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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 Giant Coke Man

has been repainted as Le Geant Antique.
This was the first stop when Swamprose and I recently set off on an expedition to Cape Cod.

swamprose says:

we ran away. it was so much fun. and facto was very patient with me and plant photos. she deserves some sort of award. Coke man has lovely veins in his arms and unfortunately, an added visor to his Coke man hat.

everyone should run away if they can, once in a while.

18th Sep 2010, 03:16

crickson says:

I can't believe you came over and didn't look us up! We're not that far away y'know....

20th Sep 2010, 02:46

Factotum says:

I know... but I'll be back soon.

20th Sep 2010, 03:14

crickson says:

But we'll be gone : (

20th Sep 2010, 04:06

Factotum says:

Where are you going next?

20th Sep 2010, 20:39

crickson says:

Iceland is next, but only for a couple of days.

20th Sep 2010, 21:49

Factotum says:

Iceland sounds like it would be very interesting and lots of fun.

21st Sep 2010, 11:56

Factotum says:

Taniwha, he is after all a senior.....

21st Sep 2010, 11:57

swamprose says:

Crickson, Iceland is the only place I want to go. Please give my best to the mayor of Reykavik.

22nd Sep 2010, 03:23