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Busy Bannerman

Jugglers and violinist, Bannerman Park, Aug. 29, 2010. Bannerman, especially on the weekend, is turning into a well-used space.


Transportation with a twist

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...



It's all about the lighting

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.


Cosplay Group meeting, Bannerman Park Aug. 29, 2010

Their mandate: come dressed as your favourite character from a movie, TV show and/or video game, and hang out... They hook up on Facebook and meet every two months.


seen on the road

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.


DSC04599.JPGmeasuring for raffle tickets ...


Best seen photo ever ...

so far that is. We've had many great shots over the past - it's almost a year now. But this one tops them all. seen in St. John's yesterday. seen thanks Rod Etheridge.


Who needs a dump?

When you can throw your old barbecue in Aly O'Brien's hay field in St. John's.


Newfangled vegetables

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?


Water tank vs. bicycle

and the water tank wins .... seen believes it's bulk pickup day at this St. John's home.


Mushrooms - the legal kind

Chanterelles, Hedge Hogs and Pig's Ear Gomphus... all delicious.


Traffic jam - sky style

seen sometimes looks toward the sky and wonders why ... a jet would seemingly and suddenly steer into the path of another!


Sunrise in Goose Bay

This from Peter Cowan on Twitter: Amazing sunrise in Happy Valley-Goose Bay right now. Starting work at 5am has advantages.


And speaking of ...

Memorial University. Didn't there used to be a mural of St. John's on this wall? seen wonders what's going to go there next.


Checking in ...

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...


More 'Find the ...'

Another edition of the popular game: 'Find the.' In this case, you have to find the fish although this one isn't as tough as some others we've had.


Security system

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.



Every year seen looks forward to Eastern Edge's 24 Hour Art Marathon. The event has evolved into a week-long festival ... but at the end there's an auction of works.


IMG00803.jpgThe wall outside...


Outside and in ...

Images from the outdoors and the indoors at the St. John's Farmers Market.



Scenic lookout

Looking out over Columbus Drive and the Avalon Mall in St. John's.


seen walking a new trail

First time from Mount Scio down to Long Pond, and seen can't help but wonder why this water is rusty brown.

Anybody know what that is?

DSC04552.JPGA little further up the same brook...


seen saw a spider

and didn't run away ...


Winterset in Summer Literary Festival

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.

DSCF2710.JPGMargaret Atwood and Michael Enright

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.

DSCF2695.JPGGraham Gibson prepares a slide show for the Bedside Book of Beasts

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.

DSCF2672changed.jpgRichard Gwyn

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.

DSCF2664.JPGCBC host Jamie Fitzpatrick and author Jessica Grant

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.

DSCF2685.JPGAnne and Kevin Major

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.

shan.jpgPostcard of Boyd’s Cove statue

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.)

DSCF2679.JPGParticipants enjoying the festival

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.

DSCF2746.JPGThe Shortall house

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.

Where am I?

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.


Trees with style

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?




Farm fun ...

seen was out at Lester's Farm - the one on Pearltown Rd. on the weekend. There were lots of animals to see and raspberries to pick.

"Farmer Jim" and Gracie, the Scottish Highland cow.


The rooster rules ...

Who says Conception Bay South is no longer a rural community? seen watched traffic come to a standstill Friday morning as this proud rooster strutted its way across the highway through Long Pond.  


seen on the road

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.


The Tablelands


39158_10150245941865717_689395716_14116970_6397352_n[1](2).JPGThe Arches


Broken Accidents

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.





It's all in the detail ...

Anyone can put up a wall, but this St. John's wall adds an extra touch that always provikes a smile ...


Apple falling (not to) far from the tree

seen was in Mount Pearl this week checking out the end of the season tree sales at Canadian Tire when it spotted this apple tree. Now that's some tree that produces apples with a bite already gone!

Apple Tree outside Canadian Tire.jpg

Natalie Kalata: fashion icon

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.


Foam update

An out-of-town visitor sent in this image of the city crews coming to clean up the foam. seen thanks David King.


More Folk Fest ...

Some images from the weekend's Folk Festival on St. John's at Bannerman Park.

Leah & Kerri knit and listen to the Folk Fest.

Leah & Kerri knit and listen to Folk Fest.JPGAnd notice the nice people getting some wedding photos in the background ... umbrellas included.

IMGP0126.JPGThe Alan Rickett's band on Sunday.


Hmmmm ...

What shall we make of this? Someone was having fun with Mr. Bubbles at Prescott and Duckworth in St. John's this morning.



Folk Festival

And the St. John’s Folk Festival entertained a lot of people on the weekend….

Hey Rosetta!


We’ll have more tomorrow.

Busker Fest

seen caught a bit of the Trulee Odd Show in front of the Scotia Tower in St. John's on Sunday.
The Trulee Odd Show - and yes, it was - was part of the 7th annual Buskers Festival.



Regatta revisited

seen took some time off last week, but is back in full force this week. We have some images from last week that we still think are worthy - so as the title says - we are revisiting the Regatta.




St. John's Regatta

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.



Catamaran refit?

seen hasn't been to St-Pierre-Miquelon for two years now, but isn't this the lovely French catamaran that takes passengers to and from the islands?


Red sky at night

These were taken a couple of summer's evenings ago in St. John's.


Sign of the Times

The latest from our neighbours at St. Augustine's.


You CAN see the wind

as this picture shows ....