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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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Surfing the Lachine Rapids in the Saint Lawrence River!

Dhamaka says:

fantastic set of shots, the first two are my favourites though

22nd Jul 2007, 00:06

nige says:

well caught mags!

22nd Jul 2007, 00:33

minkey says:

Lovely series. How cold is the Saint-Laurent in summer?

22nd Jul 2007, 00:40

Caine says:

*Fabulous* series! I think the top shot is my favourite, the way it is naturally framed.

22nd Jul 2007, 00:57

factotum says:

Minkey, I don't know what the water temperature is, and a quick trip to Environment Canada's website didn't help. I'll try to find a numerate answer! These fellows don't look cold, even though they were standing around wet on the shore..

22nd Jul 2007, 19:33

minkey says:

I remember paddling before crossing to go (i think it was riviere du loup?) to go along the matapedia :-)
You are leaving in a fabulous country

22nd Jul 2007, 20:06

factotum says:

Now you've got me singing Matapedia! (the Kate and Anna McGarrigle song) Do you know it, Minkey?

22nd Jul 2007, 21:58

minkey says:

Now but gooffing on youtube right now :-)
Had to settle for "ce matin". Love the music and the accent just bring back some fabulous memories
merci beaucoup

22nd Jul 2007, 22:15

silar31 says:

Only Canadians are that special kind of crazy that would find a river to surf.

(I'm allowed this opinion as I am 100% pure Canadian bacon myself)


23rd Jul 2007, 04:27

540air says:

Cool series, looks a lot of fun :)

24th Jul 2007, 17:46

SuziQ says:

ahhhh those crazy canooks...that really is Xtreme... I mean... rapids have rocks and stuff

25th Jul 2007, 15:07

factotum says:

Yes, rapids do have rocks; that's what is creating the turbulence. You can see this particular spot, I think, on the google satellite map here

It's the little white area close to the shore near where Rue Ogilvie curves up to Rue Centrale.

25th Jul 2007, 16:42

factotum says:

Here's an explanation from Corran Anderson, quoted from an article in the Montreal Mirror:
“It’s one of these things that’s pretty hard for people—especially people who board surf in the ocean—to figure out,” Addison says. “You don’t just dive in and swim out to the wave. You have to learn to read white water, learn to read rapids. You basically dive in above the wave, swim out to the rapid, you then get washed down the river toward the wave, turn like hell onto the wave, do your surf, and when you’re done surfing, you come off the wave and into the rapid, going downstream, and you gotta then swim to the side—before you get carried over or something.”
(I found the article by googling "river surfing")

27th Jul 2007, 15:34

FilbertFox says:

crazy folk

5th Aug 2007, 08:38