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Slowcomes & Shags: Nicknames in the DNE

While the snow continues to pile up on the streets and sidewalks and the long and hungry month of March approaches, beat the winter blues by taking a minute away from the day-to-day to find a little humor in the … Continue reading

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Check out some photographs from the DNE’s anniversary celebrations!

We were fortunate to have a couple of photographers in the audience. Thanks to Philip Hiscock, Don Tarrant, and George Klima for capturing some great moments during the celebrations. If you happened to be there and took some pictures, send … Continue reading

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Autumn in the DNE

Yes, I know. “Is it almost November already?” is the indignant cry as the shelves at our local stores fill up with Christmas stock. The children are deep in the throes of the   school year, post-secondary students have already … Continue reading

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Dumbledores, Dows’y Polls, and Pitchy-paws: Insects in the DNE

Virtually limitless in colour, shape, and behaviour, insects are more diverse and numerous than any other animal group on the planet. They’ve also been here far longer than most, with fossils dating back to 400 million years ago. Before humans, … Continue reading

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Growlers, Rollers, and All Manner of Ice

Spring is the time of icebergs in Newfoundland and Labrador. Mammoth and majestic, they drift through our waters between March and July, although June is usually the best time to see them. Most started their journey about a year earlier, … Continue reading

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Solomon and Jiggs: A Tale of Two Dinners

Any mention of traditional Newfoundland and Labrador foods will likely bring to mind Jiggs’ dinner – a boiled feast of salt meat (usually beef or pork), cabbage, and other vegetables. Yet the phrase does not appear anywhere in the Dictionary … Continue reading

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A Batch of Blossoms: Words for Snow

Individually, snowflakes can beguile. Fragile, fractal-like, and ephemeral, they fall in an infinite variety of shapes. Gentle flurries are best, and best enjoyed on still evenings when big fluffy flakes slowly drift through the air before alighting on the ground … Continue reading

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