Oh, What A Shame …

ANIMALS … And Now Poor Harmless Pangolin!

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 had to die for this smuggled load alone. I’m … Weiterlesen »

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HOTELS A Wonderful, Lousy Palace …

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 hoteliers, without the assistance of their Asian subjects at the high tide … Weiterlesen »

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MONEY 1 The Old Man’s Useless Banknotes …

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 Yüan is an internationally accepted financing tool. The … Weiterlesen »

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MONEY 2 Only Clean Dollar Bills, please!

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 Blog you are informed about the strange behavior … Weiterlesen »

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FRAUD The Ugly Trick of an Refugee …

LOOK, WHAT A SILLY EMAIL I GOT! I have no idea were these criminals got my correct contact. And isn’t it amazing that an allegedly poor refugee, allegedly stranded in Ouagadougou (Republic of Burkina Faso) has her own email address? And the money to run it? Hissa Razeen seems to be her name, but it … Weiterlesen »

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R.I.P. They Killed Tristan …

TRISTAN VOORSPUY was a real warhorse! A British South-African, a great guy and friend, one of our best in the wilderness, an excellent horseman, fit with all available weapons and one of the bravest I event met. Excerpt from his biography: „Young Tristan Voorspuy drove a motorbike from London to Cape Town. Thus began his … Weiterlesen »

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ANIMALS The Elephant Tragedy, Part 6

IT’S A DRAMA, HAPPENING RIGHT BEFORE OUR EYES, I will follow it closely and tell you from time to time all of the actual stages of the doom of these wonderful animals. Fifth chapter: Let’s visit the Garamba National Park in the (so-called) Democratic Republic of Congo. 160 rangers protect the nation’s last elephants. 13 were … Weiterlesen »

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ANIMALS The Elephant Tragedy, Part 5

YES, PEOPLE TRY TO SAVE ELEPHANTS, DESPERATELY! But it’s in vain, I fear, the poachers and the greedy merchants of death are faster. I just met the former super-model Tatjana Patitz, who with her son joined the „David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust“ in Nairobi. It’s a fine society who cares for orphaned elephants in a sanctuary … Weiterlesen »

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ANIMALS Rest In Peace, Giant Earwig!

I CAN’T IMAGINE MORE THAN THREE PERSONS who rejoiced when they saw one. The St. Helena Giant Earwig (Labidura herculanea in Latin) was a monster, at least 3 1/s inches long, with gripping pliers of incredible 1 1/2 inches – on their behind! Thanks god, he lived on the remote Atlantic island of St. Helena … Weiterlesen »

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ANIMALS The Elephant Tragedy, Part 4

  IT’S A DRAMA, HAPPENING RIGHT BEFORE OUR EYES, I will follow it closely and tell you from time to time all of the actual stages of the doom of these wonderful animals. Fourth chapter: The rough figures – and the sad reality! More than 30 000 elephants are slaughtered annually in Africa, one every 15 minutes. … Weiterlesen »

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