Wednesday, May 25, 2005

In Principio erat Verbum...

Adjutorium nostrum in nomine Domini.
Qui fecit caelum et terram.

In 1540, Vannoccio Biringuccio wrote The Pirotechnia - history's "first clear, comprehensive work on metallurgy."[From the cover of the 1990 Dover edition.] In his preface he wrote:

"...whenever the excavation of a mine is begun, it is customary first to seek the grace of God, so that He may intervene to aid every doubtful and difficult effort..." [p. 14]

This I have done.

If you wish to know why I have chosen this name, it is because I am a Chestertonian (among other things) and GKC's favourite Blogg was his wife, Frances Blogg.

And that's all you need to know at this point. More will follow.


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