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SALT of the Earth: The Shop with True Meaning

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When Emily Evans purchased her home, the previous owners simply asked her to refer to one of the rooms as The Shop. Evans and her childhood friend Lauren Saunders took the request one step further and turned the room into a dream, a clothing line called The Shop, SALT to honour the space. “That’s where the name comes from. It was a convenience store run by the grandmother,” said Evans of the location. The Shop, SALT is a Newfoundland based clothing company designed and operated by the two friends. “We wanted to design clothes growing up as kids. Lauren has this story she loves about us designing Barbie clothes as kids,” said Evans. “I still have our first Barbie dress. We dreamed of…

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Flanker’s Newfoundland Dictory has swelled the language

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What does a scuff, a gunny, and the act of  twacking have in common? They are all entries in Garry Cranford’s The Flanker Dictionary of Newfoundland and a part of our everyday language. Only in Newfoundland and Labrador can your child’s school supplies demand a scribbler. While the birth of a new born baby is welcomed with an upsit cake and not bad like means close resembling. What does Tib’s Eve mean and is it exclusive to Newfoundland and Labrador ? It’s interesting to discover that your everyday vocabulary may not be recognized off the island. Did you know mainlanders call vamps slippers? Or that a streel is not common knowledge outside the province? Or sapping wet is not the…

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Hold onto your wigs: Bob the Drag Queen is coming to town.

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Bob the Drag Queen will soon enter through the Holy Heart Theatre purse first and change the lives of many Newfoundlanders forever, making us even more fabulous. Bob’s Crazy Black Lady – A Stand- Up Spectacle will take stage on November 15 to a full house, which sold out almost immediately. “I have never been to Newfoundland and unfortunately with drag shows, you roll in town and then leave but wow, thank you,” said the queen of the sell out. The drag scene has been growing in St. John’s and Bob, crowned queen of Rupaul’s Drag Race season 8, will help amp up the entertainment. The drag queen is well known for her comedic performances and charming confidence. “They say fake…

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Figgyduff Dory: wearable celebrations of small town Newfoundland

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Figgy Duff is a pudding made of molasses found right in the middle of a traditional Newfoundland Jigg’s dinner, as well as a local folk rock band. While, Dory is a fishing boat and one letter away from Janalyn Petten’s mom’s maiden name. The two words combined make Figgyduff Dory, Petten’s own interpretation of the inspiration she finds surrounding her. It’s a online clothing company ran out of Port de Grave, which Petten operates on her own. It features artistic graphics backed by well-known Newfoundland sayings, rural NL town, familiar landmarks and wordplay.  “I’ve been sketching clothing since I was about 12-years-and I’ve always been obsessed with graphic tees. I was a total sucker for the t-shirt section at Bluenotes back in…

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A Newfoundlander’s Hunt for Rommel

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Flanker’s Joseph Kearney and the Hunt for Rommel by Frank Galgay with Donna Kearney Adams, follows a young Newfoundlander’s unconventional mission and journey during WWll. In 1941, 18-year-old Joseph Kearney left his home in St. John’s to join The First Royal Artillery Contingent on British soil. At the time, soldiers had to be at least 20-years-old to join the Regiment, so Kearney lied about his age. Afterwards, he had been accepted into the Scottish Commando, an elite unit considered to be the brainchild of Winston Churchill. With this unit, Kearney became a part of the mission to capture or kill German General Erwin Rommel, also known as the Desert Fox. Kearney and 60 other men set out for Rommel towards…

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