when I could find no big fetes, concerts, or dance shows advertised during our stay.

The entertainment at the resort where we stayed was very good; but, of course, on a smaller scale.

We were, though, fortunate and delighted to be able to buy two tickets to the sold out Laff-it-Off show on Saturday March 9. It turned out to be one of the highlights of our stay. The show was absolutely hilarious, even for a couple from Canada who are not totally fluent in de Bajan dialect. Our thanks go out to the producers, director, writers, cast, and everyone for an outstanding night of comedy and Bajan culture.

One suggestion though – provide sub-titles on the screens for those of us who are not totally fluent in de Bajan dialect.

When we got back to our hotel room and turned the TV on to Saturday Night Live, which I try to watch at home if I am able to stay awake that late, it struck me that we had just seen a live performance of Saturday Night Live – Barbados style.

We will try to ensure that future trips to Bim will coincide with the Laff-It-Off show schedule.

– Donald G. (Don) MacKinlay Toronto, Ontario

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