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The Consummate Bermudian

The Consummate Bermudian

The Bermuda Longtail: Life in Flight

"Dance like nobody's watching; love like you've never been hurt; sing like nobody's listening; live like it's heaven on earth." This sage advice is usually attributed to Mark Twain, the writer and humorist with a deep affection and connection to Bermuda. It is not such a huge flight of fancy to imagine that Twain was sitting admiring the grace of Bermuda’s Longtails when this insightful thought popped into his head. Watching Longtails, or White-tailed Tropicbirds (Phaethon lepturus catsbyii), is indeed…


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Loquats: The Good Fruit

There is a monument on the grounds of the Cabinet Office dedicated to the man who introduced the Loquat tree to Bermuda. Governor William Reid (1839-1846) left behind a number of significant achievements from his time here, including encouraging the…


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Lobster Tales from Bermuda’s Outback

As remote as Bermuda is, our onshore environment is essentially suburban, with the wildlife consisting of birds, lizards and a bunch of feral cats and chickens. Almost nothing dangerous or exciting. Offshore is another story entirely, with our extensive coral…


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The Bermuda Skink

Bermuda has been assigned a number of notable monikers over the years; “Isle of the Devils”, “Gibraltar of the West” and, more recently, “Risk Capital of the World”. However, these all pale in significance to the title of “Evolutionary Life Raft”.…


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The Bermuda Pilot Gig

Asked to name the vessel that anchors Bermuda’s maritime history most would, justifiably, point to the Sloop, however, the local Pilot Gig was another innovative and uniquely Bermudian craft that played a vital role in Bermuda’s history. While the Sloop…

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Freedom Movement: The Bermuda Gombeys

Standing at the pinnacle of Bermudian cultural expression and tradition are the Gombeys. Their drumbeat and dance are instantly recognisable and universally accepted, and adored, as a unique representative of our Island’s heritage. They are exotic in a place sometimes…