Monday, January 31, 2005

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Panzer - It's busines as usual here - one panzer (a Panzer IV Ausf. D crossing a bridge during the invasion of Russia), and

one Babe - Nice lamp.
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Sunday, January 30, 2005

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Through hollow lands.



You hear a lot in this life
don't run away from problems

Get an education

Get a job
Get a wife
Have some kids
Have a beer
Have a vacation

Move away
move right in
move over

Make a move

Make a movie

Be an artist
Be yourself
Be somebody

Be real
be sensible
Beware

Let's meet
let's go
Let's be friends

give me a call
give me a hug
give me that paper, please
give me a break
give me your money

You hear a lot in this life

I should have my ears plugged.


SO I CAN THINK!
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Saturday, January 29, 2005

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I knew a girl once who said she only felt real when she was in a club.
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Friday, January 28, 2005

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The man from R.A.D
What does a photo really tell you? judging from this one we're looking at a hard-core Nazi complete with blond hair and swastika armband.

In fact we're looking at one of the millions of unemployed Germans who, after the Nazi take over, were drafted into the Reichs Arbeits Dienst (National Labour Service).

From 1935 membership was compulsory for all able bodied Germans not employed elsewhere and the RAD was simply the solution to unemployment for the Nazi state.

In the RAD men and women were placed under millitary discipline and used for a wide number of menial jobs. Farmwork and digging holes for the famous Autobahns were some of them and since the RAD relied on manual labour instead of using machinery, hundreds and thousands of people were needed.
This also meant they conveniently disappeared from the unemployment statistics.

In a Nazi state the term "Let them dig ditches" was taken literally.

When WW II began most RAD members were sent to the armed forces and forced labourers from the occupied countries took over instead.

Babe - Nudist magazines was a genre of it's own in the 30's, 40's and 50's since it was a legitimate way of showing naked men and women.
In reality they had very little to do with the nudist lifestyle - the point was to show some skin n' fur.
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Thursday, January 27, 2005

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

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Panzer - The "Elephant" was yet another way for the Panzerwaffe to put the hard hitting power of the "88" on the battlefield, but unlike the "Nashorn" it came with a fully armoured fighting compartment, classifying it as a "tank hunter" or Panzerjäger.

Designed by the Porsche factories (led by Dr. Ferdinand Porsche who also designed the famous VW beetle) the tank was originally entered in the competition for a new heavy tank. The competition ended with the introduction of the Tiger designed by the rivaling Henschel factories, but Porsche had felt certain to win the contract and had already finished 90 chassis for the new heavy tank.

Instead of cutting them up for scrap the industrious Porsche persuaded the German Army to have them converted into heavy tank destroyers for the upcoming Kursk offensive in Russia.

During the battle many of the Elephants were disabled by mines and either captured (like the one in the photo) or set on fire by Russian infantry since it lacked weapons for close-in defence.
The survivors were retro-fitted with machine guns in the front armour plate and sent to fight on the Italian front with the new name of "Ferdinand".
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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

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Bikes, babes and burritos - the life of a Mexican outlaw biker.

My life? - no, I'm a phat phuck in an office.
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Monday, January 24, 2005

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Read an article in my newspaper about outsider artist Henry Darger

Darger was an elderly recluse living in Chicago where he died 84 years old in 1973. He lived in orphanages from the age of eight but ran away in his late teens. He then settled in Chicago and worked as a janitor for the next fifty years. After his death the landlord cleared his room and discovered a 15.000 page "book" Darger had been working on since 1909.
The book was titled "The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinnian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion." and was filled with Darger's drawings and water colours, mainly depicting little girls with penises being attacked by dragons and demons set against backgrounds of great beauty.

More on Henry Darger
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Saturday, January 22, 2005

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Yesterday, Swedish television showed a "The Office" special which includes the Wernham Hogg Christmas party, and David Brent struggling with unemployment and the lure of Showbiz...

I haven't seen anything in recent years which better captures the excruciating boredom, embarrassment, vulgarity and desperate illusions of post-modern existence!

Part 1

Part 2
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Friday, January 21, 2005

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Yeah, well, no posting yesterday either as the diarrea returned, but today things seems to have genuinely improved, so let's rock:

Panzer - A Tiger I disabled in Normandy in the summer of 44'
The brightly coloured areas are where the tanks coating of Zimmerit has broken off.
Zimmerit was a concrete-like paste applied to all Panzers from 1943-1944 to prevent enemy magnetic mines from sticking to the armour.

Babe - How about Tura Satana
(remember to read her bio, pretty interesting!)

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Wednesday, January 19, 2005

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(still down with bowels behaving like a fountain...)

Well, wish I was in a cosy log cabin with her and two month's supplies of steaks and beer.
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Tuesday, January 18, 2005

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(no posting yesterday since I was down with a bad case of diarrhea...)

Words for today:

Sometimes I feel like I'm a priest trying to be a lawyer.


(Babe? naturellement)

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Saturday, January 15, 2005

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Panzer - Men of the German Army and Panthers from the SS-Wiking division preparing for the attack on the Russian city of Lvov in spring 1944.

The Danish SS-volunteer Søren Kam fought with this unit made up of Danes, Norwegians, Dutch and a handfull of Swedes.
Kam is still alive today in Bavaria where he fled after the war when facing charges of murdering the editor of a Danish newspaper.

Danes in action? - you bet...

Babe -What to say, she's just cute...
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Friday, January 14, 2005

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Panzer - The crew in front of a "Nashorn" (rhinoceros)
This was was not a panzer but a self-propelled gun mounting an 88 mm gun on a tracked carriage which is why the crew wear field-grey coloured uniforms and not the black ones of Panzer units.

The Nashorn was an mid-war attempt to provide a weapon strong enough to destroy the Russian T-34 and JS tanks. Later the same gun was placed in the Tiger II which could take on the Russian armour on equal terms, but with The Nashorn the gun and crew were only protected by a thin armored shield and would have to engage enemy tanks from a concealed position.

The long range of the 88' made that perfectly possible and the Nashorns were put to good use on all fronts for the remainder of the war.

Babe - Marilyn Monroe in her early days, funny how the world's most famous blonde was in fact a brunette...
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Thursday, January 13, 2005

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It's my birthday today - 39 years of hardcore action!

Panzer - How about some of that nifty Tamiya boxart?

Babe - IMHO This photo from a 1960 girliemag is one step away from the silkscreened art of Andy Warhol
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Wednesday, January 12, 2005

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Tucked away behind a pillar in a remote corner of the Cinemaxx in Copenhagen... this way cometh

Babe - Colour fun.
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Tuesday, January 11, 2005

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Last saturday Danish television decided to abstain from their usual policy of endless reruns of watered down 80's and 90's detective dribble (ARE there still people who really cares why the sister in law killed the owner of the laundrette?)

Last saturday Danish television decided to abstain from their usual policy of broadcasting shallow, mind numbing, two-dimensional, oil- and warlord financed propaganda movies from The Empire™©®

Last saturday Danish television decided to abstain from their usual policy of broadcasting strongly biased right- left- or middle-wing propaganda posing as information or journalism,

Instead they gave us:

Topsy-Turvy by Mike Leigh

In the land of the artistic knaekkebroed of Dogme™ it is a rare pleasure to sit down and dine like this.

Hooray! Hooray!
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Monday, January 10, 2005

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"This land is your land, this land is my land..."

Nothing like sending a F-Y to private property and walk the grassy fields of your native country.
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Friday, January 07, 2005

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Back to basics:

Panzer - A Panther destroyed during Battle of the Bulge, the many shell holes in the armour were possibly added after the tank was abandoned, Allied troops often tested their anti-tank weapons on already destroyed German armour.

Babe - Rocka-rolla.


Ahh, that felt good...
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Thursday, January 06, 2005

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RIP Will Eisner 1917-2005.

The great American comic book artist Will Eisner died on the 3'rd of January, sad news as he was one of the most talented and influential artists to come out of the "golden age" of American comics (1940's to early 50's)

His primary creation was the detective series The Spirit which existed from 1940 to 1952. In these tales of an urban detective (who had risen from the dead and now lived under the Wildwood cemetery...) Eisner was a master of dynamic picture panels with extreme camera-like angles and story lines that went far beyond the usual stereotypes of good vs. Evil.
Eisners work always had a great sense of humor and an "human angle" on crime, and The Spirit would often battle not just common thieves and burglars but also corrupt politicians, mass murderers, greedy entrepreneurs and last - but not least: A wide range of female criminals who were always drawn by the virtuoso Eisner as the peak of 1940's chic.

Eisners abilities with storytelling and drawing made him one of the key figures in making the comic book a media for "mature" readers and Eisner began to describe the comic as "sequential art".
In the 70's a renewed interest in his work from the early days brought Eisner back from the world of commercial art and he began to produce a series of comic books starting with "A contract with God" (1979) which drew its inspiration from the migrated Eastern European cultures of Eisners childhood in The Bronx in New York - he was himself the son of an immigrant Rumanian mother and Austrian father.

Like many artists working out of New York (Hubert Selby Jr, Martin Scorsese to name a few) Eisner always had strong moral issues to convey in his stories. He often dealt with how the average citizen stands up to death, betrayal, exploitation, greed, corruption, failed love and the concept of God in a modern materialistic world which still had strong ties to a spiritual and mythical past.

In many of Eisners stories the heroes simply were the everyday people on "the block" in some typical New York neighborhood. Most of them a veritable catalogue of human flaws, but also loyal to their friends and families and with an abundance of what the typical Eisner bad guy/girl lacked: Heart.

When I was younger I didn't think much of Eisners later work which I often found was too heavy on morale of an very American flavor. Now, as I grow older, I keep saying to myself when I read it: "Yap, that's exactly the way it is!"

I personally had the pleasure of attending lectures by him here in Copenhagen in 1987 (and got myself his autograph)


Babe - Well, what would be better than one of Will Eisners creations.
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Wednesday, January 05, 2005

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Panzer - To comment on the growing tendency in the Danish media to get into the old "support our boys doing their share for democracy in Iraq" a nice picture from post-war Czechoslovakia illustrating the nature of all Wars:

Destruction.

Nutty - Nope, no babe... just nutty.
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Tuesday, January 04, 2005

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Babe - On today's menu: A 60's llustration for a James Bond movie.

It's was done in by the American illustrator Robert McGinnis who besides movie posters and other work made over 1.000 covers for paperbacks!
More on him and similar artists Here

(favourite)
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Monday, January 03, 2005

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2005 - am I the only one who can't get started?

death, disaster and disease.

doom and gloom.

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