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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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Slated for Demolition

factotum says:

The medical supply house that I blogged earlier was in the right half of this building. Now there is a sign in the window saying that it has moved to 8127 Saint Hubert, near Jarry, and demolition is underway.
Photo #5 shows the rear of the building from the west. The last three show the eastern side of the building.
There are some long shots of the block here:

http://www.urbanphoto.net/blog/2006/10/23/slated-for-demolition-a-block-in-griffintown/

16th Nov 2006, 01:35

Rick says:

Wow. Beautiful old building. You can see past repairs to the old outside walls. Too bad it can't be resurrected. History lost.

16th Nov 2006, 01:59

midlife says:

They should use dynamite and make a quick pile of rubble

16th Nov 2006, 03:44

Jigalong says:

I see alot of timber can be that can be made into lovely new furniture, and bricks that can be made into mulch.

16th Nov 2006, 11:26

Viv says:

intersting how they had 'stuccoed' over the timber

you seem to be into urban decay mode!

16th Nov 2006, 22:37

swamprose says:

They're tearing it down? That is so sad. What they will build in its place will be even sadder.

17th Nov 2006, 14:57