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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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30th Jan 2007, 02:03   | tags:,,,

silar31 says:

Oof :( Fires at this time of year are just the worst - the firefighters suffer horribly from the cold, the poor residents have to find new places to live, and the water can do an appalling amount of damage to the surrounding buildings when it freezes on contact. We had a main road here closed for almost two months a few years ago because a tenement fire left nearly 2 feet of ice on the road and trying to remove it would have just done more damage. They ended up having to completely rebuild 3 buildings - the fire damages one, and the buildings to either side as one lost it's roof to ice and the other lost one whole side of the building.

30th Jan 2007, 02:39

Tori says:

On the other hand, those are pretty good pics.

30th Jan 2007, 03:19

factotum says:

Oof indeed. Fires are incredibly scary at any time of the year! Today it was -18 C. (which my widget tells me is -0.4 F) and the power was out.

30th Jan 2007, 03:22

Really nice shots but a terrible situation that allows you to get them.

30th Jan 2007, 08:22

paintist says:

terrible...poor people :-(

this is a very nice series factotum, hope evryone was ok...

30th Jan 2007, 08:29

Dhamaka says:

fire in the snow

great shots

30th Jan 2007, 08:52

Viv says:

sad - well captured

30th Jan 2007, 13:12

taniwha says:

These are brilliant pic.s that give me a real sense of action. I would have highlighted them.

31st Jan 2007, 19:41

swamprose says:

awful but nice job kiddo.

31st Jan 2007, 22:18

yatesybear says:

Saw a car on its roof the other day, police, fire crews, couldnt bring myself to stop and snap, even though no-one, amazingly, was hurt.

4th Feb 2007, 09:59

OJ says:

What swamprose said (but without the kiddo!)

It's a lovely action reportage set which I would have highlighted too (but then I'm not a mod and I'm nonplussed by highlighting policy at the best of times).

I like 4 and 5 (for the bystander) but there's lots of power in 3 too. Funny how bad things can happen on a beautiful day.

15th Feb 2007, 18:14