Profile of Paul Sparkes

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  • Life in the midst of war

    His was the place to bring used clothing and other items (today, yard sale things) to try to get a bit of money for them.Snow’s familiar word ad ...

  • Revelations from faded newsprint

    It was filled with public notices, the annual report on fisheries for 1946 and “A Short History of The Nfld. Sealfishery” which, at some 3,800 ...

  • History on the wing

    This is an extract from the 1974 book “Cabot’s Voyage to Newfoundland” by Capt. Jack Dodd, late of Torbay and Harbour Grace. Across 109 pages, ...

  • Sir Robert Bond, black game and too-toothy beavers

    But there are exceptions. Nature throws us the occasional and unintended bit of humour. I will illustrate my point with a little anecdote from — ...

  • Life in the Avalon wilderness

    You can imagine the cold shivers that shot through the four youths who, in a miserable huddle in the woods behind Ferryland were suddenly ...

  • Grand Bank-born John French, 'the man they couldn't kill'

    It was on one of those blood-soaked days of "the First Great War" somewhere in the European theatre that a young man from the Burin Peninsula ...

  • A Titanic nexus

    “It’s the water that really takes the body heat away — and 27 times faster than the air.”Dave Griffiths, regional co-ordinator for the Canadian ...