A kite too far

The flying of kites by the children of West Bay, George Town and Bodden Town has now been effectively banned unless they are to embrace shortness of height. The joys of a kite dancing on a long, taut string in defiance of gravity now appears to be condemned to history. The only occasion in recent memory of a similar act was by the Taliban of Afghanistan. The likely explanation will be the potential interference with that great white elephant, the black RCIPS helicopter. The Mullahs attempted to promulgate their views on an unreceptive society and we now know the result of that unfortunate experiment.

There is some hope in the indefatigable Franz Manderson who quietly goes about his business seeking solutions to our society’s problems while surrounded by people who have no real connection to these Islands but plan its future. The recent amendments to the Penal Code suggest Big Brother seeks no assembly, shades or any public display of the Caribbean spirit.

The quasi egalitarian gesture of sitting up front with the chauffeur is lost on a people now relegated to the back of the bus. Clearly we should beware those who briefly sojourn here but make permanent changes to the Caymanian way of life.

Peter Polack


  1. i live in West Bay and kids flying kites is not the problem. It is the adults that have these humming kites (and believe me they should be called screaming kites) They leave them up all night long and they keep you up all night. Kites being flown thru the day should not be banned the ones left up all night should be. Those to me would pose the most danger to the helicopter and they are also a BIG nucance. The police need to either keep cutting away these kites if they cant find an owner. maybe then they would get the point but if the owner is found they should be fined for disturbing the peace.

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