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The vexed relationship between Hollywood film companies and Nazi Germany

In writing about Ben Urwand’s important book The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler (Harvard UP 2013), Taylor Downing agreed that Hitler enjoyed watching films. As we can see from the photo. he watched a film every night after dinner with his men. Show More Summary

Keeping Your Online Activities from Prying Eyes

With all the things you have to stay on top of to make online dating worthwhile, privacy is usually one of the last things that come to mind. The unfortunate reality, however, proves that even just surfing sex dating website reviews can have unfortunately consequences if you happen to have a sensitive job or are otherwise already attached. Show More Summary

What’s Behind Frank Gehry’s Raised Middle Finger to Contemporary Architecture?

Architect Frank Gehry’s raised many controversial buildings over the years, but few as controversial as the middle finger he recently raised during a press conference in Spain. During a press conference for Gehry’s upcoming receipt of...Show More Summary

William Mortensen: The Anti-Christ of American Photography?

Photographer Ansel Adams, whose beautiful black and white landscapes full of mountains still grace both museum and office walls, called fellow photographer William Mortensen “the anti-Christ” for what he did to the art of photography. Show More Summary

Famous English Nude

Lady_Godiva by the French painter Jules Joseph Lefebvre (1836–1911). As legend tells Lady Godiva was a 11th century English princess married to Leofric, the Earl of Mercia and lord of Coventry. She begged her husband to relieve the townspeople of the oppressive taxes and tolls. Show More Summary

Too many babies, grinding poverty, arsenic poisoning and a hanging in Sydney

In the book Last Woman Hanged, Caroline Overington exhaustively researched the case of Louisa Andrews Collins. She was a 41-year-old working-class mother of 10 children who was tried for murder four times and was the last woman to be hanged in NSW. Show More Summary

Art hotels in Hobart, Vancouver and New York

Art hotels provide traditional hotel accommodation and amenities, but they also offer something special. They display an interior of creat­ive exhibits, paintings, photos and draw­ings from a particular artist or style. Some art hotels operate on a single theme, while others may have one for each floor or each particular room. Show More Summary

Ever-Present Peril

The Sword of Damocles (1812) by the neoclassical British painter Richard Westall (1765-1836).

Performance Art and Modern Political Protest

“War is simply a continuation of political intercourse, with the addition of other means,” Carl von Clausewitz wrote in his famous book on battle strategy, On War. Many misquote that saying more pithily as “War is politics by other means,” but the idea that politics plays out on different battlefields remains true. Show More Summary

Can People Power save treasured London churches?

Two thirds of the Anglican churches in the City of London should be closed, said a 1994 commission chaired by Lord Templeman. His com­mission was one of many set up to solve the problems which arose when 36 churches served a small city region, with a permanent residential population of 7,000 and a weekday workforce of 300,000. Show More Summary

Turn-offs That Will Ruin a Sexy Evening

There are a lot of things that can really set you back on your romantic evening with your woman. Fortunately, these are the kinds of things that are very easily avoidable, though if you’re a beginner, being naughty can often be kindShow More Summary

Dutch pottery, tulips, British royalty and an Australian gallery

Early in the 17th century, the Dutch East India Company really did have a vigorous trade with the East and imported beautiful and very expensive Chinese porcelain. Of course only the richest of the rich could afford the early imports.The Dutch potters did not know about kaolin and could not create porcelain themselves. Show More Summary

Boer War - anti German sentiment in Australia

Your Brisbane tells a sorry tale. Karl Ernst Eschenhagen (born 1850) was a baker who emigrated from Germany in the 1880s and established one of Brisbane's best hospitality businesses. He started in a George St bakery, opened branches in Edward St and Fortitude Valley and lastly opened a Queen St restaurant that could seat 500 diners. Show More Summary

British ex-servicemen fight against Fascism - at home!

In this blog I have discussed the Fascists’ activities in Britain in the 1930s, in particular their infamous battle against London’s East Enders in Cable St in 1936. And I would have expected that Fascism could not continue at home, once Britain, France and their allies declared war against Germany. Show More Summary

Royal Family with a Selfie by Velazquez

Velazquez is painting a portrait of King Philip IV and his wife, Mariana of Austria. They are posing outside the painting, standing where we stand. We see what they see. We know it’s them because of that blurry reflection in … Continue reading ?

How Paul Strand Photographed the “People’s History”

When Howard Zinn first published A People's History of the United States in 1980, he hoped to start a “quiet revolution” in the way people viewed history. By giving voice to the voiceless relegated to the wings of history while major players dominated the stage, Zinn wrote history in a wholly new, revolutionary way. Show More Summary

Kelvingrove, Glasgow and Whitney, New York - two impressive exhibitions

How Glasgow Flourished 1714-1837 was an exhibition that charted the rise of Glasgow from King George I until the start of Queen Vic­tor­ia’s reign. This was a very significant period in Glasgow’s history, a time of dramatic expansion in Glasgow’s boundaries and ambitions.? Glasgow was above all a trading city. Show More Summary

How Turner Loved Painting, So He Set It Free

“If you love someone,” pop star Sting sang years ago, “set them free.” Sometimes the first rule of love is forgetting all the rules that constrain the object of one’s affection, while trusting that the beloved will return on their own. Show More Summary

Which Should You Choose? Google Glass or the Apple iWatch?

Technological revolution is pretty fast nowadays. New gadgets and devices get released in a blink of an eye. What’s considered as an updated device yesterday can become obsolete in just a few years. Two companies have made magnificent leaps in trying to change technology. Show More Summary

Romantic Knight

The Princess (1911) by Howard Chandler Christy (1873-1952). Christy was an American artist and illustrator famous for the "Christy Girl", he published published in Scribner's and Harper's magazines and in Collier's Weekly.

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