|Ocho Rios, Rhapsodomancy, and Double Jeopardy
||[Feb. 13th, 2008|04:04 pm]
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Travel Destination of the Week|
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Known as "Ochee" to the locals, Ocho Rios, Jamaica, is one of the most popular cruise ship ports in the Caribbean. A rough translation from Spanish suggests the name means eight rivers, however this is a popular misconception. The town got its name from a corruption of the Spanish "chorreras" or waterfalls which run the length of the coastline east of the town. A series of streams cascade out of the limestone and this is why Jamaicans say that in Ocho Rios, "heaven spills into the seas." Dunn's River, the island's premier attraction, gives visitors the opportunity to climb the falls which cascade down a giant 600 foot limestone staircase. For the less adventurous, ordinary steps with hand rails are available. The best time to visit is during the off-season between April and November. This way, one can avoid crowds and high prices.
I've actually been to Ocho Rios. I remember we climbed a waterfall. They have all these tours you can go on. Also, make sure you wear sunscreen because even if it's cloudy, you can BURN. And if you try to buy something from a marketplace, don't accept the first price. The sellers WANT YOU to haggle with them.
Word of the Week
Rhapsodomancy - the seeking of guidance through the chance selection of a passage in literature.
This term goes back to the ancient Greeks, in which verses uttered by the oracles were transcribed for random consultation in the sybilline books, or in which a phrase from one of the poets was picked on for guidance. Rhapsodomancy comes from the Greek rhapsoidos, someone who recites epic poems, particularly the Homeric odes; its roots are rhaptein, “to sew together; stitch” and oide, “song” (the source of our word ode), so such a person was a “weaver of songs”. It is closely related to our rhapsody, which originally meant a section of an epic poem suitable for reading at one time, but which later took on the modern sense of some exaggeratedly enthusiastic or self-indulgently effusive piece of writing or music.
Government Fact of the Week
Double jeopardy is a procedural defense (and, in many countries such as the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan and India, a constitutional right) that forbids that a defendant be tried twice for the same crime. At common law a defendant may plead autrefois acquit or autrefois convict (a peremptory plea); meaning the defendant has been acquitted or convicted of the same offence. If this issue is raised, evidence will be placed before the court, which will normally rule as a preliminary matter whether the plea is substantiated, and if it so finds, the projected trial will be prevented from proceeding.
This is why OJ Simpson can write a book called "If I Did It, Here's How It Would Have Happened" and not get arrested. This is probably also why they're coming down so hard on him for breaking into a Vegas hotel room and trying to steal some merchandise.