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The Animation of Joop Geesink





We marvel at films like Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, or Wallace and Gromit, in which, during a given scene, one or two puppets might be in motion. I can't fathom the amount of work that Joop Geesink went through to create his films.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Aug 27, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Stop-motion Animation, 1950's, 1960's, Europe

The Woman with the Serpent’s Tongue

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Original article here.

Once upon a time, poetry still mattered, and could cause great controversies. No social media for such battles, after all. This poem seems to have cost William Watson the post of UK Poet Laureate.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Aug 13, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Poetry, 1900's, Women, Europe, Curses, Slurs, Insults, Vituperation, Libel and Slander

Bohemian Dancers

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jul 26, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Avant Garde, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1960's, Dance, Europe

Lemon Incest



Background info here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jul 23, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Family, Music, Sexuality, 1980's, Europe

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich



I thought I knew the music of my youth pretty well, but I can't recall ever hearing of these guys with the weird band name, till just now reading the obituary of one member.

The jaunty surrealism in this video holds up pretty well, as does the music.

"Between 1965 and 1969, the group spent more weeks in the UK singles charts than the Beatles."

Where was I?!?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jul 10, 2015 | Comments (9)
Category: Music, 1960's, Europe

The Art of Emanuele Taglietti

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WUvians will surely be interested in a great new art book showcasing the weird comics covers of Emanuele Taglietti.


Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jul 02, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Horror, Sexuality, Comics, Europe, Blood

Kusköy, Turkey:  The Whistling Village

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jun 25, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Languages, Regionalism, Asia, Europe

Cornelis Van Blaaderen and his Floating Safe

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After the Titanic, inventors tried to think of ways to preserve items during a sinking. Dutch inventor Cornelis Van Blaaderen came up with his Floating Safe, which never quite caught on.

This site has a brief explanation in English.

This website has the full story, but all in Dutch. Google translate should help. But even if you don't bother, there are great pictures and a film!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jun 20, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Disasters, Inventions, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, 1910's, Europe

Rare Instance of VW Beetle Seeming Sexy



Romance over practicality? What were they thinking?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu May 28, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Advertising, Sex Symbols, 1950's, Europe, Cars

Worm Weather Visits Southern Norway

I finally tracked down the original story. It's copyright so click here and read all about it.
Posted By: Expat47 | Date: Mon Apr 20, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Europe, Weather
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