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A stitch in Thyme saves nine

Kodia Best cutting Carl Ashby’s hair in the ‘flight zone’. This is one the places in Thyme Bottom to come if you want your hair cut or your car fixed up. (Pictures by Nigel Browne.) Derrick Best testing an engine for oil. His cousin Jamel (barebacked) said this was one of the simple things people often overlooked. Jamel Best making some adjustments to an audio set as his cousin Derrick looks on. The pair teach their trade to other youth in the area. Men from the area gathering at Pam’s Variety to remember a friend who passed away. They said gathering here was a regular thing. Sheldon Brathwaite kissing his daughter Jalissa goodbye. He said he liked living in Thyme Bottom but the time was coming when he would have to leave and find a place of his own for his family to live.

By Carlos Atwell | Fri, January 04, 2013 - 11:30 AM

The Flight Zone is in Thyme Bottom, Christ Church.

Not the actual path aeroplanes take but a place where the youth in the area lime.

However, it is not a block where there is nothing to do where the devil can find work for idle hands as the men there keep busy working on repairing cars and cutting hair.

The men behind the mechanic work are Jamel Best and his cousin Derrick Best. Jamel is a mechanic with Brice Garage but does some work on the side once he’s home.

“This is just a home thing. I deal with anything dealing with engines,” he said.

Jamel said he saw a lot of cars with broken or damaged engines which could easily be prevented. He had a few words of advice for car owners.

“I wish people would get their cars serviced more often but certain people JD – Just Drive and don’t do simple things like check the oil, water, tyres and brake fluid,” he said.

The Bests do almost everything imaginable to cars except bodywork and would gladly help someone modify their vehicles with custom audio sets or other parts. They also teach other youth in the neighbourhood their trade.

Jamel said Thyme Bottom was a nice, quiet place to live.

“You don’t hear ‘bout no war or crime in Thyme Bottom; the police don’t even know where it is,” he said.

However, peaceful places can sometimes get a little boring but the youth assured this was not the case in Thyme Bottom, not with aeroplanes constantly passing overhead.

In addition to mechanic work, Jamel also deejays under the pseudonym “Major Moss”, so the area is never “dead”.

Also in the ‘flight zone’ were barbers Kodia Best and another youth, who preferred to be referred to as “Munchy”.

“My trade is barbering and my shop is right here,” he said, pointing out a nearby shack.

It may not look like much, but the men keep it clean and have plans to make it look better as soon as they earn enough money.

Nearby, Sheldon “Cheese” Brathwaite was getting ready to leave home on his scooter but consented to talk to Street Beat before heading off. He said he and his girlfriend Lisa Watkins had been living together in Thyme Bottom for three years and it was a trouble-free place where the neighbours got along and they could raise their children.

Even so, Brathwaite said they were on family land and he was looking to strike out on his own, even if it meant leaving Thyme Bottom.

“I am now looking to build my own place where I can be comfortable. I will work hard to make sure my family is comfortable,” he said.

At Pam’s Variety, a group of men had gathered to drink, talk and reminisce. Although this occasion was a sad one as they were toasting a fallen friend, they still said the shop was a place where they could gather and discuss the issues of the day – yet another peaceful pastime to enjoy in Thyme Bottom.

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