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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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Photos from this autumn which I never got around to posting

Caine says:

So neglected, but very photogenic. 2nd one is my fave.

15th Feb 2007, 17:35

OJ says:

Second one is my favourite too. You're so good at the textures of buildings Factotum (if that makes any sense!).

15th Feb 2007, 18:08

MaggieD says:

2nd and 3rd shots my favourites ... sad and derelict but somehow compelling .... in London where the old railways were built with brick arches, the space underneath the arches have been used to house various types of businesses, traditionally garages, workshops etc, but increasingly more 'arty' type workshops ....

15th Feb 2007, 19:52

Dhamaka says:

very photogenic and sad..

15th Feb 2007, 21:52

the lack of humanity
that is urbanity

16th Feb 2007, 00:19