moblog uk

A Necklace of Memorable Days

by Factotum

user profile | dashboard | imagewall | Factotum maps

"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

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License

Search this moblog

Recent visitors


mysteritmo Craft Laszlo Q. V. St-J. Xalieri Earthlad wilvir swamprose jc1000000 crickson Twiglet Advent_Calendar


rss rss feed


(viewed 686 times)
30th May 2009, 02:05   comments (8)

Mont Royal Belvedere

(viewed 808 times)
Do you think I'll get out of the car for the perfect shot?


(viewed 1630 times)
The billboard is advertising an exhibition, "Imagine", at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, celebrating the 40th anniversary of John and Yoko's famous bed-in in Montreal.
Give peace a chance!

Storm over Montreal

(viewed 1325 times)

Public Hearing

(viewed 793 times)
Today's session of the public hearings concerning the environmental impact of the reconstruction of the Turcot interchange

Montreal Neuro

(viewed 1121 times)
I took this photo the other day-it's the construction site behind the Montreal Neurological Hospital. In today's La Presse online, there's an article about what they're planning to build:

Variations on a theme

Decrepit old walls, as usual, but these are on the south slope of Mount Royal instead of in my usual haunts, the run down neighbourhoods of Griffintown and Saint Henri...

Geodesic Dome

(viewed 1328 times)
Can you see it, Buckminster Fuller's geodesic dome on Ile Saint Helene? It's in the centre of the photo, just to the right of the white clock tower in the old port. I didn't realize that you could see it from the mountain, up behind the Royal Victoria Hospital.