Malcolm Lowry was right. on Flickr.
His “Lament of the Pacific Northwest” is as astute an observation about Vancouver today as it was when he wrote it in 1949.
This poem was written about the very bandstand pictured here which, in over 20 years of living downtown, I have yet to see a band perform.
They are taking down the beautiful houses once built with loving hands
But still the old bandstand stands where no band stands
With clawbars they have gone to work on the poor lovely houses above the sands
At their callous work of eviction that no human law countermands
Calously at their work of hearbreak that no civic heart understands
In this pompous and joyless city of police moral perfection and one man stands
Where you are brutally thrown out of beer parlors for standing where no man stands
Where the pigeons roam free and the police listen to each pigeon’s demands
And they are taking down the beautiful homes once with loving hands
But still the old bandstand stands where no band stands.
City Under Seige on Flickr.
Oh, the weather outside is frightful. A major snowfall in Vancouver has nearly 2 cm of the white stuff on the ground in some parts of the city which has caused all life as we know it to grind to a halt.
Perfect time for an alien landing. Only time will tell if they’re friendly.
Summit at English Bay on Flickr.
Finally today we were able to have a partial reunion of some of our favourite NICU people.
Trajan (left) and Ben (right) were half of a group of boys all born within a couple weeks of each other and all similarly early. Ben was the senior stateseman of the group and made good his escape just before Christmas.
Nyana, in the middle, is their muse. Having finally grown tired of being the hottest chick in the NICU, she’s now home with Mom and Dad and is breaking hearts throughout the West End.
And, of course, their Mom’s all were very happy to finally get together without any damn beeping!
Hopefully we can do this soon with Nick and Oliver as well.