Food, Travel & Leisure

Visiting Jamaica? 10 Things You Should Know

Visit Jamaica

Photo: Peter Dean Rickards

1. Ladies, if a man tells you that you are fat and round, rest assure that it is a compliment. It just means that he wants to lend his big bamboo.

2. If you want a pineapple juice, ask for a Pine juice or you will end up with pineapple juice and apple juice and be charged for both.

3. If someone is trying to rob you, do not shout ‘thief!’, ‘murder!’ or ‘help!’; instead shout, “Shebada! Shebada!” several times and that will draw a crowd quick, quick as Jamaicans love effeminate actors.
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Food, Travel & Leisure, I Am

I am: Carlyle Gabbidon, Manager of Deaf Can! Coffee

Deaf Can! Coffee’s Carlyle Gabbidon

Deaf Can! Coffee’s Carlyle Gabbidon is a 27-year-old barista who’ll roast and brew you a cup of the good stuff with more feeling, more flavour than anyone else in Kingston.

Our logo is the Jamaican Sign Language for “coffee,” two fists stacked on each other, with the top hand rotating clockwise around the bottom fist. Imagine a hand held grinding mechanism where you manually had to rotate the shaft to grind coffee beans. For those who do not know the sign for coffee, we added the image of a coffee cup.

The text “Deaf Can” is at our core. Deaf people CAN DO anything that hearing people can do. The exclamation mark (!) is a critical component of our logo as it captures the emphasis of facial expression and body language expressed in JSL that cannot be shown by text. The colour and free flowing design of the ! is the trademark artistic touch put into every caffe latte we serve.

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Food, Travel & Leisure

The story of the rum that makes this face

Nick loves a snifter.

Nick loves a snifter.

Our BBC friend Nick Davis who looks a rum – or two, or three… – goes in search of “Rude to Your Parents”, a rum that’s not just strong, but has a pretty interesting story behind it.

It was late, I was tired and should really have headed to bed, but I switched TV channels one more time and stumbled on a mystery. There was a low-budget, dated programme with a British accented voiceover on air, and they were talking about reggae. My channel surfing stopped short. I was now fully awake.

via The BBC

Food, Travel & Leisure, Music, Video & Entertainment

Jamaica World Cinema Showcase X The Last Don

The Jamaica World Cinema Showcase will present three movies each night, for the generous price of $1,000 (pre-sold) $1,200 at the gate. And the price includes free wine, as much as you can drink!

Beginning tomorrow the show runs for three days until Saturday at Finnigan’s Winery, 5 Cranbourne Avenue, Kingston. The event also includes the FIRST-related DiMaggio: The Last Don (Friday at 10 pm).

For more information call: 1-876-260-2084. Here’s the schedule:

Thursday, April 1

7:00 pm: Aaltra: 92 mins, Belgium, Benoit Delepine (Comedy)

8:45 pm: Licensed To Kill: 80mins, HK, Arthur Dong (Documentary)

10:10 pm: W.A.R. Stories Walter Rodney: 80mins, Guyana, Mykal Cushnie (Documentary)

Friday, April 2

7:00 pm: Real Ghetto Youth: 80 mins, JAM, Omaal Wright (Grassroots/Urban Drama)

8:45 pm: Black Dynamite: 84mins, USA, Scott Sanders (Blaxploitation/Action)

10:10 pm: DiMaggio – The Last Don: 80mins, JAM, The Rickards Bros. (Documentary/Comedy) (that’s us!)

Saturday, April 3

7:00 pm: Single 97mins, CAN, Richard Atkinson (Docudrama)

8:45 pm: Young People Fucking: 91mins, CAN, Martin Gero (Comedy)

10:10 pm: Medicine For Melancholy: 88mins, USA, Barry Jenkins (Romance)

First, Food, Travel & Leisure, Music, Video & Entertainment, Style

10 things from FIRST you missed but shouldn't…

That was really the whole point of FIRST, a chance to show what we in Jamaica should already know, that apart from picking coconuts and murdering each other there remains some other stuff worth talking about and some pretty weird stuff.

Once in print and in-between online there’s a few things you may have missed that we think you ought to check out:

Fit birds. We’re superficial and so are you dear readers. Easily the most popular thing to do on this site is admire the beauty of Jamaican women: beginning back in 2008 with Miss Jamaica Yendi Phillips. Click here and scroll to the bottom of this post to view links to links to all our photo shoots (and they’re still young eh!).

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