Ann-Marie’s Launch, Cee-Jay’s Death, and Britannia’s Resilience: Friday, September 14, 2018

This has been a wearisome week for city people. The traffic gridlock reached extraordinary heights when (at very short notice) a critical intersection at Three Mile was suddenly closed (for the next eight months, no less) at very short notice. 70,000 drivers were forced to detour through “not nice” neighbourhoods. Tempers frayed and motorists behaved … More Ann-Marie’s Launch, Cee-Jay’s Death, and Britannia’s Resilience: Friday, September 14, 2018

Former PMs’ Baggage, Prison Anger, and CDA Addresses Bullying: Friday, October 9, 2015

It’s been ten days of high drama (and a good few thunderstorms to go with it). I have been so busy dashing up and down. Time to take stock, and time to slow down, over the weekend, as my health has been letting me down again. What a week! Where to start? Well, the upset … More Former PMs’ Baggage, Prison Anger, and CDA Addresses Bullying: Friday, October 9, 2015

#theOnlineMind 2015: The First Digital Publishing Conference in the Caribbean

My heart was warmed when the champion of online creativity (who first introduced me to my great love, Social Media) Dr. Marcia Forbes greeted our small group of online writers at the beginning of her speech. “Bloggers are special,” she said. And so we are. Dr. Forbes’ company Phase Three Productions is a major sponsor … More #theOnlineMind 2015: The First Digital Publishing Conference in the Caribbean

Prickly Pole Politics, “Special Guests” and Horsing Around in Negril: Thursday, September 24, 2015

Our yard seems to be creeping back to life with the arrival of a few rain showers, recently. We are grateful. Politics and Prickly Pole: The death of a child – a student of the quaintly named Prickly Pole Primary and Infant School – has sparked an odd chain of events and a heated, highly … More Prickly Pole Politics, “Special Guests” and Horsing Around in Negril: Thursday, September 24, 2015

A Jamaican “King” in Qatar, Our China Lobbyist, and is the Climate Park Parked? Sunday, July 12, 2015

It’s a conspiracy, I swear. The weather app on my phone confidently predicted thunderstorms. We heard rumbles, and a kind of moisture appeared on the ground. No, it wasn’t rain; it was like the ghost of rain. So, on with the drought…in poor old Kingston, anyway. Can we just stop talking about “land of wood and … More A Jamaican “King” in Qatar, Our China Lobbyist, and is the Climate Park Parked? Sunday, July 12, 2015

Stepping Backward Into Coal, A Home of Their Own and Deja Vu on Drought: Monday, June 29, 2015

We have had an amazing two weeks with family, exploring various corners of the island, eating too much jerk chicken and drinking too many sodas, while dandling our small grandson on our knees. It has been quite a long break, and I won’t attempt to go back over the past two weeks or more; I … More Stepping Backward Into Coal, A Home of Their Own and Deja Vu on Drought: Monday, June 29, 2015

“Sick” Police, Ugly Classism and The Onion Makes Jack Warner Cry: Tuesday, June 2, 2015

This is going to be short and sweet, as time is pressing. Times are hard, but at least the weather is kind to us; we have had delicious showers and sunny interludes, and I can spend some time in the garden without burning up. Thank you, O Rain God! Running out of patience: We knew this … More “Sick” Police, Ugly Classism and The Onion Makes Jack Warner Cry: Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Jamaican Veterans, The PJ Highway and a Featherless Carnival: Saturday, April 11, 2015

Almost as soon as President Obama flew off on Thursday evening, we all went back to normal. The crab vendors returned to their regular spot by National Heroes Park. There were three murders last night. Yes, I am sounding cynical – but still hoping that some of the inspiration we felt a couple of days … More Jamaican Veterans, The PJ Highway and a Featherless Carnival: Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Black Carpet, A Show of Unity and Super-Nepotism: Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Delicious rain fell in the wake of the Boys’ and Girls’ Championships at the National Stadium. The discordant ring of the vuvuzelas (a once-popular invention  Jamaicans apparently still cling to) has receded, the busloads of students have careered off into the distance. It is cool and it is relatively calm. But local journalists are still … More The Black Carpet, A Show of Unity and Super-Nepotism: Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Murdered Children, The Recurring Riverton Nightmare, and the Elite Picnic in White : Saturday, March 14, 2015

The past couple of weeks have been intense. My apologies for the unanticipated hiatus. We had a fairly major break-in at our yard, which was unnerving, and the repercussions have been painful. We are, however, pulling ourselves back on our feet again and refocusing. As for poor old Jamaica… We are in great pain, I … More Murdered Children, The Recurring Riverton Nightmare, and the Elite Picnic in White : Saturday, March 14, 2015