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.

30 October 2011


Today has been nominated as the birth day of our 7 billionth present human companion.

A few days ago, on the Science Show (ABC.Radio National), Paul Erlich, who in 1968 published the book The Population Bomb, claimed he was the 2 billionth human on Earth at the time of his birth in 1932. ( transcript here )

These statistics are necessarily approximate, but Erlich's own example, living from 2 billion to 7 billion in just 80 years, certainly illustrates.

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