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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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The Canadian Street Car Advertising Company Limited on Beaver Hall
Hill, a sculpture at the north end of Victoria Square (bottom of
Beaver Hall Hill) and a line of silver teapots along the edge of a
rooftop on Notre Dame near the corner of des Seigneurs.

mara says:

I like the sculpture strong but playful.

31st Oct 2007, 08:47

swamprose says:

that top shot is an excellent find. as well as the bottom one. ah, la belle province, maudit, tabernac, colline de bins, she calls.

31st Oct 2007, 23:33

billion says:

if I was standing in front of that statue I wouldn't be able to resist mirroring his pose.

5th Nov 2007, 10:51

Dhamaka says:

me neither - but is he pointing or doing karate?

6th Nov 2007, 08:21

factotum says:

From a distance, I used to think that this was a variation on the northern inukshuk and therefore pointing, but once I got closer I realized that it's more likely a martial arts pose, perhaps Tai Chi. When I thought he was pointing, I always wanted to point the other way. He's at the north end of a long thin park facing Queen Victoria at the other end.

6th Nov 2007, 12:41

FilbertFox says:

i likes the tea pots very much

6th Nov 2007, 13:34

itchymoblog says:

Love the sculpture - reminds me of martial arts or possibly rockclimbing.

16th Nov 2007, 00:00