Friday, April 5, 2013

E is for Entertainment




  

I remember the day we got cable television - I was 12, I remember getting off the school bus and running down the meadow, throwing open the door, rushing to the TV and twisting the dial to find more that the CBC... it was momentous.  I can also remember the day we got dial up internet, and the very first day I watched satellite TV.

Growing up around the bay, there were few planned activities to partake in outside the summer months, so for the most part you made your own entertainment...... I spent many hours traipsing over the bog picking berries, skipping, hopscotch and red rover, sliding in the meadow, on Ski-Doo and ATV, sitting at the egde of the government wharf catching Tom Cods and Conners, looking in tide pools, walking round the harbour with my friends, and in the evenings I playing growl with my grandparents.

Now I can't really discuss Newfoundland entertainment and leave out......



 Great Big Sea  - one of the provinces best know musical groups (front man Alan Doyle was in Robin Hood with Russell Crowe)








Republic of Doyle a comedy drama about a father-son team of private investigators, currently in its 4th season on CBC.








AND The Once, currently one of my favorite local bands.  I've seen them in show a bunch of times and will be sure to see them a bunch more :)

24 comments:

  1. Cable TV just meant I stayed indoors even more!

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  2. Love your theme! I still haven't made it out to the East Coast but it's on my list. I also find it interesting that we both picked Entertainment for E but out subjects were so different. Fun!

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  3. You have soooo many great comedians from Newfoundland as well. I loved Mary Walsh's 'Hatching Matching & Dispatching' which aired several years ago with just a few episodes. Great stuff. And of course the amazing Rick Mercer!

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    1. Rick Mercer and Mary Walsh are priceless

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  4. How lucky you are to live by the bay! As far as I'm concerned, you have the best non-technology entertainment around! I must have lived by the ocean in a previous life. :) Here's my "E" post:
    Excellent post. I love the challenge of finding the epiphany. Sometimes I interview my characters to draw the "lesson" out of them. Here's my "E" post: http://theredkimono.com/2013/04/05/atozchallenge-e-is-for-executive-order-9066/

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    1. everyone should live by the ocean at some point :)

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  5. Your outdoor entertainment sounds wonderful! Better than cable TV for sure!! Happy A-to-Z 2013! ~Angela, Whole Foods Living, http://www.wholefoodsliving.blogspot.com/

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  6. I've never heard of the band before but I should check them out Bay Girl, great post.

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    1. you should check out The Once, they are great

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  7. I love living in the Bay area. So beautiful. Never heard of any of the bands either.

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    1. living around the bay makes up in beauty what it lacks in shopping and technology

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  8. I remember the day I got cable television as a child...it would be one of many things I had going on that would keep me away from my writing.

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  9. I think if cable TV existed when I was a young kid, I would not ever have gone outside. Thank goodness it came much later in life. This is my first visit to you blog. Glad I did. I've found another bay I'd like to visit one day. I appreciate your visit to Don't be a Hippie. :-)

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  10. I recall having 1 T.V. and it was black and white. My parents would watch Lawrence Welk(yup) and the big hit on TV was the Pig and Whistle-Egad!! I recall gettingan antenna that would move outside from the dial one moved inside the house. I thought it was fantastic when we got out first VCR...oh hoe times have changed. Now Kim "wanna kick her ass" Kardassian is called entertainment.

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