Book Review – “Berlin Alexanderplatz” Alfred Döblin (1929)

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Yes! It’s quite astonishing that this was written in 1929 – its a funny, experimental, modern, witty, varied collage.

Also, the cover for the 1st edition is pretty special:

Archaeological Sites Revealed by the Summer Heat

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Photos by Historic England

World Cup Twins

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Official World Cup Portraits

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When I first saw most of these, I thought ‘wow, they’re shit’. With poor lighting, awkward poses, embarrassing faux enthusiasm, or faux seriousness. But as I look a bit more, I quite like the informal aesthetic – they lool like young men caught outside a club to have their photo taken for the nightclub website. The flash is intrusive, their skin is blemished, their poses are the result of doing what they think they should. The bold background colours work well, allowing the strips to standout without distraction. The others without the bold colour, and the black and white ones particularly, don’t work as well. I guess the shoot was done pretty quickly, and therefore they are quite unguarded, and look like non-models, natural, goofy, uncomfortable – which makes a change from advertising photos, and footballers own informal instagram images. They are taken by a number of different photographers for Getty Images. Anyway, they still all tend to end up in one of a few categories, which I am defining as:

ODD/AWKWARD

CLENCHED FISTS/ROAR

KEEPERS

GOOD

BALLS

MOODY

There are others (Finger Point, Badge grab/kiss, distant look, tattoo point etc) and obviously some overlap between categories, but you can have a look yourself – https://www.fifa.com/photos/galleries/index.html.

ODD/AWKWARD

CLENCHED FISTS/ROAR

KEEPERS

GOOD

BALLS

MOODY

World Cup Moments – 1990

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CIAO

COSTA RICA (a beautiful backheel)

BRAZIL (poor Jim)

CANNIGIA (and Maradona and both teams strips)

TOTO SCHILLACI (in general)

WADDLE (hits the bar from his own half – go to 5.26)

CANNIGIA (v Cameroon)

IRELAND GOAL v HOLLAND (Hoof, passback, spill, slide, goal)

WALTER ZENGA (His name & his shiny shirt)

TONY MEOLA

FIAT PANDA

NASA Images of Earth (and more) 11

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NASA Images of Earth 10

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NASA Images of Earth 9

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NASA Images of Earth 8

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Alexandre Hogue (1898 – 1994)

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Mother Earth Laid Bare 1938

Drought Stricken Area 1934

The Crucified Land 1939

Eroded Lava Badlands, Alpine 1982