Well, Christmas is over. We tried to make the best of it. Apart from a young man who insisted on riding his noisy motorbike up and down our street, Christmas was also quiet – perhaps because of the 7:00 p.m. curfew on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. However, in some places the illegal parties continued … More ICYMI in Jamaica, December 29: The Sam Sharpe Day Edition
I get the feeling that Jamaicans are anxious to get to the Christmas holidays, so that we can clear our heads and try to get over this horrible year. The past week has been filled with dramas, sadness, and some sweetness and light. The weather continues to be quite deliciously soothing. I am looking forward … More ICYMI in Jamaica, December 21, 2020: The “Does It Feel Like Christmas” Edition
It has been said, ad nauseam, that COVID-19 has highlighted (indeed, worsened) the inequalities in our society, which are already so glaring. It’s a sort of heightened reality. So, while uptown parties are flourishing after curfew hours and various establishments in and around New Kingston are packed to the gills (you only have to drive … More Keep Winnifred Beach Open: Do You Agree?
The big news has been not only the COVID-19 vaccine, but the fact that the very first person to receive it was a Jamaican American. A cold front arrived, bringing strong winds and lower temperatures for a day; our moringa tree took a beating, and has not recovered yet. And behind everything else the crime … More ICYMI in Jamaica, December 15, 2020: The Vaccine Edition
It has been quite a week. The debate over the threatened mining operation in Puerto Bueno Mountain (Dry Harbour Mountain) dominated much of the local media (including social media), with many radio interviews, discussions, letters to the editor and columns, such as this piece by environmentalist Peter Espeut (who does not mince his words). Besides … More ICYMI in Jamaica: November 21, 2020, The Bad Dog Edition
It has been a grey and cool Christmas Eve in Kingston, with a fitful breeze and the smell of rain in the air…What we would call “bleaky.” So far, the Christmas season has been hard to negotiate (which is usually the case for me) but we took a delightful trip downtown on Sunday to see … More Christmas Eve, Mi Seh
The Christmas season has arrived in Jamaica, and the weather is mild and calm. Nights are a little cooler, and poinsettias are blooming. ‘Tis the season of goodwill. But the busy bees of Kingston haven’t had time to appreciate all of this yet. They are rushing up and down like crazy on what might be … More Gran’ Market: The 2019 Edition
“People don’t still send Christmas cards, do they?” A friend said half-jokingly on Twitter. Well, yes I do, I explained. I buy charity cards. Nowadays I buy from the School for Therapy, Education and Parenting of Children with Multiple Disabilities (STEP Centre) in Kingston, which was built by the Digicel Foundation. They have a range of … More The Christmas Card List
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!
NUH DUTTY UP JAMAICA CHRISTMAS BRING A BAG A BOKKLE Guys and gals! Trot along to the Mall Plaza on Constant Spring Road in Kingston next Tuesday afternoon (December 11, 3 to 6 pm) and “bring a bag a bokkle” (or “Bring a bag of bottles”) and receive a cool Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica … More JET’s Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Christmas Campaign: Bring a Bag a (Plastic) Bokkle!