Title: History with a Twist : Unusual Stories from Mr. Nova Scotia Know-It-All. First Edition.
Publisher:  Nimbus Publishing, Halifax, 1998, ISBN:1551092557
Seller ID: 29187
NUNN, Bruce. History with a Twist : Unusual Stories from Mr. Nova Scotia Know-It-All. (Halifax) : Nimbus Publishing, (1998). First Printing. Pp [i]-xiv,-161,(1). Illustrated. 8vo, illustrated red card covers. Bruce Nunn (b. 1962, Antigonish, Nova Scotia). "This varied collection of unusual tales comes from the popular Mr. Nova Scotia Know-it-All series heard weekly on CBC Radio One in Nova Scotia, and published regularly in the provincial Sunday Herald newspaper. Responding to questions and tips from Nova Scotian listeners, this radio storyteller casts his net into the teeming waters of Nova Scotia life and culture. And he's landed some great ones -- poignant or peculiar, dramatic or traumatic; they're historical and, at times, hysterical. Written in that slightly askey Know-It-All storytelling style, this bookincludes the exclusive story of the real Peggy of the famous Peggy's Cove. You'll come face to face with the murderous ghost of Prince's Lodge, shive r with shipwreckd sailors clinging to life, and snort your tea over the comical Celtic nicknames of the northeast. You'll meet the man who lived inside Halifax's Old Town Clock, the men who started the Klondike gold rush, courageous sea captains, makers of illegal tartan, the saviour of Seal Island,the ghost of the first Christmas tree, and many more." - from the rear cov er. Contents: Just Plaid to Be Here!: Investigating illegal Nova Scotia tartan; 2. Of Wooden Ships and Irony, Men: A century-old, Nova Scotian wreck-and-rescue story; 3. The Bigfoot in Nova Scotia's Woods: A woodsman with huge feet and a heart to match; 4. Giants, Mutants, and Culture: The great two-headed calf debate; 5. Morse Code, Mutiny, and Missiles: One Nova Scotian's memories of messaging methods; 6. Lights, Camera, Lobster!: How NOva Scotia made Liz Taylor cry; 7. Dead Man Waking: Eye to eye with the ghost of Prince's Lodge; 8. The Christmas Ghost: The haunting of Nova Scotia's first Christmas tree; 9. The Little Town That Wouldn't: Nova Scotian workers unitein two troubled towns; 10. Not So Simple, Simon, the Sky Man: The genius a stronomer who brought order to the universe; 11. Streets of Gold: Road goldin a Nova Scotian village; 12. Who Put the 'Peggy' in Peggy's Cove?: The d efinitive story behind the name; 13. Courageous Captains of Coincidence: Anold shipwreck saga of heroism, rescue and unexpected reunions; 14. "InNOVA tion": Nova Scotia teaches the world how to ship a ship from shore to shore; 15. A Silent Sentry for a Century: Puppy-love enchants a senior sister ata sacred school; 16. What's in a Dingle?: A twisting trip to the top of a tower; 17. A Royal Near-Death Experience: A memorable misadventure of a prince at play in our provine; 18. Rockin' by the Lake: Riding the rocking stone of Rockingstone; 19. All Human Life Began in Nova Scotia: The uncelebrated Bluenose scientist who discovered the power of DNA; 20. The Klondike Kings: One launched the great gold rush and the other reaped the spoils; 21. Kilts, Cabers, and Celtic Curses: A Scottish sports commentary; 22. Nova Scotia Nicknames: Naughty and Nice: A guide to the Highland name game of northeastern Nova Scotia; 23. Radio Roots and Quiet Memories: A nostalgic look at Nova Scotia's pioneers of the airwaves; 24. A Hard Act to Follow: Evolution of a special vessel; 25. Selling Ship Shares by the Seashore: How Bluenose played the numbers game her way; 26. A Tale of Two Floras: The Celtic connection of two Flora Macdonalds; 27. The World Calls Canso: An historic place of codfish and cables coming ashore; 28. Go Fish: Proof that Nova Scotia tuna tastes as good with money as it does with mayo; 29. Everybody Must Get Sconed: A special smaple of Scotland's historic Stone of Scone; 30. The Patronage King: The man who invented the give-and-take of NOva Scotia politics; 31. Communist Insurrection in Amherst: A Nova Scotian saves Leon Trotsky's life; 32. Hickory Dickory Dock, the Man Who Lived in Our Clock: A timely tour inside the Halifax Town Clock; 33. Halifax's Bad-Luck Birth: How the French induced the British to prematurely deliver our provincial capital;34. The Great Explosion Question: A unique perspective on what happened mi nutes before Nova Scotia's worst disaster; 35. A Lighthouse in a Bowl: The psychic saviour of Seal Island starts our first life-saving station. Vg. Due to its small size, shipping costs should be cheaper than quoted. 10.00