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Single over 30 in Ja.

Long ago the spinster was the old hag over 30 that most men no longer found attractive or worthy as a functional house slave. Think about the history… 216 more words

Gospel songs I can't stop singing

Christianity is, put simply, a really big deal here. Aside from daily devotions at school, religious studies as a required subject in all public schools and Jamaica’s claim to have… 330 more words

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Funny Degrees No Joke

Last Sunday’s column, ‘University fi stone dog – seet deh!’, has stirred up quite an ants nest. And Baygon can’t deal with it. Incidentally, we know that nuff ants inna ants nest. 845 more words

Jamaican Culture

Coconuts! Dry or young, all delicious

Parrots squawk and zip by overhead. Clouds blanket the sky above, trapping moist, hot air beneath them and all around us. Jamaica is buzzing with back-to-school madness, as parents scrape together money for books and school fees and children wonder where the summer has gone. 330 more words

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University Fi Stone Dog - Seet Deh!

Two spelling systems are used for the Jamaican language below. The first, which I call ‘chaka-chaka’, is based on English spelling. The second, ‘prapa-prapa’, is the specialist phonetic system designed by the Jamaican linguist Frederic Cassidy. 1,540 more words

Jamaican Culture

Di ting dem yuh can fine inna one Jamaican kitchen

Hisssss, crackle, pop pop!

The Jamaican kitchens I’ve had the pleasure of being in are always full of distinct sounds and smells. From waking up to the sound of dumplings being fried for an early breakfast to the smell of chicken being stewed amid a medley of seasonings, there are certain things one can expect to experience in most Jamaican kitchens. 468 more words

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Jamaica is 52

“Hardships there are, but the land is green and the sun shineth.”

Today, I reflect again on how far we have journeyed and grown as a nation. 240 more words