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.

24 July 2011

Cadel Evans and the Hero's Journey

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Sports Mad Australia made the image below in 1991 : The Wonderful Laughing Journey of Saint Kidney. For once, the picture does literally tell the story.

The journey of a hero who sets out on a binary eye cycle and along the way, through the geography of pain, heals the dualistic wound.

This epic of the AFL came to mind again over the recent weeks of this year's Tour de France, and especially during the last few days, witnessing the enormous courage of the Australian cyclist Cadel Evans, lead rider for team BMC.

Duality of determinants in the duel for the crown
Rupert Guinness : Sydney Morning Herald July 24, 2011
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