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The Consummate Bermudian

The Consummate Bermudian

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 reef system providing a rugged wilderness of beauty, wonder and a relative abundance of life. It is this environment, coupled with the rare opportunity to experience the thrill of the hunt, that drives Bermuda’s contingent of recreational lobster divers. The…


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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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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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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…


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Rigged for Success

Photo credit: ‘A Bermuda schooner yacht offshore’, oil on canvas by John Lynn, 1834. National Museum Bermuda.   The Bermuda Rig, that innovative sail design that is still, some 400 years after it emerged on local waters, being used on…

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Spiny & Guinea Chick: Know Your Bermuda Lobster

Ah, September: Labour Day, school back in, a mite cooler and lobster season! Can it get any better than this? From September 1st through March 31st each year, it is legal to possess, eat and trade in this wonderful crustacean…