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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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Bus queues for the South Shore buses, Terminus Centre-Ville
24th Nov 2008, 22:22   | tags:,

EJ says:

Now THAT's organised queueing....I like it!

24th Nov 2008, 22:29

beth says:

yes, i'm impressed

24th Nov 2008, 22:40

Caine says:

Very cool. I like all these photos, they're just pleasing.

24th Nov 2008, 22:49

Dhamaka says:

I'm impressed with the organisation and love the compositions and colours in all

24th Nov 2008, 22:54

swamprose says:

there are no people? nice lines.

25th Nov 2008, 00:48

a people-less queue! lovely photos!

25th Nov 2008, 11:02

leejordan says:

wow, although I can't see people sticking to that organised line. Here where I am it's more like a "bus cluster" rather than a "bus queue".

27th Nov 2008, 15:03

SLG says:

is it safe to sit there in the middle ?

27th Nov 2008, 22:58

itchymoblog says:

Oh god, I love Canada! These are great.

3rd Dec 2008, 08:44

OJ says:

Do people actually adhere to the queue rules then?

No one in my city does, it's one thing that drives me crazy about the place -people always pile onto the buses.

8th Dec 2008, 10:30