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.

14 November 2008



Karl Marx classic 'Capital' selling well in crisis
Oct 17, 2008
"FRANKFURT (AFP) — Whether it is simply a fashion cycle or a sign of the times, books by communist icon Karl Marx are selling well, German publisher Joern Schuetrumpf said Friday."

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Bush's plea to save capitalism.
Nov 14, 2008
That's the extraordinary sign-o-the-times headline on the front page of today's (Melbourne) AGE.

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Iraq War Ends : Troops to Return Immediately
Court Indicts Bush on High Treason Charge

Nation Sets its Sights on Building a Sane Economy
Saturday, July 4th, 2009
Must be something in the air today?

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