Thursday, December 14, 2017

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Goats (2)

As I wrote earlier, I love goats as much as I love berets. 
And, not surprisingly, goats and berets often feature together; be it in real life,  
in advertisements, toys, 
sculptures, labels,
and cartoons. 
Not to forget, South Pacific Berets' own logo:

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Allan Runefelt

Elis Gunnar Allan Runefelt  (1922  - 2005) was a Swedish sculptor and cartoonist .
Runfelt studied under Nils Sjögren and Eric Grate at the Stockholm Academy of Arts between 1939-1945 and made several study trips to the USA and around Europe while studying in Italy at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome. During his studies, he showed an extra interest in primitive art that appeared at various ethnographic museums which he later used to use in his own art.
His most famous sculpture is the ‘Gubben med geten’ , which is placed in several copies around the country; a beautiful sculpture of a beret wearing man with his goat. During a trip in France he is said to have seen how similar goats and men are.
Fritz H Eriksson , the initiator of the sculpture collection in Västertorp , Stockholm, saw the sketches from France and ordered the artwork. Runfelt is represented at the Modern Museum in Stockholm, the Västerås Art Museum and the Borås Art Museum.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Robert Jenson

Robert W. Jenson (1930  – 2017) was a leading American Lutheran and ecumenical theologian.
Jenson studied classics and philosophy at Luther College in the late 1940s, before beginning theological studies at Luther Seminary in 1951. After seminary, Jenson taught in the department of religion and philosophy at Luther College from 1955 to 1957, before moving to Heidelberg for doctoral studies in 1957-58.

Jenson's doctoral dissertation (revised and published in 1963 as Alpha and Omega) was completed in Basel, with Barth's approval, and so Jenson returned to Luther College, where he continued to study Barth while also developing an increasing interest in the philosophy of Hegel. The faculty of the religion department was uncomfortable with Jenson's theological liberalism and his openness to biblical criticism and evolutionary biology was strongly condemned. When the college failed to force Jenson's retirement, several professors from the religion and biology departments resigned in protest. 
Thanks Carter

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Fritiof Nilsson Piraten

Fritiof Nilsson Piraten ("the Pirate") (1895 – 1972) was a Swedish author from the country’s southern-most province Skåne.
Educated as a lawyer at Lund he left a successful practice in 1932 to write and that same year published his debut, Bombi Bitt och jag ("Bombi Bitt and me"), a Scandinavian Tom Sawyer-like story. Bombi Bitt is what he is most remembered for; it was made into both a movie in 1936, and a TV-series in 1968.
Piraten went on to write two more books about Bombi Bitt, one in 1946 and one in 1974. Most of his books are collections of anecdotes about eccentric people in Skåne, such as his novel, Bock i örtagård ("Buck in herbal garden", 1933), about an illiterate horse-dealer and squire who bullies his way into a church-wardenship to win a bet.
A later novel, Bokhandlaren som slutade bada ("The book-dealer who ceased bathing", 1937) is a deeply tragic story, dotted with occasional comic situations, about a too-sensitive man falling in love with a woman and marrying her before he realizes who she really is, and the disasters that follow. 1969 a movie came out based on this novel. Most of his books are considered to fit well in the tall tale category.
Nilsson was deliberately non-literary, getting along with sailors, farmers and businessmen, and probably got his nickname for that reason. His humour is based more in understatement than in hyperbole, although the stories may be wild enough.