Posted on August 14, 2016

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Lab Rabbit

I’m unemployed, having lost my job at the cafe I worked at after it was absorbed by the Corporation (more on the soon). While looking for new work, my friend suggests getting involved in some of the student medical trials at McGill University as a ‘lab rat’. She’s been making an extra buck or two […]

Posted on July 2, 2016

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A Failure

I’m cycling back from downtown Montreal after midnight on a Friday. I feel exhausted after having worked seven hours that day, volunteering for the city’s biggest comedy festival, Just for Laughs (JFL). ‘I hate volunteering’, I think. It’s not that I’ve had a particularly bad day, I’ve made friends with a nice Lebanese guy and […]

Posted on June 17, 2016

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A Fire

The sky flashes purple. Brown-hued clouds overhead sprinkle rain droplets through warm air. It’s 30 degrees but the trees are swayed this way and that by the electric wind. The whole atmosphere tenses with the sudden expectation of a storm. We wait. My eyelids want to close but my mind won’t switch off and the […]

Posted on May 26, 2016

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A Night Walk

Getting ready to leave, I automatically pick up my phone and then pause. I look at its shiny, black screen staring blankly back at me, the bottom half of my face faintly reflected in it. I instinctively drop it back down on to my bed. ‘I don’t really need this now’, I think, and head […]

Posted on March 15, 2016

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Mocha Guy

With the cafe I work at probably closing down in a month, I think it’s a good time to introduce Mocha Guy. As well as being my bread-and-butter and providing me with the best coworkers and work environment I’ve ever had, this cafe has given me my most treasured thing: stories. So here’s ‘Mocha Guy’. […]

Posted on February 13, 2016

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Impressions and Experiences

Montreal is…a city full of weirdos, and poets, weirdo-poets and poetic-weirdos, intense life stories shared with almost-strangers, drunken nights followed by sober nights, deep longing for friends in London and Lisbon, making new friends to miss, having several acquaintances (I don’t ever want to stop meeting new people) dusty, dirty, graffed-up, spiraling iron staircases, buzzing […]

Posted on January 26, 2016

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If we start by taking the easy way then our children will naturally want to follow in our footsteps, and soon it will be the only way they know. But if we leap up over the rapids, then our legacy will instead be all the suffering and joy of that single moment, the fear and […]

Posted on December 2, 2015

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Mount Royal

I went to see you On the Mountain today You couldn’t talk But I had a lot to say I stroked your grave face And hoped you’d feel warm For this is not yet the calm After the storm The wind shakes the tree branches Like a horse neighing its head While I still cannot […]

Posted on November 30, 2015

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Nobody will protect you from your suffering You can’t cry it away or eat it away or starve it away or walk it away or punch it away or even therapy it away. It’s just there, and you have to survive it. You have to endure it. You have to live through it and love […]

Posted on November 26, 2015

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Signs to come?

I had my heart set on going to a reggae night at one of the live music venues recommended to me, Divan Orange. Back in London I found a regular reggae night run by nice people with great tunes. I thought if I find a similar gig here that could be a way to meet […]