Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Surajpal Singh Amu


Not all boinberos are peaceful and tolerant…

Haryana BJP leader Surajpal Singh Amu announced a Rs 10 crore reward for beheading film actress Padukone and filmmaker Bhansali for improperly depicting legendary queen Padmavati.

The BJP leader said he stood firmly by his statement whether he could remain in the party or not.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Chris Ramos

"Ticket Home"

Chris Ramos’ paintings express her love of people and the world around her. Her use of vibrant color and realistic technique, have made her an award winning artist. A native Californian, Christina uses oil and acrylics in her unique candid portraits. She is the fourth generation in a family of artists and musicians.

"Chapter One"

Monday, March 29, 2021

Henno Arrak

Henno Arrak (1930 - 2017) graduated from Estonia’s National Institute of Art, where he studied book graphics, in 1963. 

He has worked as an artist in the Estonian department of the Nationwide Chamber of Commerce, the publishing house Valgus, the main editorial board of ENE, as the head artist in Eesti Raamat and as a freelance artist from 1970. 

He became the master of Estonian graphics mainly with his ex libris and postage stamps created in the wood engraving technique, but he has also designed medals and books. His caricatures have been published in the magazine Pikker.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Ron Moritz

Ron Moritz is a well-regarded high tech executive and cybersecurity expert. He is the cybersecurity venture partner with equity crowdfunding platform, OurCrowd, and recently founded TrueBit Cyber Partners offering cybersecurity technology due diligence services.

Moritz also writes a blog for the Times of Israel

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Rabbi Mark Sameth

Rabbi Mark Sameth is the author of the book, The Name: A History of the Dual-Gendered Hebrew Name for God.

The God of ancient Israel — universally referred to in the masculine today — was understood by its earliest worshipers to be a dual-gendered, male-female deity.

Needless to say, this is no small claim. Half the people on the planet are followers of one of the three Abrahamic religions — Judaism, Christianity, and Islam — each of which has roots in the ancient cult that worshiped this deity. The author’s evidence, however, is compelling and his case meticulously constructed.

The Hebrew name of God — YHWH — has not been uttered in public for over two thousand years. Some thought the lost pronunciation was “Jehovah” or “Yahweh.” But Sameth traces the name to the late Bronze Age and argues that it was expressed Hu-Hi —Hebrew for “He-She.” Among Jewish mystics, we learn, this has long been an open secret.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Paolo Rumiz

Paolo Rumiz (1947 in Trieste) is an Italian journalist and writer.

Rumiz started out as a reporter for Il Piccolo in Trieste and then moved to the La Repubblica newspaper. He wrote reports on the political dissolution of Yugoslavia and from November 2001 he was a correspondent in Islamabad and Kabul and experienced the war in Afghanistan .

Since 1998 Rumiz has been writing travel reports from his cycling and walking trips in Europe. He also travelled by balloon, by rail and crossed the Apennines in a Fiat Topolino in 2007.

In 2014 he lived for three months in a lighthouse on a small Mediterranean island.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Lighthouse Keeper's Beret


Beret worn by lighthouse keeper Ralph Gibson Thomson, from Cairnryan Lighthouse, Scotland.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Interviews with Lighthouse Keepers

This video was recorded during a game of scrabble at a Lighthouse in 1993, of two keepers chatting about their Lighthouse Keeping over the years.

Phil Griffiths has since sadly died, so this is a little bit of a tribute to him, his Wife and Family, and whoever knew or worked alongside him.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Lighthouse Keepers of the Adriatic Sea

A beautiful video on lighthouse keepers on the Croatian coast., sent to me by my friend Dino. Text unfortunately in Serbo-Croat, but interesting to watch and many berets!

The show shows us the life of lighthouse keepers, who live together with their families on the scattered islands of the Adriatic Sea, in the area of ​​Korcula. The camera follows the crew of the ship Porer, which visits the lighthouses Parabroz, Pločice, Struga, Palagruža and Glavat, and supplies the residents with the necessities.

Everyday life, as one of the lighthouse keepers says, is one and the same - we all get bored with each other. Such a situation is especially aggravated in winter, when storms prevent access to these inaccessible areas, which the Caravan team managed to record at the Glavat lighthouse, as well as the consequences of the fire at the Parobroz lighthouse.

Monday, March 22, 2021


Polyvinyl chloride (abbreviated: PVC) is the world's third-most widely produced synthetic plastic polymer (after polyethylene and polypropylene). About 40 million tons of PVC are produced each year.

PVC comes in two basic forms: rigid (sometimes abbreviated as RPVC) and flexible. The rigid form of PVC is used in construction for pipe and in profile applications such as doors and windows. It is also used in making bottles, non-food packaging, food-covering sheets, and cards (such as bank or membership cards).

It can be made softer and more flexible by the addition of plasticizers, the most widely used being phthalates. In this form, it is also used in plumbing, electrical cable insulation, imitation leather, flooring, signage, phonograph records, inflatable products, and many applications where it replaces rubber, to make berets, for instance. With cotton or linen, it is used in the production of canvas.

Pure polyvinyl chloride is a white, brittle solid. It is insoluble in alcohol but slightly soluble in tetrahydrofuran.

No, not available at South Pacific Berets.

Sunday, March 21, 2021


Latex rubber is used in many types of clothing and berets.

Rubber has traditionally been used in protective clothing, including gas masks and Wellington boots, but is now generally being replaced in these applications by plastics. Mackintoshes have traditionally been made from rubberized cloth.

Latex rubber as a clothing material is common in fetish fashion and among BDSM practitioners and is often seen worn at fetish clubs. Latex is sometimes also used by couturiers for its dramatic appearance. Latex clothing tends to be skin-tight. There are several magazines dedicated to the use and wearing of it. Less commonly, latex clothing can be loose-fitting.

Use of latex clothing has been popularized by media appearances, such as the outfit of Catwoman, a cat burglar, in Batman Returns or the outfits in The Matrix which are mostly made of latex.

Latex clothing is a popular feature of the BDSM community. Latex or rubber fetishists sometimes refer to themselves as "rubberists". One reason why latex or other tight shiny fabrics may be fetishised is perhaps that the garment forms a "second skin" that acts as a fetishistic surrogate for the wearer's own skin. 

Thus, wearers of skin-tight latex or PVC garments may be perceived by the viewer as being naked, or simply coated in a shiny substance like paint. Latex can also be polished to be shiny and can also be produced in bright colours, adding further visual stimulus to add to the physical sensations produced by the material. 

The tightness of the garments may also be viewed as a kind of sexual bondage.

Not available at South Pacific Berets...

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Mike Blazy of the Nightwalkers

Mike Blazy is the one and only drummer the Nightwalkers have had since their opening night in September, 1996. 

Mike has vast experience in professional music, including dinner club/ private functions, country, classic rock, blues and prog rock. Drumming is in his blood. As a child, Mike built his first drumset and it was shortly thereafter that he purchased his first professional drumkit. Although many claim to play the drums, Mike is pure rhythm in motion behind his set.

Friday, March 19, 2021

DCX Museum

Celebrating, honoring and preserving the history of the drum and bugle corps activity around the world, the DCX Museum features information on thousands of drum corps from all eras.

Scores, repertoire, photos, historical narrative, and a wide range of collectibles from uniforms and berets to bobbleheads.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

David Calarco

Described by Modern Drummer Magazine as… “one of the hottest acoustic jazz drummers around today!”, David Calarco is best known for his extensive work with the late great poll-winning saxophonist Nick Brignola. He has also appeared all over the world performing with such jazz artists as: Tom Harrell, Dave Holland, Randy Brecker, Kenny Barron, Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Danilo Perez, Kenny Werner, Dave Liebman, Chris Potter, Gerry Bergonzi, Joe Lovano, George Garzone and many others.

Reviews of his playing have appeared in most major jazz publications, including Downbeat, Coda, Cadence, Jazz Times and Stereo Review.

An alumnus of the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, David is a highly respected clinician, having presented clinics at some of the leading music schools in the United States.

While continuing to freelance with other artists, David also performs with his own groups under the name, “The Jazz Conclave”. His first CD as a leader on the BMC music label is titled “Countdown” and features trumpeter Tom Harrell, saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi, pianist Fred Hersch, bassist John Lockwood and guitarist Chuck D’Aloia.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Trevor Richards

Trevor Hamilton Edward Richards (born 29 August 1945, Bexhill-on-Sea) is an English jazz drummer.

Richards played in Germany from 1963–1966, then went to New York City, where he studied briefly with Zutty Singleton. He went to New Orleans and played in jazz clubs until 1968, when he returned to England. Later that year, he drummed for the Olympia Brass Band on a European tour. He would spend much of the 1970s touring Europe, playing with Louis Nelson, Alton Purnell, Freddie Kohlman, Albert Nicholas, and Benny Waters. 

In the 1980s he worked extensively with Art Hodes as well as with Ralph Sutton and Jacques Gauthé. He returned to New Orleans in 1982 and played with Clive Wilson; Richards eventually led Wilson's ensemble for recordings and a tour of Asia. He has recorded for the labels Stomp Off and L+R among others.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Hughie Flint


British drummer Hughie Flint (born in 1940, Manchester, Lancashire), is best known for his stint in John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, playing drums on the Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton album, released in 1966, for his group McGuinness Flint in the early 1970s and for his subsequent association with The Blues Band. Flint played in the Bluesbreakers on and off for five years, playing an integral part in their blues based sound partly influenced his love of jazz.

 Hughie Flint: "Compassion and Loving Kindness are the most important things in the world and the more people incline to them, the less hatred and violence and selfishness there will be, and the world would be a better place, for our children and their children."


Monday, March 15, 2021

Norbert Hirschhorn

Norbert Hirschhorn (born 1938) is an Austrian-born American public health physician. He was one of the inventors and developers of the life-saving method called oral rehydration therapy for adults and children suffering fluid loss from cholera and other infectious diarrheal illnesses. It is estimated that his work has saved around 50 million people suffering from dehydration.

Hirschhorn was born in Vienna, Austria in 1938. He escaped the Nazi regime with his parents to London, where they spent the war until immigrating to the United States.

In the past decade, he has conducted research on tobacco control, particularly examining once-secret, now publicly available tobacco industry documents. In retirement he devotes himself to writing and publishing poetry and literary book reviews.

Sunday, March 14, 2021

A. M. Dassu

A. M. Dassu is a writer of both fiction and non fiction books. She is the deputy editor of SCBWI-BI’s Words & Pictures magazine and a director at Inclusive Minds. 

She won the international We Need Diverse Books mentorship award in 2017. A. M. Dassu’s debut middle grade novel 

BOY, EVERYWHERE was published in October 2020.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Mohamad Al Jounde - Photo

Mohamad Al Jounde grew up in Syria and fled for Lebanon, where he built a school in a refugee camp in Bekaa Valley, Al Marj, in 2014. To grow the school’s efforts, he then founded Gharsah Sweden, a non-profit organization run by Älmhult members and teachers and organizers in Lebanon.

Photograph: Mohamad Al Jounde

A natural storyteller and filmmaker, Mohamad helps  children to heal, learn, and play with games and photography, bringing their stories to the forefront. Drawing on his training and on his own experiences, Mohamad encourages them to express themselves and to process their trauma through visual art. He is the winner of the International Children’s Peace Prize 2017 and hopes to build a future Syria based on the values of equality and justice.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Children of Men

Children of Men is a 2006 science fiction action-thriller film.  The film takes place in 2027, when two decades of human infertility have left society on the brink of collapse. Asylum seekers seek sanctuary in the United Kingdom, where they are subjected to detention and refoulment by the government.

Fictional beret badge for unnamed UK Immigration enforcement organisation as seen in the 2006 release "Children of Men". This badge consists of a metal mould depicting the British Isles and Ireland on a dark red background. The crown on top is referred to as the "Kings crown" as it is suggested that there will be a king on the British throne in 2027.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Grof Berets

It was in 1924, in Vrsac on the Banat plains in what was then the Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, that the idea was born. To create headgear that combined elegance, aristocratic values, and high aesthetics; that unites people in the design and production of berets of unique quality.

From its inception more than 90 years ago until today, through monarchy, republics, wars, Uča's story has grown from a small, warm craft shop to a serious manufacturing industry.

Uča's berets carry the title of ‘Count’ (Grof).

Uča's journey and development went in one direction - uncompromisingly following their first ideas, values and dreams, from which they never deviated.

Constant and persistent preservation of tradition, investment in training and development of proven master staff make for their greatest pride and guarantee of quality. Today they bring aristocratic style into everyday fashion.

The ‘Count’ is for those who recognize and wear that uniqueness.