Newspaper’s ‘Jack’ blooper

| 05/10/2014

Cayman News Service(CNS): The newspaper that has tended of late to wallow in self-praise of its professionalism and scrupulous fact checking plopped a howler on its front page Friday. Apparently not thinking it odd that Hollywood superstar Jack Nicholson, one of the wealthiest and most award-nominated actors in American history with a net worth of $400 million, would arrive in Cayman on board a packed cruise ship, The Cayman Compass happily printed a picture of Tortuga Rum Company founder Robert Hamaty with “Nicholson”. It wasn’t, of course, the real Jack but professional impersonator Jack Bullard of Las Vegas, Nevada (left). According to Hamaty, he looked and spoke just like the real deal. “The staff called me (in) my office upstairs to say come and meet him,” he said.

The Compass reported on its front page on Friday 3 October: “Mr Nicholson got an opportunity to sample some cigars at Tortuga Rum Company on Wednesday, where he dropped in during a cruise ship visit to Grand Cayman.” (See below)

It doesn’t seem likely. Nicholson (the real one) has appeared in numerous films, notably Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, Chinatown, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Shining, Reds, Terms of Endearment, Batman, A Few Good Men, As Good as It Gets, About Schmidt, Something's Gotta Give, and The Departed.

He set a record for his role as the Joker in Tim Burton's Batman in 1989 by negotiating for a percentage of the movie's gross earnings, which earned him $60 million cumulatively – so, not your average passenger on a Carnival cruise ship.

In a recent editorial about misinformation from a government source, the Compass Editorial Board wrote: “[R]ather than rushing to our keyboards to copy-and-paste from the official script, we acted as any professional news organization should: We picked up the phone …”

Sadly, this time the keyboards were rushed to and the phone was ignored. A mea culpa is expected Monday. 

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  1. Mack says:

    Have you seen the "Are you really Tom Cruise video? "  Robbie  it shows that you can take a joke ! They can't handle the truth !


  2. Anon. says:

    CNS, touché!

  3. Anonymous says:

    OMG No one can make a mistake? Really? Come on now you all knew that he wasn't Jack Nickelson? God please don't teach them too hard. They in for a surprise.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Cayman is FULL of "imposters", all in plain sight, every day.  We are all too impressed with $$$ to take a closer look.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, and the "Press" gives them credibilty because it keeps them in a job. I am tired of the subterfuge in all walks of life. Why can't we all just be honest with each other, do an honest day's work and lay down to sleep.

      I wonder if the "Press" supports that ideal?

    • Love me some patties says:

      Did anyone really think Jack was on Carnival?

      • Let’s think this through,,,
      • Jack gets on a airplane
      • Jack arrives at Pt. Canaveral
      • Jack checks in on 3 day cruise.
      • Jack eats repeated buffet food for trip
      • Jack says let's get some patties

      ahahahahaahahahah this is hilarious and as much as I love patties, Jack is not getting on a bus and buying anything direct on island, celebrities do not operate like that, now C,D,E stars do but not him. This is to funny……….P.S. even my wife fell for it……

  5. Anonymous says:

    The Compass professional? It often publishes kids sports articles written by totally unbiased parents. Things such as facts, statisics, and actual awards to other kids, are completely irrelevant. 

  6. Anonymous says:

    While we are on a (deservedly) "Compass Bashing" binge, could someone explain the change in the "Journal "which is published on the first Wednesday of each month. I used to look forward to receiving it, and still do, but what has happened to the section containing food and wine articles, photographs of local celebrities with  fancy foreign names , and of course the crossword puzzle? These  items have been absent for the last two months. Can someone there explain this? I thought not.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Today, Tuesday, another "selfie" tribute to the publisher in their editorial. "The Compass, led by publisher David R. Legge, is more than willing to open up the pages of this newspaper "…

    Can you see him now;  riding his white steed into battle at the front of the forces . Charging off to do his handlers bidding!  LOL

    • Anonymous says:

      I know, it's like something out of North Korea at times ("Hail to the Publisher's Greatness and Magnaminity!"). However, there is method in their madness (at least for me) because all the postering and general crackers naivety in most of the Compass editorials (like today's) keeps me coming back for more. (Oh, I envisage him rather as a Compass sandwhich man wondering around Caymana Bay myself!)


  8. MEM says:

    LOL!!! "fairly convincing impersonator" the Compass writes… you mean so fairly that he made their front page, highlighted spot???

    • Anonymous says:

      This is what gets me with the compass!  They are so U.S. centric with their news in stead of Caribbean centric – too much! 

    • Anonymous says:

      Well said. What a load of nonsense – "fairly convincing'? Brent, you're in denial, mate. And you need to stop scribbling stuff like this if you want to be taken seriously by the Caymanian readership, always assuming this is of importance to you. You lot at the Compass got taken to the cleaners by this dude, and (when you really think about it) if he was only "fairly" convincing then surely this makes you all the bigger a sucker, doesn't it? Get off that pedistal, sportsfan, before you fall off it. You ain't as smart as you think and your readership 'ain't as stupid as you evidently think. Get real, pal.

  9. robert hamaty says:

    A politician in parliament was ones accused by the opposition of making lots of mistakes in his ministry  he replied    I am entitled to that’s why pencils have erasers.  (TORTUGA MISTAKES JACK NICHOLSON )


    A woman had a vision with the lord and asked him lord how much longer will I live he responded 40 more years she went and had $20,000 worth of plastic surgery . two days later crossing the road was hit down by a truck and killed.  First meeting with the lord she said why did you let this happen to me and you said 40 more years .the lord replied to be honest I seen the truck coming but I did not recognize you.  (TORTUGA DID NOT RECOGNIZE  JACK BULLARD)

    • Anonymous says:

      No one is having a go at you, Robert. Your mistake was understandable. It is the pompous, self-righteous Cayman Compass that we are getting at.

      • Anonymous says:

        I agree Robbie- this wasnt your error. You didnt report it- THEY DID so they must be held to shame. We are having a laugh at the Compass and Legges expense. Proves why I dont waste my 50 cents buying the damn paper- its worthless.

      • Anonymous says:

        Absolutely correct. You 'ain't got nothing to do with this, Robert. And rest assured this guy was NOT sent to your rum cake factory by the company on some kind of a mission to deceive you. The real target was the Cayman Compass, whose constant bragging about being super efficient on intel had irked even Langley. Evidently they decided the Compass needed taking down a peg or two, lest they were shown up, hence the arrival of  "Jack" downstairs inquiring about the availability of them Cuban cigars.

        • Anonymous says:

          Folks, that bit about the CIA was a joke, okay? Just wanted to make sure.

  10. Will Shakespeare says:

    Just looked at the Compass online. No mea culpa, no falling on swords, not a whiff of humble pie, not even an apology for misleading the public. It's more like a correction. "It wasn't THAT jack, it was just a really really good impersonator. So not our fault really."

    So much for all those claims of journalistic integriy in those awful pompous editorials.

  11. robert hamaty says:

    neither the staff or I  knew  it was not JN . I thought he looked young but these days Hollywood and plastic surgery anything is possible. He also had a lady friend that he would not let us take pictures with  so I figured may be a girlfriend he is hiding  with on a secret cruise trip .His voice was identical ,he signed the book , got back to my office and goggled  Carnival paradise cabin U-98 a lovely suite figured it must be him. I then forward the pictures to the compass. Have a look how good this guy is  as MC the likes of George Clooney , Brad Pitt ,Angelina Jolie  all giving a standing  ovation. . Sorry if it caused the compass any problems. good news  better than bad news  Regards Robert hamaty         

    cabin u-98

    • Anonymous says:

      This guy does this for a living. In my mind there is no question he pressed his head through the pattie take out window and said, "Heeereees Johnny". 

      Bet he was in character the entire time he was on island. 

      Didn't a certain "Italian" on island claim to be the founder of a major shoe company for years?

      • The Undercover Reporter says:

        Hey 10:27, You mean the same Italian that claimed he owned a condo at the Ritz Carlton? He's no Italian! He's a Turk! I tried speaking Italian with the impostor a few times  but he could never respond to me . He's a fake! There are a lot like him in these Islands, by the way!

        • Real Italiano says:

          10:27 and 16:29, you are both 100% accurate on this "Italian/Greek" imposter. He is 100% Turk, born and bred muslim and claims he is ALDO and has over 1600 stores. One of the biggest frauds this island has seen. Beware of fakes Cayman. They are all around you.

          • Anonymous says:

            Well, bit of a difference between a good natured impersonator and an imposter. Sounds like someone must have got stung for a lot more than a couple of rum cake samples and a free pattie. 

    • Anonymous says:

      Mr. Hamaty, you should just roll with this and be thankful for the publicity. You are now part of an internet meme that has received some widespread circulation on facebook. Tortuga should share the meme to show you can take a joke! By the way, that video you posted is edited and Bullard is not in front of a live audience of movie stars.

      All the best.


    • Just Commentin' says:

      Wow! Mr. Hamaty, you are a class act all the way!  I love your new video “People Will Do Anything To Get A World Famous Tortuga Rum Cake” !!   PRICELESS!

      You are an amazing man with an amazing sense of humour.

      Thanks you for the smiles, Mr. Hamaty. I love the rum cakes [and the rum, of course] but now I am a fan of Robert Hamaty, the Comedy King. God bless you.


  12. Anonymous says:

    So quick and ugly to jump on the Compass: wasn't this Robert Hamaty's error?  

    • Anonymous says:

      News is usually accompanied by an advertisement. Ask any local business what happens these days when they try to issue a "press release".

    • Anonymous says:

      You are missing the point. The Compass has vaunted itself as holding higher journalistic standards than other media in Cayman because it supposedly checks the accuracy of its stories before printing them. This is a glaring example to do just that that follows swiftly on the heels of that boast. 

    • Just Commentin' says:

      Oh…so Mr. Hamaty took a selfie from a distance away. [Long arms, eh?]  and he wrote the story and submitted it to the Compass ordering them to run it without question, or else. This what you're sayin? That seems unlikely to me, but if this is the case then Hamity is responsible. [But I think not.]  The story was pure unadulterated Compass stupidity and the Compass owned up to being the morons in this case. [Which I ain't arguing and neither can you.]

      The great part about this is that the Compass charges exhorbitant rates for advertising and they just gave this impersonator probably the best publicity and testimonial to his skills that he could ever imagine: a nice big colour pic in a top global offshore financial centre's largest newspaper, an accompanying article proving how convincing he is, and a helluva lot of collateral buzz…all for free!  Gotta love that! Ihope he at least sends Legge a Thank-you note.

      My only question to you is: Who ran the story?  The Compass were such clueless sluggards that they did not publish a "mea-culpa" correction until three days after they ran the story. So much for the illusion of timely and accurate journalism that they attempt to dupe us with.


  13. Anonymous says:

    I looked at the picture for about 3 seconds and knew it wasn't the real Jack.  That was pretty obvious.  What p*ssed me off was the fact that they would put something like that on the front page.   Cayman is a destination for many stars, celebs, and wealthy people looking to get away from it all.  The compass should not be encouraging paparazzi or 'star-chasing' in any form.



    • Anonymous says:

      I agree with you 100% but find myself in awe of your powers of discernment. I actually accepted it was Jack!

      • Anonymouse says:

        07/10/2014 – 00:03, The one you are replying to is not the only one with such powers of discernment that you should be in awe of. I too knew it right away. Granted I didn't hear him speak but the smile was not quite right, nor were his style of clothing. That and the fact that there is no way would JN be on a cruise. Much less Carnival!! LOL!     This island is full of simple gullible people. We even had one as Premier.

        • Anonymous says:

          13:01, please accept my apologies for assuming the earlier slueth was the only one with such powers on the island. Rest assurred I am now in awe of you as well. Keep up the good work.

  14. Mark Hennings says:

    Whoops………….but of a boo boo there David.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Humble pie anyone? followed by egg on the face!, hee, hee, ha, ha,ha, hee, hee, giggle, giggle, snicker, snicker, ooops, ooops, shush, da fa real? get it right!

  16. Anonymous says:

    The fact that top quality journalists were fooled by an impersonator will somehow be turned into a reason why Legge's crazed neo-con agenda is the best way forward on local property rights.

    • Anonymous says:

      As a genuine conservative with God-fearing values, I resent being lumped with this chappie. In fact, I would say that he tries so hard to be uber-conservative, he must be a closet liberal. This man and (apparently) his publication are nothing more than a psy-op. They will probably be bought out by the Daily Mail.

  17. Anonymousand says:

    Heeree’s David!
    That’s what you get…you take “Ian” off Cayman”ian” Compass; you even refuse to publish local obituaries anymore (yet splash your chosen “society” obits on your front page).
    Da wa ya get. Bawhahaahhaha

  18. Anonymous says:

    Finally some real news going on in Cayman, I was getting sick and tired of the court case, CUC's bid , crime, missing persons,fire at the dump,unemployment probelms, immigration problems and the rest of it.

    LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!:)

  19. Anonymous says:

    I tried to sign up to post comments on the Compass under the name Jack Nicholson. I wonder how that is going to turn out?

  20. Will Shakespeare says:

    Legge, hoisted by his own petard. Love it.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Wendy/Nicky you made your (justfiable) point but I think your posters-or some of them- are as usual playing into Legge's hands. Like him or not (I don't) he writes well and much better than some of the infantile "see Dick/see Dora"editorial stuff that used to appear under Uzzell. Let's move on. He will probably write an elegant aplogy. He's not a fool. What do we do after that? Crap on him again? And again?

    • anonymous says:

      To the writer of "To Wendy/Nicky…", so the writers at the Compass can put a decent sentence together — wow! Ain't that grand!  In the process, they violate the one thing that makes journalism an honorable profession — impartiality!  

      The Compass constantly has its own axe to grind.  I would rather take a crappy sentence than such wanton disregard for what is otherwise a nobel profession.

       By the way, you are also quite off base here — Nicky and Wendy are not generating these posts — the members of the public just do not like what is going on and are expressing their views.  I see no reason that anyone should sweep these concerns under the rug.

      • Anonymous says:

        What a sorry path our beloved Compass has recently embarked on. And all for what? It is sad to see it self-destructing and degenerating into little more than a special interest mouthpiece pumped full of its own delusions of self righteousness and grandeur. Most of its editorials would be better suited to some kind of a poetry/imaginative-writing course than a balanced and factual commentary on current news issues. Talk about stirring stuff. And who gives a hoot what the publisher was doing during Watergate? This 'ain't no "photo op" for crying out loud. Please, let's try and persuade the previous owners to buy it back – sort out the atrocious spelling – and restore some gravitas to this historic Caymanian publication. Thank you.

        • Anonymous says:

          "Gravitas"? In the old Compass? Or for that matter in Legge's one? Really? Do you know what the word means? The Compass is and always has been just a rinky dink small town paper. In the old days it twisted and turned to please whatever Government was in power. Today, it just follows the Fox News neo-con path. Neither of them was/is capable of "gravitas".

          • Anonymous says:

            Funny guy! Actually it means "dignity, seriouseness, or solemnity of manner".

            Let's look at the second : seriousness. Last week or so in an editorial that was breathlessly expounding the virtues of allowing full-blown Sunday trading here in Cayman we were informed that policemen and (I think it was) health care workers work on Sundays. I didn't know that.

            I could be mistaken, in which case I beg your forgiveness, but I rather get the impression that you were not a huge fan of the old Compass.  But I'd take it any day over the present one, which lacks, in my humble opinion, a dignified recognition of Caymanian culture, history and traditions. I'll get back to you about the solemnity bit, but meantime might I suggest a subscription to "Private Eye" as you appear to be a lot more sophisticated than most of us simple folk living here.

            • Shelagh D says:

              Can anyone give me a paragraph on what Caymanian Culture is? I am fairly new to the island and apart from turtle, catboats, heavy cakes and old time activities  like thatch palm weaving, scratchy violin music and quadrille dancing (which is European), none of which anyone bothers about anymore, I can't see very much and the old people I ask don't seem to know what I'm talking about. The young people seem very "Jamaican or "American" in oulook.

              • Anonymous says:

                Shelagh D, darling, there is no Caymanian Culture. That's why there is so much talk about it and posts on CNS. It's sad. It's a really nice place to live and there are many very decent Caymanian people (and some not so nice) and decent expats (and some not so nice) but there is no Caymanian Culture..with one exception. None worth talking about. No dance. No drama (except poor Frank McField's stuff). No songs. No poems (Leonard Dilbert's are also-rans but at least he tried). No music-the kitchen bands are quite good but hardly memorable – and dear old Radley Gourzong's music which was once pushed in Cayman as really significant is never heard now because the young are so embarrassed by  it. The one exception is the visual arts-not Ms Lassie's stuff which is without merit – but many other local and expat artists who are surprisingly good.

                • Anonymous says:

                  You appear to have a certain check list for what "culture" should contain, and that in itself labels you, I am sorry to say, as somewhat limited intellectually, and rather inward looking in general. You should try and attend some courses on cultural matters, and perhaps seek to broaden your horizons in general. There is much to be learned once you step beyond your own personal experiences I have found. You could as well, sportsfan. Give it a shot, eh?

                  • Anonymous says:

                    I am not the original poster but what in your view should "culture" contain 00:14? I notice people are always very defensive (unserstandably) but no one ever takes up the challenge posed by Shelagh D, namely to write something which would explain to non Caymanian residents and visitors what Caymanian Culture is. By the way, I do not believe there is none but it is elusive.

                    • Just Commentin' says:

                      So, the challenge is to write something which would explain to non Caymanian residents and visitors what Caymanian Culture is?

                      The answer is quite simple albeit not necessarily definitive: "Caymanian Culture is the system of shared beliefs, values, customs, behaviours, and artifacts that the members of our society use to cope with their world and with one another, and that are transmitted from generation to generation through learning."

                      I beg to differ, it is not at all elusive, it is all around you. Look, listen, and learn, Bobo!

                  • Anonymous says:

                    Lots of abuse 00:14 but meedless to say no effort to help Shelagh D or others with a post about Caymanian Culture because of course you simply cannot do it.You can talk it up as being there. You can say I am "somewhat limited intellectually" for my "check list" of cultural criteria as you call it , which in other countries where the intellect is not as mighty as yours obviously is, represents a fair sampling of a considerable part of what culture is generally defined as being. But you simply CANNOT write a post which says what Caymanian Culture is. You CANNOT do it, can you? Much easier to write the "fluff" about attending "courses on cultural matters" and the other guff you have there which I cannot be bothered to lampoon because it is so sad. And just for the record, I hate sports so your final "insult " about me – "sportsfan" – was real sad bastard stuff on your part. But, come on, humiliate me: write a post telling us what Caymanian Culture is in your view. Eh?

                    • Just Commentin' says:

                      I prefer to educate, rather than humiliate you. You do a sterling job of humilitiating yourself so my efforts would pale in comparison.

                      I actually can answer your question and I have a little further down this comment.

                      But first: I say your post is simply baiting us because if you have any clue about how "culture" is definied in the context used here, you should also be savvy enough to realise that it IS impossible to even briefly summarise a culture in the space allowable on this forum. So why botherasking?  Baiting, nothing more. And cheaply transparent baiting at that, I say.  Or, perhaps you are a lemming and scurrying rapidly to jump off the same cliff as Shelagh D? If your challenge is not baiting then I shall proffer that it manifests a very simplistic concept of "culture". 

                      So, after carefully reading your challenge, my equally simplistic and yet absolutely valid reply is: "Caymanian culture is what makes us who we are; Caymanian Culture is what defines us, and what manifests who we are." [My answer being like in quality to the question.]

                      So, THERE! I answered it!  Notwithstanding further fluff from you, I have proved you wrong, eh, Sportfan? 

                • Just Commentin' says:

                  It is all too easy to write foolishness about "culture" that trashes iconic representation of a people's heritage, their arts, etc.  I could just as easily make shallow and unlearned allegations and spew up trash talk similar to yours in regard to French, Mexican, Slovak, Aleut, Indian, American, British, Polynesian, or virtually any land's or people's "culture" – provided that the definition of "culture" is as superficial as yours and my criteria for judgement as vacuous. 

                  Your definition of our culture seems limited to the arts and poetry. Now how shallow is that? It is readily apparent that you have not a clue as to what "culture" is, nor are you qualified to offer an informed opinion thereon. I would advise that you [and Shelagh D] get a decent education, one that includes some study of sociology and culture, [and actually pass the classes] and come back when you have gained some modicum of actual knowledge as to what constitutes and defines "culture". Hopefully then facts and truth will have replaced your silly, ignorant, arrogant opinions.


                  • Anonymous says:

                    Just Commentin', thank you very much for your excellent reply to the ignorant comments above. You expressed my thoughts perfectly.

                  • Anonymous says:

                    Still the recommendations keep coming -this time to do a "study of sociology and culture (and actually pass the classes)" blah blah. But of course, no attempt to give a helpful decription of at least some aspects of Caymanian Culture which would help to throw some light on the "facts and truth".

                    • Just Commentin' says:

                      Ok, game ON! I accept your challenge! Part of a people's culture is their history, how they came to be. I love history, so that will be my contribution: an historical tidbit about our earliest history as a people.

                      The following is an excerpt from the transcript of George Gauld's observations about Grand Cayman from a Royal Navy survey in 1773:

                      'The Island was originally settled by one of Oliver Cromwell's soldiers named Bodden, who had been at the taking of Jamaica. Old Isaac Bodden, his grandson, a native of the Island, now upwards of 70 years of age, remembers when there were only five families; but at this time, there are 21 at the SouthSide, which we have called Bodden Town, 13 at the West End, commonly called the Hogsties, 3 at the East End and 2 at Spot's Bay; in all 39 families, consisting of at least 200 white people and above same number of Negroes and Mulattoes.'

                      'The Island produces a great quantity of cotton, which is their principle article of export besides Turtle; but for their own consumption, and to supply the vessels that pass by, they raise Indian corn, yams, sweet potatoes. pompions, plantains, melons, limes oranges and most kinds of the fruits and vegetables that are to be found in Jamaica. The Sugar Cane likewise grows very well. There are plenty of goats on the Islands, but neither sheep nor black cattle, and only two horses, which were lately brought there from Jamaica by accident.'  [Source: Cayman Islands National Archive]

                      Satisfied, Bobo???  See? It can be done. The hard way. One fact at a time. You may even have to settle down and read, eh?  Over a LOT of pages as it is a subject not able to be summarised in one or two paragraphs. But anyway, relative to this thread, I have discharged my social responsibility as a Caymanian to educate others about my culture. Even if those questions are blatant baiting by ignorant morons. Hopefully the morons will shut the cuff up on the issue now.

                      The truth is that anyone seriously interested in learning about our culture can go to the Cayman Islands National Archive and get reliable information. Also the public library has books about the islands and its people, as do bookstores. I would imagine they could audit a course on the history of our islands. Go to the art exhibits, see the shows and concerts, read books. Go online and seek the info for yourself.  Mingle among the people. Learn how to learn. Why settle for a few lines in an online forum when you can get valuable insight through diligent study?

                      I would proffer that any expat with a true desire to learn something of our culture has many means of doing so at their disposal.  This forum is not the venue to get lessons about culture. Even though you had to be spoon-fed like a baby, you learned something today. Congratulations!

              • Anonymous says:

                Well, giving you a paragraph based on my own thirty-five years of residency would be largely a waste of my time and yours. My advice is to keep an open mind (avoid shallow thinking above anything else) and live here for a long time. You'll learn about Caymanian culture for sure. Incidentally, have you visted the Cayman Islands National Museum?

                • Anonymous says:

                  Why would it be a waste of time?

                  • Anonymous says:

                    Because "culture" is such a vast subject. It'd be like trying to describe the rise and fall of the Roman Empire in a paragraph. Visiting the museum and reading some of the histories (eg "A History of the Cayman Islands" by Neville Williams) would be a worthwhile start if you are genuinely interested. (And for any "scholarly" wags our there, no, I am not comparing Cayman to the Roman Empire!)

              • Anonymous says:

                                     Shelagh D,since you say "Can anyone give me a paragraph on what Caymanian Culture is?….. I can't see very much "it is obvious that you know what you are trying to see , perhaps you should tell us exactly what you are looking for.Are you looking for a British Opera House or Broadway playhouse? Then certainly you will not find it here ,after all that would not be Caymanian culture since culture refers to a peoples way of life.Incidentally you managed to list quite a few activities that are or have been part of the Caymanian way of life (ie culture) but you disregard them perhaps they do not fit into your mould of what culture is or should be.Unfortunately the reason persons like yourself are having a hard time finding evidence of Caymanian Culture is that you are looking for your own culture in a Cayman setting, rather than looking for the Caymanian way of doing things (Caymanian way of life or Caymanian culture).

              • Just Commentin' says:

                Sure Shelagh, I would be more than happy to oblige.  However, my response is predicated on you sharing two simple but quite important parameters, without which your assignment is rendered essentially rhetorical rather than practical: Please share with me your definition of "Culture".  And, please clarify approximately how many words this "paragraph" should contain. Of course, knowing how many and which of the basic levels at which culture is manifest you wish reported would be helpful, too. 

                Please allow me to assist:

                Do you desire that I elucidate on values and mores? I would suggest that in time and upon your further assimilation into our culture you will find  the answer for yourself, provided you know what you are looking for.

                Underlying motivations and assumptions? A bit trickier to fathom and grasp, but given enough time you should discover much for yourself.

                Observable artifacts, ritualistic and iconic manifestations?  Very easy, unless one has sensory-related physical deficits.

                I might caution you that – depending on your editorial skills and the brevity or verbosity of your definition, how concise that definition, and what levels you desire me to focus – you may well find that the definition and scope of the assignment itself takes several sentences; in other words, your answer will take up more than a paragraph.  At which point I should think you would come to the realisation that your request is an invitation to an impossible task. Impossible not due to the absence of culture, but because Caymanian [and yea most any] culture is far more complex an issue than to lend itself to be even briefly outlined in a mere paragraph. [Depending of course on the allowable size of the paragraph.]  

                The quick-start step to get an understanding of what I mean would be for you to quickly summarise the ways your native culture is similar to ours and how it differs. Then, relative to each point, delve into the reasons why . By using this one exercise, Caymanian culture will start to reveal itself to all but the most obtuse observer.

    • Anonymous says:

      Great suggestion. Keep going – 'til he packs his little game in and moves on!

    • Anonymous says:

      Heck yeah! Again and again! I know this is a joke that I will be telling to every visitor to the island I meet. I will be telling my grand children about it. I am going to frame the pic and article and make a shrine for dunces.

      Legge deserves his nose rubbed in it for eternity. My wish for Legge's personal hell after he dies is that he has to re-live this weekend over and over and over for all eternity.

      God rejoices in the fall of the haughty and laughs at the calamity of the proud mighty ones. I side with God on this one. 

      God and I say, Haa, haaaaaa! 

      So yeah…  Let the crap fly.  

    • Anonymous says:

      No apology, elegant or otherwise, in sight, just an admission that they were duped.,-Tortuga/

      Should we conclude that he is indeed a fool?

      Since Legge likes to crap on others it is time he had his comeuppance. I don't see how the response to this "plays into Legge's hands".

  22. Anonymous says:

    From Wikipedia…

    Suspension of disbelief or willing suspension of disbelief is a term coined in 1817 by the poet and aesthetic philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who suggested that if a writer could infuse a "human interest and a semblance of truth" into a fantastic tale, the reader would suspend judgement concerning the implausibility of the narrative.


    • Anonymous says:

      To "from Wikipedia…", yes, I think that is what the Compass is hoping for with these "elegant" turns of phrase; unfortunately, you can fool some of the people some of the time … But not all of the people all of the time."  I am sure that Samuel Taylor Cooleridge would agree with that.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Yeah it was funny as hell, but who cares please stick to the news instead of trying to justify yourself by making others look bad…

  24. Anonymous says:

    CNS, thanks for working on you days off to keep this thread updated!

    CNS: We have days off?

  25. Anonymous says:

    What's this, someone cocked up and it wasn't a Civil Servant? gasp, say it ain't so David!!! eat your humble pie my friend, something about the higher a monkey climbs the more his behind shows come to mind, word of advice, you should always remain grounded, your recent pious attitude on various issues left a lot to be desired, good to see you getting your come upon.

  26. Anon says:

    It all makes sense now! I told my daughter it was crazy thet he would book a commercial cruise when he has sooooooo much money, and could buy the whole ship. The real Jack is an iconic and amazing actor. I am a fan of the real actor, but enjoyed the little deception, at least it gives us some water cooler fodder.

  27. Otherview says:

    Does anybody read the Compass anymore?  I worked in a service station in Cayman and we sent 48, out of 50 copies delivered, to Mt. Trashmore every day????????

    • Anonymous says:

      Were the two copies both bought by an odd American squeaking far right nonsense?

    • Anonymous says:

      Why did you not recycle them?

      • Anonymous says:

        Is there somewhere to take raw sewage?  Because we are talking about a pile of crap here.

    • Anonymous says:

      Oh no…the staff and animals at the Humane Society would have been very happy to use those papers!

  28. 4Cayman says:

    I trust this finally sets the record straight how bias the reporting/news is from the cay compass. I read with much disgust recently their views on the dump and it was directed as to why the dump must be moved to Bodden Town. 

    Why should Dart's properties viewed more valuable than my piece of lot?


    • Anonymous says:

      The answer to your question is because of who REALLY owns the Compass now. It should be obvious.

    • Anonymous says:

      I have question too.. Why should your proprty be valued more that my GT home and everyone elses in Cayman? I bet you feel just fine dumping all your garbage in my yard for the last 20 Years..

      • Anonymous says:

        Don't blame them. Our successive governments relocated the dump from the Smith Road Oval to upwind of our amazing beach and right next to our North Sound. They have kept it there for decades. 

  29. Cheese face says:

    Apparently Brad Pitt is here though. Ope no, wait, it's just me.

    True story.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Quite why the new owners of the Compass have felt the need to constantly crow on about their credibility is a mystery to me. As far as I was aware the paper never had a credibility issue all the thirty odd years I've been reading it (except for that famous and seriously bonkers appeal to identify two robbers from a front page line drawing of two hoods with piercing eyes!) and has coexisted amicably alongside other news outlets. Surely there is a certain lack of confidence, even amateurism, about a newspaper that feels the need to repeatedly remind its readership that it is a "good" newspaper that takes great pains to be accurate. There have been other puzzling changes for sure. 1. Each issue is peppered with spelling mistakes, including (initially) the names of government departments  2. Front page non-news items about the publisher/publishers 3. A steady stream of opinion pieces copied  from U.S. newspapers (on the letters page next to the editorials) and clearly directed soley towards a U.S. readership. 4. Editorials that are hopelessly biased. 5. Editorials that appear to be written by persons with little to no knowledge and understanding of Caymanian society and the Caymanian people and its history 6. Editorials that make preposterous and hilariously juvenile suggestions about politicians making "pledges". 7 Editorials that are not based on reality, example : that the GT MLAs will be angry with the Bodden Town MLAs for having to keep the dump in their district. (Really?!) Keep up the good work CNS!

    • Anonymous says:

      My main gripe is their switch to American English. If you come to our country, you should learn to spell like the rest of us IMHO

      • Anonymous says:

        I don't think I would go that far

      • Anonymous says:

        Why do you all spell "tire" with a "y"? (tyre).  I am just curious.

        • Anonymous says:

          I dunno. There is the argument that U.S. English spellings are closer to older English spellings, I once heard. But then spellings varied in centuries past, apparently. But the point remains that British English is used in Cayman, not American English. It's part of Cayman's identity – like driving on the left!

        • Anonymous says:

          Is the thumbs down because you all don't spell tire with a "y"? Now I am not only curious, but confused.

        • Anonymous says:

          Because it is the correct way!

      • Anonymous says:

        I agree completely. I cannot personally make head nor tail of the rationale behind the change from the British English used here in Cayman to American English, particularly in a newspaper that touts itself as being at the core of Caymanian society. It makes about as much sense as publishing a paper in the U.S. (let's say "The Washington Post") using British English – utterly crackers. For whoever dreamed up the change, this just in : Cayman is a British Overseas Territory. We use,er, British English here. Just like in Florida they use American English, okay?

        • Anon says:

          We use Ametican English because they are our primary trading partner, duh.

          • Anonymous says:

            No, "we" don't use American English,actually. You might. The official form of English in Cayman is British English, er, "duh". Put your thinking cap on. Incidentally, a trading partner is a two way deal. What does Cayman export to the U.S ?

      • Anonymous says:

        There's very little British English spoken in Cayman, and there are many fewer Brits than Americans and Canadians. Most of the English spoken here is something else entirely.

        • Anonymous says:

          Yep, I get your point! (But the written form remains, as I'm sure you recognise.)

    • anonymous says:

      To "Quite why the new owners…", thank you. Well said. I especially support point 4 — "Editorials that are hopelessly biased."  Obviously the Compass does not seem to understand that an editorial that is holding itself to best practises in the journalism profession must be evidence-based.  That is, it cannot make wild, biased statements that bear no resemblance to the facts, either stated or implicit. 

      There is a saying in the Caribbean, "Buy me for a fool but don't sell me for one." Compass, we are not as stupid as you think.  We know the real thing when we see it.

      I, too, wonder why it is necessary to tear down your competitors.  As a reader, I know that CNS does not have the resourceful backing that the Compass has and I make allowances.

      I also noted the disparaging way in which the Compass has always treated GIS.  It is easy to criticise an organisation that can hardly defend itself.  At least CNS could fight back.  And by the way, in attacking GIS, the Compass showed itself hopelessly, again, uninformed about the varied roles that that organisation serves.  

      The Compass should read its own stories sometimes and look for disconnects in details, incorrect facts, and plain departure from the required impartiality that a professional newspaper must — must — reflect on a consistent basis.

      Psychologists will tell you that what we criticize most in others is usually that about which we are most guilty.

      • Anonymous says:

        Sorry, 16:12, one of the things the Compass IS correct about is the uselessness of GIS. I suspect you are the boss or her sister so I sympathise but ir is a terrible mess that no one wants to deal with, Sorry.

        • 2 cents on the GIS says:

          What David forgot to say is that GIS is listening to a Deloitte report and there is a conflict of interest since GIS uses Deloitte's "DRC" services in Citrus Grove…which is working out soooo well to lose 8TB of data in their "backup" centre??

          Just saying if you are going to dive the editorial, look a little deeper into the facts and where the TB data failed and who are the vendors?

      • Anonymous says:

        "The Compass should read its own stories………." Absolutely. I have frequently been perplexed at the disconnect between what is being advocated – often quite poetically  –  in the editorials and what is in the rest of the paper (and to be fair to the present lot of far right editorialists, this is nothing new). Yes, make it compulsory for all those who write for the Compass to actually read it every day. It would help matters, I'm sure of it.

  31. Anonymous says:

    I believe the picture has been pulled from Friday's on-line edition.

  32. The Undercover Reporter says:

    I bet the real owners of the Compass will have something to say about this. And! I wonder if there will be a front pagepicture of anyone with a generous helping of "egg on the face".

    • Anonymous says:

      Real owners will prolly buy Nicholson and bring down and parade him around for advertising. 

  33. Knot S Smart says:

    My questions are:

    Before publishing their  'Jack scoop'  – did the Compass carry out their 'usual' verification of the facts?


    How many complementary rum cakes did Robbie give Jack Nicholson aka Jack Bullard?



  34. Anonymous says:

    Everyone makes mistakes. Even the Compass.


    Get used to it and be charitable.

  35. Anonymous says:

    CayCompass can now be…………CayDumbass

  36. Anonymous says:

    lmfao, seems you got lord farquaad there Nicky, revenge is a dish best served cold, you really made my Sunday.

  37. Anonymous says:

    I knew when I saw the photo on Friday that it was a fake.  The man was just too fat to be Jack unless he underwent a reverse liposuction procedure since I last saw him on live TV  which was very recent.  This is a result of poor journalism.  It is mainly from the foolish belief that Cayman is so special that internationally known celebrities of great wealth would risk a trip in one of those floating Petri dishes called cruise ships just to stick their toes in Cayman's sand.

    I have met a few U.S. professional sports stars who have come off of cruise ships who took the trip because they were entertaining family members or significant others.  None of them worth anywhere near Mr. Nicholson's worth.  I recognized one NFL player because Imlost a bet after he affected a crucial outcome in the game.  Otherwise I would have never known him as anything other than an extremely large black fellow when he politely asked for directions.  Sometimes it can be good to slow down for a moment and get it right.  Jack Nicholson coming ashore from a cruise ship…that was like an April Fool's feature story…hilarious, I tell you!

  38. Anonymous says:

    They wanted it sooooo bad. We almost had us a Hollywood column. Ha ha ha

  39. A former educator, now living in Canada says:

    Oh how easily the haughty fall.  The pompous Compass of "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all" didn't just have a minor slip, but took a major face plant.  The fact of the matter is that all the jabs at CNS over the last couple of months were unnecessary – the two news distributors can easily co-exist as in the past.  Whether the attacks on CNS by the newer Compass Board were borne out of jealousy or simply because there was nothing else to do, they reek of pettiness.  Those pointed attacks will never shake the faithful CNS base, and will only paint the Compass in a negative light.  Unfortunately ego more often than not overrules good judgement.  What the Compass apparently still fails to understand is that CNS provides its readers with news, but more importantly with a voice in a voiceless land.  I still enjoy a paper in my hand as much as reading the news online, but not when the paper-based one continues to take cheap pot shots at what I would consider to be the far more popular CNS.  My suggestion to the Compass is that they take care of their business and allow CNS to take care of theirs – more directly, "stop looking in the mirror, it doesn't become you!".    

  40. Sam Putt Putt says:

    Perhaps someone should warn the Compass that Cayman Elvis, the cab driver, is not the real Elvis. They might put his picture on the front page too.

    • Hancock says:

      The taxi driver is the real Elvis. I personally saw him performing in the Havana club.

  41. Anonymous says:

    What a "Flip Flop" of a life time !! You can't trust everything you read today. Even a picture is definitely not worth a thousand words no more. 

  42. Anonymous says:

    The Joker strikes again!!! 

  43. Anonymous says:

    Well they do say pride comes before a fall!

  44. Anonymous says:

    Compass, you can't handle the truth!

  45. Anonymous says:

    This is one of the very best opening sentences I've ever read in a newspaper. Two thumbs up CNS!

  46. Dreadlock Holmes says:

    The Compass obviously doesn't know jack!

    Sorry.. couldn't resist.