Sunday, July 4, 2010

'Goodbye Carbonear forever'

Blasts from NL’s past


“Lift it with one hand around the neck and the other hand on the base.”

— Danny Cleary gives a lesson on how to lift the Stanley Cup, July 2008/The Independent.


“A very loquacious female witness, whom the opposing counsel could not silence, so far kept him at bay, that by way of brow-beating her, he exclaimed, ‘Why, woman, there is brass enough in your face to make a kettle!’ — ‘And sauce enough in yours (she instantly replied) to fill it.'”

The Star and Conception Bay Journal, Harbour Grace, July 1838.


July 2005

“I detested his intestines when he lived and I’m still not sure he’s dead right now due to the absence of a wooden stake and a burial at the crossroads.”

— Ray Guy on Joey Smallwood, The Independent.

“I feel that if Newfoundland had gotten a fair break on its resources and (given) the frustrations we’ve had with — particularly Ottawa, but also almost equally Quebec — if … we had a chance of being self-sufficient, I’d say separation would be an easier thing to pull off in Newfoundland than Quebec.”

— Former NL premier Frank Moores, The Independent.

July 2006

“This is the most offensive interview I’ve ever had to do.”

— Premier Danny Williams to Ryan Cleary, editor of The Independent.

“(Bill Murray) felt as if he was doing the work of six people … Even on Christmas Day he’d get phone calls, calling him at home, wanting to process a claim.

— Lawyer Averill Baker, who represented Murray, the House of Assembly’s one time director of financial operations, after he was charged for his role in the constituency allowance spending scandal, The Independent.

July 2007

“I completely eschew wrapping oneself in misery and dismiss the whole idolatry as behaving Newfier Than Thou.”

— Columnist Mark Wood, The Independent.

“And resign (as a columnist with The Independent)? Not friggin’ likely. Like wanting to stay here in rural Newfoundland, I would have to be dragged out of here kicking and screaming my baylady’s arse off.”

— Pam Pardy Ghent.


“A boy named Peter Cody arrived here on Sunday morning last accompanied by Constable Wilcox from Old Perlican, where he was arrested for housebreaking. He was locked up here in the police station awaiting the opportunity of transporting him across the Bay. He was put on board the Lady Glover at ten o’clock on Monday morning and as the steamer moved away from the wharf the poor fellow took off his had and shouted, ‘Goodbye Carbonear forever’ — and sure enough it was his last goodbye — for the steamer had not gone more than two hundred yards from the public wharf when he jumped overboard, having previously taken off his boots and coat.

Carbonear Herald and Outport Telephone, July 1879


“We have been informed by Lieut. Parsons, R.N., Superintendent of the North American Mails, that on the passage out in The Acadia, on the 16th of May, in lat. 46, lon. 47, there was seen about 100 icebergs, some of them of large size, and one from four to five hundred feet high, bearing so strong a resemblance of St. Paul’s, that it was at once christened after that celebrated cathedral.”

Royal Gazette, St. John’s, July 1842.

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