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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Tanya A Bermudian Queen of Hospitality

A few months ago I met a beautiful young lady by the name of Tanya, (a shy woman) after our first conversation we share with each other our contact numbers. Tanya and I became very good friends. As our friendship grew I invited Tanya to attend church with me and she accepted the invitation. I was happy that she did. One of the bible workers asked Tanya if she will like to learn more about Jesus and offered to conduct bible studies with her which she accepted.

Two months after I met Tanya I had to do a surgical procedure. The doctor asked me if I will like to do this procedure as an in-patient as an out-patient. Although I was willing to comply with whatever the doctor recommend as his knowledge of these things far superseded my insignificant research on the condition. Without an understanding of what is required for an out-patient recovery, on hearing these choices the masculinity in me stepped in and I choose to have the procedure done as an out-patient.
Tthe doctor explained if I am going to be an out-patient I need to have someone with me at the hospital and to ensure I got home safely after the procedure. This in itself created a problem, after all I am in a foreign land no family and all of the people I can consider my friends in Bermuda is caught up in making a living. (In Bermuda when it comes to livelihood and friendship most people will put livelihood first)

I searched my mind, and my only hope was Tanya. When I made the request to Tanya, she made a few phone calls shift her business around then assured me she will be there. The arrangements were made. The plan was after the surgical procedure I will go to Tanya’s house until the effects of the anesthetic stop affecting me, and then I could drive home.

To my great surprise when I stopped feeling the effects of the anesthetic, I discovered the pain was so tremendous, I was unable to stand. For the first time in my life I was at the mercy of a person that was not a close family member or a close friend. Thoughts raced through my head at the speed of light. What am I going to do? I asked myself.

And then like the voice of an angel I heard the words, if you will like you can stay here and I will take care of you until you are better. Could it be true, is Tanya offering to take care of my in my state of helplessness. The pride in me wanted to reject the offer but the reality that confronted me caused me in humility to say thanks with a grateful heart.

I must say that Tanya took care of me as if I was her close family. I will forever be grateful to her. Tanya is a woman of class, a symbol of Bermudian hospitality, Yes Tanya is truly a young woman with the scarce quality the Bermudian of yesterday possessed and were proud of. Thank you very much Tanya.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Hilton Davis Master Builder of Yesterday with Skills for today

Hilton Davis is a master builder, who specialized in the construction of old Bermudian stone houses, with all of the fancy d├ęcor that contribute to the uniqueness of these masterpieces. Uncle Hilti as he is affectionately called by his close friends acquaintances and family are always in his workshop working on a new project. Hilton along with his wife are two of Bermuda’s most hospitable people.

Hilton who is now retired is still kept occupied by bringing to life the little things that find their way into his imagination. Hilton can also be considered a miniature maker. Hilton enjoys making reduced duplication of people homes, making them into post boxes. Can you imagine having a post box in front of your house that looks exactly like your house?

Among the things Hilton makes and decorates with stones are flower pots, moon gates, post boxes, imitations fireplaces, center tables, planters and a host of his handiwork that will leave you spellbound and amazed.

Hilton and his wife illys are also involved in what he calls container planting/farming. Hilton is always trying out new ideas. Hilton has mastered the art of planting a variety of herbs and vegetables in one (1) square foot area utilizing a very limited amount of space. You can find his field of strawberries in what he calls a planter, occupying just one square foot of space.

With his limited space Hilton and Illys has successfully cultivated flowers, vegetables, and fruits crops; crops which his friend very often partake of. Above are some photos of the products of Hilton Davis’ hand. Some of the sweetest strawberries I have ever eaten were harvested from a planter in Hilton’s back yard. These fruits were harvested and enjoyed by me with Hilton’s generous permission.

Mr. Davis can be contacted at: 441-236-1480

Above: Postbox & Wall unit with light

Above: A moon gate
Left: A flower pot designed like a Wine Glass
Left below: A flower pot designed like an oyster

Right: A planter with strawberries

Friday, June 06, 2008

Rhiana Moore’s Murder a visible threat against women and children

Rhiana Moore’s Murder a visible threat against women and children

The Murder of Rhiana Moore has once again highlighted the exploitation of two of society’s minority and weaker sect. For years many civilize countries, there governments and Non Government Organization (NGO) around the world have been trying without success to change the mindset of the people and curb the what appears to be an out of control occurrence that often raises its ugly head. It is time for violence against Children and violence against women to stop.

With one inconsiderate act of the murderous hand that cause the death of a 14 year old female child Rhiana Moore, has brought to the forefront the perpetration of violence against women and children two of societies minority and in most cases defenseless foe.

These two societal sect are often the victim of countless abuse in the name of love and disguised as other means of concern etc. these victims are made to suffer in silence because of the stigma and shame that is associated with being a victim. Rhiana’s death should be the last straw and should be used as a catalyst to motivation this community to champion a worthy cause, which is to stomp out from this community violence against women and children.

I was shocked but not surprised that the death of this female child did not meet the outcry of the concern Government official or the necessary NGOs that operate within the Bermuda Community. NGOs that daily work diligently for the betterment of children though mentoring programs etc.

This helpless child had met her end in a manner that no child in any community should have to confront. It is time that the member of this Bermuda community found their voice and come forward and lend heart and voice against violence against women and children. It is the duty of any civilizes community to lookout for their women folk but more so their children after all we must come to the realization that the children are the future of Bermuda. If this is so, what future does Bermuda have if the futures of this country are constantly becoming victims of abuse of one form or another with no one to champion their cause?

The children and the island the females needs a champion will that champion be you?