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.

30 September 2011

Half-time at the G

SLAVE GUITARS with members of Melbourne's BLACK BATS (pictured below) in rehearsal for their half-time performance at tomorrow's Collingwood v Geelong AFL Grand Final.

Melbourne is famous for its fluctuating weather. (Four Seasons in One Day - Crowded House) It's not surprising, therefore, that umbratecture has evolved such a distinctive form in this place. No surprise either, given the 30% chance of hail hitting the MCG during tomorrow's game, that these home town favorites should be called on again for their extraordinary crowd-crazer rendition of Chuck Berry's Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll! .

SLAVE GUITARS with Umbrellatects at MCG_sRGB_400
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