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Jamaica podcast is up!
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Author:  jfellrath [ Mon Mar 02, 2015 5:17 am ]
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Hey all,

The new podcast is up, with a great recounting of a trip to Jamaica by our friend SpartanRK! ... d-jamaica/

Thanks SpartanRK for the submission! Hope everyone enjoys.


Author:  Problem Eliminator [ Tue Mar 03, 2015 12:27 pm ]
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This was really enjoyable. Thanks, SpartanRK!

Author:  jfellrath [ Tue Mar 03, 2015 1:19 pm ]
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Problem Eliminator wrote:
This was really enjoyable. Thanks, SpartanRK!
Agreed - this one was fun to do!

Author:  spartanRK [ Tue Mar 03, 2015 9:45 pm ]
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Problem Eliminator wrote:
This was really enjoyable. Thanks, SpartanRK!
Thank you sir!

Author:  hightechbill [ Mon Apr 20, 2015 6:53 pm ]
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Nice job on the Podcast ! It truly was the Island where Bond was created. You can feel the influence in all of Flemings early works.

My wife and I were married in May of 1966. We honeymooned on the north shore of Jamaica at the Half Moon Hotel & Cottage Colony, on Montego Bay, which was opened in 1954.

The sparse night life there consisted of limbo contests, goat races on the beach and listening to the big band sounds of the Jocelyn Trott orchestra. Not that we cared (Honeymoon you know). We spent most of our time on the grounds with a few excursions tooling around in our tiny Ford Anglia.
In 2003, the original 30-room hotel is demolished and rebuilt with 68 rooms and suites and today the hotel stands as one of the finest anywhere.

At that time the island was a still very British. The Jamaicans had gained independence from the British in August of 1962, which happens to be the same year that the movie Dr. No was released. Jamaica is still a parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy, with Queen Elizabeth II serving as the Jamaican monarch.

Sadly, Jamaica now has had one of the highest murder rates in the world for many years, according to UN estimates. Some areas of Jamaica, particularly cities such as Kingston, experience high levels of crime and violence.

Prior to our honeymoon adventure, I had read all of the first 12 Bond novels and was also influenced by a book called Ian Fleming Introduces Jamaica. New York: Hawthorn, (1965). ... 9997555716

According to the story, publisher André Deutsch had contacted Ian Fleming regarding a traveler’s guide to Jamaica which was being compiled by the respected local journalist (and a close friend of Fleming) Morris Cargill. In early 1964 the pair discussed the project over lunch at Cargill's island home and Fleming agreed to make a contribution, much to the delight of Deutsch, who began marketing the book under the title Ian Fleming's Jamaica.

However, Fleming fell ill upon his return to England and was unable to devote his time to producing an original essay, instead adapting his 1947 Horizon Magazine article as a makeweight introduction, which effectively became his last literary work.


As most Bond fans know, GoldenEye is located in Oracabessa Bay, also on the north coast of the Island.
When Ian Fleming joined The Sunday Times in 1946, he negotiated a contract whereby he could spend January and February of each year at Goldeneye.

On 17 February 1952 James Bond appeared in the first Bond novel, Casino Royale. For the next fourteen years Fleming wrote all his Bond stories there. Fleming, who was by nature a solitary man, loved the flora and fauna of Jamaica. He was knowledgeable about birds, dipping no doubt now and again into the authoritative reference book, Birds of the West Indies, by an American ornithologist by the name of James Bond.

A Brief Return

The last time we were back to the Island was in February 2006. It was a brief but fun stop on a cruise ship. We excursioned by catamaran to the mouth of Dunn’s River Falls. It was a unique experience to approach from the sea and jump off onto the beach. Obviously we joined the hand-holding human chain and made the journey up the falls. We found the guides were helpful but a bit pushy especially when it came time for tipping.

Author:  jimmyolsen007 [ Wed Dec 30, 2015 2:46 pm ]
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Heading to Falmouth Jamaica as the 2nd excursion destination of a cruise in March! Very excited! We'll be doing the horseback ride and swim!

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