Video: Chris Famous Interviews John Barritt

January 14, 2015

[Written by Chris Famous]

Often a columnist and or politician is either chided or uplifted for their viewpoints and political philosophies. Here, in a divided island, we sit on one side or the other and either support or denigrate a columnist or politician based solely on whether they represent our views or not.

Each of us has formed our own personal and political views based on our individual upbringing and socioeconomic experiences. While many of our personal experiences mirror those of one half the island, they may not tie in with the other half of the island.

Chris Famous with John Barritt:

As a continuation of my piece last week, I have taken some time to listen to but a snippet of the life experiences of my fellow columnist Mr. John Barritt. He agreed to sit down with me for a bit and to capture a bit of his experiences on camera to share with the world.

In part one of my conversation with John Barritt he speaks of his early years in Bermuda when he attended BHS and Saltus Grammar School. He goes on to speak of attending school in Canada where his eyes and heart were exposed to a wider range of personalities, cultures and political viewpoints than what a segregated Bermuda ever allowed.

As stated last week, we all need to take some time to listen to and hear another person’s life experiences. In doing so, we gain a better understanding of their outlook on life. It does not make you any less of a person or less supportive of your personal, social or political viewpoints.

What it does do is make you more aware of the full spectrum of other perspectives in life. Hopefully, it makes others aware of your viewpoints.

Anyway, thank you for the support over the years and the support of my new format of columns. I look forward to the feedback—positive and not so positive—as it can only help to improve the product.

If you have any ideas of persons you would like to see interviewed, please let me know via inbox, email or give me a call at 599-0901.

- Chris Famous can be contacted via email at or Twitter at @ryderz777

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  1. Kim Smith says:

    What a great idea… and an opportunity to learn more about a man who has given so much to Bermuda. It is bittersweet though because now I’m even more sorry that he is no longer a part of the government.

  2. jt says:

    Some people judge performance to determine how we vote….not upbringing or socio economic experiences.

  3. abracadabra says:

    This was very refreshing and gave me a new lens through which to see Mr. Barritt. Well worth the time.

  4. Terry says:

    Can’t wait for part 2.

    Very balanced questions and humble and honest answers.

    Good job Chris.

  5. DJG says:

    Interesting indeed – in – particular JB opening up about his past. Part 2 should be more interesting- Too much to hope for a Part 3?

  6. Terry says:

    Two Pond Dogs.
    One did much for Bermuda.

    The other is opening up and shares same values.

    I feel better now knowing that Mr. Thomas’s feelings and words reflect similar.

    Two peas in a pond.


  7. Huh says:

    Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality.
    Nikos Kazantzakis

  8. DWarren says:

    So far a good profile interview of Mr. Barritt. Soft and unbiased thus far. I see you are picking a trail that will lead us further into his journalistic and political history. Should be interesting.

  9. 4BERMOOTHES says:

    cf the most unbermudian person in Bermuda..he is a disgrace and noteworthy to listen to…the man is just zenaphobic,anti foreigner, and full of BS …If Bermuda must must go back to under a stone that is if he really cares for Bermuda!!!!

    • Proud Jamaican says:

      You really love Bermuda and don’t think it’s hate and attitude like urs that’s destroying the society? Do you know Chris Famous wife is a foreigner? I think you need to go back to school if you gonna call this man xenophobic. No matter how deeply you hate someone, always leave space to be fair and honest. I’m just saying. If CF was white, would you say he should go back under whatever stone etc? Don’t u think something is real racist about that? Even if u are black, u can be racist against black. I’m just sayin.

  10. Proud Jamaican says:

    Very good interview Chris Famous. Better than most I’ve seen around.