History on Table

World Affairs Board is a geopolitical discussion forum that debates various historical issues. Although it is focused on General History, Ancient, Medieval & Early Modern Ages, the World Wars, and Warfare in the Modern Age, it links to several World Wars Forums where are available detailed rare info and rare photos, but also, it offers the chance to acknowledge contemporary opinions on the way past events were represented, as well as oral history’s elements (comments, insights and photos belonging to World War II soldiers or their relatives).

Links:

www.worldaffairsboard.com

www.ww2f.com

Annandale Village

Village Shot

I’m in the village. For the internet – which works as shit or it’s just my Mac who’s internet greedy and doesn’t work like shit. Smell of cheap fries and hot mayo from ‘Fat Fish’. I’m feeling hungry and cheese off at the same time.

There are just too many thoughts in my head, jumping at each other’s throat. Or tail. Each possibility brings along an impossibility.

I’m a fantasist but that’s just a too complicated thing to say about myself. Cannot spell it out in the ‘About’ section. Or anywhere else, as a matter of fact.
I’m afraid of death because I’m still young.
Lying always set me free.

The Art of Immersion

The psychedelic paintings of Martine Emdur can still be admired for the weekend at Tim Olsen Gallery. ‘The Art of Immersion’ series explores the beauty of the anonymous human body in waters. Fluidity, eroticism and tension, Emdur has them all captured on canvas, magnifying water’s suggestive force, laboring its symbolistic.

Maelstrom

Subluminescence

Skin

Exhibition Works

Subluminescence

2013 © Martine Emdur

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183 x 244cm

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Welcome to the Coke Side of Couture

Coke loves Fashion, but does Fashion love Coke back?

In 2008, Coca Cola went down the catwalk in Rio de Janeiro to feature its first fashion line. More miss than hit, Brazilian runway critics rhetorically asked whether the launching was a “wise” brand extension decision, and, when noticed, utterly unflattering comments ranged from “irrelevant clothing” (Cedric Azure for hypebeast.com) to “unhappy stew” (Godfrey Deeny for fashionwiredaily.com)

Apparently, Coke didn’t get the hint, and recently launched two more collections under the signature of same Thais Rossiter. With eclectic designs, strong colour contrasts and jazzy prints, the new trends weren’t more appealing to fashion’s elite than the old flashy leggings. “I’m not sure the collection can compete with the standards of high fashion giants” said blogger Lydia Jones, and that was just how good it could get.

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But if Coke cannot go couture, then couture will go Coke!

Italian fashion designers like Donatella Versace, Alberta Ferretti, Anna Molinari (Blumarine), Angela Missoni, Consuelo Castiglioni, Veronica Etro and Rosella Jardini (Moschino), dressed up Coca Cola light bottles in a Tribute to Fashion charity project. Created back in 2009 to raise funds for the victims of the earthquake in Abruzzo, Italy, the collection pinned down such a success that it was relaunched last year. Showcased at the Milano Fashion Centre twice, the fancy bottles wearing designers’ signature colours and graphics unfortunately flaunted on Italian shelves only.

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Baadlands – another kind of lands

Few weeks back, I attended the opening reception to the exhibit BAADLANDS: AN ATLAS OF EXPERIMENTAL CARTOGRAPHY @ Tin Sheds Gallery, in Sydney, curated by Zanny Begg.

Dictionary.com says that ‘badlands’ signifies a barren area in which soft rock strata are eroded into varied, fantastic forms. In everyday language, baadlands are the outlawed places, where centralised, official rules don’t hold much value, but the locals can have it their own way, either good or bad. An impressive number or artists and groups (Clement Valla, Lorenz Aggermann, Eduard Freudmann, Can Gülcü, Maria del Carmen Lamadrid, Democracia, Todo por la praxis, Santiago Cirugeda, Diego Bonetto, The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), Ammon Beyerle, Michelle Emma James, Iconoclasistas, and Yurt Empire) proposed 9 original, unconventional maps of secretive or unknown location that are overlooked in traditional cartography. They are maps of inequalities, showing off the daily challenges their inhabitants have to face, they are maps of crimes and illegalities, they are maps of rent-free housing, they are maps on unbuilt yet subways, ugly car parks, and hybrid suburbs, they are maps of weeds adventures in urban Sydney, they are maps of markets who didn’t figure on any other map, or simply beautiful Google Earth 3D snapshots.

Guess what? The exhibit will be on display till 7 September. See you there, right?

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On Bridget Jones and other book covers

I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this cover – an art work belonging to Ian Falconer!

I never read historical romance novels (okey, maybe I read one or two in my early teen years), but I can appreciate a sweet Brit cover, nevertheless

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A total awesome news for the Bridget Jones’s Diary fans was the release of a new book: Mad about The Boy, but once the cover out there, I’m not sure anymore whether it was such a good news or not: it sadly succeeds to being intriguing without being appealing 😉

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Sydney Raw Artists Launching Party

I would like to thank to RAW Artists for the double invitation to their launch party in Sydney on Saturday they kindly sent me! It was an amazing, vibrant, and inspiring night, devilled up with arts and crafts (Dear Wise Rabbit by Alana Indratheb, Gunjan Aylawadi) DSCN5844 photography (Onur Karaozbek, Leah Dee, Helen Balanis)DSCN5863heaps of great music, astonishing art and cool artists (J. Masaki, Brandon Carlos, Hinder, Abbey Piaud, Sweet Surrender by Gabbi Lancaster, Geebs Room, Drd Store, Elham Moaidnia, Libby Watkins)DSCN5841DSCN5858 DSCN5870 DSCN5867 DSCN5878 DSCN5884jewelery (Shan Shan Mok, Helen Mok, Riko Designs, Tegan O’Brien, Kristy Lee Designs)DSCN5893delicious canapes and drinks, hand made shoes (Marcue by Marina is to die for!)DSCN5853 DSCN5849DSCN5851and, cherry on top: a fashion show 🙂DSCN5922See you at ‘Translations‘ – their next kicking-ass part in town!

Sydneysiders’ Coffee Bible

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It’s mine. Finally. After months of back and forth to news agencies, when I was either missing out on the last copy, either I had no cash with me at the time, either my credit card was not working, either I was recalling two minutes too late that I forgot to grab it, either… Once I even asked the owner lady to save me a copy but her hubby found it, thought it was accidentally misplaced, and put it back on top of the counter. It was a matter of minutes till somebody else grabbed it. The most painful moment was when I discovered it at Pentimento for double the price. As bad as I was craving for it, as much as I love browsing around the store and choosing gifts for my friends, as little money was (still), doubling the price is not a practice to be welcomed. I’m a hipfair 😉

Today everything worked as simple and beautiful as a lemonade ‘di Positano’ in a summer day in Campania can be. Saw it, smiled, bought it.

Let’s get caffeinated!

A reader’s confession

“I have always been a reader; I have read at every stage of my life, and there has never been a time when reading was not my greatest joy. And yet I cannot pretend that the reading I have done in my adult years matches in its impact on my soul the reading I did as a child. I still believe in stories. I still forget myself when I am in the middle of a good book. Yet it is not the same. Books are, for me, it must be said, the most important thing; what I cannot forget is that there was a time when they were at once more banal and more essential than that. When I was a child, books were everything. And so there is in me, always, a nostalgic yearning for the lost pleasure of books. It is not a yearning that one ever expects to be fulfilled.” 
-Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale

If anyone, by curiosity, would open my brain…

If anyone, by curiosity, would open my brain, would find:

love, love, love (All I need is love!)

Paris New York Sydney (don’t tell me you need more on this!)

bears and mice (Ssts! This a family secret!)

books (yep, I’m a big reader; when I don’t read books, I smell them – they need to be unused for this weird activity – I’m just not let’s-don’t-print-anymore-books-for-saving-the-planet-material :) ) special mention of New Yorker‘s stories here!

a bookstore (it’s just something about them! hm, maybe… the books? :) )

words (I love to write and this is how I earn some nice cash!)

my camera (I’m the very proud, happy and grateful owner of the newest and best Cannon possible that I received for my birthday!)

photographs – others’ and my very own ones (don’t tell this would be a surprise after I just mention my fancy camera!!! of course, I’m a photographer, what else have you thought?)

social media (I’m alLover it as a rush!)

my painting wooden box (I like it so much that I barely use it – I know, it’s such a pity, I should enjoy it more!)

coffee and cookies (I know, I know, I feel so guilty!!! Have I mentioned that I have a dangerous addiction to brownies? Not that vanilla cream would make me go away :))

coffee shops (like fancy, artsy spicy coffee shops – it comes quite naturally after coffee, heh?)

brunches and grasses matinees (check the French dictionary!)

a big fat wallet (of course, I’d love it to be fat from all the money I could spend in one day out, but the truth is I just like fat wallets :) )

funny mugs (they don’t make coffee tasting better but they make my day feeling better :) )

hipsters, hipsters’ hats and hipster magazine 🙂

music of many tastes: jazz, gospel, morna, cuban or classical; dance bot classical and contemporary; art mostly contemporary!

vegan foods! so yummy yummy yummy!

gym – my gym!

nice pens and notebooks (that’s a high-school addiction – what chances I’d have fighting against it? :) )

orange, burnt orange and oranges (honestly, I have no ideas how it has started!)

museums and art galleries (of all kinds, but I’m the kind of girl who never misses an art show – I think it’s my curatorial experience who’ll never go to sleep!)

my research (I know I sound like a nerd but I did enjoy working on my research :) )

a wild forrest (where else one can find such beautiful noises and silences the same time?)

the city! (no, I couldn’t live in a forrest! have you really bought that? I’m a big city girl. no, not a big city girl. A huge city girl!)

art films (and not only!) and tv-shows (certain tv-shows! “Twin-Peaks” like tv-shows, no other craps! pls!) but I wouldn’t say no to a Gilmore Girls with a cuppa!

girlie stuff!

traveling (I’m a born globe-trotter! Would it be too crazy if I’d tell you that I would like visit all continents? Ok, maybe I wouldn’t insist on the Antarctic right now, but one day….!)

Singing in the sun

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“Avoir l’apprenti dans le soleil” (“To have the apprentice in the sun”)

Marcel Duchamp, January 2012

Each time I take a look at this drawing, I’m wondering:

What is he trying to do? Is he climbing the music to get to the skies? Is he doing it for the sake of knowledge? Did his master ask him to? Did his master tech him to? Can the master teach one how to get to the skies? Does he have a master at all?

Or when you search for knowledge, or music or love as a matter of fact, you are just your own master and apprentice, one at a time?