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.

13 June 2011


What a pleasure to arrive at the tram stop opposite Young & Jacksons and see there Australian Tibetan families, with parents and grand-parents in traditional clothing, on their way to the teachings of the Dalai Lama.

At 9.20 this morning we were welcomed to the Melbourne Convention Centre for the third and final day of His Holiness' presentation of Shantideva's A Bodhisattva's Way of Life, and a further welcome was extended "to the 28,000 who are with us online". Internet access to this event was only announced a couple of days ago. Open universe(ity) interconnectedness...