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839914.  Mon Aug 22, 2011 9:32 am Reply with quote

The Barrett Semple-Morris School Of Irish Dancing is on Jamaica Street in London - it just seems such a juxtaposition to me.

839915.  Mon Aug 22, 2011 9:36 am Reply with quote

The old quiz question I know for which the answer is Jamaica is where in the world would you find Cornwall immediately to the West and Surrey immediately to the East of Middlesex? (Being the 3 counties into which Jamaica was (and I suppose still is) divided.

840015.  Mon Aug 22, 2011 7:02 pm Reply with quote

Hi batleyboy I have copied this answer from the Barbados topic:

"Jamaica was divided into three counties by the English in 1758. The idea was to have a system on the lines of the English shires. Each county had its own county town to function as an administrative and legal centre.

Cornwall - Savanna-la-Mar

Middlesex - Spanish Town

Surrey - Kingston-upon-Thames "

The counties appear to have little administrative function in Jamaica today and parishes are the admin boundaries today

840025.  Mon Aug 22, 2011 9:07 pm Reply with quote

Of course, in Jamaica, 'beer can' is not what Red Stripe beer comes in, but what is sometimes had for breakfast.


846096.  Tue Sep 13, 2011 11:41 am Reply with quote

Snakes are extremely rare in Jamaica. They were killed off by the mongoose, imported to exterminate canefield rats.

Hans Mof
897471.  Fri Mar 30, 2012 5:05 pm Reply with quote

In Germany the term Jamaika-Koalition describes a political coalition in association between symbolic colours of the parties and the Jamaican flag.

Christian Democrats (CDU) - black
Liberals (FDP) - yellow
and the Green Party (Bündnis90/Die Grünen) - green

In 2005 after the Geran federal elections this coalition would have been mathematically possible. Jamaican ambassador Marcia Y. Gilbert-Roberts offered:

Should such a coalition come about, we will invite all involved to Jamica.

Former Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor Joschka Fischer dismissed the idea:

Can you really see Angela Merkel and Edmund Stoiber sitting round the table in dreadlocks? This is more our style. It's impossible.

Realism prevailed and we ended up with a Grand Coalition (CDU/SPD).

A Jamaica-coalition was realised in 2009 on Federal State level in Saarland, and collapsed in January 2012. There have, however, been a number of successful Jamaica-coalitions on local government level.

897481.  Fri Mar 30, 2012 5:49 pm Reply with quote

That's rather fun - as indeed would be a Jamaika-Koalition government!

Does any country have a blue and orange flag, so that we could describe the current British government in a similar way? (The Lib Dems claim that their corporate colour is "Lib Dem yellow", but it's orange if you ask me.)

Jamaica doesn't have a coalition govenment. Its current government is formed by the People's National Party (socialist, orange), while the opposition is the Jamaica Labour Party (which is a conservative party despite its name, and uses green as its colour).

Sadurian Mike
897482.  Fri Mar 30, 2012 5:50 pm Reply with quote

Hans Mof wrote:
Can you really see Angela Merkel and Edmund Stoiber sitting round the table in dreadlocks? This is more our style. It's impossible.

"Angela Merkel wore dreadlocks."


897483.  Fri Mar 30, 2012 5:52 pm Reply with quote

suze wrote:
(The Lib Dems claim that their corporate colour is "Lib Dem yellow", but it's orange if you ask me.)

Pantone 1235C if anyone's interested.

(I know, they're not, but I know that so now you have to as well.)

916450.  Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:33 am Reply with quote

Ukraine, of course, if you're talking blue and yellow flags.

Just perusing these threads for possible J-Places questions, if anyone has something they've been saving up!!

916459.  Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:55 am Reply with quote

Ikea has a blue and yellow flag.

916460.  Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:56 am Reply with quote

Sorry, I meant "Sweden".

916461.  Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:59 am Reply with quote

The Duchy of Nassau (the Nassau in what is now Germany, not the one in the Caribbean) seems to have had a blue and orange flag.

916520.  Wed Jun 13, 2012 11:01 am Reply with quote

What about Kazakhstan and Palau?

916622.  Wed Jun 13, 2012 6:10 pm Reply with quote

Most of your 'J' topics will undoubtedly concern words with an initial 'J'; but 'J' can be Quite Interesting as a median letter.
Which of the following spellings is correct?
Don Quixote
Don Quijote
Incidentally, native English speakers have difficulty in pronouncing that heavy 'H' sound, and usually avoid it; but I am sure that Mr Fry would give it full value.
In light of the above, what would be the correct pronunciation of the English adjective 'quixotic'?


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