Monday, 12 April 2021

SOCIETY, SOCIETY: Colin Hylton’s passing … The Bert Rose factor … Toasting Koffee and Olive Senior

>> Colin Hylton had immense passion for food and food preparation. That’s why he became one of our leading culinary ambassadors at home and abroad. The last time we bumped into Colin out and about was, unsurprisingly, at the well-attended Jamaica Food & Drink Festival Street Meets & Eats bash on the Kingston Waterfront a couple of years ago. He was in high spirits and dressed in his signature hat and scarf and a bold-print outfit – with a couple of female companions in his company. In our interview he dished about his lifelong passion for cuisine, what goes into getting the often-elusive (yet delectable) results and why he had to bid farewell to Guilt Trip, his beloved restaurant that closed down under financial strain. But Colin was undaunted about continuing the work via other platforms, often doing consultancy and serving on judging panels. We are truly saddened to hear of his passing. Enjoy your rest, Colin. 

>> The dance studio at the Edna Manley College long-ago named in his honour remains one of the most fitting tributes to Bert Rose, the founding member of the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC), who died last week. The tributes have been numerous, hailing Rose as a quintessential artist and educator who has now gone on to reunite with his pioneering brothers Eddie Thomas and Prof. Rex Nettleford

>> Leading Ladies: Heartiest congratulations are in order for Olive Senior, who has been appointed Poet Laureate of Jamaica. We can’t think of a more deserving literary stalwart to accept the torch from Lorna Goodison, who did a laudable job in the post, especially in spearheading a poetry competition, with prizes named in honour of Baugh and Bennett-Coverley, among others. If Senior and Goodison were British citizens they would have been granted the damehood long ago … Koffee continues her winning ways! The Grammy and recent TALLAWAH Music Awards (for Best Female Video) copped this year’s NAACP Image Award for Best International Song for “Lockdown.” 

>> Questions of the Week: 
1) How much can the people of St. Vincent bear? Battling COVID-19 and a suddenly active-again volcano. 
2) Are the PEP and CXC/CAPE examinations still on for this year?

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