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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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Photographs taken in the back courtyard of the abandoned Dow Brewery in
11th Nov 2006, 02:22   | tags:,,

Jigalong says:

Nice series. Did they move to newer premises, or did their beer stink?

11th Nov 2006, 02:54

OJ says:

I love this series Factotum. Again, you've got great textures in the guts of the building. I particularly love the shots where the building fills the frame entirely. The fire escape detail shots are fab too.

13th Nov 2006, 19:01

factotumNLI says:

Jigalong, the beer was mediocre, and the brewery got taken over by the brewers of another mediocre beer, I believe.
Thanks OJ!
I like the first and last best myself; that's why they're first and last!

13th Nov 2006, 19:34

Crystal says:

Ive been here with my cousin and freinds. We watched the fireworks! The beer vats were freaky... pitch black the whole way!!! Love the pics>>> Exactly what I remember!!!

18th Jun 2009, 03:06