My Kingston - Duane O Thomas
What are your earliest memories of Kingston?
I remember as a child being very fascinated by the big revolving sign on the roof of Carib Cinema before the fire and renovations.
What do you miss when you are away from Kingston?
When I am not in Kingston I definitely miss family and close friends. Depending on where I travel, I may miss Jamaican food. I really like the comforts of my big bed and mattress, because sleep is important. I like having nice white towels and my relaxing sofa with the Flow remote nearby. I also like being in my own kitchen blending fruit smoothies when needed.
What would you do if you were elected Mayor of Kingston for a day?
I would place a ban on the practice where men who repair the road dump the old asphalt on the sidewalk after they patch a pothole. I would also pass laws that promote more civility and public order. I would then put rules in place to make it compulsory to budget adequately for the elderly, infirm, mentally challenged and homeless children in Kingston. Lastly, I would make the city the cycling capital of the world by mandating that all roads have a lane for cyclers!
What is your favourite movie?
I have several favourites, but one is a classic entitled All About Eve.
What steered you in the direction of your current career?
The legal profession has always been highly respected, and that appealed to me. Plus, it appeared to be a means of helping people solve critical problems, whilst still earning a living.
And the last bit of music that stirred your soul?
Kim Veira's cover of Rihanna's Diamonds.
Name the last book you've read.
A Whole New Mind by Daniel H Pink.
What was your last bit of retail therapy?
What is your preferred beverage?
A good bottle of red wine, preferably a Merlot.
Which cologne are you currently splashing?
Terre D'Hermès cologne by Hermès.
What was your most memorable meal in Kingston?
I enjoy food so much, this question triggers me to create a list. If forced to choose, I would say the red peas soup at Norma's on The Terrace, many years ago. I am not likely to forget it any time soon.
Share some places in your black book.
One of my recent travel highlights was my hop around Asia, which started in Shanghai, China followed by Daegu (where I watched Jamaicans rule the tracks) and Seoul in South Korea. Kuala Lumpur and Pangkor Island in Malaysia was followed by the exotic Bangkok in Thailand. India was next with stops in Mumbai and Delhi, followed by Beijing and Chicago, then back to The Rock.
What is your advice to first-time visitors to Kingston?
Don't listen to all the negatives you may have heard. Apply common sense about your security as you would in any other city and don't be afraid to explore. Do not leave without heading to the Blue Mountains. With your hike complete, stop by Café Blue in Irish Town for a cup of authentic Blue Mountain coffee. As the sun sets, ensure that you are sipping on Jamaican rum at Strawberry Hill. In the event that you make the mistake of finding yourself at Norman Manley Airport before you have tried fish and bammy at Hellshire in St Catherine, postpone your flight and head there as soon as possible.
What upsets you?
What are your current projects?
Growing my law practice whilst keeping a lookout for great investment opportunities as an entrepreneur.
What is your philosophy?
Work hard and play harder; try not to take life too seriously because none of us is coming out of it alive. I am also working on mastering not only working hard but smart, too.