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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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This is a vintage light bulb that has been hanging in the coat cupboard ever since we moved into this house 18 years ago. I don't know how long it's been there, but I've turned it on only once or twice in all those years, just to marvel that it's still working!
16th Jul 2007, 02:58  

Sprocket says:

looks like little scribbles of light.

16th Jul 2007, 07:27

harimanjaro says:

Looks like Edison put it up there himself.

16th Jul 2007, 08:20

nige says:

hehe. i think hari is right.

16th Jul 2007, 09:30

Caine says:

Wow. Those are impressive shots. I like them.

16th Jul 2007, 09:57

minkey says:

Love those shots :-) Indeed Monsieur Edison is not far

17th Jul 2007, 16:47

Viv says:

oh that is amazing

17th Jul 2007, 16:51

Whats that crazy bit sticking out the side in the last shot? Think I'd wear a rubber all in one jump suit to change that bulb

17th Jul 2007, 21:18

factotum says:

That's the switch. You turn it to switch the light on and off.

17th Jul 2007, 21:56

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19th Jul 2007, 22:04