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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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These patchwork banners have started to appear in one of the
neighbourhood where I frequently find myself on foot, tied onto
fences and around poles. They're the work of Heather Utah, I learn
from reading on Urbanphoto; you can see more photographs here

edit: the clicky wasn't working properly, but copying and pasting the URL above should work.

nige says:

i can always tell your photos from the thumbnail, facto :)

this looks interesting.

6th Apr 2008, 16:12

Dhamaka says:

these are wonderful - I'd rather like to see an artist doing something like that here - thanks for the linkie

6th Apr 2008, 16:26

Neath(neathatturcot-at-yahoo-dot-ca) says:

You have some good work on this blog? Do you have any shots of Turcot Yards, or the interchange?

7th Apr 2008, 08:04

factotum says:

The closest to a Turcot yards photograph that I've blogged here is
Guess I'll have to get out there with a camera! I seem to stick pretty close to the river, the canal and the train track.....

7th Apr 2008, 13:55