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A Necklace of Memorable Days

by Factotum

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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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18th Apr 2007, 01:11  

factotum says:

Ooh, a highlight! Thank you! It's a great way to celebrate my first Moblog birthday today!

18th Apr 2007, 02:08

anonymous says:

congratulations my friend. sorry I dragged you into this.:)

18th Apr 2007, 04:57

swamprose says:

twas me. swmprse.

18th Apr 2007, 05:01

Helen says:

Oh yeah, I like this, pretty aggressive.

18th Apr 2007, 07:17

paintist says:

happy moblogday factotum! :-)
great pic, the spikes do look especially cruel in this shot....

18th Apr 2007, 07:59

nige says:

its the red curtain that does it for me. very David Lynch.

happy birthday too.

18th Apr 2007, 08:09

Geodyne says:

"No pigeons shall sit here"

Happy moblogbirthday!

18th Apr 2007, 10:02

crickson says:

Great shot : )

18th Apr 2007, 10:09

Euphro says:

What a wonderful composition! I love the recursive nature of the shot.

18th Apr 2007, 15:17

Joe says:

tis indeed an excellent shot, and happy mobirthday :)

it's my 3rd in just over a week!

18th Apr 2007, 15:19

540air says:

Maybe they're pigeon enema pipes and not spikes at all, to stop the pigeons dumping over cars and people? Probably not, but you never know ;)

Happy moblogiversary too!! :)

Joe - Times just flies past. I just looked and mines nearly 2 and a half years old now.

[edit] Congrats on the HL

18th Apr 2007, 16:02

Spiderbaby says:

If you call it 'cheveaux de frise' then it suddenly sounds as elegant as this shot makes it look. Very nice, and very clean too :)

18th Apr 2007, 19:14

chocolate says:

it's really beautiful, interestingly enough even though spikes themselves aren't exactly pretty ... but the background is beautiful

18th Apr 2007, 19:23

bfish says:

I wonder, why no one said Mondrian?

21st Apr 2007, 05:58