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.

07 November 2012

How It Looks

Close on the scandal about Lance Armstrong and other top cyclists taking illegal enhancements, yesterday's Melbourne Cup drew more media comment about the three participating jockeys who have admitted they previously placed bets on opposition horses than about the race itself.
Scent of scandal hangs over Melbourne Cup

TONY EASTLEY: It's the race that stops a nation, but there's a lingering whiff of scandal surrounding today's Melbourne Cup.

This morning there are Fairfax newspaper reports that champion jockey Damien Oliver has admitted to breaching racing rules by betting $10,000 on a rival horse in a race in which he was riding two years ago.

The horse he bet on won. It's posed a lot of questions for Racing Victoria.

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