MY DOWN TIME WITH ...Attorney Derek Jones
Jamaica's honorary consul to Sweden, attorney-at-law Derek Jones (left), and Swedish ambassador to Jamaica, Sten Ask, are delighted as they prepare to shake hands following the official presentation of the Royal Order of the Polar Star to Jones by the ambassador at a function held at the Spanish Court Hotel on January 7. The Order of the Polar Star (Swedish Nordstjärneorden) is a Swedish order of chivalry created by King Frederick I of Sweden in 1748. It is awarded only to foreign office holders and members of the Swedish royal family in recognition of distinguished service.- Contributed
Derek Jones is always known for his jovial, inviting demeanour, so getting him for My Down Time was easy. The senior partner at Myers Fletcher and Gordon has also been Jamaica's honorary consul to Sweden for the past seven years, for which the Swedish government recently honoured him. So you know he has a full schedule. But he doesn't work all 24 hours.
Last book you read?
I am close to finishing SuperFreakonomics, which is a book by two economists who take data and come to fascinating conclusions about crime, economic development, etc.
What music are you listening to right now?
I'm listening to Coltrane, Marley, Sparrow and some Black Eyed Peas thrown in for good measure.
Last interesting place you visited?
The most fascinating place I recently visited was the Rio Grande Valley. I went rafting a few months ago. It is just a spectacular piece of heaven, a peaceful, sleepy ride down the river. And you have to stop at a place called Blueberry Hill and eat some jerk pork.