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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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This Morning's Miscellany

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22nd Feb 2011, 02:33   comments (0)

Montreal Miscellany

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The second photo shows one of the works of Ceal Floyer on exhibition here:
http://dhc-art.org/fr/exhibitions/ceal-floyer
The last photo is a portrait of a firefighter on the north wall of Caserne de Pompiers 23 in Place Saint Henri.

Spring Thaw

A couple of lovely days-- and many many photos of wrought iron fences in the snow...
19th Feb 2011, 00:32   comments (10)

Ice Loads

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Students from UQAM have been icing up the trees on the former Canada Post site, studying how much load the trees can survive without damage. The work has been delayed by a couple of days of above zero weather, but apparently the crews will by back on Monday.

Weirder Every Winter?

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Is it just my imagination, or do the icicles outside my studio window get stranger and stranger every year?
14th Feb 2011, 01:09   comments (6)

Waterfall

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Vertigo

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Can't resist a cliched subject....
5th Feb 2011, 01:07   | tags:,comments (9)

Lucien L'Allier

Montreal's commuter trains end up at the Bell Centre, connected with the Lucien L'Allier metro station by a covered walkway.
These photos were taken from the train platform.