David Jones, artist and poet (1895-1974) begins his PREFACE TO THE ANATHEMATA :

'I have made a heap of all that I could find.' (1) So wrote Nennius, or whoever composed the introductory matter to Historia Brittonum. He speaks of an 'inward wound' which was caused by the fear that certain things dear to him 'should be like smoke dissipated'. Further, he says, 'not trusting my own learning, which is none at all, but partly from writings and monuments of the ancient inhabitants of Britain, partly from the annals of the Romans and the chronicles of the sacred fathers, Isidore, Hieronymous, Prosper, Eusebius and from the histories of the Scots and Saxons although our enemies . . . I have lispingly put together this . . . about past transactions, that [this material] might not be trodden under foot'. (2)

(1) The actual words are coacervavi omne quod inveni, and occur in Prologue 2 to the Historia.
(2) Quoted from the translation of Prologue 1. See The Works of Gildas and Nennius, J.A.Giles, London 1841.

05 October 2008

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"PREMIER John Brumby's hissy fit over the inclusion of graffitied lanes in a replica of Melbourne at Disney World was so ludicrous that ...".

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"We have a special addition to our auction, by physical graffiti artists WORKMAN JONES (they use their bodies..a different kind of political street art practiced during the day) who created the stencil protest as a work that paid homage to Melbourne’s stencil artists. It is a collection of 5 canvases that made up the roaming wall of graffiti - a pro street art campaign that challenged the City of Melbourne’s zero tolerance policy during the 2006 Commonwealth Games."

(Click here for online auction site : auction ends 10 October.
Later, auction now ended - all 5 panels bought for a song by a Melbourne collector.)