Michael Holding: is one of the best cricketers Jamaica has produced, and has the distinction of being one of the best fast bowlers in Test Cricket. Holding was at the height of his career during the 70’s and 80’s, when he played for Jamaica, the West Indies, Canterbury, Derbyshire, Lancashire and Tasmania. He was also a member of the International Cricket Council until his resignation over a change in a match result, with which he disagreed.
Currently, he is part of the Sky Sports cricket commentary team. Holding has always been frank and outspoken, hence his popularity as a commentator.
Half-Way-Tree: is reputed to have been named after a huge cotton tree that was planted before 1655 when the British chased the Spanish from Jamaica. The tree marked the half-way point between Greenwich, St. Andrew (a military base), to a fort in Spanish Town. Today, it marks the mid-point between downtown Kingston and the upscale communities of upper St. Andrew. Half-Way-Tree is now filled with shopping malls and businesses.
|St. Andrew Parish Church|
The St. Andrew Parish Church (AD1655) and the clock are well-known landmarks. I’ve included the clock on the cover of my book. (An aside here...Don’t Get Mad...Get Even is now FREE on Amazon. If you’d like to learn a little more about the Jamaican lifestyle, download a copy here.
To Hamper denotes being restricted or restrained. In Jamaican terms, a hamper stands for several things. In sporting terms, it’s a gift basket for winners. In household terms, it has to do with a laundry receptacle, and in farming terms, it’s a basket that’s placed on a donkey for transporting produce to market. Once loaded, the donkey can only carry produce, so the ‘rider’ has to walk. Not sure how many people still use this mode of transport today, but I’m sure in some remote villages...