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  If You Don’t Like the NFLD Weather….

We’ve all heard the old saying, “If you don’t like the NFLD weather, then wait five minutes”.  This week, a man from the mainland is planning to be in St. John’s to do just that – wait five minutes for the weather to change.

Joe “Buddy” Notfrhere said, “I was caught in a downpour the other day and I thought that it would be really nice if this rain would stop in the next five minutes. Well, it didn’t. It wasn’t till later that I heard that if I was in Newfoundland, there is a good chance that it would have.”

Buddy continues, “Five minutes to get a new forecast. What a deal!! If I don’t like the weather, I only have to endure five minutes of it.”

We’ll keep you posted on Buddy’s progress and let you know what happens after five minutes in weather that Buddy actually likes.

 

  Card Game Rules - 120's

Nothing says Newfoundland fun like a good, old-fashioned game of 120’s.


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A Bit of History and Background
It’s a game that spans generations, one that untold numbers of Newfoundlanders have learned at the kitchen table with only a well-worn deck of cards and the patient instruction of a parent or grandparent.

It’s something to do for a laugh — throw in a few dollars, build up a little kitty.

The 120s version of choice there is partners, three sets of two. There’s so many different ways of playing the game: there’s call-for-your-partner, partners — you can even play on your own.

The game involves a dash of skill, a pinch of luck — and a healthy dollop of social interaction. There is a bit of skill involved,- even if you’re lucky enough to get the cards, you’ve still got to know how to play.

The card game many Newfoundlanders know as 120s has many different monikers: among them are Auction and Growl. There is also an abbreviated version of the game called 45s, usually just played by two or three people.

It’s also undeniably a part of the rich fabric of Newfoundland and Labrador life. Many a dining room table is scarred by wedding rings slammed down in the joy or frustration of playing a particularly passionate card.

The game’s roots are thought to trace back to Ireland and Scotland in the mid-16th century, when it was called Maw, then Spoil Five. It is believed to have made its way from there to Newfoundland and parts of Nova Scotia.

This card game evolved in rules and name as it travelled from Scotland and Ireland to Newfoundland and Nova Scotia and ultimatel ....

 

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  Expatriate Newfoundland Photographer
Looking down the slipway - Pouch Cove, NL

Nancy Hawkins, from Torbay, is now settled in Calgary. Every time she gets back to her home province, Nancy travels around and takes photographs... very good photographs. You see, over the years, Nancy has taken it upon herself to learn the art of photography, and now her work speaks for itself:

Enter the Gallery

Have a browse through her many photo galleries and, if you see something that you like, contact her at Nancy Hawkins to arrange to purchase high-definition photographs.

Nancy is working to establish a website; we'll let you all about that when she has it ready.

 

  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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  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.

 

  Ice fishing

Did you hear about the Newfie who went ice fishing?
He caught fifty pounds of ice and his wife drowned trying to cook.


 








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