Foreign Affairs Ministry urges Jamaican citizens to leave Russia

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade is strongly recommending that Jamaicans located in Russia leave that country, as the situation is becoming increasingly difficult as a consequence of various sanctions imposed in response to its military actions in Ukraine. Please do share this information with anyone you know who might be affected – … More Foreign Affairs Ministry urges Jamaican citizens to leave Russia

Blogging in 2022

Bloggers always seem to be making resolutions, something along the lines of… I am going to blog every day. I am going to blog every Wednesday. I am going to make my blog more positive/exciting/varied/funny. And most important of all: I am not going to give up! Now WordPress wants to get us struggling bloggers … More Blogging in 2022

“The greenest since Independence”: Jamaica Labour Party defends its environmental record

As COP26 (the Climate Change Conference in Glasgow) winds on, and Caribbean leaders make wonderful speeches at the podium, the Jamaican Government has been feeling a little pressure at home from some Jamaicans (including myself) who are concerned that the speeches don’t quite match up to activities on the ground. Such activities would include, of … More “The greenest since Independence”: Jamaica Labour Party defends its environmental record

This is Gibraltar, St. Ann, Jamaica: Save Cockpit Country

These photographs landed in a tweet from Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) on my timeline this afternoon, leaving me with a heavy feeling in my heart. I think they speak for themselves. “I had never been confronted by bauxite mining in this way before,” confessed CEO of JET, Dr. Theresa Rodriguez-Moodie. “Beautiful hillsides with lush forests … More This is Gibraltar, St. Ann, Jamaica: Save Cockpit Country

Jamaica Update, September 13, 2021: Putting that awful August well behind us

It was an awful August, truly. Ten days in, the month had already got the thumbs down from me on many counts. The predictable but still shocking report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was one thing. Then there are the relentlessly soaring COVID-19 numbers, reflected in the tired faces of Minister Christopher … More Jamaica Update, September 13, 2021: Putting that awful August well behind us

A Jamaican People post

At the moment, I am celebrating Jamaicans. Not “celebrities” – I am not fond of celebrities in general. They serve no purpose, except for filling endless Instagram posts and providing employment for photographers and videographers. They are in a world of their own, one that I am not interested in and not impressed by. When … More A Jamaican People post

Waiting for Elsa

Tropical storms always involve a great deal of waiting. It is a very warm, sticky evening. You feel you could reach out and feel the humidity and wrap it around your finger and mold it into something, like plasticine. The leaves are hanging motionless on the trees. A very persistent and loud frog is tweeting … More Waiting for Elsa

Our moringa tree comes into its own; and notes on Jamaica’s tea-drinking habits

Over the years, I have posted photos of our beloved moringa tree, and sung its praises. In fact, it’s three trees, but they have intertwined over the years, so I think of it as one. Several years later, how have our trees evolved? Looking back at the pictures I had shared, I realise that their … More Our moringa tree comes into its own; and notes on Jamaica’s tea-drinking habits