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Wednesday, 18 August 2010
Newfoundland Is My Cool Change

 

While people were walking around in the Greater Toronto Area at a temperature near or over 30C, I was seeing Newfoundland at temperates from 14C to 24C. Each morning, I would wake up about 8:00 A.M and go for a walk around Spaniard's Bay or Bay Roberts. Sometimes, I had to wear a jacket because there was a cool breeze off the ocean. The tranquility of being by oneself near a large body of water is something that everyone should experience.

We took many pictures of scenic sites and my wife's family. You can check out those pictures on my Facebook page.

A friend next door to where we were staying gave us a four foot cod which we enjoyed that night. It was delicious.

The fish were most plentiful in Dildo Harbour which produced many codfish for the Noseworthy family. 

Other highlights of my trip were playing Wii bowling, tennis and boxing with my grand nephew and niece. At first, they clobbered me in each game until I figured out how to win. I ended up winning three games while losing ten. It was great fun.

I was a little disappointed that I never got to play with the adults in the family.

Some of drawbacks of Newfoundland are the distances one has to go to buy somethings. I had to travel 15 miles to get some Danactive drink and Pomegranate juice (POM) wasn't available anywhere.

Newfies like to play a card game called 120, and this can lead to excessive card playing just like Euchre in Ontario. At least, it doesn't cost you money to play.

We know that we were wanted in Newfoundland. We know that we will be welcomed back.

A couple of days ago,  we returned home. Our cool change is over, but not forgotten.


Posted by qualteam at 10:06 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 18 August 2010 11:29 PM EDT
Monday, 9 August 2010
More Great Pictures Of Newfoundland

 


Above. is a really great shot of Spaniard's Bay from the top of Montrey Hill. This place whch is also a cemetary has the best view of the bay and its surroundings. I have over 60 photos of our trip and you can view many of them on my Facebood page

We also took a trip into Newfoundland's past with a trip to Port De Grave and "The Hibbs Hole Museum" where we discovered some of Newfoundland's antiques and history.

It's hard to write about something that is close to Newfies' hearts. The pictures give you a good first impression, but a visit is necessary to experience the unique qualities of Newfoundland.

We'll be home early next week in Brampton.

The weather forecast for Spaniard's Bay.

The weather forecast for Brampton.


Posted by qualteam at 7:19 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 10 August 2010 4:55 PM EDT
Wednesday, 4 August 2010
Our Trip To Bell Island Newfoundland

I never worked at the mines in Bell Island Newfoundland, but I did work at an Inco mine in Sudbury. This is what I looked like as a miner. It was a good job, but Sudbury and my co-workers sucked.

There are more photos of our Bell Island trip on my Facebook page. Please treat yourself to scenery that you can't find anywhere else. I even got a shot of myself with Newfoundland's provincial bird, "The Puffin".

As well as the mines, we discovered Lance's Cove Beach where German boats sunk three ships carrying iron ore to England.

Near the lighthouse, there's awesome scenery so steep it makes you dizzy looking at them. Check out the island below. 

My wife's father worked in a Bell Island mine until it was closed in the 1960s. We actually discovered her grandmother's headstone on the island.

There are many other interesting sights that you can only experience by going there.

 

 


Posted by qualteam at 3:36 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 9 August 2010 7:20 AM EDT
Tuesday, 27 July 2010
We've Been In Newfoundland For A Week


But the guys above have been there since they were born. The person on my right is my brother-in-law, Clarence Noseworthy and the gentleman on the left is Tom Lawlor his cousin. Tom recently retired from "The Canadian Coast Guard" after 34 years of service.

We went over to Tom's place at North River on July/24. Tom is a very funny guy who's had numerous entertaining experiences in other countries as well as in Newfoundland.

It would be difficult to recreate those stories in this blog without Tom's unique storytelling abilities. These stories also tend to be adult entertainment, so I can't deliver that material here. I asked Tom to put his stuff on a blog, so people can see how much fun Newfies can be.

Over the week, my wife, Irene, and I visited the oldest settlement in Canada and the second oldest settlement in North America. It's call Cupids. Check it out.

We also visited "The Brigus Tunnel" and took in some scenic sites in "Spaniard's Bay". I put the best photos on my Facebook website.

I also did things that I've never done before. This will be the topic of anoher blog.


Posted by qualteam at 9:30 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, 9 August 2010 7:21 AM EDT
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
We're Going To Newfoundland Next Week


We're going to Spaniard's Bay NFLD exactly. That's where my wife's brother and sister-in-law, Clarence and Winnie Noseworthy live.

This will be the fourth time that I've visited Newfoundland. The first time was in 1998 and I created a webpage for that visit.

Finding out about Newfoundland history and old English settlements like Cupids and Harbour Grace is a lots of fun. You might not know this but for two hundreds years Newfoundland was a haven for English pirates.

I've also been "screeched in" by my wife. This means becoming an honorary Newfy and a member of "The Cod/Pirate/Viking Fraternity". What an honour!

Newfies are probably the friendliest people on Earth. Family, friend or friend of a friend, they love making you feel at home. The song below "Music and Friends" tells it all.


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The weather in the summer is at least five to 10 degrees lower. In the evening, it's about 10C, very good for sleeping.

On the downside, there isn't the choice or closeness to places like malls, recreational centres and entertainment facilities which you have in the Greater Toronto Area.

I may have to go to the library to use the internet unless I find a good "hot spot" for my laptop.

We'll be gone for a month, but I'll try to keep you informed on these unique experiences.


Posted by qualteam at 9:22 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 14 July 2010 10:00 PM EDT
Sunday, 4 July 2010
Denny Doherty And The Mamas And Papas

 

Every now and then a biography will come along that really moves me. This was the case of Denny Doherty's biography, "Here I Am".

Denny was a founding member of the 60s folk/pop group, Mamas and Papas. This was the first group to combine folk melodies with rock and roll. For a short while, they set the standards for the hippie lifestyle. As you might know, Denny was having an affair with fellow band member Michelle Phillips who was married to M & P member, John Phillips. The guys were also heavily into drugs and alcohol. 

Mamma Cass Elliot was in love with Denny, but he turned her marriage proposal down. She was a star in her own right and unfortunately died of a heart attack in 1974. 

I was surprised to find out how varied Denny's career was. He acted in several plays, TV series and wrote a collection of soulful ballads. He was not only influenced by the folk songs of the 1950s, but the Gaelic Music of Nova Scotia. This was presented very well in Denny's filmed biography, "Here I Am". Four Stars!!!


Posted by qualteam at 10:39 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 5 July 2010 2:43 PM EDT
Monday, 28 June 2010
The G20 Sideshow

There were many legitimate protests and alternate viewpoints presented at the G20 conference, but I doubt that anyone remembers them.

Instead of an intelligent debate on international issues what we got was a media circus of riot-geared cops, lunatic anarchists and sensation-filled media sound/picture bites. "The G20 summit" was simply an opening act to the big destructive sideshow. 

There was "My Summit 2010" which was a collection of workshops by young people around the globe on what they would do to make the Earth a better place. Does anyone remember that event? Like everything else it took fourth or fifth place to the media sideshow above.

All the destruction could have been avoided if the G20 conference was held on an aircraft carrier. It would have been cheaper too.

Cops in riot gear were looking for a riot and surprise surprise, they found one. This was a self-fulling prophecy at its best. Why not just have a wall and let the protestors write on it? Who would the anachists fight then?

Toronto mayor, David Miller, called the anarchists criminals. Perhaps, he should have threatened them with "Miller's Cave" to keep them good.

I'll give "The G20 in Toronto," one star. I see better crap on TV most of the time.


 


Posted by qualteam at 6:27 PM EDT
Monday, 21 June 2010
A Baby Shower Welcomes A New Human Being To The Family Of Man

A person's life can be celebrated at anytime during his earthly existence. There are always achievements and personal qualities that warm our hearts.

This also happens when a baby is born and welcomed into the family with a baby shower. On Saturday, I was priviledged to assist in welcoming my grandnephew (Eric Wilkinson) into our families. Above is my nephew Michael Wilkinson and his wife Amanda with their new son.

As you can see from this photo, Eric has already brought lots of love to his new family. This is an event that should be celebrated and I'm celebrating it on this blog and on my Fackbook page with more photos.

Baby showers are not just for women and badies, but for men, aliens, spirits and anything else that is an intelligent life form. Individuals should be acknowledged not only for what they've done, but for their potential to do great things.

Those in attendance to this joyous event were my wife, Irene, my sister Linda Wilkinson, Mike's mother, James Wilkinson, Mike's brother, my brother, Bob Barron and his wife, Donna. There were also many friends and relatives from both sides of our families. 


Posted by qualteam at 5:49 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 21 June 2010 6:10 PM EDT
Monday, 14 June 2010
Country Legend, Ray Price

 

Back in the 1950s, there were many country singers who had hits on the pop charts. Unfortunately, most of them are dead now.

One exception is Ray Price who at 84 continues to sing good and sound great with a full orchestra behind him. Sure he had country hits from the 50s like "Crazy Arms" and "Heartaches by the Number", but he also had pop hits like "Release Me" and "For The Good Times".

As you can see from the youtube video above, Ray's heart seems to lie with "The Big Band Sound of the 1940s". I think he went country when he inherited Hank William's band back in the early 50s.

It was a real treat to find a singer who spanned so many decades of popular and country music.

Popular music didn't start with Elvis Presley or The Bealtes. It's great that someone like Ray Price reminds us of that fact.

Who's Going To Fill Their Shoes? by George Jones

Other country and pop legends who passed away.


Posted by qualteam at 10:36 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 14 June 2010 11:42 PM EDT
Monday, 7 June 2010
It's My Birthday And I'll Party If I Want To

I had a great birthday party at my nephew's place (Blair Noseworthy) on Saturday. There's more photos on my Facebook Page. The most interesting gift was the huge bottle of Tequila above. It was given to me by another nephew, Bryant Noseworthy and his wife Marlene. They picked the bottle up in Mexico where they got married.

I challenged everyone at the party to a foot race, but only my 12-year old grandson, Kyle accepted. He beat me by 10 seconds.

This is what I look like in 2010. The hair is not dyed. I try to keep in good shape with lots of exercise and a healthy diet. This includes "medication" like the bottle above.

I'd like to wish everyone who visits my blog a happy birthday whenever and wherever it may be. A birthday is a celebration of life and in the words of the most famous Vulcan of all time: "Live Long And Prosper".

 


Posted by qualteam at 9:03 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, 7 June 2010 9:14 AM EDT

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