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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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They had started to take down the tiled walls at Aldgate East
station, so I took a few quick photos before the train came.

OJ says:

I've never seen these, thanks Factotum.

The birds in flight are particularly nice. The others look sort of heraldic don't they?

23rd Jun 2007, 01:42

factotum says:

They had already removed all the tiles from the opposite platform, and I didn't get the impression that they were likely to be restored.

23rd Jun 2007, 01:54

Dhamaka says:

It's sad that they're removing them, but well spotted and recorded from you

23rd Jun 2007, 08:17

JokerXL says:

Worth saving, I'd say.
Looks like some people have tried taking one or two of them home with them.

23rd Jun 2007, 09:43

Viv says:

would be good if they saved a seection and featured them

23rd Jun 2007, 11:43

those are great shots. its nice that you caught them before they were destroyed. in a way you saved them,a big thanks to you. ill have to take pics of my ol' 1963 ford pickup. like your shots i hope she lives forever.agian nicely done.

23rd Jun 2007, 17:35

MaggieD says:

I used to live a 4 minute walk from Aldgate East Station in the early '80s .... the whole area was so different then ...... I loved my time there, Sunday mornings popping across to Brick Lane to Mark's for chopped liver, egg and onion, and salt beef bagels ..... there used to be a wonderful women's only sauna in Whitechapel Road, where we would all meet for a gossip .... we used to have life drawing classes in the top floor of the house where we lived, lads from the local gym used to come and pose for us .... happy days :) .... thanks for rekindling the memories :)

23rd Jun 2007, 18:44