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Mid-Week Links

Weather co-operated so the Regatta is going on today. First up today a link to another blogger originally from Newfoundland.  Nadine’s blog is called ‘Missing the Rock’.


“I am one of the many Newfoundlanders living and working away from The Rock, and I miss it dearly. Home is a constant image in my mind, even though I haven’t lived there in over 9 years.

There is something about the Island that seeps into your soul, and never allows you to truly leave. It makes life away difficult. Lonely. But, I, like so many others make the best of it. I married my best friend, I have a sweet little boy, and a job I enjoy (ok maybe enjoy is a bit of a strong word).

So in many ways I have been very lucky. This blog is for anyone out there who longs for home, and far flung family and friends. I tend to prefer more interactive elements of the internet- and so I encourge you to leave a comment, or two. Let’s have a conversation.”

Add that to your bookmarks or Blogreader.  Great posts on there.  Nadine is part of the NL Blogroll which I just found.  Now here is a LOT of Newfoundland blogs.  Too many to even start with a list.


Over to sports with The CIS Blog.  CIS is the name for Canadian University Sports.  Used to be called the CIAU but they changed that a few years ago.  Bit of news from my Twitter account on there.

Matt Bisson sent me a message on Facebook that we are doing the preseason game on the radio.  Which I didn’t know about so I passed it along on Twitter last night.  Queen’s is traveling to Toronto for a game Monday, August 31st with a 7pm kickoff .  In a way that’s a bit of Monday Night Football on CFRC.


Back to the CIS Blog, Neate Sager is one of the editors there.  Former contributor to Offsides on CFRC.  Or should the wording be, contributor to a “former” sports show on the station.  Hmmm. Either way he also has the Out of Left Field blog as well.


Staying with Queen’s Football, one of its newest members is on Twitter and has a blog.  Shomari Williams transfered from the University of Houston to Queen’s this year.  Nice to see one of the Gaels online.

Would’ve linked to Shomari anyway, but he’s a fellow Washington Redskins fan.  A good reason to put it up as quickly as I can. 🙂



Finally a friend from high school has started a blog.  Found Mellowdee Krieger Cliffe on Facebook before my radio show started.  She told me about a script for a film she was working on.  2 years later it’s getting closer to reality.  I’ll grab a paragraph from her first blog post about it.  Her blog is called ‘Mellowdee’s Mindclutter’.

“Part of the reason I decided to start this ‘public’ blog is because some friends n’ family have suggested that it might be a neat idea to record this period of our lives.

For those I haven’t told yet, our script has entered ‘development’ – the first phase towards making it into a film for theatrical release. So yeah, it might be fun to write about this whole process, because I honestly don’t know what to expect on this journey into film and writing.”


All right I think that’s it for today.  Busy post for mid-week.

I worked all long weekend, so I have today off.  Get to watch the Regatta coverage on NTV today.  Hope the weather stays nice.

Regatta Day

Tomorrow is the biggest sporting event of the year in Newfoundland.  The Royal St. John’s Regatta.  Since I just got off work, time to go to Wikipedia for a blurb.

“The Royal St. John’s Regatta is North America’s oldest annual sporting event with documented proof of 1816 boat races. There is credible contention that St. John’s regattas were held even earlier than 1816, likely in the 1700s.

Held on Quidi Vidi Lake in St. John’s, Newfoundland, the Regatta is scheduled for the first Wednesday of August. If weather isn’t suitable, and wind conditions are very important, the event is postponed until the next suitable day.

Since Regatta Day is a civic holiday in St. John’s, this means that the weather actually determines whether or not workers have the day off – a matter sometimes complicated by late-night partying associated with the end of the George Street Festival the night before.”

Last year the weather came into play.  Got delayed two days because of rain.  So it happened on Friday.  I remember that since if you watch NTV, Toni Marie has Friday-Saturday off.  Since everyone works during the coverage of Regatta Day she was there as well, so that week she had a one day weekend.

But believe it or not years ago Toni was regularly working 6 days a week.  Should’ve talked to her about that during the interview.

The text of that interview is almost ready to be posted.  I’m leaning toward doing a few posts on certain topics.  It’s too long to read in one sitting.  Audio is already up so you can check that out.

The text will be “edited for clarity”.  I learned that text of a conversation needs some tweaks.  Imagine how often you might take a pause, or say ‘ummm’, or ‘you know’.  That doesn’t read well.

New comment on the blog from Adrian, Allison Crowe’s manager.  Thought I’d pass it along.  Also makes this post longer. LOL.

I was at a friend’s wedding – doing the PA/sound – and we had a giant thunder/lightning/rainstorm. The band was performing outside. I didn’t dry out until the next day (and I’m talking about the rain…)

Funny you played the earliest Sarah McLachlan tracks. Brings back memories to me of when she first relocated from H-town to Vancouver. I was living in Vancouver at the time, and was at several of Sarah’s first concert performances in that city. It was evident she was bound for great things.

I saw Sarah M at the Railway Club, two nights in a row, and there was a small but devoted audience at those shows. Same story for Blue Rodeo – with Bobby Wiseman – when they first hit the west coast.

It was special in a number of ways to return some 15 years or so later with Allison and her band for a two-night stand at “the Rail”. Especially memorable for the guys who hauled the baby grand up to the third story via the stairwell.

Yup, your crystall ball – or is it an eight ball – is working well. Alley’s recording some tracks and then will be breathing in later August, before she travels to BC for more recording. We can aim to get you together either while she’s still in NL, or, once she’s on this coast.

We all have it in mind, so, let’s just play the recording process by ear – and then, synchronize time zones/watches!

Getting closer to having a chat with Allison and her summer adventures.

Last piece of news.  A new airline which will be serving Toronto-Ottawa-Halifax-St. John’s.  Finally some  more competition on flights.  I looked up recently prices on Air Canada from Kingston to St. John’s round trip.  Over $1000.  That price does not include something on the flight called food.  That doesn’t help tourism.

Story about Porter Airlines from The St. John’s Telegram.  Where I was mentioned in a blog recently.  I’ll write about that tomorrow.  It’s a long story.