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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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I'd stopped to take a few shots of this street corner which I usually walk
by without stopping. I was surprised by the sudden appearance of a horse and
caleche on the way back to the horse stables.
1st Sep 2006, 13:15   | tags:,

paintist says:

an interesting contrast......

1st Sep 2006, 15:58

Terrence Flanagan(dotterry-at-accesswave-dot-ca) says:

This photo almost looks like Ottawa and Shannon Sts.. If so, this is the corner on which a B25 Liberator bomber crashed in April 1944. 20 people were killed.

5th Nov 2006, 04:12

factotum says:

Yes this is the corner of Ottawa and Shannon, looking down Shannon towards Wellington. I think that I have seen news photos of the plane crash, but I could not find anything online.

5th Nov 2006, 13:55

Terrence Flanagan(dotterry-at-accesswave-dot-ca) says:

A googe search on Griffintown remembered , will do the trick. The first item that comes up is a very good synopsis of Griffintown, including a bit about the crash

5th Nov 2006, 19:04

factotum says:

I'm still trying to figure out where I once saw a photo... possibly in Richard Burman's book, but I don't think so

5th Nov 2006, 22:33