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Tagged With: Axel Thorer

I Got My Own Stamps Now …

  IS IT AN EXAGGERATED EGO-TRIP? Or an excusable vanity? Well, the German postmaster made in possible and I jump onto the occasion: My own stamps! It’s so easy: Three clicks and you got them. Just get the pictures ready – and you are (on) an official stamp! I decided on six motives, me in … Weiterlesen »

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HOTELS The Nice Advice …

Where the country (almost) ends, there lies a paradise. Around 1900 it was the farmhouse of the German brothers, now it is the „Canyon Lodge“ not far from one of the wonders of the world, Namibia’s Fish River Canyon, Africa’s answer to the Grand Canyon. Nearby and clustered around a rock formation lie some 25 … Weiterlesen »

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LIFE Let’s Get Personal … (No. 10)

Once it was the hype of the family & friends evenings. One playerd „Trivila Pursuit“ and checked out the intelligence and common knowledge of the players in sections like Sport, Culture, Politics and Animal World. Most questions answered? Winner! But what is „common knowledge“? Good question, impossible to answer. And when I bought a „Trivial … Weiterlesen »

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BIOGRAPHY Let’s Get Personal … (No. 12)

It was 1957, I was 17 years old, a tall boy with golden hair and the looks of a German warrior. That’s what I tell myself. True is that a film director was looking for extras, came to the Gymnasium in Tegernsee (Bavaria) and picked me. I had to ask the school to do without … Weiterlesen »

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CLUBS Let‘s Get Personal … (No. 14)

It is the Club of the astronauts and deepsea divers, the speleologists and tribal explorers, the people on the glaciers, in the jungles and of the mountains. You have to have two celebrities to recommend you and then you have to tell the president why he should grant you the membership. In my case Heinrich … 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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MUSIC Let’s Get Personal … (No. 9)

If you check out museums and auction catalogues the famous composer Ludwig van Beethoven must be buried 1827 with hardly a hair on his head. Dozens of ringlets, maybe hundreds, must have been cut from his gorgeous mane when he lie in state in Vienna – so it seems, and every year a new strand … Weiterlesen »

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STREETS I Got a Strange Message … (No. 2)

Somebody sent me a cut-out from the „Allgemeine Zeitung“, the German newspaper in Namibia. Four cars had collided „exactly at high noon“ at the corner of Thorerstraße and Robert Mugabe Avenue in Windhoek. No casualties obviously but a lot of damage and the examplary headline: „Böses Ende nach überhöhter Geschwindigkeit“ – bad end after speeding! … Weiterlesen »

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ANCESTORS Let’s Get Personal … (No. 5)

This is a treasured painting in my family and has a funny title: „Grandfather Theodor in the company of his suppliers“. He is the one in the three piece suit and hat, naturally. The „Suppliers“ were turbans and cloaks. The location might be Herat in Afghanistan. The year 1895. Grandfather did something revolutionary: He bought … Weiterlesen »

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SURVIVAL In Praise Of … Your Finger (No. 7)

Tony Moore, the Hollywood star of the bush trackers, told me the trick. Alone I would never had the idea to stretch my index finger and drill into a ball of elephant shit. But it’s true: From the temperature inside you can read how far the animal wandered since it lost the „gumpu“ (that’s how … Weiterlesen »

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