COVID-19 Good Stuff (Don’t We Have Enough of the Bad Stuff?) from Jamaica

Life in the Time of COVID-19. It’s hard not to keep focusing on the rising numbers, the gloomy predictions and the heart-wrenching stories of pain and loss. We are living in Strange Days. To be honest I am also getting tired of the attempts at humor online that sometimes fall terribly flat (my sense of … More COVID-19 Good Stuff (Don’t We Have Enough of the Bad Stuff?) from Jamaica

A Causeway to Catastrophe in St. Lucia: Native Species Face Extinction if Resort Goes Ahead

This is UNESCO’s International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. But have business interests overseas and in the Caribbean got the memo yet? One wonders. I have more to say on this subject, but firstly… Karetta Crooks Charles, Communications & Advocacy Officer at the Saint Lucia National Trust, shared this press release with me a few days … More A Causeway to Catastrophe in St. Lucia: Native Species Face Extinction if Resort Goes Ahead

Kingston Buttercup: Duppies, Families and Yellow Tape

The Kingston Buttercup has a small yellow flower. It grows with determination by the roadside, prickly but ignored. Ann-Margaret Lim’s title poem in her second collection of poetry Kingston Buttercup describes a glimpse of this little city flower as a kind of release from the pressure of traffic, winding down from her home in Red Hills. It’s … More Kingston Buttercup: Duppies, Families and Yellow Tape

A Brush with Earl, Blaming “He” and Praying Away Crime: Jamaica, Tuesday, August 2, 2016

It’s August already, and I am writing this accompanied by quick bursts of rainfall and breeze (and a cup of Darjeeling tea). Tropical Storm Earl (which took a while to be named) is passing just to the south of us and getting up some steam for Honduras and Mexico. It has not inconvenienced too many … More A Brush with Earl, Blaming “He” and Praying Away Crime: Jamaica, Tuesday, August 2, 2016

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

A Contract Ended, An Embarrassing Interview and A Presidential Visit: Wednesday, March 18, 2015

As I opened the door just now, the aroma of chemical-laden smoke wafted in. I quickly shut it again, and am now sealed in the house. Yes, as of this afternoon (and a week after it started) the fire at the Riverton City dump is still very much alight. I just posted the statement and … More A Contract Ended, An Embarrassing Interview and A Presidential Visit: Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Mario Deane, Mental Health and Choose Your Own Land: Monday, August 11, 2014

Some rains have arrived, and we all feel refreshed as we enter into the first “normal” back to work week, after dilly dallying for the best part of two weeks through the “Emancipendence” holiday. But please – please – let us not get back to our wasteful ways with water, now the horrible drought appears … More Mario Deane, Mental Health and Choose Your Own Land: Monday, August 11, 2014

Sharpen Your Keyboards! Second Jamaica Blog Day: May 23, 2014

Last year, two Jamaican bloggers came up with the brilliant idea of a special day where we focus on one issue of concern. Last year focused on human rights abuses by the security forces (which, interestingly, have declined steeply this year to date – perhaps the pen IS mightier than the sword!) This year’s theme is … More Sharpen Your Keyboards! Second Jamaica Blog Day: May 23, 2014