Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Because you, the fans, demanded it:

May 1970. Richard Rohmer goes to Leningrad to talk about icebreakers and arctic sovereignty.

“Vodka, of course, was on the table during these meetings, an element that appears in any of my novels that deal with Russia or the Soviet Union, including John A.’s Crusade

Wait for it…

… in which Sir John A. is in Russia and eats a loaf of bread before a meeting with the Russian foreign minister, Gorchakov.”

-- Generally Speaking, p. 364

This has got to be the weirdest 40-year running joke in Canadian literature.

Before Lexie graduates in May, we have to meet at the Royal York and toast the Major-General.  I have an idea for what we should eat and drink, but I don’t want to spoil the surprise.


  1. It's a plan. But let's make it the bar at the King Edward. “They’ve done a great job in remodelling the place… Beautifully done.”

  2. And then a walking tour past the site where Winston's once was.

  3. We'll always have Parliament Hill.

    Or maybe not.