Columns

Columns

In a Manner of Speaking . . .

Mr. Manners was musing about the “between he and I” vs. the “between him and me” conundrum. Of course, for Mr. Manners, it was no conundrum at all since he is a self-proclaimed expert in...

View from the Hammock: Critiquing the TripAdvisor Critics

I have a hard time dealing with petty whiners. The planet is full of them nowadays, and you can’t escape them. They are at my local pub, on CNN, Fox News, our radio talk...

The Warmest of Cayman Welcomes to Our New Governor

If readers will flip back three pages, they will encounter on Page 16 our new governor’s “Welcome Message” to all who visit these Cayman Islands. But since our governor used “his page” to welcome newcomers...

View from the Hammock: Remembering ‘The Queen of Breakers’

I always loved the little shabby looking house down Old School Lane in Breakers. It was located so close to the water the sea spray had formed a layer of salt crystals over the...

Dos and Don’ts For Saying ‘I’m Sorry’

Because Mr. Manners’ manners, behavior, and decorum are exemplary, even impeccable by nearly any civilized standard, he rarely finds himself in situations where apologies are called for. That is quite an advancement from his earlier...

Your Editor’s Guide to What’s Inside . . .

Grand Cayman Magazine, we think, rightly should focus on the sunnier side of things. It’s a good news publication, and there’s plenty of good news to tell.

The Rude and the Crude

The good thing about bad manners is that they can easily be transformed into good manners and thoughtful behavior.

View from the Hammock: What’s the big rush?

Every time I make an annoying trip to George Town, I ask myself the same question – “Why are people in such a hurry, what’s the rush?” It’s an asphalt insane asylum out there –...

What the Government Must Learn from the Private Sector

You’ve heard it before: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”; “the glass is either half-empty or half-full”; “which do you want to hear first, the good news or...

Less-Than-Mannerly Advice To ‘Noisemakers’: Shaddup!

Let us state the obvious: Mr. Manners was never a whizbang in school. He went to a college (really more of a country club) that catered to sons and daughters of wealthy parents who...

A Bit of Barking from Cayman’s Troubadour

It’s assumed that if you are alone, you must be lonely, or there must be something wrong with you. That scenario may well fit some, however for this hammock-swinging, shoeless troubadour, aloneness is something I...

If The Ritz-Carlton Ran the Airport …

Mr. Manners, as you might surmise, is a frequent flyer. Half the time (perhaps more), he’s not even sure where he is, what time zone he’s in, or what language he should be speaking. Those...

View from the Hammock: Stupid People with Smartphones

In my hammock, after a recent performance, I mused over what’s becoming a regular occurrence at nearly every show: smartphones in the hands of less-than-smart people. On stage I have a panoramic view of the...

Maintaining – No, Improving – The Quality of Grand Cayman Magazine

One of the misconceptions about Grand Cayman Magazine, even after nearly a dozen years of publishing, is that it’s just another pretty face most comfortable on the coffee tables (pretty face up) of Cayman’s...

When Male Behaviour Gets Really Bad

Mr. Manners is morose. Worse. Blue, blue, indigo blue. He – no, really the island – has suffered a setback. Mr. Manners had taken his position of “arbiter of all things mannerly” with Pinnacle Media...

The Cayman Islands: When Only the Best Will Do

Leave it to Barefoot Man, also known locally as Cayman’s signature troubadour, to capture the heart of what makes Cayman, well, Cayman. His real name, as most know, is George Nowak (see his column...

How I Deal With the ‘Charity Annoyance’

I’m sure everyone has encountered them, the school-spirited kids that stand outside of stores and ask for money to buy new sports uniforms. Or some individual who holds out a plastic jar with a child’s...
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