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Requiem for A Railway

Bermuda’s little railway started to die with the old year. At midnight, 1947/1948, the first pike of the Hamilton-Somerset line was ceremoniously removed, and demolition began. The bells heralding the New Year chimed in with sounds of pick and shovel. As these lines are written, the last train from Somerset ran a month ago, although along the St. George’s branch hours are still punctuated by the familiar little toot—so like that of the fisherman’s conch shell that only cats can tell the difference—and at night the locomotive...

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The Lily Perfume Factory

Along Bailey’s Bay road a low white house stands behind a semicircular wall against which a flower border is gay the year round. (more…)

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Ladies in Assembly

The cause of women’s suffrage in Bermuda has been fought long and ardently by a small, undaunted band of enthusiasts. As long ago as 1898 it was first mooted, and indeed a bill permitting women to vote was passed unanimously through Assembl...

Classic Crow's Nest

August 1948

It was a charming thought to reproduce, in miniature, the pageantry traditional to the Olympic Games in our athletic little island, including the symbolic flame handed from runner to runner. (more…)

Classic Crow's Nest

May 1951

Confronted with the collection plate during Sunday morning service in a Somerset church recently, an attractive young matron fumbled absently in her handbag, then dropped something in the plate. At once she spotted her mistake and hastily sna...