Today is the 347th day of the year
(so, only 18 more to go)
Frank Zappa once said:
You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline - it helps if you have some kind of football team, or some nuclear weapons, but in the very least you need a beer.
Visited : October 2002
Montréal is what America would look like if you left all the buildings intact and took all the Americans out.
When I went, for a conference, in early October 2002, it was unseasonably warm. Another couple of weeks and instead of wandering around the streets in a T-shirt, as I did, it would have been 20 degrees below and probably snowing, so I was told. No matter, I loved the place. It has a very distinct character, which is not unconnected to its Quebecois situation.
I spent a bit of time while there taking in an exhibition by Atom Egoyan at the Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal called Hors d'usage. My abiding memory is the room with reel to reel tape decks, with tape strewn across the gallery spece, mingled with projections and vidoe clips. Beatifully disctintive, and the complex is ownderful
I aloso had a brief wander aorund the McGill University, seeing as Ernest Rutherford spent some time there in his past. What a beatiuful place. And the view from the hill that gives the city it's name was gorgoeus, looking back down onot the tall downtown buildings