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.

09 August 2013

Three Little Ideo

Thanks to Mr D for the pointer to The Guardian article :
Three-word slogan generator:  

create your own political catchphrase


Though it might seem to anticipate it, the drawthing below was made well before the Three-word slogan generator.

Made in appreciation of a very different world, that of Iggle Piggle; Makka Pakka; Upsy Daisy (and her Orange Megaphone through which she declares "Pip pip onk onk!"); the Tombliboos (Unn, Ooo and Eee whose names reflect phonetically how a young child might count to three); the (red) Pontipines & the (blue) Wottingers (both families constantly chatter, making high-pitched "mi-mi-mi" sounds and "farting" noises); the Haahoos; the Ninky Nonk and the Pinky Ponk. These are the characters and lingua ignota of our compulsive TellyViewing :
In The Night Garden, ABC TV2 nightly at 6.30.  

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