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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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Shot Tower, Montreal

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This tower was once used to produce lead shot. Molten lead was dripped from the top, forming little spheres as it fell into cold water at the base. I don't know much about this particular tower, but intend to find out.

Roz says:

you always reveal a city I live in but know nothing about!

22nd Feb 2009, 01:01

factotum says:

Roz, that's at the corner of Dominion and Saint Cunegonde. In the second photo, you can see the Montreal General Hospital at the top of the hill...
Wikipedia has a description of shot towers here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shot_tower

22nd Feb 2009, 01:36

jfw says:

I learned about this from a song by the "United Steelworkers of Montreal". The pay was good, but the average life expectancy for shot-tower workers, only 10 years. Breathing lead fumes all day is unhealthy.

22nd Feb 2009, 12:57

SLG says:

nice shots...................scuse the pun!!!! :-)

22nd Feb 2009, 16:20

factotum says:

There's an interesting discussion about the song and shot towers in general going on here:
http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=118857&messages;=13

23rd Feb 2009, 13:05