Monday, September 22, 2014

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Art by David Hardy

Get yer seventies Sc-Fi art at: http://70sscifiart.tumblr.com/

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Panzer: Sdkfz 234/4
A nice shot showing the factory-applied hard edge camouflage of dark green over dark yellow used on many late-war Sdkfz 234's. Photo probably taken in spring 1945 after the end of hostilities.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

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Checketh ye out the military art of Jody Harmon

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Panzer: Panzerjäger Tiger, Ausf B Jagdtiger
A rare private photo of a Jagdtiger with the simplified Porche suspension.
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Monday, September 08, 2014

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Per Grahn 9/9 1931- 24/8 2014

My dad died a couple of weeks ago and was buried last Thursday.

He had a bad heart and received a tripple bypass operation in 2010.

He died from a heart attack coming home from shopping. This usually included stopping by for a beer at a small restaurant at the mall where he would chat with some friends. He was found outside of his house where he had lived for more than fourty years. A place he cherished and loved.

Not a bad way to go I suppose. The last we spent time together we ate a chicken dinner, his all time favourite  dish, and had a good time.

I got along well with my dad, so I lost more than a parent. I also lost a  friend.

Bye dad,

and thanks.


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Panzer: Pzkpfw Tiger, Ausf B "Königstiger"
Another photo of the Tiger II abandoned in front of the Potsdammer Platz railway station in Berlin.
In the background we see the ruins of the KaDeWe department store.
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Monday, September 01, 2014

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Unmitigated praise for the beloved leader in the form of cheerful marching songs?...

hmm.... that has to come out of North Korea or The Third Reich, yes?...

or, maybe: The IBM Corporate Song Book

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Panzer: Pzkpfw Tiger, Ausf B "Königstiger"
An American GI pose for a relaxed snapshot in occupied Berlin,  spring 1945.
He could be leaning against the same Tiger II pictured last week. The Soviet's gathered a number of AFV's captured in the Battle of Berlin and put them on display in a local park before the most salvageable vehicles were shipped to Russia for evaluation and research.
Note the Tiger I in the background with the early "dustbin" style cupola, clear evidence that many panzers fighting in Berlin were older vehicles gathered from armour schools and other second-line units.
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Monday, August 25, 2014

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A selfie from when I was a student at the Royal Danish Art Academy. 
The computer room at the School of Mediaart. I spent many a long night there
working on multiple computers when nobody else was around to use them.


Had my last day as it consultant at The Royal Danish Art Academy.
Readers of this blog will know that I was laid off about six months ago due to staff cuts

Well, that marks the end of a twenty-three year relationship with said institution...and since I'm forty eight years old, that makes it:

Half my life.

I started out as a humble student in 1991, graduated in 1998 and worked as a part-time teacher and it consultant at the academy from around the same time.

Since I never rose to a higher level than that of the part-time hired hand, I also worked other part-time jobs but my job at the academy provided my main income from around 2001.

Sure . I could probably have found other jobs, done something else with my life.

But, I imagined I belonged to the art world - I was an artiste, yes?...

And anyway: it was a nice place to hide out from life, while giving me time to make art in my plentiful spare time.

A nice gig but I never really felt like I belonged. I was basically just an employee, servicing the up and coming art stars of tomorrow.

Replaceable.

Expendable.

Well, Lennard... you've probably got twenty-five or thirty more years ahead of you before it's time to sign out for good

- what are you going to do about that?!..

I don't know...

I really don't.

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Panzer: Pzkpfw Tiger Ausf B "Königstiger"
Abandoned outside the Potzdammer Platz railway station in Berlin, May 1945.
This Tiger was one of a handful of Tiger II's fighting in the Battle of Berlin with the Schweres SS Panzer Abteilung 103/503.
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