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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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Anti Prorogation Rallies

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Rallies have been taking place in many Canadian cities, protesting the prorogation of Parliament by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. In these photographs of the rally in Montreal on Saturday, the protests were overseen by the statue of King Edward VII; I wonder what the Queen thinks of these goings on?
25th Jan 2010, 02:00   | tags:,,,

harimanjaro says:

I've started my day by learning a bit about prorogation in Canada. To me it seems that Harper has used what should be an emergency power to cling to power, which is pretty shocking really.

25th Jan 2010, 08:27

Caine says:

I had to look up what's going on, and from what I've read, it's pretty awful. I hope the protests are noisy and effective.

25th Jan 2010, 08:34

hildegard says:

*Sigh* A lot of politicians do seem to have lost faith in politics. It's a distressing state of affairs.

26th Jan 2010, 00:49

Factotum says:

For some information about the "I want you to not care" poster, see Vancouver artist Wei Li's comments here:

27th Jan 2010, 12:55

hildegard says:

Y'know it's creepier in french - like some pervy old rentier-class bondage & discipline fan telling you his plans for the evening's "fun".
I'm going to wash my imagination with soap now...

(Edit) - Superfluous punctuation cull.
(Second edit) - odd. It keeps putting a semi-colon in where I don't want one. Wonder if it'll behave if I write words instead of the initials?

27th Jan 2010, 18:31

hildegard says:

Yep, that did the trick. ;)

27th Jan 2010, 18:38

Factotum says:

Hildegard, please pass the soap.

28th Jan 2010, 02:45