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ART Interesting People along The Way … (No. 11)

Well, I admit, Ann is my daughter. A writer, a journalist, an editor-in-chief of various magazines in Germany. But she paints – and how! She portraited her brother, friends, our dogs and me. And I think a portrait is much more difficult than a picture. Painting landscapes might be a hobby, painting people is always … Weiterlesen »

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FLOWERS Let’s Get Personal … (No. 11)

It was in April 1976, I won the then highly popular German TV show „Das laufende Band“ and the first prize was a small piece of immortality: The Dutch showmaster Rudi Carrell had convinced the Society of Tulip Growers in the Netherlands to name a tulip after me. More so: I was able to choose … Weiterlesen »

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FAMILY Let’s Get Personal … (No. 3)

What coloured my childhood, was this old black & white photo from 1939, the year I was born: Kap Holm in the Tanganyika Territory, my fathers farm in what’s Tanzania today. Obviously in a hilly region, but where? I found it in the Usambara mountains, in the hinterland of Tanga, my birthplace. 2 1/2 hours … Weiterlesen »

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STARSTYLE The Nice Advice … (No. 18)

This famous Hollywood star is a living beauty and one can assume that no man on earth did more for his body than he. The last time I met George Hamilton was on the sylvan path between hole 8 and 9 of the Beuerberg Golf Club in southern Bavaria (of all places!) and I asked … Weiterlesen »

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SPORTS Moments You Never Forget … (No. 10)

I was playing with my old Namibian friend Nicky (on the left) in the Windhoek Golf Club, when we came to a tee with a warning: We were asked not to swing the driver while an airplanes tries to land on the other side of the fence! Do they really fly so low? We hadn’t … Weiterlesen »

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TAILORS If You Ever Come To … Mombasa (No. 7)

Incredible! When I went to this famous tailor in Mombasa to have my first safari suit made and told them my name, the senior fetched an antique customer book, almost eaten by termites and old age, leafed trough the pages and showed me my father’s name and number: Harald Thorer – # 462. He had … Weiterlesen »

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FRIENDS Let’s Get Personal … (No. 6)

Peter Ustinov always had a pen with a porcelain tip (bought exclusively in a shop in Rome) and some paper leafs in his pocket, when he went to a party. In case of being bored. From time to time I was allowed to accompany him, experienced his boredom – and was the subject of his … Weiterlesen »

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ODDITY Let’s Get Personal … (No. 7)

There is nothing but dunes and stony hills. Bare country Namibia. Hot and dry. Hardly a green spot. And then you drive around a corner – and there it is: Duwisib Castle. Some of you, I’m sure, have seen it. A granduncle of mine, the crazy imperial officer Hansheinrich von Wolff, built it in 1908. … Weiterlesen »

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FRIENDS Interesting People Along the Way (No. 9)

He is dead now, this giant of a man and actor: Leon Askin. Immortal as the randy Russian functionary in Billy Wilder’s „1,2,3“ and as Nazi General Burghalter in TV’s evergreen „Hogan’s Heroes“. He, a jew, playing a SS bully with charm and humour and this took the cynicisme out of his uniform. His much … Weiterlesen »

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SHIPS Let’s Get Personal … (No. 1)

It was just by chance: I googled through the „wasteland of nothing special“ and discovered the list. It was enormous what the „Titanic“ had on board, from cars to machinery parts, from barrels of wine to crates of oil paintings, from boxes of rabbit hair to bundles of cheese. And there, on position no. 2, … Weiterlesen »

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