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By The Associated Press

There's a slightly groovy, edgy Caribbean vibe in London now.

Heats begin on Friday for Jamaica's female runners with a rum-fuelled finale on the cards Sunday when Usain Bolt - the fastest man in the world - goes for gold.

Reggae is pumping around the city and jerk chicken shacks are popping up everywhere. Breakfast cafes - known for their traditional British fry-ups - are even serving ackee and salt fish, a traditional Jamaican breakfast of salted cod and a poisonous fruit that, when cooked, looks and tastes like scrambled eggs.

"We're all on fire, man!" said Gorgeous Williams, a 43-year-old Jamaican who runs a jerk chicken stand in North London. "We'll all be getting the rum out tonight ... And Saturday, and Sunday!"

Jamaica's national house, which will showcase music, food and other parts of the culture, opens Friday. There are nearly 1 million people of Jamaican descent in the UK.

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