In The Cool Hills of Manchester, No One Apologised for Ageing

March 17th, 2018

There is nothing like a trip out of town. On arriving at the orderly, well kept and friendly St. John Bosco Boys’ Home in Hatfield, Manchester, we felt the softer, cooler air. And the… Read more


The Problem with “Bad Mind”

March 11th, 2018

I have a problem with “bad mind.” How can I translate this broad (but at the same time specific) term to non-Jamaicans reading this post? It’s not exactly jealousy, nor is it envy. It’s not… Read more


Hunger, Obesity and Rural Poverty: All Part of the Same Picture

February 28th, 2018

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is holding the 35th Session of its Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean in Montego Bay next week from March 5 – 8. Among its three… Read more


Why Are Public Displays of National Symbolism Still Important?

February 23rd, 2018

Why do our hearts flutter when we see the Jamaican flag raised? Why do we smile approvingly after a stirring rendition of┬áJamaica, Land We Love? Why are these rituals still so important? This blog post… Read more


Empowerment, Friendship and Black Role Models at the Winter Olympics

February 16th, 2018

Jamaicans are not normally particularly engaged with the Winter Olympics. After all, we don’t have ice and snow and are not used to negotiating it, let alone turning it into a sport. Climate change… Read more


Mediocrity Is a Habit That Needs No Encouragement

February 10th, 2018

I came across a rather good quote today: Mediocrity always attacks excellence. I also read some comments on social media on the topic of mediocrity. The word derives from Latin and then French for “the middle.”… Read more