Monday, October 27, 2014

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Get into the arty cut-up-ism of Copenhagen's...sorry... DENMARK'S first punk magazine

IKLIPSX

A mix of reviews, interviews, homegrown poetry, rants, raves and collage

Born 1978 - Died 1980, IKLIPSX was the typical punk zine, but with a more artistic flavour than most. Number 1, 1980 came in a brown paper bag, was named "the media package" and included a slice of sausage wrapped in tin foil...

From the link you can download every issue as a PDF and thus be liberated from petty middle class boredom.

SO WHAT ARE YOU F**KING WAITING FOR YOU BASTARD!!

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Panzer: Panzerjäger Marder III, Sdkfz 139
Serving with a Waffen-SS unit. The dark grey colour would suggest the photo was taken in the summer of 1942.
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Monday, October 20, 2014

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Growing old...beer gut showing, hair falling out...eyesight failing, and some chaps (not me) might even begin to experience "erectile challenges"...

And anyway...things just aren't as exciting as they used to be, right?...

On the whole, not much fun is it?...

BUT the progress of time can occasionally give you a small thrill, as illustrated by the tasty little tome pictured above:

The German Jet Genesis

Published in nineteen eighty two, I remember spotting that fabulous cover in the "War and history" department of my favourite bookstore in Copenhagen Politikens Boghandel, on the corner of Town Hall Square.

Recently subjected to a major makeover, which completely ruined the charm of the old place (like so many other things here in Copenhagen) this big and spacious store, filled with books in English, was for many years one of my favourite places to visit in Copenhagen.

Back in 82' I was a mere lad of sixteen, and not exactly loaded with money... so naturally I checked the price tag...and had to accept that a price of 187  Danish kroners (roughly £ 19) was way to expensive for me...

With regret I left the store. And did my best to forget about the the mistake I had made of peeking inside the book, filled with beautiful black and white line drawings of experimental German aircraft of WWII, some of them too advanced to ever leave the drawing board.



Masterpieces of futuristic fantasy.

Well. Years passed. I had other thrills. Purchased other books. But somehow, I could never forget about The German Jet Genesis.

Until a few months ago, when it suddenly dawned upon me: HEY! this is the age of Amazon.com! bookfinder.com!  some of those books I longed to own when I was living in the good old analogue world must still be out there!

 So I found it... ordered it , received it in the mail

£ 16 it cost me, all included...

Mine at last. Page after page of beautiful black and white drawings of fantasy aircraft, most of which never flew.

Thirty two years passed, before my dream came through.


It was well worth the wait.


And, I saved £ 3!


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Panzer: Panzerjäger Panther "Jagdpanther"
A very late model JP, photographed shortly after WWII at a vehicle dump in Germany under British control. Note the full set of flammvernicthern exhaust dampers and what looks like engine fan covers made from wood. These were fitted to avoid splinters from small caliber fire from ground attack aircraft from being sucked into the engine.
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Monday, October 13, 2014

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So where did you find me this weekend?... lounging about in the warm and sunny weather that now passes for "autumn" here in the Age of Global Warming?..

NAY! I spend my time in a crowded room with black painted walls, looking at paper!

Since I was at Copenhagen's venue for Punk music and alternative culture: Ungdomshuset Dortheavej 61, attending:

the CPH ZINE FEST !







 Some peeks inside the venue



A couple of enthusiasts



Words to consider...



And now, the important part: reading your zines!

Thanks CPH ZINE FEST for a really nice and well-organized event

and I'll be back next year.

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Panzer: Panzer übung
Photo of a a large-scale drill involving both Panzer III's, IV's,  APC' and Tiger I's.
This probably took place just prior to the Battle of Kursk in summer 1943.
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Monday, October 06, 2014

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Tantalizing 80's retro illustrations by Killian Eng

Heavily influenced by the many great artists of early Metal Hurlant, and the Ligne Claire style, one must say...

Thoust should also his Tumblr page visit, and checketh out his imaginary poster for Alejandro Jodorowski's unrealised version of Dune

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Panzer: Sdkfz 251, Ausf B
A rare peek inside the legendary APC. Note the surfaces around the driver and radio operator's positions, painted in elfenbein (an off-white colour) for better visibility in the dark. This area was not visible from the air, unlike the remainder of the interior which has been painted in standard dunkelgrau grey. The pillow placed next to the trooper is a bit mysterious. My guess is it was used as a knee rest when the radio operator had to leave his seat to fire the MG 34 machine gun. The support can just be seen, welded to the roof armor.

Monday, September 29, 2014

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I went to this school for about a month back in the first grade.

Hmm.. must be fourty years ago...

The school is located in the Copenhagen suburb of Hvidovre.

My dad and I had to go and live with my grandparents in Hvidovre, because my mother was committed to a mental institution.

I remember coming home from school one day and my mother was sitting on the couch in our living room saying meaningless things. It later turned out that she had burst a blood vessel in her brain.

Unfortunately, she was believed to be psychotic and was placed in a hospital for the mentally ill where she received electrotherapy.

When she returned from the hospital she was all right, but had to rely on heavy doses of anti-psychotic medicine for the rest of her life to deal with anxiety and depression.

While I was taking this photo two small boys came up to me on scooters, asking me why I took photos. I explained that I liked the buildings. The oldest (around six or seven) said he didn't think that they were nice,  and  I asked him why "I just don't" he answered, in a sullen manner. He clearly didn't like a stranger nosing around his neighbourhood. Doing odd things. Taking photos.

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Panzer: Bergepanther, Ausf G
Another rare vehicle photographed immediately after the end of WWII.
There's evidently some damage to the upper areas of the Bergepanther.
Perhaps this was caused by explosives set off by the crew before abandoning the vehicle or maybe the work of strafing allied airplanes.
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