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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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Les Bassins du Nouveau Havre

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The other day, I decided to walk around the perimeter of the former Canada Post Sorting Station at the bottom of Guy. This huge space, some 9.6 hectares, will be the site of the Bassins du Nouveau Havre project : http://www.loeuf.com/en/project/bassins-du-nouveau-havre
A number of stands of trees and wooded areas have not been demolished (yet). There are still several encampments of people living rough down here.

Caine says:

Excellent shots, but they all make me very sad. I hate to see trees cut down.

5th Oct 2010, 22:54

Factotum says:

It may be a while before they start building. I imagine there will be a lengthy process of decontaminating the soil. You can't see it in the photos but the southern edge of the land is along the Lachine Canal, once heavily industrialized.

6th Oct 2010, 08:07

Jig along says:

Fences look pretty temporary. Keep us updated with progress

6th Oct 2010, 13:25

Factotum says:

As you can see from the next to last photograph, security on the site is quite lax :)

8th Oct 2010, 05:20