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6/3/12: Prince Harry and the University campus

Prince Harry was at the Mona Campus of UWI (University of West Indies) today!  I know this because I read about it on the news before and after.  And Marcia tells me that she was held up for 15 minutes in trying to get in.  And Camella tells that the security cards at the main entrance were wearing smart new jackets - not at the side pedestrian entrance which I mostly use, though.  So whilst I was on site at the time, had no awareness that anything was going on.  Still, the pictures with him and Usain Bolt looked as if he had a good time, which I'm pleased about.  Oh - the poster I mentioned on Sunday had come down by the end of the day, that's pretty efficient!

So, I'm not sure how good the segue is from Prince Harry's visit to the Campus to the site of the Campus itself.  Jolly interesting going round finding signs (some of which are reproduced below).  Over time what is now the University campus has been a sugar plantation worked by slaves, with an aqueduct now disused running through to provide water for the beginning of the refinement process:

An internment camp during the Second World War:

And the University campus since the origination of the University of West Indies in 1948.

The chapel goes back to the eighteenth century, I believe:

Not sure why I like the sign below so much, maybe it's the juxtaposition of mathematics and earthquakes:

I heard the comments of the Prime Minster, Portia Miller Simpson, on wanting to move towards having its own president as the final step away from the British colonial past and all that brought.  I do not want to take a position on this, but absolutely understand and respect Ms Miller Simpson's position.  This country has a great deal to be proud of, and the University of West Indies, Mona Campus, is undoubtedly one of those things.

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