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Remembering The Island’s WWI Air Combat Air

Remembering The Island’s WWI Air Combat Air

In World War One a pilot who downed five or more enemy aircraft was considered an ace. Almost by definition it was those who flew the fast and nimble fighters who most often won the designation. Slower, less maneuverable bombers, while armed with defensive guns, were far more likely to end up the vanquished, not the victors, in aerial combat. But not... Read more of this article

How Bermuda & Sesame Street Crossed Paths

How Bermuda & Sesame Street Crossed Paths

The 50th anniversary of Sesame Street is being brought to you by the letters I-M-A-G-I-N-A-T-I-O-N, which is what it took along with determination and plenty of hard work to transform the concept of an experimental children’s TV show into a reality. Premiering on America’s PBS on November 10, 1969, the programme was built around the idea... Read more of this article

Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Celebrates 175 Years

Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Celebrates 175 Years

The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club — which was established on November 1, 1844 –  recently celebrated its 175th anniversary, and the center of the celebration is the launch of a new scholarship fund which, in addition to existing bursaries, will make year-round sailing more accessible to young sailors. A spokesperson said, “The Royal Bermuda... Read more of this article

How Einstein Once Called Bermuda Home

How Einstein Once Called Bermuda Home

Albert Einstein, the German-born genius who revolutionised mankind’s understanding of the universe, called Bermuda home for a few days in 1935. For legal purposes the island became the short-term official residence of the scientist, humanitarian and philosopher when he was making his official declaration of intent to become a United States citizen. The... Read more of this article

MSA Holds Remembrance Day Prayer Service

MSA Holds Remembrance Day Prayer Service

Students from Mount Saint Agnes Academy participated in a Remembrance Day Prayer Service this morning [Nov 8] in the school’s auditorium. A spokesperson said, “This morning at 8:30am at MSA the Grade 6s through 12s participated in a Remembrance Day Prayer Service in our Auditorium. The Governor John Rankin was in attendance and the Service... Read more of this article

Premier Visits WWII Vet Randolph Hayward

Premier Visits WWII Vet Randolph Hayward

Premier David Burt today paid a visit to Randolph Hayward, who served with the Bermuda Contingent of the Caribbean Regiment during World War II, with the Premier noting that as ”we approach Remembrance Day, it is important that we celebrate these living links to our history.”A Government spokesperson said, “Premier David Burt today... Read more of this article

Column: Celebrating Emperor Haile Selassie I

Column: Celebrating Emperor Haile Selassie I

[Written by Chris Famous] “Hail him without any apology. Hail His Imperial Majesty” – Burning Spear” “Look to the east for the crowning of a Black King” - Hon. Marcus Garvey On November 2nd, 1930 in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, Ras Tafari was crowned as His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie the first and his wife... Read more of this article

Former Government House ADC Dies At Age 100

Former Government House ADC Dies At Age 100

A one-time Government House aide-de-camp who chaperoned such dignitaries as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, US Ambassador to the UK Joseph Kennedy and Britain’s World War Two Deputy Prime Minister Clement Attlee during visits to Bermuda has died at the age of one hundred. Frank Giles, who went on to a distinguished career in British journalism... Read more of this article

Video: Vintage 1976 Bermuda Go-Kart Action

Video: Vintage 1976 Bermuda Go-Kart Action

Bermuda Karting Club 2019/20 racing recently got underway at the East End’s Southside Raceway. And the start of a new season prompted one former club member to roll back history’s odometer and revisit scenes of Bermuda go-karting action from more than four decades ago. Karting 1967“I was going through my archives and found this gem... Read more of this article

Four Hundred Year Old Coin To Be Auctioned

Four Hundred Year Old Coin To Be Auctioned

Described as “well circulated yet uncommonly appealing” by the leading US coin gallery that will be auctioning it, a Bermuda Hog Money shilling dating from the early days of the island’s settlement will be going until the hammer in Baltimore next month. Thought to be the first local coinage to go into circulation in English-speaking... Read more of this article

How Trio Of Hollywood Stars Aligned In Bermuda

How Trio Of Hollywood Stars Aligned In Bermuda

The characters played by Doris Day and Cary Grant visited Bermuda — twice — in the hit 1962 romantic comedy That Touch of Mink. But for most of the shoot Ms Day and Mr. Grant never got within 3000 miles of Bermuda. Thanks to the magic of what Hollywood calls “creative geography” most of their scenes were actually shot on a California... Read more of this article

Historical Video: Duke & Duchess In Bermuda

Historical Video: Duke & Duchess In Bermuda

Newsreel footage of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor in Bermuda while en route to the Bahamas during World War Two shows the couple arriving on the island aboard the liner Excalibur and fielding questions from the international press at Government House. Four years after he had renounced his throne for “the woman I love”, the Duke arrived in Bermuda... Read more of this article

Video: Roy Talbot’s Famed “Bermudavarius”

Video: Roy Talbot’s Famed “Bermudavarius”

It was to plucked string instruments what the bumble bee is to flight. It shouldn’t have worked, but it did. Beautifully. The Talbot Brothers. Archie, Austin, Ross, Bryan and Roy along with their cousin Cromwell [Mandy] Mandres, entertained locals and visitors for decades. Talbot Brothers [1959]Their smooth blend of calypso and swing helped... Read more of this article