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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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Glen Yards 2008

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Guess where I've been! Back on the roof of 245 Victoria Avenue, trying to recreate photographs of the Glen Yards taken in 1971...
1971 photos here:
http://www.moblog.net/view/326956/glen-yards-1971

nige says:

NO WAY! haha. you got up there!

8th May 2008, 21:39

Geodyne says:

I'd guess, but the tags tell a real story...

8th May 2008, 22:02

Dhamaka says:

wow...
and so sad

8th May 2008, 22:13

swamprose says:

wtg. you did it. 1971 was in winter, so these look so much more verdant. what giant hospital?

8th May 2008, 23:21

factotum says:

The Glen Yards will be the site for the new McGill University Health Centre, more or less replacing the Royal Victoria Hospital and the Montreal Childrens Hospital. The soil has now been decontaminated, but construction has not yet begun.
I wish I could have spent more time up there!

8th May 2008, 23:57

Viv says:

well done you

9th May 2008, 19:03

touristiko says:

awesome, awesome, awesome, you made it!

9th May 2008, 23:43

factotum says:

Now, to put these photos away for another 35 years!

11th May 2008, 00:40

Horton says:

Am interested in using your Glen photos. How do we get in touch, Factotum?

31st Aug 2008, 04:57

factotum says:

Horton, there's a contact user link at the top of the lefthand sidebar.

31st Aug 2008, 12:23