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What Women Want from a One Night Stand

When it comes to one night stands made on or offline, knowing not only what to expect but what she expects from you gives you a leg up on the competition. Most of us look at getting laid mostly as getting something we want, instead of something where everyone involved benefits. Show More Summary

Felix Nussbaum Haus and surviving paintings, 1935-44

Yad Vashem showed that the artist Felix Nussbaum (1904-44) was born in Osnabrueck, north of Dortmund. His father had been a very patriotic German citizen who fought in WW1. Young Felix travelled with a small group of German students at the Berlin Academy of the Arts in Rome, after winning a prestigious scholarship. Show More Summary

Good old Times

The City Gate by the English painter Ralph Hedley (1848-1913). Headley was a realist painter, woodcarver and illustrator, best known for his paintings portraying scenes of everyday life.

Australian War Memorial in Canberra - remembering WW1

The Australian War Memorial in Canberra tells us that since the opening of the Memorial in 1941, the First World War Galleries have undergone several major changes. The modernised galleries now occupy the entire west wing of the Memorial’s...Show More Summary

rhinoceros horn - exotic and very expensive antiques

The history of walking sticks comes from 18th and 19th Century blog and from The World of the Walking Stick. Many thanks. When swords fell out of fashion, canes were substituted, held to the outfit by a ribbon. Then they were hung around the wrist by a thong. Show More Summary

Advertising with History

Making Palmolive 3,000 Years Ago (1920) by the Hungarian-born artist Willy Pogany (1882-1955). Pogany was a prolific illustrator of children's, magazines, further he did advertising and murals.

Did Australian literary giants lurch to the right, from 1936 on?

Stella Miles Franklin (1879-1954) was an Australian writer and feminist who believed that Australians should be entitled to read their own literature. Thus she is always one of the first novelists put on English Literature reading lists...Show More Summary

“Birth of a Nation” and the Birth of American Cinema

On February 8, 1915, at Clune's Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, D. W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation premiered. The fledgling art form of film would never be the same, especially in America, which even half a century after the end of the Civil War struggled to come to terms with race. Show More Summary

Leipzig - music centre of the world?

Joe and I were staying in Berlin itself for a week, but that only left seven extra days for Dresden, Meissen, Leipzig and Dessau. The addit­ion­al tours, therefore, had to be professionally organised and detailed.Discover Leipzig noted...Show More Summary

How Man Ray Made Art of Math and Shakespeare

While advanced math and Shakespeare combine to make a nightmare curriculum for some students, for artist Man Ray, one of the most intriguing minds of 20 th century art, they were “such stuff as dreams are made on,” or at least art could be made from. Show More Summary

A sterling silver dinner-set fit for a maharaja

One of the questions I was asking in Maharaja splendour in Canada was how many Princely States were there in India and how wealthy/influential were the maharajas. Wiki estimated that the number ranged from 160 princely states in 1872...Show More Summary

Decadent Rome

Bacchanal (1890) by the Croation painter Mato Celestin Medovi? (1857-1893). A well done painting about roman decadence. This subject was very popular in the late 19 th century.

Brisbane 1919 - racist red flag riots

This history comes from: The red flag riots: a study of intolerance by Raymond Evans, Riot Acts: The History of Australian Rioting by David Lowe, the SBS television programme Remembering Brisbane's anti-Russian Red Flag Riot and from my own Russian-Australian family. Show More Summary

Arts and Crafts, De Stijl and Bauhaus - chair design

I know a great deal about Arts and Crafts and a great deal about Bauhaus but nothing about De Stijl. This is strange.. since all three movements were European, and all three were late 19th century or early 20th century. So many thanks...Show More Summary

Facing African-American History Through African-American Art

When the Philadelphia Museum of Art purchased Henry Ossawa Tanner’s painting The Annunciation in 1899, they became the first American museum to acquire a work by an African-American artist. That purchase announced a new era of recognition...Show More Summary

Vae Victis

An illustration by the French artist Paul Lehugeur (1854-1932?) for “Histoire de France en cent tableaux”, Paris, 1886. There is the Gaul chieftain Brennus weighing the Roman ransom money in 387 BC. According to Livy, during a dispute...Show More Summary

Literary visitor to Australian shores: Anthony Trollope

In this blog I've been interested in many famous citizens who made the long and dangerous trip to Australia by ship. In 1836 Charles Darwin visited Australia and wrote up the experience. Lola Montez knocked the socks off the diggers in the Victorian goldfields in 1855. Show More Summary

What Does Football Really Teach Us?

Football replaced baseball as the “national pastime” long ago (despite some arguments to the contrary). The hoopla surrounding the upcoming secular American holiday of Super Bowl XLIX Sunday testifies conclusively to that fact. The trickle...Show More Summary

British children evacuated overseas in 1940-41

Under the Empire Settlement Act of 1922 and 1937, the British Gov­ernment formally assisted private organisations to help people who wanted to settle in His Majesty’s Overseas Dominions. Most were adults.What happened to the children? The Fairbridge Plan for caring for British child migrants originated with Kingsley Fairbridge’s Vision Splendid. Show More Summary

Kind of Fairy Tale

Le droit du Seigneur (1874) by the Russian painter Vasily Dmitrievich Polenov (1844-1927). It's highly probale that this medieval right ever existed. Nevertheless the artist made up a real spectacle where an old man brings his young daughters to their feudal lord.

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