R.I.P. They Killed Tristan …

Folks, what's going on right in the centre of Kenya? Are they crazy?

Voorspuy

That's how we came to respect Tristan ...

TRISTAN VOORSPUY was a real warhorse! A British South-African, a great guy and friend, one of our best in the wilderness, an excellent horseman, fit with all available weapons and one of the bravest I event met. Excerpt from his biography: „Young Tristan Voorspuy drove a motorbike from London to Cape Town. Thus began his love of Africa. He also learnt to fly, and arranged to travel alone to Kenya from England in a single-engine aeroplane, using only a schoolboy atlas.“ Wow, that’s how I knew him! And now he is dead, murdered in what they call „a tribal battleground“. It’s a region called Laikipia, inhabited by the Pokot – who invaded Voorspuy’s ranch „Sosian“ recently with their herds of cattle. Marauders, robbers, killers if necessary. Voorspuy managed to come to an agreement with them, but then something happened which cost his live. Excerpt from a police report:Last weekend, they (the tribal warriors) burnt out the house of one of Tristan’s business partners. He got on his little white stallion Loita and rode off alone to investigate. The horse was found injured. Tristan was later found dead. He had been shot.“ Imagine: The whole region of Laikipia is in uproar, more or less uncontrollable by police and government. Tribes are warring, killing white farmers, burning properties, blocking roads, robbing cars and their passengers. A lawless country, and unfortunately the „Heimat“ of our wonderful Tristan. I’m mourning with all the others …

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SCAMS … And Now Gaddafi’s Daughters!

How to squeeze money out of stupid earthlings, Chapter x

Gaddafi

That's Aisha Gaddafi ...

Gaddafi

… they say it's Hana ...

Gaddafi

… and these are the emails ...

Gaddafi

… I got from the daughters ...

Gaddafi

… or so they claim!

WE HAD THE „NIGERIAN CONNECTION“, showering the world with fake emails, we had so far unknown uncles who died in car crashes (in Spain, in the USA, in Guinea and South Africa) and left us millions and millions (which never existed). Bold scams they were, banking on inborn greed and promising riches after paying considerable sums (some nitwits paid up to US$ 1,2 million) to enable the transfer of the „heritage“. And now we learn about the most stupid, by far the boldest scam: Muammar Gaddafi’s daughters looking for help to save the fortune of the executed dictator and robber baron of Libya! Just look at the email I got yesterday – pure fakes! Or is there anyone out there who thinks these ladies need the assistance of christian unbelievers, unknown to them, being in the company of their clever brothers? And have a closer look: The daughter Aisha, born in 1976 and having been granted political asylum in Oman, doubled!!! Or let’s say: Her name or person was used twice by criminals, not coordinating each others. Ooops!!! And the daughter Hana? She was supposed dead, a one year old baby, in 1986, killed in the revolution which toppled her adoptive father. Later a mysterious source claimed that she was found alive, but where and how? She says she lives under poor circumstances in Burkina Faso, a refugee. Even a picture of the/a 20 year old girl popped up, in a doctor’s or nurse’s white-coat. The greed of the email recipients is fed with enormous sums: Aisha I offers US$ 87,5 million, Aisha II US$ 27,5 million and Hana the poor refugee in Fada N’Gourma, has US$ 5,5 million in her coffers. All three business suggestions are bullshit, naturally. But fun to read …

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BOOKS This One Is Unbelievable …

If you are wise, order „Explorer's Sketchbook“ immediately!

Explorer

That's the book ...

Explorer

… that's one of the pages ...

Esplorer

… and that's an example of the illustrations

I HAVEN’T SEEN A NICER BOOK, published in our days (2016)! 320 pages filled with over 400 illustrations, some never seen before. Taken from the sketchbook of the most famous explorers, adventurers and travel writers of the last 400 years! Title: „Explorer’s Sketchbook“. A large volume, measuring 19,2 x 27 cm or ca, 8 x 10 inches. I browsed it 20 times – and hadn’t really seen all the details. Scott’s last drawing at the Southpole, Miss Merians watercolors of rare birds, astronaut Bean’s space paintings, pages from Chatwin’s diary, Wally Herbert’s arctic scenery in oil … – amazing how talented – and tender – these tough women and men, the explorers of our globe, were with pencil, pen, brush and quill. I this field I never came across anything as beautiful, entertaining and informative. 29.95 pounds are not too much, and there is a equally fabulous German edition.

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WEAPONS Look What a „Harmonica“ …

If you have this pistol, you seem invincible ...

Pistole

Beautiful, deadly and nice to have ...

I FOUND IT IN AN AUCTION CATALOGUE, an „Eight Shooter“, the smallest machine pistol ever produced. The asking price was US$ 2800 or ca. 2500 Euro. Not an unique weapon, the French weapon  smith J. Jarre in Paris manufactured a couple of those strange mini-guns (more like a Derringer) between 1859 and 1870, and the explanation goes like this: „A very rare eight-shot-harmonica-pistol. Unlike the other variations this has a 4 1/2″ barrel with inscribed name. The serial #195 is under the barrel and on the harmonica. The caliber: 7mm pin fore. As fashionable at the time, the iron parts are kept in white. Blackstrap, barrel lug and butt cap engraved, plain ebony grips. The extended trigger is to move the harmonica and cock the hammer.“ The length of the pistol: 12,1 cm or ca. 5 inches. That’s small but nevertheless deadly – and easy to hide! It works but you need a license and you won’t get one …

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HIDEAWAYS There Is One in Arizona …

It's very romantic and not too expensive ...

Hacienda

The Hacienda – looking like a painting ...

Hacienda

… and the romantic evening atmosphere

THE „HACIENDA DEL SOL“ was once – secretly – very popular with Hollywood stars. Katherine Hepburn & Spencer Tracy (both married otherwise) spent amorous week(end)s there and after a certain downslide, this historical hotel was restored and renovated recently and seems now much better than before. The „Hacienda“ was founded in 1929, got 10 rooms/suites only, and from Tucson Airport it takes you 25 minutes by car. It’s part of the surrounding desert, but a subtropical, botanical, blossoming paradise  (just look at the pictures), with a climate only dune landscapes can provide and with room rates, beginning at US$ 279 (my actual enquiry), which are reasonably priced. Email: fdesk@haciandadelsol.com – Phone: 001 520 29 91 501.

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DRINKS What The Hell Is A „Abu Hamed“?

Well, it might be a stupid joke of Jack London, the famous author ...

Abu Hamed

That's the book of Jack London ...

Abu Hamed

… and that's the discussion in an old text

YEAH, MANY PEOPLE KNOW what Abu Hamed is: a dusty town in the Sudan. But how to you mix a drink which is called „Abu Hamed“? What’s the recipe? And what has the town Abu Hamed to do with the drink „Abu Hamed“? Questions over questions, and scores of erudite people have tried to solve the mystery. They found it, like me, in Jack London’s „Southsea Tales“, the drink is served there three times – without any reference or information. Battles were fought in Abu Hamed, in Gordon’s and Kitchener’s times the town had a certain military importance (for the British). But why does an American author export this name of an African town to the islands of the Pacific? London might, as some expert hint, by chance come across a veteran of one of the Abu Hamed battles who became a barkeeper in Apia (Samoa) or Suva (Fiji) in his later days. And who wanted to immortalize his bloody memory by inventing a cocktail for himself and his Southsea customers. Isn’t there any British Methusalem of long forgotten battles, boring himself to death in some pensioners home near Greenwich, who could master his last energy by presenting a recipe for the „Abu Hamed“?

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HOTELS Look At The Stupid Emperor …!

Wilhelm II, Germany's last Kaiser, is celebrated in a *****Hotel

Atlantic

Tourists admiring the emperor ...

 

Atlantic

… and a photo of Wilhelm II

I KNOW, I KNOW, if you inherit a first class hotel and find such a wall deco- ration in the lobby-lounge, you hesitate to destroy it. This one, made of blue tiles (looking like Delft porcelain), might be there an the wall of the legendary and noble „Atlantic“ in the seaport of Hamburg (Germany), in life-size, since the days when the emperor still ruled Germany, which means: before 1918. They kicked him into exile, mainly as the idiot who had started World War I, an amazingly stupid ruler, a ruthless creature who had occupied the throne by far too long. And now, even in 2017, groups of tourists are guided through the lobby and the lounge to admire the emperor there in blue tiles. An antiquity, roughly 100 years old, and since Hamburg is Germany’s most important harbor, Wilhelm II wears a kind of marine uniform. Is there any other hotel on the globe which celebrates a deceased emperor, everybody sneers at? I doubt it …

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ZOOS How Many Animals are Killed Each Year?

Thousands and far too many, but it's probably unavoidable ...

The Lion Logo of the EAZA

WHO’S RIGHT, WHO’S WRONG? I don’t know, I can’t come to a conclusion. Sometimes I think they have to do it, sometimes I think they shouldn’t. To kill old, aggressive and redundant animals in captivity, seems to be necessary – and there is an public uproar only, if 1 The animal has a name, 2 Is therefore well known to the visitors, 3 It is an animals with eyes, lashes and a voice, 4 It is endangered, 5 It is well liked basically as a species. Nobody is shocked when a Zoo kills 20 newborn pythons or a bunch of spiders. But kill a giraffe or a lion, their is an outcry on five continents (like when they killed a giraffe in the Odense Zoo in Denmark). The never call it „kill“, they use the term „cull“, which sounds much softer. But if you dig a little deeper, you will find that just the 321 members of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) cull between 3000 and 5000 animals a year. Necessary? Well, obviously. EAZA members host about 900 giraffes momentarily, mostly females, because they form herds which are more peaceful, age better – and they can reproduce! Inbreeding is a reason for culling, as well as over-population. „Bring them back to Africa“, animal lovers shout; but these Zoo creatures wouldn’t survive a week in the wild! „Swap them with other institutions“; nice idea and it’s done; EAZA has a very able director who organizes the distribution of redundant animals all over Europe and beyond, or let’s they: He tries. It done without a price tag, the receiving Zoo pays for the transport only. So far, so good. But nobody wants, for instance, giraffes. They have too many in captivity, of five subspecies. That’s another problem: Mixing subspecies to create hybrids? No good. And should they send lions, grown up in spacious Safari Park habitats, to a Zoo with small prison cells only? Big problems, but it’s important, I think, that you know about it …

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WILDLIFE The Most Deadly National Park!

Why so many people are killed by animals in an protected area ...

Kaziranga

Looks good – riding elephants on Safari ...

IN

Kaziranga

The emblem of the N. P. ...

Kaziranga

… and the location of Kaziranga

NORTHEASTERN INDIA, IN ASSAM! It’s called KAZIRANGA and naturally you can’t find any information about the deadly dangers lurking in this tiger, elephant and buffalo N. P. Informations would scare tourists away and the authorities depend on as many visitors as possible. I found the information in the monthly bulletin of the „Explorers Club“ (of which I’m a member) and even there it was vague, not stating how many people are killed each year, but when I enquired, I heard the figure of „between 70 and 80“. The victims, all killed by wild animals, are not only tourists, but villagers who live near the park and game wardens as well. The reason for the high risk is obviously the especially wild jungle and swamp character of KAZIRANGA and the missing infrastructure. A fact that’s a blessing for the ecology but makes visiting nerve-cracking. By the way: KAZIRANGA is an old National Park, founded in 1905 by the British and measures 430 sqkm. The location is far off the beaten path, not many people visit here and this means, that the percentage of the killed visitors is far above any National Park standard the world over …

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CURIOSITIES Animals with Trump’s Hairstyle!

Don't say zoologists are too serious to have humour ...

Trump

That's the human original ...

Trump

… that's the moth „Neopalpa donaldtrumpi“ ...

Trump

… because of this hairstyle ...

Trump

… and here comes the „Trumpapillar“!

YES, THE USA GOT A NEW PRESI- DENTDonald J. Trump! The millionaire with the fuzzy blond hairstyle.  And would you believe that he got contem- poraries in the animal world, named after him, because the zoologists discovered that the had the same weird heir do on their heads – and even their bodies?  I found two: „Neopalpa donaldtrumpi“, a moth in California and Mexico. And when insecticist Vazrick Nazari found „Neopalpa“, he saw its yellowish, badly combed coiffe on top of his head and named the nightly butterfly „donaldtrumpi“. The second: In 2012 surfaced the caterpillar of another butterfly, a daylight creature, and it looked like Trump’s curl with legs! Even the color  – a butter-blond – was almost identical. Therefore it got the (unofficial) name „Trumpapillar“. I wanted to show you the two trumpy insects in the month, Donald J. became the 45th president oaf the United States …

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