For those whose taste in fairytales favours a darker touch, we’re traveling to the far reaches of Eastern Europe, and into the enchanting world of animator Jiří Trnka. The late Czech animator (whose name is pronounced “Yershy Trinka”) created nearly two-dozen films over his lifetime, from folksy gems like Grandfather Planted a Beet (1945) to the gutsy anti-Stalin short, The Hand (1965).
Craftsmanship ran in Trnka’s blood. He was born in Bohemia in 1912, where his grandmother sold toys for a living and his mother worked as a seamstress.… Read the rest
The resurgence of fascism has been much in the news recently as governments the world over slide ever rightward, but in Hungary—whose own far-right president faces reelection in 2018—parliamentarians think they have struck upon a solution that will eradicate the scourge of nationalist totalitarianism once and for all: changing the labels on Heineken beer.
For lawmakers in the ex-Soviet republic, Heineken’s red star logo is a bit too reminiscent of the “branding” of their one-time communist overlords. Now, Prime Minister Viktor Orban is hoping to censure the company, telling it to change its logo or face millions of dollars in fines.
The move is just the latest and most high-profile in a recent push to eradicate Soviet symbols from Hungarian life—symbols which, thanks to Hungary’s tragic … Read the rest
A recent find by archaeologists put the first north Asians in North America 30,000 years ago.
The weird thing is that they used weapons made of ivory – in Siberia.
There used to be wooly rhinoceroses up there, you know.
The main European influx came after 1492, but most know of the Vikings centuries earlier.
It’s interesting to actually read the sagas of Erik the Red.
The standard telling describes the ‘Skraelings’ they found in ‘Vinland’ (perhaps named because the new world was supposedly rich with wild grape) as “They were small, ill favoured men, and had ugly hair on their heads.
They had big eyes and were broad in the cheeks”
Apparently the locals (whether Thule, Algonquin, or other isn’t clear) were just too … Read the rest