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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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Stone Horse Head

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The horse head is on one of the buildings of the Allan Memorial Psychiatric
Institute, part of the Royal victoria Hospital in Montreal.There is a photo of the facade of the building here:
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I find this horse slightly alarming. It reminds me of Fuseli's painting The Nightmare:

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Slated for Demolition

Abandoned Brewery

Photographs taken in the back courtyard of the abandoned Dow Brewery in
Montreal.
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Looking uphill from Griffintown

I was not consulted...

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...about the new upholstery on Montreal city buses. I disapprove.
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Lettuce Bowl by Swamprose

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I couldn't find Swammprose's own photos of her lettuce bowls, so I took
these quick snapshots, with a tomato to give an indication of size.
11th Nov 2006, 00:07   comments (14)

You are beautiful!

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More ghost signs

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