It's long been observed that the Scots bemcoe more Scottish and the Greeks more Greek when they leave their native shores and I guess the same thing is true of Newfoundlanders. When we leave, as a means of coping I suppose, we tend to amplify the things that we think exemplify who we are. It's interesting and I expect, in some ways it explains the existance of 'Newfoundland Food' Stores across the country because I'm sure most Newfoundlanders don't actually consume those foods in any great quantity until they leave the island. Newfoundlanders still on the island don't need to amplify the culture to feel connected because we're surrounded by it but those who have left cling and magnify the culture to preserve a sense of connectedness, to remind themselves of their roots.As a side bar, have you noticed who it is that is preserving the old architecture in the outports? It's not locals and often not even former Newfoundlanders. The old houses are being bought by off-islanders and being converted to summer and retirement home. Entire coves are being converted into 'theme park versions' of what Torontonians think outport Newfoundland ought to look like. I wonder what the implications are for future outport culture.