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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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Public Hearing

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Today's session of the public hearings concerning the environmental impact of the reconstruction of the Turcot interchange

Montreal Neuro

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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:
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/regional/montreal/200905/14/01-856348-bulle-de-verre-de-cinq-etages-sur-le-mont-royal.php

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

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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.

Laneway

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Haiti Au Quebec

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Disappearing Parks #2

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The Dupuis Park in Verdun is HUGE!
In the bottom photo, you can see that there are two men flying a gasoline powered glider while their little white dog runs around underneath it. I was going to make a joke about the airspace over the aqueduct being invaded, but thought better of it.

Disappearing Parks

I read in the weekend newspapers that, in the name of security, Montrealers are about to be turned away from two popular green spaces around the city's water supply, the Rutherford Park on top of the McTavish Reservoir
(http://www.montrealgazette.com/City+lock+public+park/1555240/story.html )
and Dupuis Park along the aqueduct in Verdun
( http://www.montrealgazette.com/Sports/Downtown+losing+prime+green+space/1551618/story.html).
Here are some photos of the McTavish reservoir on the slopes of Mount Royal behind the McGill campus.
1. Looking across the playing fields towards downtown...
2. the track around the perimeter of the park...
3. If security is really the issue, something will have to be done about this fence running down McTavish Street! A normal sized adult could easily slip underneath it.
4. The embankment on the south side of the reservoir with the McGill campus on the right...
5. At the corner of McTavish and Pine Avenue..
6. Downtown from the southwest corner of the resevoir, looking down McTavish. Left to right, the leacock Building, Morris hall and the McGill Student Union.
7. McGill's natural history museum, the Redpath Museum. You can see the Three Bares in this photos too (http://moblog.net/view/842399/mcgills-three-baeresareshttp://moblog.net/view/842399/mcgills-three-baeresares)