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.

25 June 2012

Architecture Aims To Fill Void

From last week's Business pages of The Age :

MAB's general manager, commercial and industrial, Richard Johnston, said the first building aimed to fill a void in the Docklands office market. MAB's Aquivista, opposite The Quarter and the new Lend Lease strata office building were designed to cater for small businesses requiring up to 500 square metres.

At the other end of the market were the big buildings with tenants such as ANZ, NAB and Mercer. ''The gap is in the middle area of the market,'' he said. A company that needed up to 4000 square metres would probably have 200-250 employees, so ''that's a big business''. Mr Johnston said MAB was looking at rents in the high $300 per square metre.
$250m Docklands office precinct out to attract middle market (read article here)
Philip Hopkins / THE AGE
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