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.


01 February 2011

Pierrot and the Liberation Project

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Pierrot stayed up late to watch Rage on Saturday night. John and Yoko were marching in the street, singing Power to the People.

On Sunday, Polichinelle stayed up late. To see The Way I Spent the End of the World, a Romanian film set at the end period of the communist regime of Nicolae Ceau┼čescu.

Pierrot and Polichinelle have both been watching the news. In Egypt, for a week, great numbers of people have been protesting in the streets, demanding a better government.

Pierrot, Polichinelle and their friends have decided they too will march. To show solidarity with all who aspire to liberation.

chromo_Pierrot and the February street parade
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