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  Headline: St. John's Destoryed
Horrible Sight

It's the anniversary of the Great Fire of 1892. The Great Fire in St. John's on July 8, 1892, is remembered as the worst disaster ever to befall the city.

At approximately five o'clock in the afternoon on the July 8, 1892, a dropped pipe in Timothy Brine's stable at Freshwater Road at the top of Carter's Hill began what would become the worst fire in St. John's history. Initially the fire did not cause any widespread panic, however a series of catastrophic coincidences caused the fire to spread and devour virtually all of the east end of the city, including much of its major commercial area before being extinguished.

Rev Moses Harvey witnessed the initial stages of the fire and remarked to his friend that it "was a bad day for a fire. A high wind from the north-west was blowing, hurling the sparks far and wide on the roofs of the clusters of wooden houses. For a month previous hardly any rain had fallen, and the shingled roofs were like tinder." The situation was exacerbated because of work completed earlier in the day on the water mains. Although water flow was re-established by 3 p.m., two hours before the fire began, water pressure was insufficient to force water up into the higher sections of the city where the fire began. W. J Kent remarked that the "flames therefore made headway before water was procurable, and as a very high westerly wind was furiously fanning the fire it began to spread rapidly."

An hour into the blaze the people of St. John's realised that the fire could not be contained in the area of Brine's farm. Because locals believed stone walls would withstand the flames, residents moved valuables into numerous stone buildings in the city. One of the most common refuge areas was the Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. The ....

 

  Smile While on George Street
Keep an eye out for this dude

From VOCM News: There's a set of eyes on George Street. Twelve closed circuit television cameras will assist the RNC in performing their duties.

The provincial government is delighted to help make George Street as safe as possible and the cameras are an effective tool to do that.

The RNC Chief says the cops have a responsibility to reduce crime and also the fear of crime. He says the CCTV cameras will address both.

 

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  Dart Player Turns Pro

Outport dart player Tom Clayton announced at the Hotel Newfoundland that he was joining the Canadian Pro Dart circuit, effective immediately, if not, sooner.

After 20 some-odd years of carrying his various teams to victories of home-made knitted socks and frozen turkeys, Tom figured that his skills are on par, if not more so, with the pro’s.

“I’m WAY beyond the days of tearing up me flights, and jumping on me darts”, said Tom, “and my ulcers have all healed, so I figured its time to take playing darts to the next level.”

Some of Tom’s old team-mates are excited that he has finally decided to turn pro.

“He’s some good, bye”, relates Joe Keeping, “We’ve been telling he for years that he’s much better than those guys on the CBC. Sure those guys don’t even drink a beer while their playing. Ole Tom only gets better with the more beer he drinks. Either that, or we all gets worse.”

Canadian Pro Dart officials published on their website this: “We are excited and proud that Tom Clayton has finally joined our ranks. We look forward to bearing witness to his multiple tuns.”

We here at UpAlong.org wish Tom all the best.

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  NFLD Develops Mutated Fat-Sucking Mosquitoes

St. Johns: Scientists in Newfoundland and Labrador have somehow managed to create a breed of genetically modified mosquitoes that is derived from the infamous NFLD large mosquito family, with the exception that these new mosquitoes survive on fat, not blood.

“With all of the obesity-related problems facing modern-day society, we [fat scientists] felt that the time had come to develop this new species”, fat scientist Ian told UpAlong.

Ian added, “We let a bunch of the fat suckers loose downtown the other day and they immediately spread out and started to suck away people’s fat. Most people don’t even know they’ve been sucked on!”

It’s not just human fat.

“Our new mosquitoes will suck on any fat thing out there. A gaggle of them swarmed a fat cat the other day and, when they were done, the cat was fat-free and happy”, Ian said.

There you have it!  If you are visiting NFLD this summer, be on the lookout for these new fat-sucking mosquitoes. If you find yourself bothered by mosquitoes, then it’s likely just your fat that is attracting them.

 

  Devastating: New Mary Browns “Skinwich” doesn’t actually exist
Heart-ache.

For those who longed to sink their teeth into five layers of crispy chicken skin, Canadian cheese and bacon, Mary Browns spokesman, John Bayman, has some bad news. Tonight he confirmed that the "Mary Skinwich" was “just the result of someone having a little fun online”.

“While there is nothing like the taste of the Mary Browns recipe,” Bayman wrote, “the best way to enjoy it is on a piece of Mary Browns chicken.”

 

  New Newfoundland Quarters
A Quarter

Hang on to any Newfoundland quarters. If you have them, they may be worth much more than 25 cents.

The Canadian Mint announced today that it is recalling all of the Newfoundland quarters that are part of its program featuring quarters from each province.

"We are recalling all the new Newfoundland quarters that were recently issued," Canadian Mint Deputy Minister Jack Shackleford said Monday. "This action is being taken after numerous reports that new quarters will not work in parking meters, toll booths, vending machines, pay phones, or other coin-operated devices."

The quarters were issued in the order in which the various provinces joined Confederation. and have been a tremendous success among coin collectors worldwide.

"The problem lies in the unique design of the Newfoundland quarter, which was created by a team of mainlanders.", Shackleford said. "Apparently, the duct tape holding the two dimes and the nickel together keeps jamming the coin-operated devices.

 

  Newfie Heavenly Merit

A Newfie appears before St. Peter at the pearly gates.

"Have you ever done anything of particular merit?" St. Peter asks.

"Well, I can think of one thing," the man offers. "I came upon a gang of macho Mainlanders who were threatening a young woman. I directed them to leave her a ....


 








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