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Undesirable consequences of travelling - Why tourists destroy the world

Why tourists destroy the world: Mass tourism, especially mass tourism cruises, is becoming harder and harder on people and the environment the consequences are undesirable. What we need is a radical reform of travel and cruises in special. by Earl of Cruise "Good travellers are heartless," Elias Canetti, a German writer and nobel prize winner, born in Bulgaria, wrote 50 years ago. During a visit to Marrakech, the writer observed blind beggars with undisguised interest. Although the original fascination still shines through in his description, it also reflects the horror of his own disrespectful behaviour. This disrespectful behavior can be seen not only with beach, fun and party, event, etc. tourists, but unfortunately too with cruise tourists. Modern day cruise lines "invented" the democatization of cruises with prices afordable for everyone, especially at "the lower end of the food chain", as John Maxtome-Graham once said, "and made a great fortun…
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Books - ART DÉCO, Splendour and magnificence of times gone by

While on research for NORMANDIE, and his Splendour and magnificence, a symbol of times gone by, I came across this book - ART DÉCO written by Norber Wolf Now that books are shedding weight and dematerialising into electronic pads, I worry about the fate of coffee table books. Perhaps i see it a bit too dark. But books of a certain kind need to be bulky, and they also cry out to be displayed. Leafing through them can be as much of a tonic as the coffee or the wine on the table beside them. ART DÉCO, the style is so recognizable and widespread that its original impact on the culture in which it emerged has been all but lost in the clutter of imitation.  by Earl of Cruise With Norbert Wolf, PRESTEL VERLAG has taken the right decision to present the splendour and misery of `ART DÉCO´ in its entirety. Embedded in the creativity and restlessness of the 1920s, ART DÉCO's design has shaped our taste for decades without ever being able to break out of its hybrid position between art …

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Undesirable consequences of travelling - Why tourists destroy the world

Why tourists destroy the world: Mass tourism, especially mass tourism cruises, is becoming harder and harder on people and the environment the consequences are undesirable. What we need is a radical reform of travel and cruises in special. by Earl of Cruise "Good travellers are heartless," Elias Canetti, a German writer and nobel prize winner, born in Bulgaria, wrote 50 years ago. During a visit to Marrakech, the writer observed blind beggars with undisguised interest. Although the original fascination still shines through in his description, it also reflects the horror of his own disrespectful behaviour. This disrespectful behavior can be seen not only with beach, fun and party, event, etc. tourists, but unfortunately too with cruise tourists. Modern day cruise lines "invented" the democatization of cruises with prices afordable for everyone, especially at "the lower end of the food chain", as John Maxtome-Graham once said, "and made a great fortun…

Digitization of NORMANDIE

Is the digitization of NORMANDIE, the construction and the art, a curse or a blessing?
by Earl of Cruise
ssNORMANDIE, without the lifeboats, towed to the outfitting quay in Saint Nazaire -© coloured by Daryl LeBlanc I, for myself would opt for the blessing. The digitization might make someone hungry for la véritable œuvre d'art. And may open eyes of others ... Digitization poll for ss/te  NORMANDIE, screenshot from blogsite earlofcruise.blogspot.de The artworks of NORMANDIE is scattered around the world in numerous private collections of afficionadios, who cherish and care for their collectibles, and various museums. Since the devastating fire in February 1942, when NORMANDIE was tried to transfer into a trooper for the US NAVY, the vessel died like as in a Greek drama . First scene the fire at pier 88. Seconed scene a mortally wounded NORMANDIE laying in agony half drowned on startboard. Here NORMANDIE appeared like a gigantic wale stranded at the pier in the middle of Manhattan. Sce…

HISTORY - PACIFIC MAIL STEAMSHIP COMPANY

The PACIFIC MAIL STEAMSHIP COMANY was existing for "just" one hundred years and was in her heydays a backbone for the development of the US West.
The PACIFIC MAIL STEAMSHIP COMPANY was founded April 18, 1848, as a joint stock company under the laws of the State of New York by a group of New York City merchants, William H. Aspinwall, Edwin Bartlett, Henry Chauncey, Mr. Alsop, G.G. Howland and S.S. Howland. These merchants had acquired the right to transport mail under contract from the United States Government from the Isthmusof Panama to California awarded in 1847 to one Arnold Harris.
The company was sold 1938 last to AMERICAN PRESIDENT LINES, existing only on the paper, was closed down in 1949.
by Earl of Cruise CALIFORNIA, PACIFIC MAIL's first ship - Source: Wikipedia
CALIFORNIAwas the first steamer built by the PACIFIC MAIL STEAMSHIP COMPANY and she was launched May 19, 1848. She sailed from New York for Panama, via Cape Horn, on October 6, 1848. The CALIFORNIA arrived a…

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Destination - Capri, Dolce Vita and Legends - a cruise on board ANDREA

Capri filled with legends, over boarding beauty and Italian `dolce vita´ More than 190 years after the German painter August Kopisch's `discovery´ of the Grotta Azzurra in 1826, Capri (it is pronounced `KAH pree´, with an accent on the first syllable) is the most sophisticated island in the Mediterranean. The sound of its name evokes nostalgia, beauty and enthusiasm. And more so, each one of us can and will find its `own´ Capri. by Earl of Cruise
During a Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona to Venezia on board the yacht like ANDREA of ELEGANT CRUISES & TOURS one of the beautiful destinations has been Capri ...

Capri smells of sweet life, light moments, riches and pomp. It is the island of love and happiness. Capri is the place for yearning, dreams and wonderful craziness. Capri is a myths in the Mediterranean Sea, unique and tender, full of promises. Capri is a promise.
Rudi Schurike `Capri Fischer´, 1943, only a short time after the recording, the song was blocked by the Nazi…

Luxury Cruise - Luxury Cruise ship ambiance, what to expect

The ambience to expect on a luxury cruise shipThose who did not have the chance growing up in wealthy surrounding may feel intimidated by the "rich and beautiful", they may feel as underdogs, not accepted and such ... It is all about having self-assuredness or not, which is not depending on having money or not. There is only one thing to avoid: creating an alternative world around and about you! The fact you can afford such a luxury cruise, and enjoying being pampered, is reason enough that you as "once in a lifetime" luxury cruiser will be accepted. But don´t play a role, or brag around to be accepted - a no go!
by Earl of Cruise

A suite (suite in music an "episode or sequence") or suite of rooms is a series of rooms (of at least two or more lounges for sleeping, living or working purposes, which together with at least one full bathroom with WC form a common room) of similar function and higher furnishing standards, which are connected to each other or onl…

Heritage - Hedy Lamarr, the Dishonored Lady behind our WiFi

Hedy Lamarr: Frequency Hopping in HollywoodHedy Lamarr, born as Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler, November 9th, 1914 in Wien, was known as the most beautiful woman in film and one of the most controversial at all. Hedy Lamarr is known to be the first nude in film, and who portrayed an orgasm - it was in the film `Ekstase / Ecstasy´. Hedy Lamarr´s beauty but was too her challenge. Because of her beauty, Hedy Lamarr´s interlectual capabilities had been underestimated, if ever regarded. by Earl of Cruise
Hedy Lamarr´s image - the Beauty Queen The `Strange Woman´, a title of one of Hedy Lamarr´s movies, was so much more than being a simple beauty. With the composerGeorge Antheil, Hedy Lamarr developed a radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes, which used spread spectrum and frequency hopping technology to defeat the threat of jamming by the Axis powers, at the beginning of WW II.
Hedy Lamarr Movie star, inventor of WiFi, her potential success far beyond Hollywood
Source: YouTube In a German TV…

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Books - The Dutch "TITANIC" the second STATENDAM sunken as JUSTICIA

The "Dutch TITANIC", laid down 1912 as STATENDAM, seized by the British Royal Navy to become the trooper JUSTICIA. A new book by historian Tamás Balogh is the first compendium about that liner, that never saw civil service, and was lost during WWI.
While TITANIC is ostentatiously called the most luxurious liner, STATENDAM offered luxury features that recalled the grandness of lounges and luxuries of the German Ballin trio - e.g. a Main Lounge two decks high, between the first and second funnel, a two deck high Dining Room, as well a Wintergarden of one and a half deck hight. OLYMPIC Class only offered one deck high salons ...
by Earl of Cruise
The first STATENDAM (10,322 GT) was constructed and inaugurated in 1898 and had been sold to ALLAN LINE in 1911.
When STATENDAM II was laid down in Belfast at HARLAND & WOLFF the Dutch liner was the nineth largest liner in the world with 32,234 GT (IMPERATOR laid down 1910 - 52,117 GT, AQUITANIA laid down 1910 - 45,647 GT, LUSITAN…