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My Kingston

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1OH My Kingston on Thu 24 Apr 2014 - 1:50



Dr Ewart Brown

Dr Ewart Brown

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Dr Ewart Brown

Former Premier of Bermuda
What are your earliest memories of Kingston?

Those memories would go back to about 1962/63 when I moved to Kingston from Spanish Town. I was still attending St Jago and I remember the daily rides that I would try to get from teachers who lived in Kingston. I remember the Carib and Regal theatres.
Kingston was a vibrant, exciting place for me coming from a very small island and so I have fond memories of this city.
What's your Jamaican connection?

I was born in Bermuda. My father's sister was married to a canon who was based at the cathedral in Spanish Town, so I came to Jamaica at age 13 to live with them and attend St Jago High School. My childhood in Bermuda was interesting. In fact, I came to Jamaica mainly because I had run out of schools in Bermuda. I couldn't adjust; I was high-energy and at the time I thought that maybe school was not in my future. I was just restless and then came to Spanish Town and actually got a new lease on life. That's why I think I have this deep love and affection for Jamaica.
What would be your recommendations to a first-time visitor to Kingston?

A first-time visitor to Kingston should know that this is a city — and not the same as Montego Bay or Ocho Rios. They would have to understand that it is the centre of commerce and as such there are things here that you would see in most cities.
What's your beverage of choice?

I like Kola Champagne but it is not available in most places, so when I come to Jamaica that's the first thing I drink.
Share the title of the last book you read.

I read more than one at any given time but the two I remember right now are Pindling: The Life and Times of Lynden Oscar Pindling First Prime Minister of The Bahamas, 1930-2000 by Michael Craton; and Bargaining with the Devil: When to Negotiate, When to Fight by Robert Mnookin.

What cologne are you splashing?

I use one that was given to me by a friend almost 15 years ago called Spazio. They don't make it anymore, so I went around trying to buy up every bottle that was left. I don't know if I own the last reserves of Spazio, but it's close to it.
Share some places in your travel black book.

First of all, I like warm places — I prefer to see winter on postcards. The Caribbean is my number one travel highlight: I spend quite a bit of time in Turks & Caicos. I love Martha's Vineyard, in Massachusetts; Arizona; California — where I lived for almost 20 years, Los Angeles to be exact.
Who was your political inspiration when you were an aspiring politico?

When I was younger I would sneak out the house in Spanish Town to listen to people like Norman Manley and Florizel Glaspole. And actually I got my political baptism in Jamaica, and I'm not just saying that. And I think that a lot of my political style can still be traced to Jamaican politics; at least, the confrontational part (laughs).
Do you believe Caricom has been effective in coalescing the countries of the region. If not, how better can it do so?

I don't think Caricom has been as successful as its founding fathers had imagined. It's an extremely difficult exercise and I learned first-hand that where you are forced to engage in the politics of politeness, you're less likely to make change.
What would your response be to critics who may ask how is it that the European Union gets it right — for those who think

it gets it right — and yet Caricom doesn't or can't?

Well, those are two different situations. The European Union is an organisation that holds the handle and Caricom is an organisation that holds the blade. As a result, Caricom has to always take into consideration whether it is going to get cut. Whereas the Europeans can always move with total lack of concern for being injured.
Which head of state or world leader were you most excited to meet during your tenure as premier?

I was excited when I met Barack Obama during his campaign for the presidency and I have admiration for him. I was surprised when I met George Bush at the White House in 2009 because our politics are so different, but I immediately understood the roots of his success — because he's a people person, and he's funny.
What were the high and low points serving as Bermuda's premier?

Well, the high points came when I saw how much the people supported me in times of stress. I would imagine the low point was when I thought that inviting the Uighurs to come to Bermuda at the request of the United States was going to be met positively and my political opponents turned that into an effort to unseat me. But we did what we had to do and they were not successful.
Any plans to lecture or pen a memoir?

Yes, I've started a memoir, and a good piece of it involves Jamaica. I've done lectures and I have a few currently scheduled. Right now, I'm really doing more things like having fun and travelling the world.
Outside of politics, who or what keeps you the most inspired?

My wife, Wanda. She's an inspiration just because of who she is.
When was the last time you were moved to tears?

Whenever I see young people succeed. So like a prize-giving — I can't take it (laughs).
What do you consider your best and worst traits?

My best is listening and hearing. It's all about a commitment to communication. If you really want to know what a person is feeling and saying, then you in turn have to listen and feel at the same time. My worst is impatience.
What was your last major splurge?

It was in a casino in London, about four weeks ago (laughs)!
What is your personal philosophy?

Live and let live. But it is also to never lose the sense of awareness of the environment that you're in. I don't like surprises.

2OH Re: My Kingston on Thu 24 Apr 2014 - 18:35


Good article, like reading this short summary.


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