Saturday, January 30, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Superdupont is a French comic created in 1972 as a parody of both Superman and French national attitudes (or, rather, their caricatural perception outside and inside France).
Superdupont is the son of the unknown soldier buried under the Arc de Triomphe. He is very patriotic, sometimes chauvinist, and empowered by superpowers that help him to defend his country against a secret organization called '"Anti-France", a sectist and terrorist organization that wants
to destroy France.
"Anti-France" was originally a pejorative term used by the nationalist intellectual Charles Maurras.
Anti-France agents are all foreigners (non-French) and thus speak the fictional language "Anti-Français", a mishmash of English, Spanish, Italian, Russian, and German. This movement is intended to
ridicule the paranoia of certain French people who consider the foreign and unfamiliar as a threat against France.
The physical appearance of Superdupont is a superhero version of a caricatural Frenchman (specially, as seen by the Anglophone world): he wears a beret Basque, a striped jersey, charentaises, a
baguette under the arm, a tricolour belt held by a safety pin, and a long blue cape. He also supports economic patriotism, as he smokes Gauloises cigarettes, he drinks red wine, he eats French cheese and refuses to be painted using China ink.
Like Superman, Superdupont is able to fly but seems less superpowered than
Superman. By luck Superdupont is a master in the savate also known as boxe française ("French boxing"), which gives some superiority over his opponents.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Arguably one of the best cafe's in Wellington was the Maranui Surf and Life Saving Club in Lyall Bay - until it was gutted by fire last August.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Patricio Etxebeste runs a beret factory; he is one of the village "notables" and is a candidate in the forthcoming elections for mayor.His business isn't going well, the banks won't loan him any more money, his credit cards are blocked and his planned summer holidays in Marbella are impractical. How can he save face and prevent the entire village from finding out about the situation he's in?
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
The Latin motto translates as "We know what you read, and we're not saying."And, of course, what better headgear for a Radical Militant Librarian than a beret?
Friday, January 22, 2010
Ramón J. Sender, was an Aragonese Spanish novelist, essayist and journalist.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
With the 3.5 week holidays closure behind us, South Pacific Berets is very well stocked again.