On Elephants and Their Humans: Reflections from Sri Lanka


Sri Lankans love elephants. One could say that they are a cornerstone of Sri Lankan culture and religion. They are also significant for the country’s tourism industry, which is slowly getting back on its feet – eight years after the end of a lingering and bitter conflict that lasted more than twenty years. During a … More On Elephants and Their Humans: Reflections from Sri Lanka

Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park Celebrates 25th Anniversary on International Mountain Day


December 11 was International Mountain Day. I would like to write more about the importance of mountains (every day I look up at them from our city), and this year’s theme is quite interesting. Meanwhile, the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park – Jamaica’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site – will celebrate its 25th Anniversary … More Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park Celebrates 25th Anniversary on International Mountain Day

The Integrity Gathering: International Anti-Corruption Day 2017


National Integrity Action (NIA) celebrated its sixth anniversary today (Saturday, December 9) – UN International Anti-Corruption Day. Around 1,500 Jamaicans (mostly young people) from across the island joined the Integrity Gathering in downtown Kingston. NIA founder and CEO Professor Trevor Munroe hearkened back to a meeting six years ago at the University of the West Indies (UWI), … More The Integrity Gathering: International Anti-Corruption Day 2017

The Moody Dutchman: Johannes Vermeer And Friends at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC


Now here’s something different, and very European. Maybe it’s the drop of Dutch blood in my veins (great grandfather) but when I heard about an upcoming exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, I jiggled my shoulders a little – that’s a sign of excitement, by the way. If I was there, … More The Moody Dutchman: Johannes Vermeer And Friends at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC

The Lie that is Emancipendence


I am sharing a couple more perspectives on Jamaica’s Independence Day (August 6), which merges with Emancipation Day (August 1) to become “Emancipendence.” Here is the first one – a very jaded view from a young Jamaican, who is looking for so much more… Source: The Lie that is Emancipendence

Weekly Photo Challenge: Heavenly Bridges and Rainbow Bridges


I thought about the theme Bridge for the last photo challenge, and realised that I didn’t have many pictures of actual bridges. But for some reason, music came into my mind, and rainbows. Ah, the two are connected. One of my favourite hippy-era Jimi Hendrix albums is a rather obscure album called Rainbow Bridge, released in 1971 not long … More Weekly Photo Challenge: Heavenly Bridges and Rainbow Bridges