This is very cool! Brushy One String shows Jamaican creativity with, you guessed it, a one-string guitar. His talent is clearly abundant because when he begins singing it is an American Country, Blues, Rap sounding song titled Chicken in the Corn. He has become a local personality since being discovered by director Luciano Blotta who featured Brushy in his film RiseUp. Watch video
Rightfully so, Gleaner columnist Garth Rattray is upset about what he calls the tobacco seduction of our children. He cites a 2010 study to show how easy it is for children to get access to cigarettes and the subtle and not so subtle ways the cigarette companies promote their products to this target market. Read article
Diana, being Diana (McCaulay), somehow managed to put together in her blog Tessanne Chin's success on The Voice with the Jamaican rock iquana. Her integrated thread is that both are vanishingly rare and their fate is in the hands of others. A rare read about one of our species that is not far away from extinction. Read Blog Post
Industrial hemp is a growth industry and it is time that Jamaica consider the revenue potential of marijuana's non-toxic cousin. Journalist Norris McDonald and chemist Roy Patrick argue strongly that government should provide support for and that ganja farmers could switch to this lucrative crop.
Ewart Walters has a long view of the way the Wall Street Journal covers Jamaica in its news and editorials. He sees the conservative paper pushing its nose into Jamaican business, from railing against Michael Manley in the 1970s to the drug testing issues today. Read article