UWI’s New Ganja Plantation, A Cable Debacle and a Sign Disappears: Friday, April 24, 2015

Well! In just a few days since I last wrote, we have seen some interesting developments. I have been dashing up and down the city in the ever-growing heat (is it really still only April?) but will backtrack a little now and go over some of the mini-dramas that have occurred meanwhile. Hyper-ventilating: Government ministers and … More UWI’s New Ganja Plantation, A Cable Debacle and a Sign Disappears: Friday, April 24, 2015

An Ill Wind, Arming Against Corruption and A Guide Runner: Sunday, April 19, 2015

“It’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good.” Well, it has been a windy week and our yard has filled with crackling dry leaves. It’s hard to find anything good blowing for anybody, just at the moment. A terrible tragedy: Everyone has run out of adjectives to describe the murder of three schoolboys and a … More An Ill Wind, Arming Against Corruption and A Guide Runner: Sunday, April 19, 2015

Hats or Not, Masks or Not, and Santoya’s Tragedy: Saturday, February 21, 2015

It’s been an interesting week. Rain has fallen. There was a holiday in the middle of it (Ash Wednesday) when we took a little pause. The weather remains “cool” by Jamaican standards, and we can’t complain. Parliament officially reopened yesterday. The annual colonial-era parade of the two parties striding down Duke Street, while their little groups … More Hats or Not, Masks or Not, and Santoya’s Tragedy: Saturday, February 21, 2015

International Partners, “Chik V” and Slash and Burn: Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The drought continues. The heat continues. I am thinking we should maybe pave over our lawn, or turn our front yard into a callaloo bed, or just a flower bed. Anything is better than the patch of bare earth and dying yellow grass that currently calls itself a lawn. Well, @JamaicaWeather shared a little map … More International Partners, “Chik V” and Slash and Burn: Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Saharan Dust, Heil Hitlers and UC Rusal: Sunday, July 13, 2014

The World Cup final was exhausting and I must admit I could not have taken much more stress. It was a hot afternoon, we had the fans turned up full and ate mangoes and drank coconut water at half time. This did not help Argentina to a victory, sadly. But all the Jamaicans who suddenly … More Saharan Dust, Heil Hitlers and UC Rusal: Sunday, July 13, 2014

Street Lights, Water and Summer Breaks: Friday, July 11, 2014

The last few days have been…well, interesting. High drama on the football front, with the spectacular collapse of the Brazilian team at the hands of Germany and the subsequent struggle resulting in a penalty win for Argentina. At the beginning of the tournament I bought three flags: one for Brazil (husband is a Brazil lover, … More Street Lights, Water and Summer Breaks: Friday, July 11, 2014

Desilting, Bling and Sausages: Sunday, July 6, 2014

As the plucky Costa Ricans depart the stage, the sporting drama in Brazil is starting to release its grip on Jamaicans (many of whom never knew they were football fans before). With only four matches to go (albeit crucial ones) we will soon have to return to reality. And that’s not looking very pretty. Can … More Desilting, Bling and Sausages: Sunday, July 6, 2014

It’s July So It’s Hot: Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The drought tightens its grip, and World Cup fever is higher than ever in Kingston town. The weekend was sickly hot – and quiet, as we buried ourselves in football. Meanwhile…tons of news! Here we go… The Police Commissioner resigned/retired: Commissioner Ellington announced his resignation (or retirement after 34 years) with almost immediate effect. Deputy Commissioner … More It’s July So It’s Hot: Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Late again! Sunday, April 13, 2014

My apologies again for this belated “Wh’appen in Jamaica” post! I can’t seem to catch up with myself. Really, Mr. Commissioner?  Several things worried me about Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington’s television interview with Dionne Jackson-Miller this past week. The program posed questions from Jamaican men and women on the street; good idea. Commissioner of Police Owen … More Late again! Sunday, April 13, 2014