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  • Looking at political affiliation and skin colour
    May 12, 2017 8:00 am

    Looking at political affiliation and skin colour

    A few days ago, I had a startling conversation with someone on Facebook. Such conversations themselves are not surprising, as thousands of Bermudians have them daily. However, something that the person stated struck a chord deep within...

  • JVB, your online family misses you
    May 6, 2017 8:00 am

    JVB, your online family misses you

    Julia van Beelen, aka JVB, and I started talking online about six years ago before the 2012 General Election. Needless to say, we, along with a select group of politics junkies, often were in “spirited” online debates that seemingly...

  • The joy of canvassing... and fried chicken
    Apr 21, 2017 8:00 am

    The joy of canvassing... and fried chicken

    Forty-five thousand Bermudians are eligible to cast a ballot for referendums, by-elections and general elections. There are roughly 1,200 persons residing in 500 homes in each of our 36 constituencies.

    Each one of those individuals expects...

  • Canvassing requires empathy and prayer
    Mar 31, 2017 8:00 am

    Canvassing requires empathy and prayer

    On any given day when persons prepare themselves to go out to canvass, they do the following:

    • Collect their clipboards and walking lists for the specific areas that they will be canvassing

    • Ensure that they have adequate voter...

  • The real story is OBA backtracking
    Mar 24, 2017 8:00 am

    The real story is OBA backtracking

    Over the past few days, many Bermudians have had the opportunity to read some interesting articles in The Royal Gazette. By the time a story reaches print or online, a number of persons would have had to have done some research...

  • A visit embedded in my mind for ever
    Mar 17, 2017 8:00 am

    A visit embedded in my mind for ever

    One of the few things that persons involved with different political parties can agree on is that canvassing is a fundamental component of any election campaign. Fortunately for us in Bermuda, social norms dictate that candidates visit the...

  • I call uncle ‘Boo’ Brown my hero
    Mar 4, 2017 8:00 am

    I call uncle ‘Boo’ Brown my hero

    Some 70 years ago, my paternal grandmother passed away suddenly, leaving my grandfather to raise ten children.

    My aunt Pauline was the eldest and took on the role of mother for a few years.

    She then left Bermuda in search of a...

  • Now for their next trick ... savings of less than $2 a day
    Mar 3, 2017 8:00 am

    Now for their next trick ... savings of less than $2 a day

    “Hocus-pocus”

    “Abracadabra”

    Two of the signature terms of magicians.

    Whether it is pulling rabbits out of hats or sawing a damsel in half, magicians have been using smoke and mirrors, combined with...

  • Questions that need answering about Dockyard deal
    Jan 27, 2017 8:00 am

    Questions that need answering about Dockyard deal

    Official Hansard records from December 16, 2015.

    The Honourable E.T. “Bob” Richards: “Thank you, Mr Speaker.

    “In accordance with section 2AA (3) of the Government Loans Act 1978, I rise this morning to inform this honourable...

  • Parliamentary Registrar can do more to assist our voters
    Jan 20, 2017 8:00 am

    Parliamentary Registrar can do more to assist our voters

    Governments and major corporations often hire consultants to give them reports and suggestions as to how to improve their services and/or profit margins. And, they pay out hefty sums for the advice of these consultants.

    After paying out...

  • Why has Cross Island cost not fallen?
    Jan 13, 2017 8:00 am

    Why has Cross Island cost not fallen?

    “Build it and they will come.”

    - Field of Dreams

    On December 1, 2014, it was announced that the America’s Cup would be coming to Bermuda and, with much fanfare, Bermudians were inundated...

  • C26 shows evidence of shifting sands
    Jan 6, 2017 8:00 am

    C26 shows evidence of shifting sands

    Four years after the General Election of 2012, a voting shift is seemingly taking place across the island.

    In November 2014, the signs that this shift had begun to take root were evident in the results of the Constituency 33 by-election...

  • A mighty spirit rose amid misery
    Dec 30, 2016 8:00 am

    A mighty spirit rose amid misery

    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”

    — Charles Dickens

    Contrary to the wishes of many, December 2, 2016 is a day that will never be erased from the psyche of any Bermudian...

  • Canvassing with Neville has been a joy
    Dec 3, 2016 8:00 am

    Canvassing with Neville has been a joy

    As the saying goes, you can choose your friends, but not your family.

    I am grateful to have Neville Tyrrell as a big cousin/big brother.

    For the last 12 months I’ve spent most of my weekends in his presence.

    Just like the good...

  • AME uplifted working classes
    Dec 2, 2016 8:00 am

    AME uplifted working classes

    “God Our Father, Christ Our Redeemer, Holy Spirit Our Comforter, Humankind Our Family”

    — AME Church motto

    A creed that thousands of Bermudians have grown up listening to, reciting and living for most,...

  • Saluting our brother-in-arms
    Nov 26, 2016 8:00 am

    Saluting our brother-in-arms

    “As the battle raged higher

    And though they did hurt me so bad

    In the fear and alarm

    You did not desert me

    My brothers-in-arms”

    — Dire Straits

    Keith “Worms” Whorms will be...

  • One-on-one exchanges reward us for knocking on doors
    Nov 25, 2016 8:00 am

    One-on-one exchanges reward us for knocking on doors

    “Almighty Father, we are gathered here today as one body at this sacred spot where countless numbers of our enslaved ancestors were buried. Father, we are gathered as one body to do your will and listen to the concerns of our brothers...

  • We stand shoulder to shoulder with our brother
    Oct 28, 2016 8:00 am

    We stand shoulder to shoulder with our brother

    “ ... Am I my brother’s keeper?”

    — Genesis 4:9

    A question asked from the beginning of time to this very day. A question that could evoke a yes-or-no answer for any given reason, at any given...

  • Technology’s appetite for gobbling up jobs
    Oct 21, 2016 8:00 am

    Technology’s appetite for gobbling up jobs

    Technology has become an ever-changing, ever-evolving animal. An animal with a hunger for consuming both machinery and manpower.

    Thirty years ago, we were all fascinated with the ability to rent movies on video cassette and/or record...

  • Politicians should embrace ‘big tent’ ideal
    Oct 14, 2016 8:00 am

    Politicians should embrace ‘big tent’ ideal

    “In politics, a big tent or catch-all party is a political party seeking to attract people with diverse viewpoints and thus appealing to more of the electorate. This is accomplished by appealing to a very limited number of issues,...

  • Time to cut cable cords
    Oct 7, 2016 8:00 am

    Time to cut cable cords

    They say that time stands still for no man. As this is applicable in life, it is even that much more applicable when it comes to technology.

    A prime example is by the time thousands of people are standing in line to buy the iPhone 7, Apple...

  • Unforgettable night of entertainment
    Sep 17, 2016 8:00 am

    Unforgettable night of entertainment

    Earlier this summer, a few of my friends and I planned a little post-Cup Match get-together to commiserate over yet another year without our cup in its rightful home.

    As we mulled over where best to get something to eat and drink, the...

  • Junior Maynard Dill: A different kind of animal
    Sep 9, 2016 8:00 am

    Junior Maynard Dill: A different kind of animal

    Young man, I have two questions for you.”

    “Yes sir, what are those questions?”

    “First question: Who do you support for Cup Match?”

    “St George’s, of course.”

    “Ok fine, good answer. Second question: are you a different kind...

  • Old Berkeley rivalries reignited for worthy cause
    Sep 2, 2016 8:00 am

    Old Berkeley rivalries reignited for worthy cause

    By chance, a few years ago I spotted an advert on Facebook for an event to be held at the Hamilton Princess. At first I paid it no mind then it dawned on me that it was an event that held some interesting possibilities. I then contacted the...

  • In praise of a giant
    Aug 26, 2016 8:00 am

    In praise of a giant

    “gi•ant/ji?nt/

    noun

    1. an imaginary or mythical being of human form but superhuman size.

    synonyms: colossus, behemoth, Brobdingnagian, mammoth ...”

    — Oxford...

  • Improve and evolve emancipation celebration
    Aug 12, 2016 8:00 am

    Improve and evolve emancipation celebration

    Recently, upon viewing the photograph of the Australian streaker standing in front of the St George’s batsman on July 29, I imagined that had it been someone of less self-discipline, the situation could very easily have been a case of the bat...

  • A journey still with many rivers to cross
    Aug 5, 2016 8:00 am

    A journey still with many rivers to cross

    Are we there yet? This is a question frequently asked by persons on a journey to a place not yet known to them.

    In 1834, England declared that all enslaved persons throughout the British Empire were to be set free of slavery. August 1 was...

  • A prayer of forgiveness for our West End foes
    Jul 22, 2016 8:00 am

    A prayer of forgiveness for our West End foes

    Dear Lord,

    Over the past four years, your children of the East have been put under mental and emotional bondage by those people from the West. We have been subjected to a constant stream of insults, ridicule and financial debt. As such,...

  • If you believe in equal rights then you must stand with us
    Jul 13, 2016 8:00 am

    If you believe in equal rights then you must stand with us

    On the early evening of July 7, I witnessed something first-hand that brought a shock to my head and tears to my eyes. As I was sitting in my car in downtown New York City, I heard loud, thunderous shouting behind me.

    I walked down the...

  • Crockwell the latest to have buyer's remorse
    Jul 9, 2016 8:00 am

    Crockwell the latest to have buyer's remorse

    “Buyer's remorse is the sense of regret after having made a purchase. It is frequently associated with the purchase of an expensive item such as a car or house. It may stem from fear of making the wrong choice, guilt over extravagance,...

  • Community of love and passion
    Jun 24, 2016 8:00 am

    Community of love and passion

    In the best of times, politics can be akin to watching paint dry on a wall. In the worst of times, politics can be extremely frustrating and divisive. Over the past few weeks, we have seen the divisive side once again rear its ugly...

  • Friendship, fun and food at a pot of gold in back-of-town
    Jun 17, 2016 8:00 am

    Friendship, fun and food at a pot of gold in back-of-town

    In the heart of back-of-town, there lies a pot of gold. Well, more like a potpourri of friendship, fun, festivity and, yep, food.

    Located on the corner of Union Street and Angle Street, there sits a building painted in gold.

    On any...

  • We need to break the narrative of ‘lazy’
    Jun 3, 2016 8:00 am

    We need to break the narrative of ‘lazy’

    There are those who would like to paint a narrative that Bermudians are lazy, are non-performers and constantly are seeking handouts. Then there are those who buy into that false narrative.

    By buying into that narrative, then they see...

  • Pledge to do what we can for parade’s future
    May 27, 2016 8:00 am

    Pledge to do what we can for parade’s future

    Three days ago I made my way into Hamilton for my “annual freeloading and hitting up everybody’s camp day”, more commonly known as the Bermuda Day Parade. As I made the rounds, I noticed a less-than-usual vibrancy among the crowd. Everyone was...

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