Did you know that Jamaica has the only specialist children hospital in the English speaking Caribbean?
The Bustamante Hospital for Children, located in Kingston, Jamaica is the only one of its kind in the English speaking Caribbean. It was established in November, 1963, one year after our independence. Before BHC, the Kingston Public Hospital’s paediatric ward served the children. This ward was moved to BHC. The facility itself was once the British Military hospital. When we gained independence it was handed over to the government.
The hospital caters to patients from birth to 12 years old and provides comprehensive service. Its client population is ever growing. In 2005 that population reached a remarkable 693,175. One can only imagine what it is in 2012! If you find out please let us know.
Before 1671, mail delivery was a sore issue in Jamaica. Locals had to primarily rely on sea captains to transport their mail and this mode of mail transportation posed great challenges. Considering the nature of the sea (storms, capture by enemy ships etc), residents had to send letters in duplicate, even triplicate, so as to prepare for unfavourable happenings. This might have been time consuming and annoying and so one can imagine how elated and anxious Jamaicans must have been when they received the news that the island would be establishing a postal service of its own.
Under the reign of King Charles 11, Gabriel Martin was appointed Postmaster General of Jamaica and it was he who was instrumental in the building of the Post Office. In 1671, Jamaica became the first British colonial territory to establish postal service and the first two were built in the parish of St. Catherine (Spanish Town and Passage Fort, Portmore). Though this was a great blessing and an indication that the island was becoming independent, after a short period of time, great challenges were faced in how the system was operated. Consequently, for a few decades, persons went back to the old way of doing things.
Even though it took a while, the necessary authorities eventually got it right and presently, the country boasts over 70 fully functioning post offices island wide. These have undoubtedly contributed to the easy flow of correspondences and persons maintaining contact across the world. Though great advancements have been made in how persons send and receive mail today, this great accomplishment cannot be forgotten.
The JuiceMan™ was built around a fictional character (a juice man) who provides a wealth of insight into Jamaican history and culture to the many that interact with him. His community of Little Patch and its residents come alive through the use of animation, puppetry, digital storytelling and games.
The name The JuiceMan was chosen because the juice vendor is a relevant community member of the Jamaican experience and the natural juice he sells represents what is wholesome, nutritious and good for you. Things The JuiceMan brand stand for.
The JuiceMan is anchored by an interactive website full of Jamaican facts and figures, puzzles and trivia with an online store that sells apparel, posters, post cards and other items that feature the JuiceMan’s image (www.juicemanonline.com).
In addition, there are print and mobile storybook apps, mobile games and a soon to be released animated series that all feature The JuiceMan sold through retailers such as ITunes, Google Play, Toys r Us and Amazon.
Did you know that Ian Flemming, author of the James Bond novels and creator of the fictional spy resided in Jamaica over a period of time, built a home in St. Mary called the ‘Goldeneye’ and wrote 10 of the said bestselling works right here in Jamaica? Yes he did!
Flemmings, who was involved in World War 2, visited the island in 1942 to attend an Anglo-American intelligence summit. He fell in love with the island and decided to live here after the war ended. With the help of a friend, Ivar Bryce, he found a plot in St. Mary and built the ‘Goldeneye’ in 1945. He was however only able to visit three months at a time annually (during the winter) based on other work obligations. He later married in Jamaica to Anne Charteris on March 24, 1952.
Ian Flemmings began writing his first novel (Casino Royale) at his home in St. Mary on February 17, 1952. Thereafter, (every year between 1953 and 1964) up until his death, Flemmings worked on a novel each time he came to Jamaica. One would say that Ian and all that Jamaica has to offer (serenity, tranquillity and so on) was a perfect combination as time after time he produced masterpieces.
Throughout his writing career, he managed to sell over 100 million copies of his novels worldwide and was ranked fourteenth by The Times on its list of the 50 greatest British writers since1945. Kudos Jamaica for once again contributing to greatness!!
In 1904, where was the largest pipe in the world found?
In 1904, the largest pipe in the world was found in St. Catherine, Jamaica. Bog Walk to be exact! It was said to be 6,200 feet long, 8 feet in diameter and weighed 1,700,000 pounds. It had 260,000 rivets holding it together. The pipe pumped water from the Rio Cobre River to the Bog Walk Power Station.
Where is it now? The pump was eventually closed and only the remains of the monstrous pipe can be seen in the area today. The said pump was the site of a horrific accident that took place on June 24, 1904. It is said that 61 men went in to perform their usual maintenance work of cleaning silt and debris to prevent it from blocking the flow of water. While they were in there, the water supposedly rose and trapped majority of the men drowning them. Only twenty eight survived.
Other accounts stated that hundreds drowned in this catastrophic event.