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.

28 February 2017


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When the Australian Parliament last sat, we were treated to Treasurer Morrison and the COALition's TAR pit performance "Behold, this is coal!".

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After a two week break, Parliament is sitting again. So, let the show continue.

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Senator Richard di Natale, leader of The Greens, in a Senate hearing yesterday : Behold, not COAL, but CORAL! Dead coral, killed by coal, bleached of colour, white.

The Senator formally regards it himself, as above, then shows it to a Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority witness

He asks  the witness, who has just referred to particular dead corals : "Do they look like this? Is this what you'd expect them to look like?"

The Authority chairman, Russell Reichelt replies : "That looks like a dead coral to me." (Thoughts of the dead parrot routine.)

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Committee chair Linda Reynolds advises Senator Di Natale against using props.
"Senator di Natale, it's a prop, and you know that you're not supposed to use props... "

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Rather than desist, the senator reveals an additionally concealed lump of black coal which he holds in his other hand as he promotes his case. As precedent, he refers to Treasurer Morrison's recent lump of coal exhibition in the House of Reps.

The chair is unimpressed and temporarily suspends the inquiry.

Back in his office, Senator di Natale recreates his performance for the media.

What immortal hand or eye
Could frame this fearful symmetry?
(apologies to Blake)

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If you cant beat 'em...

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 someone looks at something...