I saw a post on Instagram today from the Natural History Museum of Jamaica: two schoolgirls, frowning slightly, holding between them a container full of insects (one was a butterfly). The girls were participating in the Museum’s Biodiversity Awareness Programme. (Please see details of the NHMJ’s Earth Day competition at the end of this article!) … More All Creatures Great and Small
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?
I wonder why. Here are some thoughts from Erica Hamilton, who is spearheading the opposition to the planned (and approved!) captive dolphin facility in Discovery Bay, adjacent to Puerto Seco Beach and jutting out into the pristine fish sanctuary in the Bay. There is some very useful and thought-provoking information in this article – do … More Why Do People Love to Visit Captive Dolphins?
While the politicians and others are enjoying the launch of Reggae Month today, we know – we know – that music is in Jamaica’s DNA. It goes without saying really. The recent designation of Reggae Music on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO (belatedly) underscores this. However, I would question … More Compelling Voices for Climate Change
Happy New Year! I hope it’s not too late to wish all my dear readers and followers much success and happiness in 2019. Indeed I have not posted since 2018. Those of you who follow me on social media may know that on December 30 I slipped, fell and broke my wrist. My right wrist. … More Me and My Dictator
It’s not easy to write the kind of book that Jamaican-born coach and facilitator Marguerite Orane has produced. It may look easy to write a thoughtful but cheerful memoir (of sorts) that “keeps it real” about family, migration and ageing. But to get the right tone – not to be too self-indulgent, but to be open … More “What’s the Point?” Marguerite Orane Shrugs, Laughs and Moves On
Four days ahead of Christmas Eve, I am wondering if we are actually going to celebrate the holidays this year. Now, I personally am not particularly keen on Christmas (we don’t go to church, and we haven’t had a Christmas tree in years) but now I find myself longing for some Christmas cheer. Why is … More Help! We Need Christmas! Now!