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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 man in a red sombrero!

Sprocket is in Montreal with you? Cool

4th Apr 2008, 03:59

swamprose says:

that's what I think. he does get around, doesn't he?

4th Apr 2008, 04:20

Well it has been said SR...

4th Apr 2008, 04:29

swamprose says:

yes???? I am all ears.

4th Apr 2008, 05:03

Well.....


*whisper mutter...

And!

*Whisper..

But don't tell anyone I told you ok?

4th Apr 2008, 05:08

swamprose says:

really? blushes.

4th Apr 2008, 05:10

Yeah and that's not all, I take it you heard about the incident with the lettuce spinner??

4th Apr 2008, 05:15

swamprose says:

is it true he keeps his hat on ALL the time? even during the lettuce spinner incident?

4th Apr 2008, 05:35

Never leaves his head SR.

Some people have suggested that he has glued it in place..

4th Apr 2008, 05:52

mara says:

I'm mad about the two "readers" in front of "Sprocket"!

4th Apr 2008, 07:44

heh heh - you spotted me - I will have to start a blog in the vein of "Where's Wally?" . . . "Where's Sprocket?"

and to answer your questions, yes, the hat has been surgically attached to my head

4th Apr 2008, 09:22

MaggieD says:

Hang on, isn't Sprocket sweeping up on my blog ..... don't tell me he is moonlighting again .....

.... ace pic, and I agree with Mara about the two readers ....

4th Apr 2008, 17:22

Dhamaka says:

lovely spot and shot

4th Apr 2008, 17:24

Viv says:

yes the readers are great

16th Apr 2008, 10:21