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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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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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Riveting Productions: More than just theatre

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Riveting Productions is like no other local theatre company. It remains focused on student based members, with over 80 per cent of members studying at Memorial with a varied focus of study. “When we started Riveting, we wanted to make sure that if people wanted to learn how to do stuff in theatre, there would be an outlet for them to learn and explore to see what they were interested in,” explained co-founder Stephanie Curran.

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Winter Reading List

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Michael Crummey: Little Dogs I am not one for poetry. On a scatter day, in a random moment of time, I will be inspired and emotionally uplifted by poetry. A  Pablo Neruda wouldn’t go astray when my heart is filled with love.  In High School, a guy once wrote me some poetry and though that could usually be worthy of a hefty bit of cringe, his piece was endearing, and perfect and somehow described emotion in the most beautiful and descriptive language. Michael Crummey can make poetry worth reading, even for people who are only interested in Neruda’s work or a piece written by a  caring individual from their past. Little Dogs brings together selections from Crummey’s first four books of…

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