Thursday, January 31, 2008

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Last night DR1 aired a documentary about the KGB's use of an airbase on Greenland for transporting political prisoners to a Soviet gulag at Guantanamo, Cuba.

Officially labeled "terrorists" by the government controlled media, the prisoners were transported from secret KGB prisons behind the Iron curtain. Others came from the Soviet Republic of Uzbekistan and pro-Soviet countries in the Middle East.

In a manner typical of the totalitarian Soviet state, the prisoners are often abducted in their native countries by KGB agents, imprisoned without trial and reportedly tortured.

The Danish opposition led by the Liberal and Conservative Party demands an investigation and view this as yet another reason to break our military and economical ties with the Soviet Union, including our commitment to the unjust war in Afghanistan against the Muslim freedom fighters known as the Taleban.

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Retro babe "...Oh, ah, you're almost naked, Mrs. Himmler, - Is something wrong with the heater?.."
^^^^^^
Panzer Pzkpfw III, Ausf M
A long barreled 50 mm gun gave some extra punch to the Panzer III which by 1942 had seen its prime. Note that camouflage paint has also been applied to the spare tracks on the front end of the panzer. These were often welded in place to serve as extra protection against the 76 mm guns of the Russian T-34 and American Sherman tanks.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

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You just Shut the f...k up over there on the left wing!

WE'RE RUNNING THE SHOW NOW!


The whole show,



And nothing but the show.

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Retro babe"...Well done, Miss Bergen-Belsen, coaching is your natural habitat!.."
^^^^^^
Panzer Sdkfz 251 Ausf C
Note the rivets joining the armour plates on this early version of the 251.

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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

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It's good to know you can get help...

A hilarious blog dedicated to the contents of the magazine Modern Mechanics

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Retro babe"...wow, we should ALWAYS use your agency, Miss, this is what I call taking dictation!.."
^^^^^^
Panzer Sdkfz 6/2 mit 37mm FLAK
Mobile anti aircraft.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Monday, January 28, 2008

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With the renewed interest in Joy Division and their music why not plunge into the precious waters of "that special Joy Division moment"

The Ghost of Ian Curtis.

Sitting late in my room some winter's night back in the eighties (looking back, those winters seems so much colder and darker than today's..) I was visited by the ghost of Ian Curtis.

Well, of course not.

Because I don't believe in the supernatural.

So there wasn't REALLY anyone else in the room except me and the music of Joy Division. But somehow the intensity of the music (the nakedness of Curtis voice and the "dryness" of the music's sound) and the setting (winter, night, darkness, coldness), had merged...
and put me in a state where, for a brief moment, I felt as if he was actually there in the room with me.

What I believe happened was that my state of mind had closely resembled the state of mind present when the music was recorded.

In a sense, a space, or more accurately a sort of metaphysical "room" was created where you could enter and spend time if you were in, or close to, that state of mind.

Weird, but kind of cool too.

(and NO, pessimists out there - This was BEFORE I started smoking that stuff...)

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Retro babe"...Oh, a new intern...what happened to that Monica girl?.."
^^^^^^
Panzer Pzkpfw II, Ausf B
A nice amateur shot taken during the invasion of France, 1940.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Friday, January 25, 2008

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Maybe I shouldn't bring this up since I am myself in the proud ranks of the Danish Postal Services but to receive a x-mas card ONE MONTH after x-mas?!!..

Well, it was delivered EXACTLY one month after x-mas...

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Retro babe"...Sex? whattaya talking about! - Let's slam some Coltrane on that incredible machine you've got back there and light up a roach!..."
^^^^^^
Panzer Tiger I
A bogged down Tiger being salvaged, note the towing wires stretching out from the front hull.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Thursday, January 24, 2008

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Frederic Chopin, 1810-1849

Not only a brilliant composer and pianist, apparently Chopin also had a great sense of humour evident in his remarks on the incompetence of a group of doctors who examined him when he fell seriously ill on the island of Mallorca in 1839:

"...The first said I was going to die; the second said I had breathed my last; and the third said I was already dead..."

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Retro babe"...Not now, honey, I have to invite twenty of my close personal friends to the "what dental floss brand are you" contest on Facebook..."
^^^^^^
Panzer Sturmpanzer III
A Pzkpfw III, Ausf N left behind in Tunesia.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

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Old school amateur web design around the subject of Danish 70s & 80s pop stars : GO Hit Torben Hoyer

-Background images!
- Animated gif's !
-"Banner" tag!
- Times New Roman!
- e-Mail link!

Those were the days...

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Retro babe"...Aww, don't be mad at me hon... I've been so busy with that insider trading lately - I'll let you sack the maids and whip the gardener!.."
^^^^^^
Panzer Tiger I, Ausf H
A couple of big cats destroyed by U.S troops in Tunisia.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

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In place! the new sign outside The Ministry of Welfare (formerly The Ministry of social affairs)

New Words = New Signs = New Order =

Newspeak

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Retro babe"...Jeez, Honey, you can't drive around town screaming for sex - We gotta save on the gasoline!.."
^^^^^^
Panzer Tiger I
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Monday, January 21, 2008

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New products = New laws = New markets =


New Order.

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Retro babe "...alright, off to Alpe D'Huez!.."
^^^^^^
Panzer Jagdpanzer Tiger(p) Elefant
Nothing left but a burned out hulk and some on-their-way-home GI's.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Friday, January 18, 2008

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They're at it again over at Blame Society Films hitting us with a timeless tale of love, hate and - Online translators : A Wicked Deception
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Retro babe"...stop screaming, you wimp! - You know it was your turn to make coffee!..."
^^^^^^
Panzer Panther, Ausf G
Knocked out somewhere in Germany, spring 1945.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Thursday, January 17, 2008

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A recent proposal by the Danish minister of employment Claus Hjort Frederiksen to cut down on supplementary unemployment benefits has created an uproar.
Protesters claim that this will destroy Danish cultural life since many artists, writers, actors and musicians survive on part time jobs and supplementary benefits.

Yes, I entered this debate...writing insightful comments on newspaper websites attacking the remarks from John Q. Public types, like: "...that will put an end to all those scrounging layabouts who can't draw...modern Art is just a big fraud...I know a hard-working single mother, who..." etc, etc, etc, etc, and this even when some of the more regular visitors to this here blog will know that I often myself attack the art- Establishment and claim that modern Art is a fraud - What a fraud I am!

Still, one thing is having warped opinions fueled by bitterness and envy, quite another is to be under the attack of THE FASCIST STATE APPARATUS! (the minister of employment)

And now, the point:
With all this debate flying around inside my head, I reached the conclusion that I believe you can divide artists into three categories (I use "artist" as a general term here which includes both visual artists, musicians, writers, actors, film makers, etc, etc)

A: Artists who live BY their Art.

Easy, this one - Simply artists who manage to make an income from creating art, and nothing else. The odd honorary scholarship or grand prize just adds to the pile.
This is of course the equivalent to "making it" but a position like that also means you have to answer to the demands of your gallery owner, record company, publishing house, etc and art-markets are like any other market: They go up and down.
We could call this the "hello, I'm an artist - Here's my card" category.

(This category also includes a sub-category of uniquely talented people who really don't give a damn about the market but create as they please and can make a living from it...)

B: Artists who live WITH their Art.

A bit more complicated, but perhaps covering the majority...Artists who make a living from a multitude of sources - Unskilled labour, scholarships, teaching, selling a bit of art, unemployment benefits, etc, etc.
They can't work with their art full-time, can't support themselves from it (or their families) but they can't give it up either. Basically this type of artist has a very flexible and in some ways favourable position but he/ she is rarely the person controlling it...Call this the "International Brotherhood of Art-workers" category.

C: Artists who live FOR their Art.

Of course all artists live for their art! Just like all parents still love their kids when they won't eat their food, go to bed on time or stop screaming at 3 AM...

But, to clarify things this category is reserved for that rare creature who somehow manages to exclude him/ her self from the above categories and:

-Does not go to a regular job (not even part time)
-Does not have a publishing deal, gallery connection, record company or similar.
(often) - Does not have a family (and the accompanying responsibilities)

Doesn't really have anything..

The last sentence is actually wrong, because this type of artist has plenty of an increasingly valuable asset in our time of free markets where you can - at least in theory, put a price tag on everything. This type of artist has plenty of,

Spare time

Usually such a privileged position in life has to be approached with heavy substance abuse, a seclusive hermit-like lifestyle filled with hate, bitterness and unwashed socks and be submitted to the fact that unfortunately the vast majority of this persons time is spent doing all sorts of other things than producing art...

But, sometimes this extreme focus on "living it real" can create something brilliant and truly original...let's call it the "Nirvana or bust" category.

(alternately the "Nirvana AND bust" category...)


Hmm, yes, interesting thoughts and all - But where does this leave YOU, Lennard... where do YOU fit in?..



Me? - I'm just a wonker.



(Ah, there - A blog entry doneth..)
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Retro babe"...I know it's just a part-time job, Honey, but you'll have PLENTY of time for your writing and the dress code was not my idea but comes with the franchise, got that?.."
^^^^^^
Panzer Nose art
Yes, a bit of variation today some WWII "nose art" on a U.S bomber.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

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No more Tacheles... - The legendary self-appointed center for art and culture in Berlin will reach the end of a ten-year agreement with the owners of the building on December 31, 2008.

The agreement (which included the users of Tacheles paying a rent of one mark per month) was part of a ambitious plan for the renewal of the then obscure and largely unused Mitte district of post-wall Berlin.

The plans eventually came to nothing but private enterprise has filled the area with trendy cafes, galleries, restaurants and boutiques and Tacheles has evolved from being the den of a typical radical left wing clientele to become a successful cafe and eatery, and a regular stop for both art students, bachelor bashes and seasoned tourists looking for that "alternative" flavor.

Hopefully something will save the old place!

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Retro babe"...will you stop that, Mrs. Höss, I'm just the gas man!.."
^^^^^^
Panzer Pzkpfw III, Ausf H
Note the penetration made through the track, the weakest part on a Panzer.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

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Sam Riley as Ian Curtis in downtown Macclesfield

My birthday last Sunday, and what better way to celebrate than to watch the recently premiered (I live in Denmark) Control, the story of Joy Division front man Ian Curtis.

Directed by renowned photographer Anton Corbijn (who took some of the few photos of Joy Division during their short career), Control comes out as a remarkably quiet and "small" film and in that way perfectly in tune with the period where it is set.

Ian Curtis and his crowd of young music-world wannabees are hopelessly stuck in the common experience of Western Europe in the late seventies: Life has some level of comfort and security provided by an (increasingly sagging) welfare state system but you have only one choice of colour: Brown, and only one place to go: The dole.

Ian and his mates also share the paradox of living in a provincial town (City of Manchester) surrounded by a beautiful countryside but their heroes are David Bowie, Iggy Pop, The Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol who's music and art revolves around the seedy and wild life in big metropolises like New York, London and Berlin.

In fact, the conflicts and tensions between the dreams and hopes of art and the realities of life are presented as the key to the troubled existence of Ian Curtis, who is squeezed between life and love with his young wife Deborah (and mundane responsibilities) and the growing demands and offerings of his position as lead singer with Joy Division, a band destined for "something big"

In the end Ian Curtis succumbs to this pressure (turbocharged by his battles with epileptic fits) and chooses his own way out of the pain of his existence.

The film comes highly recommended since it avoids creating either a fashionable myth out of Curtis (it is based on the biography of Deborah, whose near-impossible position as wife to a budging rock legend is played brilliantly by Samantha Morton) or rest on the common cliches about the fast and short life in a rock n'roll band and the burden of being a tortured artist. If you happened to be young during the same era and frequented the same type of milieu you're likely to appreciate its honest accuracy.

Obviously Ian Curtis WAS in many ways a tortured artist but in "Control" it is shown that it doesn't prevent him from having a good time, a sense of humour, sometimes act like a complete bastard or to make sense - Even if his final solution doesn't.

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What's up at YouTube: Interview with Anton Corbijn about "Control"
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Retro babe"...I love it when you cook, honey!
Ah, shaddap you sap - It's all pre-made!..."

^^^^^^
Panzer Sturmpanzer I
An early example of mobile armoured artillery, created by placing a SIG 33 150mm infantry gun on the Pzkpfw I chassis. The gun retained its complete wheeled carriage...
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Monday, January 14, 2008

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Francoise Hardy, chanteuse.

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What's up at YouTube: Tous les garçons et les filles
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Retro babe"...love the hats!..."
^^^^^^
Panzer Sdkfz 231 (6-rad)
Note the white band around the cap of the officer in the foreground identifying him as an umpire during a drill.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Friday, January 11, 2008

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Marvel at the Dutch artist Theo Jansen and his artificial walking beach "animal": Strandbeest

Pretty remarkable stuff!

(Found at the Eddie Campbell blog)

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What's up at YouTube: Is this guy a genius or what?
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Retro babe "...So you're art students, huh?...well, Art is the name of my barber and this is photorealistic airbrush class so you can ferget yer artsy-fartsy stuff and start cleaning that compressor over there!..."
^^^^^^
Panzer Sdkfz 221
In the service of an SS unit.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Thursday, January 10, 2008

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Want to hear a drunken and bitter Judy Garland telling Tchaikovsky the news? or Pat Boone getting toughie? then checketh out the aural oddities at www.counterpoint-music.com
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Retro babe (ran out of captions again...)
^^^^^^
Panzer Panther, Ausf G
An ultra-rare photo showing the sheet metal covers placed over the engine cooling fans on very late production Panthers (the boxy shapes on the rear engine deck) They kept shrapnel from allied aircraft fire from entering the engine and cooling system.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

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Sir Nicholas Cage

Dig the Photoshop wizardry at www.worth1000.com

Check out the "old art" versions of modern celebs...
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Retro babe"...Now I remember! - I forgot to phone Snake Plisken!..."
^^^^^^
Panzer Panther, Ausf A
An early version of the ausf A without the MG34 machine gun fixed in the left side of the front armour plate. Instead a slot was cut in the armour which could be opened and machine guns or pistols could be fired through it.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

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Amazing WWII era colour photos (PDF file) depicting the relocation of ethnic Germans from Bessarabia and northern Bukovina in September 1940.

The relocation was part of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact of 1939 and most of the Germans received new land in the occupied areas of Western Poland. At the end of WWII they were again resettled to escape the advancing Red Army.
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Retro babe"...I said NO, sweetums... go play with your PS3!.."
^^^^^^
Panzer Sdkfz 303 Leichter Ladungstrager
No, not a WWI relic but the Goliath a small tracked vehicle carrying a demolition charge which could be directed to a target by wire control.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Monday, January 07, 2008

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The NY Times Art and culture section highligts video art, mentioning Sadie Benning - An old fave of mine.

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What's up at YouTube: Aerobicide a music video made by Sadie Benning for the band Julie Ruin
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Retro babe"...ok, ok -You're hired..."
^^^^^^
Panzer Pzkpfw I, Ausf B
A spruce looking Panzer I, probably at a training facility in the early part of WWII. Note that the double MG 34 machine guns have been removed from the turret.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Friday, January 04, 2008

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Scarlett Johansson day

(The best way to efficiently combat winter depression...)
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Retro babe - more Scarlett...
^^^^^^
Panzer Pzkpfw I
The crowd greeting a panzer unit with a familiar salute.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Thursday, January 03, 2008

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© Robert Crumb

The same thing happens every new year...I just can't get started...

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Retro babe Kylie Minogue's granny on the left side there?
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Panzer Tiger I
Being serviced by men of the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler division.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

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"We only use 10% of our brains" - Albert Einstein said that, not?

Noeth! - It's just another Medical Myth , many of them debunked here

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Retro babe (I ran out of captions)
^^^^^^
Panzer Panzer IV
A panzer IV, Panther and other AFV's at an armour graveyard post WWII.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war