Sunday, December 10, 2017

Goats (2)

As I wrote earlier, I love goats as much as I love berets. 
And, not surprisingly, goats and berets often feature together; be it in real life,  
in advertisements, toys, 
sculptures, labels,
and cartoons. 
Not to forget, South Pacific Berets' own logo:

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Allan Runefelt

Elis Gunnar Allan Runefelt  (1922  - 2005) was a Swedish sculptor and cartoonist .
Runfelt studied under Nils Sjögren and Eric Grate at the Stockholm Academy of Arts between 1939-1945 and made several study trips to the USA and around Europe while studying in Italy at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome. During his studies, he showed an extra interest in primitive art that appeared at various ethnographic museums which he later used to use in his own art.
His most famous sculpture is the ‘Gubben med geten’ , which is placed in several copies around the country; a beautiful sculpture of a beret wearing man with his goat. During a trip in France he is said to have seen how similar goats and men are.
Fritz H Eriksson , the initiator of the sculpture collection in Västertorp , Stockholm, saw the sketches from France and ordered the artwork. Runfelt is represented at the Modern Museum in Stockholm, the Västerås Art Museum and the Borås Art Museum.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Robert Jenson

Robert W. Jenson (1930  – 2017) was a leading American Lutheran and ecumenical theologian.
Jenson studied classics and philosophy at Luther College in the late 1940s, before beginning theological studies at Luther Seminary in 1951. After seminary, Jenson taught in the department of religion and philosophy at Luther College from 1955 to 1957, before moving to Heidelberg for doctoral studies in 1957-58.

Jenson's doctoral dissertation (revised and published in 1963 as Alpha and Omega) was completed in Basel, with Barth's approval, and so Jenson returned to Luther College, where he continued to study Barth while also developing an increasing interest in the philosophy of Hegel. The faculty of the religion department was uncomfortable with Jenson's theological liberalism and his openness to biblical criticism and evolutionary biology was strongly condemned. When the college failed to force Jenson's retirement, several professors from the religion and biology departments resigned in protest. 
Thanks Carter

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Fritiof Nilsson Piraten

Fritiof Nilsson Piraten ("the Pirate") (1895 – 1972) was a Swedish author from the country’s southern-most province Skåne.
Educated as a lawyer at Lund he left a successful practice in 1932 to write and that same year published his debut, Bombi Bitt och jag ("Bombi Bitt and me"), a Scandinavian Tom Sawyer-like story. Bombi Bitt is what he is most remembered for; it was made into both a movie in 1936, and a TV-series in 1968.
Piraten went on to write two more books about Bombi Bitt, one in 1946 and one in 1974. Most of his books are collections of anecdotes about eccentric people in Skåne, such as his novel, Bock i örtagård ("Buck in herbal garden", 1933), about an illiterate horse-dealer and squire who bullies his way into a church-wardenship to win a bet.
A later novel, Bokhandlaren som slutade bada ("The book-dealer who ceased bathing", 1937) is a deeply tragic story, dotted with occasional comic situations, about a too-sensitive man falling in love with a woman and marrying her before he realizes who she really is, and the disasters that follow. 1969 a movie came out based on this novel. Most of his books are considered to fit well in the tall tale category.
Nilsson was deliberately non-literary, getting along with sailors, farmers and businessmen, and probably got his nickname for that reason. His humour is based more in understatement than in hyperbole, although the stories may be wild enough. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Three Wheelers & Berets

Berets are, and have been, popular with motor bikers, especially in the era before compulsory helmets were introduced. 
Interestingly, it's not only straight 2-wheel bikes, but three-wheelers in a variety of concepts that feature boineros.  
Like the home built Panther 600cc 1-cylinder combination pictured above, to Ural-Dneprs and Harley Davidsons with sidecars and Messerschmidt trikes. 
It can even combine a typical passion of beret wearing, riding and smoking a pipe. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

"Cute Biscuits Womens Basque French Artist Wool Beret Nipple Stretch Cap Top Hats"

Found on Ebay, a line of new camel coloured "Biscuit Berets". Chinese made and sold @ $9.99, cheaper than any beret I sell. 
A nice enough design, I guess, if you enjoy this sort of thing, but it puzzles me why on earth the choice of biscuits?
According to the seller: "Great quality.  
Great for chilly weather or a glamorous affair. 
 Great for vacations, outdoor activities or just everyday wear. Perfect for ladies and teens."

Monday, December 4, 2017

Picu Urriellu

The Naranjo de Bulnes (known as Picu Urriellu in Asturian) is a limestone peak dating from the paleozoic era, located in the Macizo Central region of the Picos de Europa, Asturias (Spain).
The mountain was first scaled from the north face (by the route now known as the Vía Pidal) in 1904 by Pedro Pidal y Bernaldo de Quirós, marqués de Villaviciosa de Asturias, accompanied by the shepherd Gregorio Perez, called "El Cainejo" from his place of birth, Caín in León.
The German geology professor and expert mountain climber Gustav Schulze made the second ascent of Urriellu in 1906, also from the north face, making him the first man to make the climb solo.
By the same face and route as Pidal, Victor Martínez Campillo a local of the nearby town of Bulnes, made the ascent on 31 August 1916 and on 13 August 1944, two sons of Victor Martínez (Alfonso and Juan with beret on photo) opened the route on the south face known as the "Vía Sur" or the "Martínez Direct Line".

Sunday, December 3, 2017


KHERAU started as a quintet in May 2007, fascinated by old traditional Basque tunes. KHERAU works with both traditional songs and own compositions, always charming the former ones with contemporary interpretations and mixing up their own songs with rock and pop styles as they use several international musical instruments.
The band has released two albums since its beginning: MUNDUAN ORTOZIK (Baga-Biga 2010) and AUKHERA (Gaua 2014). Both albums are characterised by forceful rhythms made by the cajon, bass guitar and the Irish bouzouki, accompanied carefully by the flutes and triki (Basque diatonic accordion) together with vocals and choir. 
Their performances are fresh and powerful at the same time. KHERAU tries to adapt each performance to the very location and audience, the poetry and “bertsolaritza” an important role in their spectacle.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Andrey Kartashov

Andrey Kartashov was born in Uzhgorod, the ancient capital of Transcarpathia, in western Ukraine. Surrounded by the picturesque slopes of the Carpathian Mountains and majestic open valleys, he developed a special feeling for the world around him. The mossy stones and ancient castles awakened in Kartashov an interest in shape and texture, and finally led him to devote his life to art.

Friday, December 1, 2017


Red berets feature prominently in Lexus' "December to Remember" commercial:

Thursday, November 30, 2017