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.

16 December 2008

Asleep on the job! (Hey, mate!)

This is not a middle path.

THE AGE, Editorial

Rudd fails to match words and deeds on
climate change

"A GLOBAL financial crisis was never going to provide ideal conditions in which to tackle the gravest environmental problem facing the planet. Even those who had hoped that Australia would adopt a so-called middle path in reducing carbon emissions, however, should be dismayed by the extremely modest targets that Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced yesterday.
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THE AGE Editorial
December 16, 2008