Profile of Paul Sparkes

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  • ‘A pretty piece of country’

    A visiting salmon sportsman in the year 1895 trudges with a friend up the Codroy River in western Newfoundland. After his near-poetical ...

  • Our two-century old library and Portia’s problems

    The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as “goods thrown into the sea with a buoy attached so that they may be found again.” That’s the best ...

  • We followed RMS Republic's demise

    That notch in history was short-lived as just a little more than three years later, Titanic at 46,328 tons, trumped Republic. I have not checked ...

  • Paul Sparkes: Money for widows and orphans

    So devastating was the news early that year of the loss of life from among those aboard the Newfoundland and the Southern Cross, that it touched ...

  • Paul Sparkes: Etiquette lesson

    The reader is immersed in what sometimes feels a little embarrassing. These are simply face-to-face discussions which ultimately lead to ...

  • Paul Sparkes: Signs of earlier inhabitants

    A description, if there ever was one, of a forbidding land. Who would not feel more comfortable at sea? After all, the human enjoys nothing more ...

  • Looking below the surface

    Forty years ago, two tourism leaflets were published here under the auspices of Environment Canada’s Forestry Service. One, “Ecotour” of the ...

  • As the war raged on

    And it would create casualties, daily. And so the year started in the daily press with advertising messages, mundane occurrences of life in St. ...

  • A treasure trove of toys

    Toys are given with love and they are wonderful things; they entertain and instruct; they encourage physical involvement and exercise and they ...

  • A time capsule from under the floor

    This week we are going back 63 years in our day-to-day history, courtesy of a Telegram reader who recently undertook some renovations in an old ...