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.
" 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."
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I'd read about these antlerheads, a marketing campaign for Vespa
but I'd never seen one myself. These are on rue Notre Dame near the corner of Guy.
The old Lowney's chocolate factory is being turned into condos. "Espace urbaine tout contemporain'! That's the old Dow Brewery in the background of the top shot, behind the old wooden wall which I blogged in my previous post. In the middle shot, you can see the old Baron Sports building on rue Notre Dame. Developers have no sense of irony.
I've been meaning to photograph this old wooden wall on rue Montfort
for ages; I'm surprised that it has survived the latest stage in the
Lowney development project. That's the Dow brewery and its chimney that you see in the background of the first and last shots.
This is an old photo (September 2007) taken on Notre Dame showing
the block of rue Barre east of Mountain Street, behind the
construction site. These houses have now been hidden again.This is the same construction site seen in my previous post.
For a view of what stood here before:
and closer up:
In the top photo, you can see the Baron Sports building framed by the scaffolding. This construction site is where the medical supply store
Other views of the Williams and Wilson Machinery Supplies building- from Notre Dame and de la Cathedrale (top), from William Street between Ann and Shannon (middle) and from Montfort (bottom). There are four things to point out in the bottom picture, the Baron Sports building on the left, the Farine Four Roses sign behind the tree branches, the newer end of the studio building behind the tree trunks, and the Williams and Wilson building on the right, with the M of Machinery Supplies visible at the top.
This building on rue Notre Dame was once the J. Leduc and Company pharmacy.
The only old photograph that I could find with a quick Google image search is here
In the bottom photo, you can see the Farine Five Roses sign in the background.
This building is diagonally opposite the Williams and Wilson Machinery Supplies building; the parking lot that you can see on the left hand edge of the bottom photo is where the long shot of the Williams and Wilson building was taken.