Profile of Paul Sparkes

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  • Rabbits and razors

    I suppose what storekeeper Ralph Mercer had in mind was to attract people generally to his place of business, Economy Cash Store at 148 Gower St. ...

  • Bridge over the River Exploits

    Newspaper is a fairly good insulator. So, Telegrams were being recycled to good use long before “environment” and “green” really came into vogue. ...

  • Manners and molasses candy

    And that was said by native-born songwriter and essayist Arthur Scammell. Now I suppose it can also be said that everything we experience — read, ...

  • Chasing the big ones

    In the course of checking varied sources on whaling in northern waters, my reading took me from Fortune Bay and Hermitage Bay, where the New ...

  • ‘Let’s look at what provokes you!’

    Fifty years ago, Ernest Marshall Howse, a son of Twillingate, published a small, 169-page book so packed with wit and wisdom as to rival ...

  • The legislative building we did not get

    However, at least one of his ancestors in the business had a passing acquaintance with St. John’s, even though it is unlikely he visited here. My ...

  • ‘For all who taught me to sing’

    Strange, you know, to read an award-winning poem written on the occasion of the Cabot 450th and to be unable to distinguish a phrase in it which ...

  • Alas, the war would not be over by Christmas

    Back home in Newfoundland, women had marshalled their strengths from the earliest days of the conflict. An overflow gathering of more than 700 ...

  • Veiled advertising, hard news, sentimental cards: Christmas 60 years ago

    “Sally’s” page was headlined with “Your Churchill Park Shopping Mart” and bordered by advertisements from all of those who engaged her in ...

  • Neptune — with a stout heart of oak

    These words were published in 1910 by Robert Holloway when he issued his photo-book “Through Newfoundland with the Camera.” One of our best-known ...