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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 City of Montreal has installed electronic parking meters, but some of the old mechanical parking meters have been converted to accept donations to L'Itineraire, an organization that assists an estimated 30,000 street people in Montreal. "L'Itineraire is counting on you. Thank you. Help Montreal's homeless. Aidez les sans-abri de Montreal"

mat says:

what a great idea.

I'd like to see that in more places. There must be tonnes of old parking meters kicking around in modern cities..

8th Jul 2008, 14:37

hildegard says:

Oh we Brits have much more contemporary ways of dealing with the problem - we just invent novel ways of counting the street homeless & suddenly there are only 7 rough sleepers in one of our largest cities.

8th Jul 2008, 17:48

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

That is an exceptional idea. Finally a very public way of dealing with a serious urban issue. Also very ironic, heh heh.

11th Jul 2008, 03:59

Viv says:

yep great idea

14th Jul 2008, 23:23

Factotum says:

Here's a video of Quebec celebrities painting a new series of parcodons:;=player_embedded

7th Aug 2010, 21:16