Everyone who knows me also knows about my somewhat ambivalent opinion about hunting animals. Like the care of plants, the care of animals living outside is also necessary. That means I do not reject hunting per se. But if I see someone shooting at wild pigeons with 70 grams of bulkhead and carrying a "flag" of pastis, wine or other liquor in front of him, it is the end of fun.
There are quite a few dog owners in the UK or Germany who occasionally travel with their campervan in France in the off-season. The hunting season has now started since Sunday and there are some things that are better to be considered. The most important equipment is one of these fluorescent vests RED. But also for the hikers among you such a cheap one is very useful, even if it is not a Level IV Kevlar vest 😎
I have made the details available on my website as PDF for everyone to download for free. If you still want to do something good, please contact the two of them from the Rottweiler Gnadenhof, they have been overrun by doctor and treatment costs this year
The Photo session in Kiel at the shipyard went very well. The yacht with it’s double hull is completed and will be on its way to the Eastern Mediterranean in September just before the weather ist getting more serious when it will cross the Biscaya with its unpredictable storms.
Well this year was, plainly speaking a a pain in the back. With shipyards closing, yacht shows postponed or even cancelled 2020 was the year of distance and We started to believe that we would still be able to enjoy some boat shows in the final months of 2020, our hopes have been dashed late in the day.
With the news last week that Cannes Yachting Festival had been cancelled followed shortly after by the announcement that METSTRADE had suffered the same fate, boat show season has been well and truly wiped out this year. Given the health and safety risks associated with hosting such events I think the outcome is understandable. We just have to hope that the landscape is different in 2021 to enable the superyacht industry to come together once again.
Clyde and me at least enjoyed producing photo-documentations for 2 yachts for charter on our visits in St. Tropez.
It’s all about bunkers, bombs & people...
In Kiel’s "Flandernbunker" is an art project that has the goal teaching history for peace promotion and international understanding.
Technically speaking: a former anti-aircraft bunker. The amazing two meter thick concrete walls give an idea and impression of war constructions.
There are year-round exhibitions in the “Flanders Bunker” related to First and Second World War, as well as to the period of National Socialism. Sometimes living contemporary witnesses tell about their experiences. In the end, references to the present shall be established.
Witnesses of wars, also contemporary witnesses, are giving in this art project their accounts under the slogan: "daring memories”. Their experiences during wars should bring the reality of that time closer and serve as a reminder to help avoid repetition.
are larger than the houses of the town....
Making the most of the Med-yachting season is pretty cumbersome this year. Many photo documentations & works, especially in the Italian shipyards are still waiting for completion. At least we finished all charter yachts for the 2020/2021 season in the Caribbean today in St. Tropez with the last brochure & website photo session.
For all of us it hasn’t been the big and exciting Med season we were all hoping for, but at least we are enjoying a form of season now – it’s definitely better than nothing given where we were a few months ago.
After Monaco Yachtshow being canceled at least We can still look forward to Cannes Yachting Festival this year, however, with show organisers reiterating earlier this month that the show will go ahead as planned from the 8th to 13th September.
Another reminder to owners, captains and crew reading this: Please remember that as of last month French laws came into effect which stipulate that wildlife - most notably posidonia/seagrass - must not be damaged due to boating activities.
Propaganda and counter-propaganda have the same root and serve the purpose of deliberate stupefaction. Counter-propaganda, however, is trickier: the intention is to provoke reactions in order to generate information. Otherwise I cannot understand this conjecture essay.
The only useful thing about such disinformation is that the latent anti-Semitism everywhere becomes really visible in its various layers in all societies
Ok, let's assume that there was no knowledge that nitro ammonium was stored there. Let's assume that there was no known storage of nitro ammonia. Wouldn't that be the greater improbability? And then, even if it was known, what difference would it make?
Would Israel's leadership want to provoke a war? If so, what allies of Israel would / could still be willing to support Israel without not being suspected of being a supporter of crime? Is His Untouchable Sovereignty so deep in the shit that he now has to organise a Masada? No, he is not! He has his "base". Consisting on what sort of individuals?
I am highly skeptical that such assumptions based on “highly informed sources”. Sure, they will become commonplace now since for 2 decades now politician talk about a “high degree of certainties”, highly likely" and "unalterable certainty”.
If this is possible why is it not similarly likely that the little Saudi trickster wants to settle a score because his tricky business with Syria didn't work out and Saudi investors with their Lebanese projects (Hariri) saw their investment gambled away by a Lebanese government which is composed almost entirely of war criminals. Lebanese youth had been trying for months to free themselves from these warlords running the entire country into the ground…
The reality is: speculating is difficult since we are in the early phases of the downturn into a 9/11 syndrome, Covid syndrome, or to stay in Lebanon, Hariri syndrome. Events can only be assessed retrospectively. I find it absurd that every time something mysterious happens, funny people try to use conspiracy drums to find the culprits in Israel.
It seems patently obvious to anyone who actually thinks about these issues and still we as humanity are now at a critical juncture in history. But the world has postponed, indefinitely, dealing decisively with the challenges of investigation of where the virus really came from, which caused the two sky-scraper to fall apart, was there a Russia Gate. Anyone who questions the present course is held up to ridicule as a professional pessimist, or worse. Nothing is done, and we ignore reality.
In these days of messy transitional period I should not complain. There is work enough. Everyone who trades goods wants to go online. This means photo productions for catalogues. But that alone is anything but sustainable. And sustainability is all that is needed.
Eventually, we will become a new regime which will arise on the ruins our free market economy, which has been successfully dismantled since the 1980s. And then, also this is an old story. The Romans responded to the death of their Republic with resignation.
Because we tend see only the potential gains from social engineering, but not the risks, my guess is that we will not change, and will evolve from citizens into subjects. We will console ourselves by awarding ourselves the status of victims. So we will have moral superiority over our billionaire-rulers. And, they will find that hilarious.
Giving up on America is the easy way out. Of course financially US$ as a reserve currency is coming of age and its financial back will continue to invest in ideologies. The first sign of rebellions are written on the wall and the “security” apparatus is realising the beginning of many young people finding many grievances to vent their anger in this world. These Millennials are not disengaged and annoying anymore. They want change. Wait until a genuinely rebellious Generation “Z” can’t find stable employment, earn a decent wage, buy a home or start a family…
In Europe all this is more divided because Europe has become a nation of people governed by tribal truths. That means increased social conflict, because tribal truths are irreconcilable by logic or fact. A rebellion in Europe is far less likely. The little troubles in Britain about discrimination are not a rebellion, Also, in Europe most of the critics are made in “social” media. This is the reason why social media has become more an exchange of insults than useful dialog. The social media rather suffocate any form of serious rebellion already in the sprout.
The two systems that were built from the second World War – the consensus of social democracy that morphed into neoliberal Capitalism – facilitated by globalisation is falling apart. Russia’s collapsing oil-dependent economy becomes reliant on China which is bringing Chinas sphere of influence to the borders of Europe.
Europe will see serious splits between the wealthy north and poorer south. A weaker south will have a softer approach towards instabilities to become more and more financial support from Brussels. At the same time the instability in West Africa and the Middle East will most likely rapidly rise because of demographic reasons. This could ignite an avalanche of currently 80 million people, displaced by war, violence and persecution, resulting in an increase in much higher migrant movements directed to Europe.
Our failing systems of economic and political governance has proven to be fragile and unsustainable and has fragmented in front of us in a matter of weeks. Nothing less than a reboot is approaching. For those who see the status quo returning – a brutal awakening is coming.
Corona crisis, financial crisis, climate crisis, migration crisis, bankruptcies, heat waves, refugee flows, you name it. And, you don't have to be a redemption-hungry euphoric to realise that we live in a permanent crisis mode, but that we have reached the end of neo-liberalism is of course nonsense.
Saturated commodity markets and a surplus of idle capital first triggered waves of speculation and then the world financial crisis of 2008. Politicians shouted: “Everything has to change, we need a new concept of growth, the market cannot regulate everything.” Well, you know what happen: Politics did not come out of it.
Shortly afterwards, the IPCC, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, issued an alarm call, saying that everything must change, and this very quickly. So the gangs met in Paris and all countries of the world agreed to protect the climate in 2015. This was indeed a historical surprise, but the commitment was lagging behind, and the expansion of the markets, the politics of sanctions and last but not least the new inhabitant in the White House destroyed all the efficiency gains partly through obstruction partly through incompetence and most of all due to greed.
And when in 2015 the German chancellor offered Germany as a refuge for millions of war and climate refugees, demographers began to calculate that in 2050, eventually even earlier, 37% of all the world's under-18s will be at home in Africa, - in absolute figures around one billion. It is unimaginable that they will stay there, unimaginable that they can live there as we do now. India’s north will become desert, 50% of Iran’s agricultural regions will vanish…
With all these corona crisis, financial crisis, climate crisis, migration crisis, bankruptcies, heat waves, refugee flows, there was a growing realisation that global agreements are difficult to make and few comply with them - not to mention solutions. On top of it a TV reality star became president, elected by a “base” that knew him well from his TV appearances and he wanted to make their view on America great again after all the illegal conquests out of an ill guided understanding of “humanitarian interventions” ended up in becoming wars of occupation that had damaged the image of a strange US democracy. Well we all see the work in progress: it is at least diplomatically paralysed if not just a laughing spot.
Look at Corona as an experiment: it can be used as a symptom of our global way of life. Not even the White Houses and Fox News in all our all countries are willing to blame individual states, cultures or politicians. The corona crisis problem is experienced as systemic, as a symptom of our global way of life. In this experiment, it was quickly recognised that governments can find with surprising speed to the brutal primacy of politics over the economy. The individualised consumer became citizen and was suddenly capable of solidarity and radical renunciations.
This now can lead to a dream of a true step for humanity: If a global tax reform were to take place now, in which all billionaires on this planet would immediately and without delay hand over 50% of their possessions to the public, so under the control of honestly elected governments and these governments would be constitutionally committed to 100% transparency, even mankind could take a step towards its own survival.
the photos here are from a saltworks, a saline, in the Camargue that had been completely closed during the Corona crisis because nobody was allowed to work.
Just in case our dear little troublemaker realizes his idea and transforms Haiga Sophia into a mosque again, here are a few photos from a series I made for UNESCO.
I have to mention that Mehmet, this old Ottoman, had rebuilt Haiga Sophia in 1453, after it had been abused and defaced by the "Fourth Crusaders" from 1204 to 1261, into a Roman Catholic cathedral under the Latin Empire.
And a further step, that of Atatuerk, who had the Haiga Sophia converted into a museum, is evidence of an otherwise very open world view of the Turkish people. All of Erdolf's action serves only his political games, and to blame the Turkish people would be completely dull.
Some kind of Mediterranean season is a clear indicator that life is going back to some sort of normality. Sure it’s not perfect, but in the context of a global pandemic it’s an encouraging development. Lefts see how people are behaving. At least the boat is fit again and most of the year I will use it as my "office" as it is so much more save cruising to the ports and shipyards then getting stacked on congested motorways or full trains.
In truth we’re all waiting to see how the next couple of months will unfold. For me it has been reassuring to hear that at this stage both Cannes Yachting Festival and eventually Monaco Yacht Show (*)are set to go ahead as planned.
Also the shipyards in Italy have begun to come back and continued with their constructions and continue which their projects for new yachts.
The expectations for both shows is so great across the industry, it gives all in the industry something to look forward to.
(*) till 26th May MYS said the show would go ahead as a not-for-profit event. It seems they have since changed their decision and will not host the show until September 2021.
As a reporter I reported on collapsing societies, including the former Yugoslavia. Now every day here in my so called "civilised world" I can see the same symptoms: a increasingly polarised, insecure population. For citizens living in a socially unstable society it is becoming some how impossible to understand how fragile a crumbling financial, social and political system is before an implosion (or explosion) is bringing it all to a halt.
Since 2011, this legendary "Euro-Crisis", I see many harbingers of a slow but accelerating collapse:
The press has become one of the main pillars of the despotism of e.g. appointed, not by its citizen elected, political responsible of the EU bureaucracy. Journos and their "experts" babble endlessly like the courtiers of the 18th century at the court of Versailles about the weaknesses of the monarch, while the farmers lack bread.
I'm sure that much happens unintentionally and is not planned. But think twice, is it not designed to distract us from the depressing sight of what has become a "social market economy" which has made Germany the strongest economy in Europe? To me it looks like an attempt to keep us trapped in illusions.
These were all the warning signs from the countries I reported: they're violence, they're wars and they're intrigues. I would be glad if I was wrong. But I have seen a lot of things before the virus was hiding the fan... Much of it is now happen here in our previously much stronger countries, whether Europe or America. The circumstances which are now topical with this pandemic and its consequences with sudden outbreaks of violent BLM and LGDP action are only the drop that will bring the barrel to overflow, - or we will all become quite like people of China.
As soon as the economy collapses and the rage explodes in a firestorm across the country, the political freaks will appear, making Trump look shrewd and benign.