Thank heavens, winter is here! By that I don’t mean the winter issue of
The Bermudian—although we are thrilled with its debut—but rather the
less humid, cooler temps, which are always a welcome change, and more
importantly, the end of hurricane season!
At press time, Bermuda was reeling from not one, but two massive
storms that hit the island toward the end of the 2014 hurricane season.
Tropical Storm Fay struck the first blow with surprisingly strong winds in
the early hours of October 12th and only five days later, Hurricane Gonzalo,
a Category 2 hurricane, made a direct hit, battering the island with heavy
winds and torrential rain. Not since Hurricane Fabian in 2003 have Bermudians witnessed such a powerful force or such widespread destruction.
But we Bermudians are a hardy lot and a close community that knows how to
come together in a time of crisis. This island, although badly bruised, was back in full
swing only a week later. To be sure, it was indeed a feat to get the roads cleared and
services back up and running as quickly as possible and Bermuda did an amazing job!
Although we are thankful for many people and organisations for their leadership and
hard work before, during and after the storms, I have to especially acknowledge the
men and women from BELCO, the Bermuda Regiment, W&E and the guys who
manned the EMO radio station. Here’s to you guys! Your long hours, hard work and
dedication touched each and every one of us, and we are truly grateful.
With the 2014 hurricane season over, it’s time to celebrate cooler climes
and woolly jumpers, and so with this issue we bring you “Winter in BDA to
Z: 26 Reasons to Love Winter in Bermuda.” It is a compendium of all the
great things to see and do on the island between December and March. If you
think that this island only rocks in the summer, then this is for you; we hope it
inspires you to mark your calendar 26 times and enjoy a wonderful winter. We
hope, too, our friends overseas take note: Bermuda is best all year round!
Speaking of the best, this issue also features our annual Product &
Service Awards. Now in its 12th year, the P&S Awards celebrate the best in
Bermuda’s business world, from Computer Sales and Client Lunch to Courier and Catering. In all, over forty winners are recognised for their excellent
product or first-class service to the business community. Congratulations
to all of this year’s winners and the best of luck for
continued success in 2015.
And it wouldn’t be the winter issue without The
Bermudian’s annual Christmas Gift Guide. This year, we
have a terrific cross section of vendors with hundreds of
ideas for gifts for everyone on your list. The gift guide is
also available on its own, so you can pick one up free in
town or check it out as a digital publication at www.the-
bermudian.com. Buying Bermuda has never been easier!
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Volume LXXXIII Number 4
Publisher and Editor
Elizabeth Jones, Scott Tucker, Ann
Spurling, Christine Watlington, Winifred
Blackmore, Dana Cooper, Jill Rubinchak
William D. Richardson 1930-31
Ronald J. Williams 1931-41
Arthur M. Purcell 1942-49
Ronald J. Williams 1950-76
Dinah J. Darby 1977-86
Kevin Stevenson 1987-94
Rosemary Jones 1994-99
Meredith Ebbin 1999-2003
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