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.

26 April 2015


Words On Report from yesterday's ANZAC Day clash at the MCG
Bombers (Essendon) v Magpies (Collingwood)

"He (Jamie Elliott) goes for the impossible ...
... and has kicked the impossible! "
That was Adam White on ABC radio. Next, Bruce McAveney on Channel 7 as Travis Cloke prepares to kick for goal from 45 metres out :

"The Pies fans hold their breath ...

... and now SCREAM! "

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