A Doctor’s Dilemma, “Worsening” Corruption and Too Many Bus Drivers: Jamaica, Monday October 16, 2017


Today is National Heroes Day and #BigUpJamaica Day (a nice initiative of Fi Wi Jamaica). This review is in a somewhat different (and hopefully more concise) format, so I hope it’s easier to get through. I’ve divided it up into topics (some may overlap, I realise). Click on the highlighted sections for more information… And … More A Doctor’s Dilemma, “Worsening” Corruption and Too Many Bus Drivers: Jamaica, Monday October 16, 2017

An IMF Deal, Problems with Babies and the Big Cheese Heist: Jamaica, October 14, 2016


I know. I have been rather missing in action – mainly because I have been so busy with all kinds of interesting things! But my blog has suffered. I propose to make up for it in the next few days. Since the strange and difficult period of Hurricane Matthew, I get the feeling that Jamaicans … More An IMF Deal, Problems with Babies and the Big Cheese Heist: Jamaica, October 14, 2016

Policemen in Trouble, The Teachers Give In, and It Rained: Tuesday, August 18, 2015


First off… The rain has been glorious. We almost feel human again. It is cooler, and we are hoping that some of the rain will have fallen in our watershed areas and made its way down to one of Kingston’s two reservoirs. Water: This word crops up in almost every news item, and in every Kingston … More Policemen in Trouble, The Teachers Give In, and It Rained: Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Young Heroes of the Caribbean: Bringing Their Stories to Life


The English writer and colonial era thinker Rudyard Kipling once wrote: “If history were told in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” It’s often hard to imagine our National Heroes as real people – let alone as young people with dreams, aspirations – and the usual growing pains. In “Young Heroes of … More Young Heroes of the Caribbean: Bringing Their Stories to Life

Women of Courage


Happy Supermoon Night. The sky is flooded with white light. I am also wishing Malala Yousafzai a happy birthday. She is seventeen years old today. Yes, just seventeen. She is in Nigeria, campaigning for those schoolgirls (an estimated 223 teenagers, who were about to take their exams) stolen from their boarding school – and their … More Women of Courage

Heritage Matters – For Young Jamaicans, Too


“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Mosiah Garvey. I recently had the honor of volunteering with the JN Foundation again. This time, we were at the venerable Institute of Jamaica, a  colonial relic that still maintains its dignity and still functions … More Heritage Matters – For Young Jamaicans, Too