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return to the home country to retire

30 Jun

london 9.46am 17C sunny saturday 2018

i woke up at about 2.30am , because i went to sleep at about 9pm yesterday. i do that sometimes, one of the joys of not working, so that whenever i feel sleepy i can just go to bed.

and i was browsing the news at that time of the morning and saw in the daily mail, an article about how the windrush generation who had gone back to retire in jamaica risk being killed by the locals, because the locals  think they are rich.

now i cannot find that article, to link to, but it did make me think … it is the common perception with us migrants who leave our home country that one day we might go back to spend our retirement years… but it seems for jamaicans it might not be a safe thing to do.

i have a filipino friend who goes back to visit and tells me it is a expensive time, because not only the flight costs a lot, but she is expected to give money to all her relatives, it being assumed that she is wealthy and they expect some of her largesse to come their way as a form of family obligation. but no one got killed who returned to retire there, as far as i can tell. maybe because they give money to all, and are considered a source of wealth, so no need to kill them to steal it.

i thought the article was in the daily mail, but it is in the guardian, as i found out when i made a google search. here it is. it seems it is not new, retired expats have been murdered over many years. i dont read of this happening in other countries , so maybe it is a unique jamaican problem.


8 Jan


We are all horrified at what happen in paris, and yet, we seem to revel in murder mysteries too.

later today at 9pm is the start of a new series of ‘death in paradise‘ murders. From the synopsis it seems it is the death of someone in a seance, in a locked room and everyone was holding hands, so who did it? my guess would be either of the two on each side of the victim who are holding the hands of the victim. it would be interesting to see how it is solved. we can see why we like these kinds of exercise. the gore is much reduced, there is hardly any blood which in real life would make the murder scene really horrific.

why do we like these kinds of things i wonder??? even me, who dont really like to read detective murder mysteries in novels, but i find this tv program quite fascinating, especially because it is set in the caribbean and we get all this sunshine when our real world now is winter.

i wonder if others living in the tropics like it as much because to them the sunshine is not such a draw.

i know for sure i wont be able to guess who did it so the revelation is doubly enjoyable because it would come as a surprise to me.