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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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The tour! Day One

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1. Viv and Swamprose fitting into an exhibition of paper mobiles by David
Miles at The Lowry.
2. A sign outside the war museum in Manchester
3. A scone!
4. Four puddleducks being chased into the river by Benji.

welcome to england (from wales!)

16th May 2007, 12:02

Geodyne says:

Lovely images. :)

16th May 2007, 12:17

swamprose says:

I had my first scone. If you eat it like a sandwhich, all the creamy squeezes out the sides. Viv advised eating one side then the other, but sadly you only get jam on one side. It was very very good.

Viv wisely kept us on the move yesterday, so we wouldn't fall asleep. The Lowry is so energizing, it worked. Fabulous museum and great architecture. I have a new view of Manchester now.

16th May 2007, 12:40

Steve says:

Sounds like you are being well looked after

16th May 2007, 14:17

beth says:

i love those paper mobiles!

16th May 2007, 15:31

OJ says:

One of my favourite buildings, well in the North West at least.

I haven't seen the paper mobiles, they look disturbing like the people have been hanged - don't know if that's the effect when you're there.

Oh and that's a nice-looking scone. I'd go for half at a time, dabbing the requisite amount of cream onto each bite with fingers if necessary (if you possibly can get away with it!).

Looking forward to meeting you on Friday.


16th May 2007, 15:44

Sprocket says:

war my shape lives . . .

but cakes shape bodies . . . mmmm

16th May 2007, 16:32

Sprocket says:

war may shape lives . . .

but cakes shape bodies . . . mmmm

16th May 2007, 16:32

Helen says:

Ah, the runaway geese.

16th May 2007, 16:57

Caine says:

Fab series, Factotum! I love them all.

17th May 2007, 06:23

MaggieD says:

Agree with Caine ..... so good to see you enjoying the first stage of your tour ... Yorkshire, with Viv as your guide, is probably, the best introduction to England (note I did not say the UK) you could possibly ask for :)

17th May 2007, 20:30

Euphro says:

I love the colour study of the middle two shots - great!

29th May 2007, 13:29