Profile of Paul Sparkes

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  • 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’ … ...

  • 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 ...