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Steve Bartlett - Steve Bartlett Blog

Port aux Basques, as you've never seen it - The Port aux Basques landscape is incredibly rocky. That's pretty obvious to any person who's ever visited the town or to any ship that's run aground there (yes, you, MV Blue Puttees). But in the creative mind of a retired software developer from Ottawa, Port aux Basques is incredibly ... blocky. Jason Allemann recently built the gateway port - and in great detail - out of Lego. One day, we were sitting in the office sorting through some particularly colourful, but rare, Lego bricks I had, he wrote in an email. We really only had enough bricks to build small houses, but they reminded us of the many colourful houses we saw during that trip. We picked Port aux Basques because it was the first town we saw coming in on the ferry. That trip was a 2011 trek across the province with his girlfriend. We really loved the island, he said. Allemann must have designed some significant software or something, because he's only 41 and wasn't available for a phone interview about Lego Port aux Basques because of his summer exploits. My girlfriend and I are also avid rock climbers, and we are currently on the road for the summer touring Western Canada and Washington state. Nice. He fancies himself a brick artist, and like any creative type, said he has to work within the limits of the medium. It's pushing the Lego limits, and the problem-solving involved, that keeps Allemann playing and creating with blocks - at 41. I'm an engineer at heart…

Photo : Steve Bartlett August 12, 2013

Heidi Wicks - Wicks on Flicks

I Love Newfoundland. - I received some negative comments from my last post, I HateNewfoundland. I'd like to address some of those people. I'd like to address some of those people. Do you people think I truly hate Newfoundland? Do you think I'd still be living here if I actually hated the place that much? Our entire cultural history and the innate resilience we possess as a people is based on the love-hate relationship we have for this place. From our hardships, we have become a culture of balsy, brazen, but sweet and kind-hearted lads and lassies. Bernice Morgan's novel, Random Passage, depicts the early fishing colony settlements establishing themselves in an unforgiving, harsh, desolate, sometimes deathly landscape – where one slip on an ice-flow can send a sealer to his frigid death. While the fishery is their main way of life, the settlers are cheated by the low fish prices from the greedy merchants of St. John's. It is their strength of character and their love for each other that allows them to survive. Annie Proulx's The Shipping News depicts a time in our history when cod stocks were at an all-time low. Oil companies were moving in and changing the economy of the place, and generations of men who had made their living in the fishery are wandering around their homeland like lost children with no sense of purpose. This is a key time in our culture that generations before us had to endure – and they endured largely thanks to their sense of humour. Lisa Moore's February,…

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Photo : Heidi Wicks May 04, 2014