Friday, September 28, 2007

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Artists day here at DAMIJWH, today with:

Jim Flora, 1914-98

I know little of this man, but he's currently the subject of a Fantagraphics publication, and they usually know what they're doing.

A damn fine bunch of fellas!

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Retro babe"...NOW is the time to create some haute couture? - You baffle me honey..."
^^^^^^
Panzer Marder II
Note the cobblestone paved road, and the crewman repairing a track on the Marder II.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Thursday, September 27, 2007

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Singers day here at DAMIJWH, today with:

Hank Williams, 1923-53

I've never been a big Country and western fan, but recently I picked up some CD's with this founding father of the genre.

Noted both as a major song writer and a prolific singer, a big part of Willam's world rotated around an appetite for the raucous life in honky tonks and on the road, and regrets over these "wicked ways" which brought out a search for redemption and salvation.

Riding a train on some bleak Sunday a few weeks ago, I put on my trusted iPod and Mr. Williams really struck home with this beautiful track from The Nashville Demos : Thy Burdens Are Greater Than Mine

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What's up at YouTube: Hank Willams wearing his famous music note suit while performing Hey good looking
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Retro babe"...nice couch..."
^^^^^^
Panzer trucks
Some German army trucks painted in the standard dark grey colour of early WWII have received some hasty camouflage to better blend in with the dry and sandy environment found in southern Russia.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

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Democracy day here at DAMIJWH, today with the privately owned security firm Blackwater

Presently operating in Iraq, the firm has been likened to the Praetorian guard of the Roman Empire.

The praetorian guard was the personal protection of the Roman Emperors, but in time the guard became a part of the Roman power struggles and killed several Emperors...

In this way it often acted as a form of safeguard for the Roman Empire since the guard mainly killed incompetent or highly unpopular Emperors. The emperor Claudius was installed by the Praetorian guard after they had assassinated Caligula.

Other armed organisations with personal allegiance to a political leader, and not the state: The SS...

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Retro babe"...Alright, Cindi - No more Ramones for you!.."
^^^^^^
Panzer Pzkpfw III, Ausf C
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

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Religious day here at DAMIJWH, this time with:

Rasa Von Werder

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What's up at YouTube: Rasa von Werder channel
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Retro babe"..."butterfly" Mc Daniels - She could wake up a dead guy, and serve him breakfast in bed too..."
^^^^^^
Panzer Pzkpfw III's & borgward BIV
An attack in the Crimean, summer 1942.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Monday, September 24, 2007

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"Writers day" here at DAMIJWH, this time with:

Robert Lowry (1919-1994)

Robert Lowry was a child prodigy who wrote stories for school papers and local newspapers from the age of nine.

After serving in WWII he wrote a novel of his experiences called "Casualties" which prompted Ernest Hemingway to call him "...one of the best young American writers.."

Building a career in the literary establishment in New York, his star rose up through the 1940's, until the early fifties when he broke down and was committed to a mental institution.

Apparently the strain of fame and publicity had pushed Lowry into alcoholism which had in turn brought out schizophrenia and paranoid delusions.

The frequent use of electro shock therapy at the time seriously damaged his creative abilities and mental health. In 1952 he published the novel "The Prince of Pride Starring" which was strongly anti-Semitic.

Two of the women Lowry had married were Jewish and those who knew him said he was a pleasant and lovable character. They believed it was his unhappy experiences in mental institutions which had affected his personality and made him write a novel which was utterly unacceptable in a world still absorbing the trauma of the Holocaust.

The novel served as the last straw that completely alienated him from the world of literature - Nobody in their right mind would publish him.

From then on Lowry's life was mainly a hell-ride. He had periods of sanity where he would re-marry, hold jobs, father several children and do some writing, but after a while, he snapped and was put back into mental care, often on the request of his wives or his mother.

In the eighties and nineties there was some new interest in his writings as he was now seen as a predecessor to the "beat" writers, and perhaps another "down and out genius" like Charles Bukowski. The WWII novel "Casualties" was likened favourably to Joseph Heller's "Catch 22".

This didn't change much for Lowry who was no longer writing and worn out from years of mental illness and drinking. All he had to say to an old friend who managed to look him up at one of the run down hotels he now resided in was; "...I guess I really blew it, Jim..."

In 1994 Lowry died in a Veterans Hospital leaving behind $1 and an inexpensive watch.

More on Lowry, and examples of his writings at a German website dedicated to his life and work (in English)
www.robertlowry.de


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Retro babe"...Sex? are you crazy - The latest copy of Scouts Monthly just came in!.."
^^^^^^
Panzer Borgward B IV
This highly specialized vehicle (foreground, right) was used to remotely control explosive charges.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Friday, September 21, 2007

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The empty lot where Ungdomshuset once stood is up for sale!

The Christian sect Faderhuset has a buyer who will be willing to pay 15 mill. DKR for the lot - The same amount of money a fund supporting the former users of Ungdomshuset offered before the house was torn down...

Hmm, looks like the leader/ front of Faderhuset, Ruth Evensen, speaks nothing but lies...

Maybe she learned that from reading this

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Retro babe"...Jayne Mansfield..."
^^^^^^
Panzer Pzkpfw IV, Ausf B
A grimy looking panzer IV with some resting troopers, most likely photographed during the Battle for France 1940.
Note the black rhomboid painted on the hull, the marking for panzer units. The German Army had a complex system for marking vehicles where each type - Truck, armoured car, towed artillery, command car, etc had their own symbol. Looks like the number "one" is painted in the middle of the rhomboid which probably puts this Panzer IV in the first company of the battalion it belonged to.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Thursday, September 20, 2007

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An interesting artiste, Laurie J. Proud
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Retro babe"...I'm not a bad girl, I'm just drawn that way..."
^^^^^^
Panzer Pzkpfw IV. Ausf G
This is an early version of the Panzer IV G without the "Shürzen" armoured shields, also note the panzer is painted plain dark yellow with no camouflage added.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

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Last Sunday I had the rare pleasure of going to a cinema at 10.00 AM...to watch a sneak preview of the latest creation from renowned 3D wizards PIXAR: Ratatouille

An overwhelming experience since both the (already standard-setting) technical quality as well as the story telling has reached new heights at PIXAR, and this time they hit us with an epic tale of a lowly French (later Parisian) rat who discovers he has an unusual talent...

He can cook.

Book your tickets folks, and remember to bring the kids.

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Retro babe"...tits? nah we did that last fall - We need something new!..."
^^^^^^
Panzer Sturmgeschütz III, Ausf B
Note the unusual style of the cross painted on the superstructure, normally the arms would be shorter and wider.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

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Painting seen at Christiania

No more socialism!

My newspaper informs me that recent scientific research has proved that socialists are more sour and displeased with life than non-socialists!

Thus, I am no longer a Socialist.

Which means that when having conversations I do NOT have to defend the following:
The Soviet Union, the writings of Karl Marx, The GDR, Stalin, Lenin, The Gulags, North Korea, bad dental hygiene, Eastern Europe's complete lack of charting pop musicians, uncool commodities and fashion, Five year plans, the Lada, the Trabant, etc, etc.

According to the researchers, the generally unhappy state of the Socialist stems form a disbelief in their (presumably non-socialist) governments, the economy, the state of world affairs, etc, etc,
Basically a socialist sees life as the result of a lack of fair distribution of wealth and possibilities, while the NON-socialist has trust in the government and civil services, sees the economy as a well-functioning system and believes that life basically treats you just and fair if you are prepared to work hard and believe in yourself and what you are doing.

Ahh, what a relief! I can now relax and begin to enjoy life as a firm believer in the natural order of things:

Non-socialism!

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Retro babe"...Hi, Lennard - We heard you're not a socialist any more so now we want to have lots of sex with you!..."
^^^^^^
Panzer Pzkpfw III
Loading ammo into a Panzer III, note the patchy application of the whitewash used for winter camouflage suggesting the photo was taken in Russia during the winter of 1941-42. Also note the sheepskin west worn by the crewman on the right. Often locally made they were very popular on the eastern front.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Monday, September 17, 2007

Friday, September 14, 2007

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Two jobs...my back hurts...my neck hurts...back from beautiful Berlin to live again in The Royal People's Republic of Denmark...

Oy...


Well, Autumn is on the way, my favourite season.

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Retro babe"...You see? some hairspray and well-applied makeup will make the guys notice you!..."
^^^^^^
Panzer Tiger II, porsche turm
A Tiger II destroyed during the Battle of Normandy. Note the early "Porsche" turret fitted to the first 50 Tiger II's. Contrary to post war myth this was not designed by the Porsche factories, but by Krupp, who also designed the so-called "Henschel" turret which became the standard turret for Tiger II's.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

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Tantalizing mugshots from the Flickr account of retro lifestyler Miss Joeri
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Retro babe "...wow, we must visit East Germany more often..."
^^^^^^
Panzer Panzer IV, Ausf G
Ablaze after a firefight with US troops, spring 1945.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

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"Day of infamy" anniversary,

I suppose every generation has an "unforgettable media moment", The Hindenburg crash, The end of WWII in Denmark, the JFK shooting, the moon landings, fall of the Berlin wall, etc, etc.

This turned out to be mine... I was with a friend on the way to her apartment and as we entered, her roommate came rushing out in the hallway shouting that an airplane has just flown into the World Trade Center in New York.

We sat in front of the TV for hours watching the second plane hit the towers, the collapse of the building, the planes that hit The Pentagon, etc, etc.

Very surreal, and I remember thinking: "...the late show with Letterman, I wonder if it's canceled tonight?.."

Well, America - You're only a zap away...

And why not dig into some of them juicy Conspiracy theories

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Retro babe"...mooning? just because I got that contract instead of you, come on!..."
^^^^^^
Panzer Jagdtiger
This behemoth belonged to Pz.Jg.Abt.512 which numbered its vehicles "X1, X2", etc, the "X" can be seen painted on the upper part of the hull near the roof.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Monday, September 10, 2007

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? (Question mark) And The Mysterians had a big hit in 1965 with "96 tears", a song that went on to become both a Tex-Mex, Garage Rock and Punk classic.

The band is still active today and the legendary front man Question Mark now pleads for help since his house burned down in January 2007 and typical of many pioneering rock performers he is not a rich man...
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What's up at YouTube: 96 tears (1965)
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Retro babe"...alright, alright, we go to the ? and the Mysterians concert instead of visiting my mom... I guess I'll just have to wait in the car until they are done with that noisy rock n' roll thing!.."
^^^^^^
Panzer Pzkpfw 35(t)
Originally produced by the Czech Skoda factories they were used by the Wehrmacht 1939-42.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Saturday, September 08, 2007

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Back from Berlin, a trip wunderbar!
Check it out at my Flickr account

Hmm, suddenly Copenhagen seems so...small...

And I feel so...

trapped.

But that's just nonsense,

- Come Monday I'm back at my job contributing to the greatest nation in the Denmark!

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Retro babe"...Hmm, a pain in the ear you say Miss Woods - Please take off all of your clothes..."
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Panzer U-Boot
A couple of abandoned U-Boats under construction in Kiel.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Saturday, September 01, 2007

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Goodbye Copenhagen

(and later today...)

Hello Berlin!

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Retro babe"...Sorry, Miss Baumgarten, it's against company policy to have our logo tattooed..."
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Panzer Pzkpfv IV, Ausf E
Doing a bit of speeding. Note the three spare road wheels carried on the left side of the hull and the large turret number.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war