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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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Saint Ambroise and Canadian Malting

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That's the new Brasserie Saint Ambroise in the foreground with the
old Canadian Malting Company in the background.
The Saint Ambroise Terrasse was the site of yesterday's Festival Folk sur le Canal. Here's hoping it will become an annual event.

Canadian Malting Company

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These photos were taken from the bike path along the Lachine Canal

9997, 9998, 9999

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On to the next 10,000 photos!
22nd Jun 2008, 19:54   comments (5)

Freight Train

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This woman was one of many people walking along the train tracks in
Saint Henri early one morning...

Saint Henri Architecture

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I've always liked this narrow building near Place Saint Henri. It's
on rue Saint Jacques at the corner of Saint Philippe.

Antlerhead Quartet

Spotted on Decarie, between Upper Lachine Road and Saint Jacques
17th Jun 2008, 01:12   | tags:,,,comments (4)

Saint Dominique and avenue des Pins

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15th Jun 2008, 04:18   comments (1)

Antlerheads, rue Saint Dominique

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