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.

05 November 2013

Cup Day

We recently (here) showed some illustrations by the "Father of the American Cartoon", Thomas Nast.

Australia has a rich vein of cartoonists. Of these bLOGOS/HA HA holds Bruce Petty in highest regard : for his grand inclusive view and the consequent representation of inter-connectedness; for his ability to show the big picture in the small (see below); for his wit and good humour; and always for the scribbly immediacy of his line.

Today is Melbourne Cup day. A public holiday in the State of Victoria for "the race that stops a nation". A nation with a newly elected Government whose first order of the new Parliament will be to 'Axe the (carbon) Tax'; a government sceptical about Climate Change and (therfore) for the first time in 82 years with no Minister for Science.
Tony Abbott is demanding Labor “repent” for its support for a carbon tax (backing an efficient market to reduce greenhouse emissions is apparently, in the new prime minister’s estimation, a sin).

Lenore Taylor, The Guardian, 16 Oct 2013
Labor unlikely to 'repent' on carbon tax
And much more in "The Sermon on the Mount"...

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