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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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Model Interchange

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The Ministry of Transport's scale model of the proposed Turcot Interchange is now on display in the Centre Saint-Zotique in Saint Henri. There were two knowledgeable MTQ blokes there answering questions, and quite a few people there asking them. It was a bit surprising even to me just how much more informative the model is than the maps.

Caine says:

Quite complex. That's a really well done model.

11th Jun 2009, 01:33

factotum says:

The logistics of rebuilding this interchange are truly mindboggling. Basically, the proposal is to build a new highway close to ground level parallel to the existing system and then remove the elevated sections when the new road is operational. This model shows the end result.

11th Jun 2009, 01:58

Viv says:

amazing structure

11th Jun 2009, 02:00

Javama says:

Amazing alright. I wouldn't want to get confused on there and find I was going the wrong way! Bet it was fun building that model.

11th Jun 2009, 11:24

minushabens says:

I like third pic: some millions of cubic meters of concrete are always fashinating... ;)

12th Jun 2009, 18:29

FilbertFox says:

Looks like our dearly beloved spaghetti junction in Birmingham

30th Jun 2009, 08:34