Thursday, May 31, 2007

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One of my co-workers at the mail center: Carsten Kofoed operates a blog at fritirak.blogspot.com

Expect undiluted leftism focusing mainly on the War in Iraq.

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Retro babe "That jug is FANTASTIC honey! ceramics class was the right choice for you!"
Panzer Stug III
Note the foliage attached to the gun barrel to obscure the shape in case the train was spotted by enemy airplanes.
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Not my people
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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

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Create your own comic strips with easy-to-use online tools at stripgenerator.com
Phunn!

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Retro babe ...the boss? oh he's "hard" at work...
Panzer Brückenlager Panzer IV
A close up of one of the rarer variants of the Panzer IV, a bridge layer.
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Monday, May 28, 2007

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Alex Raymond's USMC War Art

Raymond was the artist responsible for creating Flash Gordon, Secret Agent X9 and Rip Kirby and one of the principal representatives of a style of drawing which became known in the comics world of the 1930' and 40's as "New York slick"
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Retro babe"..there now, that'll take care of your hunchback!.."
Panzer Panther, Ausf D
Time for a cigarette break, note that the crewmen are wearing the reed green denim fatigues used when performing maintenance and other dirty work.
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Saturday, May 26, 2007

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John Wayne 1907-1979 was born a hundred years ago today.

He was once asked about how he did his famous "walk" and replied: "I put one leg in front of the other..."

One of the big controversies in Wayne's life was the fact that he had personified the American war hero in countless films but had himself stayed away from military service in WWII. The main reason for Wayne's absense from the front lines seems to have been founded in the realisation that since many of the bigger stars joined the Armed forces and went overseas he had a better chance of getting noticed by studios and directors if he stayed in Hollywood.

My favourite John Wayne films: John Ford's They were expendable and
Howard Hawk's Rio Bravo
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What's up at YouTube: Trailer for Rio Bravo
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Retro babe "Alright girls I 've got my needles and ink ready; A rose, a butterfly and - Daffy Duck..."
Panzer Panzer IV
A moment of relaxation for the crew, of note are the rather small turret numbers.
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Friday, May 25, 2007

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American illustrator Harold von Schmidt in his studio

A great collection of biographies of (mainly American) illustrators from the late nineteenth century and up until today.

When you read these biographies you discover that quite a few of the artists working for The Saturday Evening Post , Harper's Bazaar and Disney™, were European immigrants who forged a style of Art which had a huge influence on how America has defined and presented itself over the decades.

I find that very interesting considering my own country's ongoing negativity towards immigrants and their contribution to society.
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Retro babe "...I know you're hungry when you come home from school, sweetums, but mummy really needed those new shoes, Ok?.."
Panzer Marder III
The trooper seems to be wearing the "(Allgemeines) Sturmabzeichen" on his jacket, normally awarded for the participation in an infantry attack on three different days. Since Marder III's were self-propelled artillery and not panzers their crews received this award instead of the "Panzerkampfabzeichen", a similar award for the crews of regular panzers.
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Thursday, May 24, 2007

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Nothing like Power for progress
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Retro babe "...Jeeps, some dentist you found there, Honey - they look absolutely real!"
Panzer Pzkpfw IV, Ausf B
A rare thing indeed since only 42 were produced of this early (1938) version of the Panzer IV. Note the Panzer II in the background with no main gun and the trooper wearing the white denim jacket issued for drill and work detail to save wear on the standard uniforms.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

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Since yesterday's posting was concerned with photos of strippers there was no space to celebrate that the great Hergé was born 100 years ago - Congrats!

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Retro babe "button, what button?.."
Panzer Panzer IV
Pz IV's driving around some barracks I think.
Note the missing "Schürtzen" armourplates at the rear end of the first panzer, probably removed for maintenance.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

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Why not check out the Flickr account of stripperpolaroid and his awesome collection of auditioning 1960's strippers.
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Retro babe "Sure I want to help you mend the chair, but how long does it take for that glue to harden?"
Panzer SdKfz 232 (8-Rad)
Burned out somewhere, the large contraption above the hull and turret is a radio antenna. Superior radio communication between vehicles and commanders on all levels were one of the key reasons for the early successes of the Panzerwaffe.
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Monday, May 21, 2007

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Finished my home made light table that takes A2+ sized papers and cost me less that 500 DKR to build, yeah!
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Retro babe "Coffee stains on my best Billy Ray Cyrus CD's, you mutt!.."
Panzer Panzer IV, Ausf H's
Shipping out by train.
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Friday, May 18, 2007

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Ian Curtis died twenty-seven years ago today, May 18 1980
(and we're still waiting for the movie to come out...)

I remember going to the musical department at my local library one fine day back in 1983 or 84. At that time I was a moody young man in high school dressed mainly in black and with a taste for the alternative. I would sometimes skip classes and go to said library and as usual I started my visit by going through the boxes with newly arrived material. Quickly I came across an LP with a completely black cover! and thought to myself; "hmm, I guess I should give this one a try..." and brought it with me to the counter.

Changed my life, that one

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What's up at YouTube: Shadowplay
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Retro babe
Panzer Panzer II
The crewman of a Panzer II firing an MP 40. Due to the cramped space inside panzers only one MP40 or a personal sidearm was allowed for the crew's self defence.
(The relaxed attitude of the crewman standing behind the panzer suggests this is not a photo of actual combat but a drill)
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Thursday, May 17, 2007

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Such elegance, such charm, and kids loved him! (...)

An interesting web find HERE with a series of photographs taken in the mid 80's of people who were very close to Hitler, including Otto Günsche who was Hitler's bodyguard and the man who reportedly disposed of the dead bodies after Hitler and Eva Braun had committed suicide. After ten years in Russian POW camps Günsche returned to Germany in 1955 and worked as a businessman. Respected by his business associates as "a man of honour" he remained a follower of Hitler.

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The photo I originally placed here for this posting was removed due to claims of copyright infringement so instead you get those nice postcards...

The photo of the respected businessman Herr Otto Günsche were taken by Herr Harry Von Gebhardt and you can check how he likes to present himself on the web here: www.harryvongebhardt.de

Herr Von Gebhard was kind enough to add comments like "he is a thief" and "big shit" to photos on my Flickr account, apparently as retaliation for my use of his copyrighted photo to which I had also added a speech bubble making fun of the late Herr Hitler.

I respect the laws regarding copyright, and since Herr Von Gebhardt had clearly stated on his website that the photos were copyrighted to him, I guess I am guilty of copyright violation, and have removed the photo.

I also had the pleasure of some insults by Herr Von Gebhardts friend from New York, "Frank"
Apparently he was offended by the fact that my Flickr profile lists that I am employed as a teacher, but also that I am "the classic masturbating recluse"...
I find that sort of thing amusing but my sense of humour didn't go well with "Frank" and a friend of mine remarked that in America a teacher is a person of authority who should set a positive example for the younger generation - he has to be "clean"

Consequently I have changed my profile details since I support the idea of respecting cultural differences in an global forum like the www.
An example of Franks own sense of humour can be seen at his Flickr account here

Well, to have right is not always the same as to be right,

in my opinion.


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Retro babe
Panzer Sdkfz 251, Ausf A
A very spruce looking 251 with a group of officers.
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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

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She was a substitute teacher at my school, we didn't see her that often, she was blond and pretty and she dressed more conservatively than the other female teachers (this was the seventies...)

she would wear a dark blue jacket, matching slacks and sometimes, a pearl necklace.

I liked that,
that smooth, shiny, dark blue fabric

that necklace, delicate, shiny, upper class.

I liked her,

but we didn't see her that often.

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Retro babe
Panzer Stug III, Ausf B
Note the deaths head unit symbol painted in red on the front armour plates.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

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A trip to the very fine second-hand comics, books and CD shop Oasen provided me with a handful of my favourite childhood literature - War themed comic books.

These are Danish language version of similar books published in the UK as War Picture Library and Commando (having passed the 4,000 issue mark, Commando still exists today...), a nice article about Commando can be found here

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Retro babe
Panzer Sdkfz 2
Not technically a panzer since it wasn't armoured, the Kettenkrad manufactured by NSU was originally designed for the German paratroopers but proved to be a very useful vehicle on the Eastern front also.

More pics and info for the enthusiast here

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Not my people
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Monday, May 14, 2007

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Who gets to fuck the white chick?

Went and saw Ghosts of Cité Soleil, a documentary by Danish director Asger Leth about "the most dangerous place on earth" which according to the UN is the neighbourhood of Cité de Soleil in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

We meet "2pac" a local gangster and rapper who took his name from the well known American Rap star (another local gangster is named "50cent) his brother Billi and the French aid worker Lele.

We follow them through their dayli life in Cité de Soliel which consist mainly of toting guns while smoking spliffs, talking big to the camera and driving around the "hood" to check if the rivaling gangs stay on their own turfs (the gangs seems to be in control of just a couple of streets each)

"2pac" and his cohorts come out as completely impoverished people who've got nothing to the point where they don't even carry their own names but copy then off the American Rap culture they admire so much. Later on we get a brief insight into the complex, and very violent nature of Haitian politics as many of the gangs work part time as thugs for the local president Aristide, beating up and killing members of the opposition. We also see how the French Aid worker Lele becomes the lover of Billi explaining that her infatuation comes from the fact that the two brothers "hold the power over life and death"

You could also call them two completely lost pot-heads with access to an impressive amount of guns. They live in a place where moral, ideologies and visions for the future have been replaced by pure power worship and so the biggest gun rules. At a point president Aristide is ousted from power and foreign (French and American) troops arrive to restore order, simply meaning that now the really big guns move in.

In the end credits we are told that 2pac has to leave Haiti because of his affiliations with the president, but later returns and is killed. Lele, the French aid worker returns to Paris.

In my opinion Ghosts of Cité de soleil is a disillusioning account of a very fucked-up part of the Third World, and equally disillusioning is it's depiction of the corruption of so-called aid workers, the play and intervention of former colonial powers and the fact that media realities are becoming more real than reality itself. At a point the renowned Haitian born musician Wycliff Jean (who made the films underlying score) says, after listening to some samples of "2pac's" rap music, that "it's no Hollywood over there, those gangs are real" the problem is that after seeing this movie you get the feeling that it's in fact the other way round, that it IS Hollywood in Haiti, that the people portrayed are living their lives in a fiction about themselves and each other, even after the point when the bullets prove to be real.

The Hip-Hop and MTV-ish cool of the movie plus its appoach to the problems of an (exotic) Third World country with some cool looking criminals should earn it dozens of prizes at independent film festivals and secure an audience amongst the white middle class in the west.

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Retro babe "...got any Billy Ray Cyrus on that thing?.."
Panzer Brückenlager panzer
A rare conversion of the Panzer IV carrying a bridge which could be hoisted in position.
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Friday, May 11, 2007

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Bobby Driscoll was Disney's Peter Pan.

Since Peter Pan was an animated film it of course meant Bobby was the voice of Peter, but before that Bobby Driscoll also played in Disney's version of Treasure Island making him a child film star in Hollywood.

As he reached adolescence the studio's interest in him faded and he also contracted a severe case of acne. He no longer received any offers for major parts in movies and at the same time began using heroin. After years of drug abuse he was found dead in a New York tenement in 1968. A fingerprint match made by the NYPD established the identity of the otherwise forgotten actor.

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What's up at YouTube: Treasure Island (1950)
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Retro babe
Panzer Panther Ausf D
One of the rare command versions of the Panther with the extra star shaped antenna, note also the command Panzer III in the foreground, the marking "R01" would identify it as a the regimental commander's vehicle (although panzer commanders usually led their troops from the less conspicuous Sdkfz 251 half tracks which also enabled them to move more quickly on the battlefield)
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Thursday, May 10, 2007

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Smarten up that iPOD shuffle with this nifty USB adapter from Incipio
(replacing the rather bulky USB dongle supplied with second generation shuffles)

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Retro babe "No, you can NOT use my iPod to play your Billy Ray Cyrus songs...
Panzer Tiger I
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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

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Sixty second anniversary of the defeat of the Hitlerite murderers in The Great Patriotic War.

The war between Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia was the most brutal conflict in history costing Soviet Russia over twenty million lives (or 65% of Allied casualties in WWII)

It was fought over a front stretching more than 1200 miles from Northern Finland to the Black Sea. The areas in Soviet Russia affected by the fighting would see the destruction of all major cities (except Moskov), thousands of towns and villages and the majority of the infrastructure and factories.

The assault on Soviet Russia on June 22, 1941 was the largest invasion in history (the D-Day invasion of occupied Europe in 1944 by the Western allies was the largest sea-borne invasion in history) From this date and untill the formal surrender on May 9, 1945 the German war machine committed 75-80% of its resources, men and equipment, to the war on the Eastern front.

Tomorrow I'll be happy to discuss The Cold War, The KGB, Stalin, The Gulags, the raping af German civilians, Communism, Socialism, Afghanistan, Czechnya, bad teeth, bad cigarettes, bad vodka, bad architecture, uncool fashion, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc,

Today I say we celebrate heroes, the majority of them people who probably weren't too happy about the above mentioned either, but unfortunately the events of their time presented them with only two options:

Win this war, or perish.

Since Hitler's divisions never entered the outskirts of Washington DC, fought in the ruins of Pittsburgh, besieged New York City or burned farmland in Kansas, I claim we must hand the major credit for defeating Nazism not to Tom Hanks or Glenn Miller, but to the peoples of the Soviet union.


Thank you.

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What's up at YouTube: Victory parade, June 22 1945
(Narrated in Chinese...)
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Retro babe
Panzer Panzer IV, Ausf H
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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

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Quite the rarity and now residing proudly on my custom built titanium and oak wood CD rack, Lydia Lunch: 13.13

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What's up at YouTube: Young Lydia
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Retro babe
Panzer Pzkpfw II, Ausf L
Another rarity (only 104 vere made), the Pzkpfw "Luchs" a light tank used for reconnaissance duties.
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Sunday, May 06, 2007

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At the CoCoKunst stall you can pick up some Art on your way home from the Mall.

The paintings are unigue, only one of each exists in the whole world.

Ah! now I get it...

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Retro babe
Panzer Panther, Ausf G
Nice example of the hardedge three-tone camouflage.
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Friday, May 04, 2007

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Simple , yet beautiful...


Details


in wear...

Prepare to want one!
My iPod now attached to a set of headphones!

- Simple
- Practical
- Serious babe magnet...

The sound quality is vastly improved as compared to the standard ipod earphones, and with this setup you don't get the hassle of wires getting stuck in things like your girlfriends hair, your sandwich, subway trains, etc, etc

The device is also easy to remove for placement in your rucksack, a downtown safety deposit box, or on the dashboard of your 75' Pinto

(Although both brilliant and visionary in it's simplicity and purity, this was not my idea but something I grabbed from an ipod hacks webforum)
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Retro babe
Panzer Tiger I
Note the crew wearing the reversible winter uniform (white on one side, camouflaged or grey on the other side) issued to German troops from the winter of 1942 and onwards.
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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

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MP for The Danish People's Party (not my people) Morten Messerschmidt has chosen to give up all his responsibilities and leave the party after a drunken night in Tivoli where he was seen giving the nazi salute and singing nazi songs...

A professional singer with a church choir he is likely to have delivered a quality rendition of nazi classics like the Horst Wessel Lied, or maybe Deutschland über Alles?

well, here's another song for you Morten

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What's up at YouTube: Nuremberger singer knaben
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Retro babe
Panzer Tiger I
A nice example of field applied camouflage patterns.
Starting February 18, 1943 all German Army equipment, from binoculars to panzers, was delivered in an overall colour of Dunkelgelb (a sandy yellow) Units in the field were issued tins of olive green, dark yellow and red brown and using spray guns, brushes, or even rags they could camouflage each vehicle with patterns suiting the local terrain and season.
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