I was inspired by today’s UNESCO World Heritage Day to post a few of my own photos – from Jamaica to Vermont to Sri Lanka – reflecting the power of our built heritage. I hope you will enjoy them. I have many more photos, so it was quite hard to pick out a few of … More World Heritage Day: A Photo Gallery
I am copying and pasting below two letters regarding the planned captive dolphin facility at Puerto Seco Beach in Discovery Bay – a designated fish sanctuary – for the benefit of the cruise ship industry. Many of these arguments against such a project (which is not, by the way, “ecotourism” or “sustainable tourism” just because … More Writing Letters About Discovery Bay Captive Dolphin Facility – But Are the Dolphins Arriving Next Week?
This is a story of stories. African stories, with just an occasional touch of Jamaica. But where and what is this Africa? It’s an Africa of our dreams: a continent we may be familiar with, and yet, something else. It is a technicolour tapestry of legend, landscape, history and humanity. When woven together with threads … More Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
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Thinking about what it means when someone calls a Caribbean nation a “shithole” (sorry for the profanity, but the word is presidential now). Not long ago, I gave a series of presentations telling ornithologists and bird enthusiasts about the race, gender and nationality of the history of ornithology. One of the…
You may have read my reviews of some Caribbean films featured in the Caribbean Tales International Film Festival in Toronto, which I posted earlier this year. As I observed: “Caribbean film remains vibrant and a unique reflection of our way of life, our ideas, our thoughts, our quirks and eccentricities, our connections with each other.” This … More Kingston Paradise: More Than Another “Ghetto Film” (Streaming This Weekend on Video on Demand)
Human Rights Day this year was particularly significant for the world. We have to think “world” on Human Rights Day, and then get out our magnifying glasses and zoom in on a map of Jamaica and the Caribbean. For all of us, it was the 70th Anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of … More Human Rights Day in Jamaica: Against a Background of the Arts, Much to Be Done
It was a warm, bright morning. I climbed the two flights of steps crisscrossing the front of the building to the top floor of Liberty Hall (accessibility, anyone?) at 76 Upper King Street in downtown Kingston. Liberty Hall (the Legacy of Marcus Garvey) is a branch of the venerable Institute of Jamaica. As the former … More Are Museums a Thing of the Past?