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Wednesday, August 13, 2003
At Home with Hitler, words of waldman's scan of the infamous Homes and Garden article from November 1938, when the magazine got a personal tour of Adolf’s little place in the country: 'It is over ten years since Herr Hitler fixed on the site of his one and only home. It had [original italics] to be close to the Austrian border, barely ten miles from Mozart’s own medieval Salzburg.' It certainly makes the 'Curse of Hello! seem a little tame. A little later we read:

The Führer is his own decorator, designer and furnisher, as well as an architect. He is constantly enlarging the place, building on new guest-annexes, and arranging in these his favourite antiques – chiefly German furniture of the eighteenth century, for which agents in Munich are on the look out.

Related: Diana Moseley, widow of Sir Oswald, leader of the British Union of Fascists, has died. Moseley, who lived in virtual exile in Paris, was one of the last surviving direct links to the Third Reich. Unrepentant to the last, she commented in her last interview that 'Hitler was wonderful in his way' and '[if he walked in to this room] I would be delighted to see him.' Moseley was one of the six remarkable Mitford Sisters (although Lyn Barber is typically acerbic about their collected achievements in this review of Mary Lovell's The Mitford Girls): Nancy, Pam, Diana, Unity, Jessica and Debo.

Of course, Diana wasn’t even the most pro-Nazi of her siblings; that dubious honour went to her sister Unity. This lengthy piece about Jessica ('Decca'), perhaps the most famous (and high achieving) sister, tackles their tragic family history.

Looking for someone to swipe with our light switch or umbrella, we first had to check the legal definition of footpad: 'a thief who preys on pedestrians.' It's a short step to outlaws and highwaymen, a site delving into the stories and folk histories that accompany this shadowy underworld, even spilling out into popular songs. There are fascinating anecdotes and links within, including one to Mysterymag (why, as a cynic, am I drawn to this kind of publication again and again and again?), and the Complete Newgate Calendar, where we learn that our namesake met a nasty end:

At the trial the prisoner exhibited the utmost indifference to his fate, and appeared to entertain no fear for the consequences of his guilt. He maintained his firmness throughout a most feeling address of the learned judge, in which he was sentenced to death, but exhibited some emotion when he was informed that a part of the sentence was that his body should be given over to the surgeons to be dissected.

At half-past eleven o'clock on Monday morning the wretched malefactor ceased to exist, and his body was given to the surgeons of Rochester for dissection.

Elsewhere. The Mostar Bridge is back; the old bridge fell on November 9, 1993. More: I, II / we just missed this exhibition of St Petersburg photographs / a homage to the Jaguar E-Type by Travelers Diagram / you-are-beautiful.com / a mighty test of co-ordination.

Some beautiful photos of smoke at sensitive light, via cup of chica / at home with gadget-king Gizmodo, via gothamist / it's back! the infamous Sound of Hell (see this snopes debunkation, and thanks to Nigel for the link).

How to cross the Uncanny Valley (via Coudal), the tale of a near-as-dammit humanoid robot head / naming your band after an architectural movement is one thing (Bauhaus vs Bauhaus, New Brutalism vs New Brutalism), but after a specific building? Sadly, the mp3s are down at The Barcelona Pavilion's site, so we can't offer up a verdict (but we can heartily recommend the first two). The real (albeit reconstructed) Barcelona Pavilion.

Your dream home from Aladdin - with fine illustrations from the turn of the twentieth century / some very hi-res images of Verner Panton's irrepressible interiors, via NSOP. We like this one (big) / Chrome Waves is currently hosting the Flaming Lips' wonderful version of Neil Young's After the Goldrush. Go get it.