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Wartime Spies Who Read The Mail In Bermuda

Wartime Spies Who Read The Mail In Bermuda

In early 1940 what Winston Churchill termed “The Twilight War” was in full swing. This was the eight-month period between the Nazi invasion of Poland the previous September and the massive offensive the Germans were preparing to unleash on the West in the spring. Second World War hostilities in Europe were limited to occasional skirmishes... Read more of this article

Kremlin Files Shed New Light On Sub Disaster

Kremlin Files Shed New Light On Sub Disaster

The air of bleak Cold War irony which attended the incident now seems like something out of a John Le Carre novel. But the events which unfolded in the Atlantic ocean just north of Bermuda over those three days more than 30 years ago were only too real. On October 4, 1986 Ronald Reagan was at Camp David, the presidential retreat in rural Maryland. He... Read more of this article

Photos: “170 Years Of Portuguese In Bermuda”

Photos: “170 Years Of Portuguese In Bermuda”

An exhibit titled “170 Years of Portuguese in Bermuda” was held this evening [Oct 11] at the Washington Mall in Hamilton. A number of events are being held this year to celebrate 170 years of Portuguese in Bermuda. Noting that Bermudians of Portuguese heritage have made considerable contributions to the Island, Premier David Burt previously announced... Read more of this article

“170 Years Of Portuguese In Bermuda” Exhibit

“170 Years Of Portuguese In Bermuda” Exhibit

An exhibit titled “170 Years of Portuguese in Bermuda” will be held tomorrow [Oct 11] at Washington Mall in Hamilton. The Casa dos Açores da Bermuda said, “Come out and celebrate with us 170 years of Portuguese in Bermuda. All are welcome. Friday, 11 October at 6.15pm. “A heartfelt thanks to Washington Mall, Bermuda for allowing... Read more of this article

Video: Vintage 1976 Bermuda Promotional Film

Video: Vintage 1976 Bermuda Promotional Film

A vintage travel film turns back the clock to the “Unspoiled, unhurried, uncommon” Bermuda of 1970s Department of Tourism marketing campaigns.This recently uploaded 1976 Tourism Department video includes scenes of the Queen’s 1975 visit to the island, Wimbledon men’s champion Jimmy Connors playing in a Southampton Princess... Read more of this article

Recalling Diahann Carroll’s Planned Island Gala

Recalling Diahann Carroll’s Planned Island Gala

In 1972 Diahann Carroll ended up being a no-show at the gala Bermuda birthday party she had helped to organise for then boyfriend David Frost, with Ms Carroll having been advised by her doctor not to make the trip as she was recuperating from minor surgery. The Tony Award-winning stage, screen and TV star, who died on Friday at the age of 84, had spent... Read more of this article

Photos/Video: Sally Bassett Play Performance

Photos/Video: Sally Bassett Play Performance

[Updated with photos] An open-air theatrical performance commemorating Sally Bassett’s story, adapted from Dr Kim Dismont-Robinson’s play Trial by Fire, was held this evening [Oct 3] on the grounds of the Cabinet Office. You can watch the 45-minute live replay for below, and for a ‘better experience’ you can attend the play in person... Read more of this article

New Bermuda Tours Highlight Black Heritage

New Bermuda Tours Highlight Black Heritage

The story of Bermudian slave Sally Bassett will be featured in a fall slate of cultural tours and events curated by the Bermuda Tourism Authority [BTA]. The BTA said, “Bassett was implicated in a poison plot and accused of encouraging fellow slaves to poison their masters. Although she maintained her innocence through a trial, she was convicted... Read more of this article

When The CIA’s Sub Heist Ship Visited Bermuda

When The CIA’s Sub Heist Ship Visited Bermuda

It was one of the most extraordinary, and extraordinary looking, ships to ever call in Bermuda. The Glomar Explorer couldn’t help but turn heads and set tongues wagging when it dropped anchor just off the island in August, 1973. The recently launched 63,000 ton, 620-foot ship’s most attention-grabbing feature was the sky-spearing lattice... Read more of this article

Twain Find By Scholar With Bermuda Ties

Twain Find By Scholar With Bermuda Ties

On one of her trips to Bermuda she literally followed in her literary icon’s footsteps when she explored the Crystal Cave. For Dr. Cindy Lovell, then director of the Mark Twain House & Museum in Harford, Connecticut there was a tangible sense of connection with the past as she followed the same threadlike path taken by the author when he went... Read more of this article

Duke’s Bermuda Suit Now In English Museum

Duke’s Bermuda Suit Now In English Museum

It went out of style so very long ago that it might well be referred to as a museum piece. But a lounge suit purchased by the Duke of Windsor [1894-1972] at Bermuda’s old flagship department store Triminghams in 1940 actually fits that description quite literally. The Duke bought the single-breasted wool suit along with a pair of swimming trunks... Read more of this article

Performance Based On Sally Bassett’s Story

Performance Based On Sally Bassett’s Story

Bermuda’s rich stories of black heritage are among a collection of new cultural tourism experiences available to locals and visitors beginning in October, the Bermuda Tourism Authority said. “This includes a special weekly open-air theatrical performance commemorating Sally Bassett’s slave story and the tenth anniversary of her monument at Cabinet... Read more of this article

Bermuda “Hogge Money” Coin Sold For $96,000

Bermuda “Hogge Money” Coin Sold For $96,000

A rare example of Bermuda “Hogge Money” — a coin which was produced in the early 1600s — sold for $96,000 when it was auctioned last night, with the coin one of only eight examples known to exist. “The Sommer Islands coinage was produced in England circa 1616 for use in the British colony now known as Bermuda,” the auction... Read more of this article