Belly Full! Book on Caribbean Cooking in the UK Now Published


Foodies, at home and abroad! Here’s some good news for you… Do you remember my post last year about the planned book Belly Full: Caribbean Food in the UK? Well, the crowd-funding was successful and the book is now out, published by Tezeta Press. Check out the website here for details. It looks fabulously yummy. Go … More Belly Full! Book on Caribbean Cooking in the UK Now Published

The Weeping Time: Memory and the Largest Slave Auction in American History, by Anne C. Bailey


Dr. Anne C. Bailey is a Jamaican-born academic – an author, writer and historian. She is Professor of History and Africana Studies at the State University of New York (SUNY) Binghamton. She still maintains close links with Jamaica; we first met when she visited Jamaica during Black History Month. I had the honour of organising her visit … More The Weeping Time: Memory and the Largest Slave Auction in American History, by Anne C. Bailey

“The Grenada Chocolate Family” Wins Best in the World Prize


I have a “soft spot” for the lovely island of Grenada, some way down to the south and east of our island, after spending some time there during the BirdsCaribbean International Conference in 2013. I’m afraid to say that I also quickly developed a weakness for Grenadian chocolate; almost every day you could see me … More “The Grenada Chocolate Family” Wins Best in the World Prize

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Evanescence of a “Floating World”


“Evanescent” is a haunting word. Even the sound of it suggests something lovely, but fleeting. Here today, gone tomorrow. It reminds me of one concept that I learned about when studying Japanese, and which I always loved: Uki-yo, the “Floating World.” It described the momentary pleasures of life, enjoyed by the growing middle class of the old … More Weekly Photo Challenge: The Evanescence of a “Floating World”

Heritage – A Living Tradition: Weekly Photo Challenge


We inherit all kinds of things. I treasure the bedcover my mother knitted for us when we were children (it is not beautiful enough for a photograph, but I cherish it anyway). Heritage holds history, and memories. It is also something we should never disrespect or destroy; sadly, though, we don’t seem to think of … More Heritage – A Living Tradition: Weekly Photo Challenge