Eating at the Cricket World Cup

ICC Cricket World Cup West Indies 2007At the moment the English-speaking Caribbean has been all aflutter with the hosting of the Cricket World Cup. Sadly the murder mystery of Pakistani cricket coach Bob Woolmer has now overshadowed what should have been a time of intense but friendly competition. I’ll never understand how people can allow their passions for a game to reach the point of violence let alone murder :(

Before this untimely tragedy there was another scandal rocking local spectators. Namely, the cost of concessions and bans on bringing in containers…


Saturday March 10, 2007 (Trinidad Express)
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TRUST in a Trini to find a scheme to beat the system every time.
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The International Cricket Council (ICC) rules for the 2007 Cricket World Cup bans plastic bottles, tins and alcoholic drinks from the match venues, so fans grudgingly complied on the first day.
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Some threw away their beverages before entering the match and others chose to drink them.
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When fans got into the venue and realised that all the food and drink prices, nuts and doubles included, were in US dollars, that was another story.
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By yesterday’s match between Pakistan and South Africa, we Trinis found the way to beat the rules.
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It was no longer rum, beer, water, juice and soft drinks in bottles and cans, but zip- lock bags.
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At the end of yesterday’s games, some people were boasting how many bags of beer they drank and others how many bags of rum they had guzzled.
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A couple of people also hid small plastic bottles of water and less sobering drinks in between their sandwiches and lunch boxes and were able to sneak pass the security checks.
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And for food, mostly everyone walked with their sandwiches and plastic bags filled with snacks.
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Even the nuts vendor hired an assistant to pass out nuts for him and collect money.
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Nutsmen are banned from throwing packs of nuts to their customers.
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For those who preferred to buy lunch, they had to pay for the KFC in US dollars or the equivalent in our money – $35 for a dinner special and $25 for a snack pack.

Thanks to these covert measures the ‘free market’ adjusted to suit

Friday March 16th, 2007 (Trinidad Express)

Cricket World Cup

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At the start of the match between Sri Lanka and Bermuda, prices were the same but were lowered about one hour into the game to “draw the crowds on the front foot”.
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So fans who came prepared with drinks in one bag and chasers in the other, found that beer prices were reduced from $18 to $12.
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Water and soft drinks were also reduced from $12 to $8 and cashew nuts from $12 to $9 a pack.
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That was about it for the concessions.
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Rum prices remained the same, at an average of $30 per drink, roti stayed at $42 and doubles and nuts at $6.
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“Like they’re not sure what they doing. One day is one price and the next is another. Is like they bowling fast and spin in the same over,” one cricket fan said.

I still think these prices are madness though. $42 for roti!?!

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  • http://www.aidanbrooks.blogspot.com Trig

    Another death tonight. After the murder of Bob Woolmer, tonight I heard of the death from cancer of The Mighty Terror, Fitzgerald Henry. I was on the way back from Heathrow airport, where I dropped my mum off to catch a flight to Australia. There was a long obituary on BBC4 from the great Eddy Grant, who was a pioneer of Caribbean music and black entrepreneurship in this country. Sad times.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      eddy grant? as in ‘electric avenue’ eddy grant? aiaia he dare not show his face in these parts, esp. tobago… that’s all i’ll say! cool that terror got a shoutout on BBC4 tho! He died on the 14th.

  • http://www.aidanbrooks.blogspot.com Trig

    Another death tonight. After the murder of Bob Woolmer, tonight I heard of the death from cancer of The Mighty Terror, Fitzgerald Henry. I was on the way back from Heathrow airport, where I dropped my mum off to catch a flight to Australia. There was a long obituary on BBC4 from the great Eddy Grant, who was a pioneer of Caribbean music and black entrepreneurship in this country. Sad times.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      eddy grant? as in ‘electric avenue’ eddy grant? aiaia he dare not show his face in these parts, esp. tobago… that’s all i’ll say! cool that terror got a shoutout on BBC4 tho! He died on the 14th.

  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    Have you seen this? Barbados Free Press is usually a little violently politicky for me, but they do have this article up! barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2007/03/25/mount-gay-invents-new-sunblock-lotion-for-cricket-world-cup/

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      OMG!!!! *rolls around clutching belly with laughter* :D :D :D i hope they didn’t get no lotion taste lol!!

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      TRINIS R LOVE :P

  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    Have you seen this? Barbados Free Press is usually a little violently politicky for me, but they do have this article up! barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2007/03/25/mount-gay-invents-new-sunblock-lotion-for-cricket-world-cup/

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      OMG!!!! *rolls around clutching belly with laughter* :D :D :D i hope they didn’t get no lotion taste lol!!

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      TRINIS R LOVE :P

  • http://www.aidanbrooks.blogspot.com Trig

    What’s the problem with Eddy Grant in Tobago, then? Over here he is a legend.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      yeah?… well over here he’s basically another p.diddy… brazen self-promoter with no real cred or respect … he’s even tried to claim that -he- invented soca… (i guess like puff ‘invented’ the remix?) re: tobago… he had proposed a millennium ringbang concert to open y2k… he had tried to sell the idea to barbados but they said no (they’re smarter)… it was a huge fiasco and debacle and at the end of the day the only person who made a killing was eddy grant who used it to promote himself and his artists above and beyond the local artistes then disappeared and was not seen from again… leaving other agencies who had invested deeply in the red and some declared bankruptcy. the phrase eddy grant is only used as a perjorative here lol.. tried to find links but guess they all died since it was 7 years ago… this is the closest i could find

      www.bmusic.com.au/links/whatsnew/newsletters/archives/newsno166.html#where

      i had no clue he had made any kind of name from himself as a ‘legend’… but i also know another local charlatan, talentless hack who ripped off people here and made a name for himself in Birmingham getting academic awards and accolades claiming to represent ‘afro-caribbean culture’, reinvention is an amazing thing! He still owes me money x(

  • http://www.aidanbrooks.blogspot.com Trig

    What’s the problem with Eddy Grant in Tobago, then? Over here he is a legend.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      yeah?… well over here he’s basically another p.diddy… brazen self-promoter with no real cred or respect … he’s even tried to claim that -he- invented soca… (i guess like puff ‘invented’ the remix?) re: tobago… he had proposed a millennium ringbang concert to open y2k… he had tried to sell the idea to barbados but they said no (they’re smarter)… it was a huge fiasco and debacle and at the end of the day the only person who made a killing was eddy grant who used it to promote himself and his artists above and beyond the local artistes then disappeared and was not seen from again… leaving other agencies who had invested deeply in the red and some declared bankruptcy. the phrase eddy grant is only used as a perjorative here lol.. tried to find links but guess they all died since it was 7 years ago… this is the closest i could find

      www.bmusic.com.au/links/whatsnew/newsletters/archives/newsno166.html#where

      i had no clue he had made any kind of name from himself as a ‘legend’… but i also know another local charlatan, talentless hack who ripped off people here and made a name for himself in Birmingham getting academic awards and accolades claiming to represent ‘afro-caribbean culture’, reinvention is an amazing thing! He still owes me money x(

  • Lilandra

    oh my
    i didn’t go cricket so i didn’t really pay attention to the prices

    yikes

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      hee i didn’t go either but it was in the express and amused me greatly :D

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    hee i didn’t go either but it was in the express and amused me greatly :D

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