Friday, August 12, 2022

Weekend Special!

Sadly, I have to concede: a Reality Shield does not protect against COVID-19 (although, I'd like to point out that it took the virus a long time to get me...).


It struck with a vengeance though; rarely have I felt so miserable in my life... Hence, no updates on the website and a very late weekly SPECIAL (which now really means a "Weekend Special").

But, to celebrate my return to the realm of the living, the Flamingo Naturel Series sell at a 27.5% discount;
a range of custom-made, top-quality berets in natural, undyed AAA-grade Australian merino wool.
Ideal wool berets in cold and warm weather.
The manufacturing process involves extended rinsing in the blessed volcanic groundwaters of Mount Aso and brushing for an ultrasoft, pleasant to the touch feel.

Available with a size adjustable headband in a 28cm and 30cm model, as well as a Universel one-size model in 30cm.


A supporter watches the breakaway leaders during the 17th stage of the 94th Tour de France cycling race between Pau and Castelsarrasin, 26 July 2007

FIFA World Cup supporters
Handball supporters game Slovenia - France

Rugby supporters from Brittany

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Alison Teal

US surfer and adventurer Alison Teal jumps on her surfboard into the Seine in front of the Eiffel tower in Paris, on September 19, 2017. 

After tackling wastewater in Mexico and a garbage island in the Maldives, the "protest surfer" has taken a dip in the river Seine in Paris to back efforts to combat climate change. 

Alison Teal travels the world with her pink "eco-friendly" surfboard to raise awareness about the environment, and it is no coincidence she chose France's capital for the latest stop on her campaign.


Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Americans in Paris, 1945

 American soldiers photographed in Paris, on May 16, 1945 

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Paris in the 1960s

Bouquiniste, bookseller selling used and antiquarian books on an unspecified stretch of the Seine in Paris, March 1961.

A man and his dog, 1969.

A stall holder in a flea market or 'marché aux puces' in Paris, France, March 1961. 
A triporteur bicycle on a Parisian street, 1964.

Monday, August 8, 2022

Rachid Benhadj

Rachid Benhadj (1949) is an Algerian director.

Born in Algiers, it was in Paris that Rachid Benhadj first studied architecture at the National School of Decorative Arts, then cinema at the University.

He made several TV movies and documentaries. In 1992, he filmed Touchia, which in 1994 won the Audience Award at the 4th African Film Festival in Milan, Italy .

He moved to Italy and is a teacher in a school for film directors at the Academy of Cinécittà ACT MULTIMEDIA.

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Jacques Chirac Private

Former French President Jacques Chirac talking with a neighbor in the countryside of Corrèze.

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Junko Morimoto

"I am Junko Morimoto."

"I now live in Sydney, but I was born and brought up in Hiroshima."

"When the bomb exploded on the morning of August 6 1945, I was a 13-year-old schoolgirl."

"I lived 1.7 kilometers away from where the bomb fell."

Friday, August 5, 2022

1930's Café Snapshot

A snapshot photograph of a group of women relaxing in a French pavement café, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1930. An older woman and two teenage girls are drinking soft drinks. Despite the sunny weather, the streets and café seem empty. Originally a shooting term, the word 'snapshot' was first linked with photography in the late 1850s, when it was used to describe a photograph taken with a brief exposure. Over time, snapshot came to mean any amateur photograph taken with a simple camera. The origins of popular photography can be traced back to George Eastman's (1854-1932) introduction of the first Kodak camera in 1888. Snapshots are informal, personal records of everyday life and experiences.

Thursday, August 4, 2022

French Sleepers

An unidentified, elderly man in a beret sleeps on the ledge of a barred window, a cane in his hands, Paris, 1936.
A man sleeping on a park bench in France, circa 1960.

A man takes a nap in a café next to a shoe shop in Paris, France, 1957.

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Rugby Fans

A France fan wearing a beret looks on during the 2020 Guinness Six Nations match between Wales and France at Principality Stadium on February 22, 2020 in Cardiff, Wales.

French rugby fans hold a Breton flag ahead of a Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between France and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on October 11, 2015.

Rugby fans dressed in berets with garlic strings around their necks wait in the crowd for kick off of the Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between France and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on October 11, 2015.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Patrick Kavanagh

Patrick Kavanagh (1904 –1967) was an Irish poet and novelist. His best-known works include the novel Tarry Flynn, and the poems "On Raglan Road" and "The Great Hunger".

He is known for his accounts of Irish life through reference to the everyday and commonplace.

Kavanagh's personality became progressively quixotic as his drinking increased over the years and his health deteriorated. Eventually becoming a disheveled figure, he moved among the bars of Dublin, drinking whiskey and displaying his predilection for turning on benefactors and friends.

Monday, August 1, 2022

Berets from Scotland

A group of men attend the daily 'Parliament' meeting, held in a village street, to decide on the day's activities, on the archipelago of St Kilda in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland, circa 1880. The islands have been uninhabited since 1930.

American jazz musician Louis Armstrong stops off at Prestwick Airport, Glasgow on his way back to the United States. Here he is having his beret fitted out by 24 year old May Halliday. 22nd December 1956.
Tractor driver on the Shetland Islands, June 1970.
A Scottish spectator, adorned in Jacobite Uprising garb, enjoys the spectacle during the 2009 Braemar Gathering, held at the Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park in Braemar, Scotland. Every year in Braemar, on the first Saturday of September, the town of 500 swells to 15,000 people, as visitors flock to partake in the athletic gallantry of the most celebrated of the Highland Games, a tradition that has existed, in some form, at Braemar for the last nine hundred years. 

A protester wears a jumper and a beret with the stars of the European Union during a gathering entitled "Missing EU Already" near the Scottish Parliament Building in Edinburgh, U.K. on Jan. 31, 2020. After more than three years of bickering and political gridlock the U.K. is scheduled to leave the European Union, ushering in what U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government is calling a new era of sweeping free-trade deals and investment. 

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Turkish Schoolgirls

 Schoolgirls at a secondary school in Ankara (Angora), Turkey. 1935. 

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Vassilis Dimitriou

Greek billboard-artist Vassilis Dimitriou, 80, poses in his small workshop in Athens on April 22, 2015. 

Far from the limelight of Cannes, Greece's last painter of film posters toils away in a little garden studio to deliver his latest commission. Dimitriou works alone and knows his days on the job are numbered -- his left hand trembles from the early onset of Parkinson's disease. But Dimitriou, a survivor of Greece's wartime occupation by the Nazis, remains determined to fight his lonely battle against digital printing for as long as he can. 

For him, it's an art that truly comes from the heart. For more than 65 years, the diminutive, beret-sporting artist has depicted all the big names, but some he pays extra attention to. 

Friday, July 29, 2022

Birger Loevenkrone

Blue Beret veteran, Birger Loevenkrone, who served on Cyprus as a corporal during three UN Peace Keeping missions between 1984 and 1986, attends UN International Peacekeepers Day at Kastellet on May 29, 2016 in Copenhagen.

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Eleanor Roosevelt Bidding Farewell to Howard University Students and Faculty

As a Howard University Trustee, Eleanor Roosevelt bids farewell to 21 African American students and three faculty members of Howard University, before they sail off on the SS Stavangerfjord cruise ship. 

They will present a repertory of three plays in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Near Mrs. Roosevelt are James Butcher (second left from Roosevelt), Dr. Anne Cooke (left of Roosevelt), and Owen Dodson (front, far right).