Yul Brynner

July 11, 2017 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Classic Film, FILM, MUSIC |
Yul as the Pharaoh

Yul as the Pharaoh

Yul Brynner (11 July 1920 to 10 October 1985) was a dramatic presence in a number of watchable films, including The King and I (1956), The Ten Commandments (1956), Anastasia (1956), The Brothers Karamazov (1958), The Magnificent Seven (1960), and Westworld (1973). Happy Birthday Yul. Wherever you are, we choose to believe that you are not smoking. But we choose to remember him today for his particular love of gypsy songs, in which he did not sing so much as ‘complain melodiously,’ in the Romani style: x https://youtu.be/afvbC_7Egj8

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When Vice Presidents Carried Guns

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11 July 1804: Vice President Aaron Burr kills former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton in a duel in New Jersey.  We forget, even these days, what a frontier country early America was. In his sublime novel, Gore Vidal has Burr describe it thus: “It was determined that we would meet across the river in New Jersey, on the heights known as Weehawk….we would meet in two weeks’ time on July 11, 1804…I did not realize with what cunning Hamilton had prepared his departure from this world, and my ruin…When I woke up on the sofa, saw dawn, I knew I would…

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The “Rainbow Warrior”

July 10, 2017 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | CRIME, HISTORY, POLITICS |
Drawing of 'Rainbow Warrior 1' by Rama

Drawing of 'Rainbow Warrior 1' by Rama

10 July, 1985: Greenpeace’s protest ship is blown-up in Auckland Harbour, New Zealand by 2 bombs planted by French agents. One crew member, photographer Fernando Pereira, made an ill-timed decision to return the ship after the first blast, in order to recover his photographic equipment. He was killed by the second explosion. Justice was not fully brought to bear on the agents, or the ones who gave the order. Our fictional doggerel based on the incident can be found here.

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The Fourth Man

July 8, 2017 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Classic Film, FILM, Modern Music |
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Anton Karas, born 7 July 1906 (died 10 January 1985) The famous zither man, a reluctant star whose original score and composition fitted Carol Reed’s film, The Third Man, to a tee. x https://youtu.be/4xq_iB5p1OA There’s a lot of zither here, but it works a treat, even during the great moment where Holly Martins realises who the Third Man was… x https://youtu.be/V4Wcty7FFJo

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Frida Kahlo

July 6, 2017 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | ART, HISTORY |
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Frida Kahlo (6 July, 1907 to 13 July, 1954) Frida, friend of Trotsky, fan of Stalin, was the creator of a loose kind of naïve folk art, largely works depicting her furrowed, furry-browed self. In a short and unhappy life, plagued by chaotic relationships, injury and ill health, she stuck tenaciously to her tiny, exotic, surreal self-portraits, which were heavily admired in her life by a few and venerated en masse well after her death. Because she was invariably the central feature of her works, floating Gala-like amid changing scenarios, they tended to “correspond to her evolving persona. In sophisticated ways her paintings…portrayed not merely “incidents”…

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