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December Reading List

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A Blue Puttee at War: The Memoir of Captain Sydney Frost By: Sydney Frost , Edward Roberts Dads and pops alike are going to be all over this memoire. What’s there not to dig? History, Newfoundland, a personal story about a soldier’s involvement with the Regiment during WWI. This is classic middle-age man stuff. In fact, any historical reader would be interested in Frost’s account and direct detailing of his own experience. Frost was from Nova Scotia and worked in St. John’s and when the war started, he signed up with the Newfoundland Regiment. He was one of the first 500 volunteers accepted, also known as the Blue Puttees. Frost was one of the few that lasted the entire length…

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Matt Wright at LSPU Hall November 7th

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This Friday, Matt Wright will be taking the stage for his second annual show at LSPU Hall. At 8 p.m. that evening, the standup comic will be having an hour-long show hosted by SuriusXM NL’s Top Comic Steve Coombs. “He has been instrumental to getting me into standup and is a constant source of help. He’s doing well for himself. He’s great,” said Wright. The upcoming event showcases some new jokes, which makes Wright a little fearful. However, it’s nothing he hasn’t done before.   “Friday is a different set of material from the show last year. I am hoping to do the same thing again next year and the year after, just to challenge myself to stay fresh and…

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Scream If You Know What I Did Last Halloween on Elm Street.

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“The Night He Came Home” is sadly not the slogan for my love life but it is the slogan to a slasher film that I love very much – John Carpenter’s immortal classic Halloween. I’d love to say that my love for Halloween goes back to my childhood, but I actually spent most of my youth terrified of horror films. See, despite being an only child, I was actually blessed – and I use the term loosely here – with having surrogate older brothers in the form of my mom’s youngest siblings. She is the oldest of six children, and her two youngest brothers are only seven and nine years older than me, respectively. So as you can imagine I…

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September Reading List

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  The Bologna Cookbook By Kevin Phillips There is nothing like waking up on the weekend and frying up some bologna and eggs. Well Kevin Phillips has taken this traditional Newfoundland breakfast and turned it into a variety of meals. At first glance one would ask is there anything else to do with bologna except the classic frying with a ketchup to dip? In fact, Phillips brings bologna to a whole other level of sophistication. Featuring two hundred recipes, Phillips realized bologna is not just a Newfoundland staple, but it is recognized across the country. This is not a book as such but a different perspective on a sausage we have all taken advantage of for a long time. Spicy…

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The never-ending story of movie magic

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  I am a movie buff. Actually, the term movie aficionado might be a better description. I just LOVE movies. I’m the kind of person who can watch the same movie over and over again as not only a form of entertainment but as a form of comfort as well. There’s just something so alluring about entering the world of the movie for a couple of hours and escaping reality. It’s a nice mental break. As one of my favorite childhood movies, The Neverending Story, once proclaimed – albeit it was about books, not movies, but it can still be applied – “Have you ever been Captain Nemo, trapped inside your submarine while the giant squid is attacking you?…Weren’t you…

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