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Tagged With: London

EQUIPMENT In Praise Of A Walking Stick

I SAW IT LEANING AGAINST A BAZAAR COUNTER – and it look like nothing! It happened in Yangon which I still prefer to call Rangoon. The bazaar there is just a shadow of past glory but still a place for decent discoveries. Like this walking stick, made of mature bamboo, leaning against a counter. Nothing … Weiterlesen »

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MONEY The Most Expensive Tea Time …

THE „ROYAL CHINA CLUB“ IN LONDON IS A POSH PLACE, INDEED! It’s open to the public (address: 40-42 Baker Street, right in the city), the entrance is pure understatement but once inside – wow, you really feel like being in the Forbidden City of Beijing 150 years ago. And now to the point: You will … Weiterlesen »

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EQUIPMENT This Shop Is Top … (No. )

I know adventurers who wear the same shoes for the last 20 years. Or at least if they leave civilisation which not necessarily is home. The shoes are called „Chelsea“, they come in five versions (the professionals prefer the No. 3), have to be chestnut brown and are handmade by Crockett & Jones in London … Weiterlesen »

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ZAMBIA If You Ever Come To … (No. 67)

If you have time to spare and an admiration for the man who trekked across most of Southern Africa in search of the source of the Nile, the detour to the David Livingstone Memorial is worth a visit. The memorial itself is simply a plaque placed upon the spot where he drew his last breath, … Weiterlesen »

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BUILDINGS Oh, What A Shame! (No. 8)

London is so proud of The Shard, the 309,6 m or 1016 feet high skyscraper, opened in July (2012), just in time for the Olympic Games. The Italian architect Renzo Piano is the mastermind behind this new landmark of 95 floors, looking like an upturned silvery cockroach (that’s why the Londoners baptized it The Shard), … Weiterlesen »

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LONDON The News To Use … (No. 15)

The wax cabinet of Madame Tussaud is in all the travel guide and it’s still worth a visit with the Chamber of Horror (including Hitler) and celebrities like the Beatles, the Beckhams and – the Queen. In the the year of her 60th throne jubilee and shortly before her 86th birthday, Tussaud’s produced an up-to-date … Weiterlesen »

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ENGLAND Lost & Found … (No. 60)

I left London by car, in search of golf courses with acceptable greenfeee (not easy to find!) I came to beautiful Kent and stopped in Gravesend, halfway to the mouth of the Thames river. And there – oh no, not possible but before my eyes – was a monument of the legendary Red Indian Princess … Weiterlesen »

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ROYALS A Conversation Piece … (No. 26)

It is not known exactly, how many servants the Royal Household in Great Britain employs. 2000 is a figure not far from the bull’s eye and for 200 years their uniforms haven’t changed much. In 2011 the English lifestyle company Jaeger was commissioned to re-design them and in the Spring of 2012 unveiled the modernized outfits … 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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CULTURE The Book To Look … (No. 29)

Neil MacGregor has written this enormous book, the director of the British Museum in London. It’s a important volume to learn, to remember, to wonder – and to disagree! „A History of the World in 100 Objects“ shows and explains what really mattered in evolution and development, advancement and significance. Or not? Or maybe? It’s … Weiterlesen »

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