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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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This is the rarely used exit at the corner of Peel and Saint-Antoine.
31st Dec 2008, 19:59   | tags:,

messie_sar says:

Wow, this is lovely.

31st Dec 2008, 20:14

MaggieD says:

Love the symmetry of this shot ... and those railings look a little like mantibles (OK, I have been working at the computer for most of today) ...

31st Dec 2008, 20:27

SLG says:

see what Maggie means, but wow lovelt shot.

31st Dec 2008, 20:35

Dhamaka says:

absolutely lovely shot

happy new year!

31st Dec 2008, 20:39

From the thumbnail it looks like a glowing icon of a man in robes standing at the top of a set of stairs -- an awesome effect.

Beautiful picture.


31st Dec 2008, 20:55

Wendle says:

Just awesome :)

31st Dec 2008, 22:11

JokerXL says:

Lovely light down there.

1st Jan 2009, 11:38

mara says:

Nice one!

1st Jan 2009, 16:13

Spiderbaby says:

Very atmospheric!

4th Jan 2009, 19:27

itchymoblog says:

Oh, beautiful! Love it. Great light, too.

8th Jan 2009, 19:17

Michael Pettinicchi says:

Yes very lovely & brings back memories of when I worked at Windsor Station in the Accounting Building. I've been down & up that staircase several times but most of the time we used to take the large elevator next to it.

6th Dec 2010, 15:25

Factotum says:

I confess I sometimes use the elevator to go up, especially if I'm running for the commuter train.

6th Dec 2010, 15:41