FOOD: No, the Poles invented it …

That’s how it looks …

… and the Ryanair offer

NOT THE FRENCH OR THE AMERICANS! The foot-long, open-face Baguette, covered with amazing delicacies, toasted and served in two halves was founded ages ago in Warsaw. They call it „Zapiekanka“ and the traditional one is with cheese, mushrooms and ketchup. But there are further variations with ham (or other meats), vegetable, pineapple, olives and Feta. I love the „Whatever Zapiekanka“, covered with what is at hand in the moment (but definitely with cheese and mushrooms). And you know what? Ryanair, the cheap carrier from Ireland, offers the speciality on board their flight to and from Poland! In two styles, with cheese, ham or mushrooms, weighing 185 and 175 grams, for 5 Euro = ca. US-$ 6! The suitable drink? „Piwo“ of course, a cold beer …

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Reasons To Own Gold

How To Get Gold For Free?

When buying gold, you want to make sure the purchase is backed by a stable and trustworthy source of gold. Many people choose to mine gold themselves, because of the high effort required, and the small profits made at the end of the mining process. While it is absolutely true that mining gold can be labor intensive, it is also safe and inexpensive. Mining is done with buckets, rocks, buckets, buckets, and buckets of water. The stones are cut, picked out, washed, and pushed into the pits by hand.

By purchasing gold as a long-term investment, you will enjoy solid returns for years to come. If you want to purchase gold and wait for a good price, the value of gold can fluctuate greatly. Though sometimes the value of gold will decline as a result of economic recessions. However, gold and its value is something that must be constantly considered if you’re looking to purchase gold for future enjoyment or profits. While this article discusses a relatively safe investment that can provide the promise of long-term profits, the gold you buy as a gift is a potentially risky investment. This is because of the fact that gold has not always been the world’s favorite commodity. Until very recently, it has been seen as a plaything of the elite, but it also has been used by pirates, con men, and drug dealers for its primary purpose: being an easy and convenient means of exchange. One of the primary reasons that people purchase gold for their homes is for its safety and security. Although silver can be used to make many of the same accessories that gold can, it is a much more desirable metal. Because it does not tarnish, it can be used to make jewelry or as collateral. Actually rosland capital has a firm customer base that has only inclined as the firm always make sure to bring beneficiary options for their customers to invest in precious metals.

It can also be used to coin money, or other monetary instruments. why investing in gold? This is a fantastic investment opportunity for people who know what they are doing. Because it is a form of stable wealth, it is an investment that is usually guaranteed by the state or some other entity. Furthermore, silver can be much more expensive than gold, and therefore harder to obtain. As a result, it is easier to gain ownership of gold if you can afford it. Also, gold is not necessary for security, and when it becomes necessary to hold a gold asset, the idea of putting it in a bank account is an attractive proposition. Currently, there are more than 60 countries that accept the US Dollar as legal tender. Despite its advantages, the US dollar is a flawed currency that is prone to inflation. This is partly because it is accepted at many different banks, which raises the price of gold. The rest of the problem is the US government, which fails to effectively manage its gold reserves, in addition to trying to circumvent the gold standard by printing and selling dollars. According to Raremetalblog.com buyback policies can be a bit intimidating when you have no idea how much of a difference a change in price really is. As gold prices are affected by the rest of the world’s currencies, it is imperative to be able to get value for your gold without paying unfair prices for it.

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Wow, there is a new record …

That’s the one …

… and that’s the offer!

UNBELIEVABLE! I report from time to time the development of the value of hotel luggage labels. So far US$ 1000 was a unsurmountable barrier – as an asking price! I was never aware that any collector bought at this price. But today (March 9, 2019) a very trustworthy dealer in Berlin, offering the best labels which are on the market worldwide, broke the barrier: Wirth the label of the Hotel „Gonnet“ in Cannes (France) – asking for 1889.00 Euro! Well, it’s a beauty from the first half of the 20th century, the hotel had a telephone number with 3 digits only (!), but the label is by no means especially rare or from the 19th century, the age of the truly valuable luggage labels. I wonder if the dealer will be successful – and I deeply regret, that this expensive label is not in my collection (so far) …

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Beautiful Books by the Kilo …?

Look at the yellow sign, hanging from the ceiling …

IT LOOKS LIKE IT! My good friend Jürgen just sent me this picture from Delhi, capital of India. He did there what he likes best – browsing the many fabulous bookstores. And than, one morning, he saw this yellow, red and black announcement, hanging from the ceiling and advertising Coffee Table Books for 250 Rupees per K – K meaning Kilo or roughly two pounds. 250 Rupees are circa US$ 3,50 or 3 Euros. But Coffee Table Books are heavy, one can easily weigh 1 kilo. Therefore the offer sounds too good to be true, but is a refined literary trick: If you happen to pick a volume of 3 kilos, the dealer will charge US$ 10,50 or 9 Euros! But nevertheless, it’s an interesting development: Books sold from the scale …

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I discovered the most expensive banknote!

The front …

The offer on eBay

… and the back

YOU DON’T BELIEVE ME? Have a look at the pictures: The front and the back of the 10 Dollar in the paper money of Mongolia! Printed in 1920 in the short-lived dictatorship of the German-Russian nobleman Roman Ungern-von Sternberg, called „The Bloody White Baron“. That’s why the 14 750 banknotes which were produced (only) on simple machines with blocks of rough woodcuts, were called „Barons“. Not even 10 of the 10 Dollar notes have survived, and that’s why a dealer in Los Angeles asks for US$ 200 000 or 176 655 Euros for the only one which has so far not disappeared in any collection (plus a couple of hundred dollars for shipping). I know that there are banknotes of US$ 10 000 or even US$ 100 000, but they are still „real“ money, worth the face value; but the Mongolian money is worthless, just a piece of printed paper – but a extremely rare collectors item. Still, I doubt very much, that the guy in L.A. will be able to sell the piece …

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Ever seen the rarest car plate?

A car of a happy man …

… having one of those!

I SAW IT YESTERDAY, on the Spanish island of Mallorca! A huge black Porsche Convertible had it, parked in the harbor town of Portocolom: The license very very rare plate of the PRINCIPAT D’ANDORRA. A tiny but independent state between France and Spain, high up in the Pyrenees mountains. A country a bit larger than Barbados, with 78 000 inhabitants only. But one of the most sought after tax havens, a true paradise for the brutally rich, and no passport is harder to get than the Andorran one (more or less impossible, if you don’t bring at least 20 million in cash). The dwarf republic ist ruled jointly by France and the Spanish bishop of Urgel, a town in Catalonia, and is plastered with banks, hotels and shopping centers. And if you see somebody with the license plates I show you here, you know that you see the car of a member of the most exclusive club of the very few happy ones …

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A cocktail to hear the angels sing …

Wodka …

… Champagne foam …

... Rose liqueur …

… Cardamom …

… and Pomegranate

IT’S CALLED „THE SCENT OF THE GODS“, probably after the novel by Singapore-born writer Fiona Cheong with the same title, first published in 1991. It’s a rare drink, not offered in many bars and unknown to 99 % of the barmen. And I can’t give you the recipe because it’s secret. But I will name the five ingredients and than you have to experiment an bit on a Wodka base. Four ingredients are unusual and they make „The Scent of the Gods“ unique in two ways: the taste and that it has never been mixed before! They are Rose liqueur, Pomegranate, Cardamom and Champagne foam. The cocktail is a creation of the 21st century and it tastes like … – what shall I say: The emotional kiss of a Burmese virgin, or the Nirwana garden, brought to earth! A hint: These four unusual ingredients are so strong, that you mustn’t hold back with the Wodka!

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FITNESS for the HIGH SOCIETY …

… JUST FOLLOW THE EXERCISES IN THE ILLUSTRATION. Do you recognize it? A person doing three movements, easy to execute and possible wherever you are without any machine. But is it really a person? Look closer – no, it’s an old fashioned corkscrew, stretching and lifting its arms! What a great idea of an unknown designer. And so useful: You follow the three routines, at least a dozen times, and you will be fit like a sneaker. And loose some more calories by laughing heartily about the illustration …

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Isn’t that funny …

The speeding ticket …

... and „my“ street

… I THINK SO! Just imagine: A – by the way, incredibly attractive – friend of mine has sent my a traffic ticket because she was flashed for speeding in a village south of Munich in Bavaria (Germany). I was tempted to pay the fine for her – and you know why? She was caught in a street bearing my name!!! In the Thorerstraße!!! Named after my family since we once owned the beautiful castle in this village, Eurasburg, lived there from the 12th to the 19th century and then my great-grandfather sold it. The friend wrote: „What a beginning of 2019! Having an encounter with the police in a street with your name!“ Happy New Year, beautiful Christiane!

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Not Just Arabian Oil & Gas …

Some pieces of porcelain …

… and the surprise!

I SAT IN A RESTAU- RANT ON THE IS- LAND OF MAJORCA, turned my (empty) plate and got a surprise: It came from U. A. E. and said: „Make sure it’s RAK“. Good heavens, could it really by, that this china originated in the United Arab Emirates? And what is RAK? It’s the tiny sheikdom Ras al-Khaimah, the northernmost part of the U. A. E., which has no oil, nor gas. It has nothing except vast stretches of sand dunes, a bit of beach along the Arabian Gulf and a dynasty of dictators who rules the country for the last 310 years (!). And the present ruler, Sheikh Saud bin Saqr al-Qasimi, had an idea: We produce the china for the Arabic/Islamic world! And he succeeded so much, that an restaurant on the island of Majorca served my lunch on his plates and the coffee in his cups! Salam aleikum …

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