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ANIMALS Good-by, Beautiful Monkey!

NO CHANCE! The gen pool is too weak with not even 30 animals, this glorious monkey, one of the most beautiful, can’t survive. The Chinese try to save this rare rainforest dweller on their island of Hainan, but on the other hand Hainan is rapidly and recklessly developed into the Chinese riviera, an ideal hotspot … Weiterlesen »

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BOOKS The New Theroux Is A Treasure Trove …

THE AMERICAN WRITER PAUL THEROUX (born 1943) is not an easy person, I always had trouble with him, mainly for his snobbish attitu- de. Just remember his outrageous obituary  for my old friend Bruce Chat- win. But I have no trouble with his books, they are good, the earlier ones especially, since Theroux is no … Weiterlesen »

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TRAVEL The News To Use – Albania’s Riviera (No. 2)

The region begins south of Llogara National Park, runs along the Ionian Sea, continues down through the villages of Borsh, Himara, Qeparo, Piqeras, and ends at Tongo Island – more or less opposite the Greek island of Corfu. This so far unknown Riviera features white sand (or small pebble) beaches, a turquoise, crystal clear sea, … Weiterlesen »

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CHURCH In (papal) Praise of … Anagni (No. 17)

It’s quite a big city, this Anagni (spoken „Anan-yi“), with roughly 21 000 inhabitants. But does anybody out there know her? And why? Because it is the only place on earth where four popes were born – and others were the centre of weird stories, all happening within the walls of this town, not for … Weiterlesen »

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TRAVEL Lost & Found … (No. 28)

Nothing special, really. I found the worn and battered postcard in a barn sale along the road from New York to Atlantic City. It cost 10 Cents, not much, and I liked the poem. So simple, the rhyme hurts but there are millions of travellers since the Apostle Paulus went on his way from Tyros … Weiterlesen »

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RIVERS The Nice Advice … (No. 49)

My friend Carlos (Probst) had the idea: Take an old Amazon steamer, one of those „Fitzcarraldo Boats“, restore it to rubber boom splendour, add modern luxury and cruise the river system of the Rio Negro and the Salimoes, which end up to be the Amazon. Carlos calls his fleet „Amazonas Clippers“, that sounds good, and … Weiterlesen »

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ART Lost & Found … (No. 27)

It was given to me by a Spanish goverment official, they had ordered sacks full to advertise the tourist industry. The famous painter Joan Miro (1893- 1983) created the national logo of Spain and gave the permission to use it on golfballs (and some other PR tools). Which was ridiculous because who would dare to … Weiterlesen »

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TOURISM The Critic At Large … (No. 1)

Mi amigo Pablo just came back from one of the new fashionable island in the North Atoll. He told me, it was terrible. „Too many Russians in groups fighting with too many Chinese in groups – for the restaurant tables, the best beaches, the excursions and the simple right of way.“ The rest of the … Weiterlesen »

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