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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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School Bus Mirrors

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7th Sep 2007, 15:56  

Steve says:

Are you and OJ in cahoots?

7th Sep 2007, 15:59

OJ says:

They're slightly different aren't they?

I like the idea of being in cahoots with Factotum, so if you choose to believe that Steve....

7th Sep 2007, 16:01

Steve says:

I do!

7th Sep 2007, 16:03

factotum says:

Yes! We're in cahoots and playing Scrabble on Facebook to boot!

7th Sep 2007, 16:06

nige says:

just what steve thought!

7th Sep 2007, 16:13

taniwha says:

school bus mirrors make life look funky. This seems ironic.

7th Sep 2007, 16:14

OJ says:

My Scrabulous exploits are temporarily suspended as I can't get into it.

7th Sep 2007, 16:15

MaggieD says:

Ace top shot .... and as to OJ and Factotum being in Cahoots, just tell me where Cahoots is and I will be on the next train out to there ....

7th Sep 2007, 16:19

OJ says:

:) That place would be here MaggieD.

And I like the top shot too. It's definitely a newer school bus than the one I photographed.

7th Sep 2007, 16:41

Caine says:

Terrific shots! I especially like the top shot.

7th Sep 2007, 20:55

swamprose says:

wow. nice mirrors. I wish I had something like this on my bike.

cahoots! what a great word.

I want to be in cahoots.

7th Sep 2007, 20:58

factotum says:

You've been in cahoots for a while, n'est pas?

7th Sep 2007, 22:04

swamprose says:

with you, for sure.:)

7th Sep 2007, 22:23

wasn't one of the first interweb banks called cahoot?

7th Sep 2007, 22:25

Jig along says:

Thats one of the cleanest school buses I've seen.

Most of the schools buses that we have, have very flat fronts so dont require those mirrors extending in front of the bus.

14th Sep 2007, 00:05

darius(n21-at-gmail-dot-com) says:

i love this bus pic you gay ass fagets

18th Feb 2011, 16:26