Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|Time to fly, I am in Kingston and want to head to the airport. What is the name of the airport nearest to the city?||Where Am I in Jamaica?
Norman Manley. Named after former prime minister Norman Manley, founder of the People's National Party known as the PNP.
|Jamaica's most famous tourist attraction, the beautiful Dunn's River Falls is located just west of this place. Where?||Where Am I in Jamaica?
Ocho Rios. The falls are just west of Ocho Rios. If you visit Jamaica, you just have to climb Dunn's River Falls.
|Moving over to the northwest coast, we arrive at Jamaica's most famous resort and the second largest city on the island. Can you name it?||Where Am I in Jamaica?
Montego Bay. Too many people here hustling the tourists for my liking...
|Jamaica was also home to Ian Fleming, originator of the legendary spy, James Bond. Fleming got the name James Bond, from an unusual source. What was it?||Where Am I in Jamaica?
A book on birds. Ian Fleming in "Ian Fleming Introduces Jamaica" relates " I was looking for a name for my hero- nothing like Peregrine Carruthers or Standfast Maltravers-and I found it, on the cover of one of my Jamaican bibles, "Birds Of The West Indies" by James Bond, an ornithological classic."
|We are now in St. Mary Parish on the north east coast, home to another celebrity. This time it is the English playwright and actor, Noel Coward. His house in Jamaican patois would be called "Peenywally". What is it in English?||Where Am I in Jamaica?
Firefly. Coward lived in Jamaica for over 30 years. His only novel, "Pomp and Circumstance" and his comedy, "South Sea Bubble" were both written here. He is buried at Firefly.
|We are now visiting the former home of Hollywood actor, Errol Flynn. In the nineties, it was the setting for the movies, "Cocktail" and "Lord of the Flies". Where are we?||Where Am I in Jamaica?
Port Antonio. Flynn bought the Titchfield Hotel and Navy Island and threw wild paries there for his Hollywood friends. It is now the Navy Island Marina Resort.
|We are now in a place that is famous for the high quality coffee it produces. Being an avid cyclist, I love this place. Where are we?||Where Am I in Jamaica?
Blue Mountains . Blue Mountain Peak is 7402 feet high. A great place to view the sunrise over Kingston.
|Leaving Town, we are now at a place that was once the wealthiest city in the New World. It was destroyed on Tuesday June 7, 1692 in a great earthquake. Where are we?||Where Am I in Jamaica?
Port Royal. Port Royal was home to the buccaneers of lore and this was reflected in the number of brothels and drinking taverns that once flourished in the city.
The Bob Marley Museum. Originally home to Bob's Tuff Gong Recording Studios. The location of the assassination attempt on his life in 1976.
|Let's start off in Town, I am at the corner of Duke and Beeston Streets, there is a rather plain brick and concrete building here. They tell me it is home to the Jamaican Parliament. What's the building's name? ||Where Am I in Jamaica?
Gordon House. This building opened in 1960. It is named after the national hero, the Right Excellent George William Gordon. A "freed colored son" of a Scottish plantation owner.
|Time for some adventure now so we're off to Ocho Rios to climb the waterfall that was featured in "Dr No" (1962). Where are we?||Jamaican Holiday
Dunn's River Falls. The Dunn's River Falls are up to 1000 feet high and are terraced like a giant staircase. They were formed by deposits of calcium carbonate and sodium, and are constantly changing due to the actions of the water rushing over them. The site attracts thousands of tourists every year who climb to the summit of the falls.
James Bond (Sean Connery) and Honey Rider (Ursula Andress) swam together in the falls during the 1962 "Dr No".
|We want to go spelunking now and Jamaica has many caves worth exploring. The locals have recommended we go to one called Green Grotto Caves, but what other name is it also known by?||Jamaican Holiday
Runaway Cave. The Green Grotto Caves are so named for the green algae covering the walls of the grotto. Over the years, the caves have gone by different names such as Runaway Caves, Runaway Bay Caves, Hopewell Caves and more. During the time when the British settlers were running the Spanish out of Jamaica, the Spaniards hid safely in the caves. The caves have also been used by escaped slaves, hence the name Runaway Cave. Arawak Indians first used the caves and pieces of their pottery have been found there.
|We're getting hungry so we stop for something to eat. Since we're sampling the delights of Jamaica we decide to order the national dish. What on earth are we about to eat?||Jamaican Holiday
Ackee and Saltfish. While Ackee and Saltfish is the national dish, neither ingredient is native to Jamaica! Inhabitants of the Island Newfoundland introduced Saltfish (dried, salted cod) to Jamaica when it traded the fish for Jamaican Rum. Ackee is the national fruit of Jamaica and it was originally introduced from West Africa.
Jamaica rum isn't really a dish for eating, but for savouring under palm trees along the beach while the world goes on around you.
|We're going to catch some local music now, at the largest annual concert in all Jamaica. What concert are we going to?||Jamaican Holiday
Reggae Sumfest. The annual Reggae Sumfest is usually held mid-July in Montego Bay and features local reggae stars. International artists such as 50 Cent and Rihanna have sung at the concert, and Bob Marley's son Stephen has been a regular performer there.
|You can't go to Jamaica without spending time on the beach, so we decide to go to the famous Doctor's Cave beach. Which city, home to this lovely beach, was also immortalised in song by Bobby Bloom?||Jamaican Holiday
Montego Bay. Montego Bay, Jamaica's second largest city, sits on a picturesque bay with coral reefs and clear, turquoise waters. Resort hotels and villas dominate the tourist area of the city along the beach, called the Hip Strip, while the business part of the city, Downtown, is vastly different. Bobby Bloom released "Montego Bay" in 1970, and other artists, including Jon Stevens, have since covered the song.
|We now go along to visit a must see in Jamaica, the Bob Marley Museum, honouring the island's most famous singer. With what style of music did Marley get the world singing?||Jamaican Holiday
Reggae. The house where Robert Nesta (Bob) Marley lived and recorded his famous music is Jamaica's most visited tourist attraction. The house contains memorabilia and artifacts from Bob Marley's life.
It's uncertain where the term "Reggae" originated, with different versions claiming it came from the words for "Rocksteady", a "raggedy looking girl" and even from the word for "a Kings music". Reggae is loosely based on the earlier styles of "Ska" and "Rocksteady".
Jamaica has produced many famous international artists over the years, including Jimmy Cliff, Shaggy and Grace Jones. Harry Belafonte, known for his rendition of the "Banana Boat Song" was born in New York, but spent his formative years in Jamaica.
|We exchange our money into Jamaica dollars and set out to explore the nation's capital. Which city's delights will we be exploring?||Jamaican Holiday
Kingston. Kingston is not only the largest city in Jamaica; it is also the largest English-speaking city in South America. It is situated on a harbour on the southeastern coast of the island, protected from the ocean by a long spit of land called the Palisadoes.
|We're on a mystery plane trip when the captain announces we'll soon be landing in Jamaica! Hurrah! But where in the world is Jamaica?||Jamaican Holiday
Caribbean. Jamaica is an island nation in the Caribbean near Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Once known as Santiago, it was under Spanish rule until 1655 when it became a British colony with its current name of Jamaica. It gained independence from the U.K. in 1962.
|A museum dedicated to the memory of a Jamaican musician who became an international superstar is located in the County of Surrey. Together with his group, The Wailers, this musician is responsible for the spread of Jamaican music, notably reggae, around the world. In what parish will you find this museum?||Jamaican Parishes in Surrey
St. Andrew. The Bob Marley Museum is located in the parish of St. Andrew and is probably Jamaica's most visited attraction. The museum is housed in the former residence and recording studio of the famous singer, composer and musician. Guided one-hour tours of the museum offer visitors the opportunity to view displayed memorabilia and artifacts from Bob Marley's life and career.
Mr. Marley was honoured by the Jamaican government with the Order of Merit shortly before his death in May 1981. He is so beloved in his own country and abroad that more than thirty years after his death, celebrations are still held on February 6 in many countries to commemorate his birthday. A bronze statue of Mr. Marley stands in Celebrity Park, St. Andrew, not far from Jamaica's National Stadium.
|What Surrey parish was served by a railway line from 1896 until 1978 when rail service was discontinued? All that remains of this line today are disused railway station buildings in seacoast towns such as Buff Bay, Orange Bay and Hope Bay. ||Jamaican Parishes in Surrey
Portland. Buff Bay, Orange Bay and Hope Bay are located on the north coast of the parish of Portland. They were once served by the Bog Walk to Port Antonio rail line, a branch line that linked Portland to eight of the other parishes on the island.
Hailed as one of the most beautiful places in Jamaica, this area is known for its gorgeous white sand beaches, coves and rivers. It lies within easy driving distance of Port Antonio and abounds with vacation rental properties. Somerset Falls and Hidden Falls in Hope Bay are two natural attractions that should not be missed.
|In 1907, this parish in Surrey was hit by a massive earthquake that almost levelled the parish's capital area. One building dating from 1888 sustained damage that caused it to shift to its present 45 degree angle. Visitors experience a strange sensation while they are inside the building. What is the name of the building and in what parish is it located?||Jamaican Parishes in Surrey
Giddy House, Kingston. Giddy House was built to store weapons and gunpowder for Fort Charles. Fort Charles and the Giddy House are located at Port Royal which is at the western end of the Palisadoes spit (a strip of land that partly encloses Kingston Harbour). After the earthquake struck, the building partially sank leaving it at a lopsided angle. Visitors to Fort Charles and the Giddy House will find an onsite museum containing models of the two before and after the quake as well as maps and artifacts from Jamaica's colonial past.
Holy Trinity Cathedral was destroyed by the 1907 earthquake at its Duke Street location and was rebuilt in 1911 at its present North Street site.
Two of the buildings that comprise Jamaica College were built before the 1907 earthquake but they suffered no earthquake damage.
Built in 1853, the Plumb Point Lighthouse is also located on the Palisadoes spit. The lighthouse sustained no damage from the 1907 earthquake, but records show that its light did go out. This is the only time in its history that this has occurred.
|Located in Surrey, this fort was built by the English in 1729 and was named for the monarch who had died a few years before. The classrooms of Titchfield High School are now housed in the fort's military barracks. What is the name of the fort and in what parish can it be found?||Jamaican Parishes in Surrey
Fort George, Portland. Fort George was built overlooking Port Antonio's harbour as protection from invasion by the Spanish. The fort also protected landowners from the large population of freedom fighters, known as Maroons, who lived in the area. The fort held guns, cannons and its walls were more than ten feet thick. All that remains of the fort today are the munitions building, the defence walls and a line of cannons. The site is open to the public.
Titchfield High School, bordered on three sides by the Caribbean Sea, is a historical landmark in Portland. The school dates from 1786 and it has been located at its present Fort George site since 1883. Some sections of the school grounds are National Heritage Sites and as such cannot be modified or renovated.
|Often described as the "heartbeat of Jamaica," this is the smallest of the island's parishes. Many of Jamaica's historical buildings and heritage sites - for example, Gordon House and Hibbert House - are located there. Which one of Surrey's parishes is being described here?||Jamaican Parishes in Surrey
Kingston. The parish of Kingston is only 8.4 sq. miles (21.8 sq. km) in area and is located on the southern side of the island. Despite its many problems, it is Jamaica's economic, social and cultural centre.
Clarification - People who are not familiar with the country are puzzled as to what is being alluded to when locals use the word "Kingston." The word can be used in three different contexts. It can be used to refer to (1) the name of a parish, (2) the name of the capital city of the parish of Kingston, and (3) the name of the capital city of the entire Jamaican state. The question here uses the word "Kingston" as the name of a parish.
Gordon House, located on Duke Street in Kingston, is the place where since 1960 meetings of Jamaica's Parliament have been held. It is named in memory of George William Gordon, a former member of Jamaica's legislative assembly. As a politician, Mr. Gordon was critical of the island's Governor over the poor treatment and low status of ex-slaves in the society. In 1865, the Governor accused him of aiding in the Morant Bay Rebellion, had him transferred from Kingston to Morant Bay and ordered his execution there. The Right Excellent George William Gordon is one of Jamaica's seven National Heroes.
Between 1872 and 1960 government meetings took place at Headquarters House. Headquarters House, formerly known as Hibbert House, was built in 1755. It has been named a National Heritage Site because of its interesting architecture and history.
|It seems that this parish in Surrey will forever be seen as a playground for the rich and famous. It is located on the island's northeast coast and two of its many attractions - Boston Bay, the "Jerk Capital of Jamaica," and the Folly Mansion - are found there. Can you name the parish?||Jamaican Parishes in Surrey
Portland. The parish of Portland was named after the Duke of Portland, a former Governor of the island. It is the island's rainiest parish lying as it does in the direct path of the northeast trade winds and between the Blue Mountain range and the Caribbean Sea. Port Antonio, the capital, has the third largest port on the island as well as several fine historical buildings.
Areas of Portland are used frequently as locations by the Hollywood film industry. Since the 1950s, almost 800 films have been shot in the parish and some of the world's richest people own property there. Portland is also now coming into its own as an eco-cultural tourist destination for travellers interested in the outdoors and in enriching cultural experiences.
The Folly Mansion, a grand 60-room house, is located in Port Antonio. It was built in 1905 by a wealthy American for his wife, the Tiffany heiress. Although the mansion is in ruins, it still attracts many sightseers and professional photographers.
|This parish in Surrey is the second smallest of Jamaica's 14 parishes. Despite its comparatively small size, however, more Jamaicans live there than in any other parish in the country. King's House, the official residence of Jamaica's Governor-General, is located on Hope Road in this parish. Can you identify the parish described here?||Jamaican Parishes in Surrey
St. Andrew. From its border with Kingston to the south, St. Andrew reaches north and east into the foothills of the Blue Mountain range. The parish has defined urban, suburban and rural areas. The capital of the parish is Half-Way-Tree, a bustling transportation and commercial hub. Other important business centres are Cross Roads, New Kingston, Constant Spring, Liguanea and Manor Park.
King's House is an imposing structure with beautifully landscaped grounds. It has been standing at its present location since 1908. The Governor-General performs official duties as the representative of Queen Elizabeth II, Jamaica's monarch and head of state.
|This parish in Surrey is one of eight parishes that lie on the south side of the island. The parish is renowned because one of its towns was the site of the 1865 rebellion of ex-slaves led by Paul Bogle. The ruins of Stokes Hall Great House are also situated there. Can you name this parish? ||Jamaican Parishes in Surrey
St. Thomas. St. Thomas, a very mountainous parish, is well watered by rivers and its coastline is dotted with many cliffs and sandy beaches. The town of Morant Bay is the capital of St. Thomas and it was in this town that the 1865 rebellion was ruthlessly crushed by the government. More than 700 people perished. Paul Bogle was hanged, but he has now been accorded Jamaica's highest honour, that of National Hero.
Stokes Hall Great House is located near Morant Bay. It is one of several great houses that can still be found all over the island. A great house was the home of the owner or of the overseer of a plantation or estate. Stokes Hall was built in 1710 by slaves owned by Luke Stokes, the former Governor of Nevis. The house was destroyed by earthquake in 1907 and now stands in ruins. There are plans at present to restore Stokes Hall as a heritage tourism site.