Jamaican grass

At the swimming lesson, a group of kids were jumping up and down, waving their hands in the air and shouting,

“Uncle Mark! Uncle Mark! Can I drown next, pleeease?”

They were practising life-saving.

After that moment of excitement, my attention was drawn to the sound of the lawnmower … and the sight of Doctor “Cutty” McQueen showing his famous skills.

3 thoughts on “Jamaican grass”

  1. That was some impressive mowing, especially considering most mowing (or other agriculture/horticulture) activities are usually completed with a cutlass and a stick. So who knows how long Cutty has been using the lawn mover vs. the machete he probably started lawn care tasks with. I was always amazed at how fast a “real machete man” could render a fallen tree to sticks, mow a lawn to perfection, plant a field, etc. in my years in JA.

  2. (Sorry for the random-ness of this post)…

    Four months ago I posted on many blogs, letting everyone know that we were trying to start a podcast (Rabbit Hole Daily) by people who had emigrated to other countries…

    I thought it would be interesting to share all of our “misadventures” and news… I had hoped to get a contributor to/from every continent (i.e., a Brazilian in Japan, a Japanese person in France, a French person in Australia, etc.).

    People leave their respective home-countries for all kinds of reasons; some people marry a “foreigner” and leave their country, some people take a job or do academic research out of their country, some are forced to leave for political reasons, some do it for the adventure. The podcast was designed to welcome all of these points of view. We’ve been working with mixed success to get all types of voices…

    Podcasts are a great way to get complex stories out that would never make it onto tv or radio, and we’d like to use the medium to create something that’s informative, eclectic, and interesting, all voices and topics welcome (provided they’re well-written)!

    At any rate, I’m writing to renew my call for contributors and say that we’re still around. We were accepted by itunes, we’ve been publishing consistently, and although we’ve had some technical concerns (people write articles, read them into a mic, then get them to me via internet or skype; getting it all edited evenly has been a challenge), we’ve just received some equipment donations by listeners that will make it possible to produce with ever-better audio quality.

    Please consider listening to the podcast, and more importantly, contributing articles. (Articles are 2-3 pages, submitted 4-6 times per year, contributors are featured on our “contributor profiles” page, rules for contributing can be found on the “contribute here” portion.) If you know someone who has emigrated from their country of origin and is a good writer, please pass the word!




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