Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Trinidad and Tobago

President Maxwell Richards of Trinidad and Tobago became the 24th world leader to honor my request and the second leader to actually inscribe my name onto the photograph. He also included his own signature and the date.

What I find interesting is that the photo is dated December 15th but the letter is dated December 14th. Also the letter sports a presidential stamp bearing the date December 19th while the envelope was actually postmarked on December 23rd (look very closely). Seemingly, from first stage to last it took over a week and a half.

While reading the letter I had a hard time figuring out some abbreviations. The President is referred to as 'His Excellency Professor George Maxwell Richards, TC., CMT., Ph.D,." Can anyone help me out with the last three abbreviations?

By the way, that stamp is just adorable...


Anonymous Benjamin said...

Just stumbled on this by accident. Interesting.

PhD is a doctorate - and usually abbreviated like this in countries of the British Commonwealth. It's the same in Australia. (I'm doing one at the moment.)

CMT is probably Certificate of Military Training, which is done in the UK. This one I'm not sure of.

TC is the Trinity Cross - the highest national award in T&T.

It probably took a week, because PMs usually have a bit more to do than sign autographs. Even the heads of small Carribean nations.

Good luck with your project.


9:59 PM  
Anonymous jmchez said...

PH.D is Latin for PhilosophiƦ Doctor. That's the way it should awlays be abreviated; in the USA or anywhere. Loosely it means "an expert in knowledge".

Speaking of it's not "it's must of been" it's "it's must have been".

12:01 AM  
Blogger ipe said...

Actually it should be "it must have been".

And yes, it should always be written Ph.D. (with the dots somewhat optional, however the capitalization should always be like that).

6:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

His is by far one of the more pleasant photos. He looks as though he should be in the front of the pack for the Most Congenial-looking Of All of the World Leaders award (should you choose to give such an award when all of this is over and the hub-bub has died down, of course.)

10:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stumbled across your site and it's a brilliant idea.

Just a point, though: I'm from Trinidad and while the President is the official Head of State, the Prime Minister is the Head of Government (it's the same system as the Queen vs Prime Minister Tony Blair in England). So maybe you want to write the Prime Minister (currently Patrick Manning) as well. To use another example, you wrote to Ariel Sharon, the Israeli Prime Minister, but Israel also has a President.

David N

8:05 AM  

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