Sunday, 23 June 2013

DEVELOPMENT




On a warm summer evening decades ago a business family had just finished having dinner.The women were inside making ladies talk, the kids were in the den and the men were on the porch enjoying the evening breeze.


All the brothers had businesses in Kingston and St.Andrew except one who had a farm in St.Thomas.The topical issue on the porch this evening was housing.  


The construction company in the brother’s group had wet-ted it’s appetite with two major projects; one in Harbor View and the other at Mona. Both housing estates were constructed for the growing middle class of the day.


The availability of land for development in Kingston would be a concern going forward. If cheap land could be found close to Kingston and innovation employed, the vast army of low income earners would  have a chance to own a home. Also, there was the issue growing a construction company, money had to be made.


Innovation came in the form of the prefabricated method of house construction and Portmore provided the land. Old mass Joe went to work,the Causeway was constructed, and what resulted was the largest housing estate in the Anglophone Caribbean.  



Since the genesis of  Portmore’s housing boom, numerous developers, public and private, have made St Catherine the location of choice; mainly because of it’s proximity to Jamaica’s capital, Kingston.The availability of large tracts of flat,relatively cheap land must also have been an influential factor.


Spanish Town is the Capital of St. Catherine. Walking through the Old Square is like stepping back in time, its beautiful.The layout of the whole town was fitting for 1913 but not 2013.The town needs to step forward in time. At all cost the old Georgian square must be preserved,but the rest of the town needs to be brought into this century.  



Costing for units in  the newer housing estates around St. Catherine are coming in at between six to eleven million.In Jamaica that range covers the full spectrum  of the middle class.Spanish town was not design in terms of layout  for motorized vehicular traffic.Two gentlemen moving in one accord on a horse drawn cart would be fine considering the width of the road. A 2013 Honda Accord is a whole different kettle of Rio Cobre netted fish.


The commercial and recreational  needs of St. Catherine’s growing middle class are not been met by the present capital. Due to  its historical value The Heritage Trust will not allow any wholesale restructuring of this Georgian Gem.


BUILD A NEW CAPITAL FROM SCRATCH.Employ all the modern Built Environment techniques, in my mind this is the solution.Money will always be a consideration, the question is what is the cost of the frustration when trying to function in a place like Spanish Town on a weekend or any day of the week for that matter.

Sunday, 16 June 2013

JAMAICAN FOOD FOR LIFE

The sad situation concerning Veronica Campbell-Brown (vcb) is causing a lot of people to stress. Vcb is a well loved and decorated sprinter,no one likes a drug cheat, for goodness sake we must give Veronica the benefit of the doubt.


While we wait for due process to take its course, here is something to ease the stress and refresh the body.  







BOB MARLEY’S DELIGHT

REGGAE DAY BREAK     




INGREDIENTS


1/2  cup of lactose free plain yogurt
1     large  Jamaican grown ripe banana
3     large stringy mango
1     tablespoon  wheat germ
1     tablespoon honey
2     cups  of cubed ice


DIRECTIONS

Blend all the ingredients until smooth,serve and enjoy while listening some Reggae music

Saturday, 8 June 2013

HURRICANE REGGAE

Hurricane, Reggae & Rebuttal

 


June 1st is the start of the Tropical Hurricane season. Some Caribbean people see hurricanes as nature’s violent renewal or a rebirth of sorts. In this part of the world tropical cyclones are an integral part of the life cycle.

 A few months before the official start of the hurricane season a storm of a different nature rampaged through the Jamaican landscape. For many this storm was of the teacup variety and at its centre was Professor Carolyn Cooper, author and literary scholar; head of the department of Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of the West Indies.

The coffee cup cyclone seems to have been precipitated by lack of knowledge. (1) What is the Jamaican Dream? (2) What is the meaning of the Jamaican Motto:  Out Of Many One People.

On August 1962 when the motto or mystery was adopted, the intended meaning should have been made clear. For some reason Professor Cooper’s interpretation stirred controversy; some boats were rocked.

The aftermath of the Morant Bay rebellion of October 1865, led by Paul Bogle, saw the authorities shaving the heads of every women of colour in Stoney Gut. This was done in a bid to make them feel shame. The shaven head worn by Professor Cooper for quite some time seems to have had the opposite effect on her.  Indeed, she proudly proclaims herself a “bald-headed rasta.”

Maybe this woman just doesn’t know her place? What is her place? No one in multicultural Jamaica would dare say that place is determined by race. With swords drawn her detractors are letting their voices be heard. A highly qualified intelligent, and thinking woman, one wonders if Professor Cooper is a threat to the status quo.

Out Of Many One People: Who are the “one people?” Maybe they are the track stars, the reggae stars, the business leaders, the captains of industry, the bankers; the bank robbers. What is the Jamaican dream?

Jamaica is a land of The People Who Came. Some came by boat, some by plane; being an island none came by train. Some definitely came in the rain and worked on the plains.


“Got to be true to myself,” is a telling line from one of Ziggy Marley’s songs. Jamaicans need to look deep inside and find a Jamaican Dream applicable to all.

Saturday, 1 June 2013

JAMAICAN DREAM

STREAM  TEAM


Patty







Is the Jamaican dream a mountain stream?


Twisting and turning between rotting leaves


      Joining other streams making rivers   
   
               Cascading water falls


                  watering the plains


           Giving life to the marsh land


   Then embraced by the Caribbean sea

           What is the Jamaican dream?