Profile of Paul Sparkes

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  • PAUL SPARKES: 'A husk without a kernel'

    How long were our eyes were turned outwards, toward the sea? That is how historian John D. Rogers described us when he wrote a little 274-page ...

  • Little evidence of what destroyed S.S. Lion

    Over time, several thoughtful Newfoundland writers have examined the story of the “Lion.” Harrington wrote about it for Atlantic Advocate 56 ...

  • What a marvellous thing

    Roberts was a significant Canadian writer/poet. His “Iceberg and other Poems,” published in 1934, starts with a long and dramatic piece of work ...

  • A mix of news from 60 years ago

    I chose to go back in the local newspapers 60 years ago. There was, of course, bound to be something happening in April 1955. And we have to ...

  • Where the whale has taken us

    Under attack, a large, gentle and beautiful creature elicits our sympathy. And, whether it is fair of Mother Nature or not, the fact that the ...

  • 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’ … ...