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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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Spotted while grocery shopping in the U.S.
12th Jun 2008, 02:40  

mtn_hermit says:

Heh, too funny. I've sometimes described myself as "Canadian Whitebread" in response to my doesn't-take-a-tan skin.

12th Jun 2008, 06:01

Geodyne says:

Canadian wheat is, of course, vastly superior.


12th Jun 2008, 09:10

OJ says:

Nice shot too. It reminds me a little of tetris.

12th Jun 2008, 11:01

silar31 says:

Dunno how it's Canadian but the JJ Nissen breads are actually quite good, as store-bought bread goes. I'm very fond of their multi-grain bread as it's got plenty of texture but had no nuts in it.

12th Jun 2008, 14:51

Spiderbaby says:

The great US 'Wall of Bread' still phases me after nearly 3 months. We have tried multigrain, 7 grain, 11 grain, 13 grain and oatnut to name a few. Apart from the dtuff on top it's very hard to tell the difference between any of them! Will keep an eye ope for Canadian from now on :)

12th Jun 2008, 15:40

swamprose says:

ah, the lie of vast unpopulated barrens and polite people used to sell bread.

in an emergency, how do you get a hundred canadians out of the pool?

you say: would everyone please get out of the pool.

12th Jun 2008, 15:49

Spiderbaby says:

That's brilliant :)

12th Jun 2008, 16:33

OJ says:

Is it any nicer than British sliced? Ie. Not uniformly disgusting. I buy expensive sourdough rye loaves and ration them. Or stockpile Food Doctor wholegrain bagels. Can't work out why supermarkets can't stock bread with a crumb of nutrition. Okay, ranting now. . .

12th Jun 2008, 18:21

Spiderbaby says:

So far, all the bread we have tried has been unusually sweet. I think I've got acclimatised to it now but it was really odd to begin with. High fructose corn syrup. The yeast clearly aren't eating it all.

12th Jun 2008, 18:25