Backpacks Briefcases and Buses

The other day I found myself on a crowded city bus. It was mid-afternoon and many of my fellow commuters were college or university students. At one point the bus became so cramped that the driver had to insist on those carrying/wearing backpacks to remove them. Put them on the floor between your feet. Don’t take upContinue reading “Backpacks Briefcases and Buses”

A Nostalgic Look at Park Pond Cleaning

Today is a beautiful summer day in Montreal. The sky is cloudless, the humidity level is moderate, even tolerable. After many dull cool days, this is a beaut. I left my apartment building for a stroll through the park and was reveling in the wonderful conditions when it hit me like a slap to theContinue reading “A Nostalgic Look at Park Pond Cleaning”

A Short History of Montreal’s Anglo/Irish Pubs

Here’s a re-post of a popular piece on Montreal’s Anglo/Irish pubs. Just in time for St. Patrick’s day! To see the original post, including many comments from former employees and patrons click here. Back when I was young, during the mid-seventies,  it seemed Montreal was awash with Anglo/Irish Pubs. There’s still a good number ofContinue reading “A Short History of Montreal’s Anglo/Irish Pubs”

Rerun: Montreal’s History of Anglo/Irish Pubs

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 “Rerun: Montreal’s History of Anglo/Irish Pubs”

Blogger’s Apartment Featured in Museum Display

Each year in Montreal, The McCord Museum puts together an exhibit for display outside on McGill College Avenue in the city’s downtown.  This year it is called Harry Sutcliffe – Strolling Through Montreal and features photographs from the 1920s and 30s. The photo below from the exhibition shows Sutcliffe’s foresight. To some this will appearContinue reading “Blogger’s Apartment Featured in Museum Display”

New Nostalgia Blog: Everything old is new again

Over the past months it has occurred to me that some of my most popular posts come under the category of Back When I Was Young. These ramblings and amblings down Memory Lane are fun for me to write, and seem to be enjoyable for others to read. So I’ve taken a leap and startedContinue reading “New Nostalgia Blog: Everything old is new again”

Weekly Writing Challenge: I Remember

  This week’s Weekly Writing Challenge: I Remember calls upon bloggers to think back. Here’s a freestyle memory piece. I remember… … during the mid-seventies,  it seemed Montreal was awash with Anglo/Irish Pubs. There’s still a good number of them today including Hurley’s, McKibbin’s , The Irish Embassy and the Old Dublin to name but aContinue reading “Weekly Writing Challenge: I Remember”

Back when I was young: Montreal’s Anglo/Irish Pubs

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: Montreal’s Anglo/Irish Pubs”