Collectors Corner

HISTORY The Seal Of The „Fairy-Tale King“!

IF YOUR FIRST OR YOUR FAMILY NAME STARTS WITH AN L, this might be the appropriate present for you! Looking at the picture of what I’m talking bout, I think of Louis Lamour, or a Lawrence Ledbetter, or a Laura Livingston. Or just any name, because to own this thing is pleasure alone – a … Weiterlesen »

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EQUIPMENT The Knife, A Man Has to Have …

I HAVE SEEN SOMETHING LIKE THAT MANY TIMES – but I didn’t realize it!  Because it was too strange to comprehend. A weapon forged with metal of which METEORITES are made? I probably even read the word „Meteorite“ but make the connection with the „Thing from Outer Space“. A knife, dagger or sword made from … Weiterlesen »

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SIGHTSEEING An Amazing Hotspot In Milan!

I’M THE GREA- TEST FAN OF WES AN- DER- SON‚S MOVIE „Grand Buda- pest Hotel“. I can’t get those pictures of the picture out of my head and since I saw them, I’m on the search for places who look like the „Grand Budapest Hotel“. And now the slim director with the shoulder-long hair has … Weiterlesen »

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HISTORY You Want A Field Marshal’s Baton?

THEY EXIST, SINCE THE OLD ROMANS DECORATED THEIR IMPERATORES WITH IT: the Marshal’s Baton. The Prussians manufactured it into art, and the Nazis … – well, they went crazy about them and Hitler gave them to 25 „Generalfeldmarschällen“ and two „Großadmirälen“. Now one of those is offered: The Baton of General Field Marschal Erhard Milch … Weiterlesen »

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ART A Fabulous Look At The Refugee Problem

WHAT A GREAT IDEA! Europe’s problem No 1. expressed in a unique work of art! Created by a Swiss star in certain connoisseur’s circles: Ruth Reiser from Zurich. A boat overloaded with anonymous black  refugees with empty white eyes. In the center a kind of goddess on a red catwalk – a benefactress, the criminal … Weiterlesen »

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COLLECTING Stamps With A Funny Angle …

OH, I LOVE IT! When governments (mostly) were so proud of certain countrymen that they honored them or their deeds with official stamps – and had to pull them back after a while (or destroy what was left of the stock) when it was discovered, that the toothed and glued dignitaries were frauds, flukes or … Weiterlesen »

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NORTH KOREA The Story Of My Postcards …

OF COURSE I DID MY BEST AND KEPT MY PROMISE! Bought typical aggressive postcards – three hands squeezing a US rocket and a GI – and typical aggressive stamps – the communist national flag (exactly the propaganda articles they like to get from this strange country), wrote something the North Korean censors wouldn’t mind (and … Weiterlesen »

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BOOKS The New Theroux Is A Treasure Trove …

THE AMERICAN WRITER PAUL THEROUX (born 1943) is not an easy person, I always had trouble with him, mainly for his snobbish attitu- de. Just remember his outrageous obituary  for my old friend Bruce Chat- win. But I have no trouble with his books, they are good, the earlier ones especially, since Theroux is no … Weiterlesen »

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HOTELS Managements Get Bolder And Bolder …

A WARNING OUT OF THE TREASURE OF MY OWN EXPERIENCE! I booked into the  *** hotel „TURM“ in FRANKFURT. Looks nice, is almost in the city, its gastronomy wins trophy after trophy and rooms are reasonably priced: fro 50 to 150 Euro (or US$ 60 to 170). BUT: You can’t check into your room before 15 … Weiterlesen »

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ART AI WeiWei Is Top, But Du Zhenjun …

WHAT A SMASHING QUARTER, this new Art District in China’s capital! Squeezed into a former industrial complex, with nearly 100 galleries and as many bistros and bars. Ai WeiWei has his workshop there too, with his usual, provocative and hard to understand art, but on the other side of the Street, in THE WHITE GALLERY, … Weiterlesen »

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