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Kristopher Smith has 46 articles published.

Do They Know It’s Christmas Time At All?

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A job in retail has all but crushed my Christmas spirit. Twelve years of working in the mall and you really get to see the worst in people. (There are only so many Ms. Von Middleagedrichbitch who are buying enough “40% off the Holiday Collection” clothes to outfit a village that you can deal with.) I was reminded of this again just a few weeks ago on Black Friday, (which is a part of American culture that has made its way up North that I would gladly return for a full refund if I could). That evening, my already Grinchy sized heart likely shrunk three sizes by seeing what felt like uber greed and commercialism. (Please note that I too…

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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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