Profile of Paul Sparkes

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  • Just an 1882 Atlantic crossing

    More than a week out of Queenstown, Ireland, and three days away from St. John's, Prussian sailed into what the newspapers referred to as a dense ...

  • The sea-girt town, then

    The photograph with this column was credited to S.H. Parsons & Sons. It dates from 1884. And if you could browse through our newspapers ...

  • ‘A noted absence of coal’

    Granted, I’m not likely to cause the collapse of one of the spheres belting the Earth. But combine the efforts of 12 million coal shovellers like ...

  • When the good times stopped rolling

    When I read that sentence in Charles Pedley’s Newfoundland history published 150 years ago, I immediately thought of $105-per-barrel oil as ...

  • 'The Time Machine' author also wrote history

    “Space is, for the most part, emptiness. At great intervals there are in this emptiness flaring centres of heat and light, the ‘fixed stars’ … ...

  • Lawyer’s handbook on speech-making betrays wit and bias

    After all, 52 true ghost stories every year from one small province? While we likely have more ghost stories per capita than, say, Saskatchewan, ...

  • The Legion of the Lost

    Ships and aeroplanes searched the seas. The wireless stations were kept ready for conveying news as soon as received. But as the days passed and ...

  • What's at the top of the sky?

    I am going to give here part of an extensive report from an early May 1927 edition of The Evening Telegram. Although the reported event was not ...

  • Grenfell, Lenin and other examples of how to live

    Jerome Davis (1891-1979), an American professor of theology, was a peace activist, social reformer and labour organizer. As a young student, he ...

  • We had our own ideas on fences and homes

    In a remarkable essay (written, I presume, in 1936) Joseph R. Smallwood describes “Life today in Newfoundland.” In the essay we are (like the ...