travels

Today is the 149th day of the year

On this day in: 1953

Frank Zappa once said:

It isn't necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice - there are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia.

Montréal

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


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