The Critic At Large

ODDITY The Critic At Large … (No. 31)

It 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 – a white emery board in the shape of the … Weiterlesen »

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MONSTERS The Critic At Large … (No. 32)

I mentioned the cruel ruler of the oil rich state of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang (worldwide the most hysterical fan of Marilyn Monroe), before. His country, some islands and a bit on the continent in the knee of Africa, has 676 000 inhabitants only and is as small as Belize in Central America. The dictator … Weiterlesen »

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TOWNS The Critic At Large … (No. 23)

They say you should’t go there. Because it’s the poorest community of the British isle. Nothing is in order, they say, because the town is so underfinanced that not even the traffic lights work – too expensive! I tell you: Jaywick Sands is an idyll on the beach of the British Channel, just 90 km … Weiterlesen »

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POLITICS The Critic At Large … (No. 28)

What a great nation the Iran is! Basically. But in the grip of a nitwit like president Ahmadined- schad it’s on a economic, political and cultural downslide, the people of Iran don’t deserve. The „Barbie Case“ illustrates this very good: The Mullahs banned the internationaly beloved doll in 1996 but coudn’t stop the under-the-counter-sale of … Weiterlesen »

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WINE The Critic At Large … (No. 27)

The experts know of certain wines: Every year more is consumed than  produced! Because those wines are so immensely popular that the amount of grapes can’t fill the bottles the people want. What to do? Paper is patient, as they say, and most drinkers cant distinguish between Burgundy and Sardegna, so crooks print phantasy labels … Weiterlesen »

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MONSTERS The Critic At Large … (No. 24)

A man like him doesn’t deserve a postage stamp. Not even in the tiny South Sea republic of Palau (which was – oh, what a cynical joke – once a German colony). Klaus Barbie, Gestapo chief in France, a hideous torturer and murderer of thousands, called „The Butcher of Lyon“, was cought in Bolivia in … Weiterlesen »

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BIBLE The Critic At Large … (No. 3)

I proudly introduce „Pocas“! It was a popular drink in ancient Rome, made by mixing a few drops of vinegar with water and flavouring herbs. It became an everyday drink for the Roman Legions and the lower classes from around the 2nd century BC, continuing to be used throughout Roman history and into the Byzantine … Weiterlesen »

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The Critic At Large (No. 26)

I’m aware that somebody who wears a pith helmet looks like a planter with slaves. But this traditional, nostalgic and beautiful hat is a paradise in the heat! A shady roof around your head! But when the American troops invaded one country after the other (Cuba, Philippines, Germany, Italy, Panama, Japan, Somalia, Irak, Afgnahistan, just … Weiterlesen »

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MUSEUMS The Critic At Large … (No. 17)

Since the first emperor ascended the throne, the Chinese chase world records: the oldest, the longest, the highest, the noblest, the most … – in these days they claim to have the biggest museum of all times, their National Museum in Beijing (photo above). True – the architects from Hamburg, Gerkan, Marg + Partner, enlarged … Weiterlesen »

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AIRPORTS The Critic At Large … (No. 7)

It’s a breathtaking building, this international Airport 2 in Beijing, a 70 Mio. dollar work bei the British architect Sir Norman Foster. All designers have a boutique there, just name a booming western business or enterprise, it’s there – from Starbuck’s to Bulgari, Chanel, Pommery and BMW. And then you want a book. Yes, there … Weiterlesen »

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