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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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Yellow Crocs

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Gwen in her garden wearing somebody else's big yellow Crocs
24th Jul 2006, 14:01   | tags:

nige says:

Noooooo! not the crocs!

24th Jul 2006, 14:26

Gael says:

weirdy moblog coincidence, I spotted those for the first time in a shop this weekend. Sweet photo

24th Jul 2006, 14:52

factotum says:

Sorry, Nige! I like them in this photo though because they're huge and goofy-looking and sunshine yellow.

24th Jul 2006, 15:35

paintist says:

why doesnt Nige like the crocs ?

24th Jul 2006, 15:45

nige says:

oh, i'm just not a lover of the crocs, is all, p. they're plastered all over the red top magazines - "Check Tom with his new Crocs!" etc.

but i really dislike them. don't shoot me, but they're ugly.

nice pic though :)

24th Jul 2006, 16:04

i nearly bought some the other day, but i couldn't work out if they were meant for girls only...

24th Jul 2006, 16:05

paintist says:

they must make your feet v sweaty as well...but they come in such nice colours...sigh.....

24th Jul 2006, 16:22

my sister sent my mum a bright pink pair for her birthday last week....she loves them.

24th Jul 2006, 16:24

factotum says:

I think brightly coloured Crocs are something that every women of a certain age should revel in wearing if she feels like it. I'm glad Suze's mother is enjoying hers!

24th Jul 2006, 16:34

so they're definitely for girls then.... bum

25th Jul 2006, 13:47

factotum says:

There's clearly an iconography of Crocs that I don't fully understand, but Monkey Finger, I think ANYONE ( not just women of a certain age) should wear whatever they enjoy wearing and not have to wear what they don't. Off to put on my old faux-Crocs, black, made in China, from the dollar store...

25th Jul 2006, 14:18

swamprose nli says:

monkey finger, crocs are cool for guys here in canada. summer and winter and even when worn through on the bottom. usually not in bright colours. big on the he man northern canoe trip circuit because you can get your feet wet and it doesn't matter...go on, I know you want to. and get a canoe to match.

26th Jul 2006, 15:59

woo hoo! pay day on friday - i've got my eye on a green pair. then i can wander around bristol saying, "well, you know they're HUGE in canada"

26th Jul 2006, 16:03