Poaching eggs is one thing but poaching on the sea has been a long time problem in Newfoundland. There are air and sea patrols to monitor, prevent, and eventually arrest the violators. It is not something taken lightly. But and not surprisingly it is a global issue. Wherever money, however small, can be made, theft […]Read More It’s illegal, dangerous, and it still goes on.
After the 1992 moratorium on cod fishing was enacted, over 40,000 fisherman lost their livelihood – in one day! Never to come back. The fisherman then turned to lobstering and shrimping as a way to partially recover some of the lost income. As cod fishing, it was hazardous as well. Not only was the actual […]Read More “You know it ain’t easy…” adding insult to injury.
It’s not bad enough that over-fishing has decimated the cod stocks among other edible fish, but careless fishing is endangering other species as well.There are solutions, but is anyone interested? The drive for commerce and the ensuing revenue are wreaking havoc worldwide and not too many seem to care. This report from Oceana addresses this […]Read More Those who forget the past…
The seal hunt – This is one of the most contentious issues around, galvanizing people such as Paul McCartney against it. On the surface, it would appear to be an easy thing to categorize. But there is so much more involved that we don’t usually hear about. If one is a deer hunter, then a […]Read More When do the needs of the few really outweigh the needs of the many?
Just for some fun… check out the lyrics and then the article. “The Mermaid” When I was a lad in a fishing town Me old man said to me: “You can spend your life, your jolly life Just sailing on the sea. You can search the world for pretty girls Til your eyes are weak […]Read More Mermaids, oh my!
One of the joys about traveling around Newfoundland while working on Arn? Narn. was learning about their culture, more specifically their music. One of my favorite groups then and now is Great Big Sea. I defy anyone to sit still while listening to their music and if you get the opportunity to attend their concerts, […]Read More Words of wisdom from Alan Doyle and Russell Crowe.
In my book, Arn? Narn., I document what has happened to rural Newfoundland because of the collapse of the fishing industry. That happened in 1992 and nothing has really changed since then. Reading the following article begs the question, “So why hasn’t anyone learned anything from that?” This is from The Telegram in St. Johns, […]Read More What will it take to learn some lessons?
On the eve of the tenth anniversary of my first trip to Newfoundland to start the photography on the book which was to become Arn? Narn, I find myself still deeply involved with it and Newfoundland. And that’s a really good thing. After the publication, there was a whole bunch of interest in the book. […]Read More Seventeen months and ten years.
I really hope this comes to Discovery Channel in the US. ‘Cold Water Cowboys’ puts spotlight on Newfoundland By Steve Tilley (Cold Water Cowboys/Facebook) It says something about Newfoundland’s legendary hospitality that when fishing boat captain Richard Gillett is talking to a reporter from the mainland – as those on the Rock refer to the […]Read More Cowboys from Newfoundland.
Next up in the hunt for Gulf oil riches: Newfoundland SHAWN McCARTHY – GLOBAL ENERGY REPORTER OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail As Quebec moves to open a new oil play on an island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Newfoundland’s regulator is set to issue a report that will help determine the pace of development in […]Read More To hell with fish, we got oil! Be careful of what you wish for.
So even with revenues from oil bolstering the economy of Newfoundland, it still faces an uncertain future as the oil is expected to run out. This is the ongoing problem with n culture or society based on an extraction economy. Population of Newfoundland and Labrador predicted to plunge over next 20 years Sue Bailey, […]Read More The more things change…
This was posted by the CBC on February 9, 2014. It seems nothing has changed yet everything is changing. Baker | Cod: The great mystery By Jamie Baker, CBC News Posted: Feb 09, 2014 9:49 AM NT Last Updated: Feb 09, 2014 9:49 AM NT In recent years, cod has accounted for about $10 million in […]Read More So, now what?
A Merry Christmas to all! From the Telegram in St. Johns, Newfoundland. Fogo Island. Making the cut for the Christmas Bird Count Christmas Bird Count, the world’s longest-running citizen science wildlife census, is 114 years old. “Are you a bird watcher?” asked Paul Linegar when I called him at home to volunteer my family for […]Read More And a partridge in Logy Bay – Christmas in Newfoundland.
One of the elements in writing a book such as Arn? Narn is that I believed I remain responsibly informed about the current situation. As I continue to talk about Newfoundland, I’m asked some of the same questions repeatedly, primarily “Will the cod come back? And if so, what would happen?” This is an article […]Read More Things not likely.
One of my most favorite memories of my time in Newfoundland was that of meeting and befriending some of the people whom I met. Over these years, I have stayed in touch with some of them. Some I hear from regularly; others intermittently but happily. One who stands out is Bren. I first met him […]Read More Time passes…
Well, not everybody but quite a few. I’d like to share a review from The Memphis Flyer of my book Arn? Narn. In the interest of full disclosure, it pretty much lets you know where I do my day job…(what, you think all authors drive Ferrari’s and sip Mojitos by the pool while channeling Norman […]Read More Everybody’s talkin’…
In 1992, the Canadian government shut down the fishing industry in Newfoundland for 10 years in hopes that the fish would come back. When they revisited it in 2002, they found the fish stocks were in worse shape than at the outset of the moratorium. It is now in place permanently. And apparently, outside of […]Read More Lest you think…
If anyone ever wants to move to another country and apply for citizenship of said country, there are myriad hoops to jump through, not to mention the legal fees involved. I know as I’ve aimlessly looked into it. Over the past few years, as Arn? Narn. became less of an idea, dream, and project and […]Read More Arn? Narn. nation.
The holidays, formerly at our throats, are now behind us. My trip to NYC last week went well, but still no invitation from Jon Stewart of The Daily Show to appear on behalf of Arn? Narn. So, now it’s time to resume my effort to get exposure for my book. Invoking an old Newfoundland tradition, […]Read More This is serious.
It’s been said that timing is everything. That said, I can save you, Jon Stewart of The Daily Show, some money because I’ll be in NYC on Monday and Tuesday of next week. Put me on the show, dammit! You won’t have to pay for airfare or lodgings even. I promise to be entertaining. Really. […]Read More OK, Jon, I’m just down the street…
Now that the holidays are mercifully behind us, we can get back to our everyday routines no matter how mundane they may be. If you’re lucky, and I believe I am, mundane is not a word you usually use to describe your days. With that in mind, my effort to get exposure for Arn? Narn. […]Read More Game on…
Nine years ago today, I was purchasing gear and planning for my first trip to Newfoundland. Little did I know how transforming a journey it would become. I would be leaving in just four months for this then new adventure. And that adventure has continued nine years later. How was I to know what effect […]Read More All things considered, I’d rather be in St. John’s.
Last night being All Hallow’s Eve, I couldn’t help but put something of a Newfoundland spin on it. At Christmas time in Newfoundland, in addition to all the normal festivities including the prerequisite kitchen parties, is the custom of Mummering. I’ve written about this previously, but I’ll recap. Complete strangers, oddly dressed, descend upon unsuspecting […]Read More We interrupt this blog to bring you… Halloween.
Not ever having worked in films or in Hollywood (I’ve been there once though), I’m not familiar firsthand on either winning awards (I haven’t) or getting reviews (I have). So, I have no statuette to put on my mantle or pawn when I run up against it financially. That’s a lifestyle that is too foreign […]Read More The envelope please…
Throughout the process of getting Arn? Narn. ready to come to market, I joked about it becoming a film. Even casual acquaintances asked if it would be made into one. My joking reply was that I would have to have approval over who portrayed me. Brad Pitt is too young. Donald Sutherland too old. Maybe […]Read More Soon to be a major motion picture.
For lo’ these many years, I’ve been able to get by under the radar. That is truly one of the joys of being a photographer. I get to witness and by that, vicariously (I guess), experience a whole host of things without being the subject of them. That is the wonderful and safe anonymity of […]Read More L’il ol’ stealth me.
For a year now, arnnarn.com has been publishing my experiences in Newfoundland and about producing the book Arn? Narn. There is still more to come as we get closer to publication date – six weeks away – and I’ll still be writing about what happens afterwards! But as I have in the past, I’d like […]Read More It’s your turn.
As Arn? Narn. gets closer to its publication date, things are starting to speed up. So much so that it sometime feels like I’m Alice falling through the Looking Glass. There is a laundry list of things to do that keeps getting longer despite completing those very things on it. Wait, I think I just […]Read More I’m late, I’m late (as are all of us), for a very important date.
(Warning: content addresses adult themes – not really – and no bad photos.) It’s not like that all. We are still together and in love with each other, still! But for the previous three years, I’d been carrying on an affair, right out in the open, thank you very much, and I was still happily […]Read More Menage a Wha?
We make our plans to head once more into the… yeah, right. (celluloidheroesreviews.com) Rested, fed, and eager to get going, we head out of St. John’s to the Burin Peninsula. This is the only place we go that I haven’t been to, so it will be a new adventure for me as well. This will […]Read More Once more into the breach dear friends, once more!