On March 8 of this year, the annual edition of Gala Nocturna, a Gothic Fantasy gala event of international fame, is held yet again in Antwerp, Belgium.
After the venues Chapel of Althena in Kontich and the St-Antonius church in the Antwerp old town, this year’s location is the Marble hall of the Antwerp Zoo, a beautiful art nouveau structure right next to Antwerp Central station.
This year’s theme is La Belle et la Bête, and yes, the dresscode IS very strict but first time visitors are allowed formal evening wear, so in no case you should let the dresscode scare you.
And even with offbrand evening wear and accessories from budget stores or etsy sellers, you should be able to make an amazing outfit that doesn’t break the bank but still works perfectly for this event. The organisation has put up a moodboard for those seeking inspiration.
You can wear steampunk of the aristocratic persuasions of course, and I do look forward to seeing steampunks owning the theme on the grand night!
Tickets are at the moment that I write this € 45 per person (they were € 40 at the start of ticket sales, so get them whilst they can as it will very likely get more expensive and/or sell out).
If you want to go to a Gala event in Europe that centers around historical dance and grand gestures, this one is definitely one to look into.
Our fifth Nerf gun review is the Jolt.
It’s the smallest gun in the Nerf armoury at this point, and comes in various forms. Some slightly bigger than others, but it remains a tiny gun. Size not withstanding, this is a great, fun little blaster that is good for many hours of entertainment.
It’s also very cheap, I’ve bought N-strike Jolts for less than € 4 in the past, and it’s one of my favourite models to mod because due to it’s size it’s a mod that doesn’t take chunks out of literally several days, but it still has enough detail to it for people to be able to make each model original and different from the other. If you sit down and work through on it, you can probably do it in 3 to 4 hours tops start to finish with pauses for paint drying and breaks.
It’s a great gun for people that want to carry a sidearm that is small and compact and thus easy to incorporate in an outfit or carry in a bag or on a belt. Continue reading
Dieselpunk fans will likely be familiar with the 2012 movie Iron Sky which shows how a group of German Nazis fled to the Moon after Hitler’s defeat in 1945 and return to Earth with UFOs and huge zeppelin-like spaceship.
Not all might be aware that the fantasy of a German moon base preceded this hilarious film.
The theory is only slightly more outlandish than that of the Nazi base in Antarctica. Best we can tell, it started with a Bulgarian engineer named Vladimir Terziski who bills himself as the president of an “American Academy of Dissident Sciences.” Terziski claims that with their advanced rocket technology, the Nazis were able to launch a Moon mission in the early 1940s. They were able to set up shop there because, contrary what you were told in school, the Moon actually has a comfortable atmosphere that makes vegetation possible. No spacesuits required!
The American 1969 moon landing was therefore staged and also to prevent the rest of the world from learning about the conspiracy. And, of course, the Kennedy assassination was all tied up in this.
Terziski couldn’t tell, though, why these Space-Nazis, with all their secret advanced technology and gear, still lost the war at home. But he tells a nice story. Continue reading