Maureen Ashfield and Mark Critch

Not your usual tourist ad: Mark Critch’s scene of real-life N.L. turned into rug

Real life in Newfoundland and Labrador isn’t quite as serene as some tourism ads might have you believe, and that’s something Mark Critch knows all too well.

In his book, Son of a Critch, he described a day in May when he was standing on a five-foot snow bank and a Camaro blasting Great Big Sea sped past him, tossing a Tim Hortons cup out the window and flipping him off.

“But they don’t make hooked mats out of that!” he wrote