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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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27th Oct 2011, 01:10  

Earthlad says:

hows things developing in camp?

5th Nov 2011, 20:40

Factotum says:

It's hard to say, because I really only drop by from time to time. The camp seems to be growing, and the press coverage seems to be treating the Occupy movement more and more seriously, especially the Francophone press here. The situation in Canada is quite different from that in the US-- and the situation in Quebec is different from the rest of Canada too.
I find it very interesting!

5th Nov 2011, 23:13

Earthlad says:

thanks, yea I'm finding it interesting to, though a bit upsetting when following live feeds on Twitter, the occupybristoluk have banned alcohol which is a seriously good move, now it doesn't look like their there just to party as its a very public place, and its growing daily.

6th Nov 2011, 20:07

Viv says:

I find these posts very interesting - I am still wondering what can be achieved but anything that 'cattle' prods politicians out of their complacency and acceptance of what I think of as rule by vested interest is good by me.

17th Nov 2011, 11:12