There was a lovely book launch at the Institute of Jamaica last Monday morning. It was all about a book titled Breadfruit Recipes, Sweet and Savoury, by Andrea V. Whyte. The Lecture Hall is to me always a delight, with its wooden floors and its soft pink and dove grey furnishings. I sat at the end of a … More The Humble Breadfruit Has Its Day – and a Cookbook
It is very hard to write this, but I have learned, as of today in fact, that cock fighting is thriving in some rural areas of Jamaica. It’s hard to write, because I always hope and trust (naïvely, I suppose) that we humans must, at least, treat our domesticated animals with some decency. That’s when … More Cock Fighting in Jamaica: A Cruel, Illegal and Thriving Bloodsport
As I write, three outstanding young Jamaicans have been selected to attend the UN Youth Climate Summit on September 21 in New York. I spent some time with two of them recently at a climate change forum in rural Portland. Dainalyn Swaby was one of 100 young activists worldwide who won “Green Tickets.” The Japan Caribbean Climate … More The Young Caribbean Water Entrepreneurs Shark Tank Competition
Tourism advertisements really do get ridiculous sometimes. I had to laugh when recently I read that a certain recording studio/eco-cabin spot in Portland, Jamaica was being described as situated in a “remote jungle.” What! This place is literally one minute’s drive off the main road. I suppose if one closed one’s eyes, one could imagine … More Are We in the Wrong Jungle Again?
I missed out on International Day of Forests this year (it was March 21). I love trees, and I love taking photos of them, so I thought I would pay a little photographic tribute to these incredible living beings (well, that is how I see them). Please see a gallery of a few of my … More Trees of Jamaica (and I Need More Education)
Fellowship is a small community, situated along the narrow, winding road that runs up the Rio Grande Valley, just outside the town of Port Antonio in the parish of Portland. I actually used to know this place very well – one area in particular. This land is quite beautiful, with a shallow river winding through … More A Flood Warning System for Fellowship
The story of the Windrush continues, in different ways. Or rather, should I say “stories”? Because I see the Windrush as a mosaic of many human stories – of endurance and success, determination and disappointment. There has been some more local coverage; the Sunday Gleaner’s Arts & Education section included an article by Amitabh Sharma last … More The Windrush Stories: A Visit to the National Library of Jamaica