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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 sign is getting spruced up!

minushabens says:

Farine? Meaning flour? Or what? Nice shots :)

12th Aug 2011, 22:17

Factotum says:

Yes, flour! Montrealers are very attached to this bilingual landmark. You can see that there is a space under Five Roses where the word FLOUR used to be, but Quebec has very complex laws about the use of English on its public signs. Simply put, if English appears at all, it has to be in a smaller size type than the French. Easier just to remove any language other than French :)
Established brand names such as Five Roses or Second Cup are tolerated.

13th Aug 2011, 00:13

MaggieD says:

Pic 2 (very Decoish) reminds me of the Tate Modern on the Soth Bank in London

15th Aug 2011, 19:50

Viv says:

love the sign and the info :)

20th Aug 2011, 12:19