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 November 2013

LOGOS/HA HA : The Voice of the People

LOGOS : the Speaking into Being of the Universe

HA HA : imperfect Speech

The following is from yesterday's Hansard : 
House of Representatives _ 13 November 2013
The first day of normal business for the new Abbott/Coalition Government.

Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013
First Reading
Bill and explanatory memorandum presented by Mr Abbott.
Bill read a first time.

Mr Burke: Madam Speaker, I rise on a point of order.
The SPEAKER: I call the Prime Minister.

Second Reading
Mr ABBOTT (Warringah—Prime Minister) (10:19): I move:
That this bill be now read a second time.
The Australian people have already voted upon this bill, and now the parliament gets its chance.

The SPEAKER: I recognise the Manager of Opposition Business on a point of order...

 (discussion re. point of order)

In the meantime, I call the Prime Minister.

Mr ABBOTT: The Australian people have already voted upon this bill.
Now, the parliament gets its chance.
The 2013 election was a referendum on the carbon tax.
The people have spoken.
Now, it is up to this parliament to show that it has listened.
The Australian people have pronounced their judgment against the carbon tax: they want it gone.

This bill delivers. It delivers on the coalition's commitment to the Australian people to scrap this toxic tax.
It is also a cornerstone of the government's plan for a stronger economy built on lower taxes, less regulation and stronger businesses.
Repealing the carbon tax should be the first economic reform of this parliament—and it will be followed by further economic reforms: bills to repeal the mining tax, to restore the Australian Building and Construction Commission and to deal with Labor's debt legacy.
The first impact of this bill will be on households, whose overall costs will fall $550 a year on average.
Thanks to this bill, household electricity bills—

An incident having occurred in the gallery—

The SPEAKER: Order! I ask the Prime Minister to take his seat for one moment. There is obviously an orchestrated demonstration within the public gallery today. I warn those persons in the gallery that, if they persist with this course of action, I will have no option but to clear that gallery. I would apologise to anyone who has come in good faith and is sitting in that gallery if that has to occur. So I simply say to those people who wish to behave in a disorderly manner to desist or I will have to ask that the gallery be cleared. I call the Prime Minister.

 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something ...