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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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Window Sills

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Windows in the Darling Foundry block on William Street... The sign in the bottom window says

Rue Norman

From the CP train tracks, there's a well hidden footpath leading down to Rue Norman at the edge of the Cours Pominville development.
The white building in the top photos is the abandoned Anachemia building. A little stream, perhaps the Petite Saint Pierre, runs behind it.
I've always liked this little one lane tunnel under the train tracks.

Les Cours Pominville

This development on the site of a former glass factory will have more than 200 houses!

Model Interchange

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The Ministry of Transport's scale model of the proposed Turcot Interchange is now on display in the Centre Saint-Zotique in Saint Henri. There were two knowledgeable MTQ blokes there answering questions, and quite a few people there asking them. It was a bit surprising even to me just how much more informative the model is than the maps.


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Mont Royal Belvedere

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Do you think I'll get out of the car for the perfect shot?


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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

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