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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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Windsor Station, December

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The concourse of Windsor Station in Montreal, decorated for the Christmas season.

nige says:

So few people! What time was this facto?

18th Dec 2008, 00:14

factotum says:

8:35 in the morning, still rush hour. A few minutes before, the hall was filled with people getting off the commuter train from the suburbs. It will fill up again in about 5 minutes when the next train gets in.
The room also gets used for functions in the evening. I believe this is where Roz's recent photo was taken.

18th Dec 2008, 02:38

nige says:

I've just seen the clock!

/idiot

18th Dec 2008, 06:42

taniwha says:

Love the sense of empty space here.

18th Dec 2008, 08:03

Dhamaka says:

I'm with taniwha - and what elegant decorations too

18th Dec 2008, 12:54

Caine says:

I like these a lot. 2nd shot faved.

19th Dec 2008, 22:08