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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 Weight of Winter

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The flat section of this roof above the snow-filled doorway collapsed
last week under the weight of the snow. I'm waiting for a moment when
it's safe to go inside and take some photographs. In the meantime,
the second photograph show what's left of the roof; it's taken from
the fire escape of the studio building. The bottom picture is the
courtyard outside the studio. You can see the mannequin through the
28th Mar 2008, 11:39   | tags:,

taniwha says:

Has global warming affected your neighourhood at all?

28th Mar 2008, 11:47

factotum says:

We've had close to record breaking amounts of snow this winter, but the winters are definitely milder. I'm just wishing they were shorter!

28th Mar 2008, 11:57

swamprose says:

wow. roof collapse.
I feel the weight of winter. waiting for the global warming part.

28th Mar 2008, 12:13

OJ says:

Is this your studio factotum?

For some reason that last picture, with the two windows reminds me of a pair of eyes. The snow up to the cheekbones beneath them is like that feeling of being "full" of cold. Must get out more.

28th Mar 2008, 15:46

factotum says:

My studio is an old warehouse building very similar to the building with the sloped roof in the top picture. The fire escape from my building goes out onto the roof of the little bit that connects the two buildings, the bit above that little bare tree in the middle photo.

28th Mar 2008, 16:07

factotum says:

If you look back to these photographs, you will see the two buildings from the other side of the connecting bit.
The stairs in the top photo are the fire escape coming out of the studio building on the right. The section of roof that collapsed is on the left.

28th Mar 2008, 16:24

factotum says:

Trying to make the clicky work....


28th Mar 2008, 16:28

OJ says:

I think I see..... and I can now see the mannequin in the window.

28th Mar 2008, 16:29

FilbertFox says:

Oj - I agree with you. I clearly need to get out more as well. What you up to tonight?

28th Mar 2008, 16:45

OJ says:

I'm entertaining my parents. When I say entertaining, I mean, cooking for...

28th Mar 2008, 17:21

FilbertFox says:

i am going to a 'party'.....

28th Mar 2008, 18:37

Dhamaka says:

Nobody was hurt?
Was there valuable stuff in there?
I hope anything under the snow is retrievable but somehow think it won't be

And of course I look forward to seeing the shots when it's safe enough to go...

29th Mar 2008, 06:10

Viv says:

tend to forget about the damage the weight of snow can do

30th Mar 2008, 12:53

johnny says:

good shots - shame about the sad story. Hope all is well.

31st Mar 2008, 14:38

Caine says:

Amazing shots. I do hope no one has had their work ruined.

2nd Apr 2008, 01:54