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 2011

WoManStyling LaFrance

Our previous post was ManStyling Marvellous Mebourne (here) - lots of history, language and ideas in those three words.

Today we regard the arrangement of stamps on an envelope recently received from Dreux, France : WomanStyling LaFrance, lots of history, language and ideas here too.

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Alongside the six Yves Beaujard-signed "definitive" stamps of the 2008 Marianne et l'Europe series...
Marianne is a national emblem of France and an allegory of Liberty and Reason. She represents the state and values of France, differently from another French cultural symbol, the "Coq Gaulois" ("Gallic rooster") which represents France as a nation and its history, land, culture, and variety of sport disciplines in their combative forms.
...are two tag-signed stamps that re-present the street art of MISS.TIC
Miss.Tic est une artiste plasticienne et poète d'art urbain née le 20 février 1956 à Paris. Ses œuvres apparaissent dans le paysage pictural et urbain en 1985.
Marianne and MISS.TIC : equally and indifferently over-stamped cancelled obliterated

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A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/

someone looks at something ...