TAH Youth tours the Caribbean

Tropical Angel Harps Youth Group

TAH Youth Group set sail on November 16th to six Caribbean islands. They include Jamaica, Barbados, Turks and Caicos, Aruba, Bermuda and Curacao. The final repertoire included 6 songs and 3 plays. Likes of Bob Marley and Bunji Garlin were first on the agenda since their songs were mot popular. Some of the skits were culturally based giving an insight of the Caribbean history while the others were related to general public information on crime and HIV/AIDS.

The young people took to the stage night after night, clad in red, black and white to promote the national colors of Trinidad and Tobago and to give a spectacular performance. Most of the islanders, thoroughly enjoyed the show. The spectators generally had positive feedback for the youths as they encouraged them throughout their concert. The members of staff were impressed with the youths behavior on and off the stage. In the end, the youths were proud of themselves…

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Are you stopping yourself from finishing your PhD?

The Thesis Whisperer

The other day I had a lovely lunch on the balcony next to my office with two late stage ANU PhD students. We enjoyed the late winter sun and the view of Black mountain Tower while the ANU Quidditch team frolicked on the oval in front of us. It was one of those moments where academia feels just like paradise. Where else do you get to work in the middle of an enormous park, surrounded by smart people doing interesting things – and where people can run around with broomsticks between their legs without ridicule?

I remarked that the lovely ANU campus must surely be one of the perks of being a PhD student here and my lunch companions agreed. One admitted that it was pretty tempting to draw the process out as long as possible because, all too soon, adult responsibilities will come crashing back in.

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TAH youth gone but not forgotten

Tropical Angel Harps Youth Group

It is a sad day for the Sober’s family and the youth group. Trevon “Chibby” Sobers, a member of the group died on Thursday. He succumbed to bullet wounds after an altercation went awry. Trevon was one of the most talented members of the youth group. He was known for his superb skill and energetic performance on the tenor pan.


Everyone who knew him would remember his constant vibrant mood. He would uplift any sad person that was around him. The entire community were shocked and devastated after hearing the horrendous news. Members of the TAH group are still grieving over his sudden death. It is hope that some solace can be found.


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How can you treat your PhD like a project?

The Thesis Whisperer

Fiona Saunders is a Senior Lecturer in the Management of Engineering Projects at The University of Manchester and a part-time PhD student. Her research interests are in the management of projects in safety-critical industries. Prior to academia, Fiona enjoyed a successful 15 year industry career in project management. Fiona blogs at www.fionasaunders.co.uk where the original version of the post was published, along with a follow up post.

Long before I threw caution to the wind and (as a mum with 2 small children) began my part-time PhD my Professor (@AndrewWGale) gave me a very wise piece of advice Don’t be afraid of a PhD, it’s really just a project”. Now that I am entering the 3rd year of my part-time PhD I want to reflect on the similarities between a PhD and a project and offer some tips on how to use the tools and techniques of project…

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Fundraising for the Caribbean Tour

Tropical Angel Harps Youth Group

Tropical Angel Harps Youth Group began fundraising for an upcoming tour. The first task was putting together a concert,  which was successful. They played music for a crowd and did very well to entertain them. They raised almost $5000 at the end of the event. There would be another concert and a few sales in the upcoming weeks.

The youths need to attain $25,000 on a tour of the Caribbean. On this tour, they will showcase their talent. This would be a great experience for the youths and can open up opportunities. TAH is getting some funding from the government but it is insufficient for all the youths. It is not a good idea to carry some of the youths and leave others because it may cause controversy. For this reason, we are now targeting private organizations to assist in this endeavor.

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