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October 30th 1735: John Adams born

On this day in 1735, the American Founding Father John Adams was born in Quincy, Massachusetts. A direct descendant of Puritan settlers from the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Adams was educated at Harvard University and became a lawyer. Adams long held reservations about British colonial rule, but raised eyebrows when he defended British soldiers accused of killing civilians in the 1770 Boston Massacre. He played an active role in the American Revolution as a representative at the First Continental Congress in 1774 and helped draft the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Adams was also one of the delegates sent to Paris to negotiate the end of the war with Britain. In 1789 Adams was nominated for the American presidency but came second to George Washington and, per Constitutional provisions at the time, became Vice-President. He served as Washington’s Vice-President for the duration of his two terms and after Washington left office Adams ran for President of his own accord. Adams won the election in 1796 and became the second President of the United States. As President, Adams successfully kept the United States out of the ongoing European war with France. However the public supported the war and Adams lost his 1800 re-election campaign to Thomas Jefferson. Adams then retired from public life and died on July 4th 1826, the 50th anniversary of American independence, the same day as his friend Jefferson. Adams’s son John Quincy became the sixth President in 1825.

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“Prince Harry is presened with a headdress by dancers in Sumara Village in the Guyana Hinterland on day 13 of an official visit to the Caribbean on December 3, 2016 in Sumara, Guyana. Prince Harry’s visit to The Caribbean marks the 35th Anniversary of Independence in Antigua and Barbuda and the 50th Anniversary of Independence in Barbados and Guyana.” 

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Happy 50th Independence Jamaica!

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In celebration of Jamaican independence check out this radio show that was aired on BBC 1Xtra yesterday…Listen carefully and you might even get to hear my voice a couple times talking about my Jamaican Mummy!

Shout out to Jade for the hard work she put in this! You done great my girl, thoroughly enjoyed hearing the stories and clearly Mother Marriott did too with the way she was jussa shimmying on down to them tunes! 

One word. CERFITICATE.

I’m dead! I love you Jamaica!

Catch the radio show here

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Presidential Death Beds & Independence Day

Here’s a little history trivia about this special day

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, Founding Fathers and the second and third Presidents of the United States, both died on July 4, 1826, on the 50th anniversary of Independence Day. 

Because of their opposing views on politics as well as their contrasting personalities, the two men were not on friendly terms, and rumor has it that Adams’ last words on his deathbed were “Jefferson survives.” Little did he know that Jefferson had actually died five hours earlier.

Leaving you with that conversation starter, we hope you celebrate this day with friends and family and feast like the Romans!

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R.I.P. Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, 1st Prime Minister and founding father.
It’s the end of an era for a country as young as ours. 

I don’t think I’ve ever thought about the national anthem while singing it 200 times a year (of which I actually sing- 0. I observe.) Today was a first. We’ve been talking about our 50th year of independence since our 47th… this year will be an epic celebration in his honour. 

Him in that last pic -us ejected from Malaysia in 1965- teared for the uncertain future. Iconic how Singapore achieved developed status in just one generation. The true spirit of LKY- never say die. 

I feel unnaturally, uncomfortably patriotic (tho it won’t last).

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Prince Harry to Meet Rihanna on Caribbean Royal Tour
Prince Harry will appear with music superstar Rihanna during his upcoming two-week royal tour of the Caribbean. Harry, 32, will join Rihanna at a celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of Barbados’ independence from British rule. Rihanna, a native of Barbados, is expected to sing the national...
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Prince Harry will appear with music superstar Rihanna during his upcoming two-week royal tour of the Caribbean.

Harry, 32, will join Rihanna at a celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of Barbados’ independence from British rule. Rihanna, a native of Barbados, is expected to sing the national anthem at the celebration, accompanied by a choir of children.

Harry will tour nine different countries and Commonwealth realms throughout the Caribbean from Nov. 20 to Dec. 4. Harry, who is now one of the monarchy’s best weapons at diplomacy, will be there to generate goodwill in the Caribbean.

The tour will focus on themes important to Harry, including social issues, young people and the military and conservation efforts that will include visiting baby sea turtles and exploring the natural beauty of the region.

“Prince Harry holds special memories of his last visit to the Caribbean, and of the warmth, friendliness and sense of fun that comes so naturally to this region,” Kensington Palace said in a statement. “His Royal Highness is greatly looking forward to meeting more of the people who call it home, and for the opportunity during this tour to be visiting some countries for the first time.“

Harry, fifth-in-line to the British throne, has made two previous official visits to the Caribbean, where he often spent holidays as a child with Prince William and their late mother, Princess Diana.

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Hear Me - The Very Best (featuring Chris Baio on bass)

We wrote this song in May 2014, only days before the Malawi general elections. It was also the 50th anniversary for Malawi independence from colonial rule. One day we where sitting outside the house listening to the radio and Joyce Banda (the president that day) was talking about something to do with the election and progress, or lack of progress for Malawi as a nation. we put an iPhone next to the radio and recorded some her voice. thats the voice you can hear in the beginning of the song. Esau really wanted to write a song about the corruption, poverty, struggle of Malawi, and how frustrated he was about the fact that very little has changed since independence. We recorded the whole song that day, and the ext day we asked the local church choir to come in and record some choir vocals for it. As with most vocals and instrumentation on this record, we recorded them outdoors, on the beach, singing the bridge and last chorus with Esau. Back in London a month later Chris Baio from Vampire Weekend came in and played bass on the song.

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Prince Harry plays with students during his visit to Holy Trinity Primary School and Nursery on the third day of an official visit on November 22, 2016 in Barbuda, Antigua and Barbuda. He joins the school children preparing celebrations for the school’s 93rd anniversary of their Founders’ Day. Prince Harry’s visit to The Caribbean marks the 35th Anniversary of Independence in Antigua and Barbuda and the 50th Anniversary of Independence in Barbados and Guyana.

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Recap Day Eleven (Barbados) - Caribbean Tour 2016

November 30: Due to torrential rains, the event scheduled for the morning was postponed. Prince Harry instead made an impromptu visit to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, a place he visited in 2010, where he was able to meet staff and patients. During this unscheduled visit, Harry spoke with Dr Kumar about Barbados’s success in eradicating mother to child HIV transmission. That afternoon, Harry joined guests at the Officers’ Mess at St Ann’s Fort, where the Prime Minister delivered a speech and raised a ‘Toast to the Nation’. Afterwards, he attended the reveal of the 50th Anniversary of Independence National Monument which had been postponed previously due to bad weather. Harry concluded his night by attending the Golden Anniversary Spectacular Mega Concert. This extravaganza, held at the Garrison Savannah, highlighted the last five decades of Barbadian history with live performances featuring the best of Barbadian talent - from singers and dancers, to orchestras, icons and celebrated entertainers, one of whom was Rihanna. Here, Harry took in the celebrations, and delivered a short speech before the concert kicked off.

Details of the Duchess of Cambridge’s first solo foreign tour - to Malta - on behalf of the Queen have been released by Kensington Palace. Kate will undertake some 10 engagements during the visit to mark Malta’s 50th anniversary of independence…. The Duchess’s itinerary includes meetings with Malta’s President at the San Aton Palace, where she will be staying, and Prime Minister. The Duchess will also view a re-enactment of an historical event in the Palace Square at Valletta and visit the National Library…..