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.

15 April 2013

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Transcript of Joint Press Conference
Subject(s): National plan for school improvement; Gonski reforms
SUN 14 APRIL 2013
PRIME MINISTER : I turn now to Minister Garrett for some comments.
MINISTER GARRETT : Thanks Prime Minister, and there’s no question that education is the great enabler.
And today, what we’re saying is that the nation needs a plan to make sure that kids around the country get the support they need to do the best they can and of course correspondingly for both those children and their families, and the nation to benefit in the future.
A National Plan for School Improvement means that we’re putting education right at the front of our vision for Australia; an Australia that is well-trained, highly skilled and where kids in schools now get high-paying jobs in the future, not only here but of course in the increasingly important Asian region.
If I look at schools, in all of the schools that I visit, I know that we can provide targeted additional resources and investment that will make a big difference to the kids in those schools.
And if we look at an average figure of $4000 per student that is the kind of money which might help that kid read or write better...

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