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  • Trotts set the clean-up standard
    Sep 21, 2018 8:00 am

    Trotts set the clean-up standard

    Last Saturday, several persons came out to assist with clearing excess vegetation along Vesey Street in Devonshire. Others assisted in helping to provide the needed items to carry out the tasks at hand.

    I would like to thank all those who...

  • Devonshire still standing strong together
    Sep 14, 2018 8:00 am

    Devonshire still standing strong together

    I would like to thank those who have responded to last week’s column regarding our Parish Pride Project, which commences tomorrow on Vesey Street. It is heart-warming to see people willing to pitch in to assist where and when needed.

    Along...

  • Cleanliness is next to godliness
    Sep 7, 2018 8:00 am

    Cleanliness is next to godliness

    I would again like to express my sincerest thanks and gratitude to residents for electing me to represent Constituency 11 in the parishes of Devonshire and Smith’s. Over the past year, we have met with several residents, small businesses and...

  • What reggae teaches us
    Aug 31, 2018 8:00 am

    What reggae teaches us

    “Look to Africa, for there a King will be crowned.”

    — Marcus Mosiah Garvey, prophesising the coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia.

    Marcus Mosiah Garvey was born on August 17, 1887 in the rural...

  • Digging deeper into legend of Somers
    Aug 17, 2018 8:00 am

    Digging deeper into legend of Somers

    “Old pirates, yes, they rob I

    Sold I to the merchant ships ...”

    — Bob Marley

    As someone who has studied many facets of history, there is something extremely wrong when grown persons attempt to rewrite...

  • It hurts so bad but ... congratulations Somerset
    Aug 10, 2018 8:00 am

    It hurts so bad but ... congratulations Somerset

    So, let’s not beat around the bush. Today, I humbly offer congratulations to Somerset Cricket Club and all of their supporters.

    Whether viewing it on television, streaming it online, listening on radio or watching it front and centre, it...

  • One obvious alternative to Somers Day
    Aug 1, 2018 8:00 am

    One obvious alternative to Somers Day

    “I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.” — Harriet Tubman

    Bermuda is getting ready to celebrate the 116th annual Cup Match classic and...

  • Century Club a Place of distinction
    Jul 27, 2018 8:00 am

    Century Club a Place of distinction

    One hundred runs! Something that every cricketer dreams of getting. More so, they dream of getting those elusive 100 runs during Cup Match.

    A feat very few have achieved. One hundred years of age! Ten decades on Earth, something many dream...

  • Much to be grateful for, much more to do
    Jul 20, 2018 8:00 am

    Much to be grateful for, much more to do

    As we sit back and reflect on the past 12 months of Bermuda’s history, we are struck by a variety of thoughts, feelings and visions.

    First, let us say thank you to all who participated in the democratic process of registering to vote and...

  • We Bermudians are punching above our weight
    Jul 13, 2018 8:00 am

    We Bermudians are punching above our weight

    Christopher Famous

    If one was to ask what our national sport is, the answer would vary depending who is replying. Some may say football. Some may say cricket. Others may rightly say gossiping.

    Suffice it to say, there is no one...

  • Bridging religious divides
    Jul 6, 2018 8:00 am

    Bridging religious divides

    “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” — Psalm 133

    They say that confession is good for the soul. So today is as good a day for some confession as it gets.

    It is not often enough...

  • A Caribbean coming together
    Jun 29, 2018 8:00 am

    A Caribbean coming together

    Recently, the Caribbean island of Grand Cayman served as the host for the 43rd Annual Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic region conference. The conference ran from June 16 to 23.

    Nearly 100 delegates...

  • Opposition leader not helped by her ‘friends’
    Jun 15, 2018 8:00 am

    Opposition leader not helped by her ‘friends’

    A few weeks ago, I read something that really had me wondering if we were in some alternative universe. The headline read: “OBA’s methods for recovery more hopeless than hopeful”.

    “The Leader of the Opposition must be hoping...

  • Case to be made for Bermudian police commissioner
    Jun 8, 2018 8:00 am

    Case to be made for Bermudian police commissioner

    The following is a written adaptation of my motion to adjourn address in Parliament last Friday

    In our younger years there was never a time of positive relations between the Bermuda Police Force, as it was called then,...

  • A word of thanks and moment of pause for the trailblazers
    Jun 1, 2018 8:00 am

    A word of thanks and moment of pause for the trailblazers

    “Rise up fallen fighters

    Rise and take your stance again”

    — Robert Nesta Marley

    Last week we witnessed a combination of cries and celebrations.

    Last week we witnessed a combination of tears and...

  • Keeping the end in view
    May 24, 2018 8:00 am

    Keeping the end in view

    A few months ago, I was given a message that I had been summoned to the court of Edwena Smith at her stately home on Montpelier Road in Devonshire.

    For those who didn’t know, Mrs Smith was a legendary teacher of Latin at the Berkeley...

  • This job is about remembering who put us there
    May 18, 2018 8:00 am

    This job is about remembering who put us there

    “If you were handed power on a plate, you’d be left fighting over a plate”

    — Tom Stoppard

    During canvassing for the upcoming by-election in Constituency 25 in Warwick over the past few weeks, we have spoken...

  • Another nail in coffin of Kanye’s rhetoric
    May 11, 2018 8:00 am

    Another nail in coffin of Kanye’s rhetoric

    “When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years?! That sounds like a choice.”

    These were words spoken by American entertainer Kanye West that speak to the complete lack of knowledge of the true horrors of...

  • Flora, our living, breathing flag
    May 4, 2018 8:00 am

    Flora, our living, breathing flag

    Any red-blooded Bermudian fancies himself as somewhat an expert when it comes to riding bikes, with many of us counting one of our key skills as being able to “take that nip”.

    Roughly translated, that means finding an acute angle to weave...

  • We must look to the Caribbean
    Apr 27, 2018 8:00 am

    We must look to the Caribbean

    On March 19, I attended the reading of the British Virgin Islands Budget 2018-19. Having just finished our own Budget session, I was very interested in witnessing their procedures.

    While sitting in the gallery, I was sent a note asking me...

  • Empty vessels but still no noise
coming out of the Opposition
    Apr 13, 2018 8:00 am

    Empty vessels but still no noise coming out of the Opposition

    Over the past few months, there have been some major political events happening throughout the Caribbean region.

    In the island of Grenada, there was a General Election held on March 13 between the incumbent New National Party led by Prime...

  • A different way of life and death
    Mar 23, 2018 8:00 am

    A different way of life and death

    If one was feeling adventurous, they would jump into the water on South Shore in Bermuda, point their compass due south and head out to open sea.

    A mere 1,000 miles later, they would find themselves on the pristine shores of our sister...

  • Take the time to capture the moment
    Mar 16, 2018 8:00 am

    Take the time to capture the moment

    Howard “Hubby” Charles, a man who was born, bred and was lifelong resident of our beloved parish of Devonshire.

    For the past few days, I have been wondering how best to remember my dear cousin — dare I say my dear double cousin — “Hubby”...

  • Voice of an angel filled me with hope for our youth
    Mar 9, 2018 8:00 am

    Voice of an angel filled me with hope for our youth

    “Way Maker, miracle worker, promise keeper

    Light in the darkness, my God

    That is who you are”

    — Sinach

    Way Maker is a gospel hit that has been resonating in...

  • Results show that we are reaching out to all
    Mar 2, 2018 8:00 am

    Results show that we are reaching out to all

    On February 14, the front page of The Royal Gazette carried an attention-grabbing headline — “Famous: PLP must reach out to whites”.

    Not quite a heart-warming Valentine’s message, yet that headline managed to attract 326...

  • Building on legacy
    Feb 23, 2018 8:00 am

    Building on legacy

    Last Sunday there was a family gathering at the Willowbank Hotel Conference Centre.

    Hundreds from across the island came together to honour the founders of the Progressive Labour Party, those who had laid the foundations for a better and...

  • Founders’ Day reminds us of union sacrifices
    Feb 16, 2018 8:00 am

    Founders’ Day reminds us of union sacrifices

    Here in Bermuda, we have recently been experiencing the challenges that flow from trash not being collected. It is unsurprising and understandable that many, if not all of us, are upset about the trash build- up. After all, there is nothing...

  • ‘Progressive’ cannot be just part of our name – it must be part of our culture
    Feb 9, 2018 8:00 am

    ‘Progressive’ cannot be just part of our name – it must be part of our culture

    Next week, on Sunday, February 18, I have been given the distinct honour and privilege of being the keynote speaker at the 54th Annual PLP Founders’ Day Banquet at the Willowbank Conference Centre.

    To be completely honest, I did not...

  • Brother Derek helped us see beyond surface differences
    Feb 2, 2018 8:00 am

    Brother Derek helped us see beyond surface differences

    “They say that hindsight is 20/20 and if one could turn back the hands of time, they would do everything perfectly. Perhaps that is true. However, the reality is we cannot yet turn back the hands of time, so we can only learn from our...

  • Cross Island a salvation or millstone?
    Jan 19, 2018 8:00 am

    Cross Island a salvation or millstone?

    No free lunch. A term about public-private partnerships often echoed by Bob Richards, the former Minister of Finance under the One Bermuda Alliance government.

    A term that was found to be quite true about the OBA/Aecon airport deal; a deal...

  • What would Nelson and Ambrose do?
    Jan 12, 2018 8:00 am

    What would Nelson and Ambrose do?

    “If a child lives with recognition, he learns that it is good to have a goal.

    If a child lives with sharing, he learns about generosity.

    If a child lives with honesty and fairness, he learns what truth and justice...

  • No honour in the lack of diversity
    Jan 5, 2018 8:00 am

    No honour in the lack of diversity

    I find it interesting, yet not surprising that people would rather attack the messenger than address the message. Over the past week, Michael Dunkley, the former Premier of Bermuda, and former One Bermuda Alliance candidate Ray Charlton took to...

  • The perfect time to make significant changes
    Dec 29, 2017 8:00 am

    The perfect time to make significant changes

    “We gotta make a change

    It’s time for us as a people to start makin’ some changes

    Let’s change the way we eat

    Let’s change the way we live

    And let’s change the way we treat each other

    You see the old way...

  • We can all agree on need for empathy
    Dec 22, 2017 8:00 am

    We can all agree on need for empathy

    There is a trend of thought among some editors and writers that the average reader will not spend more than three to five minutes on an article or column; therefore, a writer must be succinct and get their message across in fewer than 700...

  • A literary journey assisted by so many
    Dec 15, 2017 8:00 am

    A literary journey assisted by so many

    “Never argue with a man who buys ink by the barrel.”

    This was a saying taught to me by the late W.A. “Toppy” Cowen. This lesson came after I had made comments about the local traditional media via social media in...

  • Exodus – movement of our people
    Dec 8, 2017 8:00 am

    Exodus – movement of our people

    Often, far too often, during canvassing over the past few years when we are looking for fellow Bermudians we are finding out that they no longer reside in Bermuda.

    We do not yet have exact government figures. However, by our own canvassing...

  • United we stand: join a union
    Dec 1, 2017 8:00 am

    United we stand: join a union

    Mr Speaker, unfortunately, there are many in Bermuda who forget that this party that we represent is first and foremost a labour party. A labour party that has always advocated the betterment of all workers of Bermuda for more than 50...

  • Lee-Chin: a study in warmth and humility
    Nov 24, 2017 8:00 am

    Lee-Chin: a study in warmth and humility

    “A humble calf sucks the most milk”

    — Jamaican Proverb

    Loosely translated, this would mean that someone who is humble in spirit would tend to be successful.

    Measures of success come in many different forms. Some count...

  • It pays to keep an open mind to your ‘enemies’
    Nov 17, 2017 8:00 am

    It pays to keep an open mind to your ‘enemies’

    You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.

    — Psalms 23:5

    The 49th Annual Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast was held last Friday at the Hamilton Princess Hotel and Beach Club.

  • First-hand appreciation for the lure of Britain
    Nov 10, 2017 8:00 am

    First-hand appreciation for the lure of Britain

    “Exodus”

    “Movement of Jah people!”

    “Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?”

    — Bob Marley

    After spending a week in London getting to learn the Tube and the variety of...

  • Brothers, sisters stand strong for St Paul
    Nov 3, 2017 8:00 am

    Brothers, sisters stand strong for St Paul

    Greetings to the St Paul AME family and, by extension, the entire AME family of Bermuda.

    Like you, I recall kneeling at the altar of St Paul to partake in communion, learning about the blood and body of Christ that we share as brothers and...

  • Government must keep people informed
    Oct 28, 2017 8:00 am

    Government must keep people informed

    This article is based on a speech given by Christopher Famous in the House of Assembly

    A few weeks ago a member of public pulled me aside and asked “Now that we found love, what are we gonna do with...

  • Us ‘pond dogs’ are duty-bound to pay it forward
    Oct 20, 2017 8:00 am

    Us ‘pond dogs’ are duty-bound to pay it forward

    “And Nathanael said to him: can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip said to him: Come and see.”

    — John 1:46

    Last week I had the privilege of being invited to speak with some young Bermudian men.

  • Linesmen are stellar ambassadors for Bermuda
    Oct 6, 2017 8:00 am

    Linesmen are stellar ambassadors for Bermuda

    “Cow never know the use of its tail till it’s gone”

    An old Caribbean saying speaking of how people take things for granted until they no longer have them.

    The passing of hurricanes Irma and Maria have left nearly...

  • Storms show that any island can be wiped away
    Sep 29, 2017 8:00 am

    Storms show that any island can be wiped away

    A few weeks ago, Hurricane Irma carved its way through the northeastern Caribbean, bringing untold death and devastation to many islands. Idyllic tourist destinations such as Anguilla, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, St Barts and St Martin were...

  • Keep giving us your suggestions
    Sep 23, 2017 8:00 am

    Keep giving us your suggestions

    The best advice or suggestions usually come from those who do not occupy high office. During years of canvassing, the Progressive Labour Party received both complaints and suggestions from persons across the island. While the make-up of Bermuda’s...

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