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4598.  Thu Jan 15, 2004 7:23 pm Reply with quote

There can be no place in the world as to which there can be less said than there is about this island

4601.  Thu Jan 15, 2004 7:32 pm Reply with quote

Bermudians, being of mixed ancestry, answer to a wide variety of names. These include:

Franklyn & Ezsprainza Foggo
Leon Cock Saunders
Paris Francis
Gini Strub Maynard
Meserette-Christos Richardson
D’Vonne Charmaine Ramsay
Azelia Providence
Norine Vesey Spurling
Jennifer Spurling Polnaszek
Gerri Crockwell Sequeros
Sabrina Trott Simmons
Zalicka Leverock
Derika Furbert
Yolanda Fubler
Tariq Lynch-Wade
Alshia Janel Lugo
Rozian Hypolite
Fred Junior Bean
Aisha Aleena Swan
Jean Liberty
John Ham
Dr. Sharon Chippa Windebank
DeForest Shorty Trimingham
Mrs Theo Animashaun.
Jack Wombwell
Kees Spitters
Graham Elcock
Ted Bozman
W.J. Bibby
Michael Butt
Dr Ellen Thrower
Dr Michael Orenduff
Dr Sydney Gibbons
Pastor Donnieval Walker
Dr Samuel Bulgin
Quinton Butterfield
Frigga Simmons
Douglas Trott
Coggie Gibbons
Sister Maria Binns
Pastor Famous Murray
Norma Minors
John Ming
Simone Salmon
Cherie Neville-Gliddon
Gregory Haycock
William Maycock
Petra Spangenberger
Lawrence Popplewell
Scott Amyoony
Paul Bullock
Tissa Peniston.

4602.  Thu Jan 15, 2004 7:35 pm Reply with quote


4603.  Thu Jan 15, 2004 7:40 pm Reply with quote

Not so, G.

You can tell the expats who have just arrived because they wear dark grey shorts. Then they progress to navy and dark green. In year two, they go on to burgundy and then they progress to yellow and pink.
MR WOOLNOUGH of Trimingham’s

Trimingham’s is Bermuda’s leading stockist of Bermuda shorts.

Bermuda shorts are particularly favoured by white Bermudians, conservative black Bermudians and expatriates. The most popular colours at Trimingham's are teal green and yellow, with visitors opting mainly for pink. Expatriates start cautiously and work their their way through the rainbow.

According to Mr Woolnough, Trimingham’s has 'the highest turnover of top socks' of any shop in the world.


I imagine DeForest Shorty is an heir to the top sock empire.

(And wasn't DeForest Kelly the name of the actor who played the Doctor in 'Star Trek?)

4610.  Thu Jan 15, 2004 10:59 pm Reply with quote

He was indeed, Jack.

Can't let this opportunity pass to post a lovely poem by Andrew Marvell (former MP of my home town and secretary to Milton), though I don't think he actually ever went to Bermuda:


Where the remote Bermudas ride
In the ocean's bosom unespied,
From a small boat, that rowed along,
The listening winds received this song.
‘What should we do but sing His praise
That led us through the watery maze,
Unto an isle so long unknown,
And yet far kinder than our own?
Where He the huge sea-monsters wracks,
That lift the deep upon their backs.
He lands us on a grassy stage,
Safe from the storms, and prelate's rage.
He gave us this eternal spring,
Which here enamels everything;
And sends the fowls to us in care,
On daily visits through the air.
He hangs in shades the orange bright
Like golden lamps in a green night;
And does in the pomegranates close
Jewels more rich than Ormus shows.
He makes the figs our mouths to meet,
And throws the melons at our feet;
But apples plants of such a price,
No tree could ever bear them twice.
With cedars chosen by His hand,
From Lebanon, He stores the land;
And makes the hollow seas, that roar,
Proclaim the ambergris on shore.
He cast (of which we rather boast)
The Gospel's pearl upon our coast;
And in these rocks for us did frame
A temple, where to sound His name.
Oh let our voice His praise exalt,
Till it arrive at Heaven's vault:
Which thence (perhaps) rebounding, may
Echo beyond the Mexique Bay!’
Thus sung they, in the English boat,
An holy and a cheerful note;
And all the way, to guide their chime,
With falling oars they kept the time.

Andrew Marvell

4615.  Fri Jan 16, 2004 4:48 am Reply with quote

Bermuda has a total land area of 21 square miles, in which there are nine golf courses.

4616.  Fri Jan 16, 2004 4:55 am Reply with quote

If you are a lawyer or accountant and can wangle the right to work in Bermuda (which isn't an easy thing to do) you're basically made. There are literally thousands of offshore companies domiciled there, and they all have to have local directors, so each lawyer will become a director of a couple of hundred companies at $1000 a year each, sign a sheaf of formal board minutes every now and then and spend the rest of the time sailing or playing golf.

They really do wear Bermuda shorts as formal dress, too - you're sitting across a table from some banker and from the waist up he's in a suit and tie like any banker round the world - then he stands up and he's wearing canary yellow shorts.

4617.  Fri Jan 16, 2004 5:03 am Reply with quote

Bermuda's in the Sargasso Sea (I wonder how many people have heard of the Sargasso Sea but couldn't say where it is?) and was created by volcanic eruptions along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge about 100 million years ago. During the early Pleistocene (about 1-2 million years ago), the top of the volcanic seamount was eroded down below sea level and corals began to grow around the margins, thus producing the only atoll in the North Atlantic. Today, the volcanic basement rocks of Bermuda are completely covered by limestone. This limestone originated as carbonate sand from the reefs that formed dunes, which subsequently were cemented through the action of rain into rock. The cave systems in this limestone caprock there are a well-known feature of, and attraction to, the island.

It is a slightly odd feeling, being in Bermuda as a visitor. You are (or I was, anyway) acutely aware of being on the very tip of a huge underwater mountain with absolutely bugger all in every direction, so it feels as though any moderately-sized Atlantic swell is liable to wash straight over the whole thing.

s: for the geology.

4618.  Fri Jan 16, 2004 5:06 am Reply with quote

There's a constant problem over the supply of fresh water. Every house has to have a rainwater-collecting cistern, by law.

Presumably one contributor to the problem is the need to keep the sprinklers in action on 9x18=162 golf greens.

4619.  Fri Jan 16, 2004 5:11 am Reply with quote

At the risk of forfeiting ten points, somebody has to mention the Triangle, so it may as well be me. There's a brief skeptical overview at:
from which the following quote is taken:
Of the many uncritical accounts of the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle, perhaps no one has done more to create this myth than Charles Berlitz, who had a bestseller on the subject in 1974. After examining the 400+ page official report of the Navy Board of Investigation of the disappearance of the Navy planes in 1945, Kushe found that the Board wasn't baffled at all by the incident and did not mention alleged radio transmissions cited by Berlitz in his book. According to Kushe, what isn't misinterpreted by Berlitz is fabricated. Kushe writes: "If Berlitz were to report that a boat were red, the chance of it being some other color is almost a certainty." (Berlitz, by the way, did not invent the name; that was done by Vincent Gaddis in "The Deadly Bermuda Triangle," which appeared in the February, 1964, issue of Argosy, a magazine devoted to fiction.)

5193.  Sat Jan 24, 2004 2:48 am Reply with quote

There is a voluminous debate among academics as to whether the famous Bermuda shipwreck was the setting for Shakespeare's 'Tempest':
In early June, 1609, nine ships set out from England, carrying around 600 people altogether, to strengthen the new English colony in Virginia. The "Sea-Venture" was the lead ship, and carried Sir Thomas Gates, the newly-appointed Governor of the colony, and Sir George Somers, the Admiral of the Virginia Company. For most of the voyage all went well, but on July 25 a violent storm (probably a hurricane) overtook the ships and raged for several days. After the storm had subsided, four of the nine ships found each other and proceeded on to Virginia, and three of the others eventually made it into port as well. The "Sea-Venture" never showed up, and was presumed to be lost; word to that effect made it back to England by the fall and created a public sensation, since interest in the expedition was very high. But unknown to the rest of the world, the battered ship had managed to reach Bermuda before running aground, with all aboard making it safely ashore. The Bermudas had a reputation as a place of devils and wicked spirits, but the colonists found it to be very pleasant, and they lived there for the next nine months while building a new ship out of native wood under Somers's guidance. They set sail on May 10, 1610, and reached Jamestown, Virginia two weeks later. A ship carrying Governor Gates and others left Jamestown two months later and reached England in September; the news of their survival caused another public sensation.

Ian Dunn
181095.  Fri Jun 08, 2007 3:33 am Reply with quote

There has been problems in Bermuda recently, with a political scandel about housing involving top ministers, and now this has been overshadowed about demands for more power for the ministers on the island.

Hmm...a government in trouble using something else to cover up the story, now where have I heard that before.

Story in The Independent

181144.  Fri Jun 08, 2007 6:59 am Reply with quote

there's some interesting stuff about bermuda in harry ritchie's the last pink bits- a travel book where, as you will have guessed, he visits places that are still part of the British Empire.

Recommended reading, as its informative and funny.

249896.  Fri Dec 28, 2007 12:46 pm Reply with quote

Flash wrote:
There's a constant problem over the supply of fresh water. Every house has to have a rainwater-collecting cistern, by law.

Presumably one contributor to the problem is the need to keep the sprinklers in action on 9x18=162 golf greens.

I was in the last British Army garrison in Bermuda. Our Barracks Prospect Camp built in Victorian times (now demolished) had huge catchment tanks. The army bred fish in them to keep down mosquitoes


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