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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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NewFoundPod: A new listen about the province

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Last fall Debbie Wiseman tried to search for podcast about Newfoundland but came up short. Being an avid podcast listener and a Newfoundlander passionate about her province, it would have been the perfect mix of entertainment. “For a while, I’d been searching. There are a few, but I didn’t see anyone doing specifically what I do, so I thought, why don’t I do this then?” shd recalled. “I’ve been inspired by podcasters and the stories they are telling. I love the idea of being able to create your own content and share it with the world.” And from there NewfoundPod was born. Last fall, from the corner of her living room in a DIY fashion, Wiseman started the podcast all…

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Where is George Street?

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If you live in St. John’s you hear it all the time and you likely have an opinion: George Street is not what it used to be. Changes are happening downtown, infrastructure development, a struggling economy, diversifying culture, and a mix of drugs and violence that continue to draw critical media attention. Having spent more time in St. John’s than anywhere else in my life and hearing many sides of the argument, I choose to reserve judgment. I still enjoy the nights where I find myself on the Street with family and friends, but the topic of George Street and its future is one that persists both in the media and during casual conversation. So what is happening downtown that…

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Keeping it retro

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All things retro seem to be getting their moment in the sun once again for fleeting periods of popularity that last as long as the nostalgia can. Cartoons of the 80s and 90s pop up intermittently – the recent box set rerelease of the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles show of my youth in that Turtle Van shaped packaging; the forthcoming big screen adaptation of Jem and the Holograms is another example. There’s also a whole resurgence of oldie but goodie classic toys that are finding their way back into stores and new toys celebrating anniversaries of retro cult-loved-content like Ghostbusters (see the recently released Lego set). The target audience for all of this isn’t just a new generation of…

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