• Time to put politics aside

    Time to put politics aside

    Bermudians for centuries have historically thrived in the face of adversity. Hurricane Gonzalo provides us the opportunity to rebuild, repair, restore and replant. We can also rejoice that there was no loss of life due to Gonzalo for which we can be thankful. So now is the time to put our politics aside and bring Bermudians together and make this the glorious island that we know it to...

  • This year we should all give thanks

    Complacency can be a pretty bad thing.

    Far too often, we take the blessings of life for granted.

    But I think wrestling with Gonzalo has spoken to the hearts of many Bermudians. From reports I’m hearing, people are thanking and praising God for His mercy and grace in getting everyone through the storm, safe and sound.

    So, I think it’s a good time to celebrate.

    Thanksgiving is coming up, and although it’s not...

    • Oct 22, 2014 8:00 am
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  • The story behind the name Gonzalo

    17 October, 2014

    Dear Editor,

    Re my Thursday email letter re the article on Ruth Thomas. I suggested “Gonzalo” was the name of the victim in the play within a play in Hamlet, when of course it is called the Murder of Gonzago! At least, I’d better say I think it is. Of course, Gonzalo is a ship-wrecked character in the Bermuda-linked play, The Tempest, as you point out in the RG today.

    I believe Gonzalo was based on a real historical character of that name. Even...

    • Oct 22, 2014 8:00 am
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  • Govt and EMO should change storm procedures

    Govt and EMO should change storm procedures

    I was three years old when Hurricane Arlene hit Bermuda in 1963 (Cat 2). Since then I have witnessed Hurricane Emily (Cat 2) 1987 and Hurricane Fabian (Cat 3) 2003. These experiences taught me to keep an eye on the Weather Channel and so I was one of those Bermudians who expected updates throughout the night.

    At 11.30pm Saturday evening, just before my husband went to bed, we checked the Weather Channel and Hurricane Fay remained predicted...

    • Oct 16, 2014 8:00 am
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  • Civil Service is too large

    I just received an e-mail from a friend in Central Africa. This person has just started a job as an assistant supply officer with the local government. The e-mail read: “It is my first day and it is lunchtime. I already feel it is not my right place. The people are too reluctant and there is no urgency, I hate to work in an environment like this.”

    I e-mailed back: “Welcome to working in a government department. It is the same in every country in...

    • Oct 15, 2014 8:00 am
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  • Litter is a real problem across the Island

    Litter is a real problem across the Island

    The roads and byways on this Island are filthy with trash. I am over 70 and I pick up trash when I see it where it should not be. I even called KBB, someone told me to come pick up a bag. If they were really doing what should be done they would send someone out to check these roads.

    Everyone tries to pass the buck, Works & Engineering, Corporation of Hamilton, etc.The road leading up from King Street to Fort Hamilton is always filthy. I report the ramp area to...

    • Oct 15, 2014 8:00 am
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  • Punching well above their weight

    Punching well above their weight

    With a population similar to Marietta, Georgia, Framingham, Mass or Gravesend, England, it would not be surprising if a production by Bermuda’s Gilbert & Sullivan Society of The Pirates of Penzance was forgivably amateurish, on a par with the desultory summer stock productions that infest Massachusetts’ Cape Cod or Berkshires “community playhouses” with singing on par with the mosquitoes droning outside those tattered buildings and lighting schemes...

    • Oct 14, 2014 8:00 am
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  • Thank you for everything, Juan Prado

    Thank you for everything, Juan Prado

    The Board of Directors, staff, Spirit Ambassadors and committee members of Bermuda Sloop Foundation wish to thank outgoing Chairman, Juan Prado, for his very significant, positive contribution to the Foundation.

    Juan leaves BSF stronger on all fronts — financially, fundraising, governance and better integrated educational programming.

    As a result of Juan’s leadership, the Board is stronger, more united and committed to the organisation.

    • Oct 14, 2014 8:00 am
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  • True lack of depth lies within PLP

    The trouble with political actors is that they sometimes go over the top, and make themselves look silly. Zane DeSilva’s done that on a number of occasions with his doomsday traffic announcements.

    The latest to do it is the Shadow Finance Minister David Burt, with his performance on television and his letter to the editor accusing the Government of “lack of depth” in its ideas for reviving Bermuda’s economy.

    Lack of depth? What did it take...

    • Oct 14, 2014 8:00 am
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  • A desire to rule above all

    When I saw the organised disruption of Bob Richard’s meeting, and the words of the shadow finance minister that austerity failed in Greece and so won’t work here, I became seriously worried and wondered whether democracy is such a great idea in a country where people obviously seem intent on self destruction.

    Imagine that Mr Richards is a bank manager and is standing outside the bank telling the clients the bank is empty and that there is no money...

    • Oct 14, 2014 8:00 am
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  • Full of praise for our paper carriers

    Thanks to Jonathan Bell for bringing today’s Int’l Newspaper Carriers Day to our attention (albeit an American designation). No question that most of us get the news on-line or via TV, but nothing beats the daily ritual of physical paper and coffee in hand at the breakfast table.

    So as I write, I’m raising my cup of coffee to the person who delivers my morning Royal Gazette – faithfully every day, rain, shine and even storm. I can’t ever recall...

    • Oct 14, 2014 8:00 am
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