Taming Godzilla, A Telecoms Drama and A Visit from Garvey’s Son: Jamaica, January 3, 2017

This is my first news update of the year, and the weather is bright and breezy. After a rather long, lazy Christmas and New Year break (for most) it is time for our island to confront some pressing matters. Right at the top of the list is, inevitably it seems, crime – which did not … More Taming Godzilla, A Telecoms Drama and A Visit from Garvey’s Son: Jamaica, January 3, 2017

Jamaica on Sunday, April 3, 2016: A Promise That Cannot Be Broken, A Tidal Wave Hits, and Carnival Cricketing Joy

The long Easter weekend passed, leaving in its wake a slew of car crashes and (very sadly) murders. We had a minor earth tremor (did you feel it? I didn’t) fourteen kilometers below Clarendon. We had no rain. The well-heeled went to parties costing the equivalent of US$50 upwards, and posted pictures of themselves on … More Jamaica on Sunday, April 3, 2016: A Promise That Cannot Be Broken, A Tidal Wave Hits, and Carnival Cricketing Joy

I Predict Duppy Highways and Daryl Vaz Approaches the Breakwater: Saturday, March 26, 2016

It’s the Easter holiday weekend, it’s hot and our neighbors have apparently all fled the city. They are likely sweating it out on a beach or on one of Jamaica’s famous new highways, now. Meanwhile, all I can hear is our wind chimes (the wind is fierce) and the birds. It’s been a long while … More I Predict Duppy Highways and Daryl Vaz Approaches the Breakwater: Saturday, March 26, 2016

Andrew’s Coercive Forces, Zika Approaches and Don’t Blush, Baby: Friday, January 8, 2016

It’s been such a pleasant week. Half of me wants to get going on things, while the other has a hangover from the holiday and is inclined to laziness. I suspect there are others who are in this bipolar state! However, as expected, things are quickly warming up on the political front. And the weather? We … More Andrew’s Coercive Forces, Zika Approaches and Don’t Blush, Baby: Friday, January 8, 2016

Voter Registration, Murders Under-Reported, Sugar Not So Sweet: Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A glimpse of gold this week (not talking about medals this time!): the first “winter visitor” (a female American Redstart) appeared bright and early in our yard on August 31. An early arrival! What’s more, my first glimpse of her was with beautiful yellow butterflies fluttering around her! What a sight. Register to vote! A Gleaner article (and the … More Voter Registration, Murders Under-Reported, Sugar Not So Sweet: Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Frustrated Youth, Managing Women and Digital Soldiers: Wednesday, January 14, 2015

It’s been a quiet(ish) week so far – but that could change at any time, because in Jamaica that’s how it goes. Although the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) ‘s recent ruling on the electricity rate may come as quite a relief to consumers, looking at it from other perspectives there are concerns. The Jamaica … More Frustrated Youth, Managing Women and Digital Soldiers: Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Stories of the Year, Best/Worst Ministers and Prices at the Pumps: Tuesday, December 23, 2014

This will be my last news post before Christmas. You can expect another one after I have recovered from the surfeit of food and drink that is yet to come. I am looking forward to Boxing Day and to those empty few days drifting up to New Year, when I can collect my thoughts, make … More Stories of the Year, Best/Worst Ministers and Prices at the Pumps: Tuesday, December 23, 2014