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.

23 July 2012

Un Tour du Cerceau

Every year, the night-shift crew at bLOGOS/HA HA watch in full the Tour de France on SBS. Every stage, with rarely a moment missed.

What a seasonal treat it is for the thousands who line the way and the millions who tune-in around the globe.

The poetry of  ) the circulation of ) the sounds ) of the names ) old & new ) of the teams ) ) ) )

TEAM SKY ) ) )

of the riders ) ) ) )

Ryder HESJEDAL ) Cadel EVANS ) George HINCAPIE ) AndrĂ© GREIPEL ) Alexandre VINOKOUROV ) Mark CAVENDISH ) Bradley WIGGINS ) Andy & Frank SCHLECK ) Matty GOSS ) Stuart O’GRADY ) ) ) )

of the commentators )

Phil LIGGETT ) and Paul SHERWEN ) )

of the colour ) the movement ) photography ) countryside ) spectators ) architecture ) ) ) )

Stage 19 
(52 km - time trials)

) after which a helicopter delivers us a turning bird's view of that miraculous construction ) what more ) ?! ( ) ) ) )

*This year, the team we followed most closely was LES ENFANTS DU VIDE (Children of the Void : see below) with their sticks and cerceaux and monochrome uniforms all in International Klein Blue.

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