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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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Charles and Camilla in Canada

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... and looking rather chilly

jc1000000 says:

Wow did you see them?

What do canadians think of all that?

4th Nov 2009, 18:13

540air says:

They don't look very warm at all do they? :)

4th Nov 2009, 20:23

taniwha says:

Dig the hat though ...

4th Nov 2009, 20:30

Factotum says:

I think they're in Toronto now; maybe Swamprose has seen them. They're coming to Montreal on the 10th, I believe.

5th Nov 2009, 22:01

Jig along says:

Thats not a pose. Charles looks like he is playing pocket billards:)

6th Nov 2009, 22:29

Javama says:

An acquaintance has just opened a b&b; in Canada. "The English Experience"! She has a Philip room and an Elizabeth room and soon is to open a Dianah room. Poor Charles has been left out so far.

7th Nov 2009, 19:00