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Beach Erosion: A Post Igor Reflection

Beach Erosion: A Post Igor Reflection

[Written by Larry Burchall] Over the years, because Horseshoe Beach has always kept its distinctively elegant half moon shape, Bermudians may have become accustomed to the idea that Horseshoe Beach will be there for eternity. Perhaps it will not. Hurricane Igor’s beach mash-up is a reminder that Nature has awesome power. I am not a tree-hugging environmentalist,... Read more of this article

Calvin “Baldy” Hansey: End Of An Era

Calvin “Baldy” Hansey: End Of An Era

[Written by Larry Burchall] Calvin “Baldy” Hansey quietly but swiftly ran his way into Bermuda fame by winning the May 24th Race so many times. It seemed at the time, that he almost owned the race. He was especially known for his all-white race-rig and a distinctive long loping running style. His all white race-rig was in the old May 24th tradition... Read more of this article

Burchall: Loose Guns, Tight Lips

Burchall: Loose Guns, Tight Lips

[Written by Larry Burchall] The trial of the three men charged in the RAA shooting incident shows that the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) are on the ball when it comes to doing their Police work. The incident happened around Easter this year, and four months later, three men were charged and one was convicted. Guilty, Not Guilty, or something in between.... Read more of this article

Burchall Report: Macabre Death Race

Burchall Report: Macabre Death Race

[Written by Larry Burchall – Column deals with death, please do not click through and read full post if easily offended] There is a macabre race underway. Today is 24th August 2010 and the race ends 31st December 2010. The race is between road deaths and gun deaths. Until today, Bermuda had seven deaths attributed to road accidents, with the... Read more of this article

History: Gangs Back In The Day

History: Gangs Back In The Day

[Written by Larry Burchall] Right now, with all the shootings, woundings, and killings, most people are saying that the current level of violence in Bermuda is unprecedented; and that gangs are a new thing. The first part is right. I’m not so sure about the second part. According to ‘old-timers’ Bermuda had gangs ‘back-in-the-day’. However,... Read more of this article

Bermuda Police: Fighting Crime & Government

Bermuda Police: Fighting Crime & Government

[Written by Larry Burchall] The Bermuda Police Service, currently engaged in a hard fight against gun carrying gangsters, is also, behind the scenes, fighting Government over long-running pay issues that stretch back as far 2005. Essentially, Policemen have been able to retire at age 55 or after twenty-five consecutive years of unbroken service. Across... Read more of this article

Why You Should Love HSBC & Kiss Banker Phil

Why You Should Love HSBC & Kiss Banker Phil

[Written by Larry Burchall] You gotta’ thank Philip Butterfield CEO, HSBC (Bermuda) Ltd and HSBC Holdings Ltd. At the moment, you may not know why. But when you’ve finished reading, you’ll probably want to hug and kiss the guy – and thank Phil’s bank HSBC (Bermuda) Ltd. The story starts with Bermuda’s Minister of Finance. Back in May... Read more of this article

Burchall Report: PLP Delegates & Votes

Burchall Report: PLP Delegates & Votes

[Written by Larry Burchall] One man, one vote, each vote equal value. Between now and the end of October, that is not true. Not true at all. In October the PLP will hold its annual general conference, and under its constitution every few years its party leadership is up for grabs. With Dr Brown stepping down this year, there has to be a selection of... Read more of this article

Cup Match: History Behind The Holiday

Cup Match: History Behind The Holiday

[Written by Larry Burchall] Cup Match began as a day off to celebrate Emancipation Day 1st August 1834, the day when all slaves in Bermuda were freed. One year on ex-slaves who were now employed as paid workers simply did not turn up for work on 1st August 1835. They stayed off work and celebrated. Amongst black ex-slave Bermudians, the practice of... Read more of this article

Opinion: Conscription and Selfishness

Opinion: Conscription and Selfishness

[Written by Larry Burchall] Too busy? Too involved? Don’t like being required to do something? Yes, but jobs still need to be done. Responsibilities still need to be shouldered. Those are the core issues involved in conscription. But there’s this as well. There is a streak of selfishness – Me-Me-Me – that is running through the current... Read more of this article

Burchall: Brother Territory In Trouble?

Burchall: Brother Territory In Trouble?

[Written by Larry Burchall] As reported by the Jamaica Observer, the Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands is hurting. The Observer reports that TCI “Government could do well with the millions in revenues earned yearly from work permits and residency fees.” The Observer says that in TCI investments have stalled, jobs are drying up,... Read more of this article

History & Procedures: Queen’s Birthday Parade

History & Procedures: Queen’s Birthday Parade

[Written by Larry Burchall] Bermuda’s annual Queen’s Birthday Parade on Front Street has been happening for more than a hundred years. Until the late 1950’s, it took place in Bernard’s Park. Prior to the 1940’s, it happened at the Prospect field that has since been turned into the National Stadium. In 2010, the Ceremony is undertaken by the... Read more of this article

Police Weapons: Tasers, Guns, Grenades & More

Police Weapons: Tasers, Guns, Grenades & More

[Written by Larry Burchall] The Bermuda Police have an arsenal of weapons ready to use. They range from the almost traditional police truncheons in the form of ‘ASP’ expanding batons up to weapons capable of firing up to 700 full metal jacketed bullets in a minute. - Armed Police conducting a raid in Pembroke - May 2010 - Published in the Official... Read more of this article