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.

14 September 2015


There was loud appreciative laughter in the bLOGOS/HA HA Canberra Office this morning when our politics staff heard the ABC political editor Chris Uhlmann accidentally reveal the PM's plan to save his Prime Ministerial skin. Uhlmann stumbled-out that if this weekend's Canning by-election went badly, Abbott just might call "a double disillusion". His pronunciation was clear.

Realising that Uhlmann had inadvertently divulged a confidence, we called an immediate editorial meeting at which an editorial was committed to, several opinion pieces were proposed, tomorrow's banner was sketched (below) and Laughter Models were hired from an agency.

At 4pm it was Stop the Presses : Malcolm's challenging!
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