St. Bess Heritage: Wattle and Red Earth


It all started with a house. Kingston-based architect Ann Hodges designed a house for Dr Courtney Coke, a Chicago-based member of the Jamaican diaspora, in Potsdam, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica. Potsdam District is in the cool, breezy Santa Cruz Mountains, overlooking the sunburned limestone plains and beyond, the blue haze of the Caribbean Sea. Dr Coke … More St. Bess Heritage: Wattle and Red Earth

Writing Letters About Discovery Bay Captive Dolphin Facility – But Are the Dolphins Arriving Next Week?


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?

Jamaica Environment Trust Wants More Information on Government’s Plan for a Port Royal Cruise Ship Pier


On February 8 I saw a lovely tweet from Prime Minister Andrew Holness, regarding a floating cruise ship pier to be installed at Port Royal. It was accompanied by a video… Port Royal’s SeaWalk floating pier system is ready! Here’s a video from the manufacturer, showing it in operation at their dock. It is currently … More Jamaica Environment Trust Wants More Information on Government’s Plan for a Port Royal Cruise Ship Pier

Why Do People Love to Visit Captive Dolphins?


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?

JET Releases Results of International Coastal Cleanup Day Jamaica 2018: A Quarter of a Million Plastic Bottles Collected!


At the risk of boring my readers, may I remind you that I am still in recovery mode – struggling up the hill towards the complete fitness of my right wrist. It seems a little like Sisyphus at times (you know, the guy who keeps rolling the rock uphill only to have it slip down again) … More JET Releases Results of International Coastal Cleanup Day Jamaica 2018: A Quarter of a Million Plastic Bottles Collected!

Mr. Justice the Hon. Seymour Panton Speaks on Family, Hanover, and Jamaica’s Inferiority Complex


I attended a remarkably stimulating event on November 29, a Salute to the Parish of Hanover. The Institute of Jamaica worked hard to put together a detailed, informative and altogether very satisfying morning. I wish that the Lecture Hall had been really full and that the media had shown up – there were many fascinating stories to … More Mr. Justice the Hon. Seymour Panton Speaks on Family, Hanover, and Jamaica’s Inferiority Complex

Buying “Social” (And Giving) for Christmas


There is an old Christmas song, or nursery rhyme, in England: Christmas is Coming/The goose is getting fat/Please to put a penny in/the old man’s hat/ If you haven’t got a penny/A ha’penny will do/If you haven’t got a ha’penny/then God bless you! Well, most people don’t eat goose for Christmas dinner any more, and … More Buying “Social” (And Giving) for Christmas