Who is the person behind the Magi in Magi Rose? Part 2

Who is the person behind the Magi in Magi Rose, Part 2.

Leaving Jamaica

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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