Monday, January 24, 2022

Lingerie Models on the Catwalk at Moda

Lingerie models on the catwalk at Moda. 

Moda, the UK's biggest trade fashion show for independent fashion buyers, took place between 19th-21st February 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham, UK.

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Father J. Baeten

Father J. Baeten s.j. (center with beret) busy setting up a prayer room for continuous workers in Vlaardingen.

Baeten was a corporate chaplain for Rotterdam, Schiedam and Vlaardingen.

Photo published in Rotterdams Nieuwsblad 6-9-1958 on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the monastery at the Jesuit fathers.

Saturday, January 22, 2022


Spanish-Basque singer Iñaki Igon Garitaonaindia aka "Gari"(Legazpi, Gipuzkoa, 1964) is a basque language singer and songwriter.

He was the singer of the band "Hertzainak" from 1983 to 1993. When the band broke up, he started his solo career in 1995 with a self-titled album "Gari".

In December 2008 American singer Patti Smith gave a poetry recital at the Artium museum in Vitoria and Gari accompanied her on guitar.

Friday, January 21, 2022

Grant Drumheller #2

Years ago, I first published a post on the work of New Hampshire artist and boinero Grant Drumheller, whose work I much admire. 

Grant & Fanny

Grant  Drumheller has been the recipient of a Fulbright-Hays Grant in Painting to Italy.

Point with Dogwalkers

Drumheller has been a professor at the University of New Hampshire since 1986. Other teaching and speaking engagements have been at Boston University, Dartmouth College, Amherst College, the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley College, Maine College of Art, Monserrat College of Art, and Gordon College. 

Karina & Grant

He has taught for several summers at the UNH in Italy Program in Ascoli Piceno, Le Marche and at Art New England Workshops at Bennington College, but stopped teaching in 2019.

Much of Grant's work can be viewed here

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Wednesday, January 19, 2022


Such a common sight, only a few decades ago: the coalman, delivering coal from door to door.

It is a sight that is not seen much anymore, although I found this recent photo of a coalman in Soweto, South Africa.
Like the actual coal miners, Basque berets were the typical headgear for coalmen, the black felt immune to smudges and dirt.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022


Photos taken at the National Armed Forces Day in Cleethorpes, United Kingdom, 2016.

Monday, January 17, 2022


Pétanque is a sport that falls into the category of boules sports, along with raffa, bocce, boule lyonnaise, lawn bowls and crown green bowling. In all these sports, players or teams play their boules/balls towards a target ball.

In pétanque the objective is to score points by having boules closer to the target than the opponent after all boules have been thrown. This is achieved by throwing or rolling boules closer to the small target ball, officially called a jack but known colloquially as a cochonnet, or by hitting the opponents' boules away from the target, while standing inside a circle with both feet on the ground.

The game is normally and best played on hard dirt or gravel. It can be played in public areas in parks or in dedicated facilities called boulodromes.

The current form of the game originated in 1907 or 1910 in La Ciotat, in Provence, France. The French name pétanque (borrowed into English, with or without the acute accent) comes from petanca in the Provençal dialect of the Occitan language, deriving from the expression pè tancat, meaning 'foot fixed' or 'foot planted' (on the ground).

Sunday, January 16, 2022

White Dog

White Dog is a 1982 American drama film based on Romain Gary's 1970 novel of the same name.

The film depicts the struggle of a dog trainer named Keys (Paul Winfield), who is black, trying to retrain a stray dog found by a young actress (Kristy McNichol), that is a "white dog"—a dog trained to make vicious attacks upon, and to kill, any black person. Fuller uses the film as a platform to deliver a message against racism as it examines the question of whether racism is a treatable problem or an incurable condition.

The film's theatrical release was suppressed for a week in the United States by Paramount Pictures out of concern over negative press after rumours began circulating that the film was racist. Prior to the date, it was released internationally in France in July 1982.

Critics praised the film's hard-line look at racism and Fuller's use of melodrama and metaphors to present his argument, and its somewhat disheartening ending that leaves the impression that while racism is learned, it cannot be cured.

Reviewers consistently questioned the film's lack of wide release in the United States when it was completed and applauded its belated release by Criterion.

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Pierre et Gerdy

Peter Smeitink is a professional pianist and piano teacher who has embraced the accordion as a second instrument. 

Peter is a very experienced musician with a great love for ensemble playing in pop and jazz. His modesty makes him an excellent listener and a sought-after accompanist.

Together with singer and songwriter Gerdy van der Graaf he forms the duo Pierre et Gerdy.

All their passions come together in the French chansons: poetry, song and the French language. Pierre et Gerdy embody la joie de vivre!

Friday, January 14, 2022

Richard Ray Whitman

Richard Ray Whitman is an internationally acclaimed artist and photographer. His work has been exhibited at museums and galleries internationally - with highlights including the Artrain nationwide tour, and a solo exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian Heye Gallery in NY. 

His work has been published in magazines including Native Peoples and American Indian Art, and featured in books including Aperture's Strong Hearts.

As an actor, he has appeared in movies including Lakota Woman, American Indian Graffiti, and the award-winning Oklahoma production Four Sheets to the Wind.

Whitman previously participated in the Artist in Residence program from the late 1980s through the 90s, completing residencies in numerous public and alternative schools statewide. Prior to his work with the Oklahoma Arts Council, Whitman taught art through the Indian Youth Council and the youth at risk program at the Native American Center in Oklahoma City. Whitman has also worked with youthful offenders, teaching art as rehabilitative therapy as a visiting artist in several state corrections institutions.

As a Yuchi tribal member, he is enrolled in the Muscogee/Creek Nation. He grew up in Gypsy, OK and graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM in 1970.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

The New Boinas Pampa!

New at South Pacific Berets: the Boinas Pampa by Arandú!
Arandú’s Guarda Pampa boinas in raw merino wool are the quintessential gaucho berets.
Made of pure Argentinian merino wool, easy to stretch and adjust to size and shape, warm and comfortable to wear and looking great.
The motive is an old Mapuche design, symbolizing the High Andes mountains reflecting in the glacier lakes.
In limited supply at South Pacific Berets @ $50.00.


Honfleur is a city in the department of Calvados, in northern France's Normandy region. It's on the estuary where the Seine river meets the English Channel. 

The Vieux-Bassin (old harbor), lined with 16th- to 18th-century townhouses, has been a subject for artists including Claude Monet and native son Eugène Boudin. Nearby is 15th-century St. Catherine's Church, a vaulted timber structure erected by shipbuilders.

Enjoy this silent film, with many berets, of 1945. 

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Max Anger

Two cities. One conspiracy. A love story powerful enough to change history.

Max Anger is a former member of the Swedish military who has put his warrior days behind him. He is in love with Pashie, a Russian researcher whom he works with at the Swedish firm, Vektor. Committed to building democracy in the East, Vektor’s current focus is Russia. Pashie is on the verge of exposing a massive Russian conspiracy targeting Sweden when she uncovers indications that Max’s personal history is somehow connected. Before she can tell anyone she suddenly disappears.

When Pashie goes missing Max is left with evidence that she has been working as a Russian spy. Who is telling the truth? And how will they find one another? One thing is for certain: only Max can find her.

Thanks Frans

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Francisco Mateos

Francisco Mateos (1894—1976) was a Spanish expressionist draftsman, painter, printmaker and cartoonist.

Between 1931 and 1936 he exhibited at the Ateneo de Madrid and the Museum of Modern Art in Madrid. In 1933 he joined the Constructive Art Group and in 1937 he was one of the artists present in the Spanish Pavilion of the International Exhibition in Paris.

After the coup d'état in Spain in July 1936, he joined the Cartoonists Section of the UGT, working in organizations such as "Speaker of the Front" and  the Alliance of Antifascist Intellectuals. In March 1939 he flees to Valencia, where he is arrested and interned in the Porta Coeli prison, later being transferred to Miranda de Ebro (Burgos) from where he was released in March 1940.

Back in Madrid, he gets a job at the British Embassy "as an illustrator of drawings to be published in America in campaigns against totalitarianism". He was arrested in November 1941 and imprisoned in the Conde de Peñalver prison in September 1942. Once the case was dismissed, he was released in 1943.

Three years before his death, the old Spanish Museum of Contemporary Art organized an Anthological Exhibition in Madrid. He died in 1976, at the age of 82.

Monday, January 10, 2022

Woggle Hopping

From the archives of the BBC: sprightly septuagenarian, 'Jumping' George Corner, demonstrated the art of 'woggle-hopping'.

June, 1971.

Sunday, January 9, 2022

John De Vlieger

John De Vlieger turned 70 last year and thought it was time to end his career as a journalist. For 45 years he followed the news in Deinze (Belgium) and surroundings closely.

One of the events that John will never forget is the factory fire at NV De Boog in 1980. "De Boog was a very beautiful textile factory, a lot of people worked there. A fire started there in the evening. I was there as one of the first and the fire brigade was on the roof but there was too little pressure on the water. This made it difficult for the fire brigade to extinguish everything. Then you feel the powerlessness and you better understand that they sometimes have to work in difficult circumstances ", says De Vlieger.

John De Vlieger is now retiring, but won't rest that much. He will focus more on his other passion: traveling. He regularly goes out to guide at home and abroad. Closer to home, he has also mapped out various walking and cycling routes for Tourism East Flanders, Tourism Leie Region and Westtoer.

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Eddie Balchowsky

Edward (Eddie) Balchowsky was an American poet, artist, musician, composer who served in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade during the Spanish Civil War. Although he lost a hand, in Spain, Balchowsky became an important figure in the Chicago Arts Scene. 

Four well-known singer-songwriters wrote songs inspired by Balchowsky, Jimmy Buffett, Loudon Wainwright, Utah Phillips and Dion Dimucci. Interviews with Balchowsky were included in multiple films about Americans who had served in Spain.