Dana Cooper puts poultry in motion.
Hey neighbours. It’s been a few weeks since we last spoke, and a lot’s changed. No snow, for one thing. Listen: I don’t care how dirty the sidewalk is. At least I can see the sidewalk. I’m going to enjoy this desperate glee for as long as I can, because I know that it’ll wear off after a few weeks of trash and grime. Hopefully we’ll soon see my favorite harbinger of spring, the street-cleaners.
FREE JUNK A GO-GO
The City of St. John’s is having a free bulk garbage and recyclable metals pickup day on April 30th. Pickup is by appointment only, call 576-BULK. If you have any big junk on the lawn, the deck, or wherever, then get dialing. Say ‘no’ to muddy mattresses and ‘bye bye’ to rusty stoves. They’re going on to a better place. Or at least by letting them go on, you’re making our place better.
BIG BEERS = BIG MARY
Recently, Bill Scollard of Labatt’s beer asked, “Who doesn’t love beer and chicken?” This week, Bill’s astute insight into the mind of the Newfoundland consumer is doing great things for you and me, friend.
Labatt’s has teamed up with Mary Brown’s (still best legs in town) to bring us all the Best Beer & Chicken Freebie Ever. From April 30th to August 15th, special cases of Labatt Lite will have a coupon for a free Big Mary.
You may ask, why the Big Mary?
“People in this province have a passion for Mary Brown’s,” says Scollard.
Mary Brown’s has been the joint of choice for townies since one opened in the Mall in 1969, and nowadays the Big Mary is the most popular thing on their menu. With Labatt producing over four million litres of Labatt Lite annually in the province, it’s safe to say people have a passion for that too. So get drinkin’, and get chicken.
I feel a picnic coming on…
My name is Dana Cooper and I’m a recovering aquarist. It’s been years since my last tank.
For the love of The Scope, I crossed Mount Carson and went bravely down to check out Aquarium Fanatics (29 Commonwealth Ave, Mt Pearl), which opened on April 14th.
Two spectacular 400-gallon display tanks, one fresh water and the other salt, dominate the store. The salt water tank is like Finding Nemo, with a huge array of mature tropical fish, anemones, and corals.
I had a good chat to one of the two owners, Jerry Jones, about propagating coral (which they do), spawning (they’ve had some very rare events), online fish forums, and what sets them apart from other pet stores. In a clamshell, they care.
“We’re not interested in replacing dead fish,” says Jones. “We don’t sell them until they’re healthy and ready to go.”
Both owners are hobbyists with 25 years of experience, and have a genuine concern for their customers’ satisfaction and enjoyment. If you’re in the market for an aquarium, these guys are the real deal.
That’s all from my beak for this week. Squawk to you soon.
Dana Cooper, Your Girl Friday
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