Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Good Ship Sails for Shirley Temple Black

With the passing of famous child actress, Shirley Temple (later Shirley Temple Black), a rare cinematic curio has come to light.

According to Slate, Temple's early films were Baby Burlesks shorts, which satirised popular movies of the day.
The joke was that the actors were all under the age of 5. Historian John Kasson writes of the Burlesks: "The intended humor of these shorts, which seems exceedingly strained to modern viewers, rests on the difference between adult knowledge, desires, motives, and pleasures, and childhood innocence."

In the following Baby Burlesk, entitled Kid in Africa, Temple plays a missionary by the name of Madam Cradlebait, on a cannibal taming expedition in 'darkest Africa'. Whatever about the concerns raised that the film is 'uncomfortably racist', its very awkwardness provides an interesting glimpse into the early years of Hollywood.


Shirley Temple Black: The awkwardness of her Baby Burlesks films.:

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

When Holidays Bite Back

The islands of Hawaii are a tourist paradise and surely rank high in everyone's dream vacation. But when things go wrong, who you going to call? If you just said 'Ghostbusters', you really are a twat and likely to be in need of more than mere legal advice. However, if you need a Hawaii Injury Lawyer, it's worth knowing that Cronin, Fried, Sekiya, Kekina & Fairbanks are the islands largest personal injury law firm who also serve neighbouring islands.


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Monday, February 3, 2014

Spanners in the Works

The creator of this fascinating collection is an Australian by the name of John Piccoli. He lives in Boort area near Bendigo in Victoria. For how it all got started, read an Interview with 'The Spanner Man' by Maureen Lucas.





















Sunday, February 2, 2014

Hole in the Wall (or How Not to Rob a Bank)

Images of a failed bank heist that took place in a west of Ireland town.

Although the robbers succeeded in their bid to wrench the ATM from the wall that was holding it, they were apparently panicked by the rapid response of the local law enforcement personnel, forcing them to dump the stolen goods "unopened in a field 15 kms away", where the machine (an presumably the contents) were later recovered.

Also left behind at the scene was the mechanical digger used in the robbery bid. All of which might lead one to opine: Does crime really pay?







ATM machine found after being ‘ripped from wall’ - Independent.ie:

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