Lost & Found

Are There Still Inka left?

AFTER THE DEVASTATING VISIT OF THE SPANIARDS – and especially the Catholic Church, they disappeared. But in 1955 some descendants of the Inka were discovered by an ethnological expedition near Cuzco in the province of Paucartambo. Their villages are situated as high up as 4700 meters, that’s the main reason why they managed to hide … Weiterlesen »

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The „Astoria“ will be back!

ONCE IT WAS THE HOTBED OF THE INTER- NATIO- NAL VIPs – even Enrico Caruso slept hier! Opened in 1915, the „Astoria“ stands close to the equally famous train station, both being fine examples of Imperial architecture and representing in splendor the former wealth of this Saxonian town. But the State ownership during the socialist … Weiterlesen »

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We Are Underestimating Elevator Doors …

I WAS REMINDED OF THE MISTAKE WE ALL MAKE by a page in „The New Yorker“ (shown here). The American artist Julia Rothman had 6 elevator doors, all in famous buildings of New York, beautifully painted and the readers were asked, to recognize them (some difficult, some easy). But the essence of this page was: … Weiterlesen »

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ANIMALS Lost & Found …

I had never seen a dog like that: It was barking from a rich lady’s handbag in Antananarivo, the capital of the island of Madagascar, and when I ask her what this was, she said: „Coton de Tulear“. It sounded like „Cochon“ and  „Fuck off!“ to me, so I left. But she was right: The … Weiterlesen »

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MUTINY „Bounty’s“ Never Ending Story …

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 but three. Those couldn’t get rid of their chains fast enough and the … Weiterlesen »

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ANIMALS An Elephant With Four Tusks …?

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 a man-eating tigress from India from the same cabinet. … Weiterlesen »

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DRINKS What The Hell Is A „Abu Hamed“?

YEAH, MANY PEOPLE KNOW what Abu Hamed is: a dusty town in the Sudan. But how to you mix a drink which is called „Abu Hamed“? What’s the recipe? And what has the town Abu Hamed to do with the drink „Abu Hamed“? Questions over questions, and scores of erudite people have tried to solve … Weiterlesen »

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THE OCEANS ARE FULL …

IT’S ONLY A MILD ESTIMATE, but the Unesco reckons, that there are 3 millions of them! Counted only those of which a certain amount of remains can be found – the world map, I show here, gives you an impression where they are to be found. From the times, when the Phoenecians roamed the oceans … Weiterlesen »

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SECRETS This One Nobody Has Ever Seen!

YES, MAN HAS CON- QUE- RED EARTH, there are no white spots left, maybe some undiscovered caves exist and the bottom of the Seven Seas isn’t‘ explored totally either. But a mammal which no living person has ever even seen alive? An animal which was never caught alive, not even by a camera? In more … Weiterlesen »

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BARS A Holy Place Has Risen from Ruins

NEVER MISS THIS WATERING HOLE WHEN IN BERLIN! Just hear it’s story: Opened in 1893 and never closed until 2014. Which means: This „Bierstube“ survived the German Empire, the devastating „Inflation“, the Depression, the Nazis and the East German socialist experiment. A splendid history of 121 years. If I would name the famous boozers, their names … Weiterlesen »

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