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Annabel or Arthur? or, What’s in a Name, part 2

Annabel Bennett. Who is Annabel Bennett? Don’t know? Okay, let me tell you. Annabel Bennett is, er, wait for it…Arthur Parker. What? What are you talking about, I hear you ask? Hold your horses! Annabel Bennett is a composer and as you can tell from her first name, she is…

What’s In a Name?

What’s in a name? To most people, not a lot; while for others it means a great deal. Take the name of Kayo Anosike. I think this is an agreeable name to be walking around with. It has a nice ring to it. But if it was your name, do…

Naming and Shaming Teenage Killers

What can I say, the law is an ass? Justice is blind? Any of that would make the grade for my current groan. I am one of the first to say that when children commit crimes, they should be allowed to be educated and rehabilitated with the hope of becoming…

Why ‘progress’ may lead to more miscarriages of justice

I will say it again, as I said it before five years ago in my column ‘Musings with Lovelock’ (Jamaica Times UK) – I have a thing about miscarriages of justice. I don’t like it that innocent people are convicted and jailed for a crime they did not commit. However,…

Who Gets to Live or Die?

Just checking – has 2020 gone? Yep. Good. Phew! We made it. We made it through that emotional, mental, and even physical ‘war-zone’ of a virus. Beaten and battered but still hanging in there. Here we are at the start of a new year. And even though we are not…

The Innocent People on the Deportation Hitlist

It has come to my attention that thousands upon thousands of foreign criminals who should have been deported upon serving their jail sentences are left to roam free in our society. Seven per day, I hear. I wish I could tell you that this news is brand new. Or even…

On Choosing to be Black or White

A few years ago in my column ‘Musings with Lovelock’ (Jamaica Times UK), I wrote about a certain woman, a certain Rachel Dolezal, a certain blue-eyed white woman who claimed she was African-American. She presented herself as African-American and thereby deceived a whole lot of people. Ho-ho-ho! Back in 2015,…

Why is the Archbishop Not a Lord?

Praise the Lord! Or maybe not. Okay. Here is the plot. The most eminent Dr John Tucker Mugabi Sentamu, (let’s be proper) Archbishop of York forever (or so it seemed), first Black person to hold such an esteemed position, second in command of the Church of England hierarchy, has been…

Handwashing for the Homeless

Here is a ‘helping hand’ story to warm the cockles. With the coronavirus outbreak affecting more and more people, authorities around the world have strictly recommended ‘social distancing’ and hand washing. Terrence Lester, the executive director of an organisation called Love Beyond Walls (good name that) in Atlanta, Georgia, thought…

Lord Lloyd-Webber and the Coronavirus Theatre Crisis

Andrew Lloyd-Webber does not think theatre (in particular commercial theatre) will survive the coronavirus if the government doesn’t “step up to the plate and offer help”. That’s rich! Why doesn’t he step up to the plate and help out? How many millions has he accrued from us theatregoers, who have…