October 1, 2015

Get dirty but don’t forget the importance of hygiene

Jamaica is probably the most colourful of the Caribbean islands; Neon pink is the new black a Jamaican fashionista recently told me....

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September 24, 2015

David Cameron is coming to The Rock

September seems to be the month for VIPs to descend upon the island; rightly so. July and August would have...

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September 10, 2015

Some Jamaican help

As Jamaican households know, a helper is the glue that holds family life together. Always there with a cheery smile...

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September 2, 2015

Neighbours, everybody needs good neighbours

Neighbours, we all need good ones; someone to wave a cheery hello, to sign for your Amazon parcel or if...

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September 2, 2015

I’ve got worms and the pharmacist doesn’t understand

What do you mean, we need to get treated for pinworms, I yell at my husband. He continues replacing the...

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September 2, 2015

You’re Jamaican when: You can’t go out in rain

The rain has been falling here faster than any wet bank holiday weekend in Blighty and the Jamaica landscape has...

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August 14, 2015

I avoid a carjacking whilst listening to Arthur’s Theme

It's only just gone 8pm when I leave Juicy Patties, the Jamaican equivalent of the Cornish Pasty shop, I pop the...

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August 4, 2015

British virgin islands

It's a big commitment to get to Tortola in the British Virgin Islands from Jamaica but 24 hours later I...

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July 29, 2015

Hiking the Blue Mountain Peak.

I'm sat in a taxi straddling a pair of giant speakers, with Mariah Carey blasting out between my legs, as...

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July 24, 2015

Never smothered yourself in coconut oil? You’ve obviously never lived

What's that smell? my husband says sniffing the air, as I climb into bed. What smell? I say, also sniffing the...

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July 19, 2015

Our helper thinks Satan is on a 40 degree spin inside the washing machine

Early one morning, Jennifer our lovely new helper comes screaming into my office. Di machine,di machine, evil ih di machine, she sobs...

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Seville Great House, Jamaica
July 17, 2015

New Seville, St Ann

In the last year I must have visited New Seville a dozen times, whenever I'm in St Ann, I always try...

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Strawberry Hill, St Andrew, Jamaica.
July 14, 2015

Strawberry Hill, St Andrew.

  You'll find this wonderful, tropical oasis just a short thirty minute drive from the chaos of Papine. Winding up through small hamlets nestled...

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July 2, 2015

Montego Bay and Nearby Attractions

Montego Bay sits on the northwest coast of Jamaica.  It will be forever associated in my mind with large all-inclusive hotels and...

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April 13, 2015

Lady in a sequinned dress

As I walk down South Beach (or SoBe as the locals call it, which is sorta like a tropical version of...

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Quiet beach at sunset
April 2, 2015

Ocho Rios and Nearby Attractions

Ocho Rios, Jamaica’s third-largest town, sits on the north coast an hour or so's drive east of Montego Bay.  Ochi,...

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March 18, 2015

Gorilla Lady

I'm sat at the kitchen table as my Jamaican based Egyptian (Jam-yptian as the Jamaican's would probably call him) hairdresser...

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March 9, 2015

I’m used as a pillow on a flight to Trinidad

  Eh, Miss, dat yuh suitcase blocking mi space? It takes a few minutes and a prod on the arm...

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February 26, 2015

Something Fishy

It's another of my husband's special dinners tonight and I've got it all in the bag.  Albeit someone else's. An...

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February 14, 2015

Finding love in a Kingston traffic jam

I'm stuck in rush hour traffic on Knutsford Boulevard in New Kingston; on the road to nowhere. A homeless man...

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February 3, 2015

A visit to the hairdressers, leaves me looking like Snoop Dog

Another of the great things I love about Jamaica is booking appointments online. Need to see the dentist; book the...

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January 28, 2015

Prince Michael of Kent likes my lobster

We arrive at Strawberry Hill, a bit before our dinner reservation and decide to have a wander around the grounds....

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January 13, 2015

We planned a romantic weekend in Montego Bay

Unfortunately, the romance was to give way to serious heartburn after a few hours. My husband had booked us into...

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January 7, 2015

I’m in the car with my husband; the advanced police driver

You took that corner a little too wide. my husband says grimacing, eyes fixed on the road a head. Relax...

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January 2, 2015

​Oh Kingston Town

So, you're coming to The Rock for a two week break in September. You've exhausted tips from Les and Brenda...

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December 10, 2014

I entered the Reggae Half Marathon

You don't have to run my husband tells me, if you're injured just watch. But I told everyone i'd be...

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November 15, 2014

It’s not a headache; it’s Chikungunya

Chikungunya is hotter than the sun right now. At least 40%* of the Jamaican population has had it and the...

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November 11, 2014

It’s the Jamaican Grand National and there’s free rum

I'm not sure what to expect as we're ushered excitedly up five flights of stairs to a special box at...

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October 27, 2014

A visit to my Jamaican doctor

I arrive at the doctor's ten minutes ahead of my appointment. As I enter the receptionist greets me, I'm sorry...

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October 22, 2014

A Weekend in the British Virgin Islands

We've been in BVI less than 3 hours and my husband announces that we've exhausted Tortola and it's time we...

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