Monday, June 14, 2010

'Pimples on their own arses'

Blasts from NL’s past

June 2007
“I can feel absolutely miserable all day … but when you get in front of that camera and the light goes on, something happens. You feel so alive.”
— Karl Wells, then-CBC TV weatherman.

“My safe bet in housing, I sometimes think, would be a large box on the Health Sciences parking lot.”
— Columnist Ray Guy, The Independent.

June 2006
“I think I eat the healthy stuff on weekdays, so I can live longer to hunt, fish and eat bologna sandwiches on the weekends.”
— Outdoor columnist Paul Smith, The Independent.

“A recent review … noted that while 50 per cent of columnists concentrated on how to fix the world in three easy steps, the other half writes about the pimples on their own arses.”
— Columnist Ray Guy, The Independent.

June 2005
“If we really wanted to keep youth in the area we’d give them a lousy education.”
— Dr. Ivan Emke, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, The Independent.

“If a male recognizes himself as a sexual assault survivor, the first thing that becomes an issue is your sexuality.”
— Sean Beulman of St. John’s after launching a human rights challenge against the rape crisis centre, The Independent.

June 24th, 1974
“They have been beat from dog to devil and they should be allowed a bit of comfort in their old age.” Federal Progressive Conservative candidate for Gander-Twillingate on reducing the eligible age for old-age pension to 60.
— The Common Estate, Brighton.

June 22, 1953
“Dear Sir —Having heard that government is going to do something with our roads, I am wondering just who will get the work — will it be French-Canadians, Outsiders or Bay Roberts people? Yours truly, ‘Pick and Shovel’.
The Speaker, Bay Roberts.

June 19, 1915
“The owners of the Newfoundland sealing steamers, as a result of the failure of the seal hunt this year, will engage two airmen before the opening of next season to locate the herds. Information gathered by them would enable the fleet to sail at once for the scene of the hunt, instead of wasting time in search of the animals.”
The Trinity Enterprise.

June 22, 1907
“There are a great many men employed in the Bell Island mines of the two companies at present. A lot of Russians and Poles arrived here on day this week, and a number of them went to work. Others, however, show a disinclination to ‘turn on,’ and will probably leave for the U.S. or Canada at an early opportunity.”
Trade Review, St. John’s.

June 28, 1900
“Shortly after midnight, a sanitary man saw a man lying on the Parade grounds, and thinking he was dead he notified the guard of the central station. The man, however, was not dead, but sleeping off a load.”
Daily News, St. John’s.

June 14, 1848
“In Trinity Bay the fish is plentiful, but down to the latter part of last week the people in various pars of the district had no supplies, and the catch has necessarily been small. In addition to their other misfortune, they have, generally speaking, no seed potatoes, nor what is worse, any substitute for them except the few grains of experimental corn furnished by the Government a short time since, to the extent of from half a pint to half a bushel per family, according to circumstances. What, therefore, lies before us? We shall not forbode, but we would seriously and earnestly recommend everyone who can conveniently emigrate to do so without delay.”
The Weekly Herald and Conception-Bay General Trinity Advertiser.

1 comment:

Shawn Ferrie said...

“If a male recognizes himself as a sexual assault survivor, the first thing that becomes an issue is your sexuality.”
— Sean Beulman of St. John’s after launching a human rights challenge against the rape crisis centre, The Independent.

The case was against the Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre. The case was won after almost five years of legal workings and tremendous assistance from both male and female sexual assault Survivors who recognised that Sexual Assault did not discriminate on the basis of gender so neither should the Centre.