Ann-Marie’s Launch, Cee-Jay’s Death, and Britannia’s Resilience: Friday, September 14, 2018

This has been a wearisome week for city people. The traffic gridlock reached extraordinary heights when (at very short notice) a critical intersection at Three Mile was suddenly closed (for the next eight months, no less) at very short notice. 70,000 drivers were forced to detour through “not nice” neighbourhoods. Tempers frayed and motorists behaved … More Ann-Marie’s Launch, Cee-Jay’s Death, and Britannia’s Resilience: Friday, September 14, 2018

Kingston Buttercup: Duppies, Families and Yellow Tape

The Kingston Buttercup has a small yellow flower. It grows with determination by the roadside, prickly but ignored. Ann-Margaret Lim’s title poem in her second collection of poetry Kingston Buttercup describes a glimpse of this little city flower as a kind of release from the pressure of traffic, winding down from her home in Red Hills. It’s … More Kingston Buttercup: Duppies, Families and Yellow Tape

“Taxperity,” Life on Planet Poor – and A Surprise Visitor: Saturday, May 21, 2016

What a strange week it’s been – perhaps because I have not been feeling well. I believe I may I have had a touch of Zika (or a recurrence of chikungunya?) I get the feeling these nasty mosquito-borne diseases are overlapping. I seem to get them all! So please, people, take care out there. I … More “Taxperity,” Life on Planet Poor – and A Surprise Visitor: Saturday, May 21, 2016

The Simon Bolivar Cultural Centre Rolls Out Its Programs

Did you know the Simón Bolívar Cultural Centre (on the corner of North Parade and Church Street in Kingston) is now open and offering a very wide-ranging program of educational and cultural activities for adults and children? Latin Dance and Latin Nights and Spanish classes for adults; a children’s program; music, art and craft classes; … More The Simon Bolivar Cultural Centre Rolls Out Its Programs

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

Professor Verene Shepherd at the UN: Let’s Learn From History on Racial Discrimination

I almost missed this, but for those who did – March 21 was the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, to be followed by a week of awareness.  As UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon noted,”This year marks the 50th anniversary of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial … More Professor Verene Shepherd at the UN: Let’s Learn From History on Racial Discrimination

Liberator

The Petchary notes another birthday today: That of the man simply called “The Liberator.”  Simon Bolivar was born in Caracas, Venezuela, on July 24, 1783.  He died on December 17, 1830, after a long battle with tuberculosis, in Santa Marta, Colombia.  Although his physical remains departed that place twelve years later, when he was returned … More Liberator