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.

03 June 2013

The facts are the facts and the facts are these ] Albanese meta-mix (

For our sins, bLOGOS/HA HA sometimes watches Question Time of the Australian Federal Parliament. 

Below is an edited detail of an exchange that tickled our fancy last week during the 28 May 2013 House of Representatives Question Time.

The SPEAKER: The member for Kooyong will resume his seat. There are other forms of the House in which to raise that concern. The Prime Minister has the call and will be heard in silence.

Ms GILLARD: The facts are the facts and the facts are these : ...

Opposition members interjecting —
Ms GILLARD: ..................... — for those who are yelling, and I know the facts do not suit you but these are the facts — ..................... They are the facts. The Leader of the Opposition should stop misrepresenting them and this despicable — (Time expired)
Mr ABBOTT (Warringah—Leader of the Opposition) (14:11): Madam Speaker, I have a second supplementary. I refer to ......................

Ms GILLARD (Lalor—Prime Minister) (14:12):
The Leader of the Opposition may be startled to learn that .......................  Nothing the Leader of the Opposition can say or do, nothing he can shout, no spectre that he an raise of fear in our community changes those facts and I direct the Leader of the Opposition's attention to them.

The SPEAKER: Is the Leader of the Opposition seeking to table a document?
Mr ABBOTT: Madam Speaker, I seek leave to table the speech yesterday from the member for Holt describing these matters as .............................
The SPEAKER: Order! The Leader of the Opposition will resume his seat. The Leader of the House, is leave granted to table the document?
Mr Albanese: I seek your clarification, Speaker.

Opposition members interjecting —
The SPEAKER: Order! As I said gratuitous advice is wearing very thin. The Leader of the House has the call.
Mr Albanese: I seek your advice, Speaker, over whether it is possible even to table Hansard in Hansard.
The SPEAKER: Leave is not granted.     

         *Read the full Hansard record of this on pages 21-22  HERE      

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