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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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Rue Barre

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This is an old photo (September 2007) taken on Notre Dame showing
the block of rue Barre east of Mountain Street, behind the
construction site. These houses have now been hidden again.This is the same construction site seen in my previous post.

For a view of what stood here before:
and closer up:
close up

Construction Scaffolding

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In the top photo, you can see the Baron Sports building framed by the scaffolding. This construction site is where the medical supply store once stood.

Other Views of Williams and Wilson

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Other views of the Williams and Wilson Machinery Supplies building- from Notre Dame and de la Cathedrale (top), from William Street between Ann and Shannon (middle) and from Montfort (bottom). There are four things to point out in the bottom picture, the Baron Sports building on the left, the Farine Four Roses sign behind the tree branches, the newer end of the studio building behind the tree trunks, and the Williams and Wilson building on the right, with the M of Machinery Supplies visible at the top.


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Baron Sports

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This building on rue Notre Dame was once the J. Leduc and Company pharmacy.

The only old photograph that I could find with a quick Google image search is here


In the bottom photo, you can see the Farine Five Roses sign in the background.

This building is diagonally opposite the Williams and Wilson Machinery Supplies building; the parking lot that you can see on the left hand edge of the bottom photo is where the long shot of the Williams and Wilson building was taken.

Williams and Wilson Machinery Supply

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The lettering at the top of this building is done in relief brickwork.


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Cleaning the brickwork on the Griffintown firestation

Highway embankment

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The Ministry of Transport's plan for the Turcot interchange involves bringing sections of the elevated highway down to street level, or onto low embankments. To envisage what this might look like, I went out to photograph two transportation embankments downtown. This is the Mountain Street entrance ramp to the highway; it starts at ground level on rue Saint Antoine. This embankment is not really an attractive sloped green space, especially since it's filled with giant illuminated billboards!