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 2013

The longer you look at it...

In   Zen                                  they   say:

            If   something   is   boring   after   two
                                               try   it
 for   four.
  still   boring,
  it   for   eight,



             and   so   on.

Eventually   one   discovers   that   it’s   not
boring   at   all
                           but   very    interesting.

- John Cage, Indeterminacy

.   .   .   .

"How long is a piece of sing?"

- Uncle Doug, The Coodabeens, Saturday 13 July 2013

.   .   .   .



But you were also a proponent of carbon pricing at one point?


Look, the thing about this tax is that the more you see of it the worse it gets. The longer you look at it, the more of a disaster it is for our country and if it’s true that Labor is on the point of moving from a fixed tax to a floating tax, it essentially has indicated everything the Coalition has been saying about this all along. It’s a bad tax, it’s bad for families, it’s bad for jobs, it’s bad for everyone.

- Tony Abbott, Leader of the Opposition
  Sunday 14 July 2013
  Interview Transcript here

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