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the montreal metro project, part 4

in today's post, we're switching lines and looking at some stops on the orange line of montreal's metro system. the orange line covers a vast swath from the northwestern suburb of ville-st-laurent through multi-cultural n.d.g., the newly refurbished st-henri [formerly one of montreal's roughest neighbourhoods], on through the old city, the trendy plateau and increasingly trendy rosemont all the way up to laval, on a separate island. and the stations are as diverse as the neighbourhoods covered.

being a newer line, i do find that the stations are, on average, in better shape than the green line stations, especially those that are most used.

i'll start with some images of the abstract stained glass mural at station champs-de-mars, which is nestled inconspicuously at the entry to the old city. bustling during the summer, the station is ghostly silent once the tourists have left and so i had lots of time to take pictures. i love the panorama of the city you get through the windows.


if you've been to paris, this might look familiar. yes, that is an actual parisian metro entrance, shipped to montreal [the world's second-largest french-speaking city] as a gift. it's one of the many, many entrances to square victoria station, which is a hub located underneath the city's financial district. never go here between 4h30 and 5h30 if you can avoid it, lest you be trampled. 



here are some images of berri-uqam, the only three-line station on the system. it's a bit of a maze if you're not familiar with it, although it becomes easier once you get the hang of the criss-crossed platform design. speaking of design, the motifs in this one are kind of all over the place. it isn't ugly, by any stretch, but you can kind of tell that it was amassed in stages. needless to say, this is one of the busiest stations at all times, what with all the connecting passengers.


 



station sherbrooke is located at the south end of the plateau montreal. although i like the view of the platform, it's actually a bit on the dull side. ironically, most of the stations located in artistic, bohemian or fashion-conscious neighbourhoods tend to be a bit boring. the best stations are often in places you'd never visit...


another example of less than thrilling design, mont-royal station, the heart of the plateau, is a nondescript assemblage of brick, with a couple of minor design flourishes [like the one below]. it also happens to be one of the most frustrating stations. its kiosk has one entry point and the wind tunnel created by the doors makes them very difficult to open. when you get them open, you can feel the massive wind gusts pressing you back all the way downstairs. the kiosk underwent massive renovations and it hasn't helped anything.


rosemont metro, located just north of the plateau, is actually quite lovely. it's not really convenient to much, which is a drag, because more people should see it. i love the cream-black-orange colour scheme and the giant vaulted interior. the area is so large that even a fairly loud conversation sounds like little echoing phantom whispers from any distance. 



more to come...

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i keep seeing this ad for tictac candies:



am i the only one who finds the suicide bomber clown at the end a little unnerving? all the nice natural things like the bunny and the [extinct] woolly mammoth and the fruit get devoured by a trying-to-appear-nonthreatening-but-obviously-psychotic clown who then blows himself up. congratulations, tictac, i think this ad has landed you on about a dozen watch lists.

oh and by the way, showing me that your product will somehow cause my stomach to explode in a rainbow of wtf makes me believe that doing consuming tictacs would be a worse dietary decision than the time i ate two raw eggs and a half a bottle of hot sauce on a dare.

making faces :: hot stuff, comin' through

i don't even know what to say about the weather. the end of september saw temperatures at a scalding 36c/ 97f outside. this is especially annoying because we've had a moderate summer. most days it rained a little in the morning, the temperatures didn't creep into the 30s too often and there wasn't the normal stretch of a few weeks when it felt like we were living on the sun. now, we've receded into more normal fall weather, although it's still on the warm side for mid-october. that climate change thing is a bitch.

trying to think of something positive in the situation, it does put me in a perfect frame of mind to write about urban decay's naked heat palette. it's the latest in what appears to be an endless series of warm neutral and red eyeshadow palettes that have followed in the footsteps of anastasia's modern renaissance. [which i ultimately decided i didn't need after doing a thorough search of my considerable stash.] i do think that it'…

i agree, smedley [or, smokers totally saved our planet in 1983]

so this conversation happened [via text, so i have evidence and possibly so does the canadian government and the nsa].

dom and i were trying to settle our mutual nerves about tomorrow night's conversion screening, remembering that we've made a fine little film that people should see. which is just about exactly what dom had said when i responded thusly:

me :: i agree smedley. [pauses for a moment] did you get that here?

dom :: no?

me :: the aliens who were looking at earth and then decided it wasn't worth bothering with because people smoked even though it was bad for them?
come to think of it, that might mean that smokers prevented an alien invasion in the seventies.

dom :: what ?!?!?

me :: i've had wine and very little food. [pause] but the alien thing was real. [pause.] well, real on tv.

dom :: please eat something.

of course, i was wrong. the ad in question ran in 1983. this is the part where i would triumphantly embed the ad from youtube, except that the governmen…