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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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Terra Cotta Facade

A glazed terra cotta facade on the east wall of Concordia's McConnell building (the building in which the Webster Library is located.
In the bottom photo, you may be able to see how the glaze has crazed over time.

Glen Yards, Montreal

The former Glen Yards are the site of Montreal's new "Super Hospital", now under construction. These photos are taken from the eastbound train platform at Vendome station.

Shovels in the ground

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Demolition has started in the 300 block of Ann Street (between William and Ottawa Streets) making way for the next phase of the Lowney project.The New City Gas building is visible in the background.

My Favourite Empty Lot

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Interesting things occasionally appear in this empty lot on Queen Street around the corner from the Darling Foundry Gallery....

Another example here:
5th Jan 2011, 19:56   comments (3)

Montreal Ouest/West

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The commuter train station in Montreal West.....

Edit: A second photo taken a few weeks after the first...
5th Jan 2011, 05:22   | tags:,comments (1)

New City, New Year

The New City Gas Gas complex, early in the New Year, 2011


A positive start to 2011! Plus three degrees and foggy.

December afternoon

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