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Up Front Spring may have been a long time coming this year, but we can be sure that summer will be heating up right on cue, and so with this issue The Bermudian celebrates the signs of summer with all manner of seasonal features to keep you informed, inspired and entertained. First, summer heralds our much-anticipated Best of Bermuda Awards. After 23 years, it is still our favourite feature of the year; it recognizes over 170 winners in four categories, celebrating all that is great on the island from best burger and best beer to most decadent dessert and most coveted diamonds. The Bermudian, in conjunction with our sponsor BF&M, is proud each year to be the voice of all that is good about Bermuda. Long may it last and long may all of our winners—past, present and future—strive to be recognized as the best in their field. Summer also means enjoying all that Bermuda has to offer outdoors, so we asked author, chef and foodie Judith Wadson to create four
picnics for any occasion—whether boating or beaching—this summer. “The Perfect Picnic” starts on page 35, and we think you’ll find the scrumptious menus and recipes tempting. Another sign that summer has arrived is less pleasant: the summer hazards we may encounter in our parks and beaches or on boats or bikes. Thanks to Lindo’s pharmacist Rebecca White, this issue of “Healthy Bermuda” is a survival guide to staying safe while having fun. She offers valuable information on what to do—or not to do—if you’ve been sunburned, stabbed, stung or stuck by some of those seasonal threats. Finally, June marks six months since the One Bermuda Alliance formed a new government, bringing with it a breath of fresh air and a sense of hope for Bermuda’s future that we so desperately needed. With last year’s economic situation grimmer than most of us have ever experienced, we look to the new OBA government to see how and how fast it can meet
the goals presented in its Jobs and Economic Turnaround Plan. Duncan Hall sits down with the minister of economic development, Dr. Grant Gibbons, to talk about the OBA’s plan to get Bermuda back on track. In our last issue, we ran a story about MJM Limited becoming the designated Bermuda law firm within Globalaw; unfortunately, the headline referred, incorrectly, to another firm. The headline should have been “MJM Limited joins Globalaw.” We apologise for the error. It is my hope that all signs this summer—of the season and of the times—point to good things to come for all of us in Bermuda.
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Crow’s Nest home & garden
The Backyard Garden
Who knew that your grandparents’ lifestyle when they were young would be so chic now in 2013? We have all heard the stories: back in the day, we kept a garden and raised chickens and traded with neighbours to get along. Fast-forward to today, and for many, our grandparents’ experience is becoming recognized as a way to saving money and attain good health. BY COLIN CAMPBELL
ot to miss a trend, retailers have responded to the growing trend of home gardening. Williams-Sonoma, the culinary outfitters, offer a broad array of backyard vegetable-garden supplies, as well as chicken coops and bee-keeping starter kits. For the truly farm-and-cooking obsessed, Williams-Sonoma shiitake mushroom logs are also available. A few years ago, Martha Stewart Living magazine devoted an entire issue to backyard gardens and simpler lifestyle choices. Modern-day homesteading is looking a lot like grandma’s victory garden. Similarly, a brief Google or You Tube search for backyard gardens provides a plethora of guides and how-to videos.
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So with traditional farmers’ yields higher than ever, why has the interest in individual backyard farming increased? Internationally, there is an increasing concern over food sources, the effects globalized agribusiness is having on our nutrition choices and the increasing cost of basic food supplies. The international debate over genetically modified seeds has created more questions than answers, and many governments are stepping away from modified-genetic-seed technology. The ability of agribusiness to control and manage food supply has also created anxiety. Produce seasonality has almost disappeared as global agribusiness can ship anything to anywhere. These trends have had the opposite effect of satisfying appetites. Consumers
are also challenged with fewer choices and higher prices. Globally, another one billion people joined the planet in the past 14 years; with 7 billion people in total now, another billion will be joining the rest of us in the next 10 years. The simple laws of supply and demand will dictate that without increasing the supply significantly, food prices will continue to rise. Approximately four to six weeks of food supplies exist in Bermuda at any one time. We are geographically isolated and unable to independently support our population with locally grown produce. Consequently, many are looking seriously at backyard agriculture to supplement their food-basket options, save money and find health for the body and soul. www.thebermudian.com
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Modern Victory Gardens or Square-Foot Gardening Square-foot gardening was popularized by Mel Bartholomew in the 1980s as a different approach to organizing and developing sustainable foodproduction processes for individuals. Based on a four-foot-square plot of arable land, the garden was sectioned into individual squarefoot areas, 16 in all, and an array of different vegetables was planted in each square. His single four-foot-square garden required only one hour per week of tending after initial planting, and it yielded terrific results. The simple size of the garden makes it easy to fit in almost any space, and as the garden
plants. The produce is free of manufactured chemicals and generally is acknowledged as being tastier and full of flavour and nutrients. According to the American Journal of Public Heath and the journal of the Association for Psychological Sciences, there are also an increasing number of studies that point to greater personal health benefits to squarefoot gardening. Apart from the improved nutrition benefits, the physical labour required to tend the garden also contributes to health. People who tend gardens as a rule have lower body-mass indexes and lower odds of being overweight or obese. People who garden and or live near green spaces as a rule had a greater sense of well being and reported less stress and higher satisfaction with life. Physically maintaining a garden is good
support of its Healthy Harvest program. The Foot of the Lane community garden has been a success for years, and the National Trust, various churches and interest groups have also developed community gardens. The Bermuda College has offered courses in developing backyard gardens. Frances Eddy, a great proponent and teacher of Grow Biointensive Bermuda, has developed a private-tuition course that educates the backyard farmer on the strategies required to make profitable use of small parcels of land. Community gardens provide another essential health option: social cohesion. Community gardeners share ideas and tips, and, in the process, they develop lasting personal and positive relationships. It is clear there is a new attitude and appre-
can be approached from all sides, the greatest physical reach required is two feet to the center, thus reducing muscle stress and back pain. Subsequent versions of the square-foot garden have included raised beds and tabletop gardens, also known as salad tables. These raised beds are especially popular for teaching children how to grow vegetables and for therapy for the physically challenged and infirm. The positive health effects of tending gardens are well documented. Urban gardeners generally grow organically without using insecticides to control pests. Weed management is done simply by hand, which provides a relaxing relationship between the farmer and the
for your appetite, your muscles, your weight management, your nutrition and your sleep. Some reports from individuals suggest improved sex lives as well! Psychologically, gardening nurtures your natural instincts, cultivates a sense of patience, explores creativity, relieves stress, reduces anxiety and improves your attitude. For $2 worth of seeds and 16 square feet of space, backyard gardening and square-foot gardens have a lot to offer. Here in Bermuda, there are many enthusiastic advocates of modern-day homesteading. The plant nurseries have hosted vegetable-gardening seminars, and Greenrock (www.greenrock.bm) has launched a community garden in
ciation for the habits and resourcefulness of our grandparentsâ€™ generation. A new wave of backyard gardeners is changing values. That the U.S. White House and Bermudaâ€™s own Government House have kitchen gardens tells us that the move to healthy eating and gardening activity is not a fleeting trend but a reapplication of simple good sense and a logical means of improving our nutrition. The costs to get started are small, the benefits are large, and that is some good news we all can live better by!
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Heat Tolerant Plants Yes, you can have colour in summer! For many years, Bermudians believed there were few flowering plants that would grow through the summer due to the island’s high heat and humidity. Well, the days of the dry, dull and dormant summer garden are no more! With hybridization and observation of tolerant varieties, there are many flowering plants now available that not only tolerate but thrive in our hot, intense summer sun and high humidity. We asked Aberfeldy Nurseries for their expertise on what is available and
Toast with Tea! With our British roots, we know a good cuppa can be a cure-all any time of day, but when the weather gets hot, iced tea is the favourite summertime sipper. Why not perfect your own homemade iced tea with these easy tips:
what to plant for bright colourful summer flower beds, containers and baskets.
Amaranthus: Bold, blazing
Angelolina: Distinct for
red or a profusion of red, yellow
their snapdragon-like flowers in
and green clusters of foliage on
purple, lavender and white.
Begonias: Bedding varieties in red, white or pink. A wise choice for low maintenance.
Cosmos: Doubles up as a cut flower used in floral decorations.
Celosia: Bright coloured plumes or cockscomb flowers.
Gazania: Daisy-like flowers, good for mass plantings, edging and ground cover.
1. Make sure you use enough tea bags so it is not too weak. Use 6 to 8 bags for every 2 quarts of water, and use good quality tea such as orange pekoe.
. Be sure to boil the water, not just heat it, and let the tea bags steep for about 10 minutes.
Once steeped, don’t squeeze the tea bags before discarding; it can add a bitter flavour.
Some people prefer to mix tea in 1 quart of boiling water and then add 1 quart of cold water.
5. Try mixing herbal tea bags with black tea for different flavours and less caffeine.
Marigold: A gardener’s favorite in variations of yellow, orange and gold.
Purslane: Cousin to portulaca
Portulaca: The most heattolerant bedding plant. Groundhugging, wide spreading succulent leaves covered by silky saucershaped flowers. Ideal in beds, borders and hanging baskets.
and equally as versatile. A profusion of summer colour.
Vinca: Also known as periwinkle.
Supatunia: A must for summer hanging baskets and containers.
Upright and trailing varieties are available in a wide colour choice.
Zinnia: Daisy-like heads in
Great heat and drought tolerance.
bold bright colours.
Helpful Hints • Summer bedding plants now come in a variety of heights, textures and colours. Use them in conjunction with herbaceous woody ornamental plants or the popular succulents for a colourful and interesting display
Add: • Fresh mint. Drop several sprigs in the jug after adding the water. • Fresh-squeezed lemon juice to taste, about ½ cup plus lemon slices. • Sugar. About ½ cup for every 1 quart.
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Serve over ice in a highball glass.
hours a day of exposure to direct sun. • Before planting, enhance your soil by adding organic matter, such as a combination of Aberfeldy Nursery mix and Black Kow composted cow manure mixed into the top few inches of your garden. • For hanging baskets and containers, there are several growing mixes from which to choose, including Miracle-Gro potting mix, Fafard professional potting mix and Aberfeldy Nursery mix. • Consider adding Soil Moist water-retaining polymers to your containers and hanging baskets to reduce the frequency of plant watering. • Use fertilizer once a week for optimum plant growth 14a well-balanced | The Bermudian and flower production.
Iced Tea with Vodka Plan ahead with this recipe as it should be made the day before you use it. 2 cups vodka 6 tsp.
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Anyone for Tea? Do you love the elegant look and feel of glass but hate the hassle of breakages? Then look no further! We asked Laura Farge-Lowe of Island Trading to nominate her favourite nonbreakable pieces, perfect for sipping iced tea (or any other refreshing beverage) on the patio or boat this summer. Her vote? Island Trading’s Strahl glasses from New Zealand, which combine the strength of polycarbonate with the elegant look and feel of glass. Available in a range of shapes and sizes from tumblers to champagne flutes. Bonus: they are dishwasher safe. Island Trading also offers lifestyle designer Kim Seybert’s gorgeous Coral line of tableware and accessories, which are made entirely of melamine. They are perfect for pool parties, patios or picnics. In addition, there is Le Cadeaux, also nonbreakable melamine (blue tray pictured), which is a popular choice at Island Trading. The 2013 collection has just arrived with new colours: turquoise and coral, and solid white.
Mix vodka and tea leaves in a jar, and shake a couple of times to combine. Place in a cool, dark place for 24 hours. Strain out the tea leaves by pouring through a strainer into a second jar. Store in the freezer and serve ice cold.
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1½ oz. cognac Mix ingredients and serve over ice with a lemon slice.
Sugar Syrup Heat sugar and water together in a saucepan until sugar dissolves. Stirring, bring to a boil and let boil for 4 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Store syrup in a covered container in the refrigerator. Great for sweetening all kinds of tea drinks.
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The Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo, long one of the best family venues in Bermuda, has just stepped up its game by opening a new restaurant called AZU Beastro. Proprietors Sara Masters and Flying Chef opened the café for lunch at the beginning of April, and they will serve dinner as the weather warms up, aiming for the first of May. The eatery hopes to encourage visitors to stay longer and enjoy more of BAMZ. The Beastro provides a dressed-down but delicious dining experience. The menu offers a tempting selection of panini and sandwiches as well as a long list of pizzas; a From the Grill menu includes burgers and fish tacos as well as a vegetarian black-bean burger. Even finicky young eaters will be satisfied with a children’s menu that includes a classic PB&J, chicken nuggets or a grilled-cheese sandwich. Throughout the day, the Beastro will function as a café, where you can pop in to get a quick cappuccino and a pastry (including gluten-free treats); kids can enjoy an ice-cream break in the middle of their aquarium visit. Masters also plans to offer a Friday-night happy hour during the summer months. The Beastro has a casual, fun atmosphere in keeping with its surroundings, but it is available for private hire. The staff will cater to adult functions as well as children’s birthday parties. With its breathtaking view of Harrington Sound and location near the children’s play area, the Beastro allows children to have fun and adults to relax. www.bamz.org
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The Big Chill
The Big Chill will enliven the music scene all over Bermuda this summer. Promising an eclectic mix of music styles, the Big Chill will offer an Ibizastyle, sunset music experience. On Friday nights, the event will take place at the Sea Breeze Lounge at Elbow Beach; on Sunday afternoons, Cambridge Beaches will provide the setting, and you can bring your boat and receive dockside service. Look for the Big Chill at The Reefs on Tuesdays. Organisers Félix Tod and Tony Brannon, who gave us the John Lennon tribute concert last year, are keen for us to know that the music they’ll feature will include lounge, ambient, dub, Latin slow jams and some old-school classics. In addition, the Big Chill hopes to make the most of Bermuda’s talent by showcasing live musicians and performers, including a trumpet player, a harmonica player, a violinist and local poets. Tod and Brannon will put together a band to play new songs and remix some classics, with Joy Barnum lending her vocal talents. While Bermudians are used to hearing American-inspired music from DJs, DJ Félix Tod—having worked as a record producer in London for 15 years—is more influenced by European music. “Reggae, soca and calypso were all music styles that came from islands, and the Big Chill is too, having some of its roots in Ibiza,” says Tod. He feels that with the Big Chill, he will be adding to Bermuda’s already rich musical mix by bringing in another kind of music from an island all the way across the pond. Though it’s true that Tod and Brannon want to create a space for the kind of music that they themselves want to hear, they also feel sure that with its cool vibe and sunset atmosphere, the Big Chill could be just what other Bermudians have been waiting to hear. Tod hopes his own enthusiasm will be catching: “It’s time for us to fall in love with our country again this summer, and we want the Big Chill to be the soundtrack to that!” he says. www.the-big-chill.com www.thebermudian.com
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Go BDA! Get out the flag and cheer, Bermuda! July brings two not-to-be-missed international sporting events to the island. Here’s to the athletes and photo: Matías Capizzano
the organizers for bringing important events like these to our shores and showing the importance of sports tourism. Optinam Bermuda
he 2013 North American Championships, or Optinam sailing regatta, one of the most important events on the Optimist worldwide calendar, will be held in Bermuda from July 3 to 11. The best junior sailors in North America will be facing off in what should be beautiful sailing conditions. The fleet racing will be held in the Great Sound with a 45-to-50-minute trapezoidal course, and team racing will be taking place in Hamilton Harbour. Bermuda is host for the first time since 2002, when Olympian Jesse Kirkland secured the top spot. This year there will be new young sailors, aged 10 to 15, taking part. Bermuda has been allocated 15 spots for sailors, who will represent the island after a qualification process involving at least 15 to 20 races. Sailing is the only youth sport in Bermuda that consistently sees world-class performances. With 174 Optimist sailors from around the world coming to sail, the competition should be stiff, but Bermudian Optimist sailors have achieved three consecutive firstplace overall wins, and the Bermuda Optimist 18 | The Bermudian
Dinghy Association is confident that their young sailors will be able to stand out from the crowd. The event will not only be an opportunity for Bermudian youth sailors to gain the experience of sailing in an international competition while on home surf, but it will also be an excellent occasion to raise Bermuda’s profile within the international sailing community. Organizers hope Optinam will help raise the stature of sailing on the island as a third national sport.
The NatWest Island Games
t’s a big summer for sports in Bermuda with the International Island Games to be held on the island from July 13 to 19. One of the largest international multisport events in the world, the Games will bring as many as 2,000 athletes from the 24 member islands. They will compete in 14 sports, with the major competitions being athletics, indoor and beach volleyball, swimming and football. Bermuda secured its bid to host the
Games in 2008, and preparations have been underway since then to accommodate such a huge event. The competitions will be held in 15 different venues including the National Sports Centre, high-school sports centres at CedarBridge, Berkeley and BHS, Bermuda College, Warwick Camp, Spanish Point Boat Club and Horseshoe Bay. The organisers are keen to get Bermudians involved with the events, hoping that it will encourage them to participate in sports themselves, whether playing or coaching. They hope that this will also lead to healthier lifestyles. In particular, they are reaching out to schoolchildren by distributing educational packages about the event. There will be a competition among all the local schools to give Bermuda’s mascot—a Bermuda-shorts-clad tree frog—a name in a bid to raise awareness of the Games. The NatWest Island Games are sponsored by private-sector businesses as well as the Bermuda Government, but in order to make them successful, they will need support from nearly 1,000 volunteers. Whether volunteering or watching, get set for an unforgettable week of sporting excellence and friendly competition. www.natwestislandgames2013.com www.thebermudian.com
From the Crow’s Nest | the scene
History On Display Masterworks’s Daguerreotype
he Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art has recently purchased a rare daguerreotype image of St. George’s, which will go on display shortly. It is, in all likelihood, one of the earliestknown photographic images of the island. The museum is confident that Henry Whittemore, an itinerant American daguerreotypist travelling throughout North and South America as well as the Caribbean in the mid1800s, made this daguerreotype in 1855. A number of relevant advertisements and articles have been found in the Royal Gazette, such as “January 2, 1855. H.Whittemore has returned to Bermuda to solicit the patronage of the Public, and is fully prepared with Stock and Apparatus to take every variety of DAGURREOTYPE and PHOYOGRAPH…. specimens of work. …will be EXHIBITED FREE for a short time in his rooms above Mr. Keanes’s Drug Store.” On January 18,1855, an article stated, “Mr. Whittemore is now engaged upon a series of PHOYOGRAPHIC VIEWS of BERMUDA for Subscribers…His Excellency the Governor, the Chief Justice, Officers of the Army and Navy and many inhabitants have already subscribed…” There is also a copy of Harper’s Daily, March 21, 1857, titled “Guide to the Somers Islands,” which printed a lithograph of St. George’s taken from the Masterworks daguerreotype. This was common practice in the early years of photography and enabled images of far-flung places to be available to the public. In 1839, photography was invented— one of the single greatest developments of mankind. It was announced simultaneously by Jacques Daguerre in France and later that year by William Fox Talbot in England. In Daguerre’s case, it was unpatented and because it was a positive process, no multiples could be made; each image was an original. The medium flourished. Meanwhile, Henry Fox Talbot’s invention was a negative-positive process that was immediately patented and www.thebermudian.com
therefore slower to explode on the world. The process eventually dominated the photographic world, and by the 1870s, Daguerre’s invention was doomed. The negative-positive process was used right up to the digital age.
This find by Masterworks gives a view of St. George’s. It is one of the earliest-known photographs of Bermuda, since the process had only been invented 16 years earlier. This is a must-see image—a real piece of history!
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Natasha Tucker Forwarding Fashion
ermudian Natasha Tucker, together with her business partner, Cora Hilts, has just launched a new business venture, rêve en vert. It is a high-fashion retail website based in London, offering sustainable, ethical, gorgeous clothes. The inspiration for the business came from their interests in both environmental protection and fashion. Natasha had just spent a year working on Wadson’s organic farm in Bermuda and Cora was finishing a master’s degree in sustainability when the two decided to merge their creativity and desire to drive change with this artful and spirited project. Discussing the importance of sustainability in fashion, Tucker says, “Most people don’t think of fashion in this context, but when you consider that on average every American throws away 68 pounds in physical weight of clothes Natasha Tucker and Cora Hilts every year, or that it takes about 1,800 gallons of water to grow enough cotton for one pair of jeans, you soon realize the environmental impact disposable fashion has.” With the aim of providing an alternative to the throwaway culture that has become so prevalent in fashion, rêve en vert only sells ethically produced clothes that are made to last. The many hip brands featured on the site are a reflection of the business’s bohemian aesthetic and pioneering, ambitious ethos. Among them—and a great favourite of Tucker and Hilts—is Gudrun & Gudrun, a knitwear company that, like rêve en vert, is run by two talented women. Based in the tiny Faroe Islands, all of the items are hand-knitted from local sheep’s wool or made from the by-products of the entire animal. With summer coming, Bermudians should also check out swimwear brand Cala Ossidiana, which offers chic bathing suits made from fabrics that have almost zero environmental impact. The two entrepreneurs behind rêve en vert are determined to succeed in their goal of reducing the impact that fashion has on both the planet and those producing it. “Making fashion sustainable is not something that should happen, it has to happen, and it will happen,” they say. Running their own business brings challenges, but it also brings the excitement and reward of seeing their passion and drive create something they feel is both new and of great importance for the future of the planet. www.revenvert.com 20 | The Bermudian
Adventure Tale in Bermuda
f you want to look at our island from another angle, pick up a copy of Pink Rock by Ron Lacey, an adventure novel that hits home. The author stresses that although the plot is about a group of terrorists who invade Bermuda and aim a nuclear missile at the U.S., the novel was begun before the 9/11 attacks. Frequent-visitor Lacey has penned a tale that features not only our beautiful island but also—despite his disclaimer—quite a few of our local residents, and it is not hard to figure out who is who. Lacey says Bermuda fascinates him. “It is such a unique country, sitting atop an extinct volcano, with thousands of interesting people, marvelous buildings and a thriving economy.” Although the story is dramatic, it is still a fun read. A recent reader told the author, “I drove past City Hall this morning and I will never look at it the same way.” Pink Rock is available at most Bermuda booksellers.
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isa Cueman’s equine photography offers a close, intimate, less conventional way of seeing the horse. In the detail of the swish of a tail, the arch of a back, flanks in mid leap or a blinking eye, we see the horse in a new light. Her photographs evoke the grace of the animal and remind us of humans’ long fascination with horses. Quoting Winston Churchill, Cueman says, “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” Cueman, a sixteenth-generation Bermudian now living in Vermont, experienced uncommon freedom while she was growing up on the island. A childhood full of riding, swimming, boating and fishing forged a connection to her environment that today informs her passion for equine photography. When beginning her career in photography, a mentor asked what she loved and knew, and without missing a beat her answer was horses. Her passion for her photographic subject is obvious in the way that she captures the nuances of their body language and the beauty of their form. Cueman is currently working on a long-term project on the wild horses of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. These horses, descended from the Spanish mustangs brought by explorers to North America more than 500 years ago, are living links to the past. Given her personal island history, it is a natural fit and an environment in which she feels completely at home. Those who would like to see more of her work can find it exhibited in The Iris Galleries in Aspen, Colorado, and Boston, Massachusetts, and at Tilting at Windmills in Manchester, Vermont. www.lisacuemanphotography.com. To see more of Lisa’s photographs in this series visit us at www.thebermudian.com.
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New for Kids
fter 17 years, the second Fish Tales children’s book has arrived on the Bermuda market. Like book one, this is a collaborative effort between author Debbie Jones and illustrator Jodie Tucker, who have been friends since childhood. Tucker’s colourful illustrations bring the story of two little fish, Freddie and Sam, alive. Growing up on Hungry Bay, Paget, Tucker has firsthand knowledge of fish and their behaviour, and some of her earlier work featured marine life. Years ago, Jones was inspired after a snorkeling trip to North Rock and created the first Fish Tales. Their children were their best audience and biggest critics. Now, although Tucker’s art has evolved to florals, Jones was able to coax her into illustrating Fish Tales Two, The Battle of the Barracuda. Jones lives in Bermuda and is a diabetes nurse educator at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital. Tucker lives in France and paints full time. She has had many shows in Bermuda as well as the U.K. and France.
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Tops of the Tables PHOTOS BY ANN SPURLING AND MOONGATE
The Family Centre held a fundraiser in the Harbourview Ballroom at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess in April. Hailed a great success, Bermuda Sets the Table challenged 25 well-known hostesses, designers and retailers to create inspired table settings for the public to view. The stunning results were 25 creative table settings that ranged from extraordinary and elaborate to elegant and enchanting. Judging was for fun; we celebrate some of the winners here:
By Jane West with thanks to Bluck’s
By Suzan Sickling and Judianne Smith
The most Bermudian setting featured a
Inspiration for the African-safari-theme
dinner-on-a-boat theme: antique bottles
table, Avuxeni (“welcome” in Shangaan),
from the sea served as place cards; the blue
came from the designers’ love of Africa.
glassware, dishes and chargers were all
Smith’s daughter is a ranger in Londolozi,
nonbreakable; rope wound around votives
South Africa. The designers used Bermuda
and tied the napkins; and the centerpiece
foliage: bamboo palms in leaf-wrapped
was wine bottles in a cooler accessorized
cylinders; a fallen, green palm spathe with
with beach glass and roadside foliage.
phormium grasses and orchids; and calabash gourds with succulents. The seed and moss balls create ambiance with candles floating in water. The zebra-print tablecloth
was hand painted by local artists and given to the designers by Select Sites.
Dim Sum By The Irish Linen Shop with thanks to Pulp and Circumstance What to do if you’re not the best cook but love to entertain? Set a table pretty in pink! Inspired by spring and lovely Chinoiserie tablecloths and napkins by Patricia Spratt, The Irish Linen Shop distracted their “guests” with a table setting to delight the senses. The delicate, handmade orchid napkin rings are by Deborah Rhodes, and the silk orchids floating in glass are actually candles by Lifetime Candles. A Lucite hurricane shelter by Dunes and Duchess surrounded the candles. Menus and place cards provided by Pulp & Circumstance added whimsy.
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People’s Choice Award Vintage Paris By Zoe Kempe Young designer Zoe Kempe says, “My love of antiques and vintage jewellery inspired me in the design of my table. I collected many of my pieces when I was living in Paris, and my favourite thing in the whole world is to visit flea markets, antique fairs and vintage shops.”
People’s Choice Award Eat, Drink and Be Merry By The Planning Factory Bermuda The Planning Factory Bermuda thrives on producing creative, innovative design. When they brainstormed for the Bermuda Sets the Table event, they wanted to produce a table that was an example of an elegant holiday event using their luxury rental inventory. Beautiful gold-lamé lounge pieces, mirrored chargers and 36˝ tapers helped them achieve their vision. Attention to detail is always important: individual cloche dessert domes and faux snow-and-
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Serving Bermuda PHOTOGRAPH BY ANN SPURLING
he Eliza Doolittle Society, a registered charity since 2002, has evolved over the past three years to become a vibrant force in addressing hunger and food wastage in Bermuda. In 2010, their focus shifted from addressing the needs of Bermuda’s homeless to “serving Bermuda’s hungry.” The Daily Bread program was created, and a full-time executive director, Margaret Ward, was hired in April 2010. The goal was to create a local program based on a successful, 25-yearold Canadian food-rescue and delivery program called Second Harvest. Ward spent several days in Toronto with the staff at Second Harvest and a Canadian food bank, the Daily Bread. When she returned, she met with as many of the charities and persons involved in providing food to Bermuda’s hungry as possible. Various local studies done in conjunction with other social agencies determined that dedicated feeding centers in key areas of the island outside the City of Hamilton should be established. Meetings with various ministerial associations provided the catalyst for training the first volunteers, and the feeding centers opened. The first three centers started feeding the public in September 2010. They offered free hot meals to anyone who was hungry and in need. These feeding centers were First Church of God on Sound View Road in Sandys, Beulah Tabernacle, just off Scott’s Hill in Sandys, and Bright Temple on Spring Hill in Warwick. The Fairmont hotels provided these feeding centers with hot meals for the first month. The Daily Bread program now collects fresh, frozen, cooked and nonperishable food from donors islandwide and distributes it to more than 10 established feeding centers. Food donors include hotels, restaurants, grocery stores, distributors, farmers and more. Each feeding center belongs to the agency, church or center operating it. These agencies provide food to hungry children, seniors, women seeking refuge from domestic abuse, the homeless, the disabled, psychiatric patients—anyone struggling to provide for themselves and their loved ones. In 2012, the Daily Bread program collected an estimated 36,120 pounds of donated food, much of which would have been thrown away or taken to the dump previously. This donated food allowed 11 feeding centers to feed 67,800 hungry people. It is the Eliza Doolittle Society’s hope that any person in Bermuda who is hungry or unsure of where their next meal is coming from will be able to get a hot, nutritious meal in a warm and welcoming environment, somewhere in their local community, on any day of the week. www.elizadolittle.bm
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In Bermuda, we’re all neighbours. You can help someone on the next street or in the next Parish by making a donation to the Neighbours Helping Neighbours hardship fund. The fund supports people through Age Concern, The Coalition for the Protection of Children and Family Centre. Donations to Neighbours Helping Neighbours, whether large or small, give a hand up to people with shortterm financial challenges. Your gift might help a senior to buy medicine, a child to have a breakfast or lunch or a family to pay an electricity bill. Reach out today with a donation to Neighbours Helping Neighbours. Every dollar counts.
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Naturally Speaking | written by elizabeth jones
The Carking Kiskadee Tourists coming to Bermuda from Europe love kiskadees. I think it’s because they are so easy to see, but they don’t look as if they are. I remember clearly when I saw my first kiskadee. I was on holiday in Bermuda, reading To Kill a Mockingbird in a lovely Pembroke garden, would you believe. I heard that distinctive call, looked up and there he was, perched on a branch. I had never seen such a colourful contrast of rufous brown and bright sulphurous yellow. His blackand-white-striped head particularly appealed to me. It gave him a distinctly raffish air. But he didn’t look common; he looked exotic and rare, and I felt as if I had seen a very special bird. It was Mike who told me it was a great kiskadee, its onomatopoeic common name reflecting the bird’s repetitive cry. In French-speaking countries, he explained, people hear Qu’est-ce qu’il dit instead. But he kindly didn’t point out that the kiskadee in Bermuda is no rarer than the starling. I found that out for myself when I came to Bermuda to marry him and live. Kiskadees soon lost their novelty. Some years ago, we went to New Orleans and went on a bird-watching trip in a Louisiana bayou. The woman greeting us at the reception desk was most upset. “If only you had come yesterday!” “Why?” “We had such a rare bird, and it’s gone today.” “What was it?” “It was a kiskadee!” We had to laugh. Usually, though, we go on holiday to see 28 | The Bermudian
family in England, and I’m always struck by the absence of the kiskadee; we get blackbird singing in the dead of night instead. In Bermuda, the kiskadee’s call is so frequent. How many times a day do we hear it? Hundreds? When in January this year we went on vacation in a different direction—to South America—and found ourselves in parkland outside an art museum in Uruguay, I thought I was hallucinating. “Kiskadee!” I heard. “Kiskadee!” “Did you hear that?” Mike asked. “It was a kiskadee!” As he pointed out, we shouldn’t have been surprised. Charles Darwin mentions the kiskadee in The Voyage of the Beagle in the chapter “Maldonado,” which, of course, is in Uruguay. Unlike many Bermudians these days, he appreciated its call, which he dubbed “... a rather agreeable cry, which somehow resembles articulate words: the Spaniards say it is like the words “Bien te veo” (I see you well) and accordingly have given it this name.” Kiskadees in Bermuda are so ubiquitous you can be forgiven for thinking they have been here since the beginning of time, but that is not true. They came to Bermuda as recently as the spring of 1957, when President Eisenhower and Prime Minister Harold Macmillan held their Big Two Conference at the Mid Ocean Club. The two leaders talked of many things, including Khrushchev’s communist tyranny in Eastern European countries and insurrection in Cuba. Meanwhile, Bermudians were worried about warfare of a different sort. They needed to combat
oleander green shield scale. Apparently, Jamaica anole lizards were eating the beetles that ate the insects attacking the oleander. Kiskadees, said Dr. F. J. Jack Simmons of the Commonwealth Institute of Biological Control, would solve the problem because they would eat the lizards. Consequently, starting in March and continuing into August some 200 kiskadees were brought from Trinidad and released near the aquarium and the agricultural station. In November, David Wingate noted in the Agricultural and Fishery Bulletin that the kiskadees seemed to prefer cicadas to lizards, but he wasn’t sure whether they would be able to survive “Bermuda’s relatively severe winter weather and scarcity of large insect life.” Ironically, he also wasn’t sure whether they would breed successfully. Now, thousands of kiskadees later, he has every reason to regret they were ever brought here. The problem is they have no rivals or predators in Bermuda, which explains the density of their population and their hectoring manners. The other problem is they have eclectic appetites. They devour fry and other pond life, not to mention our endemic skinks, which they seem to prefer to the lizards they were brought in to control. Why didn’t Mr. Simmons think of that? As for the cicadas, they were wiped out and soon will be beyond living memory. Which makes me think that one of the kiskadee’s Latin names—tyrannus sulphuratus—is apposite. A tyrant from hell? Well, kiskadees have certainly lasted longer than Khrushchev. www.thebermudian.com
A summer survival guide for minor health emergencies By Lindo’s pharmacist Rebecca White
Ah, summer in Bermuda, a time for all sorts of outdoor activities, from swimming off our shores and playing in our parks to beaching, boating and biking. Being exposed to nature can also expose you to some of its hazards. Here is a survival guide to staying safe while still having fun this summer. JELLYFISH & PORTUGUESE MAN O’ WAR STING Unlike Portuguese men o’ war, other jellyfish often go unseen. Their shape can be described as bell- or umbrella-like, with a jelly-like substance making up its mostly transparent structure. Some do have tentacles, which hang from the border of the bell. Portuguese men o’ war are more clearly seen as a bluish bubble floating on the ocean surface. These have much longer and more dangerous tentacles that can extend up to 30 feet. These tentacles contain venom. Avoid them. Even when a man o’ war has washed up on the beach and appears to be dead with its bubble popped, its tentacles are still capable of causing injury. If stung by a jellyfish, most people will experience nothing more than a slight itch. A red rash may develop if tentacles contact the skin. A Portuguese man o’ war sting, however, can be extremely painful. The tentacles of a man o’ war can leave a red welt that can fill with fluid.
>What to do The first thing to do when stung by a man o’ war is to rinse the area with salt water. Then
remove the tentacles by lifting them away from the skin. This is best done with a pair of tweezers or towel. Next, “shave” the area with a flat, dull object (a credit card works well). Vinegar can be used to help with the sting of a jellyfish, but it should not be used for a Portuguese man o’ war. Vinegar can cause the further release of toxins into the skin. Warm compresses, an oral and/or topical antihistamine, such as Benadryl, and ibuprofen can all be used to ease discomfort. If any swelling of the lymph nodes, lips, tongue or throat occurs, you should seek immediate medical treatment.
>What not to do Do not use fresh water to rinse the area stung, as this will cause the tentacles to release additional toxins, as will using vinegar on a man o’ war sting. Take care not to rub or press the tentacles into the skin, and never try to remove the tentacles with your bare hands.
POISON IVY Poison ivy has a red stem with three glossy leaves on the end. The leaves have quite pronounced veins,
and they appear fuzzy from underneath. The roots, stems, leaves and fruit of the plant contain urushiol oil, the sap responsible for causing allergic reactions in sensitized people. This oil can stay potent on clothing, tools, toys, etc., for years after the initial contact is made. The main symptom of exposure to poison ivy is a red, itchy rash that will usually occur within one to three days of exposure. Often streaky in appearance at first, the rash then begins to develop oozing blisters.
>What to do If you suspect contact with this plant, wash the entire body with soap and water, preferably within 10 to 15 minutes. All clothing should be laundered. If a rash appears despite washing, cold compresses will help relieve the discomfort. Most rashes resolve themselves within one or two weeks. Antihistamines, such as Piriton or Benadryl, can be taken orally, and a topical application of calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream can help dry up the rash and provide relief from the itch. If the rash covers more than two thirds of the body, is on the face or genital area or if signs of infection are present (pain, increased redness and pus), you should contact your
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doctor immediately. If the rash is severe, or covers multiple areas of the body, a doctor may prescribe oral corticosteroids and/or stronger steroid creams.
>What not to do While tempting, scratching the rash with fingernails may introduce bacteria to the area, leading to infection. Do not scratch the rash; apply a soothing compress or soak the area in the bath instead. Prevent re-exposing the body to the plant by avoiding the area of contact. Wear protective clothing if there is a possibility of coming into contact with the plant again.
SUNBURN This is probably one of the most common, yet most avoidable, summertime complaints. It is essential to apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, covering both UVA and UVB rays, at least 15 to 30 minutes before exposure to sun. Reapply after periods of swimming or sweating, even if the manufacturer says its product is waterproof. Remember to apply to ears and lips, and wear a hat and sunglasses to protect the top of your head and eyes.
doctor; however, if after a few days the symptoms are not improving or you experience headache or confusion, dizziness, vision changes or draining pus from blisters, you should see a doctor immediately. • Avoid the sun until your skin has completely healed, which may take a couple of weeks. • Apply a cool compress to soothe hot skin. • Stay hydrated by drinking more water or other nonalcoholic beverages. • Take cool baths or showers to ease the pain, and apply an aloe- or vitamin-E-based lotion to keep the skin hydrated. Aloe gel stored in the refrigerator is a wonderfully cooling treat to your damaged skin. • Taking aspirin (if you are able) or ibuprofen will relieve pain and reduce inflammation. • In more severe cases, the doctor may prescribe oral or topical corticosteroids to shorten the course of pain and inflammation, and if infection is present, a course of antibiotics will be started.
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>What to do If there is a history of severe reactions to stings, inject with epinephrine if a pen is available. The outer muscle of the thigh is the suggested site for injection. • Scrape the area with your fingernail to remove the stinger. If tweezers are available, they work well. • Apply ice and elevate the area stung if on arms or legs. If stung on the hand, remove any bracelets, watches or rings, as the area may swell. • Take an antihistamine tablet, such as Benadryl or Piriton, and acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) if needed for pain. • Keep the area of the sting clean while healing (usually two to five days) to prevent infection.
STEPPING ON A SEA URCHIN
>What not to do • Do not re-expose damaged skin to the sun. • Do not engage in activities that will further dehydrate you. • Prevention is best, once the damage is done, but only time will heal you. Remember, have a fun summer but limit direct exposure to sun during peak periods, apply and reapply sun block, wear a hat and protective clothing and stay hydrated.
>What to do You will notice red, painful skin developing, usually peaking at 12 to 24 hours after exposure begins. This is a common symptom of what is known as a first-degree burn. Swelling, warmth, blisters, fever, chills and weakness, all depending on the length of sun exposure, can accompany sunburn. These symptoms usually indicate a deeper burn that has resulted in a second-degree burn. Most cases do not require a visit to the
alert if the victim has a history of severe allergic reaction to insect stings.
BEE STING Almost everyone knows a bee sting when they get one, and they hurt! It is important to call 911 if the person stung experiences trouble breathing, faintness or dizziness or a swollen tongue; be especially
Sea urchins are invertebrates with a globular body and spines protruding outward from the entire body. They live on the ocean floor, sometimes embedded in reefs and rocks. Some species have poison in their spines that cause pain and muscle spasms after piercing the skin; more seriously, breathing problems can occur.
>What to do • Use tweezers, if available, to remove any protruding spines in the wound. • Apply vinegar to the area, best done using a vinegar-soaked cloth or towel. The vinegar will help alleviate the pain. • Immerse the puncture in water as hot as can be tolerated for 20 to 40 minutes. • Vinegar application can be repeated if pain
is still present, or an antibiotic cream, such as Polysporin or Neosporin, can be applied. • There are some suggestions that applying a vinegar wrap secured by tape to the foot and left on overnight will greatly reduce pain and any further swelling on the following day. • Seek immediate medical treatment if there are any changes in heart rate, any difficulties breathing or any signs that the foot may be infected.
>What not to do Do not dig at any spines left in the skin. They will dissolve on their own with vinegar application and repeated soakings. Cutting at or piercing the area with a pin or other sharp object only increases your chances of developing an infection.
Piriton, and applying a cream such as hydrocortisone or calamine lotion. Even a simple cold pack may relieve itching. If you experience increasing pain in the area, fever or swollen lymph nodes, seek treatment from your doctor.
swollen glands, headache or generalized body aches that may occur. If these symptoms are present, seek immediate medical attention.
>What not to do Although easier said than done, don’t scratch the bite. Doing so can introduce bacteria into the area, causing a more serious infection. Do not ignore symptoms such as nausea, fever,
Lindo’s pharmacist Rebecca White earned her bachelor of science in pharmacy at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and has been practicing for over 16 years. She is a registered pharmacist with the Bermuda Pharmacy Council and is a member of the Bermuda Pharmaceutical Association.
MOSQUITO BITE A female mosquito feeds on blood, and as she is filling herself, she injects saliva into our skin. The proteins in this saliva trigger a mild immunesystem reaction, resulting in those itchy, red bumps. In Bermuda, the majority of bites are harmless, although very annoying. To avoid being bitten, we can use insect repellent on areas of skin not covered by clothing; treat outdoor furniture with an insecticide designed for outdoor equipment; wear long sleeves and pants, as well as a wide-brimmed hat when planning to be in an area that may lead to a bite; and reduce the risk of mosquitoes around the area by eliminating standing water. Mosquitoes need water to breed, and by ensuring that water does not collect around your home, you reduce your chances of being bitten.
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>What to do Often, the first sign of a bite is a white bump that will appear within minutes. A red, itchy swelling will often develop, sometimes as long as a day or two after being bitten. Occasionally, a person will develop small blisters or a harder reddish-brown bump; others will develop what looks like a bruise. In the majority of cases, itchiness is the only complaint, which can be eased by taking an oral antihistamine, such as Benadryl or
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Minister on a Mission Minister of economic development Dr. Grant Gibbons speaks to The Bermudian about the OBAâ€™s plan to get Bermuda back on track. by duncan hall | photograph by scott tucker 32 | The Bermudian
Just six months into its first term, the One Bermuda Alliance government has demonstrated that it means business. From granting a payroll-tax exemption to both local and international companies for new Bermudian hires, to the disbanding of term limits, to the $4.2 million granted to the newly formed Bermuda Business Development Corporation, the new government has been decisive in quickly establishing a businessfriendly environment in Bermuda. A major part of the OBA election platform was its Jobs and Economic Turnaround Plan, which promised to create 2,000 new jobs over the next five years. The party also vowed to tackle the inefficiencies of government with a disciplined approach to spending, and to restore confidence in Bermuda as a jurisdiction for the conduct of international business. The restoration of confidence is vital if Bermuda is to attract the external investment required to kick-start the economy and create jobs. Minister of economic development Dr. Grant Gibbons spoke to us about Government’s plan to get Bermuda back on track.
Having served in Cabinet as the minister of finance from 1995-98, you are one of the few OBA MPs who has served in Government. What advice, if any, do you have for your less experienced colleagues?
My colleagues are not inexperienced, even though Bob Richards and I are the only ones to have previously sat in Cabinet. I would refer them to the medical principle, “First, do no harm.” Over the years, I’ve also learned that trust and confidence must be earned, and are easily lost. Was there anything to be learned from
The OBA’s main platform piece was its Jobs and Economic Turnaround Plan. How are those 2,000 jobs going to be created over the next five years?
Jobs are going to be created by job creators. From our perspective, the first thing you look to is the businesses and companies that are providing the jobs right now. If your current clients—that is, the companies and firms that are providing jobs—aren’t terribly happy about the environment they are working in or they don’t feel that Government is being helpful or they feel the environment is hostile, then you are unlikely to attract other companies here because people talk. So the first step we took was to listen very carefully with a view to doing what is necessary to create a more favourable environment for the job creators.
sitting in Opposition?
Is the term-limit policy an example of that?
The first thing you learn in Opposition is patience. Having watched the former Government struggle over a number of years, I also learned that consultation is really important. For example, looking back over the whole education-reform process, starting with the Hopkins Report in 2007, one of the reasons that education reform seemed to be ineffective was because there wasn’t sufficient consultation and communication with stakeholders—and that is vitally important in order to build trust and cooperation. As Opposition you may be part of the political process, but you are often more of a spectator than a player, so you can observe the mistakes other people make. In the political process, there are windows of opportunity and you need to understand when they are open and to use them wisely. Our Premier has said on many occasions that we need to be decisive as a government because windows of opportunity aren’t open forever. You need to take advantage of them in order to make things happen for the benefit of Bermuda and its people.
The international business community in Bermuda made it clear that it was difficult for them to be competitive with the existing term-limit policy. Because international business is a service business, and involves intellectual capital, companies need to be able to hire very good people to make their organisations competitive. Term limits operated in a very negative way—one of my colleagues called them “job killers”. It didn’t take us very long to decide that the issue which the term limit policy was put in place to address—the expectation that expats could remain in Bermuda for as long as they liked—could be dealt with very easily without resorting to term limits. So we were able to come to a quick conclusion that term limits should be ended. At the same time, we also recognised that that decision had to be partnered with a stronger commitment to manage the work-permit system in ways that clearly and effectively protected Bermudian rights and opportunities in the work place, as the system is supposed to do. So those decisions were among the first we made to try and improve the operating environment for companies here.
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“Over the last five years, we have lost close to 5,000 jobs, both Bermudian and non-Bermudian jobs. When you work that out on an average salary basis, that’s more than $270 million annually that is not now going into salaries or being spent in Bermuda’s retail sector, or spent paying rents, or spent in the hospitality sector.”
So allowing international businesses to retain that intellectual capital is key?
For knowledge-based industries—insurance, funds, trusts, for example —the protection of their intellectual capital is very, very important. We sometimes think that Bermuda is successful because of our tax advantages, or possibly because people are friendly here, or possibly because we are next to the East Coast of the United States —and those factors are all part of the equation—but the most important part and what has made us successful is this critical mass of knowledge workers, this intellectual capital. What we have seen over the last 10 years is a decline in that critical mass of intellectual capital, and that affects both non-Bermudians and Bermudians. We have Bermudians working in senior positions in international business here, and they are part of that intellectual capital. It also affects Bermudians more broadly, because for every non-Bermudian here working in the international business sector, we find that at least two Bermudians are hired. So when there is a decline in knowledge-based capital, it puts Bermuda and our future at risk as a jurisdiction for international business, in addition to precipitating Bermudian job losses across the community. You spoke of restoring confidence in Bermuda as a jurisdiction. What can Government do?
We need to send a message that the Government is open, approachable and predictable. We are not about capricious tax changes as we saw a couple of years ago from the previous Government. In the long run, the Government must build trust and confidence in Bermuda to attract what we need, which is people setting up successful business operations here, and attracting the external investment that has driven Bermuda’s economy and provided jobs for many, many generations. It began with the tourism sector and continued with the larger resorts and operations like Cable and Wireless, and now the international business sector—all bringing the external capital that is simply not available here. So we have to continue to maintain an environment that those businesses and that capital find attractive. The OBA platform also spoke of making Bermuda’s customers, whether they are business owners, guest workers, or tourists, feel more welcome. What can we do, and why is that important? 34 | The Bermudian
One of the first things that I did when I came to the Ministry of Economic Development was call a number of CEOs and other senior industry members, particularly in the insurance area. I said, “We are delighted you are here, we value your business and please let us know what we need to do to make sure that your business continues and grows here.” Unless we communicate the message that we understand and appreciate the contribution international business makes, people may exercise other options. Many jurisdictions, from Switzerland to the Cayman Islands to a number of states in the U.S., would be delighted to have the kind of business that we have here, whether it be in the funds area, the insurance area, or other sectors. We are small enough to reach out and say, “We’re glad you’re here. Let us know what you need us to do to make Bermuda work for you.” Is the next step to encourage those businesses to grow their presence in Bermuda?
Absolutely. Over the last five years, we have lost close to 5,000 jobs, both Bermudian and non-Bermudian jobs. When you work that out on an average-salary basis, that’s more than $270 million annually that is not now going into salaries or being spent in Bermuda’s retail sector, or spent paying rents, or spent in the hospitality sector. That loss of 5,000 jobs has had a very real human and business impact. So we have asked our existing companies what we need to do as a country to get those jobs back, and what Government can do to facilitate that. Consequently, one of the initiatives you saw in the recent Government Budget was the payroll-tax break for the hiring of Bermudians to newly created jobs. That is one example of how we as a Government can facilitate the regaining of some of those lost jobs. What role will the Economic Development Committee play?
One of the first things the premier did was to set up this subcommittee of Cabinet. We recognised that Government ministries and departments often work in isolation from each other, so we set up the committee in order to cut some of the bureaucracy and red tape that organisations face when they want to do a project in Bermuda. Whether that project is a new resort hotel or a new energy scheme, or whatever the investment may be, they need consents and permissions from various government departments, and they need them quickly and efficiently. To facilitate www.thebermudian.com
“We have talked about creating ladders of opportunity for Bermudians because if we are successful in attracting new investment, and getting job creators to provide more jobs, we want to be sure that we have Bermudians with the appropriate skills and training to take advantage of those opportunities.”
that process, we have put together a working group of ministers and senior civil servants to determine what the needs are for these projects— some of them have been sitting out there, frustrated, for years—so that consents are given in a parallel fashion. The aim is to avoid the situation where someone wants to set up a resort, has worked with the Ministry of Tourism on the project for six months only to learn that he needs a permission from the Ministry of Finance or from Planning. That old process adds more time, more costs, fosters frustration and might prevent the project from moving ahead. Are there projects out there now in the pipeline that will benefit from this new approach?
We are working through a number of projects now. Some of these are carryovers that were started, at least conceptually, under the previous Government, and our job is to work very closely with the principals behind these proposals and get them moved forward. In many cases, they involve significant amounts of construction or investment, and with that come a range of jobs across a number of sectors—retail, construction, real estate. We want to facilitate that investment so that those jobs are created as quickly as possible. What role will the Bermuda Business Development Corporation (BBDC) play?
It’s not just a question of working with current projects and proposals, but also of going out and looking for new ones. Part of our election platform was to set up a Hospitality Summit to invite some of the major, blue-chip developers to have another look at Bermuda and get an understanding from them of what is required in order to make Bemuda a development destination of choice. We have a very similar process going on with the BBDC. We had a number of agencies and groups out there working previously, including Business Bermuda, the Insurance Development Council, BIMA, and then trust and other groups. The concept behind the BBDC is to consolidate those various groups so that there is more of a focus in terms of the consistency of the message and a central point to both market and promote Bermuda. The most important part of this is what we refer to as a public-private partnership. We recognise that Government isn’t necessarily the source of good ideas and ways to develop new business, that’s really the preserve of business. Consequently, on a board with 13 people, we have just one Government representative. www.thebermudian.com
The other positions are held by representatives of different segments of the international business sector. We also have participation from some of the legal, accounting and banking organisations in Bermuda—the service providers. The concept is for business and Government to work together to determine how best to promote and market Bermuda so there is a consistent and effective message, but also to look at ways to make Bermuda more competitive and to look at areas where we might be able to diversify our product or create new opportunities as either offshoots of existing businesses or new product lines entirely. Part of that is also making sure our business legislation is up to date, and that is this ministry’s responsibility, particularly when it comes to legislation like the Companies Act. Where does an enhanced education system fit into all of this?
We have talked about creating ladders of opportunity for Bermudians, because if we are successful in attracting new investment, and getting job creators to provide more jobs, we want to be sure that we have Bermudians with the appropriate skills and training to take advantage of those opportunities. The public education system is a very important part of our overall plan. It fits very much into the premier’s concept, which he has spoken of frequently, and that is leaving no one behind. We must ensure that our public education system is doing the best possible job it can. We have made a number of suggestions about how we can build a more responsive and supportive education system, including putting more emphasis at the pre-school level, introducing an integrated technical curriculum beginning at middle school so that children and parents see that they have options, and improving the quality of teaching. There is an old saying that if you want to make education work for you, it’s very simple—you get the best teachers, you get the best out of them, and you step in quickly when children fall behind to help them catch up. That is going to drive quite a bit of our direction going forward. We are already talking about making sure that our standards of teacher recruitment are higher, and we are looking to do a much better job when it comes to professional development to improve the experience and the teaching skills of current teachers. We are also looking at extending the school day to give more time for catch-up sessions, but also for important areas like sports, music, and the arts, which will broaden our children’s education base. Summer 2013 | 35
Realistically, how long will it take to right the ship?
While we are optimistic, we are also realistic. We were handed a very difficult situation with respect to Government debt and probably more importantly, the huge burden that those interest payments are having in terms of the funds that we have available for re-investment in areas such as education, healthcare, and tourism marketing, among others. Our election platform set out a two-track plan: responsible growth combined with disciplined financial management. We are putting some discipline back into Government spending and, more importantly, setting out a plan to remove inefficiency and reduce government spending over the next few years so that we can start to tackle the enormous debt burden out there and pull back from those very high interest payments. Pretty soon, the debt burden will be the largest Ministry we have, and that will simply be debt service. That obviously is not helping to either grow jobs or provide the kind of support services we need. The other part of the two-track approach is growth. If we get efficiency and discipline back into government, and we get growth and the creation of jobs from new investment, that will get us moving in a good direction reasonably quickly. But it will not happen overnight. There is a reason we said we would create 2,000 jobs over five years, because some of it will depend on how successful we are at getting discipline back into the system. But it will also depend upon how attractive we are, as well as what happens in the external world in terms of the global economy. We are hoping to see progress in the next couple of years, but it is a little early to say exactly when we will see the real change. Is there anything you would like to add?
Government clearly canâ€™t do this alone. We need everyoneâ€™s involvement in understanding the issues that we are facing, and where we need to go, and a commitment that all of us will be involved in making it successful. It will take a lot of communication, a lot of discussion and a real willingness on the part of Bermudians to have a good sense about the future. And it will take a lot of hard work to make it happen. Whether itâ€™s working with international business or with visitors who come here, Bermudians are the most important part of this project going forward. 36 | The Bermudian
ummer in Bermuda is all about enjoying the outdoors, our beautiful beaches and getting on the water as often as possible. So whether you are planning a day of boating at the dinghy races, a South Shore gathering with the family or a day at the beach with the kids, packing the perfect picnic takes skill. We asked author,
chef and general foodie Judith Wadson to give us guidance on four perfect picnics for any occasion this summer in Bermuda. www.thebermudian.com
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Boating Picnic O
nce your boat has been anchored or moored, fun is the
focus. Start serving the drinks and passing the colourful salsa and relax. The beauty of this picnic is that the work has been done ahead of time.
Seasonal Veggie Salsa BLT Wraps with Tahini Sauce Roasted Turkey-Pesto Wraps Red Quinoa Salad Mocha Brownies
â€ƒ When the salsa has been devoured, take the BLT and roasted-turkeypesto wraps out of the cooler and put them on a serving platter. Take the lid off the portable bowl of quinoa salad, put out the serving utensils, forks, plates and napkins and let everyone help themselves. When itâ€™s time for dessert, just open up the tin of mocha brownies and soar into bliss.
seasonal veggie salsa 2
large Bermuda tomatoes, seeded and diced small
yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced small
cup corn kernels, cut from 1 ear Bermuda corn
small jalapeno chili, seeded and finely chopped
1 tbsp. fresh cilantro, finely chopped 1 tbsp. fresh parsley, finely chopped 2 tbsp. lime juice 1
avocado, pitted, peeled and diced small Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Combine everything except avocado in a transportable bowl. To avoid avocado decimation, gently fold it in just before covering salsa with firmly fitting lid. Refrigerate at least two hours before packing into cooler. Keep chilled until ready to serve. Blue or white corn chips are perfect for dipping.
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Dinner Picnic menu Cold Curried Eggplant Soup Beef Tenderloin Caesar Salad Greek Salad Walnut Orange Cake
his is a do-ahead meal that can be wrapped and refrigerated hours before it’s time to pack it in the cooler. Change into comfortable clothes and head to your favourite place to relax, or hop on the ferry in Hamilton and take a round
trip to the West or East End. You will take in views that visitors from all over the world come to enjoy. Don’t feel like cooking? Head to Miles Market for cooked-to-per-
fection beef tenderloin and The Supermart on Front Street, where the mega salad bar can easily complete this part of the feast. Desserts are stellar in both stores.
cold curried eggplant soup 2 tbsp. olive oil 1 2 tsp. 1
Bermuda onion, chopped curry powder large eggplant, peeled, cut into ½ inch cubes
4 cups chicken broth 1 ½ cup
lemon slice low-fat plain yogurt
1 tbsp. lemon juice 2 tbsp. parsley, finely chopped Salt and ground white pepper, to taste 6 servings
In soup pot over medium heat, warm oil. Add onion and cook until softened, stirring occasionally. Add curry, reduce heat to low and stir for several minutes. Add eggplant, broth and lemon slice. Increase heat to high and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer about 30 minutes. Remove lemon slice before pureeing in food processor. Transfer to bowl and cool completely. Whisk in remaining ingredients. Cover, refrigerate overnight. Transfer to chilled Thermos. Summer 2013 | 39
menu Lemon-Garlic Baked Chicken Grilled Marinated Flank Steak Potato Salad Grilled Seasonal Vegetables & Vinaigrette Somerset or St. George’s Fruit Salad
or the biggest celebration of the year, our island virtually shuts down for two days when rival cricket teams from Somerset and St. George’s vie for the big silver cup. The first day of Cup Match commemorates the emancipation
of Bermuda’s slaves on August 1, 1834. The second day, Somers Day, honours British Admiral Sir George Somers, who settled and colonised the island after his vessel, Sea Venture, was shipwrecked off
St. George’s in 1609. This holiday is all about food and fun. Picnics take place everywhere and anywhere: in makeshift camps, boat raft-ups, backyards and hammocks in the shade.
somerset or st.george’s fruit salad West End Salad ½ cup
shredded coconut, unsweetened
Bermuda watermelon, rind and seeds removed
East End Salad ½ cup
shredded coconut, unsweetened
6 cups blueberries 2
Bermuda bananas, sliced horizontally
mint leaves 8 servings
Preheat oven to 350°. Spread coconut on baking sheet, toast until golden—about 5 minutes—and cool. Carefully combine respective team salads in separate transportable bowls with tightly fitting lids. Keep chilled until just before serving. Sprinkle with toasted coconut and spoon onto small plates. Garnish with mint leaves. 40 | The Bermudian
If your guests support opposite teams, do not even think of mixing the two salads.
Kids Picnic menu Veggie Spears with Dunking Dip Baby Tomato-Cheese Skewers
he best part of this is that kids can make the most of this picnic with minimal adult supervision. When kids take ownership of food prep, miracles happen. For safety’s sake, they can use regular serrated dinner knives to cut
the cucumber and celery spears. Bermuda carrots are not available in the height of summer when they are out of season. Whole carrots cannot be imported because of the inevitable carrot rust fly that could so easily hitch a ride on them. If this insect were to arrive in Bermuda, it would pose a serious threat to the island’s fragile ecosystem.
Deviled Eggs Cream Cheese & Cucumber Pinwheels Watermelon-Citrus Agua Fresca
watermelon-citrus aqua fresca 6 lbs.
Bermuda watermelon, rind and seeds removed
cup lemon juice
cup lime juice
1 ½ cup cups cold water 1 tbsp. superfine (castor) sugar Ice cubes
Put watermelon and juices in food processor and puree completely. Place fine-mesh sieve over large bowl and pour puree into it. Using a rubble spatula, press into fruit firmly to release maximum amount of juice. (Let the kids eat the leftover pulp! They will love you for it, and it’s good for them.) Stir water and sugar into juice. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Pour into large chilled Thermos. Serve over ice. www.thebermudian.com
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best of bermuda awards 2013
or 23 years, The Bermudian magazine has celebrated the very best our island has to offer in our annual Best of Bermuda Awards. It’s easy to be cynical, especially when times are tough and confidence is down, but our approach has always been positive: to recognize the people and places working diligently to make this island a better place for us all. The Best of Bermuda Awards has always
been more than a collection of framed certificates hanging on the wall of a local establishment; it’s a pat on the back and reassurance that the winner is doing the right thing. It’s a thank you from us for choosing to offer products and services at the right price and of the right quality. It’s a thank you to community leaders for working toward a better Bermuda. It’s a thank you to the organizations that take the current economic recession as motivation to work harder. It’s a thank you to consumers as well, for
choosing to support their fellow Bermudians. Special thanks to our wonderful sponsor BF&M, whose support allows us to produce the ultimate list of where to eat, drink, shop and socialize as well as a who’s who of Bermuda politicos and trendsetters. We also give thanks to our dedicated judges, who took on the tremendous task of deciding this year’s winners with careful consideration. This year’s winners appreciate your hard work and thoughtfulness, as do we. Summer 2013 | 43
food, drink & entertainment by Amy Peniston
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Award of Excellence During an economic climate that encourages eating in instead of dining out, Red Steakhouse & Bar has managed to do something truly incredible. Led by owners David Madeiros and Rick Olson, Red has distinguished itself with unique décor, extended hours and a creative yet simple menu. Since its launch in November 2012, this singular steakhouse has raised eyebrows, filled tables and attracted a passionate group of followers who are convinced that it is simply the Best of the Best. We are extremely pleased to recognize Red Steakhouse & Bar with an Award of Excellence for their unmatched commitment to culinary perfection and dedication to fine dining. Congratulations on a breakthrough first year! • 55 Front St., Hamilton, 292-7331
Cup of Java >Dangelini’s Whether you need an early-morning burst of energy or an afternoon pick-me-up, Dangelini’s coffee is hands down the best. This café offers not only a rich, flavourful pot of joe but also an unbeatable view of Hamilton Harbour; located next to the ferry terminal, Dangelini’s always has a bustling and lively atmosphere filled with happy customers and smiling staff. So stroll on in, enjoy the view and savor a cup (or two) of Bermuda’s finest coffee. • 8 Front St., Hamilton, 295-5272
Fresh Breads & Pastries >Miles Market Searching for a sweet treat? Look no further than Miles Market. Tucked away in the corner of this popular grocery store is a bright, 44 | The Bermudian
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David Madeiros, General Manager/Owner, Veronica Mal, Executive Chef
expansive selection of flaky pastries, tender muffins and sweet, delicate breads. Particularly tasty are the thick, moist slices of marbled pound cake and delicate chocolate croissants. With so many baked goodies to choose from, you won’t be able to pick just one! • 96 Pitt’s Bay Rd., Pembroke, 295-1234
Bargain Breakfast >Prime’s Place An early-morning meal that doesn’t break the budget? Easier said than done! Prime’s Place delivers a reasonably priced selection of all our bargain-breakfast favourites. Swing by and enjoy a generous plate of eggs, a stack of bacon and a cup of hot coffee—and still have change left over for lunch! • 25 Victoria St., Hamilton, 295-6923
Favourite Pub >The Docksider Pub When it comes to providing a great overall pub experience, this year’s judges agree: The Docksider Pub does things right. A longtime fan favourite, Dockies has the friendliest bartenders, a great selection of beverages— bottled and on tap—and a pub menu fit for a king. Watch passersby from the Front Street patio or crack open a beer and enjoy the game inside. Plus darts and beer pong? We’ll see you at Dockies! • 121 Front St., Hamilton, 296-3333
Place for a Power Lunch >Bolero Brasserie Successful client schmoozing requires the perfect atmosphere. With its striking red décor, impressive mirror-lined walls and impeccably www.thebermudian.com
dressed staff, Bolero Brasserie gives your power lunch a powerful punch. Dine with your client on the exclusive balcony while enjoying an unbeatable view of Front Street below. And did we mention the menu? Nothing says “sign here” like a lunchtime sampling of foie gras, rack of lamb and crème brûlée. • 95 Front St., Hamilton, 292-4507
Hamburger >Dorothy’s Coffee Shop We love to try new restaurants, we really do. But when it comes to the best hamburger joint in Bermuda, our judges have voted for Dorothy’s Coffee Shop 14 out of 23 times. Hidden up a small alley called Chancery Lane, this classic lunch spot boasts the largest, most succulent patties the island has to offer. Reasonably priced and topped with all your favourite condiments, Dorothy’s burgers are always made fresh to order atop large blacktop stoves. Be sure to arrive early or call ahead—Dorothy’s counter stools are prime real estate during the lunchtime rush! • 3 Chancery Lane, Hamilton, 292-1430
Great Sandwich >Tribe Road Kitchen Gone are the days when a restaurant could slap a couple of pieces of meat and cheese between two slices of bread and call it a day. If you’re looking for a sandwich that is built with love, our judges agree: Tribe Road Kitchen’s immense creations, including the Turkey with a Tan and the Birkenstock, are a feast for the eyes as well as the mouth. Chill out in the garden and treat your taste buds to an imaginative menu featuring farm-fresh ingredients and gourmet flavours. Best of all is this lunch spot’s creativity; check out TRK’s active Facebook page for the latest daily updates and specials. • 87 Reid St., Hamilton, 734-1637 www.thebermudian.com
Lunch Truck >Smokin’ Barrel
The words “lunch truck” tend to conjure images of cheese-slathered burgers and a handful of greasy fries. Smokin’ Barrel raises the stakes on traditional mobile cuisine, replacing the expected fast-food menu with fresh, flavourful and exciting alternatives. Care for seasoned lamb or pulled pork? Perhaps a filet of local fish or a stack of grilled kebabs? Smokin’ Barrel delivers a menu that makes traditional BBQ look tame. And with incredible aromas always emanating from this big red truck, all you’ll need to do is follow your nose! • 1 Waterfront Park, Front St., Hamilton, 331-0211
Take-out Deli >Delicious It’s 12:15 in the afternoon. You’ve got a meeting at 12:30 and haven’t eaten yet. For a mouthwatering array of quick, tasty items to carry back to the office, there’s only one place to go: Delicious. Located just a short walk from almost anywhere in Hamilton, Bermuda’s best take-out deli offers a wide variety of salads, soups and sandwiches, all made fresh daily. Next thing you know you’ll be bringing back lunch for the whole office. Don’t say we didn’t warn you! • 20 Church St. (Washington Mall), Hamilton, 295-5890
Fast Food >Gold Coast Express Step aside, traditional eateries. Bermuda has a new fast food champion. Gold Coast Express in the Rubis Gas Station specializes in quick and convenient cuisine that tastes, as locals say, “vell.” The popular spot serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving everything from sandwiches, baked goods and codfish cakes made fresh daily. So the next time hunger strikes, swing by Gold Coast Express and hook yourself up with a delicious, speedy snack. Rubis Gas Station • 76 South Road, Hill View, Warwick, 232-2020
Diner >The Spot Restaurant “Homestyle” doesn’t do justice to the comfortfood classics whipped up at Bermuda’s best diner, The Spot Restaurant. With a simple menu, trusted daily specials and dirt-cheap prices, it’s no surprise that this tried-and-true favourite attracts hundreds of customers before other eateries open their doors. Just a short walk from the shops on Front Street, The Spot welcomes locals and tourists alike, whether it’s seven in the morning or seven in the evening. There’s only one spot to dine when you’re craving the quintessential home-cooked meal. • 6 Burnaby St., Hamilton, 292-6293
Salad/Salad Bar >Café 4 Healthy-lunch lovers agree: fresh ingredients and lots of variety set award-winning salads apart from the rest. Café 4 delivers not only crisp, leafy mixes but also a wide array of delicious toppings to complete any creation. Whether you like chewy, crunchy, salty or sweet, there’s a dressing and a flavour combo for you. Forget premade; we choose the handmade salads served at Café 4. • 18 Queen Street, Windsor Place (Washington Mall), Hamilton, 295-8444
Sushi >Beluga Bar If the words “special roll” send shivers of excitement up your spine, it’s time you check out Bermuda’s best sushi restaurant, Beluga Bar. Serving elegantly wrapped bundles of sticky rice, thin slivers of exquisitely prepared fish and an array of original gourmet sauces, this unusual venue has taken oriental cuisine to a completely new level. The bar area, which wraps around the spiral staircase in the Washington Mall, even offers a one-of-a-kind dining location, perfect for a classy lunch or an elegant dinner. Beluga’s unsurpassed menu and unique atmosphere are sure to impress even the pickiest sushi connoisseur. • 18 Church St. (Washington Mall), Hamilton, 542-2859 Summer 2013 | 45
Pizza >Tribe Road Kitchen
Ethnic Cuisine >The House of India
Believe it or not, but pizza is more than just crust, sauce and some cheese thrown on top. At Tribe Road Kitchen, gourmet pies are lovingly prepared from the bottom up, starting with the freshest dough and ending with the finest roasted veggies, seasoned meats and gooiest mozzarella and cheddar. Best of all is TRK’s variety: choose from a long list of creative toppings including bacon, fresh pineapple, onions and white truffle oil. With so many combinations to try, why not invent something new? • 87 Reid St., Hamilton, 734-1637
Ask a Bermudian about “ethnic cuisine” and chances are they’ll start ranting and raving about House of India. For as long as anyone can remember, this fan favourite has championed eclectic, unbeatable Indian food with pages and pages of beef, chicken, lamb and vegetarian options. Don’t miss out on the best samosas, curry and chicken tikka masala the island has to offer. • 57 North St., Hamilton, 205-6450
Small Plates >Sea Breeze Sea Breeze is a dream come true for the indecisive diner. Want to try a bit of everything without going home stuffed? Choose from an assortment of impeccably prepared tapas, each one gorgeously arranged and seasoned to please your eyes as well as your mouth. There’s no better place to share a meal (literally!) with your friends, family or that special someone. • Elbow Beach Hotel, 60 South Shore Road, Paget, 236-3535
Gluten-free Menu >Angelo’s Bistro Staying healthy is easy when you dine at Angelo’s Bistro, a relaxed eatery located off Front Street in the Walker Arcade. Angelo’s boasts the best array of delicious options for the gluten-conscious diner, including roasted aubergine salad and grilled salmon. They even serve gluten-free pastas! Yum! • Walker Arcade, Front St., Hamilton, 232-1000
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Fine Dining >The Waterlot Inn With vintage style and almost 350 years of experience, The Waterlot Inn embodies Bermudian fine dining. Select from a fivestar assortment of succulent steaks, juicy chops, seafood classics and an array of masterfully crafted salads and sides; rest assured that each dish is prepared with painstaking care and attention to detail. When paired with an intimate and historic ambience, an incredible sunset view and even a piano serenade, your evening is bound to be unforgettable. Take it from us: The Waterlot Inn is worth every penny. • 101 South Shore Rd., Southampton, 238-8000
Romantic Restaurant >The Point Restaurant & Terrace Share a memorable evening with your sweetie at The Point Restaurant and Terrace, Bermuda’s best for a romantic dinner with the one you love. Comfortable chairs, fine linen and stunning murals contribute to an overall ambience that is simply out of this world. And, of course, there’s the gourmet menu; time and again, The Point’s devoted followers vouch for the chef ’s fresh yellowfin tuna
paired with wasabi mashed potatoes. Dine from one of the luxurious sound-view tables and we guarantee your meal will be one for the scrapbook. • 60 Tucker’s Point Dr., Hamilton Parish, 298-4000
Ambience >Red Steakhouse & Bar Enjoy a perfectly arranged table, impeccable décor and a charming yet sophisticated ambience at one of Bermuda’s newest restaurants, Red Steakhouse & Bar. Gaze out across Hamilton Harbour while sipping a martini or savor a heavenly three-course meal at an intimate table for two. No matter the occasion, we recommend Red for an all-around incredible dining experience. • 55 Front St., Hamilton, 292-7331
Hotel Restaurant >Jasmine Lounge Let’s face it: awardwinning hotel restaurants aren’t easy to come by. That’s why we recognize Fairmont Southampton’s Jasmine Lounge for its unparalleled selection, service and style. Meet and greet or sit and savor while enjoying live entertainment and a breathtaking view. Whether you’re looking for a few light entrees at lunch, traditional sweets at teatime or a quality dinner and martini at night, Jasmine Lounge is sure to please. • 101 South Shore Rd., Southampton, 238-8000
Sunday Brunch >The Reefs Highly regarded for their top-of-the-line tourist accommodations, The Reefs also offers the best Sunday brunch in Bermuda. Every weekend the bright, spacious dining room is transformed into an elegant celebration of fine food and www.thebermudian.com
great company. Sample a little bit of everything from their vast, themed buffets or choose from a few of their made-to-order stations. Full plates, friendly waiters and a fabulous view—what more could you want on a Sunday afternoon? Just don’t forget your mimosa! • 56 South Shore Rd., Southampton, 238-0222
Kid-friendly Restaurant >La Trattoria Cheesy pizza and spaghetti, Shirley Temples and a crew of gung-ho wait staff—it’s no wonder La Trattoria has yet again been voted best on the island for kid-friendly dining. If you’re looking for an all-around enjoyable night out that will make the whole family happy, this Italian classic will hook you up. Need to plan a fun, stress-free birthday party? La Trattoria can help with that, too. Great food and lots of smiles are always on the menu. • 22 Washington Lane, Hamilton, 295-1871
Private Dining Room >Harry’s
The king of private dining has been crowned: yet again, Harry’s restaurant claims the title for their elite, reservations-only dining accommodations. Harry’s elegant and exclusive dinner area seats up to 10 and is perfect for a gathering of close friends, colleagues or business A-listers. Special parties are invited to enjoy an intimate private-dining experience surrounded by an extensive wine cellar and beautiful décor. Relish a secret meal at this one-of-a-kind venue and— shhh—don’t worry, we’ll never tell! • 96 Pitt’s Bay Rd., Pembroke, 292-5533
Out-of-Hamilton Eatery >Wahoo’s Bistro & Patio If you’re looking for great eats and are up for a trek, you must, must, must try Wahoo’s Bistro & Patio, Bermuda’s best out-of-Hamilton eatery. Located in St. George’s, this seafood res-
taurant offers the finest, freshest locally caught classics including lobster and (of course) wahoo. Indulge in the island’s favourite dish, fish chowder, or opt for something equally delicious like fish tacos or shrimp harissa. Getting to Wahoo’s may be a mission for some, but we’re sure your meal will be well worth the drive. • 36 Water St., St. George’s, 297-1307
Place for an Al Fresco Meal >Mickey’s Bistro As the sun sets on another beautiful summer evening, enjoy an al fresco meal at the one-of-a-kind Mickey’s Bistro. Situated directly on the sand below Elbow Beach Hotel, Mickey’s offers a wide assortment of fresh fish, hearty pastas and tropical cocktails. The open-air restaurant even caters events. Our judges agree: there’s no better way to spend a special al fresco meal than with your loved one at Mickey’s on the beach. • Elbow Beach Hotel, 60 South Shore Road, Paget, 236-9107
Red Steakhouse & Bar, is Bermuda’s newest restaurant and lounge. RED takes a modern & global approach to the steakhouse dining experience. Options for dining include our intimate RED room, chic lounge, romantic mezzanine seating, or our contemporary patio overlooking breathtaking harbour views. World inspired dishes, vibrant atmosphere, perfectly located, committed to service and excellence. Join us on our spice journey.
lunch Mon - Fri: 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm dinner Mon - Sat: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm bar daily 12:00 pm - 2.30 am
Red SteakhouSe & BaR 55 Front Street Hamilton, Bermuda HM11
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Coolest Café >Conscious Vibes Café Known simply as CVs, this year’s coolest café has that special something that sets it apart from the rest. Could it be the décor? The waffles? Perhaps the bongos or poetry-reading sessions? One thing’s for sure: Conscious Vibes Café has a selection of coffees and blended drinks that will make your day irie. • Water St., St. Georges, 297-0208
Tasty TakeOut >Portofino TakeOut What’s better than takeout? Portofino’s takeout. Whether you’re craving a handmade pizza, fresh local fish or authentic Italian pasta, trust this fan favourite to be fast, friendly and flexible with your order. A delicious dinner really doesn’t get any easier! • 20 Bermudiana Rd., Hamilton, 292-2375
Codfish Breakfast >Paraquet Codfish breakfast is serious business. Do it right and you’ll be loved, praised, even worshipped; do it wrong and locals are sure to give you a piece of their minds! The Paraquet delivers the perfect combination of salted, boiled codfish, fried onion and stewed tomatoes. Paired with various accompaniments such as banana, avocado and toast, there’s just no finer embodiment of Bermudian cuisine than a weekend codfish breakfast at Paraquet. • 68 South Shore Rd., Paget, 236-9742
Fish Chowder >Wahoo’s Bistro & Patio We love codfish breakfast and adore “fish pon bun,” but heaven forbid we forget the time-honoured tradition of Bermudian fish chowder. This year we salute Wahoo’s Bistro for 48 | The Bermudian
their perfectly simmered rendition of the island favourite. Stop by and enjoy a flavourful bowl of this dark, hearty soup. We guarantee it will be unlike anything you’ve ever tasted. • 36 Water St., St. George’s, 297-1307
Fish Sandwich >Art Mel’s Spicy Dicy
green-tea liqueurs? Don’t ask what’s in it, just try something different. Go on, we dare you! • 5 Burnaby Hill, Hamilton, 292-1609
Well-Chosen Wine List >The Waterlot Inn
Art Mel’s Spicy Dicy is the very definition of “hidden gem.” Year after year, this tiny eatery in Pembroke is recognized for its downright impressive fish sandwiches. Golden, deep-fried fish fillets are slathered with dollops of mayonnaise and tartar sauce and served with love between enormous slices of fresh bread. Finish just one of these babies and you’ll be stuffed for days! • 9 St. Monica’s Rd., Pembroke, 295-3965
Every savvy wine enthusiast knows that The Waterlot Inn boasts the best assortment of reds, whites and everything in between. A delicate swirl. A careful sniff. A long, thoughtful swish across the tongue. For a masterfully crafted selection of wines to complement an unmatched dining experience, look no further than the one and only Waterlot Inn. • 101 South Shore Rd., Southampton, 238-8000
Local Fare (Real Bermuda Food) >Black Horse Tavern
Maitre D’ >Maz Shabdeen at Port O’ Call
When you’re in Bermuda, eat where the locals do at Black Horse Tavern, one of the island’s best-kept culinary secrets. Located at the very tip of St. David’s Island, Black Horse offers the gamut of traditional cuisine including fish chowder, fish sandwiches and even conch fritters. If you’re craving authentic, fresh Bermudian fare, take a drive down the country and experience “de real ting”! • 101 St. David’s Road, St. David’s Island, 297-1991
There can be only one winner in the alwaysfierce, always-competitive battle for Bermuda’s best maitre d’. For the second year in a row, Maz Shabdeen at Port O’ Call has emerged victorious. Handling the hustle and bustle of restaurant business with efficiency and finesse, it’s no surprise that foodies trust Maz for an incredible dining experience every time. • 87 Front St., Hamilton, 295-5373
Creative Cocktails >Barracuda Grill
Bartender >Robbie Tucker at Port O’ Call
Leave it to Barracuda Grill to concoct the most fanciful and inventive drinks Bermuda has ever seen. These creative cocktails aren’t just delicious, they’re also gorgeous, decadent and probably dangerous. Candied oranges in sweet vermouth? Strawberry, elderflower and
The award for Bermuda’s best bartender is given only to the most boisterous, friendly, knowledgeable and attentive mixologist on the island. One thing’s for sure: this year’s winner, Robbie Tucker at Port O’ Call, can mix a mean cocktail. Early or late, weekday or weekend, we trust Robbie to blend the tastiest drinks this side of the Pecos. • 87 Front St., Hamilton, 295-5373 www.thebermudian.com
friendliest Wait Staff >Bolero Brasserie Waves, smiles and a chorus of warm hellos— from the moment you enter Bolero Brasserie, you are treated like royalty. Whether you’re planning a client lunch or a casual dinner, trust the outgoing and attentive crew at Bolero to take care of your every need. • 95 Front St., Hamilton, 292-4507
Place to Catch a Film >Speciality Cinemas There’s no better way to escape the sweltering summer than to retreat indoors and enjoy a movie. Speciality Cinemas has yet again been crowned Bermuda’s best place to catch a film. The widest assortment of snacks and hot food, awesome seats with plenty of room and, most importantly, the latest and greatest new releases—we’ll meet you at Speciality! • 12 Church St., Hamilton, 292-2135
Place to Watch Televised Sports >Flanagan’s Outback Sports Bar Wide screens. Check. High def. Check. Walls and walls of TVs showing every sport imaginable? Double check. Go ahead, peel yourself off your couch and join us at Flanagan’s Outback Sports Bar, the best place in Bermuda to share a drink and root for your team. • Emporium Building, 69 Front St., Hamilton, 295-8299
Best Dramatic Production >After Juliette by Saltus Grammar School This year’s best dramatic production was undoubtedly After Juliette, a brilliantly executed show by the talented students of Saltus Grammar School. The impressive production
portrayed a unique and enjoyable twist on a familiar Shakespearean story and, our judges agree, was performed to perfection. To all those involved in the production: bravo! After Juliette was truly one of a kind.
Happiest Happy Hour >Lemon Tree Celebrate the end of another successful week at Lemon Tree, the adored host of Bermuda’s happiest happy hour. Situated right on the corner of Front and Queen Streets, this boisterous bar boasts affordable drinks in a charming and unique park setting. Stroll by on a Friday around sundown and you’re bound to notice a lively and good-humoured ruckus. Lemon Tree is not only a great beginning to a night on the town but also a true “staple on the crawl.” • 7 Queen St., Hamilton, 292-0235
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Pick-up Bar >Snorkel Park Bring a car or a bike and you’re almost guaranteed to score a new “friend” at Dockyard’s boastiest venue, Snorkel Park. Located at the very western tip of our (admittedly tiny) island, there’s no better spot to capitalize on the drunk and the desperate. Sure, you could rely on your charm, your dance skills, your one-of-a-kind style and good looks, or you could just offer one of the many stranded ace girls (or ace boys) a ride home. Classy. • Snorkel Park Beach, Royal Naval Dockyard, 234-6989
Musician/Musical Group >Bones This year’s award for Bermuda’s best musical group goes to the unusual and entertaining blues crew named Bones. Consisting of Graham Pewter, David Skinner, Andrew Chamberlain,
Neil Burnie and Leroy Richardson, Bones blends instrumental and vocal stylings to produce a unique blend of funky and original tunes that are easy on the ear and good for the soul. Come out and catch one of their raucous live shows for a fun-filled night of memorable music and unforgettable entertainment.
Place to Shake a Leg >The Cellar There’s a time for sports bars, a time for the movies and a time for an intimate meal. But when you have an insatiable urge to shake a leg, there’s no better place than The Cellar. With entertainingly retro décor and a hoppin’ LED dance floor, you can get your groove on in style at the Fairmont’s hottest nightclub. • Fairmont Southampton, 101 South Shore Rd., Southampton, 238-8000
Place to Hear Live Music >Chewstick Sure you can catch a show or two at other bars around town, but no other venue competes with the variety of live music that Chewstick regularly has to offer. Bring a friend and grab a seat (or steal the stage on open-mic night) and experience the best of Bermuda’s eclectic musical culture. Everyone is invited! • 28 Elliott St., Hamilton, 292-2439
Cake Maker >Sugar Rush From the delicate moist crumb to the last dollop of frosting, Sugar Rush has distinguished itself as Bermuda’s finest purveyor of indulgent desserts. Expertly crafted birthday, wedding and celebratory cakes are layered in smooth sheets of fondant, decorated with intricate swirls of icing and drizzled with gourmet glazes. No matter the occasion, Sugar
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Fresh Local Fish >Miles Market
When it comes to offering fresh, local fish, Bermudians agree: Miles Market has a reputation for excellence. Choose from an array of expertly filleted ocean fare, ranging from wahoo and snapper to hogfish. Unparalleled attention to variety and freshness makes Miles indispensible when we just don’t have time to catch dinner ourselves. 96 Pitt’s Bay Rd., Pembroke, 295-1234
Local Fruits & Veg >Wadson’s Home Farm Market If it comes from the ground, chances are Tom Wadson grows it. Spread across 20 acres of Bermudian soil, Wadson’s Farm cultivates over 50 different types of organic fruits and veggies. Bananas, broccoli, carrots and onions—pick out your own freshly harvested produce directly from the family farm in Southampton. A tasty variety of Wadson’s products can be found in supermarkets across the island as well as from their roadside stand in Whale Bay three days a week. • 10 Luke’s Pond Rd., Southampton, 238-1862
Homegrown >Honey from “Beekeeper Number 5” In life there are passions and there are professions. For Randolph Furbert (AKA Beekeeper Number 5), making honey is both a great love and a lively business. Beginning with just a single apiary in the late 1980s, Furbert has expanded his bee collection to include hives spread from St. George’s to Somerset. With unwavering dedication, he has singlehandedly helped to establish Bermudian honey as something altogether delectable and exotic. Pick up your own bottle of this golden delicacy from supermarkets across the island or directly from the Honey House in Bailey’s Bay. • Chartwell Apiaries, Bailey’s Bay, 293-0031
JUDGES Christopher Vanderhyden Makeup artist, The Club Elbow Beach Hotel Ann Spencer-Arscott Director Bermuda Red Cross Marcus George DJ Chubb VIBE 103 Rachel Sawden Founder BermyDeals, Bermuda Loyalty Robert Pantry Event organizer Burnt House Productions
Butcher >The Supermart Quick, helpful service and an unbeatable selection to boot—this year’s award for best butcher goes to our local onestop shop, The Supermart. Whether you’re cooking a favourite dish for a crowd or trying something new, count on the hardworking crew manning the butcher’s block to provide excellent cuts and reasonable prices. • 125 Front St., Hamilton 292-2064 www.thebermudian.com
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Award of Excellence Since 1930, the Bermuda Bookstore has been supplying bibliophiles islandwide with books to get lost in. Located at the corner of Queen and Front Streets in Hamilton, the building that houses the award-winning shop has hardly changed in 83 years. Current owner Hannah Willmott grew up immersing herself in the pages of the books she found on the ceiling-high shelves of the little store. Now she helps her customers find interesting reads. The Bermuda Bookstore is perhaps one of the most-loved stores in Hamilton with a customer base so loyal they choose to wait for books to arrive on the store’s shelves rather than purchase an e-version to read immediately. Indeed, most books today are found on computers, tablets and phones, but the Bermuda Bookstore refuses to change with changing times; they believe that holding and reading a real book is an experience that can’t be duplicated on e-readers. In the words of Willmott, “carpe librum” or “seize the book.”
GREAT GIFTS >Brown & Co. The next time you’re hunting for the perfect gift, consider Brown & Co. as your one-stop shop. The plethora of interesting finds are apparent as soon as you enter, and time spent searching the displays from top to bottom yields great results. Then you can pick up a card, wrapping paper or a gift bag, all in the same convenient location. • 35 Front St., Hamilton, 279-5442
BOOKSTORE >Bermuda Bookstore Take refuge from the busy streets of Hamilton in the Bermuda Bookstore, winner of best bookstore every year since 2005. With wooden 54 | The Bermudian
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floors, mix-matched shelves laden with books and a quirky staff, the cozy environment lends itself to a pleasant and relaxing experience not often found in the twenty-first century. • 3 Queen St., Hamilton, 295-3698
TOY STORE >Little People’s Toys Revisit childhood in the wonderland of unique and awardwinning toys at Little People’s Toys. This family-run business is never surprised when they win this title year after year, but that doesn’t stop them from working diligently at providing Bermuda’s children with the greatest selection of toys. Their helpful hours (open seven days a week) and convenient parking make it a win for moms, too! • 62 Victoria St., Hamilton, 292-7527
ART GALLERY >Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art If there’s anywhere on the island to experience Bermuda-inspired artwork, it’s Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, winner of this category for the fifth consecutive year. Under the direction of Tom Butterfield, Masterworks has spent 25 years ensuring that artwork by Bermudian artists and Bermuda-inspired art by international artists takes up residence for all to enjoy. Among the gallery’s most prized possessions are works by Winslow Homer and Georgia O’Keefe. Masterworks also fosters an appreciation of art in Bermuda’s schoolchildren through their well-received art programs and projects. Masterworks’s annual Charman Prize www.thebermudian.com
encourages resident artists to compete for recognition and share their vision and talent with other Bermudians. • Botanical Gardens, Paget, 236-2950
FRESH FLOWERS >GiMi These days we can connect to our friends and loved ones in an instant. Through Facebook, e-mail and Skype, we can chat at the drop of a hat, but how special is our message when it’s hastily sent and received through a computer screen? Special moments deserve more than a virtual message; they deserve Flowers by GiMi. The team at Flowers by GiMi have a fresh take on floral arrangements and allow their customers to make an old-fashioned gesture with a modern twist. • HSBC Harbourview Centre, Front St., 297-4464
GARDENING GEAR >Aberfeldy Nurseries Green thumbs are cultivated at Aberfeldy Nurseries. Plants, tools and expert knowledge are dished out in abundance at the gardening store, helping you create your perfect piece of paradise! • 3 Pomander Rd., Paget, 236-2927
PLACE TO SATISTY YOUR SWEET TOOTH >Treats of Bermuda Treats of Bermuda is so much more than a candy store: it is where children frolic and adults feel like a kid again. It allows customers to look wide-eyed at the displays and carefully select their favorite sweets to drop into small, white paper bags. Sure, it’s easy to stop at the grocery store and pick up a prepackaged bag of candy, but choosing piece by piece is so much more satisfying. • 7 Reid St., Hamilton, 296-1123
PHARMACY >People’s Pharmacy The staff at People’s Pharmacy can clear space on the wall for yet another Best of Bermuda Award. We’ve lost count of how many awards we’ve given to People’s Pharmacy in the past 23 years, but we’re beginning to think we’re creating one-of-a-kind wallpaper for the store. Nevertheless, each one is well deserved as People’s Pharmacy has been providing the best products for the best prices with the best service for 23 years. • 62 Victoria St., Hamilton, 292-7527
PET PAMPERING/ SUPPLIES >Noah’s Ark Provide for your furry or feathered friends with essentials from Noah’s Ark. Whether it barks, meows, tweets or neighs, everything you need can be found in this family-run store that has been a favourite in this category since 2007. • 3 Marsh Lane, Devonshire, 236-1533
GROCERY STORE >Lindo’s Group of Companies Does it surprise you that for as long as this category has run in the Best of Bermuda Awards, Lindo’s Group of Companies has won it? Their wide variety of fresh produce, choice cuts and products from all over the world are priced fairly and displayed conveniently, including products to meet special dietary requirements. With 50 years experience in feeding Bermuda, Lindo’s has proved that the way to the heart is through the stomach. • 128 Middle Rd., Warwick, 236-1344, and 4 Watlington Rd., Devonshire, 236-5623
WAREHOUSE-STYLE SHOPPING >Price Rite In a tough economy, buying in bulk makes perfect cents. Price Rite offers shoppers (and their weary wallets) relief, providing quality goods in large quantity for a fraction of the price. Load up on all the necessities, including frozen food, toiletries and lunchbox essentials and see how much you can buy without breaking the bank. • 10 Mill Reach Lane, Pembroke, 295-7111
KITCHEN TOOLS & ACCESSORIES >International Imports Your level of expertise in the kitchen largely determines what you’ll find interesting at International Imports. Those who have worked tirelessly to perfect their soufflé will most likely head to the back of the store where the stateof-the-art gadgets proudly reside. Those who struggle to figure out how to turn the oven on will rejoice in the basics every budding chef requires. Moral of the story? Whatever your skill set in the kitchen, there’s something for everyone at International Imports. • 44 Par-La-Ville Rd., Hamilton, 292-1661
SPORTS EQUIPMENT >Sports R Us Place one foot within the confines of Sports R Us and already you are motivated to feel the burn! In the arena of sporting-good stores on the island, Sports R Us is ranked number one. With gear to conquer any sport and a staff friendly and knowledgeable enough to teach you how to use it all, there’s no reason why we all shouldn’t be star athletes. • 61 Church St., Hamilton, 292-1891
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HELPFUL HARDWARE >Gorham’s
COMPUTER SERVICE >CCS Group Limited
If you’re tightening a screw or renovating a house, Gorham’s is the Mecca of DIY. With a huge selection of basics for home repair as well as the latest gadgets to make the job quick and easy, Gorham’s has just what you want, and their friendly and helpful staff are always around the corner, waiting to assist. • 62 St. John’s Rd., Pembroke, 295-1550
Without CCS Group Limited, Bermuda wouldn’t operate as efficiently. Providing networking options, servers, online storage and security measures to businesses all across the island, CCS helps provide reliable and safe Internet solutions. In the rapid and ever-evolving realm of information technology, no one provides better service to the online community than CCS. • 19 Bakery Lane, Pembroke, 294-3400
BED, BATH & BEYOND >Gibbons Home Taking up residence in the brand-new phase of the Washington Mall, Gibbons Home is better than ever. Our judges agreed that no other store on the island comes close to providing as much variety as Gibbons Home, making it a sure-fire win in this category. • 18 Church Street, Hamilton, 295-0022
HOME FURNISHINGS >Furniture Walk Furnishing a home is a daunting task, especially when it’s your first place. Often, discouragement comes in the form of high prices, less than impressive selection and not knowing how to pull it all together. Take refuge at Furniture Walk, where the vast selection, competitive pricing and helpful staff inspire customers and help them tie everything together. • 12 Harvey Road, Paget, 292-5209
COMPUTER SALES >Red Laser
GAS STATION >Raynor’s Rubis Gas Station
Don’t deny it: almost everything of importance in your life is stored on your computer. Your finances, insurance information, family photos from the last 10 years and contact names and numbers you couldn’t live without make your computer one of the most valuable things you own. But what happens when you need a new one? Your best bet is Red Laser, with the best selection of computers on the island. They will transfer data from your old to your new computer in no time, offering you peace of mind to go with your new hardware. • 8 Bakery Lane, Pembroke, 296-6400
Customers of Raynor’s Rubis Gas Station hit the road knowing their car is running smoothly, thanks to the friendly and helpful staff who are always willing to go the extra mile. • 217 Middle Rd., Southampton, 238-3492
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LAWN & GARDEN CARE >Aberfeldy Nurseries In this new category, open to landscapers, gardeners and garden-supply stores across the island, our judges agreed it’s more cost effective in this economy to purchase supplies from Aberfeldy Nurseries and do it yourself than pay someone to do it
for you. For the benefit of novice gardeners, the staff at Aberfeldy are always willing to help, providing in-store assistance and online planting guides, ensuring the grass is always greener in Bermuda. • 3 Pomander Rd., Paget, 236-2927
ELECTRICIAN >C & C Solutions There are some things better left to professionals and circuitry is one. See the light with C & C Solutions. Their service is simply electrifying! • 705-4293
BOAT REPAIR >Harbourside Marine It’s no secret that boats are costly to maintain. When making such an investment, place your water baby in the hands of Andrew Cottingham of Harbourside Marine. As one judge insisted, “He’s the best! I know so many people who will only hire him!” • 505-7965
PLUMBER >Batson Mobile Plumbing Of course, a plumbing problem never occurs when you have plenty of spare time to deal with it. No, a leak will spring when you’re half way out the door and already running late, sending you into a fury trying to find the number for a plumber. When you do have leaky pipes, call Batson Mobile Plumbing. Their great team of experienced plumbers work 24 hours per day, 7 days per week and 365 days per year, ensuring all systems are in working order. You can even make an appointment for an estimate or a repair online, making the process simpler than ever. • 292-4754, www.batmobileplumbing.com
WATER TRUCK SERVICE >James Water Services Water is a precious resource and when you run out, you’d consider sacrificing your right arm if it meant you didn’t have to go without. Fortunately, James Water Services makes sure you keep all extremities intact while filling your tank with the good stuff. • 238-0046, 238-0311 or 238-1666
CAR MECHANIC >Cardoza’s Auto Group
Cardoza’s Auto Garage has always been a trusted name in car repair. Having opened its doors in 1946, Cardoza’s is the oldest garage on the island. It has served several generations already and we’re sure many more to come. • 236-1221
BIKE MECHANIC >Howard’s Cycle Pick Up & Repair Keep your two wheels running smoothly with a tune-up at Howard’s Cycle Pick Up and Repair. No matter the issue, the mechanics at Howard’s will set you straight and have you back on the road again in no time. • 75 Victoria Street, Hamilton, 292-3828
INTERIOR DESIGNER/ DECORATOR >Gregory Nelmes Interior Design Since 2011, Gregory Nelmes Interior Design has been making Bermuda more beautiful, one lick of fresh paint at a time. Having designed and decorated offices at the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and Coldwell Banker and numerous private homes across the island, our judges agreed that Gregory Nelmes and his diligent team have an eye for design that cannot be beaten. • 339-7740
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FOR POOL & PATIO >Island Trading
Outdoor living is an integral part of the Bermudian lifestyle. Stylish loungers, teak tables and all the bells and whistles needed for the swimming pool are available at Island Trading. In 2013, the company welcomed Laura Farge, the eldest daughter of business owner Gillian Farge, to the team as well as new eco-friendly products. • 93 Reid St., Hamilton, 292-0400
UPHOLSTERER >Creative Upholstery Instead of shelling out for brand-new furniture, look to Creative Upholstery and give existing furniture new life. Choose from an array of beautiful fabrics, or supply your own, and leave it to the skilled upholsterers at Creative; they’ll ensure that no one will be able to tell that your gorgeous sofa is in fact older than anyone who chooses to sit on it. • 100 Middle Rd., Warwick, 236-6424 www.thebermudian.com
WELLNESS CLUB >Lotus In today’s world, exercise and a healthy diet are only the tip of the wellness iceberg. To achieve the ultimate healthy body, one must take care of the spirit as well, which can be accomplished through alternative medicine and exercise at Lotus. Indulge in Pilates, yoga and homeopathy and achieve a sense of self you never believed possible. • 46 Victoria St., Hamilton, 296-5900
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HEALTH & FITNESS CLUB >Courthouse Squash & Wellness Club
The best Bermuda beach bodies work their derrieres into shape at Courthouse Squash and Wellness Club. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, members are treated to state-ofthe-art equipment, squash courts and a variety of fitness classes from an expert team of professionals, all located in the heart of Hamilton. • 31 Victoria St., Hamilton, 292-8357
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PRIVATE PARTY BOAT CHARTER GUEST PASS >UberVida Hop aboard the UberVida for a fun night (or day) on the water. The 70-foot-long catamaran includes a bar and DJ area, making the Ubervida the ultimate party vessel. Charter it and enjoy what calling Bermuda home truly means. • 236-2222 www.thebermudian.com
DILIGENT REAL ESTATE AGENT >Rego Sotheby’s International Realty Penny MacIntyre, executive vice president at Rego Sotheby’s International Realty, has made some big sales in her career, but in 2013 she sold the South Beaches Development (former Sonesta hotel site) to the Green family, after it had laid dormant for years. Our judges agreed that MacIntyre’s ability to sell such a large piece of property in such a tough economy is worthy of recognition. • Rego Sotheby’s, 2 Cavendish Rd., Hamilton, 299-1507
INVESTMENT ADVICE >Capital G Weathering the financial storm is difficult. Those who survive do so because they take financial advice from Capital G. • 19 Reid St., Hamilton, 296-6969
HAIR SALON >Salon Pink In a little over a year, Salon Pink has made quite the impression. Owned by well-known hair stylist Pinky, Salon Pink offer deals and discounts in addition to their already competitive prices. Hair Miles, the company’s loyalty program, offers incentives to returning customers in addition to coupons and giveaways offered through their Facebook page. Salon Pink is reinforcing the notion that you don’t have to spend a lot to look like a million bucks. • 15 Parliament St., Hamilton, 295-7465
HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL >The Family Practice You know what they say: an apple a day keeps the doctor away. But what if you don’t mind a visit to the doctor’s office? If you’re a patient of The Family Practice, that’s probably true for you, in which case, go on and schedule yourself a check-up. • 7 The Lane, Paget, 236-0001
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The dynamic team at The Cutting Room do more than cut men’s hair: they change lives. Helen and Jeannette take their services across the island in support of cancer research, shaving heads at Saltus for St. Baldrick’s and working with the Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre to provide clean shaves to the gents who successfully grow out their mustaches for Movember. • 37 Reid St., Hamilton, 292-0577 www.thebermudian.com
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One of the most important aspects of a good party is good food. Kirk Wilks has proven countless times that he’s the one to call for your next celebration. As a three-time Best of Bermuda Award winner, Wilks was also named Best Caterer in The Bermudian’s 2011 Product and Service Awards. • 236-3586
With sweeping views of the South Shore, award-winning facilities and a spa menu that encourages relaxation, who wouldn’t fall in love with La Serena Spa at The Reefs? Favored by hotel visitors as well as Bermuda residents seeking an afternoon of bliss, La Serena Spa offers monthly specials and a loyalty program, ensuring your spa experience isn’t ruined when you sign the bill. • 56 South Shore Rd., Southampton, 239-0184
GOVERNMENT SERVICE >Bermuda Government’s Department of Waste Management It’s a tough job and we’re really glad the Bermuda Government’s Department of Waste Management ensures that our trash is collected and disposed of, without residents doing much more than putting it out on the side of the road.
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PLACE FOR A MANI/PEDI >Orchid Nail Spa
CLEANING SERVICE >ACE Cleaning & Landscaping Ltd
When your digits need doing, head down to Orchid Nail Spa. Located in the heart of Hamilton, Orchid is open seven days a week, offering numerous services that can either have you out in a jiffy or sitting in relaxation for the better part of an afternoon. • 54 Par-la-ville Rd., Hamilton, 296-8696
There’s nothing better than a taxi ride with Nadanja Bailey, a professional comedian who keeps his customers entertained with his personality and hilarious one-liners. • 337-6501
Get your home or office squeaky clean without much more than lifting a finger to call ACE Cleaning & Landscaping Ltd. Their hardworking staff will banish the most stubborn dust bunnies from your space, leaving behind nothing but the sweet smell of cleanliness. • 292-8236
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AWESOME AUDIO/ VISUAL SALES >M&M International When it comes to home entertainment, Bermudians don’t mess around. Those in the know trust M&M International to hook up their home-entertainment spaces with the most advanced systems, all at the right price. • 61 Church St., Hamilton, 292-8158
CELL PHONE SALES & SERVICE >CellOne Can you hear me now? Dropped calls, static reception and anything less than 4G data speeds are simply unheard of at CellOne, which once again (third consecutive year!) provides the best cell-phone sales and service in Bermuda. With a bigger home in the Washington Mall, a bigger network and more deals and packages than ever before, clearly, there’s nowhere but up for CellOne. • 18 Church St., Hamilton, 700-7000
FRIENDLIEST CUSTOMER SERVICE >The Spot Restaurant Everyone and their grandmother has dined at The Spot Restaurant at some point. In a place where the food is always good and the prices are always unbeatable, the real standout is the friendly staff, who seem never to age and are happy to call you “dahlin’” and “sweetheart” from the time you sit down until the time you bid farewell. • 6 Burnaby St., Hamilton, 292-6293
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Award of Excellence A. S. Cooper & Sons has done it again. For the second time since 2009, we recognize this family-owned-and-operated business for outstanding consistency, selection, quality and service. High-end fashion, affordable everyday fashion and name-brand cosmetics are only a few of their most popular departments. Cooper’s is also known for bargain prices and frequent storewide sales that encourage Bermudians to shop at home and support the local economy. With a history dating back to the late nineteenth century, one thing’s for sure: A. S. Cooper & Sons is bound to be a uniquely Bermudian hallmark for generations to come. Congratulations on yet another year of unparalleled success and a well-deserved Best of Bermuda Award of Excellence. • 59 Front St., Hamilton, 295-3961
Men’s Business Wear >English Sports Shop Conservative or cuttingedge, custom-made or ready-for-action, head over to the English Sports Shop for the best selection of business attire Bermuda has to offer. Choose from an array of preppy and classic lines, and be sure to ask for a second opinion from one of the helpful staff members. Your classy new outfit will surely make you the envy of the office. • 49 Front St., Hamilton, 295-2672
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names in clothing, ties, belts and accessories; you can even pick up a pair of comfortable kicks to complement your new outfit. Beef up your wardrobe and look sharp with something different from The Edge. • 7 Reid St. (Washington Mall), Hamilton, 295-4715
Men’s Casual Wear >A. S. Cooper MAN Looking for the perfect polo to pair with those pink Bermuda shorts? Swing by A. S. Cooper MAN for all of your casual-attire needs and save yourself an expensive plane ticket to the States. Time and again, this convenient and expansive shop has been recognized for its mind-boggling selection, reasonable prices and impeccable sense of style. • 29 Front St., Hamilton, 295-1637
Ties >English Sports Shop Love ’em or hate ’em, every man needs ’em. Sure, ties may be the last things on your mind in the dead of summer, but if you can’t get away with a classic polo, you’ll need to invest in a necktie to finish your look. Silk or polyester, patterned or plain—trust English Sports Shop to have the best selection for any occasion. • 49 Front St., Hamilton, 295-2672
Women’s Fashion >Atelerie For the best in women’s fashion, look no further than Atelerie, an exclusive boutique blending tasteful fashion design and artistic beauty. The impeccably arranged shop features clothing handpicked by the owner and influenced by contemporary trends from www.thebermudian.com
overseas. From bold skinny jeans to chic cocktail frocks, Atelerie has it all. • 9 Reid St., Hamilton, 296-0280
Fashion-forward Finds >Toxic Rose Boutique
Women’s Business Attire >Sisley
Does your style push the fashion envelope? Is your wardrobe overflowing with animal prints, daring dresses and bright, skin-tight jeans? If so, we’ve got the perfect store for you. Toxic Rose offers the latest and greatest in ladies clothing including flirty eveningwear and show-stopping tops. It’s a fashionista’s dream! • 57 Court St., Hamilton, 292-4526
Every modern businesswoman knows that elegant suits with a feminine flair aren’t easy to come by. That’s why, for the second year in a row, our judges declare Sisley best in Bermuda for their wide selection of professional attire. Whether you’re shopping for a full suit, dressy cardigan or smart dress for the office, let the stylists at Sisley help you find what you need. • 7 Front St., Hamilton, 295-2112
Drop-dead Eveningwear >Cecile Cecile is without question Bermuda’s premier retailer of drop-dead eveningwear. Featuring exclusive labels and expansive collections from around the world (including Emilio Pucci, Gottex and Valentino Red), this one-of-a-kind gallery offers the pinnacle of elegant gowns and dresses. There’s no better place than Cecile to find high-end attire that will surely make your man’s jaw hit the ground! • 15 Front St., Hamilton, 295-1311
Boutique >Lovit Boutique Lovit Boutique combines contemporary novelties with exclusive local designer collections to offer a snazzy selection of looks you’re bound to love. Clutches and totes, swimwear and skirts, even makeup and jewellery—they’ve got it all! Nowhere beats Lovit for cute, one-of-a-kind items to add that extra oomph to your favourite outfit. • 18 Queen St., Hamilton, 295-1239 www.thebermudian.com
Trendy Wear—Teens >Jazzy Boutique Be the envy of Front Street with a chic, flattering and affordable new outfit from Jazzy Boutique in Washington Mall. Wall-to-wall options are geared toward fashion-conscious teens and include faux-gem jewelry, colourful Spandex and trendy nighttime ensembles. Hot! • Upper Level, Washington Mall, Hamilton, 295-9258
Plus-size Fashion >A.S. Cooper & Sons, Ltd. A. S. Cooper & Sons is Bermuda’s one-stop shop for modern, stylish plus-size clothing to flatter any figure. Trust this local favourite to sell comfortable dresses, jeans and outerwear for every occasion. • 59 Front St., Hamilton, 295-3961
Thrifty Fashion Finds >Fatimaya, Inc. Fatimaya’s rock-bottom prices and unique, vintage selection are guaranteed to impress even the diehard shopaholic. Find the perfect outfit to match your complexion, body type and personal style from an ever-changing collection of Bermuda’s best thrifty fashion
finds. Don’t forget to ask about Fatimaya’s unique consulting services, and broaden your wardrobe while still getting unbeatable bang for your buck. • 28 Elliott St., Hamilton, 519-2802
Workout Wear >Sportseller Sweat your heart out in style while wearing one of Sportseller’s many comfortable workout outfits. Prefer to mix and match? Pair versatile compression tops and stretchy Spandex with the squishiest socks and most supportive sneakers. The best names in swimwear, sunglasses and knapsacks are also readily available from Bermuda’s best for workout wear. • 7 Reid St. (Lower Level, Washington Mall), Hamilton, 295-2692
Dry Cleaner >Just Shirts Dry Cleaners For speedy delivery and unwavering service, trust your clothes to Just Shirts Dry Cleaners. Members of the Shirt Club pay just one yearly fee to score crazy low prices on quality laundering. Elect for their Executive Service and Just Shirts takes care of pickup and delivery—straight from the office! How convenient is that? • 20 Bermudiana Road, Hamilton, 292-3063
Jeans >Atelerie There’s no better way to accentuate your finer points than with a pair of jeans from Atelerie’s top-of-the-line denim collection. With plenty of designers to choose from and prices that won’t break the bank, you’re guaranteed a sexy new look that clings, hugs and flares in all the right places. • 9 Reid St., Hamilton, 296-0280
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Lingerie >Secrets Trust the sexy little adult-novelty store named Secrets to dress you up (or down) for a night of wild cavorting. Bermuda’s top lingerie boutique offers a full selection of outfits to satisfy your every fancy, with plenty of lace, chains and well, we’ll leave the rest to your imagination. Rub down your naughtily dressed lover with one of Secret’s luxurious massage oils and get ready for an evening that’s too hot to handle! • Upper Level, Washington Mall 1, 20 Church St., Hamilton, 295-0651
Children’s Wear >A. S. Cooper Children’s There’s only one place to shop for adorable and affordable clothes to outfit the little ones. A. S. Cooper Children’s offers the best selection of bright, bold colours in styles they’ll want to wear time and again. Whether you’re shopping for shorts, shirts or a frock, choose A. S. Cooper Children’s for clothing that can stand up to all the trouble your monsters can (and will) get into. • 27 Front St., Hamilton, 295-3961
Shoe Store >Trends When it comes to shopping for shoes, Trends offers the very best for every occasion. Fill your daily needs with simple flats, soft loafers or timeless black pumps, or complement your cocktail dress with a special pair of stilettos. Swing by during one of Trends’s seasonal sales to save even more on your favourite style of footwear—retro or modern, casual or fancy. • 22 Reid St., Hamilton, 295-6420
Kids’ Shoes >W. J. Boyle & Son Ltd. Dress to impress or dress for the playground with a pair of kids’ shoes from W. J. Boyle & Son Ltd. There is a wide selection of sneakers
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and sandals as well as affordable school shoes for those fast-growing feet. When comfort and durability are a must, our judges vote Boyle’s. • 31 Queen St., Hamilton, 295-1887
accessory, they know what’s best. Splurge for a one-of-a-kind Fendi, Jimmy Choo, Salvatore Ferragamo or Prada, and strut your stuff with the biggest names in bags slung over your shoulder. • 51 Front St., Hamilton, 295-6734
Scents-ational Scents >Brown & Co.
Hair Accessories >Guilty Pleasures
Crowned yet again Bermuda’s best purveyor of perfumes is Front Street’s own Brown & Co. Let your nose lead you through sweet and alluring displays featuring top collections from Burberry, Dior, Ralph Lauren and Lacoste. The attentive customer service and unbeatable fragrance sets are just two more reasons to choose Brown & Co. for your next scentshopping adventure. • 35 Front St., Hamilton, 295-3838
Clip-in feathers, broaches, jewels and extensions are just a few of the items you’ll discover at this year’s best for hair accessories. When it comes to your locks, Guilty Pleasures invites you to explore the new and unusual, the vintage and the exotic. Whether you tie it up, push it back or pile it on top, snazz up your look with something cute from this new boutique in Washington Mall. • Upper Level, Washington Mall 1, 20 Church St., Hamilton, 703-3338
Coolest Shades >Sovereign Jewellers
Fine Jewelery >Crisson Jewellers
No surprise here! This year’s award for Bermuda’s coolest shades goes to a multiyear winner and undisputed favourite among locals and tourists alike. Sovereign Jewellers raises the bar yet again with an extensive collection of Ray Ban, Versace, Marc Jacobs and much more. Rock out in a classic pair of aviators or opt for the latest designer eyewear. With a selection that speaks for itself, we choose Sovereign Jewellers every time. • 13 Reid St., Hamilton, 292-7933
Handbags >Lusso A perfect collection of designer handbags demands discriminating taste, persistent revision and an unwavering sense of style. Lusso has once again proved that, when it comes to a woman’s favourite
As an exclusive retailer of top-of-the-line jewelery for almost 100 years, Crisson Jewellers is known for attentive and individual service. Browse a comprehensive selection of watches, earrings and, of course, rings; every style, from cutting-edge to classic, is arranged with utmost care. For that special occasion or once-in-a-lifetime purchase, Crisson Jewellers is without equal. • 55 Front St., Hamilton, 295-2351
Trendy Jewelery >Atelerie Our judges agree: the variety of reasonably priced jewelery at Atelerie is sure to give your outfit special sparkle without costing a full week’s wage. Make a statement with an armful of bold bangles, or opt for a pair of regal earrings. Great prices guaranteed. • 9 Reid St., Hamilton, 296-0280 www.thebermudian.com
Watches >Crisson Jewellers Anyone who thinks of watches as mere timepieces has clearly never visited Crisson Jewellers. Choose from high-end names like Rolex, Movado and TAG Heuer and add a striking and impressive shimmer to your business ensemble. Or opt for an affordable alternative from one of many popular brands including Citizen, Guess, Seiko and Adidas. When it comes to watches, Crisson’s extensive selection is bound to suit any lifestyle, personality and budget. • 55 Front St., Hamilton, 295-2351
Cosmetics >M.A.C. Cosmetics For great variety, daring colours and enthusiastic service, look no further than Bermuda’s favourite makeup shop, M.A.C. Cosmetics. The chic
and modern store is conveniently situated on Front Street, encouraging walk-in makeovers and offering personalized advice from their talented staff. M.A.C.’s ultra-fresh product line always includes the boldest eye shadows, shiniest lip-plumpers and most voluptuous mascaras. It’s a no-brainer: we love M.A.C. • 53 Front St., Hamilton, 295-8843
Beachwear >Calypso Year after year, we recognize Calypso for their incredible selection of swim attire. Wander into their back room and choose from hundreds of different suits, ranging from sporty to sparkly, ruffled to revealing. You can also look your best and avoid a burn in an elegant cover-up and a floppy hat. Don’t forget to check out their pre-season sale and save a pretty penny on the prettiest, sexiest and allaround best beachwear Bermuda has to offer. • 45 Front St., Hamilton, 295-2112
Bargains, Deals, Discounts >Orange Bay Company Hidden away on Mill Creek Road, Orange Bay Company has set the standard for Bermuda’s best bargains, deals and discounts. This unique store favours a diverse and ever-changing inventory, choosing to discount items that remain on the shelves to keep customers coming back for more. A small and selective stock features designer names at ridiculously low prices. You’ll even find furniture, art and accessories, all hand selected and one of a kind. Step inside and you’ll agree: Orange Bay Company offers a novel and entirely enjoyable shopping experience. • 4 Mill Creek Rd., Pembroke, 295-5400
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WILDCARD: Worst Fashion Trend >platform sneakers Clodhoppers move aside. This year we recognize platform sneakers as the most intimidating, unattractive and utterly shameful fashion trend to date. You’ve seen them, right? The baffling monstrosities with no arch or indent, just a big, flat, bug-smashing surface that makes the best legs look like tree trunks? Do us a favour and opt for platforms or sneakers, just as long as you don’t try to do both!
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Award of Excellence After the 2012/2013 English football season, there shouldn’t be a Bermudian alive who doesn’t know who Nahki Wells is. The 23-year-old Bermudian plays striker for professional-football-league team Bradford City. Currently ranked as numberone striker for his team and number two in the league, Wells scored a staggering 24 goals last season, carrying his team to the Capital One League Cup Final at Wembley Stadium in London on February 21, 2013. Having grown up playing for the Dandy Town Hornets as well as for Bermuda’s national football team, the Bermuda Hogges, Wells set his sights on a career in professional football. He joined Bradford City in June 2011 and quickly became a fan favourite due to his impressive goal scoring, the most impressive of which he scored against Premier League team Aston Villa. Although Wells has assured fans he will remain with the team for the near future, there is little doubt that the Premier League will come knocking on Wells’s door, and when it does, every Bermudian will be shouting “Nah-Nah-Nahki Wells!”
NEWS EVENT OF THE YEAR >2012 general election It comes as no surprise to any Bermudian that the most followed news event of 2012 was the December 17 general election. After 14 years under Progressive Labour Party rule, voters were ready for a change and elected the One Bermuda Alliance to govern.
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Bradford City striker Nahki Wells
POLITICAL GOOF >Makai Dickerson A word from the wise: if you’re running for Parliament, stay far away from illegal drugs. Former PLP candidate Makai Dickerson learned his lesson the hard way when he failed to disclose his September 8, 2012, arrest for possession of cannabis (a meager 0.45 grams) until November 2012, just one month before the General Election. When he finally did admit to the charge, the PLP stated that they “believe in second chances” and called on the Devonshire South Central constituency to “give him that second chance.” Unfortunately for Dickerson and the
PLP, public opinion was strongly opposed, and Dickerson chose to pull out of the race on November 28, taking full responsibility. Dickerson called on young Bermudians to “be accountable for your actions,” saying, “One simple act can call into question your integrity and be a hindrance to all you have worked for.” We call that bowing out gracefully.
SHADOW MINISTER IN THE LIMELIGHT >Rolfe Commissiong Former race-relations consultant Rolfe Commissiong seems to generate discussion wherever he goes. Since winning a seat in Parliament in Bermuda’s general election, Commissiong www.thebermudian.com
serves as shadow minister of workforce development and is tasked with encouraging positive change in the staggeringly high unemployment rate. Whether you agree or disagree with Commissiong’s strong political views, there’s no question that his job in Bermuda’s political sphere is crucial, and that, our judges agreed, is reason enough for Commissiong to be in the spotlight for the near future.
MOST EFFECTIVE POLITICIAN >Craig Cannonier It’s no easy feat convincing a country to side with a year-old opposition party in a general election but One Bermuda Alliance leader Craig Cannonier did just that when the OBA was elected into power, making Cannonier Bermuda’s new premier. In the year leading up to the election, Cannonier worked tirelessly spreading the OBA’s vision and promising change for Bermuda. His friendly face and approachable nature won over the majority of local hearts and ballots.
PIT BULL POLITICIAN >Everard “Bob” Richards The Honourable Everard “Bob” Richards, JP, MP, has done much as finance minister since the One Bermuda Alliance seized control of Government on December 17, 2012. In his first 100 days as minister, he implemented a series of actions to decrease Government spending and reduce public debt. In addition to his ironclad budget allocations, Minister Richards created the Spending and Government Efficiency Commission (SAGE), headed by Brian Duperrault and tasked with making recommendations to reduce
the cost of Government. Due to his forwardthinking and aggressive nature when it comes to protecting Bermuda’s economy and finances, our judges were in agreement that Minister Bob Richards is unwavering in his determination to move Bermuda forward, and for that, he is the Pit Bull Politician of 2013.
GOOD CORPORATE CITIZEN >HSBC Bermuda
POLITICAL COUP >Glenn Smith
As a global company, HSBC is committed to giving back to the many communities they call home. HSBC Bermuda is no different, and they win this category for the second consecutive year. In 2012 alone, the staff at HSBC Bermuda donated 700 hours of their time to projects such as the T. N. Tatem Middle School Homework Help Program, Cooper’s Island Restoration Program and the Seniors Outreach Program. In addition to providing the sweat equity needed for important programs to succeed, HSBC Bermuda contributed financially to a host of other charities and organizations on the island, including The Family Centre, the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, the Bermuda Environmental Alliance and many, many more. Thanks to HSBC Bermuda, our island home is looking brighter.
This is one for the history books! One Bermuda Alliance candidate Glenn Smith stunned the island when he unseated former Premier Paula Cox in constituency 14, Devonshire Northwest, in the general election. The constituency, which Cox had held for 16 years, is comprised of neighbourhoods such as Parsons Road, Friswells Road, Curving Avenue and Palmetto Road. In the general election of 2007, Cox won her seat with just under 70 percent of the votes, but five years later, Cox held only 44.5 percent of the votes, losing her seat in Parliament, losing the election and consequently choosing to step down as leader of the PLP. Once considered a PLP stronghold, Devonshire Northwest proved just how willing the public was to vote for change.
BERMUDA BOOSTER >Nahki Wells Bermudians watched with bated breath as Nahki Wells became the first Bermudian to play in an English major cup final when he played for Bradford City against Swansea in the Capital One Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on February 21, 2013. Wells, a professional footballer since 2011, was Bradford City’s number-one striker in the 2012/2013 season, and number two in the league, a feat not easily achieved. Having grown up playing for the Dandy Town Hornets and the Bermuda Hogges, it was a proud moment for our island to have one of our own making history both here and abroad.
BOOSTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT >Blue Halo Project Did you know that Bermuda effected one of the world’s first conservation laws in 1616 protecting the cahow? Since then, local environmentalists and conservationists have been protecting Bermuda’s natural world, insuring that it remains just as bold and beautiful for future generations. The newest and perhaps most exciting venture in protecting Bermuda’s wildlife is the Blue Halo Project, dedicated to creating the Blue Halo Marine Reserve, which will make the Sargasso Sea a protected zone. This will mean that Bermuda’s outer waters will be the largest protected body of water in the Atlantic Ocean. Protecting the Sargasso Sea means Bermuda’s waters will remain just as pristine and abundant in marine life into the future, and that’s something we can all get behind. Summer 2013 | 71
ECOLOGICAL BLUNDER >The Grand Atlantic Development, Bermuda Housing Corporation As one judge put it, “It’s such a disaster, it deserves to win again!” The Grand Atlantic Development, Bermuda Housing Corporation’s low-cost housing project on South Road in Warwick, takes home the award for Ecological Blunder for the second year running. In 2012, the issues stemming from the development included the threat of erosion to the cliffs on which the development was built, as warned by Dr. David Wingate. Although the threat of erosion is still strong, another issue regarding Grand Atlantic has presented itself. It seems that of the dozens of condominiums in the development, only one has been purchased, leaving the rest vacant, and developer Gilbert Lopes wants to build even more! Here’s hoping 2013 is the year someone confiscates Lopes’s keys to the crane and finds another purpose for the Grand Atlantic Development.
COMMUNITY ACTIVIST >Stuart Hayward Stuart Hayward has been actively fighting against the loss of open space in Bermuda since 1973. He is the cofounder of the Bermuda Environmental & Sustainability Taskforce (BEST), and as such he works diligently at raising awareness of the importance of green space. Most recently, Hayward has put pressure on Government’s Department of Planning, saying that better methods of planning can increase the quality of life for Bermuda’s residents, plants and animals.
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UNSUNG HERO >Debbie Jones
VISUAL ARTIST >Nahshon Hollis
Debbie Jones has made combating Bermuda’s diabetes epidemic her life’s work. As vice president of the International Diabetes Federation, coordinator of the Diabetes Centre of the Bermuda Hospitals Board and founder and president of the Bermuda Diabetes Association, Jones is unarguably the most knowledgeable Bermuda resident about the disease, which affects a whopping 25 percent of the island’s population. To help combat the diabetes epidemic in Bermuda, Jones works diligently at educating locals about diabetes prevention and management. It is her hope that with the right knowledge, the quality of life can improve for those already suffering from the disease and the numbers of future cases will continue to diminish in the coming years.
Our judges were keen to recognize someone up and coming as this year’s Best Visual Artist, and they wasted no time in agreeing that Nahshon Hollis is deserving of the title. At only 17, Hollis has garnered much attention and admiration for his work, most famously from Oprah Winfrey, who featured Hollis’s artwork on her website in 2009. Recently, Hollis won the Outstanding Teen Award in the visual arts category, prompting our judges to recognize his success. As one judge said, “His work blows everyone away; he’s going places!”
CHARITY EVENT/ FUNDRAISER >Catlin End-to-End
With more than 25 years of experience under its well-exercised belt, the Catlin End-to-End has never been more successful at inspiring community togetherness and charitable giving. Having raised over $4 million for local charities, the Catlin End-to-End has been crucial in helping provide the island with programs that support health, wellness and happiness, especially in recent years when charities across the island have struggled in the tough economy. In 2012 alone, the Catlin End-to-End raised a whopping $250,000, shared among Age Concern, Adult Education Centre, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Open Airways, The Family Centre, St. John’s Ambulance and YouthNet.
TENACIOUS LAWYER >Richard Horseman Richard Horseman has gained notoriety as the lawyer representing the currently stateless Uighurs, who continue to reside and work in Bermuda. The four Uighurs were brought to the island after being released from Guantanamo Bay in June 2009 following a secret agreement between the U.S. Government and then Premier Dr. Ewart Brown. At the time of the decision, the Uighurs claim they were promised passports and citizenship, but in the four years since their arrival, they still sit in limbo. Horseman took the change in Government in 2012 as his chance to make headway in the Uighurs case. He wrote a public letter to current Premier Craig Cannonier calling on Government to grant the Uighurs citizenship. At press time, no further moves had been made, but, rest assured, Richard Horseman isn’t backing down. www.thebermudian.com
CULTURAL EVENT >John Lennon Tribute Concert You don’t have to be a John Lennon fan to know that in 1980 the famed musician and former Beatles member spent two months on the island writing his final album, Double Fantasy, for which Bermuda was his inspiration. The album was named after a flower Lennon found at the Bermuda Botanical Gardens. That’s where the John Lennon Tribute Concert was held on September 21, 2012, celebrating the music legend and his connection to our island. With 2,500 attendees and 27 local and international performing artists, the concert was so successful that it has been deemed an annual event, the second of which is set to take place on September 21, 2013.
RECORDING ARTIST >Victims of Existence
ATHLETE >Jessica Lewis
Khari (Otis) Thornhill and John Eric Amaral are the Bermudian men behind Victims of Existence, the rap/hip-hop group whose well-known song (in collaboration with ill-Logical Linguistics) won an award at the 2012 Hollywood Music in Media Awards in Los Angeles, California. The group, formed in 2002, is hopeful that the award will spark a greater following internationally so their Bermuda-born musical talent will have no boundaries.
In front of 80,000 spectators, Bermuda’s Paralympian Jessica Lewis proved that physical handicap has little to do with what one can accomplish. Born paralyzed from the waist down, Lewis discovered her love for track and field in 2009; three years later, she found herself on the track of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. As Bermuda’s first track-and-field Paralympian, Lewis took no time proving her worth: she ranks seventh in the world and placed 8th in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter events in the Paralympic Games. Last year was outstanding for Bermuda’s athletes, but none conjured more respect and admiration than Lewis herself, who has already set her sights on the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.
NEW BERMUJAN VERD (OR PHRASE) >Gank Gank, a verb (used with object), meaning to steal: Ya boy liked it so much, I turned my head for two seconds and he ganked it from me real quick!
BERMUDA FUN GOLF The Worlds Finest Mini Golf Course Situated on 1 acre of ocean front property, Fun Golf features 18 challenging and exciting holes that represent the 'best' golf holes from Bermuda, USA and Scotland. As much fun for the avid golfer as the whole family. Perfect for parties and events.
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SPORTS COACH/ INSTRUCTOR >Robert “Duke” Nelligan
ENTREPRENEUR >Davidrose Jewelery >Bermuda Fun Golf
Since Robert “Duke” Nelligan took over as head coach at the Bermuda Gymnastics Association in 2009, Bermuda’s gymnasts have reached greater heights. It seems that Nelligan’s 31 years of experience as the head coach of the University of Maryland’s gymnastics team are benefiting Bermuda’s young gymnasts greatly. In addition to the umpteen medals and top placings the team has achieved since his arrival, Nelligan introduced the International Challenge. The competition, which the Bermuda Gymnastics Association has hosted twice at their St. David’s gymnasium, sees gymnasts from five different clubs across the United States and Canada come to Bermuda to compete against local gymnasts. In addition, Nelligan has encouraged Bermuda’s boys to join the sport, proving that gymnastics is not just a girl’s sport. Nelligan is certain that continuing down this positive road will undoubtedly result in Bermuda’s first-ever Olympic gymnast.
Our judges were so impressed with two new businesses that they chose to crown both winners in this category. The first, Davidrose Jewelery, founded by married team David Zuill and Avrel Fernandes, who opened the doors to their flagship store in St. George’s in December 2012, offers to-die-for jewelry pieces created using green energy and conflict-free materials. Their unique designs have garnered them enthusiastic reviews. The other, Bermuda Fun Golf, is the brainchild of Hakan Lindgren, whose aim was to simulate real golf on a miniature level, designing small-scale replicas of holes from actual golf courses. Locals and visitors alike have flocked to the course since its opening earlier this year, enjoying the 180-degree views and casual atmosphere enhanced by friendly staff and a fully stocked bar.
SPECTATOR SPORTS EVENT >Appleby Bermuda Half Marathon Derby Only in Bermuda, some may claim, does the best spectator sport include a public holiday, runners in questionable attire and thousands of people sitting in lawn chairs along the side of the road sipping mimosas and cheering for the athletes. That, in a nutshell, is what the May 24 Marathon Derby (now called the Appleby Bermuda Half Marathon Derby) consists of and why it is so loved.
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THESPIAN >Rebecca Faulkenberry
Actor Rebecca Faulkenberry began her career playing Molly in the 1992 production of Annie at the City Hall Theatre. Fast-forward to 2013 and Faulkenberry is playing the lead role of Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark on Broadway. Having made her Broadway debut in 2011 as Sherrie in Rock of Ages, Faulkenberry is quickly becoming a permanent resident of New York’s famed theater district; and, at only 28, the sky is the limit.
events, all with a comedic twist, receiving plenty of applause and appreciation from their online fan base. In less than one year, they’ve garnered thousands of Facebook fans, produced a Harlem Shake video and built their own website. It’s anyone’s guess what the Bermemes team will produce in the coming year, but you can be sure it will be hilarious!
CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY >Sandys 360 Since 2008, Sandys 360, located on the grounds of Sandys Middle School, has provided Bermuda’s youth and families with the tools to live a healthy life. As part of their youth-development initiatives, Sandys 360 supports local children with after-school activities, including swimming lessons, education enrichment, holiday camps and sports programs such as basketball, football and gymnastics. Sandys 360 is dedicated to making sure every Bermudian child has the opportunity to succeed, offering intervention for at-risk youth and specialized programs for children in need, proving that learning and striving for the best life possible can be fun for everyone.
CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND >Warwick Playground Having won the last two years, it is no surprise that Warwick Playground still reigns supreme in the hearts of Bermuda’s kiddies as the best playground.
BERMUDA CHARACTER >Bermemes
FAMILY OUTING >Royal Naval Dockyard
What began as an online site aimed at poking fun at well-known Bermudian characters has become a Bermudian character itself. On any given day, the anonymous team that runs Bermemes broaches subjects such as local politics, Bermuda’s homeless population and cultural
The Royal Naval Dockyard is a melting pot of history and modern fun, making it the perfect place for a family outing. As the former British Naval base, Dockyard features historical limestone buildings that, although once used for military purposes, are now home to dive www.thebermudian.com
shops, candy stores and kid-friendly restaurants. Having undergone an extensive rejuvenation by the West End Development Corporation in the 1980s, Dockyard is thriving at present day, providing locals and visitors alike with some good old-fashioned family fun.
PLACE TO ENJOY NATURE >Walsingham Nature Reserve
1625 and a grave occupied by Pilot James Darrell, the first black Bermudian to own a home.
PLACE TO PLAY A ROUND OF GOLF >Rosewood Tucker’s Point When teeing off in Bermuda, every golfer gets lucky, no matter the score. With scenic views of the Atlantic set before them and
a gentle ocean breeze present at almost every hole, it’s no wonder why Bermuda is a premier golfing destination. When it comes to the best in Bermuda, our judges agreed that Rosewood Tucker’s Point is a hole-in-one.
PLACE FOR FALLING IN LOVE >Horseshoe Bay Love is always in the air at Horseshoe Bay. Named the 8th best beach in the world by
Walsingham Nature Reserve is also known as Tom Moore’s Jungle, after the famous poet wrote some of his well-known poems while sitting under a calabash tree at Walsingham in 1844. Not much has changed in the more than 150 years since Moore penned his famous work; Walsingham is as attractive to nature enthusiasts as ever. Across the 12 acres of land, Walsingham boasts miles of trails with offshooting paths and caves and grottos, perfect for exploring. Native and endemic species thrive at the popular venue, with visitors relishing bird watching, snorkeling and spelunking. The protective orders on this vast natural parkland ensure that its natural beauty will be enjoyed by visitors for generations to come.
HISTORICAL SITE >St. Peter’s Church Celebrating its 400th anniversary in 2012, St. Peter’s Church is the oldest church in the Western Hemisphere. Built quickly after the Sea Venture survivors washed up on Bermuda’s shores in 1609, the church was originally built of wood and had a thatched roof made of palm fronds. After it suffered damage from a hurricane in the early 1700s, construction began on a new church to replace it. However, St. George’s residents were adamant that their beloved St. Peter’s should be rebuilt, and so it was, in stone, in 1713. As Bermuda’s oldest building, St. Peter’s Church is brimming with historical references, including a chalice dating back to www.thebermudian.com
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Trip Advisor in 2012, our judges agreed that it is reason enough to make Horseshoe Bay the backdrop to any budding romance.
her for a visit to the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo. Why? Because there’s plenty more fish in the sea.
PLACE TO DUMP A LOVER >Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo
PLACE FOR A DISCREET RENDEZVOUS >Jobson’s Cove It’s not easy sneaking around this island, attempting to elude prying and inquisitive eyes, especially when you’re up to no good. But if there comes a time when you find you
When you’re looking to sever ties with your significant other, take him or
just can’t help yourself, mosey on down to Jobson’s Cove, where the secluded location of the bay and the cliffs surrounding it will protect you and your companion from unwanted surveillance.
PLACE TO PROPOSE >on a boat at sunset Gentlemen, take note: the best place in Bermuda to propose to your love is on a boat at sunset. This should be hardly surprising to anyone, considering the natural beauty of Bermuda at sunset, and we can’t help but think the tradition will continue.
WEDDING RECEPTION LOCATION >Paget Island Of course, we enjoy a plethora of incredible hotels and resorts in Bermuda, most of which offer breathtaking views of the Atlantic and unbeatable service. But for those wishing to incorporate an unexpected but equally stunning twist into their big day, look no further than Paget Island as a wedding-reception location. Couples can rent the island for a long weekend, and their guests can stay overnight in the bunk beds provided. While some may argue that Paget Island lacks the glamour of a resort wedding, there’s no undermining the beauty and uniqueness of celebrating nuptials on a private island.
BEAUTIFUL GARDEN >Somers Garden
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Somers Garden, located in the heart of St. George’s, is not only where Sir George Somers’s heart is buried, it is also our judges’ favourite garden in Bermuda. The perfectly manicured hedges and trees, coupled with the impressive central fountain and the traditional Bermuda moongate, make Somers Garden uniquely Bermudian.
ATTRACTION FOR VISITORS >National Museum of Bermuda Bermuda’s shipwrecks are some of the best connections to our maritime past. The waters surrounding our island are littered with ships run aground, most still containing the cargo they carried when they sank. The National Museum of Bermuda (formerly known as the Bermuda Maritime Museum) opened its latest exhibit, Shipwreck Island: Sunken Clues to Bermuda’s Past, to explore this rich history. The exhibit explores each wreck and its significance. For those who don’t have the skill set to explore these underwater graveyards for ourselves, we can still be privy to the information they contain, thanks to the National Museum of Bermuda.
PEOPLE-WATCHING PERCH >Lemon Tree Café One of Bermuda’s favorite pastimes is watching other Bermudians. Tuck into a latte in the shade of the giant tree in the courtyard of Lemon Tree Café and show your Bermudian colours by watching others around you.
CRITICAL COLUMNIST >Larry Burchall For the fourth consecutive year, the Bermuda Sun’s Larry Burchall is trusted above all to analize Bermuda’s political, social and economic scenes. His tell-it-like-it-is attitude and relentless persistence has made Burchall tough to beat. Indeed, if Burchall raises a flag concerning any issue, you should consider it on your radar, too.
RADIO STATION >VIBE 103 In a little over a year since their first official day on the air, VIBE 103 has quickly become Bermuda’s favorite radio station. Having garnered a fierce following and loyal fan base through their radio shows and Friday-night parties at The Docksider Pub, VIBE 103 has grown exponentially since their launch, creating a radio culture among young Bermudians that was lacking before.
RADIO PERSONALITY >DJ Chubb “Good mawninnn!” is how DJ Chubb greets his listeners every morning at 6:00 a.m. on VIBE 103. Chubb’s hilarious persona and truly Bermudian attitude is a welcome relief from the dated and often blasé demeanors of other local DJs. By far a favorite at Bermuda’s newest radio station, Chubb has mastered the perfect balance between great music and distinctive personality.
CLUB/PARTY DJ >Young Gunz Sound
Young Gunz Sound, also known as YGS, have been around for over a decade, providing sounds and entertainment at parties and events across the island. David Furtado and David “Scoobay” Viera set out in 1999 to get a foothold in Bermuda’s entertainment scene, and 14 years later, they have the island’s entertainment industry in the palms of their hands. Having played warm-up for some of reggae’s biggest
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stars including Sizzla, Beres Hammond, Gyptian, Wayne Wonder and Bermuda’s own Collie Buddz, YGS have perfected their style.
BEST SOURCE OF LOCAL NEWS & INFORMATION >Bernews News travels fast in Bermuda, particularly when it’s via word of mouth. But no organization does a better job of getting the news to the public at sizzling speeds than Bernews. This digital news site, run by highly efficient Patricia Burchall, is
well known for posting breaking news before anyone else and posting photos and videos, giving us nosey Bermudians an up-close and in-depth look at current island events.
COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATION >Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bermuda Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bermuda work tirelessly to provide at-risk youth with the mentoring they require to build self-esteem
and realize their full potential. Part of a worldwide organization, the Bermuda chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters matches each child with an adult mentor based on common interests. “Bigs” and their “Littles” spend a minimum of three hours per week together, getting to know each other and having fun. The results of these relationships speak for themselves: kids who participate in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program are 52 percent less likely to drop out of school, 46 percent less likely to use drugs and 32 percent less likely to engage in violence. Thanks to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bermuda, more of Bermuda’s youth are getting a fighting chance at a better life.
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WILDCARD: WORST EXCUSE IN MAGISTRATES COURT >“I am Robin Hood” When asked why he stole from Miles Market, Kevin Webb stated: “I am a revolutionary. I am Robin Hood. I steal from the rich and give to the needy. I told Warner [Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner] I won’t stop. If you let me out, I will do it again.” Warner’s response? “I’m the Sheriff of Nottingham.”
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ong before either was knighted for sea-going exploits in England’s service, George Somers and his friend Amyas Preston were professional privateers. They were among hundreds of Englishmen of that day who became involved in the privateering business because of its promise of adventure, glory and quick, substantial profit. Many of them were following the example of Sir Francis Drake, whose September 1585 raid on the West Indies did enormous damage to Spanish prestige in the region. The contemporary English author John Hooker wrote that Drake’s voyage “inflamed the whole country with the desire to adventure unto the sea…so that a great number prepared ships, mariners and soldiers and travelled every place where any profit might be had.” Preston lived in Cricket in Somerset, inland a little from Lyme Regis in Dorset, where Somers was born. He owned at least one ship, the Julian, whose home port was Lyme. Although history remembers nothing of Preston’s family and place of birth, he and George Somers must have had similar backgrounds. 80 | The Bermudian
They were about the same age. They had both become skilled and well-known seamen while they were still young men, so it was natural that they should know each other. Preston made a name for himself during the battle against the Spanish Armada in 1588. Somers first sailed into the public eye when, heading toward Spain in command of the Flibcote, and in the company of three other vessels, he brought home Spanish prizes worth more than £8,000—the equivalent of millions today. They both became embroiled in lawsuits, common during the days of privateering, over the distribution of spoils. Some believe that Preston had challenged Sir Walter Raleigh to a duel over prizes taken during an expedition to Newfoundland in 1585, although there is no record of it having been fought. Nonetheless, Preston and Somers agreed to take part in Raleigh’s proposed expedition to Guiana in 1595. What influence was brought to bear on Preston and Somers to get them to take part is not clear, but it is a little beside the point, since they did not really take part in the Guiana voyage at all. Instead, they seemed to be on a quite separate expedition from start to finish, meeting up with the Guiana fleet only once at the end of its journey, and then by accident.
Preston’s fleet consisted of the Julian and its little pinnace, the Delight, together with the Ascension, the Gift, the Derling and the Angel. Like Raleigh’s ships, they carried a larger number of soldiers than was usual. This gave them an advantage in land operations, of which the pugnacious Preston took full advantage. While Raleigh’s expedition was primarily one of exploration, the Preston/Somers journey to the West Indies seemed to have been a prize-taking venture from the start. In the end, their cruise was not wildly successful in the moneymaking department, but it did give history a dramatic and cunningly conceived attack on Caracas. That battle, if a battle it can be called, is well known to students of such things, and the nineteenth-century writer Charles Kingsley used it as the basis of his most popular adventure, Westward Ho. The battle may also have exposed a man who might well have been the inspiration for Miguel de Cervantes’s The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, a book that was first published only 10 years after the Caracas affair. Preston and Somers put to sea late, long after Raleigh’s fleet left England. Toward the end of March, Preston left Somers and the others to chase a sail his crew had spotted on www.thebermudian.com
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the horizon. The ship got away, but having separated himself from the rest of his ships, Preston decided to start a little scrap, presumably to test the capabilities of his men. He set sail for Porto Santo, a small island north and east of Madeira. It was the agriculturally rich home of many retired Portuguese soldiers. Preston attacked, trying to land on the island with two longboats full of soldiers, but the inhabitants threw up some strong defences. Preston and his men retreated to his ship, but before dawn the next day, he landed a force of 60 behind the defenders and attacked from the rear. The Portuguese fell back on their town, from which they had evacuated their wives, children and valuables to the top of a high, easily defended hill. Preston’s men chased them out of the town, but they dared not risk an assault on the hill. They burned the town instead. Preston caught up with Somers and the others in April at the Canary Islands. By that time, three other privateers, all from Southampton, had joined up with them. They set off across the Atlantic, bound for the West Indies, arriving off Dominica in May. After a rest, they sailed southwest toward South America, arriving at a little group of three islands just off www.thebermudian.com
the coast of Venezuela, called Isla Margarita, Coche and Cubagua. Venezuelan Indians dove for pearls there. The raiders managed to capture a few Spaniards and their slaves at Coche, then headed across to Cumana, a town on the Venezuelan coast south of Coche, and about 200 miles east of Caracas, then one of Venezuela’s main settlements. The people of Cumana offered a ransom to Preston and his fleet in return for an agreement that he would leave them in peace. Preston took the money and left, sailing west toward Caracas. (Sir Walter Raleigh arrived some time later on his way to or perhaps from Guiana. The inhabitants refused to ransom the town a second time, and Raleigh made good on his threat to burn it down.) The geography of Caracas, founded as Santiago de Leon de Caraccas and known to the English in the sixteenth century as San Jago de Leon, is important in this story. It was built on a high plain, at an altitude of between 2,500 and 3,000 feet. It is very close to the Caribbean, but there is a mountain range of up to 7,000 feet, called the Cerro Avila, between it and its sea-level port, Guayra. There was a well-travelled path between the two in Preston’s and Somers’s day, but it was cut through such narrow, difficult terrain that a small force could defend it easily. On the coast near the bottom of that path was a fort, used as another defensive feature to discourage unwelcome visitors. There, Preston and Somers found no defenders. They did find the fort’s commander, however, asleep in the woods nearby. He was an elderly man, too sick to travel and hence abandoned by his troops. He told them the Spanish had received word of Preston’s coming a month before and had abandoned the fort as unnecessary. The defenders of Caracas had posted troops at strong barricades on the path to the city to prevent them from getting over the Cerro Avila.
Preston asked if there was another way up, and the Spaniard admitted there was—a path the Indians used—but it was so difficult that the defenders had thought there was little danger of anyone else using it. Just in case, though, they had blocked it by choking it with felled trees. It was a path to which Preston and his men would need to be guided. There are two different versions of the subsequent assault on Caracas: an English version and a Spanish version. The English version derives mainly from Robert Davie’s contemporaneous account, widely accepted by historians as the one most likely to be true. The Spanish version appears to have begun with an official report sent by an officer of the Spanish forces to the Spanish government, and it has been embellished by historians over time. The differences are fascinating and surely have their roots in Spanish embarrassment at having the supposedly invincible Caracas snatched from under their noses. In the English version, Davie says the privateers had taken a few prisoners at Cumana, one of whom had been up the Indian path to Caracas before. He offered to guide them if they would let him go once he got them to the top. His offer was accepted, and Davie says the English made good on their agreement. Davie wrote: “The next day, early in the morning, we set forward to recover the tops of the mountains, but, God knoweth, they were so extreme high and so steep upright, that many of our soldiers fainted by the way; and when the officers came unto them, and first entreated them to go on, they answered they could go no farther: then they thought to make them go by compulsion, but all was in vain; they would go a little then lie down, and bid them kill them if they would, for they could not, nor would not, go any farther; whereby they were enforced to depart, and to leave them there lying on the ground. “At length, with much ado, we got to the top of the mountains about noon: there we made a stand till all the company was come up, and would have stayed longer to have refreshed our men; but the fog and rain fell so fast that we durst not stay. So we made haste Summer 2013 | 81
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to descend toward the town out of the fog and rain…” Halfway to the town, the rain stopped. From the top of a hill, they saw Caracas not far away. “Here, we all cleared our muskets: and when our colours came in sight, we discharged a second volee of shot to the great discouragement of the enemie…. The enemie was in readinesse a little without the towne to encounter us on horseback.” The English formed three groups, the main battle group in the center, commanded jointly by Preston and Somers, and a smaller, flanking force on either side. The English thought the Spanish would attack, but they remained in place. Two of the English junior commanders ran forward toward the Spanish, firing, and
from Indians that the Spanish had sent for help and were delaying the negotiations until reinforcements could arrive. Preston and Somers were furious. This was an offence against the rules of polite parley. In the morning, they burned Caracas and some surrounding settlements to the ground, as they had threatened. Taking whatever they could, they marched back to their ships and set sail for England. Preston and Somers arrived in September 1595, after six months at sea. That is the English version of the story. Andrews writes about the differences between the English and Spanish versions in English Privateering Voyages: “The English may give more of the matter-of-fact details, and give them more accurately, but the Spanish provide more of the colour…. They tend to exaggerate the scale of the attack and enemy casualties, but rarely to such an extent as to discredit the substance of the story; only once or twice are panicky rumours repeated.” You may think the Spanish version of the
death, the Spanish seemed to believe, avenged the man’s responsibility for their defeat. Spanish historians say Preston and Somers commanded 500 soldiers when they attacked Caracas. It would have been almost impossible for their fleet to carry that many. The generally accepted number is about 200. The Guayra fort’s commander said the Spanish had a month’s notice of Preston’s and Somers’s arrival. Despite that, or perhaps because of it, the Spanish military commander was away from Caracas when Preston and Somers arrived. Yet at least one Spanish account gives him credit for having defeated the English in battle at Caracas. Another Spanish historian insists it was not Preston and Somers who sacked Caracas, but El Draque—the much-feared Sir Francis Drake. There was no defeat of Spanish soldiers near the city, they say, because they were all guarding the path over the mountains to Guayra. The inhabitants of Caracas had fled with their valuables into the countryside. When the English came
Spanish historians say Preston and Somers commanded 500 soldiers when they attacked Caracas. It would have been almost impossible for their fleet to carry that many. The generally accepted number is about 200. the Spanish fled, leaving behind one dead soldier. None of the attackers was hurt. Preston and Somers entered the nowdeserted town and settled in. There was little plunder, as the inhabitants had spirited everything they could carry away with them into the country. A day or two later, a Spanish officer appeared to negotiate a price for the return of Caracas to the Spanish. Davie describes the negotiations as delicate. Preston and Somers demanded 30,000 ducats. The Spanish offered 2,000 ducats, then 3,000, then 4,000. Insulted by these small offers, Preston and Somers lost patience and told the officer that if the Spanish did not come up with 30,000 ducats by noon on the following day, they would burn the town. Overnight, however, the English received intelligence 82 | The Bermudian
taking of Caracas discredits the substance of the story. After all, they had to excuse some fairly ugly facts: A couple of hundred English privateers outflanked defences the Spanish had apparently had a month to construct; they routed the Spanish troops and burned the place to the ground because the Spanish authorities bungled the ransom negotiations. Spanish historians put the blame for the English being able to find and negotiate the Indian path on a Spanish man called Villalpando, who they say the English found on the coast. They also say that once he had guided Preston and Somers to a point from which Caracas could be seen, Preston had Villalpando hung and his body flung from a precipice, on the grounds that a traitor deserves death no matter whose side he is on. Villalpando’s
into sight, only a certain Alonso Andrea de Ledesma went to meet them, on horseback, in full armour. One man. Alone. The Spanish historian Don Joseph de Oviedo y Baños, writing in a history he published in Madrid in 1723, explains: “Alonso Andrea de Ledesma, though of an advanced age, deeming it against his reputation to turn his back on the enemy without giving proof of his valour, moved rather by temerity than courage, mounted his horse and with his spear and shield went out to meet the corsair, who, marching with all his flags flying, (was) advancing toward the city. “Although El Draque, struck by the bravery of so honourable an action, gave express orders to his soldiers that he should not be slain, they nevertheless, seeing that he pressed www.thebermudian.com
forward his horse, trying with repeated strikes of his spear and at the risk of his life to prove the courage which set him on, shot several harquebuses at him, so that he fell dead, to the pity and sorrow even of those same corsairs, who, to honour the dead man, took the body to the city with them to give him a grave, as they did with all the ceremonies which soldiery are wont to use to honour the funerals of their leaders.” Well. An elderly, noble knight is admired and honoured by the English for his single-handed, brave and thoroughly quixotic defence of Caracas. It is such a terrific story that one wants to ignore the great likelihood that it was just a tale designed to detract from the fact that the troops on horseback ran away from Preston and Somers, almost without firing a shot. The present-day Venezuelan intellectual Eduardo Casanova believes that Andrea de Ledesma inspired Cervantes to create Don Quixote: “A few months ago,” he wrote early in 2011, “the History Channel broadcast a program on Caracas in which I was invited to take part. There, during the interview, I raised the possibility that the inspiration for Cervantes’s Don Quixote came from Caracas.” Casanova says that Gaspar de Silva, a Spanish captain, sent a report to the Spanish government at Seville after the loss of the city, in which he described the death of de Ledesma. He wrote: “You know this witness and he saw how the Captain, as such, being as it was, so great a lord, he rammed the English enemy on horseback, with his spear and shield, and skirmishing with them as a brave soldier and servant of His Majesty, he was shot and killed, and fell dead from his horse.” Casanova argues that de Silva’s report arrived in Seville in August of 1595, the year Cervantes moved there. It is almost impossible, he says, that Cervantes would not have heard the story. That Andrea de Ledesma was the figure that inspired Don Quixote is a hypothesis that cannot be proven, Casanova says, but it is a hypothesis so compelling that “only fools would laugh at it.” Fools, he might have said, with hearts dead in their chests. www.thebermudian.com
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HARBOURFRONT On the harbour, with its own dock, water lapping gently by the romantic table setting. Catch the sunset from the upper deck. Try our sushi and tempura or dishes from our exotic Robata Grill or savour the best dry-aged steak in Bermuda. At the BUEI, 40 Crow Lane T 441-295-4207 E email@example.com
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New & Hot in Business! My Sereni-Tea A serene haven in bustling Hamilton, My SereniTea now offers massage, yoga and holistic treats ments. The lounge is available during the day to service sit and relax, sip tea and get away from it all. Yoga classes are held at lunchtime six days a week and three evenings a week. Pikul Gibbons, the centerâ€™s massage therapist, offers Swedish, Thai, deep tissue, Lomi Lomi and hot-stone massages, as well as reflexology, manicures and pedicures. She will take evening appointments and is available Monday through Saturday. Deryn Higgins, holistic-health practitioner, has introduced a corporate-wellness package for the overwhelmed and stressed businessperson. With Higgins, Gibbons and energy therapist Kimberly Jennings offering treatments in the package, customers can benefit from massage, energy work, breathing techniques and yoga classes. The package starts at $333. In addition to holistic services, the store now offers a wide variety of crystals, incense, candles, oils, Bermuda-made jewelery and unique gifts from around the world. Pop in to My Sereni-Tea, at Chancery Hall, 52 Reid Street, Hamilton. Their website is www.myserenitea. com, or contact them at email@example.com.
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a For those who are tired of the same old summer routine, be prepared to experience a new style of summer boating with Water Olympics on board the Restless Native catamaran. An action-packed excursion that is anything but boring, the day is filled with activities such as water twister, the Restless relay, octopus rings, floating pong and the inflatable marathon. The Water Olympics are a great option for all kinds of summer events. The experience can be customized to suit different occasions: family celebrations, birthday parties, corporate team-building events and bachelor and bachelorette parties are all possibilities. Restless Native offers a full bar on board and will arrange catering for your event. Alternatively, you are welcome to arrange your own food and drinks and bring them on board. Restless Native has donated funds previously to the fight against breast cancer. The team would be pleased to work with customers to turn Water Olympics into a fundraising event for the charity of their choice. For more information, contact Tanis Michelsen at restless@ logic.bm or call 441-531-8149. www.thebermudian.com
CPR Technology & Services CPR Technology & Services was founded in 2003 to provide the island with a forward-thinking, service-oriented rvices e s computer-consultancy company. CPRâ€™s philosophy is to combine quality products and professional expertise with customer-specific solutions. Their technicians are inRalph Robinson dustry certified, and their services Manager, Technical Services range from hardware installations (modems, routers and printers, etc.) to Windows repairs and wireless issues. The technicians are able to help with all types of technical tasks, including hardware and software installation, maintenance and repair, virus removal, dealing with blue screens and other computer problems. Since the business began, there has been a large increase in customers requiring data recovery due to hardware failure, virus attacks or other issues. To help deal with this common occurrence, CPR has
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formed a sister company called DataLock Online. Many people think that copying their photos, music, documents and other files to an external hard drive is enough. In the event of a disaster, however, such as theft or fire that causes physical damage to your computer workspace, this system is useless, and customers may lose all their valuable data. An online backup solution is much more safe and secure. Most people spend thousands of dollars protecting their tangible assets. There has never been a better time to consider protecting their most critical, nonreplaceable asset: data. For more information, call DataLock at 292-5562 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. To speak to a CPR technician, call 295-5562 or e-mail email@example.com.
Cardoso Customs & Repairs Ltd. What do you get when you combine e-commerce with Bermuda’s obsession with bikes? You get Bermuda’s first online bike-part shop: CcrPartShop.com. Quality products and superior customer service are op h s b e the two pillars of this business. CcrPartShop.com w sources products from a range of suppliers including Kawahara, Racing Boy, MTRT, Yamaha, Honda and smaller brands from Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Malaysia. They maintain a range of products suitable for bikes as diverse as vintage Mobylettes to the currently popular 2013 Yamaha Nouvo-SX. CcrPartShop.com offers free, island-wide delivery and boasts rapid turnaround of special orders. Trained at Motorcycle Mechanic Institute, owner Nicholas Cardoso personally handles the installation of all parts, repairs and customizations. Cardoso started CcrPartShop.com as a dissatisfied customer looking for better quality and a greater selection of bike parts on the island. “I wanted to provide Bermuda with outstanding customer service and products,” Cardoso says. “Customer satisfaction will always be my number one goal.” When CcrPartShop.com repairs, customizes or services a bike, it has to be done right every time. Cardoso admits there have been challenges since launching CcrPartShop.com in 2009. Since most of his suppliers are in Asia, the time difference of 12 hours and language barriers were huge hurdles. But Cardoso credits Skype for helping to build relationships with distant business partners and keeping them accessible. Becoming an authorized dealer for both Kawahara and Racing Boy racing products
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and accessories took two years of hard work. Cardoso still has new customers ask if the site is really a Bermudabased business. He assures them that not only is it real, it is also safe. CcrPartShop.com uses a secure PayPal checkout service that keeps personal information protected. Cardoso’s passion for the business is clear. “I live, eat, breathe and sleep bikes and bike parts.” When passion meets creativity and quality execution of products and services, success is sure to follow.
MJM Develops the Bermuda Law Blog
Marketing is not what it used to be. It is out blog with the old and in with the new as social media increasingly influences communications. Lawyers are finding that they are no exception. It is hardly surprising, then, that one of Bermuda’s leading legal firms recently launched its own blog, the Bermuda Law Blog, found at www.bermudalawblog.bm. The Bermuda Law Blog focuses on new and interesting issues emerging in Bermuda’s legal sphere. It is multidimensional, featuring information and commentary on trends and topics relevant to Bermuda, including policy developments, cases, legislative changes and posts of general legal interest. The aim is to give clients, current and prospective, as well as the wider legal and business community, a quick view on the latest events, cases and trends that would be of interest to them. MJM Limited lawyers and managers, whose wide range of expertise offers insight into Bermuda’s legal world on issues such as debt recovery, telecommunications reform and the status of the term-limit policy, author the blog. Andrew Martin, director at MJM Limited, says, “We hope that visitors to our blog find it engaging, informative and useful. Blogging offers a terrific opportunity to extend the value and scope of our legal experience to our clients and legal colleagues in areas of current interest. Blog posts create a user-friendly expression of ideas and information across the spectrum of work we do and give us an opportunity to demonstrate a high level of competence in our core areas of practice, as well as provide practical and informative guidance which we hope our clients and the wider legal community will find of interest.” Agathe Holowatinc, information services manager at MJM Limited, designed the blog. She says, “Law blogs have already taken off in North America and the U.K., and I was inspired by the intellectual exchange of ideas that they provide and their timely, dynamic and personal nature, which contrasts starkly to most law-firm websites. I find the personal voice of individual attorneys and managers that you will find on our law blog to be much more engaging.” She also credits the directors at MJM for fostering an environment and corporate culture supportive of leadership, innovation and risk-taking crucial to an initiative like this. Since its launch this spring, the blog has attracted interest from Bermuda, the U.S., Canada and the U.K. It has even seen visitors from Australia and Mauritius. Traffic spikes on the MJM website have also been noted since the blog launch. New posts are uploaded every week. www.thebermudian.com
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The Family Centre The Family Centre held their fundraising event, Celebrate the Night on Saturday, March 9 at Fourways Inn. Amid the laughter and fun was music, dancing, a piano bar, food stations, raffles and stand-up comedians, all in support of the Family Centre and the wonderful work they do.
the bermudian building design awards For 19 years, The Bermudian magazine has recognized the very best in architectural design in Bermuda. Along with sponsor Bermuda Gas, we once again awarded prizes in both commercial and residential divisions in our annual Bermuda Building Design Awards. The awards ceremony took place at the Bermuda Gas showroom on Serpentine Road on March 26.
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That’s Life! A Letter from London | written by Winifred blackmore
I have a confession to make: I have started going to church again. I’ve never had a problem with church in Bermuda. A visit to Holy Trinity is a Sundaymorning ritual: sitting with my family in our well-polished pew, feeling the soft breeze blowing off the Sound through the transept, listening to the sound of a catbird calling in the graveyard. I watch my Dad, glasses perched on his nose, waiting for his cue in the choir stalls. I study my favourite stained-glass window, the one of Peter and Andrew, where Peter’s robe is like grape jelly and Andrew’s is the same colour as a dessert my mother used to make called jewelled Bavarian cream. How I loved that pudding, probably because it was 90 percent cooking port. When I left home, I tried several churches on for size, but I could never find a good fit. One was too sombre. Another, so touchy-feely it made me want to flee—so I did. A third, which I had admired from afar, looked ancient and noble from the outside, but inside it resembled a conference centre, with collapsible chairs and a survey at the door. Before you say it, I know: church is not about appearances. Yours, or its. But even so, I could never settle. Now, though, I’m trying again. “The cathedral of the back streets,” as it calls itself, although the chi-chi Brighton neighbourhood where it nestles is hardly Pond Hill, is a high church in every sense of the word. There is much sprinkling of holy water, and incense clouds like cumulonimbus. Asthmatics, bring your inhaler! The minister, a white-bearded man with kind eyes, was half-joking the week after Easter when he said, “The official name for today is Low Sunday, but we don’t do ‘low’ here.” Indeed not. There is no dunking of the body of Christ here, a practice I have always viewed with suspicion, despite my family’s insistence on its health benefits. Say what you like, the body of Christ should not be treated like a Rich Tea biscuit. When my daughter, suffering from a cold, held on to her wafer one week, the lay preacher looked alarmed and whispered, “Are you going 90 | The Bermudian
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to eat that, my dear?” It is also high in the literal sense: a soaring Victorian structure whose vaulted wooden ceiling stretches halfway up to heaven. Because of the sheer volume of the place, it is perpetually freezing, the cold dripping down on our upturned faces like rain (it might actually be rain—this church is big enough to have its own micro weather system). Hats, coats, scarves and gloves are mandatory until May. In the winter, you can see your breath during hymns. Four ancient radiators are placed optimistically round the nave, regulars clustering near them, like meerkats at a northern zoo huddling round a heat lamp. At my new church, the processional hymn is usually taken literally. At the first crash of the organ, we heave ourselves out of our seats and shuffle clockwise round the nave, as though partaking in a very polite game of musical chairs. I think this is mainly to give the incense bearers some room to swing and also to make sure that nobody has died of hypothermia. Picture the seventh-inning stretch, but with “Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer” instead of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” There is also a pleasingly shambolic nature to the weekly service, something I now realise is essential to my church-going experience. At Holy Trinity, I remember how Myrtle Hollis,
the organist, would lead us all in a merry dance: starting off slowly, just to tease us, and then, when we threatened to catch up, galloping off again. That green hill far away never got any closer when Myrtle was at the keyboard. Here, the music is under control, but the calls and responses are satisfyingly unpredictable. An ominous silence will ensue after some exhortation until the minister clears his throat and gives us a clue. “I do renounce Satan and all his works!” Last week, the catch on the front door stuck, leaving a gaggle of latecomers—me included— marooned on the front step. My Father’s house has many mansions, but no WD40. The refreshments, alas, are not up to Holy Trinity’s high standard; there the “fellowship” is so legendary, worshippers come from other churches just to share in the bounty. The first time we went to the church hall following matins, there was coffee and a single plate of Maryland chocolate-chip cookies. The next time, there was the same plate and very possibly the same cookies. Unsurprisingly, nobody was going for them. “This is terrible!” my daughter cried. “Do you think they would be offended if I offered to bake something and bring it along?” She offered, and nobody was offended. God works in mysterious ways, and homemade snickerdoodles are just one of them. www.thebermudian.com
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