Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Odessa Young

Odessa Young (1998) is an Australian actress. She is known for her roles in the 2015 feature films Looking for Grace and The Daughter, the latter of which earned her an AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

She won further accolades for her performance in the web series High Life in 2017. In 2018, she starred in the films Assassination Nation and A Million Little Pieces. That year, she also made her off-Broadway debut in Days of Rage. In 2020, she starred as Frannie in the post-apocalypse miniseries The Stand, based on the 1978 novel of the same name by Stephen King, and opposite Elisabeth Moss in Shirley (2020), a film about the novelist Shirley Jackson.

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

World Animals Day

4 October - World Animals Day

Monday, October 3, 2022

Hélder Câmara

Hélder Pessoa Câmara OFS (1909–1999) was a Brazilian Catholic archbishop. A self-identified socialist, he was the Archbishop of Olinda and Recife, serving from 1964 to 1985, during the military dictatorship in Brazil. He was declared a Servant of God in 2015.

Câmara was an advocate of liberation theology. He did social and political work for the poor and for human rights and democracy during the military regime. Câmara preached for a church closer to the disfavoured people. He is quoted as having said, "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why they are poor, they call me a communist."

Câmara identified himself as a socialist and not as a Marxist, and while disagreeing with Marxism, had Marxist sympathies. In the Fallaci interview he stated, "My socialism is special, its a socialism that respects the human person and goes back to the Gospels. My socialism it is justice." He said, concerning Marx, that while he disagreed with his conclusions, he agreed with his analysis of the capitalist society.

Sunday, October 2, 2022

The Old Straw Baler

French farmers working on old straw baler machine at the agricultural show in Indre.

Saturday, October 1, 2022

More Boineros/as from Around the Globe

Fisherman in harbor of Roving, Croatia, preparing and organizing his box of tackles before going to sea
Che Guevara and vintage Chevy, Viñales, Cuba

Boinero smoking a hookah, Rome Italy

Artist Lefifi Tladi, South Africa

Donna's Jazz Club owner stands outside his club on Rampart Street in New Orleans

Boineras in Bikini from Japan

Gentleman from Patagonia, Chile

Friday, September 30, 2022


Førstegangstjenesten is a Norwegian comedy series airing on NRK, created and co-written by Herman Flesvig who also stars as the four main characters. Its setting is the recruit school of the Norwegian Armed Forces.

NRK released two pilot episodes in December 2019. Modestly received by critics, the series thus far was given a dice throw of 4 in VG and 3 in Dagbladet. However, in a matter of days, the two episodes had been streamed 370 000 and 335 000 times respectively. Thus, NRK booked a full first season, with ten new episodes to be aired in 2020.

A war enthusiast, a spoiled russ, a female male chauvinist and a white multicultural rapper. Are these the future protectors of Norway?

Thursday, September 29, 2022

The Steel-Grey Beret of the Ukrainian S.O.F.

The Special Operations Forces are the special forces of Ukraine and one of the five branches of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, with headquarters in Kyiv.

The SSO is a branch formed exclusively by Spetsnaz (special forces) units, with roles including various special forces-related duties such as direct action, special reconnaissance, intelligence gathering, sabotage and psychological warfare. The SSO was created in 2016, after various reforms of the Ukrainian Armed Forces due to failures in the War in Donbas.

Here Special Forces Weapons Sgt. Andriana Arekhta joins CNN’s Jim Acosta to discuss the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. And proudly displays a coin, made from the steel of a captured Russian tank.

The beret of the SOF is steel grey, fitted with a wolf badge. 

Merci Frans

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Milton Berle

Comedian Milton Berle, wearing a beret, wig and overcoat, points to his shoe as he leaves a train car in New York City. May, 1937.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Berets Rock

Joni Mitchell

Rickie Lee Jones

Deborah Harry

Patti Smith

Monday, September 26, 2022

Alexis Carrel

French surgeon Alexis Carrel (1873 - 1944), circa 1930. 

He won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1912 for his work on blood vessel transplantation. 

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Tuileries Garden


The Tuileries Garden is a public garden located between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, France. Created by Catherine de' Medici as the garden of the Tuileries Palace in 1564, it was eventually opened to the public in 1667 and became a public park after the French Revolution.


Saturday, September 24, 2022


Army games in the front garden for a young boy with his beret and Tommy Gun, violence and confrontation was evident in Liverpool, circa 1981. The 1980s saw the City of Liverpool's fortunes sink to their lowest postwar point. 

Although the 1970s, along with the rest of Britain, had brought economic difficulties and a steady rise in unemployment, the situation in Liverpool went from bad to worse in the early 1980s, with endless factory closures and some of the highest unemployment rates in the UK. An average of 12,000 people each year were leaving the city, and 15% of its land was vacant or derelict. Militant supporters were elected to key positions within the Liverpool Labour Party and, in 1983, the same year that Margaret Thatcher won her second general election by a landslide, Labour won the city council elections on a radical socialist manifesto. It immediately cancelled the 1,200 redundancies planned by the previous administration, froze council rents and launched an ambitious house-building programme targeting the city's most deprived neighborhoods. Former Grenadier Guardsman John Stoddart had returned to the City where he was born after leaving the army. His photographs from the early 1980s provide an important record of those troubled times, and for John Stoddart the city gave him many opportunities to practice his photography. In 1984 he moved to London where he worked as a freelance for magazines and newspapers for more than 35 years.

Friday, September 23, 2022

In Line for the Opera

British opera fans wait in line outside Covent Garden Opera House for a performance of 'La Boheme' starring Grace Moor, London, June 11, 1935. 

The performance for which they wait is 30 hours later(!) on the following evening. King George and Queen Elizabeth attended the show.

Thursday, September 22, 2022

French Miners

Young miners in Northern France by David Seymour, 1935

Demonstration in the Department of Moselle during the strike of  miners, on March 28, 1963
Miners Family with Motorcycles 1954 

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Navy Wife

Navy Wife is a 1935 American drama film directed by Allan Dwan and written by Sonya Levien and Edward T. Lowe Jr. 

It is based on the 1935 novel Beauty's Daughter by Kathleen Norris. The film stars Claire Trevor, Ralph Bellamy, Jane Darwell, Warren Hymer, Ben Lyon and Kathleen Burke. The film was released on November 29, 1935, by 20th Century Fox.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Che Tobacco

Che (In Chile known as El Che) is a Luxembourgish brand of cigarettes, currently owned and manufactured by "Landewyck Tobacco". The cigarettes are named after the Argentine Marxist revolutionary Ché Guevara.

Che was introduced in 2000 and has become a popular brand since its introduction. 

In 2012, Polish conservative parliament member Stanisław Pięta of the Law and Justice party announced he would file a lawsuit against Landewyck Tobacco for selling Che cigarettes in Poland. 

He said the Che cigarettes were "propaganda which is spreading a totalitarian ideology" and that "Polish law prohibits the propaganda of totalitarian ideologies, whether that be Fascist or Communist". 

For Stanisław Pięta it is inadmissible to turn "Communist assassins into pop culture icons." It would be something like "the marketing of tobacco packs with the effigies of Hermann Göring or Joseph Goebbels."

Monday, September 19, 2022