Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Origins of observations...

With credit to Notasheep: Synchronicity? "I note that today is not only International Womens Day but also Shrove Tuesday aka Pancake Day - Synchronicity?" (hehehe, all crepe of course). Could be worse, Shrove Tuesday should be Fat Tuesday when eating fatty/filling foods was considered a last feast before the ritual fasting associated with Lent; the date is dependent on Easter (a moveable feast based on the cycles of the moon) and - with my enjoyment of numbers - I note that next year it is on 21.2.12.

[edited 1630 CET]

As regards IWD the origin - like May 1st - was a socialist political movement; the image - click to enlarge - is the 1932 Soviet poster dedicated to the 8th of March holiday and the text reads: "8th of March is the day of rebellion of the working women against kitchen slavery" and "Down with the oppression and narrow-mindedness of household work!" [Wiki] Who'll make the pancakes then! Women eh, can't like with 'em; can't live without 'em. :-)

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Paul said...

I know it's not politically correct these days but I do like Agitprop posters and propaganda, I actually studied it during my teenage years which was a challenge before the Internet. Went to a talk about Agitprop films in the 1980's and I knew more about it than the young Russian student - cue much eye rolling from Janis!

Span Ows said...

I'm not a professor of the subject - like you (jejeje) but a fan.

At college I had WW2 German army not-quite-equivalent type of thing: Helft uns siegen!


Paul said...

That's a classic poster.

I was really into Russian and Soviet Art at one point, music, cinema, posters, the lot.