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Vol 39  No 7
Dec. 14, 2006



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Well it’s the time of the year for gift giving. And while shoppers hit the malls and shops for that little something, Memorial has a raft of interesting items to fill a gift box or stocking. We’ve listed a few of the many items that you can pick up on the St. John’s campus, at Grenfell College in Corner Brook and at the Marine Institute.

University Bookstore

The University Bookstore on the St. John’s campus has a large selection of local titles, clothing and gifts. You can also order Memorial clothing and giftware online on the bookstore website at


MUNMed t-shirts ($20), golf shirts ($25) and denim shirts ($30) are available for purchase in the Faculty of Medicine. Contact Margaret Miller at (709) 777-8289 or Shirts are available in sizes small to x-large.

Christmas cards now available

Sending holiday greetings with a splash of culture has been made a whole lot easier again this year thanks to a series of unique cards featuring words from this province’s rich vernacular.

Memorial University’s Division of Marketing and Communications designed the cards to feature local seasonal expressions handpicked from the best-selling Dictionary of Newfoundland English, the work of three Memorial University professors.

The Dictionary of Newfoundland English, first published in 1982 by the University of Toronto Press, was edited by Dr. W.J. Kirwin and the late Dr. G.M. Story, who both taught in Memorial’s Department of English, as well as Dr. J.D.A. Widdowson, a former head of the folklore department.

The cards offer a glimpse into the folklore of this province and reflect the wealth of cultural heritage documented and preserved by Memorial researchers. The unique project was hatched by the division’s Image Services unit in 2004 when two cards featuring a star and a tree on their covers were designed. Last year, cards with a candle and a gift box were created. This year, Image Services decided to re-release all four cards with two new designs: a pair of snowshoes and a holiday pudding.

All six images are literally drawn using an assortment of interesting phrases – some of which are no longer used in everyday conversations – including duff, babbish, horsy-hops, crunnick, tommy-sticker and janneys, each offering their own unique folklore lesson.

The words outline the images instead of traditional lines. Brief definitions of the words are printed on the back of each card, along with information about Memorial University.

The packages of 12 cards are now on sale in the St. John’s campus’ University Bookstore for $16.50, plus tax. Each package consists of two of the six designs, plus envelopes.

They come pre-printed with “Season’s Greetings” on the inside. They’re scored but packaged flat for ease of running through a laser printer.

The cards were conceptualized and developed by Image Services.

Marine Institute

Check out the extensive line of gift and clothing items at the Marine Institute bookstore. Choose from new men’s and women’s fleece jackets, sweatshirts, t-shirts, hats, backpacks, coffee mugs, and pen and keychain sets. The Bookstore is located in the main lobby of the institute, to the right of the main stairwell. It is open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. until Dec. 20.

Grenfell College

The Grenfell College Bookstore is a great place to pick up some unique holiday items. Parents looking for different gifts for their budding scholar – from clothes to stocking stuffers – will find lots of ideas sporting the Memorial crest. The bookstore also carries a variety of Christmas decorations. The Grenfell College Bookstore is the largest supplier of art supplies on the west coast of the island. Bookstore staff can compile a gift bag of goodies for the artist on your Christmas list. Hours: Monday - Friday 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Newfoundland Quarterly

How about a subscription to the Newfoundland Quarterly, the century-old journal focused on the arts, culture, history, industry and people of Newfoundland and Labrador? Owned by Memorial University of Newfoundland, the Newfoundland Quarterly features contributions from the province’s top writers and visual artists as well as writings by our most prominent people. Order now and have an opportunity to win an original oil painting by the French artist Jean Claude Roy. The painting, Mild Winter, Elliston, was donated by the artist with framing provided by Emma Butler Gallery.

Books at Memorial

There are dozens of titles available from editors and authors at Memorial. Among the recent additions are Four Centuries And The City: Perspectives on The Historical Geography of St John’s. Edited by Alan G. Macpherson. To order, contact the Department of Geography at or 737-7417. For more Memorial books, see the Gazette website and search for Bookmarks.

History on CD

For those interested in family history, folklore, cultural geography and medical or legal history, Births, Deaths & Marriages in Newfoundland Newspapers, 1810 - 1890 is a fully searchable CD containing more than 40,000 entries transcribed from 43 Newfoundland newspapers from 1810-1890. The database offers all the basic information such as first and last names, age, place of residence and date of event, and also provides additional information such as parents’ names, cause of death and other details relayed in the newspaper. There is also Ships and Seafarers of Atlantic Canada, a fully searchable CD containing data on the vessels, captains and crews of Great Britain and Atlantic Canada, 1787-1936. Each costs $58.25, tax included. Available for order through the Maritime History Archives:

MUN cinema

Treat someone you love to hours of intrigue and drama with a six-pass for MUN Cinema, which rolls Thursday nights at Empire Cinema’s Studio 12 in the Avalon Mall. And it’s a gift you can also enjoy, since a pass may be used to admit two people to a single screening – but of course, that uses it up twice as fast, so you better buy two! See for more information. 6-Pass: $35 regular / $30 students and seniors.


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