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Ken Simmons - Caught in the Act

Two Guitars Clash - Since 2007, when drummer Doug Rowe grabbed a guitar and stepped up to the mike, Two Guitars Clash has been grinding out the kind of six-string salvation the early punks used to such raucous effect. No silly love songs here. TGC tunes touch on world peace and petty crime; the sweatshop economy and international terrorism are laid out on the rock and roll stretcher and eviscerated for the world to see. The latest lineup — lead vox Rowe, Mark Thorne on guitars and vocals, Bob Dicks on bass and vocals and drummer Sean Power driving the works from the throne — released the group's third disc, “Radio Rebelde” on April 26. We were at The Black Sheep in downtown St. John’s to try to catch some of the energy of the release show, and have a chat with Doug about the band and the songs that make up the Two Guitars Clash setlist. Get the podcast here.

Photo : Ken Simmons May 02, 2016

Julie Brocklehurst - Children's Wish

A Princess Tea Party.. with Heroes! - Sometimes, real superheroes live in the hearts of small children fighting big battles.   This past weekend, The Children's Wish Foundation hosted a Princess Tea Party.. with Heroes! Children were invited to dress up as a princess or superhero and join in a wonderful afternoon at an enchanted castle with some of their favorite Disney Princesses and Comic Superheroes. It was truly a grand affair for both boys and girls. There were fun structured activities for the kids, free massages for parents, an awesome stage show, and lots of surprises!  The Tea Room was decorated in a beautiful fairy princess style that every little girl dreams of. The event organizers concentrated on every detail to make the afternoon perfect for the children and parents in attendance, as well as for the special little Wish Princesses and Wish Superheroes, whose most heartfelt wish will be funded by the event.  All children love to dress up and play make-believe. A witch, a pirate, a police officer or a race car driver - children's imaginations can transform them into whatever they want to be. For many of the children at this magical event, dressing up as a princess or superhero was an escape from their everyday lives, which can be full of medical appointments and hospital visits. Pretending to be a comic book character is a fun way to escape the real world for the afternoon, and let their fantasies and imaginations take flight! When we think of superheroes, we think of people who are stronger than normal,…

Photo : Julie Brocklehurst February 26, 2016

Ashley Fitzpatrick - Of Rock & Sea

Once more into the abyss - Before we begin, I’m going to leave this here. An earlier post, for your consideration: “Keeping ratepayer assistance at the top of the agenda.” •••   No one in the provincial government or at Nalcor Energy seems so bothered by the massive cost overruns at Muskrat Falls as to try to root out the exact hows and whys — at least not for public release. So the questions remain: who is actually responsible (to the name), are some costs recoverable (to the dollar) and what really happened here (so we might at least try to avoid huge overruns on our future public projects)? WHERE ARE OUR BILLIONS OF DOLLARS? There is responsibility somewhere in the political sense, but the questions are also for the practical side. What loopholes lie in our contract language? What contractors had work costing more than expected?  What managers have failed to keep things in check? The political fault seems to be an obsession for House members, but I know what I’d prefer to learn more about at this point. Make no mistake, despite Danny Williams’ recent public statement that cost increases on the project are in the range of what he thought could happen, this is not the project sold to the people of the province – who are paying right alongside Williams – and deserve answers.   And risk being fleeced? Throughout construction to date, Nalcor Energy has offered high-level figures on project activity — milestones, decision gates and critical paths. And all the way along, specific contract costs…

Photo : Ashley Fitzpatrick August 15, 2016

James McLeod - Briefing Note

Premier Ball Angry - Ok, I’m writing this really quickly because it’s been (another) crazy day, but I wanted to post the full audio of today’s scrum with Premier Dwight Ball and Natural Resources Minister Siobhan Coady. It’s worth a listen, not just because the Ed Martin severance affair is still very much unfolding. I can also say that in more than four years I’ve been covering Ball, this is the angriest I’ve ever seen him. If you’re trying to get caught up on the still unfolding Ed Martin severance scandal, you can catch up with this handy dandy timeline I posted here: You can also read yesterday’s story, which is here:,-Martin-says/1 And when Ball says that there’s some sort of huge payout to Martin that hasn’t been discussed yet, I suspect that’s what I discussed here: Ok, now then, on to the main event. Sorry for the intermittent sound quality, and the sound of my camera shutter. I was moving around a bit and shooting photos while the premier was speaking — along with asking questions. Anyway, here’s the audio of today’s scrum:    

Photo : James McLeod May 31, 2016