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Posts Tagged ‘Caribbean’

Jamaica Celebrates her 51st Birthday…

In Musings While On Hiatus on August 6, 2013 at 10:14 am

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Happy Birthday Jamaica! Celebrating your 51st independence day.  I’m proud to be a British born Jamaican! One Love

Learn more about Jamaica here.

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Oh Don’t Stop The Carnival…

In Daily Musings on August 27, 2012 at 10:06 am

Good morning dahhlings! Another Monday, this one being the one before Labor Day weekend here in the states and today being a big bank holiday back home in England, with the Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s largest street festival in full swing in London as I type.  The Notting Hill Carnival has been in existence in London since 1966.

Every year the streets of West London come alive with the sounds of Reggae and Calypso music, with elaborate costumes and foods from the various West Indian Islands {you may already know I am of Jamaican extraction}.  I haven’t been to the carnival in years, but I’ll be playing some cheerful sounds around my home today to keep me in the carnival mood.

The downside to this, is it means summer really is nearly over.  Don’t you think it went by too fast?

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Even the police are dancing in the streets ~ Copyright PA

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Have yourselves an amazing Monday!

Olympic Face Painting…

In Daily Musings on July 31, 2012 at 9:21 am

As some of you may know I am British (London) of Jamaican extraction.  In honour of the Olympics, I thought it fitting to post this gorgeous image which was posted on my Facebook page yesterday.

It is a beautiful representation of the Jamaican, Dominican Republic and Trinidad and Tobago flags combined.  These teams have been lovingly named Team Caribbean!  This is face painting at its best.

Trina At Banana Republic…

In Daily Musings, New Loves! on June 8, 2012 at 1:03 pm

The Trina Turk capsule collection for Banana Republic, which was released yesterday, is in my opinion very Miami. Swirls of pinks, purples, blues, greens, and oranges. This colourful collection makes you want to sit fly out to the Caribbean to a swanky hotel and sit in a lounge chair by the infinity pool, while you sip delicately on a Pimms cocktail. Now wouldn’t that be lovely!

My favourites from the collection are a short strapless dress and a one shoulder number, going for approximately $150 and $130 respectively.

Love the one shoulder dress!

Love this dress!

This collection will probably go quickly, so mosey on over to to buy your little piece of vacation paradise.

Small Island…

In Daily Musings on February 7, 2012 at 10:55 am

Last night I watched the first installment of the most amazing mini-series on PBS. The series is called “Small Island“, It’s about the migration of Jamaicans to England in the 1950’s when Jamaica was still a colony of England.  This is obviously the second showing of this series, I have no idea how I missed it the first time around 2 years ago!

This series really touched me in a personal way, because as a first generation, “British born Jamaican” it gave me an idea of why my parents moved to Britain and what they found when they got there.  It was not Buckingham Palace and tea for them!  Even though my mother, told me stories of what it was like, to actually see a vision of it on-screen, it gave me more clarity. These characters could have been my parents.  In one scene, the main character Hortense, asks if there is electricity in every room and when she is told yes, she gets really excited.  Hortense longs for a fulling life and a doorbell after being born and raised in a broken and impoverished home.  Hortense is a school teacher and has it in her head that when she gets to London she will be  teaching rich girls and having tea with the Queen (yes she really does!).  There is never ever doubt in Hortense’s mind that she will get to England, it’s just a matter of how.  Hortense, does what she has to, to get to London (that scene had me falling out laughing, she got a box in her mouth, for her efforts, Jamaican’s understand what I mean!).

Great scene!

There is a quote from Hortense “This island is too small if you have big dreams… without dreams you are nothing” .  This was the mindset of most people on the island, and the reason why they wanted to move away, thinking there was a better life in England. There was, but they worked long and hard and took a lot of abuse for it.  Nothing was handed to them… Nothing!

It was mind-boggling for me to watch the scene where Jamaicans were waving the Union Jack in Jamaica (as that was their flag at the time), all British colonies flew the Union Jack.  Jamaica gained their independence in 1962, the same year my mother left to join my father in London, England.

Before Jamaicans arrived in England, they really thought that because they were under British rule, and therefore “British subjects” they would be treated the same as the Brits once they arrived on those cold, damp, chilly shores.  This was not the case! What they did not realize was the British only wanted them there as cheap labour, to help rebuild after being bombed to dust by Germany.  The Brits really thought the Jamaicans (and other West Indians) were going to come over on a long hard voyage by ship, work themselves to death and then return to Jamaica… Boy were they mistaken! For us British born Jamaicans, this series will certainly touch us deep inside, because our parents lived it.

I don’t want to give too much away about the series as there is a second installment next Monday.  This post will continue.  Last night ended very interestingly, the drama is about to be ramped up. Stay tuned. 

If you haven’t seen it, it’s is a must see, and if you have, take the time to watch it again.  In the meantime visit where you can find more information.  This series was adapted from the book of the same name by Andrea Levy.

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