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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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Interchange repairs

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Repairs to the Turcot interchange near the pedestrian bridge on de l'Eglise

Caine says:

I really like that top shot.

3rd Jul 2009, 02:31

nige says:

So do I. These are really great. I could spend time just watching them...

3rd Jul 2009, 11:35

taniwha says:

I like the scale.

3rd Jul 2009, 11:55

factotum says:

This is part of the structure that is supposed to be rebuilt on an embarkment at ground level, according to the provincial government's controversial plan. In the meantime, huge chunks of it are having to be repaired.

3rd Jul 2009, 12:13

swamprose says:

In Toronto, huge chunks fall on cars because the salt used in the winter erodes the steel rods inside the concrete. Makes for interesting driving.

4th Jul 2009, 02:06

factotum says:

I think a whole section could come down at any time. I'm much more apprehensive about walking under it than driving on top of it. Bad either way.

4th Jul 2009, 02:25