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Episode 25 – The Balcony by Keith Daniels – Happy Halloween!

Hello, and welcome back to NewfoundPod, a bite-sized podcast about Newfoundland. This is episode 25 – Happy Halloween!



Yes, it’s my favourite time of year again. Last year, I shared with you some spooky folktales from Newfoundland. This year, I’ll be doing that again, but this week, I wanted to do something a little different. This episode, I am going to read a spooky story written by a Newfoundland author. His name is Keith Daniels and he’s written a few short and scary stories. Keith’s stories take place in Newfoundland. This one ties into another one I heard being narrated recently and linked below. Keith’s website is KDanielsAuthor.Wordpress.com. His work is fantastic and I hope I can do this story justice.

Just a warning. This story contains some colourful language. I was going to ask permission from Keith to change it so I could maintain my clean rating, but I don’t really feel comfortable asking an author if I can change their words. So I’m leaving it in. I’ll be cursing a few times, so if you aren’t okay with that, please stop listening and come back next week. But I hope you do stay and give it a chance. I know some of you listen with kids so I wanted to include the warning. (more…)

Episode 18 – Parts Unknown

Hi everyone! As I promised on the Facebook page, here’s my recap and thoughts on yesterday’s episode of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown – Newfoundland.

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Anthony Bordain’s blog about the trip.

All the blogs and videos from Newfoundland on the Parts Unknown site.

A list of all the food he ate, where he ate it, and who he dined with.

Bourdain Bump: Tourism industry has high hopes for Parts Unknown episode

Chef Jeremy Charles, who I may have fallen in love with over the course of this episode.

I’s Da Bye

Tune in to SoundsFromTheEdge.fm

There are so many natural instruments that contribute to the soundscape of Newfoundland and Labrador: from the clamouring waves, to the whistling winds, to the friendly lilt of a voice being carried gently across a bay.

Now, you can experience that soundscape for yourself.

Tune in, turn up your volume, and start exploring at


Episode 15: Vera Perlin, An Extraordinary Newfoundlander

Episode 15: Vera Perlin, An Extraordinary Newfoundlander


A classroom from 1950 on Patrick Street.
Vera Perlin receives the Order of Canada
Vera Perlin Society
1960 article about Mrs. Perlin
Letter to Mrs Perlin explaining why this lady worked hard to make sure funding went to the school.

Articles and photos come from the Vera Perlin Society website, listed below.

Sources and Links

(Note: The language regarding special needs children reflects the language at the time, and may offend you, so proceed with caution. None of the language is used in an insulting way, it was just the language used at the time.)

Vera Perlin Society
Tripod Bio
The Button Shop
Louise Beck, fired for being married (!) becomes a teacher at Vera Perlin

NewfoundPod Episode 11 – Newfoundland Mummers

Mummering in Newfoundland can be traced back to the early 1800s, and was brought here by our Irish and English ancestors. So what is mummering? During the 12 days of Christmas, a group of people, usually family and friends, dress up in costumes and visit homes in their communities. If they are lowed in (and they are usually lowed in) they put on a performance that includes dancing, playing music (hopefully someone brought their accordion) singing and telling jokes. Meanwhile, the homeowners try to guess who is in the costumes, and once they guess correctly, they can offer them food or drink. The mummers, or jannies as they are known in some places, stay a while before leaving for the next house.

The costumes themselves were never anything elaborate. They were just designed to keep people from guessing who you are. Men dressed as women, women dressed as men. They wore their underwear on the outside. They borrowed someone else’s clothes because they might get recognized in their own. They’d wear flour sacks on their heads with holes cut out for the eyes.


Hex Colors Of The Newfoundland Flag

Hex Colors Of The Newfoundland Flag

I googled this and couldn’t find it, so in case anyone else is looking for it:

The hex colors for the Newfoundland flag (Green, White, Pink)
Green: #009900
White: #FFFFFF
Pink: #FF99CB

Episode 4: The 1929 Tidal Wave In Burin, Newfoundland

On November 18, 1929, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 occurred on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, about 400 kilometers off shore. It was felt as far away as New York City and Montreal. Newfoundland itself did not have a seismograph or tide gauge which could have warned of the tsunami. Earthquakes are so rare in Newfoundland that people were very frightened and not sure what to think when furniture shook and dishes came crashing off of shelves. The tremors were reported to have lasted 5 minutes. Some people thought it might have been an explosion nearby. But they didn’t know the worst was yet to come.


Land & Sea Archive Extra: Storm of 66

Since I am on a bit of a disaster kick, my sister sent me this CBC video, of another disaster that I hadn’t heard about.

Land & Sea archive extra: Storm of 66
A winter storm wiped out most of the stages in Petty Harbour and the Outer Battery

Live 24 Hour Webcam of St. John’s Harbour

CBC just set up this webcam, it’s at The Rooms and shows the view of St. John’s Harbour. Not sure how long it will be up, but I hope it’s a permanent thing!