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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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There's a pheasant in this photo

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There's a pheasant in this photo which I only noticed now!

Labelled drawers for Paintist

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Labels that I can still read in the photograph include party favors,
coins & coin shapes, Christmas ornaments, paper ribbons, snow balls
[!], balloons, rubber balls, table tennis balls, Christmas balls,
letters, clothes pins, Christmas ornaments and decor, Christmas bows,
stars, shape makers, caps and small plastic containers and spools.
These are in the prop shop of the Theatre Department at Concordia

Octagonal Lantern at Ely

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Ely details

The Ely Cathedral was very beautiful but also very difficult to
photograph. Here are a few details I enjoyed.
1. bikes in the Galilee Porch
2. the doors between the porch and the church
3. the labyrinth floor inside the doors
4. the heater which Euphro says glows red in the winter
5. stone columns

Iconoclasts were here

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details of Ely cathedral where figures were removed from their niches
or had their heads broken off during one of the periods of iconoclasm.

The Girls

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She Walks in Beauty

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SHE walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that 's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellow'd to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impair'd the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o'er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o'er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,

Thames Low Tide

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I like tidal waters! There's one other shot that I also like, posted
with the Gherkin.