Mike Hartmann

Mike Hartmann has 16 articles published.

Apse the Gate: Honouring A Piece of Home

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One thing that is particular to Newfoundland and Labradorians is the theme of Home. While some may leave the province for a stint or even permanently, there is an attachment to the place they once knew and will always love. Shawn Anthony explores this idea in his debut novel Apse The Gate, looking through the eyes of a young boy who left Fogo Island as a child, but found himself back in his grandmother’s salt box house every summer. The book runs through Anthony’s life as his relationship with the island and his family grows. “In the book all those different transitions happen, and it compromises or jolts our idea of what home is and how that place has changed…

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5 best places to get a coffee in St. John’s

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There is no shortage of coffee houses in our fair city, but which one has the best tasting coffee? We sent our reporter on a mission to rank the top 5. 5. Cafe Ole, Mount Pearl – This little food stand in Mount Pearl Square has some of the best coffee around. Well worth the drive. 4. Coffee Matters, Military Road – A popular place to get all kinds of coffee, lattes and everything in between. Save yourself a bit of cash and skip the fancy drinks and get their house blend. 3. Rocket Bakery, Water Street – Well known for their bakery and hipster vibe, The Rocket also serves a great variety of delicious coffees. Elbow your way past…

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Newfoundland towns in photos: Dover

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“Dover is a small incorporated fishing and lumbering village located in a small cove at the head of Freshwater Bay, Bonavista Bay, Newfoundland, Canada. Settled in the early 1890s it was originally known as Shoal Bay, presumably from its many shallow covers and inlets in the area. From the 1950s to the 1970 Shoal Bay was referred to as Wellington (Dover Post Office), whereas the local residents called it Dover. The first census taken of the community was in 1891 when seventeen people were counted, both lumbermen and fisherman. By 1901 the population had grown to sixty-six people and by 1921 it had grown to 203. Near Dover is geological feature called the Dover Fault, a major break in the…

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Breaking: Llama spotted flying helicopter

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A local man spotted a llama piloting what looked like a home-made helicopter in the skies above Trinity early Tuesday morning. “I couldn’t believe my eyes,” said Gerald Butt. “I had to do a double take to make sure I was seeing what I thought I was seeing.” Officials from the Wildlife Division of the Department of Environment and Conservation confirmed to Tint of Ink that a rogue llama had indeed illegally commandeered a helicopter and is currently flying over Trinity Bay. “We are working diligently to bring the situation to a peaceful and safe conclusion,” said Wildlife spokesman James Howlett. It is unknown at this time if the llama has a legal helicopter license. More on this story as…

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Oh me nerves: Preparing for my TED talk

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Driving home from work one day, I heard an advertisement on CBC Radio about TED talks coming to St. John’s. I was always a big fan of TED and had no idea that they came to St. John’s. I was excited to go home and look it up to see when it was and how I could get tickets. Turns out I wouldn’t end up needing tickets after all. When I got home that day, I saw there were still a few days left to put in an application to be a speaker. Should I do it? Giving presentations is one of those odd things for me. I suppose if I had my choice, I would never have to get…

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