Narrenschiff by Jürgen Weber, in a shopping concourse in Nurenberg, is based ultimately on Sebastian Brant's 16th-century satire, but with some modern anxieties thrown in. You really have to view it in the round, which you can do here. Picture source.
This porcelain rhinoceros, modelled on the famous woodcut, reminds us that Dürer too existed in a world of product. And, admit it, having seen it, you want one, you know you do. It's part of the British Museum's exhibit, Germany: Memories of a Nation, on till January 25th.
The German Luftwaffe took this photo of East Greenock and Port Glasgow in October 1939, foreseeing the day when they would be called upon to blow up the shipyards concentrated there. Cappielow is just obscured by the large cloud in the centre of the photo, which might account for its survival in the Greenock (and Port Glasgow) Blitz of May 1941. Source.
Morton play Alloa Athletic in the Challenge Cup quarterfinal today at Cappielow. This is the Ton's fifth match at home in cup competition this year, against zero away.
Q: Seems unusual. How many home and away cup games have they played in recent years?
A: 2013-14: 2 at home, 4 away. 2012-13: 5 at home, 4 away. 2011-12: 2 at home, 6 away. 2010-11: 1 at home, 7 away. 2009-10: 2 at home, 5 away. 2008-09: 1 at home, 6 away. Total: 13 at home, 32 away.
Morton and Alloa Athletic both played in the Championship last year, and the Wasps won all four meetings. They met in Round One of the 2011-12 League Cup, and Morton won. They met in Round Two of the 1999-2000 League Cup, and Alloa won. Alloa are presently fifth in the Championship, coming off a 2 - 1 victory over Hibernian.
The last time Morton made it to the Challenge Cup QF was September 4th, 2011 when they lost 1 - 2 in Hamilton.
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The conquest of France in 1940 supplied the German forces with a hefty inventory of French-built sea mines. The Luftwaffe came up with a plan to drop them by parachute over Britain, not only on port facilities but on inland targets as well. They could be timed to explode at roof level, or to lie on the ground and then go off. See here and here.
Sylvia Townsend Warner has a short story "The Trumpet Shall Sound" about a funeral which would make a fantastic half-hour film with some unexpected CGI toward the end, and that's all I'm saying.