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A New ‘Wrinkle in Time’ - WSJ

Here’s an awesome article about a lost passage from “A Wrinkle in Time,” by Madeleine L’Engle. This book was my gateway book to science fiction and fantasy. 77 more words

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Hellshire...More Than Just Fish and Festival

I had an interesting trip to Hellshire the other day.  There is so much happening there!   You may go for the fish and to swim (I for one most certainly won’t swim in that water though) but you get so much more than that.   505 more words

Denise N. Fyffe, Writer reblogged this on THE ISLAND JOURNAL and commented:

I had an interesting trip to Hellshire beach in Jamaica the other day. There is so much happening there! You may go for the fish and to swim (I for one most certainly won’t swim in that water though) but you get so much more than that. There are persons walking around selling everything you could possibly imagine. You would think you’re in Coronation Market.

Let’s see if I can remember all the things I saw being sold…water guns, lollipops, chocolates, ganja wine (yes there is a rasta man walking around with a bucket of concoctions shouting ganja wine), peanut cake, gizzada.  By the way, the rasta man was also shouting that he has ‘sex marathon’ for sale. 

My cousin from England with her very proper English accent says, “What’s that you said? Sex marathon?” 

Just her shocked face and accent alone had my sister and me rolling.  I laughed till tears came.  Bear in mind that the man was NOT amused and thought we were making fun of him.  He stood there and gave us the diiiirtiest glare while my tears kept on coming.  I tried my hardest to stop, but nope…Man, if looks could kill they would have had to scoop us up off the ground!  Next, there was a man offering horse rides.  I feel so sorry for the poor horse.  Every time I saw it pass I felt a tugging at my heart and hoped that it’s not being overworked or mistreated.  If you know me well, you’ll know I’m a real sucker for animals.

What else was there? Well, you have a man walking around with a small structure which if I remember correctly was shaped like a house.  He’s probably focusing on tourists, as he is calling out that you can see Jamaica if you look into it…hmmm.   Is that so?  You also have a few persons dressed like some real comedic characters who just appear before you and start dancing in the hopes that you will give them money.  Now this one takes the cake.  There was a man calling out, “Tattoos and piercings.” 

Of course Ms. English goes, “Did that man just say tattoos and piercings? Right here on the beach? Really!”

(Gotta love my cousin) Best believe he’s walking around with a case, ready to tattoo any idiot who stops him.  I had to warn my cousin that she better stop and just eat the lobster before she gets my sister and I laughing again and in trouble lol…we already made one enemy at Hellshire and didn’t need another. 

We thought that was it for Hellshire’s comedic value but then we heard a man walk in ready to order and ask a worker, “Which fish you have dat have di least bones?” 

Hahahaha! Seriously?  The worker’s response, “Bredrin di whole a dem have in nuff bone.”  Possibly realizing he may lose the sale, he quickly added, “Parrot.  Have di parrot.”  Of course there was more snickering from my sister and me.  We decided, listen, we need to go before we get run out lol.

If you’re bored and hungry, go to Hellshire.  You won’t be disappointed.  You’ll get not only food, but entertainment too!

 

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When Worlds Collide

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The World Through Our Eyes - Australia

Rhiannon @missingachip

My name is Rhiannon and I am Australian. Saying that you’re an “Australian” is such a broad term. I was born here. My Mum was born here. 437 more words

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Forever a slave - Musings on the psychological reality of slavery

Know this – I am very pleased that 12 Years a Slave received the accolades heaped upon it. It was a good movie and in my opinion closely captures the inhumanity that is slavery.  772 more words

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Reblogged from Dr. Tammy Haynes: Opinions of a Clinical Psychologist in Jamaica

Know this – I am very pleased that 12 Years a Slave received the accolades heaped upon it. It was a good movie and in my opinion closely captures the inhumanity that is slavery. However, I have a few words I would like to share regarding the movie, slavery and the perpetuation of horror and disease that still exists today. I watched the movie in a Jamaican cinema ( which is an experience you should definitely try, if only for the ongoing commentary from the audience) and I was awestruck by the raw unadulterated images and injustice portrayed in the movie. The movie did not have any trappings of a fairytale finish, nor did it attempt to gloss over the absolute terror of slavery. From a psychological point of view, I saw fear as masquerading anger, contempt and jealousy. I also saw the psychopathology inherent in slavery, not only from the slave side but also in the slave master. During the viewing I was struck by the revelation that slavery enslaved/enslaves not only the slave but also the slavemaster/backra/overser/planation owner. Complicit are all the people who worked around and in the business of slavery. The mind of people who enslave invariably became more riddled with obtuse justification and rage the longer the terms of their incarceration. Indeed, from a survival point of view the mind of a slave could and did become more addled enduring their terms of fate. [caption id="attachment_4185" align="aligncenter" width="470"]12 Years a Slave precursor to whipping scene with Lupita Nyong'o 12 Years a Slave precursor to whipping scene with Lupita Nyong'o[/caption] I remember Lupita Nyong’o's performance and recalled thinking she was doing an excellent job of portraying one of the kinds of despondencies one would have to become to adapt, to survive that horror. The slightly crazed and disconnected dance she performed (in the presence of the rest of the slaves and the master and mistress of the plantation) was possibly one of the most bizarre scenes I have seen to date. The long and short of it was that the movie was good at portraying as close to possible the spittle ridden worm that slavery was and still is. However, as gritty as it got, the movie only told a a small part of the torture, of even the true story it was telling, much less the far more wretched aspects of slavery. The real story of Solomon Northrup tells an even squalid tale, especially of the beating scene of Lupita’s character, including the fact that he (Solomon) was forced to splay her naked body on the ground pinned by stakes and give her 100 lashes. But I suppose that scene shot exactly the way it happened may have given it a different rating. Other atrocities in first hand slave accounts  of the day include being tied naked to an ant nest and covered with molasses. The masters would watch as the person writhed in agony. Or the other first hand account of being systematically raped by the plantation owner. Or the first hand plantation owner account of raping and murdering people who were slaves detailed in technicolour and horror in their daily journal. This accepted behavior in slavery today reeks of psychopathology outdone only by cannibalism. In my mind Slavery was made up of these and other atrocities and stands as examples of the depth that greed and groupthink can enact when given time and space.

The effects of slavery including the racism, skin bleaching, nose straightening, mindless self-loathing continues today. Although people are no longer allowed to physically squeeze  the life out of a person with rope or hands for the color of their skin, in some places on earth people are allowed to kill other people only for instilling a rising fear in the mind of the murderer. People are still allowed to spit contemptuous verbal lynchings and every now and then people are still allowed to hang effigies of their own president for the color of his skin…well thats the land of the free for you. Indeed, slavery and the loathing of person’s for the color of their skin pervades our world’s consciousness in some absurd and pathological ways, too many to mention here.

[caption id="attachment_4186" align="aligncenter" width="470"]12 Years a Slave collage 12 Years a Slave collage[/caption] The total disconnect of the ravages of slavery is so entrenched that even today some people (thanks to the twitterverse) voice that slaves were happy in their slavery and frolicked in the sunlight of the plantations. Lost is the knowledge that slavery is not and will not ever be normal regardless of who is enslaved. Lost is the knowledge that slavery enslaves the slave as well as the master. So my exalt to you is, understand not merely know the true history of humankind so you may never repeat it. Understand that slavery and racism is another example of a diseased mind. Here is an except of the New York Times original posting in 1853 of the story of Solomon Northrup, enjoy!:

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The Human Race

Haikú JB @barkerjohn

United Kingdom

To pick up a rock

To gather food for your mate

To protect your kin

To pick up a gun… 140 more words

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A little piece of paradise

Yesterday I went on a road trip with a load of the 4th year medics I’d met on A&E at UWI. An amazing day out, we hired a minibus and went to The Blue Hole near Ocho Rios. 204 more words

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Yesterday I went on a road trip with a load of the 4th year medics I’d met on A&E at UWI. An amazing day out, we hired a minibus and went to The Blue Hole near Ocho Rios. These stunning freshwater waterfalls and azure pools are a relatively hidden gem and certainly a far cry from the tourist trap of the nearby Dunn’s River Falls. The journey from Kingston was spectacular in itself, traversing up the gorge of the Rio Cobre (and stopping to look at a local highlight – a rock formation resembling female genitalia known affectionately as Pum Pum Rock) and across Mount Diablo. Then, whizzing round blind corners, we drove through Fern Gully which is a marvel of unspoilt tropical vegetation. Spent a good few hours at the waterfalls themselves. ImageThere are various jumping points into the deep blue pools, some more adrenaline pumping than others, or you can just chill in the cool water with the sunlight dappling through the trees. Most of us also climbed clambered and waded our way up the waterfalls to reach the topmost pools, partly for the view up there and partly for the hell of it. There’s really nothing better than chilling in a little piece of paradise with good company and a rum and soda in hand. Understandably the bus journey back was a little more spirited than on the way out… Thoroughly enjoyed the party bus!