Friday, December 31, 2004

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~messenger

And here on the last day of the year it is customary to gather a few reflections over the state of the world and one's own life.

But you can get that from every newspaper and TV station.

I will finish 2004 by displaying this photo of Ho Chi Minh (which means "Bringer of Light" in Vietnamese) to remind myself that even the most powerful and superior empires can be defeated by strong beliefs and perseverance.

And the message?

"gather ye round"


(Babe? ofcoursovitch!)
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Thursday, December 30, 2004

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Today’s newspapers inform me that after being killed in the disaster in Asia:
A DANE WAS BURIED IN A MASS GRAVE!

This is an outrage! How can a member of the best democracy, the best welfare state, the producer of the best children’s television in the world and the nation where the world’s greatest writer was born (Hans Christian Andersen) be thrown into a simple mass grave! - And probably with a bunch of darkies!

Can't we make friends with some invincible superpowers and attack somebody for this?!?!

Disgrace!
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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

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One of my favourite sights - marshes sprinkled with snow under a brooding sky.

Babe - I usually post 60's type girls but my own favourite is actually the 20's girl.

(and now: Clean the entire apartment to get it done before the new year begins...)
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Tuesday, December 28, 2004

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The towers of Broendby.

Babe - Ah...that Playeboy™ quality...
This was the great achievement of Hugh Hefner, he changed the seedy and acne-ridden face of porn into something that was stylish, highly aesthetic, and could be openly displayed in your Park Avenue penthouse or the bungalow at Cape Cod.
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Monday, December 27, 2004

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R.I.P Torben Christensen 1950-2004.

My old professor at the art academy died just before christmas, only 54 years old.
A pioneer of introducing the new medias of video- and computer art into the rather conservative Danish art-world I suppose he had quite a few worries from time to time.

He also had the irritating tendency to let students go and find their own answers.

A good way to learn.

Goodbye, and thank you, Torben.
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Sunday, December 26, 2004

Friday, December 24, 2004

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Snow is falling.

A Merry Christmas to all!

Babe - Well, a couple of nice packages.
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Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Monday, December 20, 2004

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Panzer - A Panther abandoned during Battle of the Bulge.
This is one of the very rare ones fitted with steel-rimmed wheels instead of the usual rubber-rimmed, only 24 were built.

Babe - Nice gloves.

Yep, no comments, no stories about men in uniforms, no reflections on life in the 21'st century, no rage, no rants.

just skin and steel.


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Sunday, December 19, 2004

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When a nation begins to listen to it's artists and philosophers it's on the decline!
A nation that listens to business entrepreneurs is a nation on the go.

Reflection and deep thought is alright for the greasy cafés of bohemia but how many roads can you pave with that?
-and how many trains will run on poetry?


Aggressive optimism built the world!

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Friday, December 17, 2004

Thursday, December 16, 2004

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Battle of the Bulge - 60'th aniversary.

The famous battle in the Ardennes region of Northern France, Belgium and Luxemburg started 60 years ago today.
With more than a million men committed to the battle from both Germany, Britain and the US it was one of the largest battles of WW2.

It is also the largest single battle fought by the US Army.
Battle of the Bulge Veterans Organisation.

Spearheaded by elite Army and SS Panzer units the battle was Hitler's last offensive in the west but ultimately led to nothing.
The plan was to reach the port of Antwerpen where the majority of allied supplies for the war in Europe were delivered.
In the process the Germans could also destroy the main body of the British forces which would hopefully force the British to leave the remainder of the war's fighting to the Americans. This could in turn cause a rupture in Allied co operation - always a major hope of Hitler and other top nazi's in the last months of the war, which might give Germany a chance for a separate peace agreement with the western allies.

In the beginning things went well for the German forces who where sheltered from allied air superiority by dense fog and clouds. Many American units were taken completely by surprise as the Ardennes were regarded as a "quiet" sector and the long rows of GI prisoners were shown in the German newsreels as a proof that the course of the war was changing.

After december 24'th the the skies cleared and German luck changed, in the end the major German effort was the ability to conduct a well organised retreat without loosing too many men, but the Battle of the Bulge caused the Germans huge losses in armoured vehicles which often had to be abandoned and blown up due to lack of fuel.

German Jagdpanthers destroyed during the battle.

For more info and some great photos, check this excellent page : Ardennes 44'


Babe - Something very appealing about the contrast between this delicate country princess and that rugged tractor wheel...
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Wednesday, December 15, 2004

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Panzer - Missing in action for long , but now Back! - a picture of a "rollbahn" (meaning something like "rolling lane") which was the area in which panzers and their accompanying armoured halftracks would assemble before starting an attack. Judging from the presence of both an "D" and the older "C" version of the halftrack (vehicles on the left and middle, bottom part of the pic) and the fact that the panzers are Panther A's my guess is we are somewhere in Russia, winter 1943-44.

Babe - It's funny how yesterdays "smut" can grow into a vision af beauty and style when it gets older.
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Tuesday, December 14, 2004

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Babes? panzers? rants? raves? quotations from scripture?

no

Today I will give you NOTHING.
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Monday, December 13, 2004

Saturday, December 11, 2004

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Art in business spaces part 2

The most common sight in business spaces today is a SAP (Standard Abstact Painting) these are produced by so many painters (I've made plenty myself) that they can always be picked up at bargain prices. Since they represent nothing besides their decorative value, and the fact that they resemble art, they are ideal for the public spaces of a modern nation with the level of civilization required for membership of the EU, NATO, the UN, various international trade organisations, etc, etc.
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Thursday, December 09, 2004

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Art in business spaces part 1.

A poster by Walasse Ting (this jumbo sized version can be bought at well assorted poster shops for approx. € 150...)
Seen at the offices of Falck in a suburb of Copenhagen.

In Denmark art-investments are now fully tax deductible so we say Congratulations to this multi-million € business, you really went out on a limb with that one!
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Wednesday, December 08, 2004

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"His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength"

Blues legend Charlie Patton's favourite passage from the Bible.

My problem with Christianity has always been mainly a problem with Christians, not really the Bible which is full of powerfull visions and imagery. Somehow it feels like a Christian is always trying to sell you something?
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Monday, December 06, 2004

Sunday, December 05, 2004

Saturday, December 04, 2004

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Honey, I'm home.

The guy living in the apartment below mine is an alcoholic and in the old days, 5-6 years ago, you could hear him every night shouting at his demons and knocking over furniture.

Nowadays he's calmed down quite a lot, but yesterday a friend of him appearently mistook my apartment for his and I found myself with a drunken 50 year old who had locked himself into my home,
I gently managed him out again explaining he was on the wrong floor.

The thing that struck me was the smell he left behind, a mixture of puke, piss, cigarettes, and unwashed feet, he smelled like you had collected the used underwear of ten generations of fishfactory workers and wrestling champions, placed it in a big hole, pissed on it untill the hole was filled up and then you'd left him in it for a few weeks.

Whew!

I had to open all my windows and go for a walk to get rid of the smell again, It really stuck...

Now, how the fuck did he get a key that fits to my apartment?!?!?
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Friday, December 03, 2004

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Pics from my show at PIXEL in Copenhagen, the blurryness is because they are taken with the phonecam, I'm not that bad a photographer...

- and FOUR DVD's sold!
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Thursday, December 02, 2004

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Today my show opens, it's the first time in ten years I'm doing a solo show, well, well...
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Wednesday, December 01, 2004

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Went and saw Alexander by Oliver Stone about the legendary warrior king Alexander the Great - a disappointing experience as the movie is made up of more than three hours of men in loincloth and body armour shouting, killing and talking about the greatness of themselves, their king, and Macedonia.

The battle scenes are the only thing really worth mentioning as they are highly realistic and I think one of the points of the movie is to show the difference between the myth of Alexander and the reality of his conquests, but outside the battlefield the movie just goes on and on with scenes that lack any real drama, shouting "noooooo" every time someone significant dies is hardly great acting, and Angelica Jolie (Alexander's mother) sports a peculiar rrrrussian accent which does nothing for her generally shallow and uninspiring performance.

On the whole it's a confusing blur with the odd quotation thrown in (at a point Alexander, in the middle of a battle, asks a group of reluctant soldiers "do you want to live forever" a quote normally associated with 17'th century Prussian King Frederick The Great)

When the movie's over you want to ask yourself what's really so interesting about a bunch of yokels dressed like a German rock band who explore the world by slaughtering or raping everybody they meet on their way.

Go and rent Gladiator instead.
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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

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"Love" is that beautiful thing existing between parent and child, the rest is desire in disguise.
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Monday, November 29, 2004

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Prepare to want one!
- my new DVD, collecting and showcasing twenty five years of artistic stride!

Well, you can dry my jodpurs, gardiner!

And as always there's space for the Babe
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Sunday, November 28, 2004

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Went to the cinema again, there was this commercial for the Danish army with a young immigrant who is "resqued" from the boredom of the classroom and put into an army chopper, then the slogan comes on: "The army, a place for all young people"

Don't worry about not getting a job on account of your colour, Karim, you can always go and get killed in one of our wars against your own race.

No wonder muslims talk about the justice of God all the time.
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Saturday, November 27, 2004

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Sorry to all, I've missed blogging for days! but I'm busy making an exibition, there will however always be time for a Babe
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Wednesday, November 24, 2004

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Went and saw The Incredibles last night, the latest 3D blast from PIXAR.
The tale of a family of superheroes gone undercover to stay away from scandal, it's a tasty helping of brilliantly designed 60's Sci-fi retro, ripping action, and as another PIXAR/ Disney combo the story of course pushes traditional values like the importance of sticking together as a Family® and just because you are bored, overweight and stuck in a dead-end job with a nagging wife at home doesn't mean things can't take a turn for the better.

But enough of that:

My visit to the cinema also brought despaches from far away!
Amazed by these unexpected tidings, tears began to flow from my eyes!
With unspeakable joy I now bring this to ye:
A great wonder will happen!
Come rejoice with me children! no later than the coming spring we will sit down in front of The Great (widescreen) Book and once again read from:

The Greatest Story Ever Told
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Monday, November 22, 2004

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No steel and skin today, just a recommendation to go and watch Ken Park by Larry Clark
- fucking awesome man!
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Friday, November 19, 2004

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Inspired by my friend Morten's notes of a second-rate poet (in both English and Danish) I realise that War is the perpetual plague of the human race, always there, always moving from place to place, and always with the same message: Here's where the story ends.

A Russian partisan leader captured by men of the SS.
The political commissars of the Communist party were instructed to organize groups of partisans if the area they operated in was occupied by the enemy. Partisans and other groups who continued fighting after their country was occupied were not classified as troops by the 1929 Geneva Convention which meant they were not covered by the convention.
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Wednesday, November 17, 2004

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The media is in uproar over a US Marine's killing of a wounded Iraqi during the fighting in Falluya, I can't help thinking about Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (about the war in Vietnam) where Captain Willard remarks: "Accusing someone of murder here is like handing out speed tickets at the Indy 500"

You better behave boys, when you're fighting for democracy it's one of them good wars.
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Tuesday, November 16, 2004

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Panzer - An overlooked aspect of modern warfare is the necessity of constant maintenance and repair of the complicated equipment, and this picture illustrates how many people were actually involved in changing the drive and tracks on a Tiger I.
Damage like this happened frequently due to mines and grenades and although a disabled Panzer could still fight it would quickly become a target for enemy artillery and be destroyed.

"Babe"?!?! ferget it! read about Brownie Wise, the Polyester Princess of Tupperware, and don't miss Brownie and Earl's Aphorisms

This makes Scientology look like a meeting at the society for collecting used bus tickets! but it also gives the explanation for the victory of Capitalism™ over Socialism©: Champagne and cake just tastes better than bread and water.
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Monday, November 15, 2004

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Panzer - A testimony to the fact that on the Eastern front neither side respected the red cross markings of a military ambulance.

Babe - Nice gazongers...

Saturday, November 13, 2004

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Panzer - Well, enough of World politics...it' back to Panzers n' babes.
An amateur photo of the colossal Jagdtiger, a tank hunter version of the Tiger II mounting a 128 mm gun and weighing 78 tonnes. This and three other Jagdtigers were abandoned after heavy fighting in the German town of Neustadt in April 1945.

Babe - Space Club Girl
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Friday, November 12, 2004

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After his death the media spend a lot of time calling Yassir Arafat a terrorist and talk a lot about corruption in his government of Palestine and hardly mentions his Nobel prize.

Terrorism in the Middle East - how about The Stern Gang lead by Menachim Begin who later became Prime minister of Israel

Oh, those dirty bearded Arabs.
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Thursday, November 11, 2004

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Yassir Arafat 1929-2004

"My dream is to one day return to Jerusalem where I lived as a boy"

I've always wondered why the West have been so supportive of Israel? and to join the contemporary preference for turning to religion for answers: it seems to me that any people in exile would automatically become "the chosen people"
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Flieger - The US wasn't the only superpower to pick up some Nazi technology and use it post war: the Focke Wulf Ta 183 became the Russian Mig-15

Babe - The 70's-feminist-ceramics-class-and-radical left-but-with-money-and-good-looks-look.
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Wednesday, November 10, 2004

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Panzer - Japanese Manga goes Panzer

Babe - Pull up the shades luv, you've got lovely eyes...
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Tuesday, November 09, 2004

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Rakete - Posted by me a few years back on NSOP, I keep returning to the fantasy visons of Luft46 A project using the skills of 3D modelers and artists to bring life to the many advanced "paper planes" of the WWII Luftwaffe.

Babe - Ya gotta have Faith...
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Monday, November 08, 2004

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Flieger - Messerschmitt Me 262 "Schwalbe" The worlds first operational jet fighter was used from late 1944 and until the end of the war. In development since 1941 , the Me 262 was plagued by a number of problems, mainly with the engines, which both delayed it's production a made it difficult to keep in the air. The plane in the photo is being test flown in the US after the war and is a good example of the state of German arms production at the end of the war. Planes were delivered unpainted and often flown from autobahns since the airbases operating Me 262's were attacked by the Allied Airforce when the jets took off (at this point they were very vulnerable since they were difficult to fly at low speeds)

no babe? - You had yours yesterday!
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Sunday, November 07, 2004

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Missed blogging for a few days due to excessive consumption of alcohol and the need for recovery.

Babe - Nice earring.
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Thursday, November 04, 2004

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Flieger - the Sänger "Silbervogel" This project was part of the Luftwaffe plans for an "Amerika bomber" a plane capable of reaching the US to drop bombs on it. None of these project were ever realised but the "Silbervogel" (silverbird) by scientist Dr. Eugen Sänger was one of the most radical ideas. The Silbervogel was to be launched into space like a rocket but return to Earth like a plane. Sänger's idea was that the Silbervogel would "bounce" on the outer edge of Earths atmosphere - a bit like a stone skipping on water. In this way it could travel over very large distances without using fuel and when it reached Amerika it was to drop an a-bomb and land on a remote airfield like a normal aeroplane. The idea of a "Space plane" was very close to the American Spaceshuttle and in fact Sänger's ideas were developed by the Americans for many years after WW2. These projects were shelved in the sixties to concentrate on the moon landings but claims have been made that the US are still trying to build a "Space bomber"

More on the Silbervogel

Babe - Flying high too...
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Wednesday, November 03, 2004

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Flieger - Heinkel He 162 "Volksjäger" on an airfield in Schleswig-Holstein at the end of the war. By the end of 1944 the major problem facing Luftwaffe operations was not a lack of airplanes, but fuel and pilots. The Allied superiority in the skies was so immense that the average new Luftwaffe pilot only lasted two weeks before he was killed or captured. In view of this situation a plan was drawn up to produce a cheap fighther plane which could be flown by pilots with just a minimum of training. The original idea was that the teenage members of the nazi youth organisation the Hitlerjugend should provide the pilots, the plane itself would be made mainly from plywood and powered by a single jet engine.
When flight testing began it was discovered that the plane functioned well, but it took an experienced pilot to fly it and the few "Volkjägers" actually produced were only used briefly during the last weeks of the war.

Babe - "Pick up a book, you might learn something.."
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Tuesday, November 02, 2004

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Flieger - Dornier Do 217N-1 was originally designed as a bomber for the glory days of the Blitzkrieg but by 1944 there was no need for medium range bombers since the Lutwaffe was no longer conquering Europe but defending the skies of the Reich. The Dornier found new life as a night fighter loaded up with heavy machine guns and radar.

Babe - nice dog.
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Monday, November 01, 2004

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Panzer - Sdkfz 251/22 "Drilling" In 1944 the Luftwaffe changed the guns on their figther planes from 20mm cannons to 30mm cannons and this left them with a surplus of perfectly good weapons. One way of using them was the "Drilling" which was introduced during the last six months of the war and had three 20mm rapid firing cannons placed on a revolving pedestal. The original idea was to provide a cheap and easily produced anti-aircraft vehicle for the panzerdivisions, but just like the Wirbelwind posted here yesterday the Drilling was used just as often against ground targets since the German army had to use every gun they could muster when facing the tidal wave of Allied armies.

Babe - "Rock and roll up..."
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Sunday, October 31, 2004

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Panzer - the Flakpanzer IV "Wirbelwind" was one way for the German Army to deal with the problem of Allied air superiority. Mounting four 20mm cannons in a fully revolving turret it could deliver an adequate amount of firepower against low flying ground attack planes but was also used as a ground weapon against enemy infantry. The specimen shown in the photo was destroyed during the last offensive of the German Army in WW2, operation "Frühlingwachen" (spring awakening) in Hungary march 1945. The offensive was an attempt to regain control of Hungary which had been an ally of Germany during the war but had switched to the Allies when it was invaded by the Russians in early 1945. Hungary contained the last natural oil resourses available to Germany, of course of vital importance to the war effort, but the offensive failed due to appalling weather (heavy rain and mud which caused one panzer commander to remark that he should have been given U-boats instead of tanks) To that was added an overwhelming Russian strength which effectively smashed the last reserves of the Panzerwaffe and left them burned out or bogged down without fuel on the Hungarian plains.

Babe - A relative of Salvador Dali's? look at those eyebrows!
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Friday, October 29, 2004

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Flieger - By the end of 1944 the Luftwaffe fighter command was ordered to direct all their attention to allied bombers which were not only destroying Germany's factories and infrastructure but also it's cities. With fewer and fewer experienced pilots trying to fly their planes from fewer and fewer airfields the Luftwaffe initialised a whole range of desperate projects aimed exclusively at destroying bombers. One project was the odd little plane seen in the photo- a Bachem Ba 349 "Natter" which was definitely one of the most radical designs to come out of WW2. The concept of the Natter (which means "viper") was a disposable-one-man-rocket-powered-interceptor. Build by forced labourers in small workshops hidden in forrests or underground saltmines the plane was to be placed in an upright position and then launched like a normal rocket. When it reached the bomber formations it was to launch a salvo of small air-to-air rockets from it's nose which would then hopefully hit the bombers and crash them. After the completion of the attack the natter would break in half and the part containing the pilot would eject a parachute and drop to the ground to be re-used! A few Natters were actually flown for tests but luckily for the pilots of the Luftwaffe the war ended before this innovative but extreme weapon was used operationally.
more on the Natter

Babe - Whomba.
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Thursday, October 28, 2004

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Flieger - Actually a lot of my interest in Panzers came from the highly dramatic - and inspiring- box art found on the cardboard boxes containing plastic kits. I started out building aeroplanes but later on switched to panzers because they took up less space and came in larger scales (like 1/35´th as opposed the the 1/72 standard for planes)
This splendid work, as always done with expert craftmanship by an unnamed Japanese illustrator, shows a Heinkel He 219 "Uhu" shooting down a British Avro Lancaster bomber in 1944 or 45.
Another of Germany's "war winners" the He 219 was produced in far to few numbers and too late in the war to make much difference, but it flew with an on board radar and was the first combat aircraft to use ejection seats. Despite being a large two seated plane it was in fact a night fighter designed to combat the bombers of the British Bomber Command attacking Germany's cities and industrial centres during the night (they were attacked by the Americans during the day)

Babe - Good ole' Betty Page dressed as a sort of Devil Girl - grrrrrrrr...

And some sad news: John Peel has passed away...

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Wednesday, October 27, 2004

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Panzer - The 24'th panzer division on the road to Stalingrad in september 1942.

Babe - She's an extrovert...
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Tuesday, October 26, 2004

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Panzer - The rusting wreck of an early short barelled Panzer IV some time after WWII ended. The original caption says it was destroyed on the German border late in the war. By 1945 Germany was so short of armoured vehicles that anything that could move and shoot was sent to the front, including obsolete tanks like this one which were normally used for training new personnel at tank schools. In march 1945 the German forces in the West had some 500 panzers of all types to defend Germany's heavily bombed industries in the Ruhr area. They were facing an Allied strength of over 3.000 tanks with new deliveries coming continuously from the factories in America.

Babe - You're hired!
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Monday, October 25, 2004

Sunday, October 24, 2004

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Babe - Sorry, no panzer today, but a girl with a difference "I told you smoking had side effects..."
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Friday, October 22, 2004

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Panzer - After WWII ended there was not much left of the German panzers, but a few remaining specimens, like the Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf. H in the photo, were used by Syria during their war with Israel in 1967, this was over thirty years after the first Panzer IV rolled out of the factory in Germany.

Babe - "Last night a DJ saved my life..."
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Thursday, October 21, 2004

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Panzer - From 1944 and onwards the allied armies enjoyed complete air superiority on the European battlefields which meant the German army's strongest asset - the panzers- were under constant attack from a direction where they were also at their weakest: above. One way to deal with this was to use heavy camouflage and this series of two photos show a late Sturmgeschütz III ausf. G parked in a specially constructed shelter to hide it from ground attack planes like the Russian IL2 "Sturmovik"

Babe - This photo makes me think of the Korova Milkbar in "A Clockwork Orange".
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Wednesday, October 20, 2004

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Panzer - An early Panther tank having it's tracks fitted at the MAN factories, probably in early 1943. Although tanks were highly complex and expensive pieces of technology which required a great deal of manpower and raw materials to produce, every panzer had an average life at the front of just 2-3 months before they were destroyed in the fighting.

Babe - Stylish...
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Tuesday, October 19, 2004

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Panzer - My fascination with panzers of course started when I was a boy, this photo taken in the late seventies shows a Panzer III ausf. N preserved at the Tøjhusmuseet in Copenhagen (the black field covers me, I looked pretty silly in those days...) The Pz III was in it's original colours back then but has since been "restored" and given a truly ridiculous paint scheme, the fate of many Panzers placed in museums.
This panzer also has an interesting story attached to it as it was used after the war by a team of German prisoners of war who cleared mines on the west coast of Denmark Read more

Babe - Hubba, hubba...
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Monday, October 18, 2004

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Panzer -From 1943 it became clear that it was impossible for Germany to compete with the arms production capacities of both the US, the Soviet Union and the UK combined.
Instead the German strategi was to produce better weapons by using advanced technology. The led to many pioneering projects which included the use of Infrared seachlights enabling troops to fight at night. This photo of a group of halftracks captured at a research facillity in Germany show them fitted with infrared equipment. The searchlights, called "Uhu" (owl), were also fitted to tanks and handheld weapons but it is uncertain if any af these devices were used operationally.

Babe - "Bang, a booma, booma-rang"
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Sunday, October 17, 2004

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What! STILL no Wagnerian Wheels or Defrocked Damsels??!?!
but not to worry - they will be back soon...
Instead you can marvel at a painting I've done, it's called "Naked"
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Friday, October 15, 2004

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Fuehrer - No steel today either, but instead this eerie postcard of The Dolf Man "...tomorrow belongs to us...".

Funkhelferinnen - "Germany's young women are doing their bit as Radio Operators..." One of the fatal weaknesses of the Nazi war effort was the reluctance to employ women - something the allied nations did on a massive scale. This reluctance was directly connected with the Nazi view of women as primarely responsible for raising children (for future wars)
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Thursday, October 14, 2004

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Well, no teutonic steel or scantily clad womenfolk today, Swedish television are doing a cavalcade of films by the Coen brothers and yesterday they aired Barton Fink one of my all-time favourite movies!

Ekstra: Diggin' deep into Fink
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Wednesday, October 13, 2004

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Panzer - Another postwar photo of a destroyed panzer, this time in Moravia where some local people seem to enjoy the fact that this Jagdpanzer IV(70) no longer has a war to fight.

Babe - Candy-cute I'd say...
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Tuesday, October 12, 2004

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Panzer - Panther tanks and panzergrenadiers of the Wiking SS-division conducting a small local attack somewhere in Poland in the summer of 1944. The Wiking division was one of many "foreign" divisions established by the SS to fight in Soviet Russia and contained a mixture of Dutch, Danish, Norwegian and German troops.

Babe - A woman the great Toulose-Lautrec could have painted.
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Monday, October 11, 2004

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Panzer - Another collection of burned out armour awaiting the scrapheap, this time in the summer of 1945 in Czechoslovakia.
The small European country was flooded with retreating German forces during the last weeks of the war, squeezed in between the Western Allies advancing from the West and the Red Army coming from the East. Fighting desperately to avoid capture by the Russians some German units surrendered as late as May 12'th 1945 (the official surrender was May 8'th in the West and May 9'th in the East).

Babe - Well, we all like to watch a good fight.


Friday, October 08, 2004

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Panzer - A scout unit during the invasion of Russia 1941. The swastika flag draped over the halftrack was to prevent the Germans own airplanes from bombing their panzer units which often moved so fast they could be mistaken for the enemy.

Babe - Tits and shades, this i s what this blog is all about...
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Thursday, October 07, 2004

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Panzer - Cars used by the German army as staff cars for the higher ranking officers assembled on a field somewhere in Germany after WW2. After the war vehicle dumps like this were established near the former battlefields for collecting burned out tanks and other vehicles for scrapping, must have been great for the local kids!

Babe - Nice chair.
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Wednesday, October 06, 2004

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Panzer - Allied bombings did a lot to disrupt Germany's tank production in the last two years of ww2. The production of small arms, and even fighter planes and V2 rockets could be moved to small workshops which the bombers couldn't spot, but the production pf panzers demanded heavy machinery which could not be moved that easily. In this photo, taken after the war ended, the hull of an unfinished King Tiger stands in the rubble of the Henschel factory in Kassel.

Babe - Many of these ole-tyme photos make good use of the viewers imagination which I prefer compared to today’s gynaecology lessons.
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Tuesday, October 05, 2004

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Panzer - The successor to the Tiger was the even mightier "Königstiger" (King Tiger) a formidable weapon both armament and amour wise but greatly handicapped by it's weight (68 tonnes, fully loaded) This is clearly visible in the photo taken in Czechoslovakia a few months after the war ended, the abandoned King tiger is slowly sinking into the ground simply by the force of its own weight.
The connoisseur would notice the object on the rear deck in the shape of a cylinder, this is a housing for an extra radio antenna making this King tiger one of the very rare command vehicles used by battalion commanders.

Babe - Looking at these two Troublesome Trollops I imagine hearing the soundtrack from Pulp Fiction.
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Monday, October 04, 2004

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Panzer - The Sturmtiger was one of the few alternative versions of the Tiger tank. Constructed in late 1944 only 18 were build before WW2 ended so despite it's massive appearance it didn't make much impact on the general course of the war. The idea behind this weapon was to create a vehicle capable of destroying any kind of bunker or fortification, and for this purpose the Sturmtiger was fitted with a 380 mm rocket-mortar launching a shell weighing more than 350 kilograms. This piece was originally made for the German navy to combat enemy submarines and enabled the Sturmtiger to destroy its targets with just a single shot. One report stated a Sturmtiger managed to knock out no less than three American Sherman tanks hiding in a German village by just firing once. Most Sturmtigers never got as far as that, since the vehicle used large amounts of fuel desperately needed for less specialised vehicles and many were found abandoned in the closing weeks of WW2.

Babe - A delightful derriere on this Shady Sadie.
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Saturday, October 02, 2004

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Panzer - A Panzer 38(t) during the invasion of France in 1940. This tank was originally build by the Czechs but when Germany occupied Czechoslovakia in 1938, large quantities was captured and incorporated into the German Panzerwaffe. It's design was in fact so brilliant that the Germans produced a whole range of vehicles based on it, including several self-propelled guns and the successful Hetzer tank-destroyer.

Babe - One thing I like about these old photos are the stylish poses some of the ladies strike.
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Friday, October 01, 2004

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Panzer - Sergeant Bellof of Heavy tank battalion no. 509 poses in front of his Tiger I parked on a snowy Russian field in the winter of 1944.The legendary Tigers were assigned to independent battalions which were usually placed directly under the command of an army or corps which used them as "fire brigades" along the frontlines. If the enemy broke through the lines the Tigers were moved to that area to try and break off the attack. If you served in a Tiger battalion you had the benefit of belonging to the elite of the German armoured forces, fighting in one of the strongest tanks on the battlefield of WW II, but you would also be committed almost continuously to some desperate and risky battles which meant your chances of getting yourself killed were also higher.
The German soldiers actually had a saying when faced with a particularly dangerous task: "Holz kreutz oder eisernes kreutz" - "Wooden cross or iron cross" meaning that either you died in the battle and got a wooden cross over your grave, or you somehow survived only because you fought so bravely you got the Iron Cross (a medal for bravery in the shape of a cross)

Babe - Nice hair.
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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

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To rephrase an old song:

Scared of living, tired of dying

(and I've noticed that since I stopped posting panzers and babes the average number of visitors per day have dropped from thirteen to nine - you degenerates!)
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Tuesday, September 28, 2004

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Back to work at, (insert name of large art-institution in Denmark)

Somehow I can never forget that: He wanted to be an artist too...
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Monday, September 27, 2004

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I realised today that the nineties are over...
maybe not hot news for the rest of the world, but it always takes a few years before a decade ends, there's no clean cut when the last decimal is reached - it sort of lingers on into the next decade.

No more ambient techno, grey microfibre trousers, and orange sunglasses.
No more sushi, imported beer, and ecstacy.
No more internet millionaires, mp3's, and "My name is Carl and this is my personal webpage, it will be updated soon"

No more nineties.


Please hold me, I'm afraid.
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Saturday, September 25, 2004

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Panzer - "the office" of a panzer commander, it was the commanders job to select targets for the gunner, thus the commander often had to stick his head up through the cupola and use his binoculars to monitor the area, a very risky task on the open battlefield.

Babe - Ah...the innocense of yesteryear, a lot of these photos from the fourties and fifties show girls with a desert in the background which might mean they were shot in the hills outside Hollywood where the girls were probably trying to make it as film stars.
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Friday, September 24, 2004

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The greatest fear of the white culture is that some day, some other race will do to them what they have done to so many others, that some day another culture will come and take their land and make them slaves, because they are stronger and have superior weapons.
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Thursday, September 23, 2004

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Panzer -It's colour fun here today! - and this photo of a Jagdpanther is burstin' with it. The Jagdpanther was a development of the Panther but with a bigger gun in a fixed superstructure (the legendary 88 mm)
This type of design was labeled a Panzerjaeger or "tank hunter" and the idea was a panzerjaeger would have a more long ranging gun than the enemy's tanks making it capable of detroying them while being out of their reach. A bigger gun meant more weight and that's why it was placed in a fixed position instead of in an revolving turret like a tank would have it.
This specimen being inspected by a G.I was knocked out in Germany in early 1945 and comes from one of the last production runs. The German factories managed to put out new weapons as late as april 1945, but in fewer and fewer numbers, and as the allies began entering Germany's industrial centres, tanks were often driven straight from the factory floor to the frontline. This Jagdpanther might be one as it has never received any markings or numbers of any kind and still retain an overall covering of green colour which would normally have been covered at the factory by blotches of sand yellow and red brown.

Babe - She comes in colours everywhere!
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Wednesday, September 22, 2004

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Panzer - A panzer IV with the early short-barreled gun destroyed during the opening part of WW II, probably in France. The cracked armour and blown out hatches suggests it received a hit in the internal ammunition stovage which then blew up the panzer. Few crewmen would survive a disaster like that, grimly illustrated by the primitive graves in the background.

Babe - You might have second thoughts about approaching this gal!
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Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Monday, September 20, 2004

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Panzer - The "Hanomag" as it was often referred to by the allies, was a halftrack buildt to carry infantry for supporting the panzers during attack - the so-called panzer-grenadiers.
By the Germans it was referred to as the Sonder Kraft Zeug 251 (SdKfz 251) and designed to carry eight fully equipped troopers. As can be seen in this photo from late 1944 or early 1945 supplies of 251's were never sufficient and a lot more men were usually carried. The photos must have been taken immediately before an engagement as only lunatics would ride on the outside of the vehicle during an actual attack.

Babe - Nice earrings.
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Sunday, September 19, 2004

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Check out! - my new video, it's called TOUR-ism

(8.4 mb, streams with Windows Media Player)
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Saturday, September 18, 2004

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Panzer- A Sturmgeschütz III in the summer of 1944. The Stugs were originally placed in independent brigades designed to deliver armoured support to infantry units, which by nature didn't have access to panzers. In the last years of the war Stugs began replacing panzers in many units because they had the same firepower but being turretless they were quicker and cheaper to produce. This Stug has the late "pigs head" mantlet around the base of the gun which was made to better deflects shots from enemy weapons.

Babe - Nice chair...
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Friday, September 17, 2004

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Panzer- The ideal conditions for armoured warfare: Warm and sunny (this looks more like a drill or gunnery trial, regulations for attack demanded a distance of at least one hundred meters between tanks)

Babe - "Mama don't take no lip..."
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Thursday, September 16, 2004

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Panzer- The spring and autumn rainy seasons in Russia are known as rasputitsa ("the time of mud") and creates quagmires of mud. Some Panther A's and an unlucky motorcycle rider in late 1943 or early 1944.

Babe - Sleeping beauty.
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Wednesday, September 15, 2004

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Panzer - The Panzer V "Panther" was designed as the German answer to the Soviet T-34 which revolutioned tank design and proved a shock to the German armoured troops during the invasion of Russia. The early Panthers were rushed into service in the summer of 1943 and suffered from engine fires, but these problems were quickly solved and the "Panther" was probably the best German tank of WW II being more flexible and produced in far greater numbers than the more famous "Tiger". This specimen is an early version "A" recognizable by the absence of a machinegun in the front armour plate. This was later installed to keep Russian infantry from climbing onto the tank to destroy it with hand grenades or firebombs (the legendary "Molotov-cocktails")

Babe - It's glamour time again with this "tooth-some two-some".


And for the Danish readers: Ove Sprogøe dies, age 84.
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Tuesday, September 14, 2004

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One Panzer - Operation "Ukraini Freedom" a Panzer IV Ausf. G probably in the summer of 1943.

What! - no babe!!!!! - sorry, but I can't upload today, leaving plenty of room for jokes along the lines of "can't get it up..."

Well managed to do it anyway: One babe - Betty Page is hardly the best kept secret of Pinups anymore but she's a cutie and today not far from rivaling Marilyn Monroe when it comes to fame and exposure.
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Monday, September 13, 2004

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One Panzer- Some say the only way to see Russia is from the roof of a Panzer IV.

One Babe- Nice carpet.

(this young lady looks like Danish actress Helle Virkner missa thinks)
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Sunday, September 12, 2004

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One Panzer - The "Sturmpanzer IV" a variation of the panzer IV mounting a 150 mm howitzer in an armoured superstructure. It was designed to provide heavy fire support during armoured attacks, destroying bunkers and other fortifications. Seen here somehwere on the eastern front in 1944.

Two Babes - Another twosome, are they perhaps veterans of the "a kiss for a dollar" circuit?
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Saturday, September 11, 2004

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And you're thinking: "what happened to that blog?" no more bitterness?, no more complaints? no more stories about men in tightly fitted field grey?
Yes, it is sad... but from now on you can always count on a daily helping of:

One Panzer- "Tiger 332" belonged to an SS unit and was abandoned during The Battle of the Bulge. Captured by the Americans it's seen here before shipment to the U.S. Today it can be seen on display at the Aberdeen Proving Ground.

One Babe- not much info about these two lovelies, but they knew a photographer...

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Thursday, September 09, 2004

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

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A regular sub-category of "Don't ask...." featuring:

The Daily Retro Babe

coming up!
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Monday, September 06, 2004

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In the dark underbelly of post-modern existence there was only one man you could truly call king : "Nuggets" O' Halloran!

And that gal in the pic only came round to do his laundry...
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Friday, September 03, 2004

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And They Held Their Guitars Like Rifles And Fought For What They Believed In.
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So what's the story here at "Don't ask..." ? from now on just a porn site?

just?..
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Tuesday, August 31, 2004

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Art? hysterical aestheticism, overblown egos and, of course: silly hats...
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Monday, August 30, 2004

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That demon whispers in my ear!
Mmmmh -bad somethings!
Yea-earh!

However far, he's always here!
Mmmmh - bad somethings!

Yea-earh!

(a slight alteration of the famous pop hit "Sweet Nothin" with Wanda Jackson, - welcome to week 36...)
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Man is awakened by the noise from a party going on next door.
He knocks on the door and his next door neighbour opens it, wearing a bra, fishnets stockings, and a blond wig...
"Oh hi, Trevor, we're having a party why don't you join us?" he says
The man walks into the living room and quickly realises he has entered an orgy, everywhere he looks there are people having sex in every possible way.
He sits down in a sofa next to a woman who is enyoying complete anal penetration.
Overwhelmed by the whole scenario he fetches a joint from his jacket and prepares to light it up, but then the woman goes:
"Oh no! it's not going to be one of THOSE parties, is it!"

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Saturday, August 28, 2004

Friday, August 27, 2004

Thursday, August 26, 2004

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Hmm..."Red Fire Demon" where does he fit in? - better get my Daemonipedia and look him up...
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Wednesday, August 25, 2004

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How did you do it? - how was your civilization contructed?- what is the base or core?

Watered down satanic ritual.
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Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Monday, August 23, 2004

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I was happy and then I threw it all away for a dream.

What do you call a person like that?
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Saturday, August 21, 2004

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Of course you want to download the title song from The Office:
Handbags and Gladrags

Of course you want to read all about it: All about it
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Friday, August 20, 2004

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Laxatives in the caviar, gunpowder in the petrol.

Reporting for duty.
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Wednesday, August 18, 2004

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What to give your mum for Christmas? her birthday? mothers day?

Your company.
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Saturday, August 14, 2004

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Blow, Wind, Blow.
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Considering what little importance art has to the average person how could I ever believe I could get away with spending my life doing that?
The artist challenges the general order of mediocracy by claiming possession of special talents and capabilities. The only way society can respond to that is to expect the artist to put in twice as much work and reap half the rewards as the average citizen. Only by fulfilling these demands the artist can be accepted as a valid contributor to society and eligible to enjoy the same rights as anyone else. Of course only men and women driven by burning ambition, pathological megalomania, or genuine talent would ever embark on such an insane journey. Those who succeed can occupy seats at the front row of our culture, and those who fall over the railings must be put in with the other dregs of society who have failed to understand that to produce and consume at the highest possible speed is the ultimate meaning of existence.

To create and reflect just blurs things out and can cause indigestion.
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Friday, August 13, 2004

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I do not shun the celebrated!
but let my middle finger wish them well!
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Wednesday, August 11, 2004

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Come to me with words of consolation and I'll sound the trumpet of my backside!
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Tuesday, August 10, 2004

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I urinate on the constitution!
and wipe my dripping cock with the flag!
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Monday, August 09, 2004

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I would rather dine at the latrine than share the company of the bourgeoisie!
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Sunday, August 08, 2004

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I scare the children!
I outrage the elderly!
I sneer at the neighbours!

And politics? - I wipe my arse with that!
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Saturday, August 07, 2004

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I piss on the state!
I vomit on the church!
I spit on the family!
I defecate on the nation!
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Friday, August 06, 2004

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I pee on the rational!
from now on my life will be guided by intuition, the spirits, and divine interference.

(to be continued...)
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Wednesday, August 04, 2004

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I Am An Artist
I Drink From The Fountain of Life.

(but nor would I down a lager pass...)
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Tuesday, August 03, 2004

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With Us, For Us, By Us.
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Danish Television journalist Connie Hedegaard has often attacked the Danish government for arrogance and unsound methods in her program Deadline on Danish television.
Today she was appointed the government's new minister of the environment...
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Monday, August 02, 2004

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A letter from the editor.
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What's happening here at "don't ask.."? Is it all about babes, beaches and silly comicbooks now? - no such thing! this site can still post an Art Link.

(it was meant as a joke but I ended up actually liking some of that stuff...)
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Sunday, August 01, 2004

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Miss August 1968.
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August is here, the weather is warm and sunny - time for a dip...
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Saturday, July 31, 2004

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Them bones, them bones.
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A funny thing to think about, but I've found out what I want written on my gravestone:

"No stone left unturned"

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Thursday, July 29, 2004

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

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McSweeneys #13.
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Recommended by Stuart- man of T-Melt, I bought a copy of this highly interesting publication. This issue is all about cartooning and features brand new contributions by the top-level of America's (under-, middle- and off-ground) cartoonists.
Besides offering new stuff by the well-knowns like Robert Crumb, Kim Deitch, Los Bros Hernandez, Daniel Clowes (and the enigmatic Bil Woodring) McSweeneys also has a host of articles (it packs a walloping 257 pages...) on cartooning. It comes with a rather insulting price tag - $24! but this means you also get some of the most interesting book design I've seen in years: It's all done in an odd "1912-ish schoolbook" style and also includes a dustjacket that folds out to become a poster (with embossed gold-print...) and two mini-comics!
Highly recommended for any post-modernist.
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Monday, July 26, 2004

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Hope for the life-lorn.
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Stuart- man of T-Melt, informs that Terry Zwigoff, the director of the acclaimed "Ghostworld" is to make yet another feature film based on a comic by Daniel Clowes, this time he takes on Clowes' hilarious "Art School Confidential"
And Zwigoff has this to say also:

I've stopped going to see art films because every critic gives them four stars and say things like "masterpiece," "spellbinding," and "mesmerizing." I mean, they're doing that with my film, but I don't want to use those blurbs. Critical reviews aren't worth too much anymore because just about every film can get one or two of them...

couldn't agree more!
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Sunday, July 25, 2004

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You doggone right, massa!
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The Ego is a bit like a tire; from time to time it needs some pumping.

Sometimes you run over a nail...
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Friday, July 23, 2004

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

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Eightball # 23 "The Death Ray".
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The latest (and much awaited) issue of "Eightball" comes highly recommended. Once again Daniel Clowes delves into the dark core of postmodern life as he tells the story of "Andy". We first meet Andy in 2004, a bitter and slightly sociopathic loner with two divorces to his credit. He nowadays enjoys the company of a pet dog and likes to tell people to pick up the candy paper they just dropped - "or else..."
Then the story jumps back to sometimes in the late seventies/ early eighties to investigate the origin of Andy: Back then an orphan living with his grandpa who is reaching the early stages of senility. As usual with Clowes "serious" works - David Boring, Ghost world, and "A Velvet Clove Cast In Iron" it takes time to get the full grip on the story but as often before it is basically a tale of the bleakness and loneliness of postmodern existence with the addition of magic and the supernatural (in this case Andy claims he has the power to make people disappear with the use of a Ray Gun invented by his dead scientist father) Most of the story focuses on the life of outsider Andy and the equally marginalised (but also obnoxious) Louie who suffer the ridicule of the local teenage "Sports-hunks". The two boys spend most of their time hanging out together against a drab and listles backdrop of a medium-sized city that could be anywhere/ nowhere, while dreaming teenage dreams: start a band?, move away? Have sex with the maid? - Get a new haircut? And it appears that the "Death Ray" and the ray gun is a way for the two boys to escape reality and live in a dream world where they are powerful superheroes.



I won't reveal more of the story here, but readers of Clowes' will find he has a vision of the world much in common with a filmmaker like David Lynch or -to some degree; Quentin Tarantino and "Death Ray" is no exception as what seems to be just a presentation of average daily events takes on a strange eeriness while the story progresses, often skipping back and forward in time. At its conclusion you even have a choice between three different endings!
Add to that Clowes' play with the media of cartooning - he has a great way of illustrating muted voices by obscuring their speech bubbles - and you have another example of why I stopped going to galleries and bookmarked Fantagraphics instead.

Dream scenario: A movie of Clowes' stories directed by Sofia Coppola...
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Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Monday, July 19, 2004

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Delivery.
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Finally in my palms, greasy: The latest *opic from Clowes, Daniel...

(An amalgamation of the words "epic" and "opus" used to describe a work of art that places itself outside, between or beyond the traditional categories)
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Sunday, July 18, 2004

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In the heat of the night.
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Sun, warmth, bikini's, busty blondes with a deep tan, designer sunglasses...car owners...
- summer has finally reached country of Denmark.

-FERGET IT! Give me the sleazy charm of the 50's club where frail creatures dwell in the twilight of the back room, where gender bends and the losest wrists packs the hardest punch, where the losers, the drop-outs, the bums, the jokes, the pervs, the has-beens, the runaways, the outsiders, the queens, the kings, the princes and the thieves can be gods on their own mount Olympus of shimmering silver drapes and papier mache cityscapes, and where the poetry of the boudoir flows under a 5 ¢ lightbulb.

Where there is hope.

(and I want my Martini stirred!)
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Saturday, July 17, 2004

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Oh, I Wish I Were In The Land Of Cotton.
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Took an evening walk and passed by an old place known to a few of the (Danish) readers.
Yes, in this old villa (a lot more scruffy back then) we did our version of "The Real World" for two years
(- don't know about "real", but fun it waseth...)
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Thursday, July 15, 2004

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To Have And Have Not.
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My latest acquisition: An extra book cabinet!



And of course: An entire shelf reserved exclusively for the works of Robert Crumb...
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Wednesday, July 14, 2004

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What is it?
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- about my no.2 job? I have to spend two hours there every two weeks during the summer (not exactly exausting...) but that makes me look like this:



(compare that to this pic of Acebone, who does not go to a place of employment, but works at home...)



See?!..
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Tuesday, July 13, 2004

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Kind of...
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The suburb of Brønshøj.

Touristin' in my own town (just like last year...) The good thing is that since so many Danes have left the country because of the bad weather it's nice and peacefull here.
And boy do I love my PhoneCam!
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Monday, July 12, 2004

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Inside/ Outside.
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A few (Danish) readers of this blog might remember something called "Born In The Sixties- The Archives"
It's been gone for a long time but I've taken the liberty to relaunch it!
Find it at this address: roevskide80r.blogspot.com
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WELCOME!
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Well, Day One with the new self-promoting URL and banner-free environment!

...all I need now is something to write about...
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My blog now moved to my own server,
me,
my name
Groovee...
Me...

Uhm.
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Sunday, July 11, 2004

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Look mom - no banners!
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>>>>>IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL READERS<<<<<

As of TODAY at MIDNIGHT (GMT+1) this blog will switch to FTP- publishing which means the URL to the blog wil change to the beauty and simplicity of: www.lennardgrahn.dk
It means I'll get rid of the annoying banner at the top of the page, and get to flash my name on the web...
Groovee!

>>>>>IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL READERS<<<<<
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Interstellar Overdrive.
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With this kind of weather all you can do is stay indoors and dream of incredible worlds.
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Saturday, July 10, 2004

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The Sky Is Crying.
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Since my early youth I´ve occasionally had this feeling that I knew with certainty what was going on in every room in Denmark. I could somehow sense that in every house, in every room there would be just emptiness and silence. People sitting around doing nothing.
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Friday, July 09, 2004

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Fhunn.
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Got the camera in my phone adjusted now, this size of pics look fine!


Le Backyard des brumes.


The streets of Copenhagen...
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