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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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Cote St Luc Road, Honest!

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Most Montrealers would never recognize the first two photos as Cote Saint
Luc Road. This is the western most section leading to the Meadowbrook
golf course, a greenspace which people are working hard to preserve. (Mr F. remembers when most of the town of Cote Saint Luc was farmland.)
Several blocks to the east is the intersection of Cote Saint Luc Road
and Westminster Avenue ( the last two photos). This is the Cote Saint
Luc Road that most people would recognize- four lanes, bus routes, high rise buildings et cetera.

Glen Yards 1971

These photos are scanned slides, taken from the roof of 245 Victoria
Avenue in 1971

Leo's Horse Palace

Outremont Theatre

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30th Apr 2008, 17:52   comments (5)

"Funeral" for Griffintown

People protesting the latest plans for the development of Griffintown
marched in a funeral procession from the Horse Palace on Ottawa
Street, through Place D'Armes and on to City Hall.

The obituary read:"On April 28, 2008, after a long illness, the historic Montreal neighborhood is expected to finally expire with the passage of 44.04 on the agenda of the Asemblee Ordinaire de Conseil Municipal.

Born in 1804, when renowned surveyor Louis Charland laid out the street grid, Griffintown suffered through long periods of neglect by the city administration, followed by frantic bursts of municipal rezoning activity that disrupted itâ??s circulatory system and ultimately led to itâ??s demise.

Griffintown died after being infected with a severe case of inverted urban planning (PPU designed by the developer), consisting of big box stores, apartment towers and street closures, resulting in a debilitating loss of patrimony.

Predeceased by sister Victoriatown, also known as Goose Village, who died from expropriation while giving birth to parking lots, Griffintown is survived by brothers Milton Park and Old Montreal.

A funeral for Griffintown and outdated urban planning practices is planned for Sunday, April 27, 2008. Mourners are requested to join the procession at the Griffintown Horse Palace at 1220 Ottawa Street at 3:00 PM, or at Place Dâ??Armes at 3:45 PM for the funeral march to City Hall, Place Vauquelin, where eulogies (and other speeches) will be offered from 4:15 to 5:30 PM.

In lieu of flowers, mourners are requested to vote for the party that promises to rebuild the urban planning function of the Ville de Montreal in the next municipal election.

In case of rain, bring a black umbrella."

Montreal Skyline

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The photo is taken from the eighth floor of Livingstone Hall at the
Montreal General Hospital.

high water

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All that snow had to go somewhere!

picnic table revolution

Revolution, Travail, Recompenses, Vertu, et Opinion
(just documenting what I see)