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March 2015



Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

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150th Anniversary Edition with Dame Vivienne Westwood

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2015 is the 150th Anniversary of the publication of Alice in Wonderland, one of the world’s most popular books and one of my favorite. (Le petit Prince, stays number one in my heart)

This special anniversary edition of Lewis Carroll’s tale fits in with the twisted take on Britishness that Dame Vivienne Westwood is famous for in a magical Wonderland setting. Her Red Label Autumn-Winter 2011/12 catwalk show was inspires by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

 Now she has illustrated her favorite children’s story by creating a unique front cover and end papers for this very special edition.

Will be released 2nd of April



March 2015



Benjamin Millepied

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We all know and love him for his work in “Black Swan”

One of the most talented Choreographers of our time.

After joining the New York City Ballet Corps de Ballet in 1995, he was promoted to soloist in 1998 and became principal dancer in 2002.

Since 2014 he is Director of dance at the Paris Opera Ballet (more…)



March 2015




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woman of the world

All around the world, International Women’s Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality.

There is still a long way to go. There are even countries where the rights for women regress.


The only country where women are not allowed to drive and until now, had no rights to vote


54 % of women with children don’t work due to unaffordable daycare facilities.


every 20 minutes a woman is raped and sexual abused


After the law women have the same rights than men, but still earn less money

and still are minority in high level positions.


In some of those countries they still practice female genetal mutilation

In Egypt for example, a man would not marry an uncircumcised woman, because it makes her smart and calm

It has been estimated by UNICEF that 8000 or more girls per day are being forced to undertake FGM


200 million girls have been killed in china due to the one child policy


The list is never ending………..and still a long way to go before women are equal to men

In the name of religion, politic, society , fanatic , women are still maltreated all over the world

Without women , would be no men in this world !!

So every woman that has the chance to live free should help a woman in the world, that is in need.

Lets think about and act

Happy Women’s SunDay







June 2013



Redwood-Giant Trees

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I left Napa Valley today and went direction North on Highway 101 and I didn’t know at all what I am going to see.
After about 3 hours drive I entered in a forest. But WHAT a forest!!!!

There have been giant trees. I was in Redwoods.


The more I entered in the forest the bigger the trees got and you felt like entering a fairy tale.


The coast redwood region is a narrow strip of land extending 450 miles from southern Oregon to about 150 miles south of San Francisco, with by far the greatest concentrations of redwoods occurring in Humboldt County.

These coniferous trees are the tallest in the world, commonly reaching heights of more than 367 feet tall ( 111,2 meter) ,has a diameter up to 22 feet (6.7. meters) and the weigh up to 1.6 million pound ( The oldest known redwood is estimated to be 2,200 years


I was really a little bit upset that just today it was foggy and cold until i found out that fog is part of this ecosystem . It’s vital for these tall redwoods as fog transports water to the highest reaches of these tall trees doted with a shallow root system.

Coastal fog also provides up to one-third of their annual water needs.

I was reading that only 10% of these ancient redwoods survived. Well, after the discovery and then the decline of gold along the Trinity River located within the redwoods park, many jobless miners turned toward harvesting and destroying these ancient trees since there was no law enforcing the protection of these unique trees! Unfortunately, Redwood National Park was only created in 1968, by which time nearly 90% of the original redwood trees had been logged.

“God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods.
But he cannot save them from fools”.


This was one of my most incredible experiences with nature, where you really can see and feel how tiny we humans are .






June 2013



NAVAJO Indiens – my discovery

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navajo indiens

The Navajo Indians are the largest federally recognized Native American Indian tribe in the United States. Their reservation is spread out through out the four corners of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado.
They were a small band of warriors who created an unbreakable code from the ancient language of their people and changed the course of modern history.What I really did not know:

KNOWN AS NAVAJO CODE TALKERS, they were young Navajo men who transmitted secret communications on the battlefields of WWII. At a time when America’s best cryptographers were falling short, these modest sheepherders and farmers were able to fashion the most ingenious and successful code in military history. They drew upon their proud warrior tradition to brave the dense jungles of Guadalcanal and the exposed beachheads of Iwo Jima. Serving with distinction in every major engagement of the Pacific theater from 1942-1945, their unbreakable code played a pivotal role in saving countless lives and hastening the war’s end.

and than there are this wonderful , breathtaking caves

To older Navajos, entering a place like Antelope Canyon was like entering a cathedral. They would probably pause before going in, to be in the right frame of mind and prepare for protection and respect. This would also allow them to leave with an uplifted feeling of what Mother Nature has to offer, and to be in harmony with something greater than themselves. It was, and is, a spiritual experience.

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antilope canyon


antilope canyon

and after all I met Wally Brown

wally brownWally is a Native American, this kind of person you cross once in a lifetime and you will never forget

He transmet all the spirit of Navajo culture and you can t stop listening ……I hope I will meet him again

As a central concept within the Navajo, it “expresses the intellectual concept of order, the emotional state of happiness, the moral notion of good, the biological condition of health and well- being, and the aesthetic dimensions of balance, harmony, and beauty”

Everything in this world is based on the holly  number four.

4 directions

4 holly mountains

4 colors

4 goals in life is having joy,happiness, confidence and peace

on this we will work all our life and if there would be more Wallys in this world the achievement would be easier.