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Sixty years ago, an advertisement in The Bermudian announced the arrival of the most recognizable image of Bermuda – it’s shorts.  The year was 1947....

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 When the St. David’s native community held it’s biennial powwow in June 2009, it celebrated a connection that goes back to the early days of Bermuda’s 400-year history. The first Native American to set foot on the island was, in fact, from the Caribbean rather than North America.

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First settled in 1612 and home to several prominent Bermudian families. Flatts has a long and colourful history that includes shipbuilding, commerce and even a little smuggling.

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Over the decades, visitors to Bermuda have often been struck by the chimneys that dominate our traditionally built Bermuda cottages.

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William Reid was governor of Bermuda from 1839 to 1846; Bermudian historians refer to him as the "good" governor. He is associated with improving agriculture, founding the Annual Agricultural Exhibition, promoting education for all, founding the library, building the Gibbs Hill lighthouse and supporting charitable works. Indefatigable, excellent and beloved were some of the adjectives used to describe him.

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Long before either was knighted for sea-going exploits in England’s service, George Somers and his friend Amyas Preston were professional privateers.

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Many Bermuda place names evoke beauty spots with stunning vistas of sea, sand and sky; one has only to think of Fairylands, Paynter's Vale or Horseshoe Bay, for example.

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Although she was born in Bermuda on August 30, 1935, Ann Smith Gordon spent some years of her childhood in the U.S. “I was ill as a child,” she explains, “and my parents were told, ‘If you don’t get this child away, she’s going to die.’ So we went to stay with my mother’s sister in North Carolina. This was in 1943. They thought I was an asthmatic, but it turned out I was allergic to virtually every food on the face of the earth!”

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When James Alfred Lister left his country, the island of St. Kitts, in 1902 to sail to Bermuda, he embarked on a family journey far longer than the geographical one between two islands.

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Emma Ingham’s first home was in Southampton, but the first house she remembers was Breezy Hollow on Cobb’s Hill Road. “The novelty of that,” she explains, “was if I stood in the middle of the road, on one side I’d be in Paget and on the other in Warwick.” The house was appropriately named because it was in a hollow off the Railway Trail. Her father, Ernest Field Ingham, owned three and a half acres of land, but he also rented arable land opposite Cobb’s Hill.

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You could say that Kenneth Bascome came into the world with a bang, not a whimper. Born at home on Wellington Hill, St. George’s, in August 1948, he fell on the floor at the age of two hours and hit his head. “That’s why,” he says, “I’m half crazy! I struck my head when I was a youngster.”

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Awards

2017 Product & Servic...

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Feature

Bermuda During the Se...

In September 1939, Dr. William (Bill) Cooke was just 11½ years ...

Food & Drink

Olive and Rosemary Cr...

This recipe came about after a long moving day and limited pantry ingr...

Columns

All Things Bright and...

So, what did you do in your summer holidays?    I rescued ...

Heritage

Reflections on: Retur...

  According to artist Graham Foster, the huge wheel dominating...

People

Melissa Pridham, Jord...

As Bermuda’s post-recession economy continues to slowly improve,...