Sorry, But We Canadians Do Not Apologize Too Much

Reissued for Canada Day Weekend 2019 This post was linked to by CNN to explain the backhanded apologies of some Canadians! Sorry, I didn’t realize you are a total arsehole unable to function in normal society It is often said that we Canadians are polite to a fault.  As a Canadian I would suggest, but certainlyContinue reading “Sorry, But We Canadians Do Not Apologize Too Much”

An open letter to the overseers of the English language

An open letter to the keeper(s) of the English language: It has often been stated that languages are living, breathing things, they are constantly evolving and changing to accommodate current trends and needs. One needs only to consider the numerous additions to the English language that arose from increasing computer and particularly Internet usage; reboot,Continue reading “An open letter to the overseers of the English language”

Sorry, But We Canadians Do Not Apologize Too Much

Originally published September 3, 2013 This post was linked to by CNN to explain the backhanded apologies of some Canadians! Sorry, I didn’t realize you are a total arsehole unable to function in normal society It is often said that we Canadians are polite to a fault.  As a Canadian I would suggest, but certainly notContinue reading “Sorry, But We Canadians Do Not Apologize Too Much”

Postal Art and the Hope Diamond

Here’s an example of my Great Uncles’ correspondence during the early 1900s. The envelope below was posted at 2:15 pm on March 9, 1903 from London. It was from Matthew Deegan, aged 21 at the time, and addressed to his brother Ernest Deegan c/o Lord Francis Hope. Does that name sound familiar? Think diamond!  Continue reading “Postal Art and the Hope Diamond”

#TBT Montreal’s taverns; relics of the past

Once upon a time there was a tavern Where we used to raise a glass or two Remember how we laughed away the hours And dreamed of all the great things we would do Those words were made famous in the late 1960s by Beatles protégé Mary Hopkin, in fact the popular recorded version was producedContinue reading “#TBT Montreal’s taverns; relics of the past”

#TBT Sorry, But We Canadians Do Not Apologize Too Much

“Sorry, I didn’t realize you are a total arsehole unable to function in normal society” 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 too much,Continue reading “#TBT Sorry, But We Canadians Do Not Apologize Too Much”

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”

Summer Rerun: Interview with Twitter’s #

Here is my interview with perhaps the most important driving force at Twitter; the Hashtag. DCM:  Thanks for taking a few moments from your busy day to talk to me Hashtag. I know you are busy because you are the only thing that is always trending on Twitter, albeit in conjunction with something else. #:        Continue reading “Summer Rerun: Interview with Twitter’s #”

Interview with Twitter’s #

Here is my interview with perhaps the most important driving force at Twitter; the Hashtag. DCM:  Thanks for taking a few moments from your busy day to talk to me Hashtag. I know you are busy because you are the only thing that is always trending on Twitter, albeit in conjunction with something else. #:        Continue reading “Interview with Twitter’s #”