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Kristopher Smith has 39 articles published.

No Split Decision Here: Split Rock Brewing Co. is a Unanimous Hit

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As the year winds down and the heat needs to be turned up, memories of summer fun are fading away. As we said goodbye to what was a pretty great season in Newfoundland, my friends and I took a little trip out to Split Rock Brewing Co. in Twillingate. We visited the Stage Head Pub just days after it opened for business this past August. I had not really planned to write an article about Split Rock because I just wanted to try some brews and enjoy a Saturday evening with friends as a tourist at home but the beers, atmosphere, and company changed my mind. After a flight and a few pints of Combines Ale, I changed my mind.…

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I’ve Watched Every Episode of The Simpsons + The Movie… Now What?

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Toward the end of summer 2014, I remember feeling a certain level of frustration as I was dealing with a strange ailment that as allegedly a kidney stone and I had been reading the news that a Netflix type app for every episode of The Simpsons was about to launch, but not in Canada. The app was called Simpsons World and was something I would have been insanely excited about. The thought of watching every episode of this long-running series was a challenge as I was up for so I went about collecting the seasons though somewhat pirate-esque means, though I owned a few others, including the movie on DVD. Less than three years, 618 episodes and a full-length feature…

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While The War in Syria Rages On, What Can We Do To Help?

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It seems that we have been watching the civil war in Syria play out forever now with images of war, people without homes, children washing ashore, and debates about refugees seeking shelter in our own backyards dominating news headlines and being etched in our minds. These images and debates have no doubt affected us, forcing us to question humanity or even those in our own family as to why they think the way they do. At the end of the day, there are innocent people dying at the hands of their own government and they need help. If you are of the mindset that we should do nothing, let alone welcome these people with open arms, I almost considered asking…

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Remembering Mr. Dressup

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  I’ll always remember September 2001 and not for the obvious reason you might think. Among the sad, confusing and sometimes scary news reports that were painting the picture of what was happening in New York and around the world was also a story about a man named Ernie Coombs who had suffered a stroke on September 10th and died eight days later. You might not recognize the name Ernie Coombs but you most certainly would know him by his stage name Mr. Dressup. Mr. Dressup ran from 1967 to 1996 and on CBC for 4,000 episodes making it one of the longest running English language television shows in Canada. Ernie Coombs started out as an understudy for another beloved…

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All My Friends Are Waste(rs)?

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Don’t get me wrong, I love my friends. I love them despite the fact that I often have trouble making plans with them, and even when they can’t see the truth; that Taylor Swift is a snake. I love them despite our differences but that doesn’t mean that they sometimes disappoint me (and surely I, them). A lot of my friends here in St. John’s (and I suspect many of the city’s residents) do not recycle and I do not get it. For as long as I can remember, recycling has been a part of my life. Does anyone remember the sketch that used to air during Sesame Street on CBC back in the day? From what I remember it…

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