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  • Wince
    July 18, 2012 - 07:54

    First time I've ever agreed with an article you've written. But you summed up my feelings 100%. Well done.

    • Pam Frampton
      July 18, 2012 - 07:57

      Wince — thanks! Glad to hear it. Better late than never...

  • Carl
    July 16, 2012 - 22:51

    I completely agree. Ii can't help thinking that someone must have invented the flag first and then strained their imagination to come up with some symbolic meaning after the fact. Even if the design was actually planned to convey the meanings described on the Heritage Newfoundland website, those meanings are nothing but wishy-washy, artsy-fartsy clap-trap.

  • Pierre Neary
    July 16, 2012 - 19:48

    Never was a big fan myself. Could never get used to it. Disappoints for me as well.

  • Ken Nolan
    July 16, 2012 - 11:03

    My one problem is the sheer amount of white but a simple solution to that is to make the two large red triangles solid red-that will make it stand out more while not harming the original design which by the way is stately.

  • Skeptical Cynic
    July 15, 2012 - 22:45

    I knew a bloke from the UK living in NL who at the time stated in no uncetain terms that Pratt's flag "was just another Newfie joke".

  • Eli
    July 15, 2012 - 19:29

    C'mon b'ys, I can't imagine waking any morning and not think of the images this geometric abortion conveys to my mind. Thanks for for a long overdue critique Pam.

  • Jerome
    July 15, 2012 - 12:10

    I'm not a fan of our flag, but since it replaced one that represents a people that pillaged and enslaved nations world-wide, I can live with it.

  • DWB
    July 15, 2012 - 07:26

    I agree. I was a younger man when that flag was first presented. It left me empty then as it does now. I for one would LOVE to see our provincial flag revisited. can anyone honestly imagine this flag staning the test of time in terms of it's reflectivness of the province? It is cold (not reflective of the people) it is harsh (not reflective of the people) and it is unimaginative (not reflective of the people) and finally, it in no way is reflective of the people, heritage and history of the people of Labrador.

    • All Labrador
      July 15, 2012 - 14:50

      Actualy, it represents Labrador well. Read the article: "Blue represents the sea.... white the snow and ice... Two red triangles signify the island and mainland (Labrador) portions of the province, while a gold arrow points towards a bright future... The design also incorporates Beothuk and Innu ornamentation,.." It is al Labrador.

  • DWB
    July 15, 2012 - 07:21

    I agree. I was a younger man when that flag was first presented. It left me empty then as it does now. I for one would LOVE to see our provincial flag revisited. can anyone honestly imagine this flag staning the test of time in terms of it's reflectivness of the province? It is cold (not reflective of the people) it is harsh (not reflective of the people) and it is unimaginative (not reflective of the people) and finally, it in no way is reflective of the people, heritage and history of the people of Labrador.

  • crista
    July 14, 2012 - 15:28

    it would almost remind you of the turning of the first century, the government of roman empire????would it get you thinking some thing like that????

  • Steamer
    July 14, 2012 - 13:29

    Pam, I'm afraid that age and the conservatism that comes with it is partially responsible for your dislike of the Newfoundland flag. Ask anyone born after 1980 about the Pratt design and they are likely to have fond feelings for it... Personally, I think it is a unifying symbol. The pink, white, and green is a bastardized Irish flag from old Catholic St. John's - I think that it's use is inappropriate, as it is an archaic flag historically representing an exclusive party of our society. I think that commissioning a new flag was the right move in 1980, and I have grown used it, despite any flaws it may have. No Canadian province should have been flying the Union Jack more than 30 years after being forsaken by the United Kingdom, in my humble opinion... On that note Agree, isn't the Union Jack just a geometry set slapped on a placemat? (After all, it partially inspired Pratt) That venerable flag is not meaningful if you don't know the wider significance of the the cross of Saint George, the cross of Saint Patrick or the saltire of Saint Andrew. As well, I think that 150 years of Britannia ruling the waves under the Union flag had something to do with the respect and awe (and some cases loathing) that it seems to inspire today...

  • David
    July 14, 2012 - 12:50

    If we ever get to a point in this province when we have the pure luxury of turning our attention and thoughts to something so incredibly inconsequential as the appearance of our little cloth banner, that will truly be a great day. Not only is today not that day, it's not even in the imagineable future.

  • Where's Waldo
    July 14, 2012 - 12:43

    I hvae always had trouble finding Beothuk and Innu ornamentation, a Christian cross, the maple leaf, and a trident. No clue what he native stuff looks like and the other stuf must be adstract and hard to find, perhaps after thoughts that people looked for.

  • PWG
    July 14, 2012 - 12:38

    To determine whihc flag should be official, look around. How many non-government buildings or houses fly the Pratt vs the PWG? How many songs and poems mention the Prat vs PWG? How many business and charities use the Prat vs the PWG in their logo? Then again, do we want the PWG to be a Prov flag, or do we want it to be kept sacred as a symbol of freedom from Canada?

  • BP
    July 14, 2012 - 12:28

    I agree with Pam. Our flag is more like abstract art. There's nothing nl about it.

  • Agree
    July 14, 2012 - 10:17

    I agree. The flag makes me cringe. It looks like someone bought a geometry set and laid it on a placemat - no creativeity at all in my opinion.. I prefer the pink, white and green and the Labrador flag over these triangles.