Understanding, Not Exclusion: An Exploration of Sacred Spaces at The Olympia Gallery


Alison West Martin’s interest in Islamic art and philosophy came to her gradually, via the Americas. “I spent three summers in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, while I was studying for my Masters in Fine Arts,” she tells me. “I found the remnants of Islamic architecture there, brought over from Spain. I have always been … More Understanding, Not Exclusion: An Exploration of Sacred Spaces at The Olympia Gallery

Europe Day Celebrations: A Shower of Rain, a Splendid Cake and Ambassador Wasilewska’s Speech


It was a beautiful evening last Monday, May 8 at Mona Visitors Lodge on the University of the West Indies campus. When I arrived, the reception for the celebration of Europe Day – and the 60th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome – was already in full swing. The Head of Delegation of the European … More Europe Day Celebrations: A Shower of Rain, a Splendid Cake and Ambassador Wasilewska’s Speech

Play Reading: The Life of Miguel de Cervantes – Thursday, September 29 at Red Bones


Tomorrow evening there will be a special and rather unusual event: A play reading on the life of Miguel de Cervantes – a remarkable man, often described as the “first modern novelist” – on the 400th anniversary of his death. The reading will take place at the Red Bones Blues Cafe, 1 Argyle Road in Kingston on … More Play Reading: The Life of Miguel de Cervantes – Thursday, September 29 at Red Bones

#AToZChallengeJamaica: “E” is for Excellence, Which We All Strive For


Oh, how Jamaicans love this word! To be excellent is to be better than the best. We all strive for it with all our might. Or we are supposed to, anyway. We have schools, health care centers, even churches of excellence, but the word most often applies to individuals. We give out many awards for … More #AToZChallengeJamaica: “E” is for Excellence, Which We All Strive For

Cilla


She was a working class girl, and she warmed our hearts. I feel I grew up with Cilla Black, the English singer and television star, who died today. Her real name was Priscilla Maria Veronica White and she was born in Liverpool in 1943, the daughter of Irish Catholics. Her father was a docker; her mother … More Cilla

Football Crazy


The highly-anticipated World Cup 2014 has finally kicked off in the land of samba, favelas, caipirinhas, dental-floss bikinis, and all those other clichés. You know where I’m talking about. Yesterday, we had a rather artistic opening ceremony, with beautiful Brazilians dressed in flower and water and tree costumes; Amerindians in canoes; and lots of children … More Football Crazy