Toxic Masculinity, Cockpit Country Nerves and Devil in the Details: Jamaica on Sunday, September 30, 2018


The “remnants” of a storm named Isaac descended on us, and now we have the remnants of Kirk. The rain is welcome! At the same time, we had an earthquake, widely felt in Kingston. And I am very, very late with this post – again! Forgive me but I have been intensely busy. Is tomorrow … More Toxic Masculinity, Cockpit Country Nerves and Devil in the Details: Jamaica on Sunday, September 30, 2018

Weekend Review – What’s Happening in Jamaica: July 1/2, 2017


Phew! It has been oppressively hot again this week, and the mosquitoes have gone into overdrive. I am afraid to venture into my front yard, where the grass is getting too long. Our dogs are silent during the day. I know how they feel… June was a horrible month for murders. 141 Jamaicans were murdered up … More Weekend Review – What’s Happening in Jamaica: July 1/2, 2017

“KMT” Moments, Crocodile Feasts, and RIP Countryman: Sunday, September 18, 2016


I am not good at the “kmt” thing. In Jamaican social media slang this means “kiss my teeth” – a sound of irritation made when the tongue meets the front teeth. There were several occasions this week when I did a mental “kmt.” However, the cooler weather – bright sunny mornings and rainy afternoons – … More “KMT” Moments, Crocodile Feasts, and RIP Countryman: Sunday, September 18, 2016

Death of a Tivoli Teen, The Flat Bridge Syndrome and Alarm Bells on HIV/AIDS: Jamaica, July 17, 2016


This week has again been a “What’s wrong with the world/Jamaica/everywhere?” sort of week. At home, we had the horror of the murder of a little girl, reportedly left home alone; several police killings; and the usual mayhem on the roads – including the deaths of six people who ended up in the waters of … More Death of a Tivoli Teen, The Flat Bridge Syndrome and Alarm Bells on HIV/AIDS: Jamaica, July 17, 2016

Confident PM, Devastating Desmond and The Ghost of Trafigura: Sunday, May 29, 2016


We’ve been having some lovely rain in Kingston, but on the eastern side of the island rural residents have been struggling with some flooding, landslides, lack of electricity and water and damaged roads… Some real challenges, and a schoolgirl, Brittany Cowell, sadly drowned in flood waters in St. Thomas. I do hope they get help … More Confident PM, Devastating Desmond and The Ghost of Trafigura: Sunday, May 29, 2016

All Relevant Planning and Environmental Agencies Knew About the Royalton Breaches, As Did the Political Directorate


The collapse of a section of the Blue Diamond Royalton Hotel in Negril in the early hours of yesterday morning raises many issues and a multitude of questions. Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie has told the Hanover Parish Council to issue a 30-day stop order on the project. A three-man team of officials is investigating … More All Relevant Planning and Environmental Agencies Knew About the Royalton Breaches, As Did the Political Directorate

Shifting Sands: An Update on Sand Mining in Negril


Here’s a follow-up on the difficult and confusing situation that unfolded this week regarding the removal of sand from Rutland Point in Negril. 60,000 cubic metres of sand, to be precise, to be used at a mega-development in Llandovery, St. Ann. The clay and peat that covered it was reportedly “dumped.” Isn’t it amazing how careless … More Shifting Sands: An Update on Sand Mining in Negril

Prickly Pole Politics, “Special Guests” and Horsing Around in Negril: Thursday, September 24, 2015


Our yard seems to be creeping back to life with the arrival of a few rain showers, recently. We are grateful. Politics and Prickly Pole: The death of a child – a student of the quaintly named Prickly Pole Primary and Infant School – has sparked an odd chain of events and a heated, highly … More Prickly Pole Politics, “Special Guests” and Horsing Around in Negril: Thursday, September 24, 2015

Jamaica is #9 in World Press Freedom, But There Are Flies in the Theater: Monday, May 4, 2015


It’s a new month. The bars and restaurants of Kingston were packed Saturday night with people watching the “big fight.” Certainly a good night for business, although many Jamaicans were unhappy with the outcome! Yesterday was World Press Freedom Day and I have seen scarcely anything about it in our local media; except a mention in … More Jamaica is #9 in World Press Freedom, But There Are Flies in the Theater: Monday, May 4, 2015