The Critic At Large

Ever Heard Of Dimitri Berea?

I FOUND THE OFFER ON EBAY – and couldn’t believe my eyes: US$ 22 000 for a not so good painting by an obscure artist, plus US$ 195 for the shipping! A Romanian called Dimitri Berea did it, named it „Palma de Mallorca“ and while he lived (from 1908 to 1975) could only dream of … Weiterlesen »

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TRAVEL What a hotspot Angola would be!

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 president and his family is robbing Angola blind. The capital, … 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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DANCING The Critic At Large … (No. 15)

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 the world. So far to the facts. But on eBay I discovered … Weiterlesen »

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TRAVEL The Critic At Large … (No. 6)

Each 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 world changes, and the tourist destinations very fast. Take the … Weiterlesen »

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SHOPPING The Critic At Large … (No. 13)

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 level. In the best locations, killing the … Weiterlesen »

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ANIMALS The Critic At Large … (No. 25)

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 to have something to tell. I find it shocking that the … Weiterlesen »

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TREES The Critic At Large … (No. 29)

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 industry need so much incense that the trees don’t reproduce and … Weiterlesen »

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DRINKS The Critic At Large … (No. 34)

Hhmm, 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 champagnes for 30 $ or 23 Euro. Even less. Or … Weiterlesen »

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MONSTERS The Critic At Large … (No. 33)

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 and became billionaires. It’s long since the freedom fighter had a heart … Weiterlesen »

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