A loud ‘badword’ pierced the silence in the media bus as I walked in. One of Jamaica’s most colourful terms, but no one gave a second look; no one except me, of course, and the person who uttered the words.
The ‘culprit’, my Brazilian journalist friend, who sometimes seems to forget that he is not Jamaican; truth is he is more Jamaican than many that I have met.
He always greets me with that particular badword, like a kid showing off a new word they learned at school, it’s his way of staying close to his Jamaican experiences, having been to the island on a couple of occasions.
This time, he tells me about a trip to Trench Town for a documentary, his experience at ‘Champs’ last year and an unforgettable night he and his cameraman had at a street dance in Kingston.
Honestly, everybody loves Jamaica, particularly when the Olympics roll around, but this yute (Don’t ask me to mention his name because I can never remember it), is close to the island’s biggest fan.
From our athletics to our music to our badwords, the Brazilian is Jamaican by heart.
“Take our footballers and give us your sprinters and your girls.”
I told him it’s a tempting offer but his request for our Jamaican girls was the deal-breaker.
“You gotta come to Rio, Jamaica reminds me of my city. The people, are lively, you know?”
That wasn’t the only thing he used to advertise the Brazilian city, but perhaps this is not the forum to discuss such things.
Anyway, the Olympic Games is grinding to an end and after today’s action on the track and at the Excel London Exhibition Centre, Jamaica would have said goodbye to London 2012.
10 medals so far in the bag, with a chance to close at 13, certainly, there is much to celebrate and even more to be proud of.
I have been comparing London to Daegu, well most of us who were in South Korea last year have, and there are some things that we all really miss about the Asian country.
Things like free Internet!
The South Koreas, got it right – free Internet even on the roadside; everywhere you turn, there was a signal.
It was also amusing how much ridicule we got for using BlackBerry phones there.
Small screens mean the South Korean wouldn’t be able to stream their movies, etc. while waiting on their bus.
Just can’t go wrong with technology in Asia I guess, but England has better beer though!