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Hiram Powers May 13, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Arts, Museums.
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Work of controversial mid-19th century sculptor will be at the Taft in Cincinnati

Hiram Powers (1805-1873) and his alabaster white nude “Greek Slave” were the talk of two continents in the mid-19th century. A major exhibition of Powers’ work, regrettably without the full figure “Greek Slave”, opens Friday at the Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati. There are smaller variations of it on view, such as a bust, and there is literature explaining the astounding power of suggestion the artist brought to play in his gloss that persuaded a Victorian culture bundled into corsets and cravats to accept full female nudity as ideal and that allowed his American audiences to avoid virtually any comparison to the topic of American slavery.

greek_slave.jpg  This is a bust rendition of the more famous full-length Greek Slave  that made Powers’ fame in 1851

All in all, Powers’ self-marketing story is as interesting as his allegorical art. The exhibition includes information on the famous “Greek Slave” episode and artifacts from his influential techniques in plaster modeling and marble-cutting as well as a selection of wooden watch-works Powers crafted. Powers’ connection to Cincinnati and the Baum-Longworth-Sinton-Taft House, now the Taft Museum, is through Nicholas Longworth, an early patron who helped the artist get to Washington, D.C., and then to Italy, from which he never returned.

“Hiram Powers: Genius in Marble” continues through August 12. The Museum at 316 Pike St., Cincinnati, is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, until 8 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7, $5 for seniors and students, free to all on Wednesday.

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A chair affair May 13, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Architecture.
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chair.jpg  This complicated fold-and-tuck triple chair won the top prize for Nicholette Chan, Andrew Kim and Jean You of Cornell University in the “Chair Affair Competition.”

Take a definition for a chair: “Anything that elevates a user of an undetermined size off the ground comfortably for an extended period of time.” Add cardboard and glue and the theory that waste material is a potentially valuable resource. It’s harder than it may sound.

A complex fold-and-tuck triple chair won the $2,500 top prize in the “Chair Affair Competition” managed by the American Institute of Architecture Students and sponsored by the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation. It was among six finalists selected from 176 entries last week in San Antonio during the American Institute of Architects Convention and Design Exposition.

The four-year-old annual competition, which is increasingly interesting and important, encourages students to work in teams or individually, using only corrugated cardboard and glue. This year, the first-place winners were Nicholette Chan, Andrew Kim and Jean You of Cornell University, followed by Cem Sinan Kayatekin of Auburn University in second place ($1,500); Andrew Rudolph and Travis Withers of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in third place ($1,000); and three honorable mentions ($500).

The winners can be viewed at www.aias.org/chairaffair. The finalist chairs will also be on display during July at the National Building Museum in Washington.

In pictures > Trooping the Colour preparations May 13, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Army Life, The Royals.
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Although this photo set is a bit old, dates back to 2006, it seems appropriate to post it, especially in relation to previous post, about the Queens’ Guards in X-Rated clips!

Now, don’t get it mixed-up, cause that’s not Daniel Radcliffe in Equus! That’s British Troops! Way of Life for lucky Brits! And don’t tell me that if you were there, you wouldn’t get inspired by looking at all those hotties, semi-naked?

british_troops.jpg Go, click the link and go to view all that eye-candy at > Trooping the Colour preparations

Quoting also from BBC’s narrations >

Preparations for Trooping the Colour, the military pageant to mark the Queen’s official birthday celebrations, have begun.
Soldiers from the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery pay great attention to detail while cleaning and polishing equipment for the parade.
The ceremony dates back to at least the early 18th Century, when the colours of the battalion were carried (trooped) down the ranks so they could be seen by the soldiers…
…It was vital for a soldier to be able to recognise his own regiment’s colours as they were used as rally points during battles.
The event today is much the same as it was at the time of the Battle of Waterloo, with regiments following the same routines.
The troops participating in the parade are drawn from the Household Division.
It is considered a great honour to take part in the ceremony. The participating regiments make sure that the horses and soldiers will look resplendent.
Trooping the Colour will take place 17 June on Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall, London.
All photos: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images. Source and Copyright: BBC

Queen’s Guards in X-rated film May 13, 2007

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Drunk Scots Guards stripped off to put on an X-rated display in just their world-famous bearskins and tunics for a shocking home video, British daily The Sun reported on 25th April 2007.

The brazen soldiers, whose main duty is guarding the Queen, shamelessly expose themselves to the camera and dance half naked while swigging from bottles of Buckfast and cider. The men, all thought to be from Glasgow, fondle each other dressed in nothing but their prestigious uniform and socks. And in another X-rated clip, shot at their Chelsea barracks in London last Friday, the guard filming his three kinky colleagues performs a lewd sex act on one of them and spanks their bare backsides.

queens_guards.jpg  Last night furious top brass had identified the four F-Company squaddies behind the disturbing display. And furious colleagues are demanding they now be kicked out the forces for disgracing their proud uniform.

One insider last night said: “These guys have brought shame to the regiment and should be booted out. Our regiment is one of the most famous in the world. Our uniform is one of the most recognised in the world. We are supposed to be one of the most disciplined regiments in the entire Army but these guys have made us look like fools. We feel let down by them and they should be shown the door.”

The insider revealed how the four men had gone boozing together after their shift finished last Friday. Alcohol is banned from their London barracks, but the shamed squaddies managed to sneak in bottles of Buckfast and cider. The drunken guards are later filmed dancing in a circle and flashing at each other in the bombshell video.

The source added: “What will people think when they see male soldiers of the British Army spanking each other? It gets even worse when you see one of them grabbing his colleague’s willy. They are a disgrace and not fit to wear the uniform.”

The Scots Guards are one of the most famous regiments in the Army and their bearskins and red tunics are recognised by tourists from around the world. F-Company, an independent sub-unit of the Scots Guards, perform ceremonial duties outside Buckingham Palace and were involved in the Queen Mother’s funeral.

Last night an Army spokeswoman described the four squaddies’ antics as “horseplay”. She said: “This is high spirits and horseplay by young soldiers which we do not condone. They have been identified and will be dealt with.”

View the video and more photos at > The Sun