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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 Queen Elizabeth Way was opened by the King and Queen in June 1939 marking the first visit of a reigning sovereign to a sister dominion of the Empire. The courage and resolution of their majesties in undertaking the royal visit in the face of imminent war have inspired the people of this province to complete this work in the empire's darkest hour in full confidence of victory and a lasting peace. August 1940"

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27th Jun 2009, 02:54   | tags:,

minushabens says:

Seems so different from original... in 1939 was Elisabeth already queen? I can't believe... wikipedia says she reigns since 1952, but the stone cannot be faulty... or are we talking of Elizabeth the First?

27th Jun 2009, 09:11

factotum says:

This Queen Elizabeth was the Queen Consort, the wife of the king, George VI.
BTW, I found a great newsreel of their visit here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjJjfYgmp4k
They drove around McGill University's Molson Stadium in a motorcade!

27th Jun 2009, 12:15

minushabens says:

I'm very ignorant in british (and Commonwealth) history: thanks.
xxx

27th Jun 2009, 18:27