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Month: July 2009

Acadieman

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Knowing nothing at all about Canada, I assumed there was a well defined Franco-Canada set up in opposition to Anglo-Canada; and I was surprised (as I’ve already blogged) that Quebec is not particularly losing sleep over the Francos outside Quebec. It turns out that, after a shortlived surge of westward colonisation, Quebec had decided by […]

The Civic Nationalism of Quebec

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Now that Quebecois have noticed my blog, I’m going to have to post eventually about what I don’t think they should secede. That’s going to be a hard post to write, given that (a) it’s none of my maudite business; (b) the ideal that I defend in my head, like Ramsay Cook does, inherited from […]

Montreal VI: Joual 4, Nicholas 1

By: | Post date: July 26, 2009 | Comments: 15 Comments
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I’m back in an implausibly cold Melbourne Town, and I haven’t been blogging my experiences in Canada live as they were happening. That’s always a high risk venture: on the one hand, I’m far enough from the actual experience to smudge it round the edges, and come up with something less accurate and more entertaining. […]

Montreal V: Briser les Blogues

By: | Post date: July 16, 2009 | Comments: No Comments
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I think I’m starting to get Montréal enough to get my anti-seccesionist resentment on again. Not by talking to the locals: I don’t much, and when I do, they are perfectly courteous and pleasant. Like the guy I just bought my replacement camera from. I did stampede the conversation into English, because I was buying […]

Uncamera’d

By: | Post date: July 16, 2009 | Comments: No Comments
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Une notice bref à vous informer that I am still zombified from my travel to the other side of the world—although decreasingly so: I managed to wake up at 6:30 AM today without also having woken up at 5:30. The weakness of the unexpectedly North American coffee here (you mean I’m not in Lyon?) is […]

Montreal IV: Snapshots from a linguistic conflict

By: | Post date: July 15, 2009 | Comments: 3 Comments
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Montreal, you are multitudinous like the sea—or like your weather. Every five minutes’ walk, you turn into a different streetscape, with quirks its own, with charms its own, with colours its own. Most of which work for me, especially because this time of year there’s no snow to burrow under, and no black ice to […]

Montreal III: The Not So Quiet Relinguification

By: | Post date: July 14, 2009 | Comments: 2 Comments
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It’s been 200 photos on Sunday, and I’m daunted about how many I’ll actually end up posting. Last time I went photo-berserk, in Berlin, I left it so long I lost interest. So I need to be posting the quirky photos and quirky mistaken observations on Montreal language politics close to the source. But I’m […]

Montreal II: The Quiet Relinguification

By: | Post date: July 12, 2009 | Comments: 2 Comments
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It’s now close to 4 PM, and I’m in a brasserie next to Notre Dame, about to start my third walking tour of Montreal for the day, following the prescriptions of the Lonely Planet guide. I like this town. I’ve barely spoken to anyone; and le switch that the local francos make to English, when […]

Montreal I: Never again poutine

By: | Post date: July 12, 2009 | Comments: No Comments
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It’s almost 10 am of a Sunday morning, and I have asphalt to pound exploring Second City. (Unless Toronto is the Second City. I don’t know these things well.) So in brief: I tried staying up till 4 am in Melbourne, so I could sleep peacably on the plane to Montreal. The staying up bit […]

Canadie la belle

By: | Post date: July 6, 2009 | Comments: No Comments
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I’ve been sidelined the past two weeks by Lerna, the e-Framework, and seasonal malaise that may or may not be porcine-related. Not necessarily in that order. So even if I had much to say on this blog, I wasn’t really going to get around to it. I have noted with some concern the dearth of […]

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