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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 demolition of a small building in western N.D.G. revealed this
painted advertising for Turret Cigarettes, circa 1930s I believe.

Viv says:

nice find

27th May 2008, 09:57

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


27th May 2008, 15:02

swamprose says:

mordecai richler smoked turrets.

is all of montreal being demolished?

27th May 2008, 15:48

factotum says:

This is demolishing another building that was destroyed by a fire, in this case a pizzeria. It's on the south side of Sherbrooke Street between West Broadway and Elmhurst, just west of Loyola.
I guess you googled Turret Cigarettes too!

27th May 2008, 22:31

Anonymous says:

The wreckage has now (this week, Dec 17) been completely removed, allowing a clear view of the whole advertisemnet. The ad is in extremely good condition, and the colours are clear and bright. I'll try to get some shots of it.

18th Dec 2008, 15:32

factotum says:

I noticed that the site has been cleaned up, but didn't have a chance to stop for photos. If you get some shots, I hope you'll post them here on Moblog. [Moblog needs more Montrealers :) ]

18th Dec 2008, 17:11

factotum says:

I've just added a more recent shot here:

18th Jan 2009, 19:18

Jennie(priestess_aura-at-hotmail-dot-com) says:

I have an old Turret Cigareete Case. Its still in Great condition considering its age.

6th Jul 2009, 01:33

ty(tyler-dot-wanamaker-at-hotmail-dot-com) says:

i found 2 packs of turret cigarettes today in the cieling of a old house in norton new brunswick that i have benn re-wiring just thougt i'd look them up .

24th Nov 2010, 20:32

terri-ann(terriannking-at-hotmail-dot-com) says:

i have an original Turret container its steel or tin it say 100 turret how old is it ..just wonderin.

18th May 2011, 15:37

Barbara Nichols(dolphinbarb-at-hotmail-dot-com) says:

We found a cardboard package of turret cigerates in our house in Belmont N.S.should I save it?

24th May 2011, 12:18