“The End of the World Is Nigh”

July 1st, 2019

This was the message on a placard that a man on our London high street used to carry. Or rather, it hung around his neck as he shuffled along, head down. He was a gloomy sight: shabbily dressed, his features perpetually downcast. He was what we used to call a “sandwich man,” with a placard […]

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But…Can It Be Business as Usual?

April 27th, 2019

Perhaps it’s just me, but the year 2019 seems to have been one of considerable upset for the world. A second, extremely fierce cyclone has arrived in Mozambique (the first one killed over 900 people, although it hardly received mainstream media coverage). On the beautiful island of Sri Lanka, which I visited in late 2017 and […]

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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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Landscaped Tourism In a Sea of Plastic

May 25th, 2018

Several weeks ago, the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) showed a short documentary related to its Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica campaign. Now, this is (or was) more than just a catchy tune and a strong public education message. It was about ongoing projects on the ground, which will now dry up as the Tourism Enhancement Fund […]

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(Harry and) Meghan: What’s the Fascination?

May 20th, 2018

I spent this morning on my favorite social media platform (Twitter) catching up on the feedback to the #RoyalWedding (alternative hashtag: #HarryandMeghan with a tiny icon of two intertwined wedding rings). As expected, some of it was purely gushing. Others wished the newlyweds well – even if grudgingly so. Some sourly declared their lack of […]

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Bird Notes, Part 2: Of Small Islands, Hurricanes and Opportunity Grabbers

April 16th, 2018

This is about the other side of the Caribbean. It’s not entirely about birds – it is more about humans, and what we call “natural disasters” (although they are quite unnatural, these days, since they are a consequence of humans’ actions). I would like to discuss two tiny islands, specifically. Quite frankly, these kinds of situations, […]

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