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#440570 - 06/14/12 11:23 AM More than a picture
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This list of old Belizean characters was originally generated with input from many folks and has been added to over the years. This list is not intended to make fun of anyone, but simply to bring back memories of some of the notorious characters of Old Belize.

Aunt Marie: Dingers nanny and made the most delicious lemon curd tarts for children’s parties

Baron Bliss: Cripple with a hand crank wheelchair (not the benefactor)

Bero (l) : Rode horses at the Barracks/laughed just like one

Bredda Roy: Used to sell sweets, fruits, etc from a cart in front of Holy redeemer

Brother Jake: Holy redeemer boy scouts

Bug: Miasi bug (?)

Buns: Mulecart operator with large mules

Cassa: Policeman with cane, would lash you eena line dah teatah

Catate: Another original battyman

Chacalaka: Singing drunk from Foreshore

Chapoose: Caye Caulker taxman and general gopher

Chen Chen: Caye Caulker garbage man and handyman

Chicken: Wizened old story weaver, with a per machete named Cutcunny

Chicky-chick: Spitter and founder of BACK (Belize Assoc. of Kaka Carriers)

Choati: Another original battyman

Cleavy: Notorious tief, could run faster backwards than forward

Clock: Fellow with one arm shorter than the other

Comics: Caye Caulker drunking man

Corner Shot: Paraplegic fisherman fished alone from his smack at the Barracks

Day Ghost: Albino

Diggy-Batty-Ruby: Self explanatory

Dilo: Another original with bicycle cart and would tief eggs, “Eggs eggs eggs”

DoDo: Another Caye Caulker drunking man

Don Marin: Old man, vendor at Holy Redeemer

Dummy: Deaf mute, was crew and worked on Bunny M.

Fr. Cull: SJC headmaster and absconded to Hawaii with both the kitty and secretary

Fr. Sullivan: Drove around the Fort at night flashing light in couples faces

Florine: Beggar lady, wore layers of clothes and a brown felt hat

Fresh Dead: Funeral parlor operator and maybe necrophiliac

Gasoline: Cow killer

George McKenzie: Radio man and voice behind Anansi stories on old BHBS

Greasy Man: Shaved, greased, nekkid, cat burglar

Guilty: Used to sell pepitos(Macoby seed) all over the city

Harold Shealy/DeShield: Likeable drunk from St. Georges Caye

Hilly Lewis: Gardener who could manicure a lawn with his machete and could always find manure for the flowers

Jackie Vasquez: Great white hunter & botanist knew all the native plants by scientific names and supposed to have had The Powers(obeah)

Jack Slade: Aspinal (black til e blu til e shine) taught Spanish at SJC and rode his bike with his heels on the pedals

Joe Young: Legendary fisherman, harpooner & shipwright from St Georges Caye

John Little John: Colorful renegade type always running from something

Johnny: Midget

Johnson sisters: De wahn whe ker di sleck pan

Kachuuch: Instructor at SJC “Therefore then, Simmons”

Kobuh: Derelict, allegedly from Ireland , would moon the nuns at convent

Mackay: Owned & skipper of Bunny M.

Major May Lamb: The best cook in town, kept other domestics inline, hence the name

Masked Man: Covered up in disguise/bicycle cart

Mavis: Another drunk, sell di ting fi shilling

Merngue Kid: Yard cutter who would do tricks with his machete

Mr. Parks: Owned & skipper of the boat Mermaid

National Velvet: Lady of the evening, morning and afternoon

Necktie Jesus: Dis wahn use to heng out by City Council and wear som ches wahma

Nice and Nasty: Used to sell food at Bridgefoot, good food-not so good hygiene

Obeah Man: Dis dah mi wahn crazy ras balli, mi liv baka Ebeneezer

Panadero: Sold sweet breads (greasygreasy) from a bicycle all over the city

Pandy: Cab driver, Harry Bellafonte wannabee

Piece Ears Witch: Would hang by slaughterhouse, tief hog

Pissa Bed: Old drunk who always smelled like [#%!]

Quashie Man: Belizean term for a rapist

Ramsey: East Indian mulecart operator, gospel preacher

Rudy Cabral: Cross dresser and another original

Seferino Claudino Coleman: Clown act and maybe another original

Shadow: Ebony skinned with large ivory teeth

Shekle: Mulecart operator with small mules

Skinny: Walked the streets with wild animals for sale

Smell Shit: Name self explanatory, used to hang out by Distributors

Tablada: The policeman whe would pull you over for traffic stuff

Titiwaya: Mulecart operator with very small mules

Tools: Boxer, ABC/XYZ, laughed like a mule

Trussa: Little children were told that he would take them away if they misbehaved

Vivi: Washed clothes in Foreshore, hung them on fences, business slogan = “…. you fi 5 cents”

Walter: Disabled fellow with long tongue “Tongue pan chest”

Willy Whiley: Ice cream parlor operator

Winnis: Beggar woman and maybe Greg’s prom date

#440571 - 06/14/12 11:24 AM Re: More than a picture [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Actually, Bredda Roy and Smell Shit were the same person. He sold sweets and fruits from his cart in front of Holy Redeemer, which is where Distributors was. I remembered the fudge was very good. One of us would yell "smell shit" and Bredda Roy would chase after that one while one or more stayed behind to tief his fudge or orange.

Nice and Nasty was the Mexican guy who lived on King Street between Far West Street and Euphrates Avenue. I remember that he was married to or living with a Belizean lady we called Miss Helen. He made the best pork tacos in Belize at that time. I think they called him nasty simply because he pulled the pork with his fingers as he was making the tacos. Don't know how much different that is that pulling the pork at home and having it ready to serve once you hit the streets. I don't remember him being at bridge foot as much as I remember him always being in front of Barclay's Bank. When I worked at Bata, we'd always get our lunch from him.

And let's face it folks. Back in the day, I don't remember anyone getting sick or dying from the food we bought off the streets in Belize, and we all know there was a little bit of everything mixed up in there.


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