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.

24 December 2014

"Strike me lucky!"

Where have we been this last month? 

Just back from an unsuccessful stent stint in hospital and hours before taking our canine mascot to the vet for cruciate surgery, a massive Monday morning lightning and thunder strike slew the bLOGOS/HA HA logic board. It knocked out other computers around here, too, including in cars.

Now, a month later, with a new computer and still migrating back-ups and sorting softwares et al, we return in time to wish you Season's Regards. 
More soon.

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