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.

28 November 2013

Dr Who : LOL part 2

"And nothing is but what is not."
Shakespeare, Macbeth
We divert to Elizabeth's England, 1562.

Who or what is this? Is it a disguised Zygon?

Elizabeth's horse has just revealed itself as such, so why not this creature too.

The Doctor confronts the alien.

Dr Who (Tennant) : Woah woah woah! Oh, very clever. Whatever you've got planned, forget it. I'm The Doctor. I'm 904 years old. I'm from the Planet Gallifrey and the constellation Kasterborous. I am the Oncoming Storm. The Bringer of Darkness. And you...

... are basically just a rabbit. OK carry on. Just a general warning. (A silent aaaargh!)

We know and recognise this ancient scene.

Joseph Beuys: How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare, 26 Nov.1965
Galerie Alfred Schmela, Düsseldorf.  Photo: Ute Klophus
A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
someone looks at something ...