Chester Francis-Jackson, Gleaner Writer
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown (right) meets Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding at 10 Downing Street in London on Tuesday. Golding, who has been holding meetings with members of the Jamaican diaspora, will return to the island on May 25. - AP
Oh my dears, the Internet is abuzz and it is not all about Prime Minister Golding's retro remarks on the BBC, but more about the rather unprofessional 'push-up' mouth episode during the same interview.
The move is being ridiculed in some quarters as not only being unprofessional, but very pedestrian and not at all prime ministerial. The irony being it was an action that some would expect of effeminate men or the type the prime minister would not have in his Cabinet. Luvs, talk about doing the rounds, this one must be the most watched, listened to, downloaded and talked about BBC Jamaican interview to date, with clips circulating like wildfire within the diaspora, not to mention pro-gay activists and their supporters. There are two distinct veins of interest - the pro-gay lobby, and the traditionalists who find reports of the push-up mouth episode more than a bit hard to comprehend.
Alas, but there it is, live and in living colour!
Seaga celebrates birthday Wednesday
And speaking of Prime Minister Bruce Golding, his JLP predecessor to that office, Edward Seaga, celebrates his birthday this Wednesday, and the word is it will be a very intimate affair restricted to immediate family and intimate friends.
Also celebrating his birthday on the 28th is son of the former iconic JLP leader Christopher Seaga. No word yet if it will be a father and son joint celebration (as is usually the case), but partying there will be.
On Monday, the 26th, however, celebrated hotelier, Kevin Levee, general manager of SuperClubs' Breezes Runaway Bay and the ultra happening Hedonism III, also in Runaway Bay, will join his daughter Spencer Levee for a joint birthday celebration, as both share the same birthday.
Now, on Tuesday, the absolutely and gorgeously stunning Sheila Benjamin McNeill, Commander George Overton, and the fabulously lovely Renée Menzies-McCallum all celebrated their birthdays.
For the lovely Benjamin McNeill, however, it was a rather intimate do, and then some, as husband, Dr Wykeham McNeill, made it all the more special as he not only did the culinary honours, it was a celebration of family and very intimate friends, and nothing but.
The public celebrations followed on Thursday evening at the Guardsman Group headquarters on Old Hope Road, with the traditional Guardsman 'family' celebrations being the order of the evening.
And belated wishes to Neadene Tufton, wife of the agriculture minister, who celebrated hers on Wednesday. Partying will follow later.
Special belated birthday greeting as well to fashion belissima grande, the fabulous Dawn Chambers Henry, wife of Transport Minister Mike Henry, who celebrated her special day on Sunday.
Then, my dears, the invitations to the launch of the much-anticipated memoirs of tres elegant Beverly Anderson Manley are out, and the event is scheduled for this Sunday, at Jamaica House no less.
The buzz is it promises to be all that, and then some, as the tome that is being serialised in this newspaper is a welcome first, as the book is the first such effort by a former 'first lady', and pundits are fervently hoping it is the start of a new trend that will see more and more of our public officials and/or spouses closest to the operational centre sharing their insight and providing a historical framework and/or context for those who follow.
And after all, Beverly Anderson Manley was no idle bystander in one of the most critical junctures in this nation's political and social development. She was front and centre of it all, and some would say a leading architect in framing not just the issues of the day, but also our responses to them. If for no other reason, this perspective makes her literary intervention more than a timely one.
Fashion and Furnishing showcase
Then, my darling dears, if you missed last year's staging of one of the most fashionable events to have ever been staged here in the nation's capital, then dovecakes, y'all did yourselves one major disservice as this one was a study in the very acme of all things fab and the most august gathering of the beautiful people ever assembled in this fine city.
We are talking about last year's Island Art and Framing, Art, Fashion and Furnishing showcase and reception in the fashionable Earl's Court neighbourhood of upper St Andrew, hosted by style and fashion arbiters Nicola McConnell and Nicola Rosen. The sensational do that was one of last year's most happening events is back!
Luvs, the invitations have been out for some time now, and the word is, it's all systems go for this year's staging, set for the same venue on June 4.
Dears, if last year's showcase was anything to go by, then this year's staging is a must-attend! And luvs, the organisers are promising to make it better than last, so y'all know we are talking one fashionably buzzing outing!