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Totalitarian Leaders, Urban Legends and Motorbikes March 29, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Totalitarian Leaders, Urban Legends and Motorbikes

Totalitarian states put their leaders at the very heart of civic life as symbol and reality of fascism/Nazism/communism (or whatever other nightmare a country has fallen into). One of the consequences of the popular focus on the duce/fuhrer/stalin is that the individual citizen comes to feel a special warmth for the head that they might […]

A Head Turn that Ruined the Twentieth Century July 14, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
A Head Turn that Ruined the Twentieth Century

                    If you want to rewrite the history of Western Europe in the 1920s then you could do a lot worse than get rid of ‘the Roman Lawmaker’, Benito Mussolini. Just imagine – as Beachcombing has often done – the overweight dictator dropping dead in 1926, ‘Year […]

Totalitarian Trees June 22, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Totalitarian Trees

          Beachcombing learnt today, from his daily graze across the newspapers, that Colonel Ghadaffi of Libya has adopted the Italian village of Antrodoco near l’Aquila [Italian article]. For a moment Beachcombing felt lyrical about the eccentric Colonel and about how much MG has brought to the study of the bizarre – it almost makes the […]