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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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A statue of Jesus being moved from the gardens of a burnt out church. The congregation is moving, and the church will be demolished to make room for "social housing".
In the second photo, you can see the statue of Louis Cyr in the background.

540air says:

2000 years I lived here and I have to move now? Can you imagine just how much stuff I have in my attic? It's gonna take months!!

27th Oct 2007, 02:17

540air says:

Just like to add, I really don't think knocking churches down to build "social housing" is a particularly good idea, but I'm sure Jesus probably would, as SLG just pointed out. :)

27th Oct 2007, 02:19

swamprose says:

righteous photos. brava. throws flowers.

27th Oct 2007, 05:03

hildegard says:

Since we're throwing opinions about, I'm all in favour of knocking down places of worship in order to provide social housing. Unless, of course, the building can simply be converted. Yep, I'd like to prosletyse for the poor to be housed now, not promised it'll be all right when they're dead.

27th Oct 2007, 08:24

nige says:

i can no longer look at these types of statues without thinking about Buddy Christ.

27th Oct 2007, 09:57

JokerXL says:

"Jesus Lives"
(somewhere else)

27th Oct 2007, 19:11

rudolph the red-nosed poet says:

Apparently he's scheduled to rassle Louis Cyr!

Factotum adds that, yes, this statue is being moved from diagonally across the intersection from the statue of Louis Cyr shown here:
my very first Moblog photograph!

28th Oct 2007, 03:22

swamprose says:

JFW, is that you with the red nose on?

28th Oct 2007, 11:33

MaggieD says:

This made me smile :)

28th Oct 2007, 17:32

taniwha says:

that's one hell of a hood ornament

30th Oct 2007, 09:58

Viv says:

me too maggie

looks like some action was needed

21st Nov 2007, 01:24

factotum says:

I read an article this morning that explains that the cardboard inscription on the fence in the bottom photographs is the work of artist Karen Spencer. The article, about public art in Montreal, can be found here

30th Nov 2007, 13:59