Saturday, March 28, 2020

Saint Paulin

Saint Paulin is a creamy, mild, semi-soft French cheese made from pasteurized cow's milk, originally made by Trappist monks.  
It is a buttery cheese, but firm enough for slicing. Saint Paulin is similar to Havarti and Esrom and is suited to serving as a table or dessert cheese; it is often served with fruit and light wine. Genuine Saint Paulin has an edible yellow-orange rind. It is ripened in a round loaf with slightly protruding sides and matures in about four weeks.

Friday, March 27, 2020


Rik Delneste (1946 - 2018), a.k.a. Nesten, was a Flemish cartoonist who specialized in drawing caricatures of cyclists and other famous people.  
He set up the Museum of the Laugh, where his work is exhibited. Nesten painted murals, painted on cars and many other “canvasses”. The paintings of Nesten are a well-known often seen on the windows of cafes, especially in the south of West Flanders.
Together with Donaat Deriemaeker he presented the Summer in Nesten program in the mid-90s.
He died of cancer on October 13, 2018.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Berets in Times of Corona Virus (COVID-19)

German police in München, 18 March, telling people to spread, before lockdown

Inspection of terminal 4 at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas, Spain's largest international airport

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Willem Vermandere

Willem Vermandere (1940 in Lauwe, Belgium) is a Belgian singer, Flemish cabaret artist, writer, sculptor, guitarist and painter. His songs are written and sung in the dialect of the South of West-Flanders in Belgium.
Vermandere studied Religion at Ghent and has been a teacher at Nieuwpoort. Although he is most known for his music, Vermandere is more active as a sculptor. His poetic repertoire expresses criticism on society and his performances are a mixture of seriousness, sadness and fun
In 1993 Vermandere wrote the song "Bange Blanke Man" ("Frightened White Man"), a song criticizing racism and xenophobia in a multicultural society. When performing at the Grand Place in Brussels in 1992, Vermandere was physically assaulted by members of the far-right party Vlaams Blok and became a subject of hate mail.
In 2000 he was bestowed with the title of honorary citizen of Veurne, where he currently lives in the suburb of Steenkerke. In 2009 the Flemish ‘Radio 2’ station nominated him as a member of the Gallery of Honour.
Dank Frans

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

1979 - A Good Year for Berets!

Dutch artist Cees Kortlang, 1979
Susan Meiselas: Sandinista having cleaned his bullets, takes time out to lunch in mountain training camp, Nicaragua, 1979.
St. Tropez, France. 1979
Storeman at Australian Glass Manufactures, Spotswood, Victoria. 1979
Factory workers in France, 1979

Monday, March 23, 2020

1978 - A Good Year for Berets!

1978 San Francisco Gay Day Parade 
11.01.78. At Arguenos, Haute-Garonne, France
Ernst Busch 1978 (Foto Heide Breitel)
Cesare Zavattini, 1978
Atahualpa Yupanqui with Raul Garcia Zarate in a restaurant in Mont Martre, Paris. April 1978

Sunday, March 22, 2020

1977 - A Great Year for Berets!

Buick Skylark, April 1977
Santiago de Compostilla, Spain. 1977. Angel Rodriguez carves wooden religious figures.
Ernst and Irene Busch, 1977
Men at a cattle auction near Leon in the Picos de Europa, Spain. 1977
Dordogne department. Monpazier, France. Under the stone arcade of the central square. 1977

Saturday, March 21, 2020

1976 - A Great Year for Berets!

Johnny Rotten Ray Stevenson, 1976
Paris. Café Lacour, Rue St-Paul by Peter Turnley, 1976
Odd Einarson, 1976
Jacques Chirac talking with a neighbor in the countryside of Correze. 1976
Leonard Cohen Photos taken in Paris 1976 by Claude Gassian

Friday, March 20, 2020

This morning, the complete stock of South Pacific Berets moved from the warehouse in the city to our house in Khandallah, up in the hills overlooking the harbour.
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Not just because of COVID-19, but it certainly played a role. Despite us being reasonably lucky in Aotearoa – New Zealand, so far, there is no doubt that things will get worse. Already, no humans can get in and out of the country anymore and who knows what will happen to domestic movements in the (near) future.
This afternoon I had a meeting with NZ Post and I am assured that there are no plans to shut down cargo traffic going outside the country, but the expectation is that some countries, like Italy at present, won’t deliver parcels from overseas.
It may be a very good time now to buy that beret that you so much want – I guarantee it will ship within 1 business day!
A very good time to wear a Reality Shield; the movers know this too now!

1975 - A Great Year for Berets!

Ron Mael, 1975
Minneapolis (Girl in Beret), 1975 © Deborah Bell
New York. 1975
Functionaries of Communist Youth organization FDJ watch a music parade walk by in front of Hedwigs church in East Berlin. 1975
John Lennon, Feb. 24, 1975 on the Dakota building rooftop

Thursday, March 19, 2020

1974 - A Great Year for Berets!

New Zealand author Frank Sargeson, 1974
At the film set of A Patagônia Rebelde - 1974
Film poster Exotic French Fantasies, 1974
Sicily, Italy. A blacksmith in the courtyard of a home. 1974.
Jonas Savimbi, Leader of UNITA, Angola 1974
José Suárez, Fishermen, 1974