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"We can't allow things that are inaccurate to stand." — The Word of Our Dan, February 19, 2008.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Branded!

How will the world know and recognize Newfoundland Labrador? It will know us for our pride and passion. Our unique way of looking at the world. And our creativity. Creativity that runs deep within our culture and in our DNA. That helps us adapt in a harsh and unforgiving environment, through the wind and the rain, the sleet and fog. That costs over a million bucks. So nice to have money.

Sentence fragments. Lots of sentence fragments.

It’s our fierce determination and tenacity that give us the strength to rise above it all, facing the sun and the future with youthful optimism. We’ve only been here for. 500. Years. Youthful. Like the youth. Gone to Alberta.

Just like the pitcher plant. A plant so odd, yet so comfortable in its own skin. So tough, yet so adaptable. Eats insects. Rotting insects. And if you squint, it looks like a bakeapple.

A survivor, fighting whatever comes its way with a resilience like no other plant on Earth. Except maybe lichen. Lichen is a tough S.O.B.

It’s a symbol that reflects who we are and what we stand for. It’s how the world will recognize us and know us. It’s a symbol that speaks our language. Newfinise. Not English. Not Canadian. Danny told us not to like those people any more. So we don’t. Don’t worry about the dropped haitches. We’ll pick them up in Havondale.

Blue letters. Tory blue. Tory blue like the sea that surrounds us here on this island. And Labrador. Labrador.

Newfoundland. Labrador. In faux Celtic letters. We’re Irish you know. Irish Irish Irish. We are so Irish. More Irish than the Irish. Have you told you lately how freakin’ Irish we are? Boy, are we Irish. Irish Ireland Eire Éire. We wish we were Irish, because we are just like Ireland. An Island. In the North Atlantic. Just like Ireland.

And a symbol that’s as unique as the people who live here, in every corner of Newfoundland Labrador. One symbol, one voice. Because if Danny had his way we’d be back to one name and the PWG.

True to who we are. And true to this place we call home. A place with a mission. And with a mission statement. That sounds like a bad beer commercial. A really bad. Beer.

Commercial.

14 Comments:

At 6:45 PM, October 03, 2006 , Blogger Table Mountains said...

whaaa? u don't like it? : {

 
At 9:42 PM, October 03, 2006 , Blogger Action Now said...

THe only way this guy would like it would be if it prasied confederation and ottawa and thanked god for them and there believerence of Newfoundland and Labrador.

THe wallys of Canada are the problem that Newfoundland Labrador must defeat.

 
At 11:09 PM, October 03, 2006 , Blogger WJM said...

1) "there" is not a possessive pronoun.

2) Whatever other language it may be one in, "believerance" is not a word in English.

3) "Newfoundland Labrador" is an antiquated expression for what we now call "Labrador"... as opposed to what used to be called "Canadian Labrador" or "Quebec Labrador". It's from Mr. Burns' era.

4) The pitcher plants look like no pitcher plants I've ever seen. They'd make ok bakeapples, though, if the stems were shorter.

 
At 10:07 AM, October 04, 2006 , Blogger Liam O'Brien said...

LOL Tell us what you really think . . .

Never have I seen somebody so overreact to the use of a slightly celtic font . . .

As for the Green White and Pink, Danny could probably have his way. Sadly, he hasn't acted to in any way recognize that tri-colour . . .

 
At 10:38 AM, October 04, 2006 , Blogger bagwatts said...

Don't. Diss. Pitcher. Plants.
You have been warned. ;)

 
At 1:49 PM, October 04, 2006 , Blogger WJM said...

Never have I seen somebody so overreact to the use of a slightly celtic font . . .

I ain't reacting to the use of a font.

I am reacting to this phoney, fallacious fixation on Ireland.

As for the Green White and Pink, Danny could probably have his way. Sadly, he hasn't acted to in any way recognize that tri-colour . . .

Heck, sooner or later even Danny has to do something right! Let the Newfoundland separatists keep their PWG.

 
At 1:50 PM, October 04, 2006 , Blogger WJM said...

Don't. Diss. Pitcher. Plants.
You have been warned. ;)


Hey, I love bog plants! I just wish the "brand" showed one that was recognizable, that you didn't have to explain, "no, that's NOT an opium poppy!" ;)

 
At 8:27 PM, October 04, 2006 , Blogger mt.pearligan said...

Is this a lost fragment from a James Joyce novel?

 
At 10:43 PM, October 04, 2006 , Blogger WJM said...

Is this a lost fragment from a James Joyce novel?

Only to the same extent that.

The provincial government bumpf about the new "brand" is as well.

 
At 4:10 PM, October 05, 2006 , Blogger Liam O'Brien said...

Wally said:

"I am reacting to this phoney, fallacious fixation on Ireland."

What fiaxtion???

Wally said:

"Heck, sooner or later even Danny has to do something right!"

Wow, I know that took real effort and will power for you. He was faced with a petition to change the flag and claimed he wanted to change it himself. He didn't do it, but you'd never say he made that supposedly "right" decision after reading anything from you . . .

Wally said:
"Let the Newfoundland separatists keep their PWG."

What makes you think it's a "separatist" flag????

Personally, I'd like to see those colours used in a provincial flag.

 
At 4:28 PM, October 05, 2006 , Blogger Ward Pike said...

Wally is very very mad, I tell you. Completely mad.

On another note...
I don't like the new logo either. You can read about it at my blog:
http://venisontickle.blogspot.com

Regards,
Ward

 
At 5:49 PM, October 05, 2006 , Blogger WJM said...

What fiaxtion???

This one.

Wow, I know that took real effort and will power for you. He was faced with a petition to change the flag and claimed he wanted to change it himself. He didn't do it, but you'd never say he made that supposedly "right" decision after reading anything from you . . .

He has done several things right. Given his penchant for micro-managing, doing the jobs of as many ministers as possible, he does a lot of things. Other than announce bad news. The law of averages dictates that some of those things are bound to be good, given enough time! ;)

What makes you think it's a "separatist" flag????

That's my opinion, based on my experiences with that flag.

Personally, I'd like to see those colours used in a provincial flag.

I wouldn't. We are two different people. Funny that.

 
At 7:07 PM, October 05, 2006 , Blogger bagwatts said...

Ya know that 'pink' in the 'extra' flag? It looks like someone left it in the car on holiday and it faded over the course of a month. I had a Tshirt like that once. I used it to wash the car. This place has had so many flags it's hard to keep track. The Brit flag, the PWG, the angular horror, and unless it's being lowered, the Maple Leaf. Dear God, will someone please slap a pitcher plant on an old rag and call it good already. Show some continuity with the new 'brand'.

I find this need to resurrect an Irish ancestry a bit sad and desperate.
Truth is, no one in Ireland is even aware of the existence of Newfoundland,with the exception of a few in the tourism industry and an IRA thug who visited a while back at the invitation of, dare I say it? A Newfoundlander.

Newfoundland is kinda like a hormonal pimply teen with an identity crisis and a narcissistic
obsession with self. There is a big world out there. Time to join it.

 
At 11:28 AM, October 06, 2006 , Blogger Brian said...

"Newfoundland is kinda like a hormonal pimply teen with an identity crisis and a narcissistic
obsession with self. There is a big world out there. Time to join it".
Well I’m glade I’m not the only one with those sympathies, only bagwats said it way better than I could.
I spent about a year in Dublin Eire back in the early 1980’s, the same was evident there then, I was amazed when I arrived in this province to see the same attitudes. Dublin and Eire have moved on, or so it is claimed, Newfoundland has yet to.

 

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