Monday, April 15, 2013

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I remember that lady well. During the Falklands war, Danish television broadcasted one of her speeches and there was some kind of technical problem, making the sound play backwards. Playing sound backwards has been used for effect in popular music and sound art, because it makes the human voice sound strange and frightening. Like the voice of a  demon.


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Panzer: Personenkraftwagen (Pkw)
The Wehrmacht made extensive use of civilian vehicles during WWII, a practise boosted by the fact that they had access to both the German, Austrian, Czech, French and Soviet automobile industries and thus could supply themselves with what they needed. Often, a coat of camouflage paint and a new license plate was enough to transform a privately owned vehicle into the property of The Reich, but sometimes extensive work was done to bring the car, truck, or lorry in question up to Wehrmacht standards. The car in the photo has been fitted with both a regulation Notek blackout light, Deutsches Reichsbahn loading label (painted on the door) and of course: an MG 34 machine gun, making it useful for mobile anti-aircraft defence. The tactical marking painted on the side door is interesting, but unfortunately I do not know what "E-Zug" and "Erk" stands for, perhaps Erprobungskommando , meaning "test unit".

5 comments:

ste said...

The'Maggie'Effect on the U.K.can be cut with a knife depending on where-abouts you lived in the country at the time.Whilst bringing prosperity to the south/London via the financial industry she reeked havoc in the industrial/manufacturing areas of the north.Her vindictive annihilation of the mining towns has left its mark to this day.She seemed to brutalise this country, making money the be all and end all measurement of success. She did appear to command some respect abroad(your input please)But as a Northerner myself,she will not be missed. Ste

lennard grahn said...

Thanks, nice to hear from someone who actually lived under "Thatcherism", I think she's quite popular with the increasing number of "cut the taxes!" -types here in Denmark.

lennard grahn said...

Since I moved mostly in "socialist circles" in the 80's, Maggie was hated with just as much intensity as Ronald Reagan and our own Conservative prime minister at the time: Poul Schlüter. Denmark was generally left wing back then with strong unions, so most people regarded her as some kind of mad conservative "Victorian" thing that could only happen in Britain. Thatcherist ideas about home ownership and privatisation came later, in the nineties, when we had a Social Democratic government...

ste said...

interesting lennard. when we finally got rid of the conservative party i expected great things from our new labour leader tony blair. what an utter disappointment his party turned out to be. turned me to a minority party voter for the foreseeable.ste

lennard grahn said...

Politicians are a lot alike it seems! I was glad to get rid of the previous right-wing government here in Denmark, but now the so-called "labour" government is just as bad.
Today I usually vote for a candidate I think would do some good and disregard the party connection.