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.

08 September 2010

They pork barrel best who bringeth home the bacon

After the federal election's hung parliament and then 17 days of internal trading, the Three Independents have made their deals and the people of Australia have a new (Labor) government.

Already, there are boasts and roasts about the best way to "bring home the bacon". Here's one such from a candidate who failed to save his own bacon.
But defeated Nationals candidate Dr David Gillespie is unimpressed with any news of outcomes for the electorate.

"If he brings home the bacon for the electorate, no-one is going to knock that back but the electorate wasn't asking for a Labor Government," he said.

"He could have brought home the bacon with the Coalition just as much."

read full ABC News article here
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