Celebration Time at IDB Caribbean

December 7th, 2019

Jamaicans know how to put on a great show – and how to do it right. When I arrived at the headquarters of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) (actually in my neighbourhood), I imagined that the 50th anniversary of the bank’s presence in Jamaica would be – well, a bit stiff. How wrong I was. […]

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The Joys of Birding: Celebrating BirdLife Jamaica

December 16th, 2018

This evening we are going for a little gentle Christmas bird-watching session (or “birding” as it is often called these days) accompanied by sorrel and cake, perhaps. Our binoculars are primed and ready, and our bird books are in the bag. This will be the last get-together for the year with our colleagues at BirdLife […]

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Her Majesty Still Has the Final Say, and the Man From Hanover is Not Happy

December 1st, 2018

I have always felt that there was much more to the small parish of Hanover than meets the eye. I went along to the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) recently for an event named Salute to the Parish of Hanover, and I discovered that I was right. We in the audience (I wish the beautiful IOJ Lecture Hall […]

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Comparing Ourselves to Others: The Singapore Syndrome

November 9th, 2018

We Jamaicans have a bit of an obsession with Singapore, don’t we? Our romance with this small, densely populated country – some 18,000 miles away, with a population twice that of Jamaica – still lingers. Some of the passion may have waned, as romances tend to do, in the past few years. But what sparked […]

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The Mystery of “Chik-V”

September 8th, 2018

It’s the time of year when we get a little more rain, after a long drought. It’s hurricane season too, so we may possibly get a great deal of rain – and with it, more breeding mosquitoes. We should all know the routine by now. We should be extremely careful about storing water in and […]

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CARICOM, The Patriarchy and Plastic Bottles

July 7th, 2018

Over the past few days, Jamaica, as incoming Chair, has been proudly hosting the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) 39th annual Conference of Heads of Government in Montego Bay for approximately 200 foreign officials. We have been regaled with numerous social media posts, video clips with cameras panning across sunlit views of the coastline and happy, smiling […]

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