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.

09 February 2015

Light at the end of the tunnel for Abbott & Co.

Common words get weird together sometimes : 

This morning's attempt by 'a few disaffected back benchers' to challenge the party leadership of Prime Minister Tony Abbott has failed. The vote (about whether or not to vote) for a LEADERSHIP SPILL was defeated 61-39. 

And so the STAGGERING PERFORMANCE of Abbott & Co. continues a while longer...

From our small collection of Charlie Hebdo, this extraordinary 1975 re-imagining of the Ouroboros symbol by Cabu - CHIRAC SEES THE END OF THE TUNNEL - seems equally applicable today.

Theatre of the Actors of Regard   
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something...