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.

14 July 2012

sTRUTH, mate!


Spoken Definition as BLOCKED [attempt] by bLOGOS/HA HA

'The truth' is blocked by China's Great Firewall
Published: Friday, Jul 13, 2012, 14:05 IST
By Tom Phillips | Place: Shanghai

"The truth" appears to have vanished from the Chinese internet, after bloggers discovered that the word had been blocked on the country's leading social media website.

Online messages began circulating earlier this week claiming that the Chinese characters for "the truth" could not be searched for on Sina Weibo, a micro-blog that has nearly 300 million users.

Attempts to search Weibo for "the truth" on Thursday turned up the message: "According to relevant laws, regulations and policies, search results for 'the truth' cannot be displayed."

It is not known how long the term has been blocked or why, but one internet user said they had first noticed the truth was missing in late June. Sina Weibo did not respond to requests for information.

Qi Zhenyu, head of social media for iSun Affairs, a Hong Kong-based current affairs magazine, said it was not clear when censors might allow the truth to return. "It is not unusual but it is quite ironic this time - you can't simply block the truth," said Qi. China is notorious for actively blocking sites such as Facebook and Twitter with its "Great Firewall". But social media firms are also required to self-censor as a result of government pressure and guidelines.

Terms blocked in the past include those deemed obscene as well as politically sensitive, such as Tiananmen Square or the name of Bo Xilai, the disgraced politician whose wife was implicated in the suspected murder of Neil Heywood, the British businessman. "Weibo is the most popular social media site in China and as a result suffers the highest level of censorship," said Qi, whose online magazine is also blocked in mainland China.

"Whenever there is a word that upsets them, they just go ahead and block [but] most of the time you can't really explain why they censor a certain word."

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