Beatles were way ahead of their time … betrayal and scandal

With the launch of the Rolling Stones 50th anniversary celebration there have been numerous installments of the “Stones or Beatles” debate. I’ll leave that for you to decide. What did strike me is the ability the Beatles, and in particular their lyricists Lennon/McCartney, had to almost foresee social situations and trends. The current situation inContinue reading “Beatles were way ahead of their time … betrayal and scandal”

Back When I Was Young: Movie theatres were BYOF

They say that one of the signs you’re getting old is that you find yourself, more and more often, using phrases such as: When I was a boy/girl, Back when I was young, In my day, When I was a kid. Well, you get the idea. Rather than fight this tendency I’ve decided to embraceContinue reading “Back When I Was Young: Movie theatres were BYOF”

Griffintown development and Mary Gallagher’s ghost

Once again there are big plans for Griffintown as illustrated in Lynn Moore’s article in The Gazette. About 8,000 residential units are slated to be built in Griffintown along with 150,000 square metres of commercial or office space, reporters heard. With all of this development proposed my main concern is will Mary Gallagher recognize theContinue reading “Griffintown development and Mary Gallagher’s ghost”

1972 Canada vs Russia: what hockey once was; 2012 Lockout: what hockey has become

It was forty years ago today the the Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union ended with the now famous Paul Henderson goal. There have been other important goals since then: Mario Lemieux’s and Sidney Crosby’s come to mind. But the 1972 series and winning goal will never be matched simply because the worldContinue reading “1972 Canada vs Russia: what hockey once was; 2012 Lockout: what hockey has become”

Montreal: Seville sold out – wonder what was playing??

I noticed this sign today and it brought back some memories – I wonder what was showing! Of course this sign refers to the condos that are being built on the site of the old Seville Theatre on Ste. Catherine West at Chomedey.     As a wee lad I saw the original Disney cartoonContinue reading “Montreal: Seville sold out – wonder what was playing??”

Some of Montreal’s street level history…is it accurate?

Montreal’s downtown area is, like many cities, a blend of the old and new. One only has to trip over the numerous tourists who stop abruptly to take a picture of Christ Church Cathedral with the glass tower behind it to realize one of our city’s qualities is its history and attempts to preserve same.Continue reading “Some of Montreal’s street level history…is it accurate?”

Olympic games closing ceremony from Montreal

The London Olympics will close Sunday after 17 days of competitions. Perhaps it will remind Montrealers of a similar occasion some 36 years ago (and about 11 days) when the games of the XXI Olympiad closed here.  If not, here’s a reminder!! From one Olympic city to another – well done London!!

On this day in 1951 Fire kills 35 elderly persons at l’Hospice Ste-Cunégond in Montreal

It was 61 years ago today that a fire claimed 35 lives at a hospice in Montreal. Located on Atwater Avenue at Albert Street (now Lionel Groulx). Fortunately it appears that all 182 children housed were able to get out safely.

Rattle those pots and pans…

Today the two sides in the Quebec protest – the students and the government – are going to sit down and talk. Halleluiah!  Hopefully this will lead to a solution, but if it doesn’t, and the protests continue..well…I’ve got the English version of the “Casserole” protest theme song right here. That’s right, Bill Haley’s Shake,Continue reading “Rattle those pots and pans…”