seen on Gower Street in St. John's. The truck belongs to the Gypsy Mermaid, who best we can figure is from Vancouver Island, likely Nanaimo. Here's a link to her facebook page...
seen has a friend who says if she wins the lottery, she will hire a lighting crew to follow her around all day to make her look great.
She might have a point: a setting sun can make even oil tanks look pretty.
seen was out and about on the weekend, and ended up in Ochre Pit Cove for the 2nd annual fundraiser for the regional fire department. Lots of entertainment local and away. here are some images of the Baccalieu Square Dancers - people who know square dancing.
seen's not used to all these vegetables in new shapes and sizes that they have these days: purple carrots, brown tomatoes (that are supposed to be brown), weird- shaped squashes. What will they think of next?
The middle of Memorial University has been under construction for the past month. Eventually long-awaited new residences will spring up, bringing joy to housing-challenged students everywhere - at least those who want to live on campus.
seen took a stroll by this morning and took this image...
seen is used to ' Baby on Board' signs, but this is the first time seen has come across this one in a St. John's parking lot. And since seen think chihuahua's are the best security dogs ever, this serves as a an effective alarm system.
Posting and photographs by CBC Network Producer Marie Wadden
Margaret Atwood and her husband Graham Gibson delivered similar warnings about the perils of ignoring the natural world at lively and intimate public gatherings held this weekend at the Beaches Heritage Centre in Eastport.
The weekend’s beautiful weather and the area’s fabulous sandy beaches, could not tempt eager readers away from meeting these Canadian cultural icons at the “Winterset in Summer Literary Festival.”
Gibson’s book The Bedside Book of Beasts is a tribute to the animal world and a cautionary tale about what will be lost if we continue to sever our connection with the rest of life on the planet. In his discussion with As It Happens host, Carol Off, Gibson predicts that “nature deficit disorder” will become a public health issue in the coming years if our children do not spend as much time in the natural world as they are spending in the digital world.
Atwood’s new book Year of the Flood is also about the need to rein in environmental degradation. Her question period with Sunday Edition host Michael Enright turned into a playful sparring match that brought on tearful laughter, even though the message was dire. How much time do we have before the environmental armageddon predicted in this book, and the prequel Oryx and Crake?
“Do you have tornadoes in Newfoundland?” She asked. When told no, she said: “Well, when you start to get tornadoes, you’ll know.”
Modern life is better for some, and worse for others, she said.
“Fifteen million people are now homeless following record-breaking floods in Pakistan,” she reminds.
Atwood seems determined to deliver her warnings in as entertaining a fashion as possible. She even agreed to sing a hymn that appears in Year of the Flood, delighted to have been asked, she said, as no one has ever asked her to sing it before.
She and Gibson were at Eastport not only as writers, but also as readers. They faithfully attended all the sessions, and all social events, giving attendees generous access. Jack Rabinovitch, the creator of the Scotiabank Giller Prize, was also at the festival this summer. There’s a rather dear connection between he and the creator the Winterset literary award, Richard Gwyn. Both men created these prizes to honour their deceased wives.
Rabinovitch was publicly acknowledged Saturday night, just before the panel that featured witty Winterset Award winner Jessica Grant (Come, Thou Tortoise), and finalists Lisa Moore, who’s latest book February is shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and Michael Crummey, author of the much heralded novel Galore.
The winner of this year’s Giller Prize, Lyndon McIntyre (The Bishop’s Man) discussed the Roman Catholic church’s pedophilia problems with host Anne Budgell and Boys of St. Vincent screenwriter, Des Walsh.
Yes, there was a large CBC contingent at the festival this summer and if I ever go again, I’m determined to record it for broadcast, as it’s worth sharing with a wider audience.
I was there to host a panel discussion about the “Lost Voices” of Newfoundland’s extinct Beothuck. Three authors: Bernice Morgan (Cloud of Bone), Annamarie Beckel (All Gone Widdun) and Kevin Major (New Under the Sun) all deal with the relationship between Shanawdithit (1900-1929), the last known living Beothuck, and the Scottish merchant/adventurer, William Epps Cormack who questioned Shanawdithit about the language and culture of her people just months before she died.
Gerry Squires joined us on stage with a riveting account of the vision that led to the creation of his sculpture of Shanawdithit that stands in the forest surrounding the Boyd’s Cove Beothuck Interpretation Centre.
Gerry presented me with a talking stick made by Conne River Mi’qmak elder Misel Joe. The holder of this stick must tell the truth and use the stick to advance understanding between cultures. I am duly honoured and determined to uphold this duty.
Carefully planned thematic discussions like those I have described distinguish the Winterset Literary festival from others, Richard Gwyn told me at the last event, a huge supper for all participants (writers and readers) at a church hall in Eastport. (Fans were delighted to find themselves sitting beside a favourite author or in line with him or her at the buffet table.)
Local hospitality is another distinguishing feature. Edythe Goodridge offered coffee at her house in Salvage, while Barbara and Gerry Shortall held a welcome reception at their beautiful heritage house overlooking Eastport beach. Roger Carpenter and Barbara Ryan asked violinist Christina Smith to play during a lunch at their house and Smith’s lively playing got Margaret Atwood up to her feet for a scuff.
Next year the Winterset festival will be celebrating its tenth anniversary. A featured event will be a dramatization of Lisa Moore’s book about the Ocean Ranger disaster, February. Unless they enlarge the Beaches Heritage Centre to accommodate more people, you’re advised to buy your tickets as soon as they go on sale. This is a literary festival that will tempt you inside, even when the weather is at its most alluring.
If the officials at City Hall in St. John's are missing some well-known street
signs, they should probably check the dirt roads along the old Witless Bay Line,
about 30 minutes outside of the city ... seen spotted this one last week.
seen is not sure why, but the trees at Bannerman Park in St. John’s are looking a bit … different … today.
There were balloons out on Sunday, so we’re thinking wedding reception? Anybody know?
every once in the while seen gets a hold of some photos from people who have been travelling about the province.
These ones are from a recent trip on the west coast. seen thanks Margaret Blades.
Some shots from Joel Thomas Hynes's latest work Broken Accidents debuting at the LSPU Hall Wednesday night.
The work is a co-production of Neighbourhood Dance Works, and the RCA Theatre Company.
seen found this in the latest edition of Flare magazine. seen is not surprised that Flare would choose to profile Natalie - she is fashionable on a daily basis, but also practical, which is necessary when you're in the daily news business.
Some images from the weekend's Folk Festival on St. John's at Bannerman Park.
Leah & Kerri knit and listen to the Folk Fest.
And notice the nice people getting some wedding photos in the background ... umbrellas included.
The Alan Rickett's band on Sunday.
We’ll have more tomorrow.
Some call it the Regretta, but here at seen we have an appreciation for the Regatta and head down every year.
We have videos as well, which will be loaded tomorrow, but here are some images for you to enjoy.