Wednesday, April 30, 2008

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It's a Hugo Boss, accessories by Krupp


I wish I were a neo-liberal, and in love with the USA.


I'd be on the winning team!



Now I'm just some dreary old Socialist and the people of today laugh at me and tell me to shut up (or go live in North Korea)


Socialism....It could get you laid in the seventies, but I was too young for that...


Maybe I should become a Retro-Nazi?


Order, uniforms, dictatorship, unity


we Socialists like that sort of thing!


Yes, I'm going to be a Nazi.


they dress cool!

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Retro babe"...you got to think out of the box, honey!..."
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Panzer Sdkfz 251/10
Again a vehicle belonging to the Hermann Göring Division serving in Italy. The 251/10 mounted the 37mm PAK 35/36 instead of the forward firing MG34.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

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3D rendition of ancient Olympia by Osmosis solutions

Saw a demonstration yesterday at Town Hall Square here in Copenhagen, it was in support of the People's Republic of China and the Olympics... Lot's of national flags and Chinese people.

You see more and more of this (in my opinion) bogus "...the people take it to the streets..." it's just a show for World Wide Cameras in my opinion. A government (or a business) pay some people to show up with banners and the TV crews are there on the spot (phoned in advance, of course)

It's good television, it can be photographed and edited to look like the real thing, like the big anti-war demonstrations from the 60's, workers protests from the 30´s, and be made to look like thousands of people are demonstrating and not just a handful..

I think it's just more bogus manipulation .

Same thing with all this "artist expelled from exhibition" or "art exhibition closed for fear of terrorism..." some of these guys are just on somebody's payroll, using the idea of "freedom of speech" and "artistic freedom" to manipulate public opinion and make way for more surveillance cameras and anti-terrorist legislation.

Hey, one of the basic definitions of being an individual is: Freedom of choice!

but what if that choice is so manipulated as it often is today?...where's the freedom?...

and what about the things you are offered to choose from? - Sixteen brands of toilet paper all coming from the same five slave factories in the third world? democracy in the USA, supposedly the world promoter of democracy, offer voters TWO political parties to choose from (and only 64% care to vote...)

Same thing in most other countries: Two large parties who are either in or or out of Government and a few extremist parties to give the whole thing some colour in the media... and what are the political differences between "the Left" and "the Right"anyway these days?..


Where does choice come in if choosing makes up for the same outcome?...


Well, back to the Olympics... but who cares about them anyway?.. sports are mainly a proto-fascist ritual of power worship and sado-masochism and the Olympics just another way of promoting products and selling TV advertising space.


Go for a walk instead, says I.

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Retro babe"...directors cut..."
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Panzer Sdkfz 251/1, Ausf C
Serving with the Hermann Göring Division" in Italy.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Monday, April 28, 2008

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"What are you doing Saturday?.."

...er, uhm, - Nothing...

"WHAAAAAAT!!!!"



Among the many taboos alive in today's Denmark, this I believe must be the greatest:


To do nothing


You simply can't,"do nothin..."

You might want to do nothing for the sake of getting rid of some stress,

You might want to do nothing to "recharge the batteries",

You might want to do nothing just for the shear pleasure of it,


But that doesn't compute in todays Denmark.


Except, if you pretend that you are in fact doing SOMETHING...

it's OK to go to the movies, sit in a dark room and not really pay attention...

it's OK to go to the beach and lie down in the sun for a couple of hours to get a tan,

it's OK to walk the dog,

- mow the lawn,

- do the garden,

- go to the carwash,


But to openly admit that you have simply pressed the "pause" button and just sit there DOING NOTHING and perhaps let a few braincells bump into each other...



nope.


It's a sin.


(And also Un-American)

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Retro babe"...yeah, yeah, yeah that happens to all guys once in a while, OK!.."
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Panzer Tiger I
Fighting with sPzAbt 502 near Leningrad in the fall of 1943.
Note the feifel aircleaners installed on the rear deck and the unusual style of the balkenkreuz, tank on the right is Russian, a rare KV-85.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war
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Friday, April 25, 2008

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Since so many words were used yesterday, today will be just a link to my old pal Acebone who has a webpage about his trumpet playing, it includes a logo designed by meeee

Praiseth be Acebone!

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Retro babe "..no, it's not too vampy..."
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Panzer Sturmgeschütz III, Ausf C
A stug bogged down in some (presumably Russian) mud with some rather tired looking crew members waiting for the recovery team to arrive.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Thursday, April 24, 2008

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Finished reading Inside George Orwell, by Gordon Bowker.

A fine biography, digging into the person who lived behind the pen name of George Orwell - Eric Arthur Blair, the author of Animal Farm and 1984 two books he wrote as a criticism of revolutions (not just the Russian but ALL revolutions) and the totalitarian state (again his prime target was Stalinist Russia, but his aim was to warn against all societies run by totalitarian governments who use language to brainwash its citizens and edit history to control the past and present)

Orwell comes out as a very complex man and his entire life filled with contradictions. His life begins with the English middle classes during the peaceful pre - WWI era he would later view with nostalgia as "a golden age" (his father was a civil servant in the crown colony of India)

He becomes a student at Eton (on a scholarship) where he rubs shoulders with the future British elite and learns to hate both the snobbishness, brutality and general incompetence of the class-ruled educational system where people from the middle classes (like Orwell) could never expect to reach the higher echelons in society but were kept merely as hangers-ons to fill out various positions with the British Empire's huge administration.

He spends most of his life mingling with the left-wingers of British literature, but defines himself as being "...a Tory anarchist..." a man with a conservative view on life but carrying with him a spiritual heritage from the free thinkers of the eighteenth and nineteenth century, predominantly a basic desire for "freedom and justice".

Unfortunately for Orwell he is living in the twentieth century, an age of huge political and social upheaval which forces him to decide that he cannot devote his life and writing to purely aesthetic and philosophical matters but must engage in the political questions of his times.

Disgusted by the squalor of working class lives described in The Road to Wigan pier and equally disillusioned by the brutality of the Communist agents of Moscow he meets during the Spanish Civil War (and the phony Marxist intellectuals he finds at home) he defines himself as a supporter of "democratic socialism" and decides to elevate political writing to an art form (he viewed the political pamphlets of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as an undiscovered source of great writing and sometimes even referred to himself as "a pamphleteer")

A life of poverty and obscurity as a writer and journalist (he made a living from writing from the early 1930's) culminates with international success (and some wealth) with Animal farm (1945) and 1984 (1949), but by then his health is ruined by a lifelong battle with bad lungs (ending with tuberculosis) and he dies only a few months after the publication of 1984.


In my opinion one of the major tragedies of Orwell's life was the way his books were used by anti-communists propaganda after his death, his original foreword to 1984 read: "Since the 1930's everything I write has been against totalitarianism and in defence of Democratic Socialism"

He believed in a planned economy and nationalization of key industries, he had no illusions about the exploitation found in the class society, he hated empires because they were founded on racism and brutality and he viewed free market capitalism as a failure that would repeatedly throw the world into economical crises.

His problematic relationship with "the left" was rooted in the fact that in Britain a great deal of its followers came form the upper middle class or upper classes and most of its members had a love affair with Stalin, which stood in sharp contrast to the fact that they would be exactly the people (free thinkers and free speakers) the GPU or the KGB would bring in for interrogation and torture if Stalin had ruled the world.

When the Labour Party assumed power in Britain after WWII, Orwell was a supporter and the welfare state planned at the beginning of the post war era was very much the class-dissolving and wealth distributing society which he felt was the only way to oppose the threat of totalitarianism.

He was quickly disappointed, feeling that not enough was being done to reform society towards Socialism and it is too bad Orwell died in 1950 since it would have been interesting to know his views on the Vietnam war, the youth rebellion of the sixties, the fall of the Soviet empire, etc, etc.



In my opinion we are right now living at the beginning of a capitalist version of 1984, complete with never-ending wars "for peace" - "freedom is slavery" (and work is freedom...) a dissolving system of justice, brainwashing media monopolies, etc, etc, not to mention the rising power of China, a country which seems to be on its way of combining the all powerful control state with the earning power of market capitalism...and then there's the beginning global struggle for fuel supplies....

but then - I'm just a "glum chum" not?..

(For more Orwell, you can access his writings Here)

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Retro babe"..Sorry about that Honey, must have gotten a bit premature..."
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Panzer Sturmgeschütz III, Ausf C
A fine photo of a Stug in mint condition.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

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Large version here

"Communist bastards!..", he said

a guy my age pushing a pram with his child in it,

"Oh, yeah - It's pretty radical..." I replied, adding that I thought It was somehow connected with the old monastry down in no. 13 which used to be a "squat" back in the eighties (today it's an administrative building)

"nah, I don't think so..." , he continued, "...I used to hang out in that squat...it was used after they (the police) had raided Schiønning & Arvé (a large 1980's squat in an old rubber factory) but the place was abandoned because the junkies in the area started to take over...we're talking 1980- 81' here!.."

He bid me a good day and went on with his business.

Then I remebered, oh yes! He used to work at that Electronica record shop in the city...



Yeah, the radical left... we've stopped listening to that.

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Retro babe"...Great presentation, Miss Pinochet, bringing you onto this board of trusties has certainly lightened things up..."
^^^^^^
Panzer Sturmgeschütz III, Ausf G
A wintry scene illustrating the bleak conditions on the eastern front around 1943-44. Note that troops would only ride on the outside of panzers on their way to a battle, not during. Once the battle started, panzers would draw a lot of fire and be the last place you wanted to use for cover.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

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Reflection of the flags not QUITE in the right place...

Why not laugh at the f..k-ups of those smart-arsed Photoshop artistes making big bucks selling out to the advertising industry: Photoshop disasters

And tomorrow: Disabled people slipping on banana-peels!

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Retro babe"...it's so much more fun discussing Merleau-Ponty with your breasts bared!.."
^^^^^^
Panzer Sdkfz 234/2 Puma
A fine shot of the legendary armoured car.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Monday, April 21, 2008

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Rent-A-Cop

The head of the Swedish Police investigation of the download site The Pirate Bay is also an employee of Warner Brothers...


Maybe he can find traces to Al-Quaida and NATO can invade Sweden!

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Retro babe"...rebel with a couch..."
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Panzer Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind
Probably destroyed during Battle of the Bulge. Note the large hole in the turret armour.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Thursday, April 17, 2008

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Art news from the UK and worldwide with a taste for figurative work and frequent thrashings of modern and contemporary Art, get your dose at: Coxsoft

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Retro babe"...classic!..."
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Panzer Panther, Ausf A
Captured by GI's in what looks a lot like Italy.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

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David Brent - Postmodernism with a human farce?..

Morten of Notes of a Second Rate Poet has kindly borrowed me his complete collection of The Office, making me realise that it's even more fun to watch today than when I first saw it a few years ago.

Back then I didn't work at the mail center...

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Retro babe"...All aces..."
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Panzer Schmalturm & Kugelblitz
No, not a forgotten German comedy act...but some rarities photographed in the UK after WWII. These two turrets were German prototypes intended for the Flakpanzer "Kugelblitz" anti-aircraft tank and a new version of the Panther mounting an 88 mm gun - The Panther Ausf F. Both were scheduled for production in 1945-46 but of course the end of WWII terminated their development.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

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From the mailbox:



Dannebrog CD's - Hey, can I get a box with the Muhammad drawings on them?...

(it's actually a quite good place to order CD's and DVD's - Speedy delivery too : www.billigmedien.de)


Why should we bother about nationalizing the banks and the industries, we nationalize the people.
~ Adolf Hitler

National Capitalism, you can't beat it.

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Retro babe"...You're the joker? Well, let's do some fooling around!.."
^^^^^^
Panzer Sdkfz 232 FU (8 rad)
A nice shot of this reconnaissance vehicle. The large "bedstead" above the turret is the antenna for the powerful on board radio equipment.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Monday, April 14, 2008

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Spring on the way.

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Retro babe"...nice, er, nakedness..."
^^^^^^
Panzer Panzerjäger I
Another shot of this, the first design in a long line of German WWII "tank hunters" (note the penetration at the bottom of the armoured shield around the gun)
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Friday, April 11, 2008

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Danes are flocking to the cinemas to watch Flammen & Citronen (the flame and the lemon) a WWII drama telling the story of the Danish resistance's two biggest heroes who were nicknamed the flame and the lemon.

In my view this film (the most expensive Danish production ever made) never rises above the quality of a "made-for-TV" movie. The leading actors perform adequately and the props and scenery are up to international standard, but my main problem with the film is that it misses an opportunity to deal in dept with the complex questions related to Denmark during WWII and instead we get a fairly plain action movie with a bit of saucy romance thrown in and all of it designed to appeal to a contemporary audience.

When I left the theater I thought that the only thing missing were German soldiers shouting "Achtung" before they died, but we did get the shaven headed Nazi officer in a leather coat...

Get ready for this year's Danish Cinema Awards - Flammen & Citronen is bound to catch a bundle of them.

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Retro babe Queen of Diamonds
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Panzer Sdkfz 234/2
The famous "Puma" armoured car which has formed the basis for most armoured cars developed after WWII.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Thursday, April 10, 2008

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Back in my art school days I was exposed to the charismatic and firm-minded couple Jakob Jakobsen and Henriette Heise who, inspired by the Situationist Movement went on to create The Copenhagen Free University, and were also founding members of the artist-run local television channel TV-TV
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Retro babe ...nice hat!..
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Panzer Panzerjäger I
Captured by the British during the desert war in North Africa. The Pzjg I mounted a Czech 4.7 cm gun on the Panzerkampfwagen I chassis.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

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You can't enter a poster, frames and art shop anywhere in Denmark without being offered the creations of Poul Pava

His work is basically endless variations over the same "children's drawing" - style circular face with two large eyes, but these are marketed both as original paintings, postcards, and canvas prints delivered in a variety of sizes enabling you to find exactly the one fitting your white, sawdust-wallpaper covered walls.


A triumphant marriage between Modern Art, the democracy of consumerism, and market capitalism.

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Retro babe "...milk?..."
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Panzer Sturmgeshütz III, Ausf C
A good example of how difficult it can be to decipher colour from a black and white photo. A Stug Ausf C would be produced before the German Wehrmacht switched from painting its equipment dunkelgrau (a dark grey) to Dunkelgelb (a sandy yellow) mening that this stug should be overall dark grey. Still, it seems to be painted with a light colour (which could be the sandy yellow) but since dried mud and road dust could greatly alter the appearance of fighting vehicles (and were often used as makeshift camouflage) it is simply hard to tell what colour this stug really is.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

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Back in the early eighties I got hold of a copy of the comic book KAR WAR - A riveting tale of sci-fi war coupled with a great sense of humour and voluptuous women.

The Artwork was stunning - Done in crisp Black and White with a natural feel for cartooning and the artist was Brazilian born Alain Voss

Many other remarkable works flowed from his able brush during that exiting time, like the spaced-out but very observant satire on Rock: HEILMAN, made in the late seventies when he was a contributer to the legendary Metal Hurlant magazine.

Since those days of greatness apparently very little has been published by this outstanding artist, I thought, until today when I discovered that he's still working and has a profile on Deviant Art

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Retro babe "...Lucky number..."
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Panzer Sturmgeschütz III, Ausf G
Arriving at a factory for repairs. A Stug cost 82,500 Reich Marks to build (a Tiger cost 300,000) so a lot of effort was put into retrieving and repairing still useful vehicles.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Monday, April 07, 2008

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Check out the stunning work of exiled Iraqi artist Wafaa Bilal

Bilal is living in the US and holds an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. He uses a wealth of media, both traditional and digital, to create controversial works of art relating to the war in Iraq, freedom of speech and racial stereotypes in the media.

He gained a lot of attention with his virtual installation Domestic Tension- Shoot an Iraqi where you could log on to a website and shoot at Bilal with a remotely controlled paint ball gun

His latest work, Virtual Jihadi is a hacked computer game where Bilal poses as a suicide bomber trying to kill George Bush, a response to a popular computer game Quest for Saddam where you have to find and kill Saddam Hussein.

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Retro babe "...forget the Gin Rummy - Let's SHAG!..."
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Panzer Sturmgeschütz III, Ausf G
The "business end" of a Stug. Note the spare track draped over the hull for extra protection.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Friday, April 04, 2008

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One of the true benefits of freedom of speech and the internet it that you discover just how f..cked up, proto-fascist, racist and prejudice your fellow man (and woman) can be!

I give you one of my favourites as of late, lurking in the murky aisles of the extreme right wing of the Danish bloggosphere : Retten til selvforsvar (in Danish only)

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Retro babe "...six into nine..."
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Panzer Sdkfz 253
A nice view of this rare half track used for forward artillery observation.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Thursday, April 03, 2008

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Painting by Alexander Zhdanov

Read about cultural politics, Soviet Style: The Bulldozer show

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Retro babe ...A playful woman...
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Panzer Panzerkampfwagen IV, Ausf C
The white crosses on the panzer indicates the photo was taking during the Polish campaign. The vehicle in front of the Panzer IV is a polish mini tank of French origin, apparently put into German service by the addition of white crosses.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

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Well, I'm not going to turn this blog into a straight out George Orwell fan-site (sometimes I wouldn't mind doing that...) but his writings are filled with precise observations which in my opinion are extremely relevant to our present times, listen to this:

"...The energy that actually shapes the world springs from emotions — racial pride, leader-worship, religious belief, love of war — Which liberal intellectuals mechanically write off as anachronisms, and which they have usually destroyed so completely in themselves as to have lost all power of action..."

Hmm...

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Retro babe Exotic dancer - Nina Charta
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Panzer Sturmgeschütz III
Moving up next to a line of infantry. The original purpose of the Stug was to deliver armoured support to infantry units who usually fought without armour because they were deployed behind the fast moving Panzer units.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

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Orwell working for the BBC during WWII.
It was during this time he found much of the inspiration for the dystopian world of his novel 1984


In my opinion nothing could be more relevant today than to study the writings of George Orwell, and it's easy since fifty of his essays are available for online reading HERE, including the highly recommendable 1941 essay:

Socialism and the English Genius

Orwell reflects on the need for British patriotism in the face of Hitler and Mussolini's victorious armies (the essay was written after France and the rest of Europe had been defeated by Germany but possibly before Soviet Russia and the USA had entered the war, which meant Britain was fighting the Axis powers practically on its own...)

He also argues against the mechanics of profit-driven capitalism and claims that only a Socialist democracy based on state ownership of the means of production can efficiently fight the war and win it.

The essay is filled with Orwell's clear and precise analyses of Britain as a society and a nation and the problems related to a country who has a war to fight but no sound idea (in Orwell's view) of how to go about it...
It includes this profile of the "left wing intelligentsia" :

(The creed they were spreading) "...could appeal only to a rather rare type of person, found chiefly in the middle-class intelligentsia, the type who has ceased to love his own country but still feels the need of patriotism, and therefore develops patriotic sentiments towards Russia..."


Hmm...

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Retro babe"...Photoghaphing your undies is a great way to learn how to use a camera, girls!.."
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Panzer Sturmgeschütz III, Ausf C
In a snow covered Russian town.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war