The Natural History Museum’s Earth Day Arts Competition for Children and Youth: Deadline March 9!

The Natural History Museum of Jamaica (NHMJ), a division of the Institute of Jamaica, is inviting entries for its 2020 Earth Day Competition, which has the theme: Countdown to 2030: Vision of a Healthy Environment.  As Earth Day reaches its milestone 50th anniversary in April 2020, nature and the environment are facing incredible and unprecedented challenges … More The Natural History Museum’s Earth Day Arts Competition for Children and Youth: Deadline March 9!

And The Trees Have It: Young Filmmakers Win Big in the EU Short Film Competition

With a whoop and a shout, Deron Douglas leapt onto the stage at the Institute of Jamaica. Before he accepted his prize for Best Overall Film from the head of the European Union Delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, he punched the air a few times. As Deron beamed (he couldn’t stop) I could not … More And The Trees Have It: Young Filmmakers Win Big in the EU Short Film Competition

2019 Was a Fulfilling Year for BirdLife Jamaica: Part 1

To be honest (from my personal perspective) 2019 wasn’t a particularly encouraging year. It seems the only thing to do nowadays is to “play it safe” – something, perhaps, that I am not very good at, myself. There were some disappointments and frustrations – and worst of all, That Man is still President of the … More 2019 Was a Fulfilling Year for BirdLife Jamaica: Part 1

The Humble Breadfruit Has Its Day – and a Cookbook

There was a lovely book launch at the Institute of Jamaica last Monday morning. It was all about a book titled Breadfruit Recipes, Sweet and Savoury, by Andrea V. Whyte. The Lecture Hall is to me always a delight, with its wooden floors and its soft pink and dove grey furnishings. I sat at the end of a … More The Humble Breadfruit Has Its Day – and a Cookbook

Design Week and Kingston Creative: A Flowering Downtown

Kingston is our creative city. It always has been really, but now the enthusiastic team at Kingston Creative and increasingly, private sector supporters, are taking it to another level of possibilities (yes, more than one possibility – there are myriads). There is a bit of a flowering going on in downtown Kingston. As a cynical … More Design Week and Kingston Creative: A Flowering Downtown

Food, Health and the City: Caribbean Foodscapes Research Project in Kingston

In Jamaica, we love our food. Our island cuisine is quite famous (ackee and saltfish, jerk chicken and the like). But…aren’t you a little sick of the plethora of fast food outlets, everywhere you look? There are long lines at drive-ins and certain fast food outlets are bursting with Jamaicans – many of them young … More Food, Health and the City: Caribbean Foodscapes Research Project in Kingston

A Reggae Hall of Fame is a Must for Kingston (Part Two)

Some years ago, we visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. It is all glassy and modern, on the shore of Lake Erie (think: Kingston Harbour). It is packed with memorabilia- odd bits and pieces designed with the rock music fan in mind. There are quirky little things to amuse … More A Reggae Hall of Fame is a Must for Kingston (Part Two)

A Great Partnership: Kingston Creative and the Institute of Jamaica, Celebrating Child Month

This post has several of my personal “favorite things” wrapped up in it. Firstly, my always-abiding interest in Japanese culture (I have a Master’s in Japanese Studies); secondly, my great love of museums since childhood, when I spent a great deal of time in those places, and am now happy to say that I am … More A Great Partnership: Kingston Creative and the Institute of Jamaica, Celebrating Child Month

Leo Douglas To Speak On Youth Attitudes to Wildlife at BirdLife Jamaica’s Annual Lecture

What do Jamaica’s young people think about wildlife, its conservation – and conservationists? Do they think about these things at all? Dr. Leo Douglas, Assistant Clinical Professor at New York University and a former President of BirdsCaribbean, has conducted some interesting research over four years in Jamaican schools. He has developed an interest in the … More Leo Douglas To Speak On Youth Attitudes to Wildlife at BirdLife Jamaica’s Annual Lecture