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.

03 September 2010

The Prospectors

Abbott fires $1 billion blank

That's the headline spread across the top of THE AGE today as the fun and games, and the stumbles and gains, continue between the Independents and their suitors. Read about this twist of fortune here

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"JULIA Gillard is just two seats away from being able to form a government after Tasmanian independent MP Andrew Wilkie rejected a $1 billion offer from Tony Abbott for a new hospital in Hobart and agreed to throw his support behind Labor.

Mr Wilkie accepted Ms Gillard's more modest pitch of up to $340 million to upgrade the existing hospital, saying this was a ''much more ethical way to go than simply grabbing a billion for Tasmania''.

The Hobart-based MP, in a strident rejection of Mr Abbott's hospital lure, said:
''It was almost intoxicating to look at a piece of paper that offered me one billion dollars."


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