Summer

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Melbourne via Stockholm and Algiers

The Olympics appeared for the first time in the Southern Hemisphere at the 1956 Summer Games in Melbourne, Australia. It was the first Games to take place in two different countries, because Australian quarantine laws prevented equestrian horses from making the trip. Stockholm, Sweden stepped up to host a week of equestrian events. What this […]

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I ❤️ Australia

LW: Honestly, the best part of this blog is researching local baking (and cooking). I have spent a lot of hours looking at pictures of food these past months, and it is awesome. Australia did not disappoint when it came to baking options, though I quickly realized there would be a significant challenge: avoiding coconut. […]

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Summer on the Seine

Ah, Paris in the summertime! The Olympic Games returned to the French capital in 1924. Having previously hosted the second Games in 1900, Paris became the first city to organize the event twice. The Olympic Games in Paris 1924 1924174 MINUTES, BLACK & WHITE, SILENTJean de Rovera Like the Chamonix winter film produced earlier in […]

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Learning by doing (wrong)

We’re back in France (and back on schedule)! After all the holiday travel and baked goods, it was hard to even think about jumping back into the kitchen to cook anything except veggies. And honestly France has been the hardest country to find recipes for, since many require gluten or dairy or nuts, so this […]

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Finally, Risotto!

Once again we’re visiting Italy for the blog, so I had to make one of my favorites: risotto. I make this so often I have my own recipe, so I’ll be posting a full recipe for the first time! It was also time to use up some tahini I had in the fridge, so I […]

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The Dutch Narrative

As discussed last time, there are two official films associated with the 1928 Amsterdam Games. Aside from documenting sporting achievements, together this pair of silent films seems to represent an important split between recording and storytelling in sports documentaries. Until now the genre seemed mostly concerned with archive creation. The Olympic Games, Amsterdam 1928 1928192 […]

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A Less Disastrous Dutch Experiment

There was a lot more success in the kitchen this week, though I set a low bar after the last post…. We have two cookie recipes for you and both were kid (and adult) approved. As in, kids were shoving cookies in their mouths while their parents tried to get them out of our house. […]

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An Amsterdam Marathon

The IX Olympiad in Amsterdam // AMSTERDAM 1928 The IX Olympiad in Amsterdam 1928251 MINUTES, BLACK & WHITE, SILENTDirector unknown This week we’re discussing The IX Olympiad in Amsterdam, the film of the 1928 Amsterdam Olympic Games. This is actually one of two official films produced. Without getting too deep into the details, this film […]