View From a Hill: Smoking Chimneys and the Farmers’ Plight

Recently, I found myself on the top of a hill in South St. Elizabeth. This part of the parish has a special aura. It is warm as toast, dry as bone – and yet,  fruitful. It has been called the “bread basket” of Jamaica. St. Elizabeth people are soft-spoken. St. Elizabeth farmers are known for … More View From a Hill: Smoking Chimneys and the Farmers’ Plight

Prime Minister Holness Takes Note of Coal Power Plant Issue, Promises Transparency

Today, Prime Minister Andrew Holness issued a press release, taking note of ongoing concerns among Jamaicans regarding the possible construction of a coal-fired power plant at Alpart in Nain, St. Elizabeth. He did not mention the word “coal” in his release, as you can see below. However, I am very glad that he is engaged … More Prime Minister Holness Takes Note of Coal Power Plant Issue, Promises Transparency

Flat Bridge, A New Hotel – and Emancipation Means Freedom to Party: Jamaica, Saturday July 23, 2016

It’s been a strange week – and a sad one for our household, as our beloved old dog Girly passed away. People who own and love dogs will understand how painful this was (and we now have one lonely young dog, who needs a companion or two and is missing Girly as much as we … More Flat Bridge, A New Hotel – and Emancipation Means Freedom to Party: Jamaica, Saturday July 23, 2016

The Hills Are Ablaze, More Hand-Wringing and Teachers in Black: Sunday, May 10, 2015

We love to use this word “challenging,” don’t we? Well, I would say 2015 has been a challenging year for Jamaica so far, and I doubt anyone would disagree with me. But, we plod on… And some will find respite in the syrupy comforts of Mother’s Day. Anyone not convinced about climate change – be … More The Hills Are Ablaze, More Hand-Wringing and Teachers in Black: Sunday, May 10, 2015

Stories of the Year, Best/Worst Ministers and Prices at the Pumps: Tuesday, December 23, 2014

This will be my last news post before Christmas. You can expect another one after I have recovered from the surfeit of food and drink that is yet to come. I am looking forward to Boxing Day and to those empty few days drifting up to New Year, when I can collect my thoughts, make … More Stories of the Year, Best/Worst Ministers and Prices at the Pumps: Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Saharan Dust, Heil Hitlers and UC Rusal: Sunday, July 13, 2014

The World Cup final was exhausting and I must admit I could not have taken much more stress. It was a hot afternoon, we had the fans turned up full and ate mangoes and drank coconut water at half time. This did not help Argentina to a victory, sadly. But all the Jamaicans who suddenly … More Saharan Dust, Heil Hitlers and UC Rusal: Sunday, July 13, 2014