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A Necklace of Memorable Days

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"Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self. To be damned is for one's ordinary everyday mode of consciousness to be unremitting agonising preoccupation with self."

Iris Murdoch, The Nice and The Good

What sort of diary should I like mine to be? Something loose-knit and yet not slovenly, so elastic that it will embrace anything, solemn, slight or beautiful, that comes into my mind. I should like it to resemble some deep old desk or capacious hold-all, in which one flings a mass of odds and ends without looking them through. I should like to come back, after a year or two, and find that the collection had sorted itself and refined itself and coalesced, as such deposits so mysteriously do, into a mould, transparent enough to reflect the light of our life, and yet steady, tranquil compounds with the aloofness of a work of art. The main requisite, I think, on reading my old volumes, is not to play the part of a censor, but to write as the mood comes or of anything whatever; since I was curious to find how I went for things put in haphazard, and found the significance to lie where I never saw it at the time.

V. Woolf

" She strung the afternoon on the necklace of memorable days, which was not too long for her to be able to recall this one or that one; this view, that city; to finger it, to feel it, to savour, sighing, the quality that made it unique."

Virginia Woolf, Moments of Being

"Why did I write any of my books, after all? For the sake of the pleasure, for the sake of the difficulty. I have no social purpose, no moral message; I've no general ideas to exploit, I just like composing riddles with elegant solutions."

Vladamir Nabokov

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Lane repairs

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After I passed the TV, walking along this lane, I noticed that someone has
carefully filled in the ruts in the mud. I was impressed!
20th Apr 2006, 02:59   comments (0)


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I was walking along beside the traintracks on my way to my favourite
graffiti site when I passed this TV. Hmmmm. This gives me ideas about
disposing of several old monitors.
Graffiti photographs will follow.
20th Apr 2006, 01:34   comments (0)

For Paintist

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These iron birds are along a fence in Griffintown, an old industrial
district of Montreal. I'm sending them because I enjoyed Paintist's photo of
a similar metal bird.
19th Apr 2006, 01:53   | tags:,comments (1)

Downtown Montreal

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These photos were taken driving up Mountain Street on a January afternoon,

Louis Cyr 1863-1912

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These are photographs of a statue in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. In his day,
Louis Cyr was reputed to be the strongest man in the world.

Louis Cyr 1863-1912

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Fortissimus: The Strongest Man in the World