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Bring Robert Capa's lost Spanish War photos to the web

Luistxo Fernandez 2008/01/29 15:46

Robert Capa's lost negatives have finally come to an institution, the ICP. Great report by the New York Times, including a pic of one of the cases full of negatives, complete with its numbered tags. Among those tags, my hometown Eibar (see how it ended after the war), Bilbao, Dolores Ibarruri Pasionaria...

The mention about Amorebieta close to a campaign mass makes me suspect that these particular photos are not by Capa himself, but by David Chim Seymour. That's how ICP itself describes Seymour's work in the Spanish Civil War: (...) Basque soldiers enjoying moral support from monks at the Monastery of Amorabita (sic) and attending an outdoor mass before going into battle. The Basque chaplain pictured by Seymour, that must be it.

Anyway, I hope the ICP follows into the steps of the Library of Congress and its usage of Flickr to document thousands of pictures. How will they tag and identify all the Capa negatives in ICP's Manhattan headquartes? Bring them all to the Internet! There's people alive around that suffered the Spanish Civil War in those scenarios. My father was in Elgeta, Eibar, and other places around that front, in the same republican side of the photographers. I can sit him in front of the screen and we'll tag the pictures gladly.

Military cemeteries

Luistxo Fernandez 2008/01/25 16:35

I've updated the image of the Cemetery. The Plone CSS templates are too complicated for me, so I've put just a header image. Two different headers, really, for the Basque and English versions. Those cemeteries are not English, really. They are military burial grounds that we visited last summer in Normandy. The one in the Basque side is the American cemetery of Normandy, in Omaha Beach, and this one at the English side is the nearby German cemetery of La Combe, an image that a co-worker, photographer and designer Zaloa Etxaniz adapted for the header. 

The title line of this blog refers to the English Cemetery of Donostia, the city in which I live. Donostia is a bilingual city, and has this English spot on it, a nice little historic cemetery for some forgotten war heroes of the 18th century. When my blog launched, this was a trilingual experiment, so I thought the English Cemetery was a fitting metaphore for it. Then El Cementerio de los Ingleses, the Spanish version, migrated to another site, the Mapamovil.



The original blog was orange, it had an image with the map location of the English Cemetery. Then in 2006 I changed to a black and white design, with some misterious girls in the header: some friends told me that header made me look like a pervert. Who cares? Anyway, now I finally show cemeteries.

Blog compliance: bilingualism, Plone, the OLPC XO, reply titles

Luistxo Fernandez 2008/01/14 11:28
The community site that hosts this Cemetery evolved to Plone recently. As a consequence of that, this blog no longer validates with my own old ukase for bilingual blogs :-( It's supposed that in a perfect world, the bilingual blog's interface should be localised in the same language as content... Well, now is in Basque (both content and interface) and is in English, but only the content.

So, I don't comply with that anymore, but I can proudly certify that this site and its underlying technology (Plone) are very much compatible with the XO computer. The OLPC XO is the so-called 100-dollar PC project to promote digital access to children in developing countries. A friend (Igor) has bought one and he came to the little collective blog-editing seminar of that we organised when the update was recently made.

Click to enlarge, and you'll see the Plone editing options tabs there. Visualization was fine, and all worked perfectly.

I think the OLPC initiative is great, and the machine itself is promising. Its owner Igor says it's very apt for children. Benefiting digitalization in developing countries is also good.

You cannot buy these in Europe, but Igor got his thru a family connection in Idaho. There was a very sensible campaign back in November and December, where you bought 2 of these, and got one, the other going to a child in the Third World.


Regarding the fact that Plone is now being used in this blog, this looks like a positive step towards a more powerful platform, and that benefits the whole As for the readers, I think that in those rare occasions in which someone feels prompted to reply, the reader will grasp the functions of the replying form. Rhys from Wales succeeded, for instance, although he thought Gaia meant website :-) No, Rhys, it's subject or title, as replies now may have a distinct title from blog entries, a detail that I find useful but that is not present in many blogging platforms.


Basque California bike made in Cambodia

Luistxo Fernandez 2008/01/10 17:05

No competition at home as in the website of Pamplona: Olentzero came, and the Three Kings came as well. These three types brought a pink California model of the BH brand to my daughter Lili. Hey, that bike brand is from my hometown Eibar, I said. But upon careful inspection, I realized that, as expected, it was made far away: in Cambodia, to be precise.

Liliren BH California

There was a time in which several bike brands were produced in Eibar. BH (Beistegui Hermanos, the Beistegi Brothers), GAC (Garate, Anitua and Co.), Abelux, Orbea... Now none of these factories is in Eibar any more, and of those that remain active in the Basque Country, they probably assemble or import Asian goods, more than anything else.

BH was one of the first employers of my father. In the early 1940s, he worked there. They didn't make bicycles then, but bombs. There was a market, clearly. From my dad's bedroom, he can still see the old factory, with the old symbol of BH (recently painted) in a wall that faces home directly.

BH fabrika zaharra

That's what is left of BH in Eibar. A sign. More or less what's left in the actual bikes, the BH sign is not even metal, just a sticker added to the Cambodian product.

Asia is big. They also produce terrific cinema. Danger, Lust, from Ang Lee. More sexual than Brokeback Mountain (particularly, more heterosexual, I may add), a must-see. 


Luistxo works in CodeSyntax, tweets as @Luistxo and tries to manage the automated newssite Niagarank. This Cemetery is part of a distributed multilingual blog (?!). These are the Basque and Spanish versions:

Ingelesen hilerria

El cementerio de los ingleses


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