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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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or les Memes Dechainees as they're called in French, at yesterday's demonstrations protesting the prorogation of the Canadian Parliament...

Caine says:

I like those hats. And the shawls.

25th Jan 2010, 02:23

Viv says:

good on the grannies :)

25th Jan 2010, 12:10

OJ says:

I'm going to be really ignorant and ask what "prorogation" means.

26th Jan 2010, 17:44

Factotum says:

Prorogation is the suspension of parliament. I'm in a bit of a rush at the moment, so instead of trying to explain, I'm just going to send you here:;=hptextfeature

26th Jan 2010, 22:00

Pam Walton(pamwalton-at-comcast-dot-net) says:

The Grannies are great -- all over the world! If you're interested in their work, take a look at our new documentary -- "Raging Grannies: The Action League," about a Raging Grannies gaggle on the SF Bay Area Peninsula. These women do not go quietly into old age! They inspire us with their dedication to social justice. Winner 2009 National Mature Media Merit Award. Available for both institutional and home use. You can find out more and watch a preview clip at my my website.

28th Jan 2010, 17:47

OJ says:

Belatedly, thanks Factotum. I did realise that you'd already posted that on another photo earlier.

2nd Feb 2010, 15:34