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TRAVEL What a hotspot Angola would be!

But it doesn’t appear on the touristic worldmap. Why not? I ASSURE YOU: ANGOLA HAS EVERYTHING – landscape beauties, beaches, wildlife, the vegetation, the weather, even some infrastructure, mineral wealth, nice people, a European language (Portuguese) – and she is a enormously rich country. And Angola is bigger than South Afrika, Tanzania and Namibia. But the … 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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DANCING The Critic At Large … (No. 15)

No, no, no, Anna Pavlova didn’t dance in a cave in Majorca Anna Pavlova (1881 -1931) was a Russian primaballerina, regarded as one of the finest classical dancers in history and most recognised for the creation of the title rôle „The Dying Swan“. With her own company she became the first ballerina to tour around … Continue reading »

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TRAVEL The Critic At Large … (No. 6)

The problem with travel guides is – they are like swimmingpoolsEach travel guide is a copy of another travel guide, some are impertinent plagiarisms, some clever adaptions. Paul Theroux is absolutely right when he asserts: „No travel guide without errors!“ Another problem is: Travel guides have to be serviced, like cars or swimmingpools. Because the … Continue reading »

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SHOPPING The Critic At Large … (No. 13)

Do we really need luxury boutiques everywhere? No!It’s so silly! Dubai, Singapore, Palm Beach, Mauritius, St-Barth, Olbia, Gstaad, Kitzbühel, Lech – you find branches of Cartier, Chanel, Vuitton, Valentino and the likes in all touristic hotspots. At home anyway. Posh shops filled with the same expensive fashion software around the globe. Uniformity on the highest … Continue reading »

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ANIMALS The Critic At Large … (No. 25)

Is it really fun to shoot lion, leopard and zebra? Definitely not!I confess, as a game warden I’m biased. I fully understand the lure of the wild, the exitement of hunting. But for meat, in self-defence or in a case of emergency only. I’ve shot many animals in Africe but never for the trophy or … Continue reading »

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TREES The Critic At Large … (No. 29)

We are using too much incense, the incense trees are dying Incense is tapped from the bark of the Boswellia tree in Somalia and Yemen (mainly). They slash the bark, the tree bleeds the raisin – and tapped trees produce seeds that germinate at only 16 %. In other words: The church and the parfume … Continue reading »

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DRINKS The Critic At Large … (No. 34)

Champagne for 199 000 $? Two nitwits ordered and drank itHhmm, that’s a lot of liquid: 6,599 gallons are 30 Liter! And the bottle shins golden. The perly drink is good and they say, it’s the best champagne in the world! Nevertheless, to order such a bottle is purest propaganda for communism. There are very good … Continue reading »

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MONSTERS The Critic At Large … (No. 33)

Sir Robert, the hell is expecting you, don’t let the devil wait! Sir or Comrade Robert Mugabe (as he is called beside the fact, that the Queen has declared the Sir void) is the hero of independence in Zimbabwe. But he became a bad president. He and his clan robbed the once rich country blind … Continue reading »

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ODDITY The Critic At Large … (No. 31)

When a mayor gives you an emery board, you start broodingIt was in Natchez (Mississippi) some years ago. But that doesn’t matter. It might still happen in this Southern Belle. When I came to pay my respect to Mayor Tony Byrne in his fabulous Antebellum Villa, I got iced tea, a plate of cookies and … Continue reading »

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