Friday, May 30, 2008

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Not that I'm getting back into political stuff on this blog but I read an interesting comment by comedian Omar Marzouk about the Danish People's Party's latest media pseudo-event - The Muslim judges scare.

The DF wanted to ban female Muslim judges from wearing scarves in Danish court rooms (NOTE: There are currently NO female Muslim judges working in Denmark...) and they placed ads in Danish newspapers showing a judge in a courtroom - hammer in hand - wearing a burka...

Marzouk's comment was that he actually loves the DF because they always make him laugh, especially with the musilm judge ads because a muslim woman who was othodox enough to wear a burka would never be able to work as a judge... since she would not be allowed to be alone in a room with strange men (men not of her own family)



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Retro babe (Don't look if you are a religious person, this woman might have been in the company of strange men...)
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Panzer Pakpfw IV, Ausf G
A group of panzer IV's being serviced during winter.
With the introduction of the "long barreled" panzer IV from late 1942, some much needed firepower was added to the panzerwaffe which had previously favoured speed and mobility over armour and armament for their Blitzkrieg strategy.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Thursday, May 29, 2008

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A phunn blog entry relating to my recent journey into corporate culture: 8 types of meeting attendees
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Retro babe Passion Flame...
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Panzer Pzkpfw IV, Ausf C
The end for this Panzer IV. Note the dead crew's graves lined with tracks on the far left.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

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SONY headquarters, Denmark. A nice modern building...spacious and bright...filled with SONY's state of the art flat screens...attractive receptionists...friendly staff.

I'm attending a two hour talk by SONY sales people on the subject of digital signage

My name tag clearly states : Lennard Grahn, The Academy of fine arts.

The other attendees come from media businesses, TV2 news, investment companies and other branches of SONY corp.

The talk begins, the atmosphere is friendly, relaxed, the surroundings pleasant, the talker presents a case story from a Bank in Jutland which has successfully used the product, a well planned PowerPoint presentation whizzes across the video screen... images...buzz words...videos...sound...tech talk..positive costumers...

I am pleased, I feel good , although I'm clearly under dressed, alienated and socially stunned when compared to these "movers and shakers" of the media world...I dare to speak...

"...Hello, I'm Lennard Grahn from the art academy, and I was wondering if you have ever considered using creative content with this type of technology..."

I hear the sighs coming from a few of the other people in the room...almost undetectable..and then I realise:

I blew it...


Today EVERYBODY is creative,

not just "artistes"


Back to square one (and the train station, I don't drive...)


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Retro babe"...great! you can stay properly dressed and still get a nice tan on those bumcheeks!..."
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Panzer Bergehetzer
A very rare photo of the recovery version of the Panzerjäger 38 (t), abandoned somewhere on the Eastern front. The Bergehetzer usually had a small winch and crane attached for recovering disabled Hetzers and other light AFV's.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

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Did you once love gazing at those psychedelic LP covers while your buddies flipped out the rolling papers?.. then checketh out one of the true masters of this long-gone art: Roger Dean

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Retro babe...there's something drawing about you, Miss Ward...
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Panzer Panzerjäger Marder II
Another shot of the Maarder II. Note that the troops are wearing black panzer uniforms instead of the field grey versions designed for the crews of self-propelled guns .
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Monday, May 26, 2008

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"Your green grocer is a possible terrorist"

Spotted in my neighborhood, posters for: www.Terrorstop.dk

(check the site, it's quite surprising)

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Retro babe"...oh, THOSE credentials!.."
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Panzer Marder II
Despite its flimsy appearance, this mounting of the PAK 40 on a tracked carriage (the same as the Pzkpfw II) provided some much needed payback power for the German Army from July 1942 when they were facing the Soviet T-34 and KV tanks with under gunned panzer II and III's.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Friday, May 23, 2008

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Check out the movie star portraits and other film stills for download at Doctor Macro's movie scans
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Retro babe "...no, honey - Not another one of your movies...I spent a whole week scrubbing off that tar and feathers the last time!.."
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Panzer Sdkfz 231
With the "Das Reich" SS-division (the divisional symbol is painted on the side of the rear hull) in the Balkans 1941. Note the swastika painted on the rear engine deck for air recognition.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Thursday, May 22, 2008

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Oobee-doobee-doo

I've go nothing to say to yoooooou

Uhuhbi-dubbi-dubbi-doo


nothing-to-say-

I'm on my way-

doobi-doobee-daaaaaayyyyy!


(drum whirl)

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Retro babe"...hmm...all-nude yoga...let's give it a try at the next board meeting..."
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Panzer Sdkfz 263 Funkwagen
Crammed with long range radio equipment the "Funkwagen" (radio car) was a vital instrument of the early successes of German armoured warfare, providing direct and immediate communication between higher level panzer commanders and their units in the field. The tropical uniforms worn by the crew would suggest the photo was taken in Africa. Also note that this vehicle was originally painted dark grey (still visible around the national cross marking) but has been over painted with desert yellow for service in Africa.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

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...must...blog...

brain...empty....drying out...

please...insert...

brain...recovery...disc...

<-BLEEP->

...

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Retro babe "...No, no, Miss Woodrod...this really IS just a job interview!.."
^^^^^^
Panzer Sdkfz 223
Basically a long range radio-equipped version of the Sdkfz 221. Note the tropical uniforms worn by some of the crew.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

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During WWII, the German Army used cartoon imagery and humorous rhymes and verses when they designed Die Panther-Fibel ("The Panther Bible") a manual for the crews of Panther tanks.

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Retro babe "...that's Amora..."
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Panzer Sdkfz 221
A beautiful pre-war photo. Note the two crewmen in the vehicle, wearing the early panzer beret and regular field gray Army greatcoats.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Monday, May 19, 2008

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ELO - You'd forgotten all about them, right?...

blah, blah, blah - the government are all idiots and fascists, blah, blah, blah - And everybody else too! blah, blah, blah - why do I have to go to work? blah, blah, blah - I want a vacation, blah, blah, blah - why can't you make a living from eating potato chips, drinking beer, and touching your private parts???

blah, blah, blah,


A bit of blogging-fatigue here...

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Retro babe...Asian antics...
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Panzer Panther, Ausf G
A crewman storing a 75 mm shell into the Panther.
Note the Zimmerit coating on this early production Panther G and the unusual all-white turret numbers.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Friday, May 16, 2008

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Hmm, I wonder who will design the monument commemorating the fallen Danish soldiers from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan?.. (when that time arrives)

Danish sculptor Hein Heinsen is my guess.

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Retro babe "...1-2-3-4 what are we fighting for!.."
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Panzer Panther, Ausf. G
The crewmen are wearing the reed green denim fatigues often preferred in warm weather instead of the standard black wool panzer uniform.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

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Poppadoms - Get them at your local Asian market, fill up that frying pan with plenty of oil, fry yourself a package-full, and then sit down for a real treat!
(and an accompanying quality beer is not a bad idea either...)

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Retro babe"...my son, Dee Dee? I don't know...he's fooling around with some band or sumthin'..."
^^^^^^
Panzer Pzkpfw II, Ausf C
A used up Panzer II left in a vehicle dump.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

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Spring - Suddenly it's warm and sunny and you can go outdoors and take off that heavy winter coat and feel free again.

And you want change!

and find yourself,

with a handful of nickels.

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Retro babe"...you're hired! - we'll just have to figure out what for..."
^^^^^^
Panzer Pzkpfw IV
A group of panzer III and IV's being assembled for maintenance or an engagement.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Friday, May 09, 2008

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"...and then the Rabbi says..."

May 9, this is the official day to celebrate Victory in WWII if you live in Eastern Europe. As I've explained yesterday and the day before the Russians had called for a second signing of the document of surrender of German forces, to be carried out in Berlin on May 8.

This took place in the suburb of Karlshorst, where you can today find the Russian-German museum (which I visited in September 2007)

This time it was Field marshal Keitel, head of the the German Armed Forces, who had the daunting task of accepting a German military defeat.
Both him and his colleague, Jodl , would later be trialed at Nuremberg and hanged for their co-operation with the Nazi regime.

The signing took place shortly before midnight on May 8, and due to the time-zone differences between Berlin and Moscow the official day for the Russian celebration of Victory in the Great Patriotic War has since been May 9.



But what's happening here, Lennard???...usually you devote line after line on this day to celebrate the Red Army's victory over the Hitlerite murderers???...and the sacrifice and bravery of the Russian people...what's going on??!?!!..

Reading George Orwell's essays on patriotism and the Left made me realise I was just one of those soppy middle class kids who couldn't find patriotism for my own country and instead developed patriotic feelings for Russia!


I am now liberated from Communist influence and the mythology of The Great Patriotic War!


(and I can even join those of my countrymen who today have patriotic feelings for the USA!)


Bye, bye, WWII...

what a bloody mess.


(Band playing military marches)

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Retro babe "...You said it, bud..."
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Panzer Panther, Ausf G
Photographed in Holland in the summer of 1945.
An early production Ausf G with Zimmerit anti-magnetic coating, no crew compartment heater and no flame dampers on the exhaust pipes.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
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Thursday, May 08, 2008

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What's happening down there? those people should be at work...I'd better give them the "I'll cut your wages" sign...

May 8, VE- day (Victory in Europe) today, the official end of WWII in Europe.

As I mentioned yesterday the German Army Command had already signed the documents of surrender on May 7 at General Eisenhower's headquarters in Reims, France (Eisenhower was the supreme commander of the Western allied forces)

Since the only representative of the Soviet Army to witness and co-sign the document was General Ivan Susloparov, the Russians had called for a second signing to be held the following day in Berlin where Marshall Zhukov and other high ranking Soviet commanders could attend.

In Britain, prime minister Winston Churchill, who had become the personification of steadfast resistance to Nazi Germany to both the British and many Europeans made a broadcast on BBC radio announcing the victory and later appeared in front of jubilant crowds which had gathered in central London.
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Retro babe"...sorry, Madame, the General has gone back to Duisburg so you'll have to find some new clientele..."
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Panzer Pzkpfw I, Ausf A
A rare colour slide of Panzer I and II's during the invasion of Poland, 1939.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

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No, you have to use YOUR OWN name Herr General...not the Fuehrer's...

General Alfred Jodl, head of the German Army, signed the unconditional surrender of all German forces in Europe in Reims, France, sixty-three years ago on May 7 1945, effectively ending WWII in Europe.

The agreement was to take effect from the next day, May 8, at 23.01 hours,

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Retro babe"...Oh, there you are...well, I'll do a few more paintings over at the hut and then we'll fry some fish and chill out for the rest of the day..."
^^^^^^
Panzer Pzkpfw III, Ausf F
The sad remains of a panzer III, the blown out armourplate visible just below the turret would suggest an internal explosion caused by the tanks own ammunition.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

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Check out the phunsterisms of Danish cartoon-blogger Stejl Fart

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Retro babe"...that's ecological cooking!..."
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Panzer Pzkpfw III, Ausf M
This could be an authentic combat photo with the crew bailed out from a burning panzer and one of them wielding a pistol (their sidearms were what a panzer crew had for self defence, plus one shared MP 40 machine gun carried in the vehicle)
They could also be having a drill... it looks like one of the crewmen is smiling but maybe he just wants to look good on camera.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Monday, May 05, 2008

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Sixty-third anniversary of Danish liberation from German occupation in WWII.

Must be nice to have a specific date where you can say "...on this day we were free..."


Actually, I remember the last day on some of the crummy jobs I've had...


Well, thank you war-generation for finally getting it right and landing us with those who won the war!

(And why not dig some reading at this un-official site about the liberation www.befrielsen.dk created by former members of the resistance as a response to the official site created by the Danish Ministry of Education - In Danish only)

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Retro babe"...Nice lamp..."
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Panzer Sdkfz 251/3
A 251 equipped with extra radio equipment for use by the staff and headquarters of panzer units, seen here with the 20th Panzer Division surrendering in Czechoslovakia, 8 May 1945.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Friday, May 02, 2008

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My secret? if you only knew, schatzi!

RIP Albert Hofmann, 1906-2008 (died April 29)

The Swiss chemist who discovered LSD in 1938 and was a lifelong supporter of its medical and therapeutic use.


Lived to be 102...

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Retro babe "...yeah, we must eat lunch with that nice Swiss couple again tomorrow...a chemist was he?..."
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Panzer Befehlspanther, Ausf A
A command version of the Panther. Note the large star shaped antenna (for the extra radio equipment) and the "I03" number on the turret marking it as belonging to the staff of the first battalion of a panzer regiment.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Thursday, May 01, 2008

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Get your flags and other rebellious paraphernalia at www.piratemerch.com

International Workers Day today, and since my employment file at the Danish mail services clearly state that I am a "post worker" I must be BEYOND such trifle matters like meeting with thousands of colleagues to demonstrate our strength and unity!

Strength and unity... where do you find that today?..


Instead, I go to my OTHER job, where I (sort of) belong to the body of teachers, but I'm employed and paid as a technician...

And then there's my academic education and the modern tradition of the artiste as a free and classless individual...


Where DO I fit in???..



But hey, Lennard - The class society doesn't exist any more!


Socialism doesn't work!


Marx and Engels were wrong!



Workers intenationalism...PFFTTTTT!



It's all about race, culture, religion and nationality, not?..


(and it makes it a lot easier to pitch people against each other in wars too...)


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Retro babe"...hey, stop that! Sex before demos destroys the revolutionary zeal!..."
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Panzer Marder II
It's funny how many of the fighting vehicles of WWII were in fact quite small and would probably seem almost comical on todays battlefields.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war