Valentine’s Day is pretty big in Jamaica. In uptown Kingston, there are brunches and concerts and special events. The town is flooded with imported roses, shiny boxes of chocolates and teddy bears with loving messages. The flower sellers on the corner near our house went into overdrive yesterday, setting out tables full of merchandise. It’s … More Jamaica AIDS Support for Life Targets Youth for Safer Sex Week
While the politicians and others are enjoying the launch of Reggae Month today, we know – we know – that music is in Jamaica’s DNA. It goes without saying really. The recent designation of Reggae Music on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO (belatedly) underscores this. However, I would question … More Compelling Voices for Climate Change
I received the sad and shocking news today of the death of a poet. I spent a memorable weekend with Tiffany Austin and several other women poets at the inaugural Drawing Room Project (DRP) Writers’ Workshop at Country Thyme, Highgate, St. Mary in 2014 guided by Christine Craig (it was the first time I had … More Sad Thoughts on a Quiet Poet
The Kingston-based Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP) is today expressing alarm at a recent spate of murders of senior citizens – Jamaicans, some of whom have returned from overseas after decades of hard work overseas. It is not only tragic and pains the heart, but it fills our elderly citizens with fear. They feel … More CCRP Calls For Better Security for Elders
For this week’s Photo Challenge, I thought of people whom I had observed in unlikely situations. I thought of oddly named buildings that seemed strangely out of place…and a stranded creature, that somehow ended up on a beach, calling for its mother. Quirky. Unlikely.
It’s Good Friday, and someone posted on Twitter: Nuh bodda drive and kill unuself over d Easter enuh, guidance* This is really the essence of the National Road Safety Council’s holiday press release, fearing an increase in road accidents over the four-day holiday. The NRSC sent out an appeal yesterday. This reminds me of an … More Nuh Bodda Drive and Kill Unnuself Over Di Easter Enuh!
This is actually a review of the year so far. What an extraordinary two weeks and three days it has been! And on top of all the strange and alarming incidents, a so-called pastor is planning to visit us later this month. I wrote about Steve Anderson here. Free speech, anyone? Click on the highlighted … More Crime Overwhelming, Roads Collapsing and Three Pounds of Sugar! Jamaica Weekly Review: Wednesday, January 17, 2018