Saturday, July 20, 2024

Friday, July 19, 2024

Jerzy Zawieyski

Jerzy Zawieyski, born Henryk Nowicki, (1902–1969) was a Polish playwright, prose writer, Catholic political activist and amateur stage actor. He wrote psychological, social, moral and historical novels, dramas, stories, essays and journals.

As a secretary of the Towarzystwo Uniwersytetów Robotniczych, he did organizing work for the workers' educational and theatrical movement. Then he was an activist of the Związek Młodzieży Wiejskiej Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej. During the German occupation of Poland, he was active in the underground cultural movement.

Zawieyski was homosexual. In 1933 he met Stanisław Trębaczkiewicz. They fell in love and lived together until Zawieyski's death in 1969. They were buried next to each other in the Laski Cemetery near Warsaw.

Thursday, July 18, 2024

Petworth Park

A man and a woman ice skating in Petworth Park (West Sussex), February 1933.

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Abdulla's Book of Beauty

 Abdullas Book for Beauty - Seventeen, 1935. 

From Punch, or the London Charivari. - March 6, 1935.

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Pat Kensit

Patricia Jude Kensit (1968) is an English actress and was the lead singer of the pop band Eighth Wonder in the 1980s.

Beginning her career as a child actor, including the Rod Steiger film Hennessy (1975), Kensit gained attention when she acted in a string of commercials for Birds Eye frozen peas. She then went on to appear in the films The Great Gatsby (1974), Gold (1974), Alfie Darling (1975), The Blue Bird (1976) and Hanover Street (1979). Balancing a dual career as both an actress and a singer, in 1983, Kensit formed and became the lead singer of the pop band Eighth Wonder. 

The group produced several successful singles including "I'm Not Scared" and "Cross My Heart" before their split in 1989.

Sunday, July 14, 2024

NIVEA ("doesn't do gay")

Nivea is a German personal care brand that specializes in skin and body care. It is owned by the Hamburg-based company Beiersdorf Global AG. This was the origin of Eucerin brand. Nivea comes from the Latin adjective niveus, nivea, niveum, meaning "snow-white".

 In World War II, the trademark "NIVEA" was expropriated in many countries. After the war, Beiersdorf bought the rights back.

In June 2019, marketing and media industry journal Ad Age reported that FCB, Nivea's long-time ad agency, had ended its relationship with the company. 

Among the primary reasons cited was NIVEA's rejection of a proposed ad that featured two men's hands touching because, according to a NIVEA executive, "we don't do gay at NIVEA." FCB had ended the relationship of more than a century. 

Saturday, July 13, 2024

At MacKenzies

 Smashed avocado and eggs at MacKenzies

Friday, July 12, 2024

Punks for Pussies

John Nikolai, a photographer and painter who once taught at MIT and worked at CBGB simultaneously, began rescuing homeless cats in October 2017 because someone was poisoning cats in a rough neighborhood in Downtown L.A. 

Selby (top) was found in 2018 near the building where Nikolai worked. She was eventually adopted by L.A.-based punk musician Mike Livingston

There he met Linda, a homeless woman living in her car with her cat and two dogs, who told him about a nearby auto graveyard where homeless cats were having babies in and under wrecked cars dating back to the 1950s. They began rescuing kittens and finding them homes. Calling it his "mission from God," Nikolai began getting the adults sterilized, getting the sick and injured medical attention, and providing hospice care. 

Several musicians from the original L.A. punk scene became involved, adopting the cats and playing benefit concerts, and the "rescue disorganization," Punks For Pussies was formed. Getting more organized, it became a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity in 2020, under the name of Lifelines For Felines, Inc.

Thursday, July 11, 2024


Two photos by my brother Frans, taken on his way to the Hasselt (Belgium) railway station.

All I know is the name of the boinero, Paul. A typical picture of a Flemish/Dutch 'alpino' wearer. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

John Sinclair

John Sinclair (1941 –2024) was an American poet, writer, and political activist from Flint, Michigan.

Sinclair's defining style is jazz poetry, and he released most of his works in audio formats. Most of his pieces include musical accompaniment, usually by a varying group of collaborators dubbed Blues Scholars.

In 1972, Ann Arbor's annual marijuana celebration and Toke and Smoke Fest in the Diag began. This was four months after the John Sinclair Freedom Rally, who was at the time still serving time on his ten-year sentence for possession of two joints. John Lennon had come to that rally and penned a song.

Sinclair made a career of being a poet and promoter. He also promoted concerts and festivals and helped to establish The Detroit Artists Workshop and Detroit Jazz Center were among his promoted events, as were other concerts and festivals. At Wayne State University he taught Blues history and hosted radio programs in Detroit WDET, New Orleans, and Amsterdam.

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Still Open All Hours

Still Open All Hours is a British sitcom created for the BBC by Roy Clarke, and starring David Jason and James Baxter. It is the sequel to the sitcom Open All Hours, which both Clarke and Jason worked on throughout its 26-episode run from 1976 to 1985, following a 40th Anniversary Special in December 2013 commemorating the original series.

The sitcom's premise focuses on the life of a much older Granville, who now runs his late uncle's grocery shop with the assistance of his son, continuing to sell products at higher prices alongside seeking to be with his love interest.

Unlike the original series, the cast for Still Open All Hours includes a more regular group of characters and additional side-plots.

A seventh series had been commissioned in 2019, but was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic and despite plans to record it, the series was eventually cancelled in 2023, with the BBC saying it had no plans for any new episodes.

Monday, July 8, 2024


Anne-Marie Rose Nicholson (1991) is an English singer-songwriter.

She has attained various charting singles on the UK Singles Chart, including Clean Bandit's "Rockabye", which peaked at number one, as well as "Alarm", "Ciao Adios", "Friends", "2002", "Don't Play" and "Kiss My (Uh-Oh)".

In 2018, Anne-Marie revealed that she is attracted to both men and women, but that she does not identify with the label bisexual; "I just feel like I'm attracted to who I like."

Anne-Marie has been a vegetarian since 2018, however she stated that she will "try to eat vegan [food] as much as possible".

Anne-Marie’s first book "You Deserve Better: An Imperfect Guide To Finding Your Own Happiness" was a Sunday Times bestseller. As of 8 February 2022, the book has sold over 10 000 copies. The Korean version of the book was published on 23 February and was the only official translation.

Sunday, July 7, 2024

Laurits Andersen Ring

Lock at Pompeii

Laurits Andersen Ring (1854 –1933) was one of the foremost Danish painters of the turn of the 20th century, who pioneered both symbolism and social realism in Denmark.

Lock at Pompeii, detail

In Ring's art the road and the path are recurring themes, and other lines such as creeks, rivers and estuaries, the open sea and modern elements e.g. bridges, railway tracks and telephone cables are used as main motifs. The roads lead the eye into the paintings and out again, as a symbol of the human existence.

Herman Kähler in his Workshop 

Ring painted landscapes, but in the beginning of his career it was not the landscape painting that dominated his art. Up until 1887 there were about 10 landscape paintings out of approximately 90 works of art in his repertoire. From 1888 and until his death in 1933 the landscape painting however made up about three quarters of his production.

A Turner at his Lathe

Saturday, July 6, 2024

Joseph-Amable Dubé

Joseph-Amable Dubé was one of 27 children growing up near Montréal at the end of the Great Depression. His family was struggling to get by, and his dad was working only one day a week. As Canada was being pulled into the Second World War, he decided to enlist.

At 14 years old he was too young to serve, but determined to serve he managed to alter his baptism certificate with some blotting paper. Before he knew it, he was a member of the Royal 22nd Regiment — the famed Van Doos — at Valcartier.

In September 1943, he was deployed to Italy to participate in the Battle of Monte Cassino during the Italian Campaign.

Due to his short stature and young age, Pte. Dubé earned the nickname “ti-cul” from his comrades. He fought for 24 days at Monte Cassino and witnessed his brothers get crushed by a massive 12-foot wall. He was ordered to help retrieve the injured and killed men with no tools ­— just his rifle. He used it to lift the rubble off the men.

After the war, he was personally thanked by Queen Elizabeth II before returning home to Montréal.

Friday, July 5, 2024

Diana Spencer-Churchill

Diana Spencer-Churchill (1909 –1963) was the eldest daughter of British statesman Sir Winston Churchill and Clementine Churchill, Baroness Spencer-Churchill. 

She was an officer in the Women's Royal Naval Service during the Second World War. 

Churchill had several nervous breakdowns. In 1962, she began working with the Samaritans, an organisation created for the prevention of suicide. She committed suicide on 20 October 1963 from an overdose of barbiturates. She is buried with her parents (who both outlived her) and her siblings. 

Thursday, July 4, 2024

Herman Makarenko

Herman Makarenko (1961) is the conductor of the National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre of Ukraine named after Taras Shevchenko and the chief conductor and artistic director of the Kyiv Classic Orchestra.

Herman Makarenko is an adherent of charitable projects, he is convinced that music can heal human soul: “If you feel good, you need to share your happiness with those who need it,” he says. Therefore, he and the Kyiv Classic Orchestra take part in charity Viennese balls around the world, organizes interactive concerts for children for the New Year and St. Nicholas Day. 

The orchestra under his direction can be seen not only on opera stages, but also in social centers, children's hospitals and even in art projects in the subway.

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Joseph Anthony Dallet Jr.

Joseph Anthony Dallet Jr. (1907 –1937) was an American industrial worker, labor and communist organizer.

From a wealthy family, Dallet was involved in the American labor movement early on, taking industrial jobs such as docker or steel mill worker. He joined the Communist Party USA and ran for local U.S. House Of Representatives seats.

In 1934 he became the common law husband of Kitty Puening, who would later marry physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer.

In 1937, he volunteered for the Republican army in the Spanish Civil War. Dallet was killed in his first battle, on the Aragon front near Fuentes de Ebro.

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Primemutton in Seville

Seville is one of Youtube blogger Primemutton's favourite stomping grounds. While many explore the many sights and eateries in the city, many forget to pop across the river and sample the many superb tapas bars mainly frequented by locals and Spanish tourists in the district of Triana.

Mutton sets the record straight in an epic tapas crawl covering 10 bars and samples 15 tapas of incredible variety, with beret.

Monday, July 1, 2024

Berets in the Soviet Military

Berets as a headdress for military personnel in the Soviet Union dates back to 1936.

Marya Dolina; PE2 Pilot and Dep. Sqn. Commander of the women's 125th Guards Bomber Regiment

By order of the NKO of the USSR dark blue berets became part of the female summer uniforms and for students of military academies.

In 1963, Ministry of Defence order 248 introduces a new field uniform for the Special Forces and USSR Marine Corps – including berets. Privates/sailors and nco’s wore black cotton berets; officers berets in black wool. A red star was placed at the centre front and a flag badge was stitched to the left side of the beret.

June 1967 saw the introduction of berets for the airborne forces. Designer/artist A. B. Zhuk proposed maroon berets, as was typical for airborne troops around the world. These were worn during the November 1967 parade, but soon after, were replaced by light blue berets as the military leadership didn’t want to conform to western ideas and thought ‘sky blue’ more appropriate for paratroopers.

Prior to the Red Square parade of 1968, beret badges were moved to the right side, so to be visible for the top brass watching from Lenin’s mausoleum (no joke).

Next were the units of the armoured corps, who got black berets (following the western trend) in 1972.

In 1989 the troops of the Ministry of the Interior (MVD) got olive coloured berets and could earn the maroon beret by qualifying in tests, courage or in battle.

Meanwhile, a camouflage cotton beret became standard issue for infantry and a green beret for border troops.

All these berets were typical Soviet/Warsaw Pact  models: not knitted and felted, but made of various pieces of woven felted wool sewn together, fitted with a fake leather rim and 4 air vents (2 on each side). A similar model is still made in Poland: the Warszawski and Sosabowski berets.

Right at the end of the USSR’s existence, an orange beret was introduced for the Ministry of Emergency Situation troops.