Who is the person behind the Magi in Magi Rose? Part 2Posted on Jun 04, 2021
Who is the person behind the Magi in Magi Rose, Part 2.
My first job, at 17, was working as an attendant in a ladies resort boutique in Ocho Rios. I worked there for one year. This is where my experience and love of fashion started.
During that year, every Friday evening, I gave my mother the five pounds I earned each week. The money was saved to pay for my passage to England to study nursing.
As an eager 18-year-old, I departed Jamaica, for the first time, to come to England. I came to relatives who were able to help, support, and orientate me to an unfamiliar, new environment.
I arrived in England on a cold February day in 1966 following a 10-day Atlantic crossing on a banana boat. The sea was rough for a little boat, and the adventure pretty scary for a less than worldly 18-year-old.
Arriving in England
I so remember my first glimpse of the White Cliffs of Dover. At that time, as Jamaica was a colony of Great Britain Jamaican children were thoroughly educated in English systems. We, therefore, knew far more about the United Kingdom and its assets than about the Caribbean or Jamaica.
I relived a similar experience of wonderment in later years when I visited the Colosseum in Rome for the first time. A place so familiar to me since childhood through so many stories, to be able to see and experience it for myself was incredible.
Nurses’ training complete
Happily, I completed my nurse’s training at Guy’s Hospital, London, qualifying as a State Registered Nurse in 1970. https://www.guysandstthomas.nhs.uk
No Beatle here
I then did exactly what my father, in his second round of advice, asked me not to do, and that was to bring a ‘Beatle’ home.
In fact, as a present, when I was leaving Jamaica for the first time, he gave me, as a leaving gift and reminder, a pendant watch that was in the shape of a beetle.
So, what did I do? I married a folk singer from Liverpool and someone who was often mistaken for John Lennon, and off we went to live in Canada. The marriage predictably came to an end. I met my present husband, while he was holidaying in Canada from England. I decided to return to UK in 1981 via Jamaica.
Expanding my horizons
I had by this time chalked up 17 years of bedside nursing and was a qualified specialist cancer nurse. I had worked at the Royal Marsden in London and Sutton, and the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. I had extended my education and now held a BSc (Hons) in Nursing Studies from the University of Surrey.
Fast forward to 1993 when I was fortunate to be awarded a Department of Health Nursing Studentship to study for a PhD, which I completed at the University of Southampton in 1996…tbc.
Tra for now
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