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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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Adventurer on training wheels

factotum says:

Spotted outside an elementary school in Notre Dame de Grace

8th May 2007, 16:24

Dhamaka says:

cycling is obviously the Canadian Visitor Theme of the day

8th May 2007, 17:21

Viv says:

do you have cycle lanes - it wouldn't be safe enough for most kids here to travel to school on a bike

8th May 2007, 17:32

Puddlepuff says:

HeHe,... Little Hells Angels.

8th May 2007, 19:21

Shotgun the spiderman bike

9th May 2007, 01:33

factotum says:

B.T. I've posted a closeup of the Spiderman bike for you. Boy, kids' bikes have changed since my day, even since my kids' days...

9th May 2007, 01:58

MaggieD says:

Sad to say you do not see many bikes parked outside schools here in London, mainly because most children live within walking distance, but also because parents are worried about road safety ....

12th May 2007, 22:11