(james benedict brown) on the road

From Mornington Crescent to Lucien L’Allier

Posted in Posts by James Benedict Brown on 16 March, 2006

A lazy walk home yesterday on my mid-week night off (no French lesson, language exchange or social commitments to be concerned with). Just time to do my homework, make a few trans-Atlantic phone calls (to the same person… we just got cut off a few times mid-sentence) and to brush even more hair off Cucu. I’ve had the luxury of an extra day off this week, because all my colleagues escaped the office for two days for a financial planning meeting. Without them to drip feed me work, I was surplus to requirements and was able to a pleasant lie-in the morning after Ulli’s rather fluid wine and cheese party… lucky, really, because I don’t think Ulli and co. appreciate just how difficult it is for us office workers to attend such trendy weekday soirées.

A bit of browsing around Wikipedia and some flicking through Stromvold’s seminal work (I found a rare paperback copy in Westmount last weekend) has lead me to the discovery of a Montréal version of the famous game called Mornington Crescent. It’s hard to discern when the game emigrated and integrated into Québecois society, but it seems to have been around for quite some time. Despite some suggestions to the contrary, the game uses Lucien L’Allier as the target, and if played correctly employs a fearsomely complex local adaptation of the rules. I shan’t bore you with the details, but needless to say there are no doubles, no shuffles, no nid, and highway forty can be used as a counter-play. Additionally a double bind applies to all AMT suburban rail stations.

You may not be familiar with the Montréal version, but if in doubt you can refer to the map above (click to enlarge). Perhaps I could get the ball rolling with:


Please leave your next move (and a clear description of the technique employed) by clicking on the comments link below, and don’t be tempted to drop yourself in spoon straight away with Radisson, because that would be most unfortunate.


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  1. Anonymous said, on 16 March, 2006 at 16:35

    Ex_matelot employs a cunning double Gillespie utilising a Sedgebert clarification…Play now merges and bifurcates with jetblast proportions leads us to..


  2. James said, on 16 March, 2006 at 16:51

    Double minus six for taking the game off the island of Montréal (don’t be afraid to use the map): you know where to go if you want to play the traditional version. Nonetheless, the game can be saved by reversing the Huxtable Atlantic Passage, applying the third ammendment of the Edinburgh Convention and returning us to Saint-Michel.

    Now don’t do it again… ;)


  3. Anonymous said, on 17 March, 2006 at 15:40

    I’ll hazard a guess and offer a ruminous Stanley collaboration which drops us back in the middle of things at


  4. Anonymous said, on 17 March, 2006 at 17:41

    hehe james just the same…

    i don’t understand a word you are writing about that game but I’ll read your blog again more thouroughly in a minute. so much to catch up on…

    wine ratio not too bad here either (while there are massive gréves here at the same time), and missing you dearly in paris mr jb! your image is going to appear in a poster by the way, it was you that took part in a participative consultation against water charges in Belfast wasn’t it? Does your blogger community know?

    all the best and bisous

  5. James said, on 17 March, 2006 at 18:31

    Er…………. don’t think so. I actually support water charging, if it’s of any relevance… %-) Must have been drunk on wine.

    Anyway, this gives me the opportunity to show off a neat little third degree twist I learnt just recently, which takes us to


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