An Island Worth Knowing


In Cook’s Harbour, the wind never stops. And that’s not just a figure of speech. If you ask the locals when the wind stops,
they’ll laugh at you. Because it doesn’t. Even in the dead of winter when it’s minus
twenty and your bones tell you twenty more,
the wind just rips. But if you do find yourself in Cook’s Harbour,
and you’ve got a penny in your pocket and a moment to spare, you might just find yourself
in the one place in town. The gas and grocery. It doesn’t have a name. It’s Barb’s place, and in a town of 120 people,
that’s all you really need to say. And if Barb’s in, and you’ll know she’s in,
because she’s going to have her truck splayed
across three spots in the empty parking lot out front, if Barb’s in you might just catch a glimpse of
something we thought was extinct. Small town Canada. Sort of that stereotypical image we’re all
imagining when we think of this country. This island is the heart of Canada. It was here that Europeans
met a new continent. It was here that we extincted a people. That we built up colonies,
and razed them to the ground. It was here that federation
was made complete. This is an island worth knowing. This is Newfoundland. It would have been twenty degrees with a warm wind when that small crew of Basque fishermen left
their harbours in Northern Spain. Counted among them were some of the world’s
best whale hunters, gnarled old veterans
of a young man’s trade. For over five hundred years, the men of
that community had pushed out to sea in boats too small for the giants they hunted,
and for five hundred years their men had returned with those giants across their backs. But no success comes without its punishment,
and with each successive season, the whalers were forced further from their homes. Overfishing, a murderous English navy and
an even more murderous Icelandic fishing community drove these men further
than any had attempted before. It would be six months before any of them
would be seen again. Land had been spotted to the West, and these adventurous few were going to go live across the ocean. It would have been ten degrees with a biting
wind when those first Basque feet touched this shore. In that small cove of Eastern Newfoundland,
on the same island where five hundred years before
the Norse had arrived in their own ships, the whalers had set up for their seasonal hunt. Living in poorly built sod houses, they dragged
those carcasses up onto the beach and removed the oil. Soon the lamps of Europe would be lit
by the whales of the New World. When the fishing season was over, those who
had managed to survive the summer returned to that Spanish harbor with the greatest haul
it had seen in generations. And they brought back stories
of more than just whale. These waters were teeming with cod. Word spread up and down the coast,
and with each coming year another few dozen
fishermen made the dangerous journey. Over the next few decades, boats from Portugal,
Spain, France and England took up in these waters. It was the fish that launched a thousand ships. But this was also the age of colonization,
and no resource would go unclaimed for long. In 1583, Humphrey Gilbert arrived in the name
of England and claimed possession for the Queen. I suspect this would have come as a shock
to the indigenous Beothuk, who had very long-standing reasons to believe
that this land was already theirs. But there were few among their community
who were willing to contest the matter directly. Previous encounters with the Europeans had
brought nothing but death to their people. They’d long since learned that for every
kind person coming to trade, there was another with less wholesome desires. Early Newfoundlanders hunted
the Beothuk for sport. The guns of old settlers bore the notches
of this unguided genocide. They passed on diseases, slaughtered entire villages, and kidnapped women to be wives under duress. Settlers treated the Beothuk
like the fisherman treated seals and dolphins, slaughtering them indiscriminately
for taking fish that they believed to be theirs. Some settlers were known to have killed upwards
of ninety people by themselves. Women and children just as much
a target as the men. Those captured were sometimes sold
to human zoos in Europe, put on display as a freak of another world. After a hundred and fifty years, laws were
finally put in place to criminalize the murder
of these indigenous people, but not a single person
was ever convicted. It didn’t take long before
the Beothuk were extinct. When that first English boot stepped down on this shore, an entire civilization was crushed beneath it. But beyond the devastated,
others had taken note as well. The English declaration of ownership
was also news to the French, whose seasonal shacks were nestled into
nearly half of these coves on this island. But unlike the Beothuk who had no way to stop
their progression, the French had guns. In true French fashion, they stuck up their nose to the English and continued on exactly as they’d done before. They weren’t about to hand over what had
been theirs for generations just because some English Queen
had told them to. So in 1610, England upped the ante and sent
John Guy to set up a colony in present day Cupids. It was quickly followed by dozens more,
each acting as its own strategic toehold
for the empire on the continent. To counter, the French established a settlement
in Placentia, on the shore of Avalon only a hundred kilometers away
from the English capital in Saint John’s. Once home to those first Basque whalers,
it would serve as the capital of French Terra Nova. But as I mentioned, this was the era of exploration,
and the cod meant more than just commerce. It allowed the empires to traverse the globe. It opened up discovery and exploration in ways
that the overworked farms and fisheries of Europe
could never hope to. For hundreds of years, no matter
where Europeans found themselves, in the bellies of their galleons
was Atlantic salt cod. He who controlled the cod
controlled the world. And with so much at stake,
war was always inevitable. England and France clashed back and forth
as their growing Empires hashed out
the borders of the new world. Political disturbances on the continent rippling
out to these far shores like a tsunami. And with their capitals separated
by only a few short miles, the wars of the new world would be
most extreme on the island that started it all. Six wars were fought here between
those two giants. Six wars that these fishermen
had no interest in. Arriving in ships they couldn’t outrun,
the navies of Empire hunted down these Newfoundlanders and either murdered them on the spot or shipped
them back home to Europe where they came from. Over and over and over again. In one war or another, every single town on
this island, regardless of nationality, was burnt to the ground. But as you might have guessed from the language
I’m speaking, eventually France was beaten, and the treaty of Utrecht handed possession
over to the English for good. In return for ownership of Newfoundland,
they’d allow the French seasonal fishing rights to half the coast as well as the anomalous islands
of St. Pierre and Miquelon, which remain under Parisian authority today. With a stable supply of cod,
the British Empire charged ahead full steam. Colonists came to
Newfoundland in the thousands. The second sons of Ireland, England and Wales
packed into boats and headed for the fishing grounds,
never to return. The more families that flooded in, the more
the colony began to take on its own identity. The old ethnic hatreds that had once driven
their ancestors to war were lost in the waves. Men and women no longer recognized themselves
by their home county, but by the outport
where they dried their cod. In the blood of Cook’s Harbour
England and Ireland are at peace. They all know the real enemy is the sea. Before long, it was easy
to spot a Newfoundlander. Their lifestyles, once adapted to a long-lost
European home, were now unique to this region. They were hardy people,
but amicable. Their faces were windburnt,
but their smiles genuine. Their accents reflected a mix of ancestries
that back home would soon be at each other’s throats in a conflict
that they no longer represented. It was only a matter of time
before they asked to be free. In 1855, just a few years after rejecting
Canada’s offer of confederation, Newfoundland was granted self-governance. Sort of the Commonwealth’s consolation prize
for not declaring open violence. In colonial terms, what they were given was
something that is called responsible government. But for those of you who have any experience
with any government anywhere, ever, you know that to be a farce. By the time the First World War broke out,
Newfoundland had established its identity and was itching to prove itself
to England and Canada. Proud men of empire, volunteering to display
their island’s bravery before the eyes of the world. And like with all soldiers of the colonies,
those naïve young men were sent right
into the heart of a bloodbath. In a single battle on the Somme, on the day
Canada celebrates its independence, the Royal Newfoundland Regiment lost
90% of its men in an instant. A single failed charge at German lines and
an entire generation of Newfoundlanders, whose ancestors would have fought the French for their very survival, bled to death in defense of French soil. Nobody would ever tell Newfoundland
they hadn’t paid the price of freedom. A hundred years later and
it still feels like an open wound. Walk the streets to this day and you’ll
see echoes of the sacrifice of that July morning. But unfortunately, the price of freedom
was more than just blood. The costs of that war bogged down
an already tired economy. A bank collapse in 1894 had signaled
the decline of the merchant fisheries, and beyond wartime spend, there had been
little in the interim to replace it. As the Great Depression gripped the planet,
the cost of lumber and ore plummeted, and the final pillars of the Newfoundland
economy collapsed. In the shacks of the nation, poverty gripped
the people to the point of starvation. With virtually no industry left in the country,
they began to turn to the government for help. Welfare, locally called the dole, was delivered
in the form of food staples to any family who couldn’t afford to survive the winter. But it was starvation rations, and deeply
embarrassing for anyone to accept. Yet, in the height of Newfoundland’s economic crisis, seven out of every ten people relied
on the dole for survival. Things began spiraling out of control. Even within the context of the Great Depression,
this was an unprecedented problem. Early NGOs from the United States and Canada
began setting up forms of help, aid and supplies, sort of like an early turn of a century
We Are the World or something like that. But of course it wasn’t enough. The decline was inevitable. By the 1930’s, the government of Newfoundland was paying over 60% of its budget just to pay down debt. Independent Newfoundland collapsed. In 1933, the island’s government
was declared irresponsible. Staring down the barrel of unsupportable debt,
parliament voted itself out of existence and returned the reigns to mother England. And this was only made more embarrassing by
the fact that just a few short years later, the solution would come
knocking on their doorsteps. World war two brought prosperity
back to this island. With the reach of European navies ever-increasing,
the American and Canadian militaries sunk vast amounts money into protecting
the first link in the Atlantic. In turn, local industry boomed. Newfoundland roared back to life, and with
the British army enlisting any soldier they could, unemployment plummeted. By the height of the war, fewer than one out
of every ten people was on the dole. But as with the First World War, the end of
the conflict spelled uncertainty. England was completely bankrupt, and no longer
wanted to pay for the upkeep of colonies. Conversely, Newfoundland was wealthy again,
and itching for independence. But beyond that Canada had it’s eye
on the island. Long since considered a natural extension
of the country, they worked with Britain and local populist socialist Joey Smallwood
to position the island to join the federation. And although the union is treated as virtually
inevitable today, at the time it was anything but. Few people in modern Canada realize just how
close this island came to becoming an American state. But Ottawa had promised economic welfare
to the long struggling families and had England fudged the numbers a bit,
so here we are. Almost a hundred years after the country began,
and Canada added its tenth province. Now that I’m at the end, I’m sure our longtime viewers are wondering where’s the moral. Where’s the philosophical ending
you always add to these? But today’s episode has no message. It’s just a tiny snapshot
into this island’s history. And hopefully, having seen this, the next dozen episodes or so are going to feel more powerful. The lives here will make more sense. Morally or not. In a town like Cook’s Harbour,
it’s easy to feel cut off from the world. A single shop with a chain smoking proprietor
on the edge of nowhere. But the reality is that although the calendar
on the wall may still say 1992, times have changed. Newfoundland is no longer a have not province. The whales that once drew out the bravest of the Basque now play host to the luckiest of the tourists. Federal investment has brought roads,
it’s brought industry. It has brought back the cod. This rock is Canada’s heart. This is a microcosm of the history
of the New World. This is an island worth knowing. This is Rare Earth. [Unintelligible Newfie slang] Tastes like my ex-girlfriend. Kind of sweet, kind of sour, kind of bitchy.

99 Comments

  1. Rare Earth

    October 27, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    We exist because of you: https://www.patreon.com/rareearth

  2. Eric Xavier

    October 29, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    I wonder what mic he uses. Sounds so good.

  3. Alex Gorodnichky

    October 29, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    love your channel, can you do a video on israel as well

  4. Albin Lindmark

    October 29, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    Good episode but I find it quite disturbing that you chose to film that molested fish while it was still alive rather than to end its suffering.

  5. Jason Kraus

    October 29, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    Evan – speaking of whaling, I think most people don't know how long we used it on a daily basis in the modern world. It was used as automatic transmission fluid until 1973! Blew my mind when I learned that.

  6. Yesman 25

    October 29, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    When u gonna go to murica

  7. odustbrown

    October 29, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    You guys do good camera work. When you walked into the house and left the door open, I could almost hear my mother yelling about letting the bugs in. I was so relieved to hear the door shut a few seconds later. That's probably not good from a cinematography perspective, but at least you won''t have bugs in the house.

  8. Babumby

    October 30, 2018 at 6:56 am

    Should go to uranium city Saskatchewan. Really interesting story up there.

  9. Malcolm Reynolds

    October 30, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    You guys seem like you had a lot of fun with the filmography ☺️

  10. Matt Johnston

    October 30, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    You've got some really well thought out shots in this video, I love the panning shots in the kitchen and the seamless narration as the camera moves around. Well done!

  11. George C

    October 31, 2018 at 1:18 am

    Welcome to Canada bi!

  12. Noah Brinson

    October 31, 2018 at 1:41 am

    Any other Newfies out there?

  13. Don't Even Bother

    October 31, 2018 at 2:40 am

    Newfoundland and Labrador is really the forgotten coast of Canada. Everyone in the city loves going out west, but the east coast has some beauty unparalleled anywhere else on this continent.

  14. rizdizla

    October 31, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    nice camera work Francesco

  15. Wruff

    October 31, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    "newfoundlanders" Your saying it Wrong, they're Goofy Newfies

  16. Ilann Cote

    October 31, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    Your filming intro was awesome!

  17. Amber Servold

    October 31, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    I beg to differ….there are several moral lessons in this history….genocide being #1

  18. Asscrackistan-Mapping

    November 1, 2018 at 2:53 am

    Even an episode with no lesson somehow manages to feel philosophical

  19. akcortin2

    November 1, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    RIP Beothuk. RIP young soldiers.

  20. Senoir Montique

    November 2, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    This is amazing. I went to Canada back in 2004 when I was a child (4 yrs old) And I remember how strange this land was. We went to a movie theater and saw shrek 2. I have been stuck in Massachusetts ever since. I yearn to be in Canada with its people!

  21. VladimirV

    November 3, 2018 at 3:15 am

    What an amazing episode. 🙂

  22. PigEqualsBakon

    November 3, 2018 at 5:38 am

    Newfoundland is a beautiful place with a rich and interesting history, so thank you for sharing it with the world. Most people , inside and outside of Canada think theyre "those funny east people" but its always so much more. I loved my trip there and I hope to return, and your video reminded me of that.

    Thank you.

  23. David Buschhorn

    November 3, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    "Extincted"? Is that a word?

  24. Melly Vee

    November 4, 2018 at 7:58 am

    Please tell me you're hitting up the fortress of louisbourg in Cape Breton. Passed hands from England to France multiple times, very interesting.

  25. Mininick64

    November 4, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    I live in Newfoundland and it's alright bai

  26. John Vance

    November 4, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    I love this channel! You should come down here to Mississippi and do a few episodes. We have quite a deep history that is not paid attention to outside of our state and a culture that no one truly understands I guess.

  27. Nicholas Grant

    November 5, 2018 at 11:58 pm

    My mother was a Smallwood. Im so excited to see more about my home land. I can't thank you enough.

  28. Ben

    November 8, 2018 at 2:38 am

    *The wind? She don’t stop

  29. Catbug

    November 8, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    I don't know why i'm crying after each episode.

  30. thumblister

    November 12, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    C'mon, man. Shoes off in another's house. Basic rule. Your videos are amazing. PLEASE keep it up.

  31. Lukas Stock

    November 14, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    " parlament voted itself out of existence "

    idk why i laughed but yea i did

  32. Ben Gia

    November 14, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    These videos are crazy good! Thank you!!

  33. Blue Sap

    November 17, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    Oof I was asleep at the time when this video was uploaded.

  34. Timmity3

    November 18, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    The dole is still the name for Irish welfare payments.

  35. Malcolm Watt

    November 18, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    This isn't the 'New world'. This 'Canada' is fiction just as all the countries of the 'America's' are fictions. Just like your video continues to spew the fiction. Why do I say that? Because we do not know history, we know only the 'Fiction'.

  36. lastsplash6

    November 19, 2018 at 3:39 am

    You've got that seasoned Canadian broadcasters cadence down pat.

  37. UnsungHeroRising

    November 20, 2018 at 6:49 am

    Wait woah we literally lied to the newfies to bring them into the Canadian fold?
    YIKES, Imma do more research on this but holy cow lol, that's some interesting political history there.

  38. _Jamison_

    November 26, 2018 at 8:21 am

    "extincted a people", you mean genocide? I assume that's what you mean?

  39. uj1xt5m98ap

    December 1, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    Ok.. This cameraman deserves a drink! That panning and coming back to the narrator in a different setting.. oh! What awesomeness! I loved it! It kinda distracted from the narration since I was following it so closely, but it was a pleasure for my eyes.

    Awesome! I just love this channel more and more! 🤗

  40. lolroflroflcakes

    December 8, 2018 at 12:42 am

    How is small town Canada extinct?

    Like for real, take a trip through Northern Ontario there are plenty of small communities just like that here. Toronto people, always thinking you make up the entirety of the country.

  41. UB Omninomen

    December 14, 2018 at 3:13 am

    Tell me more about St. Pierre and Michelon. Do they sound like French Canadians, or those metropolitan frogs?

  42. Icameto plunder

    January 19, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    4:47 sadly classic….

  43. TheFutureGadgetLab

    January 26, 2019 at 12:06 am

    Sad this is one of your least viewed videos. I really loved this as just a peek of a place few around the world have heard about. This is everything I love about your channel, thanks for the content!

  44. ARRESTEDPAIN

    February 6, 2019 at 7:57 am

    I guess i always thought it was the pioneers that forged new territories and cultures who stood at the heart of Canada. I grew up in the west so of course i would think that.

  45. Jamestown

    March 11, 2019 at 7:24 am

    I didn't know "Extincted" was a word.

  46. Jamestown

    March 11, 2019 at 7:32 am

    8:32 – "Responsible" Government

  47. GaslitWorld f. Melissa B

    April 20, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    Okay. You're an articulate, philosophical, English speaking mountain goat. Got it. Can you do that after a few beers, though?

  48. GaslitWorld f. Melissa B

    April 20, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    Thanks for highlighting Canada. I know so little about it, as an American. US

  49. Polack Talks

    May 26, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    The thumbnail is what i imagined the setting from Hatchet as

  50. ilisati

    May 26, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    dose this have ties to the story we see in Frontier?

  51. troll proof

    June 7, 2019 at 11:04 am

    FISH ON !!!

  52. Bobbie Moss

    June 16, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    I love your videos.

  53. martine. mjt

    June 30, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    so it s the french who want jizya? nfld looks beautiful. hope to visit one day!

  54. maluorno

    July 4, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    I wanna go. Let's go! Who's coming?

  55. J Pike

    July 9, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    From Ontario. Newfoundland is my favourite part of the country. My favourite people too.

  56. 108johnny

    July 15, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    "Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant
    and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action."
    -George Washington, in a speech of January 7, 1790

  57. Khadr Trudeau

    July 26, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    No Newfie jokes?

  58. Mad Monkee

    August 14, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    extincted = not a word
    Perhaps you meant "extinguished"?

  59. Leonard Mehlmauer

    August 27, 2019 at 6:28 am

    Feels like real history. Beware! Telling the truth can get you in danger. However, there are always us lovers of truth. So, my suggestion: keep it goin'! No one knows where it'll take us!

  60. Roger Exposito

    August 27, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    Always a wonderful job man. Thanks.

  61. Katie Kat

    August 30, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    Great video. The only beef I have is that “this is NOT an island”. Not sure where he’s getting the island part out of this.

  62. Diver Dave

    August 31, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    So impressed that you pronounced it properly.

  63. tigress63

    September 1, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Look up words you don't know how to pronounce like Utrecht. Newfies still live on the dole. Today the government is still irresponsible. Nowadays there are many other ways to earn a living but still they say there is no industry.

  64. Joseph Happ

    September 2, 2019 at 12:48 am

    Excellent voice and visuals.

  65. Ruby White

    September 2, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Thanks for this, it was in my recommendations today!
    In western Canada I’ve noticed that when Newfoundland is mentioned to newcomers and tourists to this part of the country, they all think it’s some scandinavian country. I lived in Mount Pearl for a year so it’s kind of fun educating them a little bit. Btw would have stayed in Newf if not for the entire family being out west!

  66. Nic Barnes // Wedding Filmmaker

    September 2, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    This content is sooo good it deserves a tripod. Hehe

  67. Jennah Mirrim

    September 2, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    My father is from Deer lake… His mother was born in a logging camp just a few miles from it.
    I love driving from Halifax to Deer lake and seeing how beautiful the Codroy valley is.
    My favourite place their is Gros Morne National park. Where you can see the only place on Earth where the crust of the Earth flipped over so you can see the mantle now on top… Nothing grows in that place.
    Going into Trout River my grandfather helped build that road connecting the village to Deer Lake.
    My father just told me that one of my great grandfather owned a whaling crew! Amazing to know that.
    I am a 7th generation Newfoundlander.
    When I learned about Newfoundland in grade school I cried when I heard that we killed the Beothuk . I felt so devastated that they were extinct. That seemed very wrong to my core. But I am still proud of my Newfoundland relationship. We are a strong community.
    I was born in Halifax but when I would arrive to visit my grandparents and other relatives all would say How long are you Home for? Because they know it is hard to make a living on Newfoundland and for generations people go to other provinces to work and come HOME regularly. It is my HOME away from HOME.

  68. Michael Jeffers

    September 2, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    Your channel is one of the few reasons to stay on youtube. Thank you!

  69. John Jacob Jingle Heimer Schmitt

    September 5, 2019 at 4:32 am

    That's it we're gonna send ol John Guy down there.

  70. The truth hurts

    September 5, 2019 at 4:44 am

    Boy O boy…another history channel…new sub. and enjoying your content.

  71. JamesAllmond

    September 5, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    it is here we extincted a people…honesty is tough…
    Losing 80% of all the males of a generation pretty much sealed the doom of the nation of Newfoundland. What a shame.

  72. Andy Forbes

    September 5, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    *Britain.

  73. THE 13% XIII

    September 5, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    On the dole? Why not fish and grow a garden? Bootstraps?

  74. Just A Clown

    September 6, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Ah, back when europeans still had balls.

  75. Phil Waters

    September 9, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    Very good… xxx 😉

  76. sly pen

    September 9, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    I didn't see any evidence of even a breeze. Like Barb it must have been elsewhere. However the rest was historically accurate. No mention of the most notable aspect of a Newfie's character. His profound sense of sarcastic humor.

  77. Dan Murphy

    September 9, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    Funny how the Irish and English became the same people at the same in Ireland they were at war

  78. Barbarossa

    September 9, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Corpa"rations" was a precursor of promissory notes with no intrinsic value, aka modern currency, credit.

  79. BigPooprr

    September 9, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    dont say we because you had nothing to do with it

  80. BigPooprr

    September 9, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    What strange walking and standing in weird places while u talk

  81. Ferrusian Gambit

    September 12, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Made extinct, not 'extincted'.

  82. Stephen Mataganog

    September 13, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    That was my favorite of your videos yet😊
    Maybe it's because I dream of going to Newfoundland. It is my favorite place. I hope to see it some day.

  83. Hailex

    September 13, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    Beautiful yard! Pine, birch, amazing rock outcropping, goals right there.

  84. Nat Curiel

    September 14, 2019 at 1:08 am

    Utrochious pronunciation of Utrecht.

  85. dannyboywhaa

    September 14, 2019 at 10:13 am

    Woeful pronunciation of Utrecht – it’s Dutch… so it’s a K or rather a Welsh Ll (a throaty ‘Ch’ – like hoiking up etc) come on dude, it’s not hard! Like Recht (right) in German etc…

  86. This is Not The Algorithm

    September 14, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    Currently obsessed with the 1800's to mid 1900's whaling industries poetry & lifestyle. Not killing whales or the over fishing just the people and poetry. From Nantucket to New Foundland. Super brutal. Very dark humor. Hard working & oppressed. Being a working poor landscaper in the Florida heat draws me to these tales I suppose. My ancestry so diverse. A blood line directly to Pocahontas to the Dragheda, Ireland.

  87. Ethan Kirl

    September 16, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    Wait, what? Newfoundland was almost a US State?!

  88. Ethan Kirl

    September 16, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    Oh hey I have those couch cushions

  89. Sam Bacon

    September 16, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    THE COD MUST FLOW!

  90. Piste Itse

    September 17, 2019 at 6:58 am

    I keep hearing new Finland

  91. Richard Lopez

    September 18, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    2:30 Because unlike some of Old Man Parnham's closer associates, their word was worth a damn.

  92. Richard Lopez

    September 18, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Look again: his shoelaces are different colors.

  93. Jamie MacDonald

    September 20, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    i love your style, no holds bar. would you like to come to south africa?

  94. TheCriminalViolin

    September 24, 2019 at 1:23 am

    So the cod then is the Oil of today. Lovely.

  95. lieutenantkettch

    September 25, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    Welcome to the rock if you come from away

    You probably understand about a half of what we say

    They say no man's an island but an island makes a man

    Especially when one comes from one like Newfoundland

  96. SILVER SASQUATCH

    September 26, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    Oh fuck Newfoundland !

  97. cine pobre

    October 14, 2019 at 4:52 am

    The Army is always a great solution for unemployment

  98. TheFancifulFish

    October 17, 2019 at 10:44 am

    10:20 Just imagine you're at home minding your own business, and then a man casually walks into your house, narrating, slowly making his way downstairs to sit on your couch, seemingly unaware that you're even there. He takes nothing. He just narrates, then leaves

  99. jay white

    October 27, 2019 at 3:03 am

    I would like to hear your take on Texas.

  100. jay white

    October 27, 2019 at 3:08 am

    On the Comanche empire.

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