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Sunlight On Things: Weekly Photo Challenge – Ooh, Shiny!

Diversions, distractions, and delightful detours….What is guaranteed to distract you? What is your “Ooh, shiny!”?

I cannot resist sunlight on things…on flowers…P1180959

…on new leaves…P1130567

…on lizards’ dewlaps!lizard dewlap

Weekly Photo Challenge – Ooh, Shiny!

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Sun, Moon, Plant, Me: Weekly Photo Challenge – Reflecting

“From water and glass to metallic surfaces, share a photo that captures something reflected back to you in a way that made you look at your surroundings differently.”

We see the moon because of the sun’s light reflecting off it. Tonight, the moon’s light is reflecting off the leaves and branches of the overgrown privet. And here I am, reflecting on it all…P1140569

Weekly Photo Challenge – Reflecting


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Late Afternoon on a Verandah: Weekly Photo Challenge – Shadow

“This week, hunt for shadows and incorporate them into your shot.”

It’s late afternoon and the sunlight filters through the palm leaves. There is a play of light and shadow on the metal grills, the concrete arches and the marble ledges. Shadows. Not suggesting sadness or gloom. Just leaves coming between sunlight and verandah surfaces. Delicate and beautiful.img_6839-2

Weekly Photo Challenge – Shadow


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A National Hero & An International Airport: Weekly Photo Challenge – Names

“This week, share a photo that includes a name.”

In 1972, the Government of Jamaica changed the name of the Palisadoes Airport in Kingston to the Norman Manley International Airport, in honour of National Hero the Right Excellent Norman Washington Manley.p1070434There is a display in the main hall of the airport that gives information about Norman Manley.p1070362And at the airport, his name appears on things large…p1070473…and small.nmia-parking-ticket (Does anyone else remember when the parking tickets contained a typo and read “Normal Manley International Airport”? I used to ask jokingly whether that meant there were some abnormal Manleys.)

Weekly Photo Challenge – Names


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350 Words Or Less: Local Government Elections Tomorrow – Are You Voting?

A part of what I do to engage in our democracy is to vote. Tomorrow’s local government election presents a problem for me, however. Prior to this, I have usually had a clear idea of what I would be doing when I went to the polling booth…which candidate I would be voting for or if I would be intentionally spoiling my ballot. The polls open in a few hours and I still haven’t made a decision.

Up until quite recently, I didn’t know who the candidates were in my division. There weren’t any cards or flyers dropped in my letter box. I couldn’t find the names on the various party online sites. Eventually it was a newspaper article online that I found that briefed me on who the two candidates were. And now I have seen a few posters up in the area. Both are new candidates and I still really know very little about either and since I have always voted across party lines, the candidates’ party affiliation isn’t enough to claim my vote.

So I am not sure what I will be doing tomorrow.

Are you voting?

Local government elections usually get a lower turnout than general elections. In the last four local government elections, the turnout was: 34.73% (2012); 37.94% (2007); 40.09% (2003) and 34.96% (1998). I doubt that it will be much different tomorrow.

Electoral Commission of Jamaica: Parish Council Election Results

 


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#AToZJamaicaChallenge: Z is for Zika (Finally, Inevitably)

Emma ends our month long #AToZChallengeJamaica with a post that could hardly be more topical right now! And it includes her brilliantly apt question: “Is Zika making itself up as it goes along?”

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Well, this is the final chapter in the wanderings through the alphabet that my colleagues Dennis Jones, Susan Goffe and I embarked on at the beginning of the month. Sadly and ironically perhaps, it must end with a topic that we have become pretty obsessed with in the last few months. Ms. Goffe should have had this letter though, as she is far more expert on the latest mosquito-borne virus than I am!

How the Zika virus spread to our side of the world. How the Zika virus spread to our side of the world.

Both my husband and I had the Zika virus at roughly the same time. After a few twinges of joint pain (reminiscent of the joys of chikungunya – the last virus we suffered from back in 2014!) we then started to feel slightly feverish and rather tired. Then we had rashes on our arms and legs. After a day, the rashes were gone. And that was…

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