Author Archives: Axel Thorer

HOTSPOTS The Stalowa in Warsaw …

I say: Go there! Some say: Oh no, it’s bloody dangerous!! THE STALOWA IS NOT A SMALL STREET IN POLAND’S CAPITAL. It was an ugly thing in communist times, the center of the steel district (stalow = steel). But – the Germans didn’t destroy the Stalowa in World War II, therefore Roman Polanski filmed „The … Continue reading »

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TRAVEL What a hotspot Angola would be!

But it doesn’t appear on the touristic worldmap. Why not? I ASSURE YOU: ANGOLA HAS EVERYTHING – landscape beauties, beaches, wildlife, the vegetation, the weather, even some infrastructure, mineral wealth, nice people, a European language (Portuguese) – and she is a enormously rich country. And Angola is bigger than South Afrika, Tanzania and Namibia. But the … Continue reading »

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MONEY Absolutely, definitely worthless …

… but very beautiful: The Somaliland Shilling! YES, YOU KNOW, THAT I GOT A KNACK FOR STRANGE BANKNOTES … – and the one I’m showing you here, is the strangest of all. Because it was issued by the government of a country, SOMALILAND, which doesn’t exist (officially). Is not recognized by any other state. But … Continue reading »

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ARCHITECTURE The ingenious Italians …

Look, what I discovered on Udine’s rooftops! EVERYBODY WANTS A PENTHOUSE, YES? Or a roof terrace! Isn’t it so? But you can’t have it if the house is a 100 years old (or older), got 3 or 4 or 5 floors, the usual tile-covered roof and the high exits of the chimneys on top. End … Continue reading »

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ADVENTURE They Swim Across The Pacific …

5500 miles, 8 hours/day, 180 days – from Tokyo to San Francisco! CAN YOU IMAGINE? NO, NOBODY CAN – a group of He-Men, not one a professional or Olympic swimmer, accompanied by a vessel, crossing the mightiest ocean, in the water, by muscle power alone! The boss of the team, Ben Lecomte, is (unbelievable!) a … Continue reading »

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WILDLIFE A Country Counts The Killers

A strange thing took place in Botswana …IT HAPPENED IN THE PARLIAMENT, in the spring of 2017, in the capital of Gaborone, when the Minister of Wildlife, Tshekedi Khama (the brother of the president, by the way), had to answer this question: „How many of our animals were poached between 2014 and 2017?“ And Khama … Continue reading »

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BOOKS A Modern One For US$ 62 500 – Why?

… because it’s a special edition of Lawrence of Arabia’s main work! IT WAS AUCTIONED AT SWANN’s IN NEW YORK in May (2017) and even the estimate was stunning: US$ 50 000 to 75 000. Not bad for a book which was published in 1926, not 100 years ago: T. E. Lawrence’s „The Seven pillars … Continue reading »

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TRAVEL Just A Quick Advice …

… if you want to see Udine, Trieste and the region I KNOW, TOURIST CARDS“ ARE COMMON ALL OVER THE WORLD. Many cities and regions issue them. But what convinced me of the value of the „Friuli Venezia Giulia Card“ (look at the map of this part of Italy), was its diversity: You can buy … Continue reading »

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PUBS Hey, You Love Beer Mats …?

Then „The Edgar Wallace“ in London is the place for you! WALLPAPER, PAINT OR PICTURES? They don’t need that in „The Edgar Wallace“ in London, address: Essex Street No. 40/Devereux Place. Because the landlord assembled a vast collection of beer mats/coasters and displays them in his pub. Hundreds, I would say, maybe more than a … Continue reading »

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POLITICS Let’s Phone the Minister …

Look, what I discovered in Botswana! I CAN’T IMAGINE ANY OTHER GOVERNMENT AROUND THE GLOBE, who would dare to do something like that! To publish an advertisement in the paper with the largest circulation, announcing 1. the date, 2. the hour and 3. the phone numbers to all citizens, so they can call the  18 … Continue reading »

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