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Donald McGill, The Naval Architect Who Became King Of The Saucy Postcard By Accident

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He learned his graphic skills at a London art school and began his professional career as a naval architect, but a  stroke of good fortune set Donald Fraser Gould McGill on the path to becoming king of the saucy seaside postcard.  In 1904, at the age of 30, the career that was to turn him [...]

Laya Raki, German Dancer And Film Actress

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Laya Raki (born Brunhilde Marie Alma Herta Jörns on July 27, 1927) is a former dancer and film actress popular in Germany in the 1950s and early 1960s. She also became an international star for her roles in English films and TV productions.Contents  Biography Laya Raki was born in Hamburg, Germany, to acrobat Maria Althoff, [...]

Dixie Evans, The Poor Man’s Monroe

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Nobody around today has done more to keep the memory of burlesque alive than Dixie Evans. As the current conservator of Exotic World (a position she’s held since 1989), Evans watches over a remarkable collection of g-strings, pasties, fans, and photographs from the golden age of the bump-and-grind. What makes her involvement more incredible is [...]

Gianna Nannini – Bello E Impossibile

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Gianna Nannini, one of several reasons I’m thinking of starting to learn Italian – Ted Filed under: Music, Pop Tagged: Gianna Nannini, Italian singers

British Woodies

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The woodies of the British Isles were the product of an aristocratic culture. Just as road-going motorized transport was first adopted by the only people who could afford such extravagance, the wealthy land owner was among the first to press the motor car into sporting use,  Originally, a ‘brake’ was a sturdy horse-drawn wagon meant [...]

Mike Harding – Christmas 1914 In No Man’s Land

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If I have a favourite Christmas song it has to be this one – Ted Christmas Eve in 1914 Stars were burning, burning bright And all along the Western Front Guns were lying still and quiet. Men lay dozing in the trenches, In the cold and in the dark, And far away behind the lines [...]

Sleazy Santa

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Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, thieves, and children.  Note this particular Santa’s hat; not the white fur trimmed one we are used to seeing, and very similar to ones we see on some sailors in historic nautical art. One thing’s for sure, I’d keep that particularly sleazy Santa away from [...]

And A Very Merry Christmas To You All From…..

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Filed under: Actresses, Models & starlets Tagged: Merry Christmas

All In A Day’s Work

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Filed under: Humour Tagged: Police, Santa

And Good Old Chris Springle Recommends

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Filed under: Advertising Tagged: Coca Cola, Cris Springles, Santa, Smoking

And Alfred E Neuman Sends His Regards

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Filed under: Illustration Tagged: Alfred E Neuman, Mad magazine

And Let’s Not Forget The Loo

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I guess there are a lady or two out there who have dreamed about sitting on Santa’s face and here is your chance ladies. Don’t miss out of this unbelievably tacky Christmas decoration for the crapper – Ted Filed under: Tackieness Tagged: Toilet decorations

The Bell Rock Lighthouse

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Bell Rock Lighthouse is the world’s oldest surviving sea-washed lighthouse and was built on Bell Rock (also known as Inchcape) in the North Sea, 11 miles (18 km) off the coast of Angus, Scotland, east of the Firth of Tay. It was built by Robert Stevenson between 1807 and 1810, and standing at 35 m [...]

Arthur William Brown, Illustrator

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"Brownie," as his artist friends called him, epitomizes the rule of "90% of life is just showing up." A Canadian school drop out, he worked on a steamer, sketching in his spare time (he sold these to newspapers). Saving his earnings, he enrolled at the Art Student’s League and studied under Walter Appleton Clark, F [...]

Anarchy In The Clouds

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Filed under: Quotations Tagged: Anarchy, Eric Schmidt

Music File Sharing Pirates

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So you thought this was a new problem, huh ?  Image uploaded on Google+ by “Andre Vandal” Filed under: Humour, People, Photography Tagged: File sharing, Music sharing, Pirates

Katy Mirza, Former Playboy Bunny And Actress

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The voluptuous Katy Mirza is a former Playboy Bunny and an actress. Katy studied Graphics Design. She was seventeen when she was given a chance to model by a photographer of the Sun. Playmate Katiya was born in Aden. Her father was an income tax commissioner. In the 60s her family moved to the United [...]

All In A Days Work–Part 2

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I would love to know what that stupid cop thinks about all these images he turns up in all over the net – Ted Filed under: Humour Tagged: Police, Santa, Teargas

Heino Or Bono

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And here is a 24 minute long Christmas special with Heino to fully drive the point home. If you don’t understand German, just marvel at his voice and stagepersonality – Ted Filed under: Humour, Tackieness Tagged: Bono, Heino

Piatti Scooters

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Despite its Italian name, the Piatti scooter was of Belgian (and later, British) manufacture, being originally produced in 1954 in Belgium by D’Ieteren. Its name came from its designer, Vincent Piatti. In 1956, production also commenced at the Cyclemaster works at Byfleet in Surrey, England. However, the increasing availability of affordable small cars in Europe [...]