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Of moving accidents by flood and field....

Rough quarries, rocks and hills,

Whose heads touch Heaven.

-- Shakespeare, Othello, 1, 3

ROUGH quarries, rocks and hills, floods and fields, that's exactly what I went through on my most recent walkabout. The term 'walkabout' originated in Australia, where it was actually a rite of passage for young Aborigine men who were required to venture into the Outback and fend for themselves, live off the land for days or weeks, then return as men.

Sometimes an Aborigine man will simply say to his family, "I'm going for a walkabout", and disappear for weeks. I must be part Aborigine, for my mother used to call me walkbout, street urchin, street arab, nomad, among other things, for I really loved the streets and hated being cooped up.

It's said that if you imprison an Aborigine he will die, as he cannot stand confinement. Same with me, and big and strong and adventurous as I am, I'm still not very comfortable when riding in an elevator.

Well, I recently went on a walkabout to end all walkabouts and just have to share the experience with you, right after these responses to 'Fighting demons'.

Hi Tony,

The Bible (Matthew 26) says, 'Watch and pray that ye enter not into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.' We Jamaicans have a similar saying: 'The heart is willing but the flesh is weak', which means exactly the same thing.

We want to say no to temptation and doing evil deeds, but our bodies may be unable to resist. We know in our hearts that we shouldn't cheat on our spouses, but while you may resist for as long as you can, wanton lust and a lure of sexy, wily women will lead you to temptation. And that is our demon.


Hey Anthony,

Regarding 'Fighting demons': "Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny." That was a quote by Frank Outlaw that I thought would add to your article.


Now, I was never one to sit on a couch and have life pass me by. I have visited Africa, petted baby lions and walked the streets of Soweto. I have sailed down the Rhine in Germany, taken a gondola ride in Venice and hopped on a cable car way up in the Swiss Alps. I have strapped on a parachute and gone gliding in Europe, I even visited Shakespeare's house in Stratford on Avon as well as the Vatican in Rome; I have climbed to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

I have taken a train ride from Santiago to Havana in Cuba, a journey lasting 15 hours. I have been to the base of Mount Fuji in Japan, climbed our own Blue Mountain Peak, trekked to Cinchona, hiked to Clydesdale and Newcastle, right here in Jamaica.

I have done stunts for movies; The Mighty Quinn with Denzel Washington, Instinct with Anthony Hopkins, Passion in Paradise where I jumped from a three-storey building with Robert Finzi (Bobby) Smith. I have been fortunate to have done all those things and more.

I say all this to point out that I really love adventure, and the bug that bit me from a very early age still has its lingering effects on me. My most current adventure was last weekend when I accepted an invitation from Sun Venture Tours to go on a nature hike to a place called Fish Dunn Falls, way up in the mountains of Portland. Not only was I to go on the hike, but I decided to videotape the entire experience. What was I thinking?

They warned me that it was challenging, but I had no idea what was in store for us. I asked my students in my karate class if any would dare to come along, but only young Romario Cole, a 15-year-old black belt, took up the challenge. A decision he would rue at first, but enjoy later on.

We left on Saturday afternoon and headed, via the Junction road, to a place called Bangor Ridge, up in the hills of Portland. There we left our vehicles in the village square and trekked up a narrow, precipitous goat track in the dead of night, using our flashlights to guide us, for over a mile, to base camp, Grand Ridge. There we had supper and prepared for the hike the following morning.

At dawn we set out. We were warned to carry only essentials, two litres of water and light snacks, as any load gets very heavy after a while. Romario begged not to go, as the one-mile trek the previous night to base camp was more than enough for him. But

after much coaxing and encouragement he decided to go.

So off we went, led by our trusted and experienced guide, Andy, who told us that the trek through the Mabess Gorge Rainforest would take around nine hours both ways. Now, I have hiked before, even to Blue Mountain Peak as I mentioned, but I had no idea this would be so taxing.

After two gruelling hours up and down hills and vales that not even mountain goats relish, our guide announced: "Well, the real hike begins now, we have two-and-a-half hours to go." Our hearts sank. Remember, I'm not only weighed down by my backpack, but filming with a video camera as well. Thank heavens for my martial arts training.

On and on we went. I thought I knew Jamaica, but we trekked through some uncharted rainforest tracks to which only a few people have ever ventured. Some tracks so high, steep and narrow that we dared not look down to the river 80 feet below, and gingerly crawled along single file, not daring to lose footing on the slippery slopes. Plus, some areas were strewn with huge moss-covered boulders that we had to climb over.

Our guides had cut us some walking sticks which literally saved our lives as they provided great support on the uneven ground. "Just plant the stick in the ground and heave yourself up," they shouted.

After about the halfway point, we came upon Big Rock, a huge boulder that was dislodged a few years ago by an earth tremor. It measured about 70 feet long, by 50 feet wide and was about 200 feet tall. It was like a huge parking lot. "When it fell, the entire Portland heard it," they said.

At that point our guides told us, "throw away what water you have left and catch fresh water from the river". OMG, I have never tasted water so pure, so sweet, so cold in my life.

We trudged on, stumbling, groaning, sweating and labouring like pack mules. After a few hours more, we were told to take off our hiking boots -- oh yes, hiking boots are recommended, not track shoes -- and navigate barefooted through the river to our destination... Fish Dunn Falls. Spectacular.

A huge waterfall, which is the convergence of seven rivers way up in the mountains, gushing out of the rocks and cascading down hundreds of feet into an icy cold pool which they say is bottomless. Breathtaking, and worth every gruelling, sweat-filled, muscle-aching, bone-jarring step that we made. What an adventure, and not one for the unfit, but such a challenge to mind, body and spirit.

The place is so remote and difficult to reach that not even the people who live in the district of Bangor Ridge dare to go there. But we made it, and enjoyed that pristine, remote, idyllic area of our beautiful country.

Now, we had the equally arduous and challenging trek back. If only someone could beam us back to civilisation, Star Trek style, but we had to do what we had to do and made it back with every slow, agonizing step. What an experience, but not for the timid. In fact, the guides told me that not everyone who starts out makes it to the Dunn, as some give up along the way, as it's so challenging. Are you up to it? Let me know.

More time.

Footnote: Jamaica has so many beautiful, uncharted places that simply boggle the mind. Tourists come here and explore them, even as Jamaicans hardly even leave the comfort zone of their parish or neighbourhood. These hikes are not for the unfit, as they are physically and emotionally taxing, but the spiritual rewards are great.

So many of our young people are computer and video game couch potatoes who stay at home getting fat and lazy. I urge you, explore our outdoors, there is so much to see! Put it on your Bucket List. I have done many things in my life, but that Fish Dunn hike was one of the most challenging endeavours that I attempted, not counting black belt promotion tests, of course. Try it, you will love it. Get up off your haunches and do something.



Diocesan concert season begins

HANDEL'S Messiah will form the soundtrack for the 90th Anniversary Concert Season of the Diocesan Festival Choir scheduled for the King's House ballroom in Kingston, this evening.

And the Rt Rev Robert Thompson, chairman of the Diocesan Festival Choir's Management Committee, promises a first-rate presentation.

"Very few groups in the performing arts have withstood the test of time in the way that the Diocesan Festival Choir has. To have attained 90 years of unbroken service and to have maintained a standard of excellence despite changes in its leadership and also the social context in which the choir performs is a feat by any standard. This concert will feature an outstanding group of singers and musicians, many of whom are accomplished artistes and are highly respected by their peers and by audiences, both in Jamaica and overseas," he told the Sunday Observer.

A second performance is scheduled for the Kingston Parish Church on December 6. Both will be held under the patronage of the Bishop of Jamaica and The Cayman Islands, Rev Howard Gregory and Mrs Gregory.

The 44-member multi-denominational choir will be supported by a line-up of soloists and musicians performing under the baton of Geoffrey Shields.

"This event is not only a fitting tribute to the singers, choir directors and accompanists who have been a part of the history of this choir, it is also necessary to showcase the rich talents of our people, to help promote and sustain choral music as an art form and to inspire future generations of singers," said Bishop Thompson.

Soloists include noted Jamaican contralto June Thompson-Lawson, along with Angela Blalock (soprano), Jarvis Jett Jr (tenor); and Stephon Miller (bass), all from South Carolina State University. Renowned concert organist Dr Richard Beckford, the choir's regular pianist Ann Trouth, and an orchestra led by Paulette Bellamy, are also on the programme's line-up.

The season will also help to raise funds for rebuilding the Wortley Home For Girls, which was destroyed by fire in June 2015.

Messiah, composed in 1741 by German-born George Frideric Handel, is one of the best-known and most performed choral works.

The oldest choral group in the Caribbean, the Diocesan Festival Choir was formed in 1924 at the initiative of then Bishop of Jamaica, George Frederick Cecil deCarteret, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Diocese of Jamaica.

A year later, it became a permanent organisation under the baton of George Goode, who was choirmaster and organist at St Michael's and All Angels Church in Kingston.

Diocesan concert season begins


Francine James in Vogue

PULSE model Francine James is featured in next month's issue of German Vogue. A relative newbie to the international circuit, James, 17, moved into the big league this year.

The 5-ft 9 1/2 inch James took her appearance in the monthly glossy in stride.

"I have a long way to go. I'm not even halfway towards reaching my goal as yet," she told the Sunday Observer.

"The Vogue shoot was very exciting. I am always calm where my jobs are concerned, whether big or not. I am mainly interested to see what the shoot would bring out in me," she continued.

The shoot was conducted by renowned photographers Luigi and Lango while styling was done by Patti Wilson.

A graduate of Camperdown High School, James is from Manley Meadows in Kingston.

Pulse Modelling Agency's outgoing CEO and chairman Kingsley Cooper said her inclusion in German Vogue was a "massive" feat.

"As far as editorials go, this is massive, especially for one just starting in the business. Only a Vogue cover is bigger. Vogue is every model's dream and Francine's success with this assignment, especially with the images as stunning as they are, means that bigger doors will open for her," Cooper told the Observer.

Jeneil Williams, Lois Samuels and Sedene Blake, Oraine Barrett, Sunna Gottshalk, Lincoln Wynter, Jaunel McKenzie, Nadine Willis and Rochelle Watson have been featured in Vogue.

The winner of Pulse's Caribbean Model Search in 2013, James was the face of the last Search For The Million Dollar Girl TV show, which aired on TVJ last summer.

This year, she has appeared in campaigns for 1981, ESPRIT, John Lewis, Vlisco, Ahléns, LNDR, Todd Lyn, Vanessa Steward, Marios Schwab, Faith Connection, Olympia Le-Tan and H&M.

James said despite the uptick in her career, she tries to remain grounded.

"It is not to be really famous and up in the spotlight, but to be successful. This might sound weird, but in the process, I do not want to lose my Christianity," she said.

Frankie Paul gives score

Veteran lover's rock singer Frankie Paul will perform at Sting on Boxing Day.

Paul, who rarely performs in Jamaica, lauded organisers for this year's theme -- From Then Till Now.

"It's time for a change. Tired of the same thing. We are the original artistes. It feels wonderful to be on it this year as a legend," he told the Sunday Observer.

Paul is critical of the music's negative direction in recent years.

"The lyrical content and style have changed. Too much war is in the music now and that is not good. Music is life, music is love, music is peace, music is from the Almighty and we are losing that," he said.

"They (the artistes) need to slow down. We want conscious music to sing and dance to, music that my grandchildren and great-grandchildren can dance to. Take it slow and make it peaceful," he continued.

He gave a nod to acts including Romain Virgo, Chris Martin, Aidonia, Vershon and Devin Di Dakta.

Though born with a vision impairment, Frankie Paul (given name Paul Blake) ruled the 1980s with tracks including Cassanova, Worries In The Dance, I Know The Score and Sarah.

He plans to release a new album entitled In The Arena.

Sting will be held at Jamworld Entertainment Complex in Portmore, St Catherine.

Ky-Mani moves into Herb Merchandisng

KY-MANI Marley will release a line of ganja-based merchandise in early 2016. The singer also has plans to put his own strain on the market.

"We're going to have vapes, bongs and we are talking to farmers and scientists about developing a strain," the 39-year-old singer told the Sunday Observer.

A 'strain' refers to a brand of ganja. In the 1990s, hip hop artistes including Snoop Dogg and Cypress Hill famously endorsed the Chronic, a southern California strain which became synonymous with the genre.

Marley said a more tolerant climate to ganja in Jamaica influenced his decision to launch the products.

"We are pleased with the movement that is taking place. With all the research on the benefits of Cannabis, it makes sense."

In April, the Jamaican government announced amendments to its Dangerous Drugs Act. A significant step in the decriminalisation of ganja, it prevents persons with small amounts of the weed from being prosecuted.

Marley expects his products to be launched in January when he will be on tour.

-- Howard Campbell

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