Newfoundland has a great tradition of entertainment, from our own magazines such as the Downhomer and Decks Awash to wonderful TV shows like Tales from Pigeon Inlet, Codco, Wonderful Grand Band, and Up at Ours. I can remember many a Monday evening busting a good laughing at Dickie on WGB and their take on things. Who doesn’t remember Leo Budgell saying “My son the best friend you got in this life is your wallet!”, (you can hear it in the song posted on the left) or their take on the soaps with “I love you Dennis. I hate you Paige”. My personal favorite had to be Dickie in school, with the priest asking him his name “Dickie Fadder” and the priest saying there are no Dikies in this class, only Richards.
My favorite show had to be Up at Ours, where Mary Walsh ran a boarding house, Ray Guy played the permanent lodger who could always be found reading comic books, while Kevin Noble played Dolph, the taxi driver. This always brings me back to more musical entertainment, because it reminds me of Joan Morrisey singing “The Boarding House on Federation Square”
And of course I can’t forget Ted Russell’s Yarns from Pigeon Inlet. These were made for TV, but I remember the books and plays most of all. We read the Hangishore in class in grade 11 with yours truly as the ‘angishore. I remember Wade Bowring was the magistrate and I made him crack up when I leaned ahead, looked him in the face and said “Yer ‘onor? what is a ‘ole?”
I’d give a lot to have those old shows on DVD now, I think I’d still split a gut laughing at Greg Malone and Tommy Sexton.
Besides the comedy’s and variety shows, we also had some kid’s programs, like Skipper and Company. I think that I remember a class or group from Random Island went to visit the lighthouse once.
Raised in outport Newfoundland in a town of 65 people, I pursued a post secondary diploma in Information Technology right out of High School.
I’ve always been a geek at heart, but yet I love the rural life I grew up with. Fishing, hunting, camping and the great outdoors are still loves of mine, even if I don’t pursue them as often as I once did. Sports were always a big part of our lives, and I played many (badly) and loved them all.
- Turpentine EnginesI feel somewhat like Ronnie Corbett telling this story, as it reminds me of the part on The Two Ronnies when he would tell a joke while sitting in an arm chair, and take forever, rambling to many stories and jokes along the way, before getting to the punch …
- The Alouette“Alouette, gentille alouette” We probably all sang that song in elementary school, though I’m sure I massacred it worse than most. The song isn’t the only memory of that name though! Back in the…umm..80s? and maybe before, as he had it a long time, Ross Smith had an old Alouette …
- The Scariest Thing in the WoodsNewfoundland is lucky in both our variety of wildlife and our lack of wildlife at the same time. Being an island, a lot of mainland species aren’t, or at least weren’t present on the island till introduced. The common squirrel (ie: a rat with a furry tail) was totally unknown …