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.

02 June 2014


Art of the segue : in which we follow the previous post with more Primitive Calculators...


don't know what i'm doing up here

just who's pulling the strings
who's that makin' me do that dance 
do that dance  
do that dance 
do that dance 
do that dance 
do that dance
do that dance
do that dance    

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... thence to today's INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DANCE OFF. Background here, with this intro :


Both the National Portrait Gallery of Australia and the Otago Museum received random buys directly into round two. They’re also up against each other. When we drew these two as competitors, we didn’t know how much rivalry there was between Australia and New Zealand. So there’s some national pride on the line, as well as a trophy. To put this in context for the American readers, think Yankees and Red Sox (or, Yankees and everyone), Flyers and Penguins, Dunkin’ and Krispy Kreme, me and my jabroni neighbor who mows his lawn at 6:30am on Sundays, and so on…

 Otago Museum video here
 National Portrait Gallery of Australia video here

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