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.

04 March 2012


Coinciding with the publication of our previous post ( Sounds of Weather : here ) a massive Rainbow Serpent began its slow diagonal movement across Australia, bringing record rains (... since 1886) and floods to many regions. In New South Wales alone, three quarters of that State is now affected by flooding.

The darker blues and reds of the rainfall map below show the diagonal impact across the continent over the previous 7 days.

Here, out the back behind this office, the frogs in the dams are drumming-up a bok bok frenzy that we usually only hear once a year, in early summer.

One other result of that previous post is the BLACK BATS tell us they've been receiving a deluge of their own, of skywalker postcards from their weather-watching umbratecture colleagues around the globe.

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