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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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Montreal's old iron water pipes don't really get sent to Rehab; they seem to
be replaced by inflatable polyethylene tubes.... The building on the right
of the bottom photo is the Montreal Stock Exchange.
18th Aug 2006, 21:05   | tags:,

Dhamaka says:

I wonder how healthy that is in the long run. Don't dioxins bleed from stuff like that in time?

19th Aug 2006, 11:31

factotum says:

It might not be polyethylene; I just didn't know what else to call it. They're woven out of something polyethylenesque.

19th Aug 2006, 12:43

swamprose says:

fat, michelin man leg...'gets out exacto knife to casually puncture it'.

19th Aug 2006, 13:31

Sara says:

What you see in the images above is part of a process called lining, a technique used for the rehabilitation of watermains.

Originally developed in Japan for earthquake conditions, this technique was introduced into the European market in the early 80s.

Cost effective, reliable and environmentally safe.

The method improves the hydraulic and structural capacities of a pipeline while correcting certain anomalies present.

Factotum is right as for the material being used; the liner is coated with Polyethylene for transport of drinking water. A flexible Epoxy resin ensures perfect adherence of the liner to the host pipe and at the same time provides sufficient elasticity for settlements and pipe deflections

Hope this helps those who are curious as to the nature of those photos.

5th Sep 2007, 16:25

factotum says:

Thanks for the info, Sara. Interesting that these were originally designed for earthquake zones!

5th Sep 2007, 18:53