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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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Mystery Polaroid

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I'm pretty certain that this polaroid was taken from Brock South
(Montreal West) looking down across Blvd Ste Anne de Bellevue towards
Pullman and the elevated highway-- and I think it was taken in the
early 1970s. Mr F. says that I am wrong about the date, because he
thinks that those two gas tanks were part of the Monsanto plant in
Lasalle that exploded in the 1960s. However, I can see those tanks in
the third picture taken from the roof of 245 Victoria in 1971 as
well. Does anyone know where and what those tanks would have been?

La Petite Saint Pierre

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This dry stream bed is found in the wooded section of Mackenzie-King
Park in Montreal, one of the few traces of the Petite Saint Pierre
river which supplied water to the original European settlements in
Montreal c. 1692. Conservationists are trying to preserve the green
spaces through which this stream passes, or once passed, including
Meadowbrook Golf Course and the Falaise Saint Jacques.

Demolition, continued

I don't know if they're planning to keep the mosaic wall or not; it's about all that's left of the church at this point.

Sainte Elizabeth du Portugal Demolition

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Roof details

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View from the roof

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Several photographs looking east towards downtown

Glen Yards 2008

Guess where I've been! Back on the roof of 245 Victoria Avenue, trying to recreate photographs of the Glen Yards taken in 1971...
1971 photos here:

Windsor Station, Montreal