Stephanie Lyew, Youthlink Writer
Jamaica 50th Word of the Week
This patois word means 'an uncouth, out of fashion, uncultured person'.
For example, "Wey yu a go inna dem deh clothes? Yu fayva bhuttu!
Quote of the week
"Tough times don't last but tough people do." - The Reverend Dr Schuller.
Joke of the week
At a honorary visit to Buckingham Palace, the prime minister meets with the Queen of England. Amazed by the efficiency of the British government, the prime minister asks, "Your Majesty, how do you run such an efficient government?" And continues asking, "Are there any tips you can give to me?"
"Well," says the Queen, "The most important thing is to surround yourself with intelligent people."
Puzzled by her answer, the prime minister frowned, "But how do I know the people around me are really intelligent." Pausing at the sip of her tea, the Queen pushes a button on her intercom. "Please send in Tony Blair in, would you?"
Tony Blair walks into the room. "Yes, my Queen?" The Queen smiles and asks, "Answer me this, please, Tony. Your father and mother have a child but it is not your brother and it is not your sister. Who is it?" Without pausing for a moment, Tony Blair answers, "That would be me."
Back at King's House, Jamaica, the prime minister decides to give the riddle to the minister of finance and planning who responds, "I'm not sure who the child would be, let me do some research and get back to you." The minister asks all his co-ministers who are dumbfounded by the riddle. Finally, he ends up in the bathroom and notices one of the members of the opposing party and he asks, "Your father and mother have a child but it is not your brother and it is not your sister. Who is it?"
When he returns to the office of the prime minister he exclaims, "The answer to your riddle is the leader of opposition, he would be the child of my mother and father!"
The prime minister gets up, stomps over to her minister and angrily yells into his face, "No, you idiot, it's Tony Blair!"
Discussion topic of the week
Do you think the Government should be doing more in terms of youth involvement for the Jamaica 50 celebrations?
Trena Brown: Of course, as far as I can see the celebrations are low-keyed and low-budget, but it can still be creative to stir the feeling of patriotism in youths. Involving the youngest child to the university students; using children to showcase their talents would also raise awareness and funds for our campaign.
Mikhail Thompson: Yes; firstly, the theme is supposed to be 'We're on a mission' right? Focusing more on the future - the Government seems to have forgotten that the future will be for the youth [and vice versa]. There aren't enough programmes currently running, or expos or anything for that matter, that seem to recognise this.
Danielle: I think the Government can do more; it would be nice if they got more young people involved with the projects that they are doing so that they can be more aware of Jamaica's culture, and to know that they are a part of something great.
Picture of the week
This curious little puppy would not leave the cases of juice as we tried to get his attention...it's funny if he could actually read.