Profile of Paul Sparkes

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  • An unusual mix of news items

    You may, in fact, return home with something quite different and even interesting. So it was that last week this column was all about the ...

  • Moving pictures encourage tourism

    From Great-Grandfather’s day, pure poetry in prose and all to sell tough, old Newfoundland. Our island, with all of this and more, was just ...

  • Change, but not necessarily decay

    Thankfully, our great minds moved on to more useful things, like submarines and sheet music turners. The great Sydney Smith, with one year left ...

  • Part of Grenfell's story, a century ago

    There is one thing that can be said with certainty about author James Johnston — he omitted no details, considered no timid feelings in recording ...

  • More than six months on an ice floe

    This particular school reader was designed for quite young students. In those far-off school days, stories of endurance were cut to the ...

  • Climate is in the mind of the beholder

    “ The City is liable to be beaten upon by all the winds that blow, to be drenched with rain, to be buried in cold sea fogs out of the east ... ...

  • Telegraph cable became theme for boys’ novel

    The world held its breath in the summer of 1866 as the end of the long, long submarine cable came ashore to be spliced with the land cable ...

  • A coincidence of time and place

    But then, I began to spot-read every 2-3 pages. Just who was this Stephen Parmenius who had trekked across Europe from his native Hungary in the ...

  • ‘As grass before the scythe’

    As the first anniversary of the Beaumont Hamel massacre approached, the date of July 1, was already firmly flagged as one above and unlike any ...

  • Paul Sparkes: ‘Not by bread alone’

    Mention Newfoundland to people in other places and I doubt if the first word that comes to their minds would be “books.” For the most part, we ...