Author Archives: Axel Thorer

ANIMALS Good-by, Beautiful Monkey!

Less than 30 are left of the Black Crested Gibbon on Hainan … NO CHANCE! The gen pool is too weak with not even 30 animals, this glorious monkey, one of the most beautiful, can’t survive. The Chinese try to save this rare rainforest dweller on their island of Hainan, but on the other hand … Continue reading »

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ART NOUVEAU A (Almost) Forgotten Cafe In Italy

Try to drink an espresso in Udine’s stunning „Contarena“ IT ISN’T MENTIONED IN THE GUIDES, I saw it by chance: the „Caffe Contarena“ in the Via Cavour, 1. Why hasn’t anybody mentioned to me, that Udine in Northneastern Italy houses an Art Nouveau/Art Deco treasure? A public one! An 19th century palace, a modern entrance … Continue reading »

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TRAVELS A Notebook In The Rain …!

I found the one we need so urgently I CONFESS THAT I DISCOVERED IT, while leaving through the wonderful „Explorer’s Sketchbook“ (hailed in another post). There I saw that the British adventurer Ranulph Fienness had used for years a rain- and fully water-proof proof notebook whose binding with rot-proof thread could withstand even dramatic humidity. … Continue reading »

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WILDLIFE Bounty Hunters vs. Poachers?

Experts came up with a Wild West idea … DO YOU WANT TO SAFE BAD HUMANS OR NICE RHINOS? That’s the question in a nutshell. Or the other way round: Set man-killers against animal- killers and pay them generously – or do you want to try to protect wildlife the guaranteed useless, old-fashioned way? I … Continue reading »

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GOLF What A Strange Foursome!

Martin Kaymer wants to play with Merkel, Smith and La Longoria … HE WAS THE WORLD’S NUMBER 1 PLAYER ONCE, in the moment he ranks in the 40s – but he can still win any tournament: the German Martin Kaymer. Asked by the German magazine „Zeit Golfen“ what his personal dream-foursome would be, he gave … Continue reading »

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PEOPLE Who Got The Longest?

The British poet Lord Byron, so it seems … SECRETLY, THE WORLD IS VERY INTERESTED to get the answer to this indecent question. Yes, so it is, don’t deny it! Was it Rasputin, the Sibirean monk, or Don Ameche, the American actor, or Ludwig II, the fairytale king of Bavaria? Few would know for certain. The … Continue reading »

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R.I.P. The Craziest Grave On Earth!

A beloved TV star took his living room – to the cemetery …HIS NAME WAS JOE MAFELA and he was so popular in South Africa, fans would kiss his footsteps. A local hero of TV, an entertainer, singer, writer, producer, model, talkshow host and comedian. Now he is dead, victim with 74 of a frontal car … Continue reading »

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FOOD Ever Heard Of The TRUESCHE?

It’s possibly the best tasting fish, but it’s rare like Caviar …I CONFESS, I DIDN’T KNOW IT! Nobobody I know had any idea that this sweet water delicacy existed so close – in the Swiss Lakes. And that there are still fishermen who go for the TRÜSCHE – and before they catch one, it’s sold … Continue reading »

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ANIMALS Would You Buy Elephant Tusks?

Antique ones are offered all over the world … – not even expensive! I CAN’T MAKE UP MY MIND! Because there are thousands of 100 and more years old elephant tusks in European households, stemming from colonial times. In Britain, Germany, France, Portugal, even Spain and Italy. Beautiful pairs, some 120 cm long and weighing almost … Continue reading »

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DRINKS Five o’clock With Nelson Mandela

Honor the South African legend with four different cups of tea!THERE IS AN SURPRISING, ALMOST SECRET STORY about South Africas first black President: When Nelson Mandela was released from Robben Island after 28 years in prison and was shipped to Capetown, he went missing for over an hour. Where was he? Sipping tea with his … Continue reading »

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