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.

21 August 2016

Theatre of the Athletes of Regard : new events well received

We've appreciated the inclusion of some of the more contemporary sports at the Rio Olympics

It was great to see running-and-shooting brought to the fore in Modern Pentathlon. Congratulations to Chloe Espesito for winning that.

Chloe Esposito  
And in Gymnastics, mandala ideogram rotation. Congratulations to the Aussie mixed doubles team from Sorlie's Revue for taking out the Antipodean Pedal section of that one.

photo Jeff Carter  
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