Author Archives: Axel Thorer

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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ANIMALS … And Now Poor Harmless Pangolin!

It became endangered. Why? The silly Asians again … THERE IS AN UNPRETENTIOUS MARKET-VILLAGE IN MYANMAR, in the north, close to the Chinese border, called Mong-la. It became the international center of the PANGOLIN trade. June 2016: Customs investigators confiscated in Hong Kong stupefying 4 tons of Pangolin scales, which means: over a 1000 animals … Continue reading »

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MUTINY „Bounty’s“ Never Ending Story …

Now an DNA Slab is flying from Australia to Germany – and back! REMEMBER, when the mutineers of the „Bounty“ fled to Tahiti and Pitcairn, the British admiralty sent the „Pandora“ after them, catching the ones on Tahiti, sailing back to England, being shipwrecked off the Australian peninsula of York with all on board safe … Continue reading »

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ISLANDS Some People Are Really Crazy …

Thousands flock to Paqueta to bury their birds! FOR THE BRAZILIANS IT IS LIKE A WARM SHOWER: Mourners from all over South America flying to the island of Paqueta in the Guanabara Bay of Rio de Janeiro with their dead and frozen birds! Because there on the island lies (allegedly) the only cemetery for birds … Continue reading »

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HOTELS A Wonderful, Lousy Palace …

„The Grand“ in Scarborough is ruined from within – what a shame! THIS HOTEL IS ALMOST UNIQUE IN IT’S SPLENDOUR, this „Britannia Grand“ in Scarborough (East England). It could be one of the greatest hotels on earth – but just read the comments of the 99 % highly disappointed guests! Well, the British never were great … Continue reading »

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HEROES A (Sad) Story Of Glory …

No man ran faster to the summits than Ueli Steck. Now he is dead …He is Swiss, a legendary mountain climber and a unique person in the alpine scene. His aim is to conquer the highest summits in the fastest time – and he indeed holds impressive world records on the Eiger, the Matterhorn and the … Continue reading »

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ANIMALS An Elephant With Four Tusks …?

Yes, I saw this miracle – in New York! THEY DON’T SHOW THIS TROPHY TO EVERYBODY at the headquarter of the Explorers Club in New York. Members (as I am one) are entitled to enter the so called „Trophy Room“, and you might remember that some posts ago I presented you with the pelt of … Continue reading »

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POLITICS No „Comrade“ Nonsense Anymore!

In Zimbabwe they begin to wake up to reality … YOU COULD GO TO PRISON, some years ago, if you forgot to call Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe „Comrade“ face to face. All his compañeros from the struggle for liberation in the 1970s were „Comrades“, or at least „Cmr“ in print. This communist or socialist address … Continue reading »

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MONEY 1 The Old Man’s Useless Banknotes …

How Robert Mugabe invented Zimbabwe’s „Monopoly Money“ … I TOLD YOU IN MY BLOG, REMEMBER: In some parts of Zimbabwe (in the capital Harare and the mining districts) the Chinese currency Yüan is the accepted money.  Because the Chinese are slowly taking over the devastated country of the senile dictator Robert Mugabe, 94, and the … Continue reading »

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MONEY 2 Only Clean Dollar Bills, please!

The strange monetary rules in some countries … I’VE JUST BEEN TO SOUTHERN AFRICA, with a pocket full of US-Dollars (well, as much as I could afford). But I wasn’t able to use all of them, in Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa they would not accept all the banknotes I offered. As readers of my … Continue reading »

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