Nosemonkey's EUtopia

In search of a European identity

Quick missive from the colonies*

Canada seems pleasant. Almost suspiciously so… Everyone’s polite. And it’s sunny. And despite being far too cold, the beer’s rather pleasing. And the food’s great.

In fact, so far Vancouver appears to be everything that London so often pretends to be – cosmopolitan, happily multiracial/multicultural with none of the attendant fears of the other, and with what appears to be a ridiculously low crime rate – worts I’ve witnessed so far was a fight between an Alsatian and a Pug. (Well, a savaging might be more acurate – the poor little bugger got tossed around like the proverbial wotsit thing).

Anyway, Nosemonkey’s official verdict – Canada’s OK. Now I’m off to get a massive coffee and look at mountains before heading off to a wedding this evening. Ta-ta all.

* Yes, I am aware that Canada is actually one of Her Majesty’s dominions. Not happy about her only being on the $20 bill though… She should be on ALL the money, damn it.


  1. From a Englishman that lives in Canada I recommend Sleeman's Original or Sleeman's Honey Brown.

  2. Yep, Vancouver is a top place. Not sure about your verdict on the beer though. If you like it warm there really is no hope for you…

  3. Hmm… Canada. Been there twice – Ontario and Montreal. Obviously I don't know about Vancouver – though my brother lives there and he says its lovely – and it sure sounds nice.
    But "nice" is the word innit. I don't want to offend Canadian, who are very cool people, but it is a trifle… dull… no? Slightly bland? Lacking the history and poetry of the UK and zippiness and vibrancy of the States?
    Maybe I just had a hangover the two times I was there. Very possible.

  4. Vancouver is very nice. Beautiful sailing. And the beer is not too bad, either.

  5. Crime-free Vancouver? Only if you ignore the mass-murder of whores & feeding them to the pigs escapades.

  6. The rest of us Canadians are all jealous of the people who live in Vancouver. But we never admit it to other Canadians. Compared to the rest of Canada, Vancouver is in the tropics.