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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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The City of Montreal has increased the cost of metered parking downtown and
extended the hours during which one has to pay. But there's one obvious
solution! None of these parking spots had a car in it this morning, but they
all had a bike locked onto the parking meter.

Caine says:

Great series, I like these.

3rd Aug 2006, 23:39

puddlepuff says:

Love it.

But why are the first two words in English,... and the rest in French? But the note again in English? Hella Confusing :)

3rd Aug 2006, 23:46

swamprose says:

Actually, puff, French is the first language and in big print, the English is second and in smaller print. Just so you know who is in charge..

4th Aug 2006, 00:24

Viv says:

hope they don't suffer the fate of Alfie's bike!

4th Aug 2006, 00:30

puddlepuff says:

And Attention and Modifications is French or English?

4th Aug 2006, 00:32

factotum says:

Both! These words are the same in both French and English.

4th Aug 2006, 01:20

puddlepuff says:

Eureka!!

4th Aug 2006, 09:26