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.

08 January 2015


In Reims, a massive Police force is hunting the French Islamic terrorists who, 12 hours ago in Paris, assassinated ten cartoonists and journalists of the satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo and the two police (one of whom was Muslim) assigned to protect them.
Je suis Charlie has quickly become the unifying expression as protests begin in major European cities.

Many hold up a pen or pencil.

In Melbourne, fpm (free pencil movement) stickers are appearing again on the streets.

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