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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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This medical supply house seems to have been abandoned for a long time and
is in a row of buildings slated for demolition. It was hard to avoid the reflections in the window glass, but I
thought these shots were interesting.
30th Aug 2006, 01:51   | tags:,,

puddlepuff says:

If they are going to have a sail. Can you buy and send me a brain or a open torso?

30th Aug 2006, 08:16

factotum says:

I've got an eye on that brain myself.

30th Aug 2006, 12:31

puddlepuff says:

Do they have two brains?

30th Aug 2006, 13:40

puddlepuff says:

On nevermind,.... I have my own Dealer

30th Aug 2006, 13:43

puddlepuff says:

Not much,....


30th Aug 2006, 16:02

mr Eric bay has every thing!

30th Aug 2006, 16:08

puddlepuff says:

I just asked shipping costs from UK for small one :)

30th Aug 2006, 16:08

hildegard says:

It's just not the same since the skeletons became plastic... (sigh)...

30th Aug 2006, 16:49

swamprose says:

I think they look better with the relections. Poor old plastic brains and guts.

30th Aug 2006, 16:57

paintist says:

I think Damien Hurst did a gigantic model like these ....for outside the Tate (?) I would like a torso myself....

31st Aug 2006, 09:43

factotum says:

I've just read about this and the other buildings which are slated for demolition here
/> is just what it sounds like, an interesting international photo blog by folks interested in cities, urban planning and architecture. Urbanphoto is based in Montreal, but has correspondents in cities around the world. Nobody from the UK however, aalthough photos have been posted of London.

23rd Oct 2006, 22:47

Falcon(etiennefalcon-at-gmail-dot-com) says:

no condos there my friend...
although it might sound the same to you, it'll be a student residence (Phase 3 actually)
With a nice and big grocery store underneath...
sweet.... now I I only wish it could have been build before I actually got my degree. Damn!

15th Nov 2006, 20:59

factotum says:

I only recently learned this by seeing A.J. Kandy's blog on Urbanphoto' here:
In the meantime, I've taken some recent photos of the two buildings and just added to my moblog.

16th Nov 2006, 00:50