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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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End of the semester party, baking pizzas in the raku kiln....
19th Apr 2011, 01:48  

Viv says:

the idea made me chuckle

19th Apr 2011, 13:31

Gael says:

Multi tasking : )

19th Apr 2011, 15:57

Factotum says:

There's nothing too toxic in those chemical bins :)

19th Apr 2011, 16:33

bethmadethis says:

They taste nice?

19th Apr 2011, 19:37

Factotum says:

Very nice. Students were asked to bring either crusts, sauces or toppings, so there were all types of pizza concoctions!

20th Apr 2011, 05:46

MaggieD says:

Hahaha ..... we sent out for local pizzas at the end of term, though there was talk of using the blow torch to defrost the cheaper frozen versions ....

20th Apr 2011, 21:04

Kostika says:

That sounds like an awesome idea. YUM!

22nd Apr 2011, 15:21

Caine says:

What an interesting idea. Well, you gotta use what you have at hand!

22nd Apr 2011, 20:34