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Video: 36 Years Since Bermuda Won Miss World

Video: 36 Years Since Bermuda Won Miss World

36 years ago today [Nov 15] Miss Bermuda Gina Swainson won the Miss World contest, becoming the first Bermudian to win a major beauty pageant.Also notable as one of the few pageant contestants from around the world to place extremely well in both world pageants, Ms Swainson also placed 2nd in the Miss Universe 1979 Pageant held in Australia. The Miss... Read more of this article

History: Bermuda As An Aviation Outpost In WWII

History: Bermuda As An Aviation Outpost In WWII

[Part three of a series by Eric T. Wiberg] During World War II there were thousands of reconnaissance and other flights flown out of Naval Operating Base [NOB] and Naval Air Station [NAS] Bermuda – mostly from Kindley Field. Many of them were amphibious flying boats and almost all were flown by the US Navy. The war diary for Patrol Bombing Squadron... Read more of this article

Live In One Of The Oldest Houses In Bermuda

Live In One Of The Oldest Houses In Bermuda

The opportunity is open to live in one of the oldest houses in Bermuda — the Old Rectory which was built in or before 1699 — with the Bermuda National Trust offering the 2-bedroom east end property for rent. The Old Rectory, which is located behind St Peter’s Church at 1 Broad Alley, will be open for viewing today [Nov 5] from 12-4pm,... Read more of this article

History: Survivors Land In Bermuda During WWII

History: Survivors Land In Bermuda During WWII

[Part two of a series by Eric T. Wiberg] During World War II there were 1,224 survivors landed in Bermuda from 24 ships [one US Navy, one Canadian Navy], between 17 Oct. 1940 and 27 February 1943. Most of them were passengers on liner ships, followed by merchant sailors and then naval officers and men. The largest number of survivors were from the City... Read more of this article

Book Explores Bermuda’s 20th Century History

Book Explores Bermuda’s 20th Century History

Local author Jonathan Land Evans has released his latest book, titled “Siren Songs: a history of Bermuda from 1960 to 1980″ the latest entry in his ongoing series covering the island’s history. As with the previous books in the series, which trace the island’s history from 1898 onward, this work covers many aspects of local life... Read more of this article

History: Axis Submarine Activities During WWII

History: Axis Submarine Activities During WWII

[Part one of a series by Eric T. Wiberg] There were 143 Axis submarine patrols to the area roughly 450 nautical miles around Bermuda during World War II. These patrols resulted on attacks on 80 Allied vessels, including one naval ship [USS Gannet]. The most intense period of attacks was between January and August 1942, and the German offensives during... Read more of this article

Video Promo: Island Flames Book On 1977 Riots

Video Promo: Island Flames Book On 1977 Riots

The book launch for “Island Flames” — which provides an in-depth look at the circumstances surrounding the 1977 riots — was held last night [Oct 21] at the Bookmart at Brown & Co., with the 360-page book now available for sale. Part proceeds from the book, which was written by former Commissioner of Police and Senator Jonathan... Read more of this article

Verdmont Museum To Reopen After Painting

Verdmont Museum To Reopen After Painting

The Bermuda National Trust said that the Verdmont museum in Smiths is having its interior painted and will re-open November 16th. They apologized for any inconvenience and invited the public to visit when this work is completed.The BNT’s website describes the property by saying, “Architecturally, Verdmont is one of the most fascinating... Read more of this article

Black Watch Pipe Band To Mark 1848 Outbreak

Black Watch Pipe Band To Mark 1848 Outbreak

An unusual event on Thursday morning [Oct 22] may be seen by residents and passers-by in the area of Black Watch Pass and North Shore Road. One of the world’s most famous Pipe Bands will emerge from Black Watch Pass to where a well dug by members of their military unit to provide help during a disastrous 1848 fever outbreak will be rededicated.The... Read more of this article

“Island Flames” Book Details Executions, Riots

“Island Flames” Book Details Executions, Riots

Author Jonathan D Smith is releasing “Island Flames,” Bermuda’s first ever book about the political murders, executions and Bermuda’s chronic race problems that resulted in the 1977 riots. The book’s description said, “The 1970’s was the closest Bermuda ever came to a revolution. Political murders marred the early years of the... Read more of this article

Column: Next Time You See “Ottie” Thank Him

Column: Next Time You See “Ottie” Thank Him

[Opinion column written by Larry Burchall] You’ll often see him walking around town. When you do, you should stop him and thank him. Why? Because without the fight that he led, you would not be enjoying this Labour Day weekend, nor would you have things like vacation pay, health care, paid holidays, old age pension benefits, and the five day workweek. Back... Read more of this article

Air Conditioning Units Donated To Carter House

Air Conditioning Units Donated To Carter House

Efficiency Limited, the exclusive distributors of Samsung air conditioning equipment in Bermuda, have donated two air conditioning units to Carter House and Museum, the historic 17th century building located in St. David’s. Members of the Efficiency team, Edward Petty and Terrence Bowen, spent the morning of Saturday, August 30 installing the two... Read more of this article

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