Dr. Hook: Sylvia’s Mother was a Bitch

In 1972 Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show made it to Billboard’s #5 with their song Sylvia’s Mother. The song was a hit in many countries including Australia and Ireland. To this day the song regularly pops up on oldies stations, no doubt ensuring the band members “keep gettin’ richer”. The song is about aContinue reading “Dr. Hook: Sylvia’s Mother was a Bitch”

My Grandfather’s Lexicon

I’ve always liked the word lexicon, defined as the “vocabulary of a language, an individual speaker or group of speakers, or a subject”. I wonder if the words and terms used by denizens of Guadalajara make up a Mexicon? Or if those witty utterances of the wee lucky green people from Ireland constitute a Lexichaun? IfContinue reading “My Grandfather’s Lexicon”

Sorry But We Canadians Do Not Apologize Too Much

This post originally appeared in 2013. At the time it was linked to by CNN. It is often said that we Canadians are polite to a fault.  As a Canadian, I would suggest, but certainly not argue, that it is impossible to be overly polite. People point out that we say thank you way tooContinue reading “Sorry But We Canadians Do Not Apologize Too Much”

Guns don’t kill people alone, people with guns kill people

As the latest installment in the gun debate rages in the USA following the horrific multiple death shooting in Parkland, Florida I can’t help but be reminded of some of the ludicrous sayings that the pro-gun advocates often spout. When was the last time you were shaken by breaking news that a deranged strangler wasContinue reading “Guns don’t kill people alone, people with guns kill people”

State-Of-The-Art Construction Elevator

Recently while out for a stroll taking in some of Montreal’s 375th Anniversary festivities we came across a state-of-the-art construction elevator. Much like those pneumatic tubes once used in department stores to send cash to a main cashier, and still used in hospitals, this device gets workers from street level to upper parts of theContinue reading “State-Of-The-Art Construction Elevator”

Montreal Paving Contractor: It’s Not My Job

If it wasn’t bad enough to have a video of Montreal buses slipping and sliding on a snowy street go viral last winter, the latest kerfuffle caused by street paving contractors is getting even more Internet play.  Recently a main artery through the city was being repaved. One car was left behind. Had this beenContinue reading “Montreal Paving Contractor: It’s Not My Job”

Thit, I Bit My Tongue. Thun of a Bith That Hurths

Frankly I don’t know why it doesn’t happen more often. A wagging piece of fatty flesh flopping about amid an army of sharp teeth, some called incisors, others canines, seems like a mouth full of blood looking for a place to happen to me. Life is full of little annoyances, peeves, irksome occurrences, call themContinue reading “Thit, I Bit My Tongue. Thun of a Bith That Hurths”

Or maybe it’s a speed bump!

  DCMontreal is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and Freans and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal andContinue reading “Or maybe it’s a speed bump!”

Papal Coach Sought

A week ago today, Good Friday, I brought to your attention a memo allegedly by a group of Catholic Cardinals, not to be confused with National League Cardinals, regarding their displeasure with newly elected Pope Francis and posing the possibility of a Papal recall. The memo was leaked (okay … I wrote it) even thoughContinue reading “Papal Coach Sought”