Our Yale World Fellow Did Well, Bolivar Wheeled Out Again, Bloggers in the Making: Sunday, September 6, 2015

There have been one or two surprises in the past few days: a big rain shower in Kingston, for example, and the Reggae Boyz’ 3-2 loss at home to Nicaragua in a World Cup qualifier. But it has been mostly an “I told you so” week. Predictability rules. As if we didn’t know things were … More Our Yale World Fellow Did Well, Bolivar Wheeled Out Again, Bloggers in the Making: Sunday, September 6, 2015

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

Jamaican Veterans, The PJ Highway and a Featherless Carnival: Saturday, April 11, 2015

Almost as soon as President Obama flew off on Thursday evening, we all went back to normal. The crab vendors returned to their regular spot by National Heroes Park. There were three murders last night. Yes, I am sounding cynical – but still hoping that some of the inspiration we felt a couple of days … More Jamaican Veterans, The PJ Highway and a Featherless Carnival: Saturday, April 11, 2015

Empty Barrels, A Shortlist and the Mike Brown Connection: Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I am sorry. The flu got me. I have just emerged from it with a somewhat painful cough. Hence the hiatus on my blog. Bus fare problems: Last Friday, we heard (briefly) that the Jamaica Urban Transit Company’s (JUTC) fare hikes had been “put on hold” after discussions among the Government and trades unions. This was … More Empty Barrels, A Shortlist and the Mike Brown Connection: Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Power of Philanthropy: The UWI Development and Endowment Fund

Hurricane Gilbert in 1988 was a devastating event. I have vivid memories of the bleak post-hurricane cityscape of Kingston, with almost every structure broken or destroyed. I recall lining up at the ice factory for a lump of ice; living on bully beef and rice. The Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies … More The Power of Philanthropy: The UWI Development and Endowment Fund

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Jamaicans have an amazing thing called “tek serious tings mek laugh” – in other words, making something humorous out of something serious. It’s a kind of coping mechanism that works well, even in the most dreadful and trying of times. And Lord knows, Jamaica has been through many such times. Here is a poem by Michael Abrahams … More Bubble

Jamaica 50 Special: Monday, August 6, 2012

Today, Jamaica is half a century old. Music throbs from the National Stadium as the evening grey grows deeper. The remnants of Tropical Storm Ernesto rustle in the trees, and the White-Chinned Thrush in our yard starts his persistent, piercing whistle. On television, the military bands in scarlet, white and black march at the Grand … More Jamaica 50 Special: Monday, August 6, 2012

50-50 Reflections

Jamaica’s fiftieth anniversary (Jamaica 50) celebration has not been a smooth, gentle glide to the August 6 finish line. In fact, it has been fraught with political niggling, confusing press statements and slick marketing jargon, (with the local media trying to make sense of it all) and apparently rising levels of frustration and irritation on … More 50-50 Reflections