June 21, 2007

Featuring some very listenable but weird tunes from locals Patrick Canning and Kill Popoff. Intro music by Errand Boy. MP3: scope-podcast-006-210607.mp3 [13.7 MB MP3. 9:59 minutes.] Feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/scopepodcast

Hot Summer Guide 2007

The Scope’s critics pick their favourites from what this summer has to offer. Water fight and water balloon photos by Ryan Davis Big thanks to Steve Pike, Mark White, Mike Worthman, Meghan MacNeil, Sarah Rowe, Hilarie Vatcher, Sherri Levesque, Charlotte Reid, Kira Sheppard, Kaya Anderson…

Rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb

Andreae Prozesky hollers “rhubarb,” causes hubbub. Far, far away in a land called Yorkshire, there grows rhubarb so sweet that it can be stewed without sugar and eaten for breakfast. Dedicated growers force the stalks in lightless sheds and harvest their crop by candlelight. The…

A matter of degrees

Geoff Younghusband and the search for the Kevin Bacons of Newfoundland music. I know you’ve all sat around the kitchen arguing over whether Sandy Morris is credited on more records than Ron Hynes. Maybe you’re just wondering how many versions of “Squid Jiggin’ Ground” are…

The eleventh finger

On June 28,  mega bands Nickelback, Finger Eleven, Staind, Hedley, Buckcherry, Default, and State of Shock will be descending on the town of Bay Roberts to play at—as far as we can tell—the biggest outdoor concert the province has ever seen. 20,000-30,000 people are expected…

Post free trade

Elling Lien gets lost in the mail. CANADA POST: 1, UPS: 0 You could almost hear Canada Post breathe a sigh of relief when a legal challenge against them by UPS was overturned by North American Free Trade Agreement arbitors a few weeks ago. Long,…

The Four Sisters

31-37 Temperance St Just before Duckworth Street turns into Signal Hill Road, four red-trimmed stone houses follow Temperance Street down towards the Harbour. The lonely dwellings have long been surrounded by rumours of strange passageways and haunted tunnels. Commonly referred to as the Four Sisters,…

David Drinkell

Occupation: Cathedral Organist Age: 51 Hometown: Colchester, Essex Last book read: The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (which he reads every year.) Zodiac sign: Saggitarius Words of wisdom: “Life’s too short to be serious… I think that’s important when you work for the…

Clean, groomed, and victorious

Wherein Dana Cooper uses the word “shampoonery.” Hi friends. Tell me, why do they even bother to print calendars? Of what relevance is the circadian cycle to those of us lucky enough to see the seasons from within fair St. John’s town? This very paper…

DIY Foreign Aid

Bryhanna Greenough clicks into the world of microcredit. The main page of kiva.org is full of photos of people from all over the world. Each accompanying bio outlines age, nationality, family status, and aspirations. A few clicks of the mouse and a credit card are…

Celtic Crossroads

The Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Council invites you to unearth your (real or imagined) Celtic roots at the Gower Street Church with Celtic Crossroads, a night of music from Scotland, Ireland and Newfoundland, on Friday July 22nd. The night includes performances by Gearoid OhAllmhurain…

Critical Splash

Our province consists of 31,340 square kilometres of fresh water, and our summers are short. Here in the capital city, hot, summery Saturday afternoons are particularly rare and wonderful things indeed. The next time you see one rising up over the South Side Hills, why…

Fiesta Tropical

Is there a better way to welcome the summer than to pretend we live in a tropical climate? Sure, it’s St. John’s and the night of June 23rd will probably be rainy and sweater-worthy, but after enough coconut rum and working up a good sweat…