What won the war? The weather helped. For while the Allies had access to all the Atlantic meteorology, the Axis couldn't easily predict what systems were rolling in from the West - and with the Battle of the Atlantic the one thing
that Churchill said kept him awake at night, knowing which way the wind blew certainly needed a weatherman. Or Britain would never be starved into submission.
The Weather War was complex and engaging, [more inside]
posted by Devonian
on May 17, 2013 -
A girl upon the shore did ask a favour of the sea;
"Return my blue eyed sailor boy safely back to me.
Forgive me if I ask too much, I will not ask for more,
but I shall weep until he sleeps safe upon the shore."
For nearly 20 years, Newfoundland group Great Big Sea
have been creating acoustic Celtic folk-rock covers and interpretations of traditional
Newfoundland and Labrador sea shanties
, fishing and party songs
, which draw from the island's rich 500-year-old multicultural (Irish, English, Scottish and French) heritage. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Aug 23, 2012 -
Civil rights activist, (and adopted Newfie) dies at 88
As reported previously,
Philips was the sole black survivor in a shipwreck of US navy vessels of the coast of Newfoundland. The kindness shown to him by those who nursed him in the tiny town, where no one had seen a black man before, inspired Phillips' life of activism for civil rights.
A good reminder of the power of small kindnesses ...
posted by chapps
on Mar 13, 2012 -
In 1933 Newfoundland was a responsible, that is self governing, dominion on a par with Canada and Australia. To avoid a debt default the government suspended its constitution in favor of rule from the colonial office in London. After the second world war and a close referendum the the governments of the United Kingdom and Canada negotiated Newfoundland's ascension to Canada. The story boils down to a people losing their sovereignty due to a debt crisis.
The Newfoundland Royal Commission report of 1933, the basis for the article and the actions it recounts is here
. (The report is seeded with great-if-too-small pictures of Newfoundland from the 1930s and cool maps). [more inside]
posted by shothotbot
on Jan 18, 2010 -
Twenty-one years ago today
a plane crashed in Gander, Newfoundland. The flight carried American soldiers
heading home for the holidays, returning from a mission in the Sinai
. Called the worst aviation disaster on Canadian soil,
the crash killed the 248 soldiers and 8 crew members aboard
. On December 16th, mere days after the crash, President Ronald Reagan gave a speech
at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, to comfort the victims' families.
As time passed, however, some of the families demanded answers from the US Government regarding the circumstances of the crash. In 1989, Robin Tallon, member of congress from South Carolina, assisted the families' by bringing the matter before Congress
- and also sending a letter to then-Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney (scroll down page). In 1992, a Time Magazine article
addressed forensic evidence which supported the idea of an on-board explosion prior to impact, as well as the flight's connections to Iran Contra
and the terrorist group Islamic Jihad. This article also discusses the book
written on the crash by Les Filotas, a dissenting member of the air safety board. The question was brought forth again in 1993, with a bill
introduced requesting that a commission be formed to further investigate the circumstances of the crash.
As with any disaster with unanswered questions, conspiracy theories abound
To this day, many of the questions surrounding Flight 1285 remain unanswered
. While the crash may never be fully explained, one certainty remains - for the families whose loved ones never came home for Christmas, the twelfth day of the twelfth month
will never be forgotten
posted by SassHat
on Dec 12, 2006 -
Hydrogen fuel has been discussed
many times on MeFi, but I wasn't able to find a previous link to this video clip
(Google Video warning) showing Jack Nicholson, circa 1978
, showing off his hydrogen powered car. The accents of the broadcasters, in case you're wondering, are east coast Canadian, possibly Newfoundland
posted by Zinger
on Aug 24, 2006 -
a 13+ link whistlestop glance at something from all the provinces and territories...Alberta
, British Columbia
, New Brunswick
, Nova Scotia
. Not to mention the talk about
posted by edgeways
on Feb 15, 2005 -
The town of Gander
in Newfoundland, Canada is a town of 10,000 where 6600 airline passengers were diverted after the attacks of September. While hearing a radio story about it on NPR, I was moved to flubbery tears by the outpouring of camaraderie and cooperation by the townspeople and passengers. Happy New Year, Canadians, and everyone else too, after quite a tumultuous year.
posted by readymade
on Dec 31, 2001 -
100 years ago today, Marconi received the first transatlantic
wireless signal. It was
reported in Nature on Dec 19, 1901
. How's that for an old link?
The first repurcussion of this achievement: legal notice to remove his equipment from Newfoundland
ATC had 2 years left in their 50 year telegraphic monopoly. Plus ça change...
Listen to a real spark gap transmission
at 0200 UTC Dec 13 on 3550 KHz to relive history.
posted by Geo
on Dec 12, 2001 -