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Letter: Airport sing-along was a positive reflection of our culture

Robin Short, Telegram sports editor and columnist, expressed his disdain for the recent spontaneous Newfoundland songfest by passengers waiting for a flight home at Pearson International Airport (Telegram, Nov. 22). He thinks such behaviour perpetuates the “Goofy Newfie” stereotype and furthers perceptions of inferiority. I disagree.

The sing-along was not at all akin to self-deprecating Newfie jokes or stupid novelty items. The songs and their presentation were of good quality and done for the right reason. They were meant to alleviate boredom and to entertain. That, and to do whatever we can to help out in a pinch, is a reflection of our cultural character.

The songs and their presentation were of good quality and done for the right reason.

Nowadays, in public spaces, the norm is to ignore those around us as if we are the only ones who exist. Zombie-like, we stare into a book or social media device, making no attempt to interact. Yet travellers to our fair province consistently list interaction with locals over spectacular scenery as the high point of their visits. Therefore, my hat is off to those who took the initiative in Toronto and to those who chimed in.

Short further states “call me a humourless curmudgeon if you want.” I’m sure many others would concur with this self-evaluation.

 

Tom Hawco

St. John’s

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