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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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14th Aug 2007, 03:44   | tags:

I love this juxtaposition and really love buildings that show the sky

14th Aug 2007, 06:46

nige says:

very nice facto. i thought it was MK for a moment.

14th Aug 2007, 08:39

taniwha says:

This is what i like. Simple photos that get me to look at things differently.

14th Aug 2007, 09:08

PR says:

D, you should be working.. aren't you? )) the third one - terrific

14th Aug 2007, 10:31

Viv says:

nice set

14th Aug 2007, 10:49

minkey says:

Really nice. Love the contrast of colour and reflections are always so special:-)

14th Aug 2007, 11:50

mara says:

wonderful set, I love the top one

14th Aug 2007, 12:13

kevzz says:

I love how the green crawl up the wall. It seems like a stick-on. Lovely shot!

14th Aug 2007, 13:04

excellent collection F, love the clouds :)

14th Aug 2007, 14:36

yes PR... I should be...


14th Aug 2007, 16:32

MaggieD says:

great series .....

14th Aug 2007, 17:44

wonderful contrast in the buildings

15th Aug 2007, 10:14

OJ says:

I love these. Second one's my favourite because it appears to have two dimensions but really has more.

26th Aug 2007, 11:29