Second “Blitz” vaccinates over 1,000 Jamaican elders


The Ministry of Health and Wellness really seem to love the word “blitz.” It sounds somewhat warlike to me, but I guess the idea is to really reach some numbers in terms of vaccination. There have been two “blitzes” so far at the National Arena in Kingston. Reports from the vaccinees (I am not sure … More Second “Blitz” vaccinates over 1,000 Jamaican elders

A Nervous Tuesday: That Virus, and an Earthquake


It started off as quite a normal Tuesday. I attended the launch and signing of the contract for a major health program – the Health Systems Strengthening Programme – at the Courtyard Marriott. I will provide more details in my next blog post; suffice it to say that it is the largest health infrastructure program … More A Nervous Tuesday: That Virus, and an Earthquake

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

The Inexorable Murder Rate, The Missing Manifestos, and the Doctor Departs: Sunday, November 29, 2015


The rain! How glorious it has been – the gloom, the damp grey clouds… I do enjoy this weather, perhaps because it is so unusual in Jamaica. After a year of stressful heat and drought, it is welcome. Once again I have been overwhelmed and too busy, and my comments are late, but  before I get … More The Inexorable Murder Rate, The Missing Manifestos, and the Doctor Departs: Sunday, November 29, 2015

Fluff and Bluff, Nuh Guh Deh and a Hotel Times Three: Wednesday, April 29, 2015


A high pressure ridge is over Jamaica, which means considerable heat, no rain and a wind that offers no respite. I am almost hugging the fan right now (and no, air conditioning is not an option for us, although I would like to explore the possibility of solar a/c). We have a thick haze over … More Fluff and Bluff, Nuh Guh Deh and a Hotel Times Three: Wednesday, April 29, 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

Paw Paw Leaves, A Once Pretty Town and a Promised Cleanup: Sunday, September 28, 2014


Tonight’s the Health Minister Fenton Ferguson, author of the “Chik V” débacle, addressed the nation on the topic of this wretched virus that is driving us all crazy, chikungunya. And on that wearying topic, the Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Kevin Harvey told us pretty bluntly last week that they are not now counting … More Paw Paw Leaves, A Once Pretty Town and a Promised Cleanup: Sunday, September 28, 2014

Going West


Last Friday, before dawn, we set off on an expedition to visit a Twitter friend, whom I had never met. She was vacationing with her husband in the resort town of Negril, on the western tip of the island. We had not traveled to the west of the island for a very long time, and … More Going West