Only 3 for sale € 343.850

self playing designer grand piano

A special limited edition of just five self playing pianos. Only three left so please do get in touch to secure yours now! Self-playing piano with an extremely intricate and unique design. Looks amazingly surreal, the piano has been ergonomically designed to benefit the acoustic properties of the strings so the piano truly sounds incredible. With thousands of inbuilt performances. 1. Promotional Video: https://youtu.be/cI2dVhpii3o 2. Online Brochure: https://www.flipsnack.com/designerpiano/luxury-designer-self-playing-pianos.html 3. Demonstration Of The Self Playing System at: https://youtu.be/bWNWbtzdKak Price includes our piano maestro, Craig Manchester, performing your choice of music at your party or event!

Only 5 for sale € 5.000

il fascino ferrari

This luxury edition offers unrestricted access to hundreds of photographs from the Ferrari archives, and from private collectors, to reveal the full story behind the Cavallino Rampante. Featuring a complete appendix of the company’s victories.

Only 3 for sale € 10.000

murals of tibet

Majestic Illumination A thousand years of Tibetan mural masterpieces revealed for the first time Hidden amidst soaring snowy mountains, deep valleys, and desolate deserts are some of the greatest treasures of Buddhist culture and Tibetan heritage. For more than a decade, photographer Thomas Laird traveled the length, breadth, and far-flung corners of Tibet’s plateau to capture the land’s spectacular Buddhist murals in all their sublime vastness, intricacy, and their spiritual, emotional, and psychological enrichment. Deploying new multi-image digital photography, Laird compiled the world’s first archive of these artworks, some walls as wide as 10 meters, in life-size resolution. This breathtaking publication assembles Laird’s portfolio in extra-large format with six fold-outs, printed in five colors including gold. Featuring both complete murals and copious details, it immerses readers into these precious, extraordinary masterpieces. In recognition of this World Heritage landmark and preservation of Tibetan culture, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama has signed all copies of this Collector’s Edition. In the 528-page scholarly companion book, Buddhist writer and academic Robert Thurman takes us through this transcendent journey with detailed text on the murals' spiritual significance while captions from experts Heather Stoddard and Jakob Winkler shed light on the storylines and artistic context of each image. As his Holiness the Dalai Lama has himself explained, these murals are not just objects of beauty, but serve as points of reference and guidance for practitioners of Buddhism, yoga, and meditation, as well as for anyone seeking to incorporate mindfulness into their daily life. Binding contemporary photographic technology with ancient traditions, this book is at once a majestic art piece, a major milestone in the appreciation of Buddhism, a precious monument to Tibetan culture, and a vital source for the contemplative arts and sciences. SUMO-sized Collector’s Edition limited to 998 copies, each signed by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, with a bookstand designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect and humanitarian pioneer Shigeru Ban.

art paintings $ 86.058

convoi with horsemen - schelfhout

Schelfhout and Moerenhout are both painters with an extensive oeuvre. They painted mainly landscapes with figures. Their personal success dissuaded neither Schelfhout nor Moerenhout from working together closely and frequently. And for obvious reasons, both painters have a thorough command of the complete domain of the art of painting, but they also have each their preferences and special skills. Schelfhout feels more at home in the larger landscapes whereas Moerenhout is brilliant at adding staffage and is capable of supplying his colleague’s painting with the necessary vitality with animals and figures. The ”Karavaan met ruiters en figuren in een zuidelijk landschap “(Convoi with horsemen and figures in a southerly landscape) is a magnificent example of their cooperation. The wagons, piled up high, following their route; the clear figures in the forefront and the horizon which seems to melt into nothingness in the warm southerly light shows how their separate talents resulted in an harmonious work of art. Besides characteristics of Romanticism, this painting also demonstrates a certain affinity with the 17th century “Italianists”. There is one more striking characteristic presenting itself here apart from everything that has been said about their relationship as colleagues: There is the enormous joy that seems to be sparking off the painting. If this were the world of sports we might call this a “one-two”. Two painters of the same mind. Artist: Schelfhout, Andreas | 1787-1870, Dutch Creation year: 1848 Medium: Oil Paint Size: 69 x 94 cm 27.17 x 37.01 in.

cars $ 132.000

alfa-romeo giulietta spider 750d

Alfa-Romeo Giulietta Spider 750D 1956 restored Matching Numbers For sale a unique early Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider 750D from 1956. Delivered to Hoffman in USA. Car is restored and had Corsa Rosso Piant and beautiful chrome. Matching numbers 1290 cc engine. Car runs and drives great, leather interior. Great investment potential. Car has Belgium title and mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any import taxes. We can help with transport. Ref. nr.: a0435 Make: Alfa Romeo Model: Giuletta Spider 750D Year: 1956

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fabergÉ visionnaire chronograph ceramic

Fabergé Watch Experience! Pick up your handcrafted timepiece at the Fabergé atelier in Switzerland. FABERGÉ VISIONNAIRE CHRONOGRAPH CERAMIC The stars, and the time they measure, have seen many stories start and end. Some stories end abruptly, others echo down the eons. To mark 100 years after the start of the Russian Revolution, Fabergé presents a chronograph of revolutionary significance in the horological cosmos, paying homage to the unfinished Constellation Egg of 1917. The Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph marks a new standard in charting time. Hours and minutes are read at the periphery of the watch dial while the chronograph function takes centre stage. The automatic calibre 6361, developed in partnership with Agenhor, offers a new intuitive chronograph display. It is a revolutionary new movement that imparts unprecedented clarity, precision and efficiency to the highly popular chronograph complication. It is the modern-day analogue to a Fabergé egg — a mechanical opus with wonder at its heart. Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph Ceramic timepiece features an opaline dial with TCI luminescent coating 15-minute indicators, sapphire with metallic treatment and applied numerals and hour indicators and an automatic chronograph movement of revolutionary significance, developed by Agenhor, encased in a 43mm black ceramic and titanium case, with alligator strap. Calibre: Self-winding 6361 Diameter: 34.40mm (15 lines) Thickness: 7.17mm Number of jewels: 67 Number of components: 477 Power reserve: 60 hours Cadence of balance: 21,600 vibrations/hour Decorations: Main-plate: Circular-grained Bridges: Horizontal Côtes de Genève, hand-polished chamfering Functions: Hours, minutes, central chronograph (24hours, 60 minutes, 60 seconds) Case: Black ceramic and dark grey DLC treated titanium case, 43mm, domed sapphire crystal and case back with anti-reflective treatment Laser-cut Fabergé Constellation Egg on the sapphire case back Dark grey DLC treated titanium and rubber crown Dark grey DLC treated titanium pushers Dial: Black dial with TC1 luminescent coating, 15- minute indicators Numerals and hour markers applied on sapphire with metallic treatment Dial side rotor with opaline decoration treated with black rhodium Central chronograph: black rhodium with applied silver indicators Hands: Hours / minutes: Fabergé hands with TC1 luminescent coating Chronograph: dark grey with red finishing Strap: Alligator strap Clasp / Buckle: Black and dark grey DLC treated titanium folding clasp Water resistance: 50m Only Available on Miljonet!

Only 5 for sale € 84.535

lady compliquÉe peacock

Fabergé Watch Experience: Pick up your own watch at our watch atelier in Switzerland! The Lady Compliquée Haute Horlogerie ladies' collection upholds Peter Carl Fabergé’s tradition of surprise and meticulous execution with a new and spectacular time display, which won the prestigious 2015 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) – the Swiss watchmaking industry’s highest honour – in the ‘High-Mechanical’ category. The highly original display of the collection features a fan at the heart of the watch, a movement exclusively developed for Fabergé by Agenhor Manufacture. It thus perpetuates the ingenious and freethinking spirit of Peter Carl Fabergé; the display in the Lady Compliquée Peacock timepiece pays homage to the famous “Peacock Egg” of 1908. Lady Compliquée Peacock Timepiece features a dial set with diamonds, Paraiba tourmalines and tsavorites, hand engraved peacock in 18 karat white gold, diamond-set bezel, minute and hour indicators in mother of pearl and a retrograde hand-winding movement, encased in a 38mm platinum case, with alligator strap. Calibre: Manually-wound 6901 Diameter: 32.7mm (14 1/2 lines) Thickness: 3.58mm Number of jewels: 38 Number of components: 242 Power reserve: 50 hours Cadence of balance: 21,600 vibrations/hour Decorations: Main-plate: Circular-grained Upper bridges: Horizontal Côtes de Genève Functions: Hours, minutes, retrograde system with multiple display elements Case: Platinum case, 38mm, sapphire crystal and case back with anti-reflective treatment Gem-set bezel: 54 round white diamonds (1.83 carats) Platinum crown Dial: 18 karat white gold dial, snow-set with 127 brilliant cut white diamonds (0.38 carats), 31 round Paraiba tourmalines (0.23 carats), 57 round tsavorites (0.27 carats) 18 karat white gold hand-engraved peacock White mother-of-pearl rotating hour ring White mother-of-pearl minute track Hands: Four fixed and four moving blades, LIGA Technology, opal powder or white lacquer applied by hand Strap: Alligator strap Clasp / Buckle: Platinum Fabergé pin buckle Water resistance: 30m Mother of Pearl: Peteria Margaritifera from Australia

Only 10 for sale € 6.750

rijks, masters of the golden age

Rijks, Masters of the Golden Age is a groundbreaking art publication combining the finest materials, the most innovative techniques and the testimonies of thought leaders and craft masters from around the world. The unique art publication pays homage to the 17th-century Dutch masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum’s prestigious Gallery of Honour. “I believe the power of these works goes beyond their presentation. They have an inherent quality that catches your eye and pulls you in. They have star power,” museum director Wim Pijbes says. The book brings us eye to eye with over 60 iconic paintings such as Rembrandt’s Night Watch and Vermeer’s Milkmaid. Each piece is experienced up close with the most surprising detail, as the finest printing techniques and thoughtful perspectives transport these paintings from a different age and vividly bring them to life. The book sets a new benchmark for art books with its materials, production techniques and contemporary writings. Lavishly produced in genuine leather, beautiful hand-written calligraphy, and the finest printing technique and paper. This Limited Edition at 35 kilograms with a silver-plated emblem and silver plating, is printed with the finest high-pigmented inks. This version weighs 40 kilograms and measures 70 x 50 x 9 cm (height x width x length). The Limited Edition come with a specially designed table stand, protective sleeve and a Behind the Scenes book, in which the 30 stories of thought leaders and masters of crafts can be read.

Only 14 for sale € 2.995

tockr c-47

The C-47 series is Tockr's most unique offering featuring radial engine inspired dials from the Douglas C-47 aircraft. This piece is a special limited edition of the C-47 radial finished with a gunmetal PVD coating. Each 42mm case is individually numbered and made from stainless steel with a solid caseback featuring the US and Swiss flags. The radial engine dial in this piece is encased by a sapphire crystal and is laser cut by Tec Ebauches (in Neuchatel Switzerland) from a block of bronze and hand finished in different colors and textures (offered here in "gunmetal"). The C-47 Radial is powered by a Swiss automatic Leschot Engineering (from La Chaux-de-Fonds Switzerland) 726/A11 caliber movement featuring a monthly calendar and the hands are finished with lime green Superluminova for low light visibility.

Only 3 for sale € 6.250

the ultimate jagger/ richards portrait

The Ultimate Jagger/Richards Portrait of 2017 Master photographer Paul Bergen’s 2017 live portrait of the British rock icons Paul Bergen, Europe’s best live music photographer, captured Mick Jagger and Keith Richards during their No Filter Tour 2017 in a way no one else can. From the digital source only three signed prints will be made with a print size of 100 x 67 centimeters, 90 x 60 centimeters and 75 x 50 centimeter, as an invisibly coated museum print on EPSON 308 grams archival paper on 4 mm dibond in a handmade wooden swap frame. Order your exclusive print now! The British quality newspaper The Guardian selected some of the best jazz photographs by Paul Bergen in a feature about the North Sea Jazz Festival you can find here. But not only Paul’s jazz photos are attracting photo collectors around the world, his rock photographs are also highly appreciated, not at least by the artists portrayed. Paul Bergen is a master in framing a special moment from an original angle or standpoint, a quality even his competitors at concerts must admit. Some famous artists asked Bergen especially to capture their concerts. This amazing image of the old Rock ‘n Roll icons Mick Jagger and Keith Richards is now available for real collectors only. The large print is signed by Paul Bergen and comes with a certificate of authenticity, issued by Music inspired Art (MIA), the organization that is also offering unique prints by Jimmy Katz, Francis Wolff, Baron Wolman, Ron Jenner and other celebrated music photographers. Order your MIA Exclusive Jagger/Richards print now. Price is € 6,250.-- (100 x 67) shipping included. Only three prints, printed by EPSON master printer Hans van Ommeren are available worldwide.

28 Nov CH, Zürich

vip shopping spree paris, dubai or miami -men only

Shopping Spree - Men Only Paris, Dubai or Miami Fly in with Helicoptors and join nobility and celebs on an exclusive 1/2 day Shopping Spree at Lafayette in Paris This time personally with VVIP Marion It girl and entrepreneur (known to King Felipe, Wahlberg, Baptiste, Marcus Schenkenberg, Hutchence, Justin Timberlake, Ralf Schumacher, etc.) Buy the latest style and haute couture garments for your "Honey" and girlfriend and indulge in luxury at Lafayette to enjoy the City of Paris at night Marion will join and give advice on the latest In-style For Men Only Limited to 5 Gentlemen Dates for Dubai and Miami to come Please bring a picture of your wife and size to safe on mispurchases and let your wife glow CHF 1.400.000,- incl VAT (you can make a down payment) IBAN CH5908401016112583507 Migrosbank, CH

Other 04 Nov '20

juror @ big syn international film festival

I am honoured and extremely excited to be one of the jurors of the Grand Jury for the BIG SYN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2020

Art & Culture 28 Oct '20

juror @ big syn international film festival 2020

https://bigsyn.org/2020-grand-jury/I am honoured and extremely excited to be one of the jurors of the Grand Jury for the BIG SYN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2020https://www.instagram.com/p/CG3mcqalmEM/

News, Media & Society 08 Oct '20

big syn int film festival

Please support if you can. Many thankshttps://bigsyn.org/patrons-and-friends/become-a-patron-big-syn-film-fest/

Business 08 Sep '20

tesla shares exclusive

Does anyone gamble on the Stock exchange? Then this may interest you - Client has Tesla position of 6,200 shares. They can take 2,400 shares at 381/share. Need US$250,000. Would gladly pau 5% per year and 50% of the profit on selling the shares after 12mo. If they sell for $500 in a year's time, that s 59/share x 2400 +5% x 250,000 = 154,100. If the shares go down under 381 we roll another year. Any interest I will put you in touch with the deal..... share trading group https://chat.whatsapp.com/KW7eUYatIvmFwwuHIoAH4b   Photo by Andreas Dress on Unsplash 

Business 01 Sep '20

funding

#investment #film #cinema #productionplease peruse my Angel Investment profile where you will find all documents regarding the project of Cizio. We are looking to raise 2.5million euros  many thankshttps://www.angelinvestmentnetwork.co.uk/business-proposals/auspicious-flame-15-1073754?social_media   

Other 31 Aug '20

luxury, off-market villa in exclusive resort

House in La Zagaleta, Malaga, Spain for sale, owner world-famous sportsman, has his house, next to President Putin's holiday home and helipad, with 2000m of living space and extensive landscape overlooking the seafront - the owner wants one of two things a buy out of €9 m in total or you can go into business with the owner and bring €2.5m to complete the building work - this goes into a lawyers , estimated value of house between €12m-€22m in the most exclusive beach front in Spain and you are surrounded by international celebrities and political dignitaries from the world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=44&v=D9mVNUkg1So&feature=emb_logo  We are direct to the owner.  PM me for more details and viewing. All they have to find is 2.5m Euros ,which goes into a lawyers account , so it is safe . Owner's Architect and Builder works with investors (his team are the Best ) The building is built out , about 10 months , The lawyer releases the money on Signed Architects certificates , it,s a fixed price building contract . The owner keep's his loan in place ,no cost to investors ,except the interest payments . We agree a finished price of 7.5m Euros . of with they have already spent 2.5m Euros , so they pay another 5m , which pays off the Bank loan , the property is transferred to them and they have a house valued at 10m for only 7.5m . This is the sort of deal that can be done .  La Zagaleta is located in the heart of one of the most beautiful areas on the Costa del Sol. Situated at a 15 minutes’ drive from the famous Puerto Banus Marina with its high-end boutiques, fine dining, night clubs and of course the charming old town of Marbella. La Zagaleta is an exclusive gated community of over 900 hectares of lush vegetation, lakes and golf courses and is home to over 230 luxurious villas. On the premises you have a lovely Club house with tennis courts, a horse riding club and Golf courses, a heliport. This complex offers exceptional 24h security. The villa is south facing and has breath-taking panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea towards Gibraltar and the Coast of North Africa and the mountains.

News, Media & Society 26 Jul '20

coronavirus knee jerk reactions

More than 3 million cases of the new coronavirus have been officially declared in Europe, more than half of which in Russia, the United Kingdom, Spain and Italy, according to the AFP daily count. Worldwide there have been a total of 15,237,784 infections. The continent remains the most affected region in terms of number of deaths: 206,633 deaths, out of 626,994 recorded worldwide. Russia, the European country with the highest number of cases (795,038 for 12,892 deaths), the United Kingdom, Spain and Italy are the four countries on the continent with officially more than 225,000 cases on their territory. These numbers of diagnosed cases, however, only reflect a fraction of the actual number of infections, as many countries do not.In China there may well be 100 million with Covid19 and 30 million deaths, which are hidden well by the Communist Peoples Party in their sea of propoganda, in comparison to the United States that has more than 4 million cases and rising. In France there are 1000 new cases everyday, and these are echoed across the EU, every single country is affedted, and whilst some countries are imposing quarantine on people arriving from neigbours, they are also hiding the outbreak figures from their own population, in efforts to increase their gdp and trading outlook and get back on track their economies. This morning I awoke to hear that the UK has imposed a 14 day quarantine on hoidaymakers returning from Spain, which is rather rich as right now it is safer to be in Spain than the UK - so why is the UK doing that? To keep money inthe UK?I run A Tiny World in Quarantine, ATWQ a whatsapp community, which came out of a few ASW ASmallWorld members talking together, on Christmas Eve 2019, and graduated into it's own community off ASW. It has grew to an active business and social community, where members meet, talk socially and do business together. Membership is by invitation from members. So why not have a look inside your invitation......Photos by Micheile Henderson , Ashkan Forouzani on Unsplash 

Business 24 Jul '20

new journey

Dear Miljonet Member,We have had an amazing journey building the platform to its current state, and In the process we have made some great connections and friends. We thank all the Miljonet members and partners for being part of this journey. You have been an inspiration to us.The time has come for us to pass on ownership of Miljonet. We hope you'll enjoy the exciting new energy and ideas the new owners will bring.We will keep in touch!Ramón Luitwieler & Raoul van de HaarMiljonet Founders

News, Media & Society 29 Jun '20

vnsn radio

FRENCH RIVIERA RADIOHOSTED BYGRÉGORY LAMOTHEGrégory Lamothe born 07 06 1973 in Montluçon in the center of France.  Son of a soldier, of Creole origin, grandfather, black, Mauritian origin, grandmother, of military family.  Having lived on the island of Reunion and Guadeloupe, and Africa.  subsequently returned to France.  Holder of a master's degree in law.  Military service in the air force, in the south east of France Aix En Provence and Roquebrune Cap Martin Roc Agel Mont Agel.  as an officer.  Then creation of my production company of Star Productions and Tv shows for more than 15 years working with artists from the world of French television, Star Seed, star Academy.  I arrived in Fréjus a French commune located in the Var department, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d´Azur region. Capital of Fréjurès [What?], It is located on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, at the mouth of Argens and Reyran, it is the capital of the canton of Fréjus, the associated seat of the diocese, a  seaside and tourist resort of the Côte d'Azur, a town of Art and History and the co-founder of the association of "Towns and Crafts". Originally named Forum Julii, the (public) square of Julius (implying Caesar) 2, a Roman city founded in 49 BC.  AD to oppose the omnipotence of Massilia, then a colony wanted by Augustus under the name of Colonia Octavanorum to welcome the veterans of Legio VIII Augusta.  Equipped under Tiberius, it declined until the fourth century, the date of the constitution of the bishopric, the second in France after Lyon.  Host city of the triumph of Charles V in 1536, agricultural center of the Var since the Middle Ages, garrison town since the 16th century, naval air base of Roland Garros in 1913, struck in 1959 by the cataclysm of the Malpasset dam, Fréjus  is with the town of Saint-Raphaël, the economic, cultural and tourist center of eastern Var and the site of the largest French concentration of ancient remains after Arles. Its inhabitants are called the Fréjusiens3 or Forojuliens in French, the Frejulencs in Provençal according to the classical standard and the Frejulen according to the Mistralian standard. Fréjus is the 4th city in the Var with a population of 52,532 inhabitants (2012) 4, at the heart of the agglomeration community Var Estérel Méditerranée, 2nd in the department with 107,547 inhabitants (2011) 5.  more than 13 years ago I created a communication, press relations, TV, Radio marketing digital Multimedia and influence agency.http://www.vnsnradio.com/co-hosts.htmlhttps://vimeo.com/432020117

News, Media & Society 29 Jun '20

radio french riviera

INTRODUCING .99 CENT ADVERTISING.NO HIDDEN COSTNO HIDDEN FEES*business Must have INITIAL COMMERCIAL created1.An initial setup fee for a professional voice over actor/actress to write and record your commercial with exclusive rights to you. You keep the advertisement to post anywhere at anytime. It's yours to keep.$75.2. Decide the time you would like you advertisement to play.24/7 First come, first served.3.Pick how many advertisements you wan played?Each advertisements played is ONLY .99 cents.Have your advertisement played two times: $1.98.Have your advertisement played 500 times: $495. pretty, powerful & polite3 P's For The Professional Business Woman Click on magazine cover to read.Disclaimer for advertisers. Must Read!·       Absolutely no political or campaign ads·       No discriminatory content whatsoever·       No gambling·       No  hate speech·       No divisive  commentary·       We are a private company and can refuse any     advertisement that does not comport with our values·       We are here to honor and respect every culture, ethnicity, and every sexual orientationhttp://www.vnsnradio.com/advertise.htmlhttp://www.vnsnradio.com/co-hosts.html

Travel & Events 22 May '20

covid-19 travel vlogs from around the world

Since we are living in crazy, uncertain times and it is no longer allowed travelling the world because of Covid-19, we still want to dream about beautiful destinations. Therefore, we of Pure off the Road have reached out to our friends all over the world to ask them how they are living with the Corona virus.We ask questions such as to what extent does the Covid-19 virus affect ordinary life? What impact does the situation have on wildlife and researchers in Botswana? How do musicians and photographers live without music in New York City? How far do tigers flourish more in Nepal now the tourists are staying away? How far is it possible to keep the Italian family spirit alive in Tuscany? In short videos our contacts around the globe will tell about their experiences and show their world in times of Corona. Join our ride. Henk & Angeliquehttps://pureofftheroad.com/covid-19-travel-vlogs-from-around-the-world/?lang=en

Other 08 Mar '20

biohack your healthspan with nutrigenomics

Biohack your healthspan.When Big Pharma told an entire industry to zig, we zagged. Now we’re using a groundbreaking new science called Nutrigenomics to help people biohack a healthier life. By studying the effects of nutrients and natural compounds on our genes, we’re creating scientifically-backed products that support cognitive health and promote healthy aging on the cellular level.Our Nutrigenomic products support the body’s natural cellular function by targeting the main biochemical effects of aging, issues like oxidative stress, natural mitochondrial deterioration and more. By awakening your body’s ability to rejuvenate itself on a massive scale — whether by up-regulating your genes’ ability to produce their own antioxidants, your cells‘ ability to produce mitochondria, or your guts’ ability to regulate bacteria — we’re helping you stay on top of the aging process while delivering the mental clarity and overall well-being you need every day to get the absolute most out of life.This isn’t a future breakthrough — we have proof it’s happening now.A recent study conducted by the Intervention Testing Program funded by the National Institute on Aging* discovered that Protandim® extended the median lifespan of male mice by 7%. It’s also been shown to reduce oxidative stress in humans by 40% in 30 days. We’re changing the view on aging. Looking for evidence? So are we — and we’ve got mounds of it.As scientists, so are we — and we’ve got mounds of it. When your products work, the scientific community takes notice and comes to their own conclusions. Our products are tested in peer-reviewed published studies from laboratories across the nation.Independently Researched at:Harvard UniversityOhio State UniversityLouisiana State UniversityUniversity of Colorado Denver Read more about biohacking and to see products that can help you:https://renevandeschraaf.lifevantage.com/us-en/biohack René van de Schraaf - Independent distributor for LifeVantage

Other 27 Feb '20

tesoro nero & saving the bees

When I was younger, I remember how excited I'd be at my first sight of a big fat bumblebee each spring, humming across my primary school's field, floating like a striped ball of fuzz from flower to nectar-rich flower. I remember the purple lavander in our back garden flourishing with life, enriching the air with its familiar perfume. Bees swarmed about its fragrant blossom in multitudes, and I would sit and watch them with a glass of orange juice in my hand for what could have easily been hours, delighting in the end of winter.  But now, years later, things are different. I no longer see the bees drifting between flowers, settling on petals and sipping nectar. It is very rare that I see a black and yellow form hovering beside the lilac lavander, humming contentedly as it works. Now, if I see bees, I see them lethargic, crawling, and unable to fly; or I see them dead. It is strange to think that it has only taken a short period of time for the bees to become so seriously threatened. It makes me wonder how much longer they have left on this planet before they are all gone for good. But what is causing such a rapid decline in the bee population? I did some research and found several reasons for this. It has opened my eyes to the threats that bees are facing right now, and the situation is even more urgent than I had previously realised. Intensive farming is the largest cause of bee decline, heightened by the increased use of harmful pesticides, such as neonicotinoids, which are having disastrous effects on wild bees. Used to kill pests, they are inevitably killing beneficial pollinators like bees along with them. When a bee feeds from a flower containing pesticides, it disturbs their central nervous system, affecting their ability to carry out essential tasks such as feeding, homing, reproducing, and foraging. Bees and other pollinators need enough flowers to forage, and safe places in which to nest among vegetation, soil, and hedges. But, since WWII, we have lost 97% of our wildflower meadows, and this leaves bees with very little natural habitat in which to thrive. Climate change plays an enormous role in disrupting the bees' natural behaviour, in terms of their foraging habits, their emergence after winter, nesting, and, the flowering of the plants from which they feed. Plus, invasive species, such as the Asian Hornet, could devastate British species if left to take hold.  In the UK, we have already lost around 13 species of bee, and another 35 are currently at risk of extinction. Losing bees would severely impact our planet, and cost farmers £1.8 billion to pollinate their crops without the help of pollinators. These little insects, although small, are incredibly significant. If we were unfortunate enough to lose them for good, our world and our lives would be much less rich and vibrant. Imagine our planet with only a fraction of the colour and diversity we have today. Our food will become tasteless, our diets will become dull, and our landscapes will become colourless. Costs will rise as farmers will have to pollinate their own crops without the help of bees. If we continue to undermine the importance of bees and the role they play on our planet, then there is every chance that we will lose them forever. It is only when they are gone for good that we will regret having done nothing.  At Tesoro Nero, we support the charities and conservations that dedicate their time to helping these humble honey-makers. We have designed a 24K gold piano with a hexagonal texture to mimic the lustrous shine and structure of honeycomb. With every purchase of our piano, a considerable sum of the profits will be donated to leading bee conservation charities. We will not stand aside and let the bees die out. Right now, they need us almost as much as we need them. There is so much we can do to help, so why not start here?

Body & Mind 24 Feb '20

the war cancer vs. álvaro

ÁLVARO GALCERÁN, Public Wall, 18 Dec '19   Credits: 3Dear my Miljonet contacts. Please let me apologize for not having been active on Miljonet webpage since long time ago. Three years ago I was diagnosed a very agressive cancer and I am still busy fighting this survival war. My life expectation is, as per my doctor, "a matter of months or years". Despite doctor´s news are not good, I am proud that mentally the cancer didn´t beat me a single day in three years. Two things inspired me: 1. The Spanish song 'Resistiré' ('I will resist' by the Spanish Dúo Dinámico), i.e. the equivalent to 'I will survive' by Gloria Gaynor, both used in anticancer musictherapy. 2. A scene from the film 'Gladiator'  (please see the attached Youtube link). I'd appreciate your Comments if any. Kind regards, Álvaro Galcerán, alias 'Gladiator'. ÁLVARO GALCERÁN, Public Wall, 18 Dec '19   Credits: 2[Film] 'Gladiator': [Scene] 'Battle at the Colosseum': Youtube link. [Please click on 'Gladiator' picture above to see this inspiring video scene] RENÉ VAN DE SCHRAAF, Public Wall, 18 Dec '19   Credits: 2Thank you for your message Álvaro. What a sad news. Still, I admire your fighting spirit and wish you all the best and strength in this battle. DIANNA YAKOBSON, Public Wall, 18 Dec '19   Credits: 1I wish you take all precious moment in your life, stay strong and weak when need it. Hugs! ROY-M. MARTENS, Public Wall, 20 Dec '19   Credits: 2Dear Álvaro, there are hardly good words, but let it be known that we are with you in spirit. And miracles do happen. ANNE VON ECHLIN, Public Wall, 20 Dec '19  Credits: 3Yes, miracles do happen indeed; a Norwegian guy who was diagnozed with terminal cancer, decided to quit it all, and moved out to a remote cabin in the deep forest in order to spend his last time there. But as the days, weeks and months passed on, nothing happened. Unexpectantly he did not get worse, actually on the contrary. Gradualy he started to be outdoors in the fresh air, working with wood cut and other practical stuff, joined with the quiet ambience of the simply cabin, fire on the oven, and deep sleep. When he returned to his doctor in the city after several months in the forest, no medical signs of the cancer and malign growth could be found anymore! It was gone!! - 'I think I have found a good cure for cancer!' he later commented and these days he is well an normal again. RAMÓN LUITWIELER, Public Wall, 21 Dec '19   Credits: 2Dear Álvaro, what a sad news! Stay strong!! It is good to see your positive mindset! Keep the faith and welcome back on Miljonet. ÁLVARO GALCERÁN, Public Wall, 21 Dec '19   Credits: 4Dear René, Dianna, Roy-M., Anne and Ramón,Thank you very much for your Comments, that give me hope and positive energy. I´ll tell you something rather personal. I defined my vocation wihen I was 12 years old. My slogan was 'to give me life to others '; and my target (now that the current Pope promotes this I reveal this secret): to become a Saint (i.e. San Álvaro de Bellera though the title is not important). So, in a society without values I am trying to reach the most elevated one. As my life progressed I have suffered very tough situations, overcame them and then helped others to overcome similar ones more easily, specifically unemployed, separated/divorced, mentally disordered people and what my Lord puts in my path, which now is cancer patients. What is the key is that before the risky radical surgical operation, in a 1 hour confession with the most intelligent and strict jesuit i ever met, and after reviewing all my life, he told me that I reached already 90% of my vocation target, told me what else to do and I am doing it. Can you imagine? I almost entirely achieved my sense of life , so I fill now simply fulfilled and happy. My way to help cancer patients is the following. I am Finance professional and amateur musician, belonging to the guitars duo 'A&A' (Alberto & Álvaro) (we already recorded in radio and TV channels). So, we have given already 4 anticancer concerts ( both public and private) called "Words and songs". With the words i tell my cancer experience discovering the positive side of the cancer, and illustrate each key idea with a song. The attendants cancer patients exit the concert renovated and motivated to fight, which is how I can help them. One of these positive sides of cancer is what I call the 'Just in case' approach. For example right now, given my life expectation is a 'matter of months or years', just in case these were my last Christmas I have planned a Christmas agenda with plenty of lunches, dinners, parties, concerts, etc. so looks like one of the best ones in my life. Now I am preparing a big anticancer concert in a hospital with 100 people both patients and public with the same idea of 'Words and songs' with my motovating testimony. I feel happier than before the cancer. What do you think about all these? I'd appreciate very much your Comments. Thanks for your patient reading a long text. DIANNA YAKOBSON, Public Wall, 21 Dec '19    Credits: 1Good thoughts, Álvaro! ROY-M. MARTENS, Public Wall, 23 Dec '19   Credits: 2Wonderful, and your gr8 mindset has a major influence. Anne's story is an important reminder and you might be aware of Dr. Joe Dispenza, I can personally/highly recommend his book 'You are the Placebo'. Can we listen to your music somewhere on the net? All the best from me and certainly everyone else here! RENÉ VAN DE SCHRAAF, Public Wall, 23 Dec '19   Credits: 2Thank you for sharing your story Álvaro. Again, it is wonderful to see you help so many others in their struggles! I am sure you will experience many other Christmases. I wish you all the best. ROY-M. MARTENS, Public Wall, 23 Dec '19   Credits:1Btw: The huge gladiator on Russel Crowe's left is an old friend of mine :-) ÁLVARO GALCERÁN, Public Wall, 10 Feb '20   Credits: 1CANCER 3 - 1 ÁLVARO: I am football player for +50 years and I never gave up a single ball. Last week was key for me. On one side, I had the most important job interview in my life, which I had prepared for three weeks. On the other, I had the most important doctors' review on cancer for last three years, being the expectations bad or very bad news. The conventional cancer therapies are failing in my case. After three years war, I am again like the first day, i.e. there is a new focus of cancer which is still hidden and is creating consistently extremely bad PSA numbers (the key measure). The bad news would have been that I have to pass experimental risky therapies like immunotherapy, which consists on an injection that makes 9 out 10 patients survive and some of them get rid of cancer, while the balance patient simply dies. A 10% chance of dying is not huge but is relevant enough to pray and pray. The very bad news were that I am not elegible for immunotherapy because it is not compatible with the chemotherapy that I aready passed. So, failing the conventional treatments and not being feasible the experimental one, the next choice is natural treatments (plants like curcumine, ginger, etc). The doctor has forbidden me to follow natural therapies because of their negative impact on liver metabolism. So, the third choice is simply pray, pray and pray. However, and after of long and detailed information, the doctors' words when I asked how was the overall situation, he surprisingly said 'between mid-point and good', kind of 55% out of 100%. These are the first positive words I heard from any of the ca. 12 doctors that are treating me in parallel, for the last three years. So, I consider this the first goal I have scored against cancer. In other football words, THE COME BACK HAS STARTED. Furthermore, the day before the doctors' revision, i.o. worrying, I enjoyed preparing a concert about James Taylor (songs like "You've got a friend') JUST IN CASE it was my last one before the injection, and I enjoied it a lot. What do you think? ÁLVARO GALCERÁN, Public Wall, 11 Feb '20    Credits: 1Dear Roy-M., Answering your question: No, you cannot yet hear my music on YouTube or other internet channels. But I can send to your private e-mail address a video with the trial #1 or the trial #2 of the 2020 Christmas Charity Anticancer Concert that I am organizing (expected ca. 100 attendants, half of them patients and may be even recorded on a national TV channel, titled 'Words and songs' and performed by 'Álvaro & Friends'. Would you please send me your private e-mail address? Mine is alvaro.galcerandebellera@gmail.com . ÁLVARO GALCERÁN, Public Wall, 13 Feb '20   Credits: 2Dear Roy-M., Regarding your question about listening my anticancer music, I am planning in our trial #2 to include an introduction words in English with the key ideas (the rest of words about the positive sides of the cancer are in Spanish which is not admitted by Miljonet), while the songs are in English (mainly), Spanigh and Portuguese. I´ve just asked authorization fro Raoul and Ramón to share on Miljonet Club Pubic Wall the video of our trial #2 (by end of February 2020) including the English introduction besides the Spanis words. I´ll let you know if there is a chance to listen to the video in this approach. Thanks for your will anyway. Kind regards, Álvaro DIANNA YAKOBSON, Public Wall, 13 Feb '20   Credits: 1We´ll get through this together with you Álvaro. You´re not facing cancer alone. You are strong. You can do this. Never, never ,never give up. I am praying for you and we love you ! ANNE VON ECHLIN, Public Wall, 14 Feb '20   Credits: 2'The holy Spirit needs no doctor'. Dear Álvaro, do focus and rely on yourself, your Spirit, which live in your body. In Hebrew, Scandinavian and Russian language Spirit = Breath, the same word, the person who lives in the physical body. It is your physical body which is attacked, but not your Spirit! -  do take one day at a time, and do whatever gives Happiness to your Spirit, jus small daily beautiful things and pleasures, and give a damn about everything else. It will strengthen you, this is my firm belief! And this sterngth might combat the attack on your body, like it did with the guy in the forest in Norway! With best wishes, Anne. RENÉ VAN DE SCHRAAF, Public Wall, 16 Feb '20   Credits: 2Hello Álvaro. A positive mind will bring more result. Positive words from the doctor must give hope and I detect a positive thought with you and that is good. So keep up this positive spirit and I am sure you wil win this fight. ÁLVARO GALCERÁN. Public Wall, 3 Mar '20 Dear my Miljonet Contacts, I have transfered the entire content of this Public Wall chat about my cancer into my new blog (please see Miljonet Magazine Blogs Body & Mind) titled 'The War Cancer Vs, Álvaro' including my long paragraphs, all your very welcome and helpful Comments and the inspiring video with the scene from 'Gladiator' film. I would very much appreciate that you please check my Blog from time to time and provide Comments. Kind regards, Álvaro alias 'Gladiator'

Other 29 Jan '20

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Fashion & Design 12 Jan '20

new york fashion week fall 2020

You've seen the runways of Milan, Paris and London and the world has experienced the energy of New York Fashion Week. But here we are in 2020 and the fashion industry is ready for change. Bucceri International has recognized the need to amp up NYFW by creating a fresh new concept by implementing the ambience, expectations and overall goals of designers, models, investors and off course the audience, all of which appreciating haute couture at it's finest.The Bucceri International NYFW, will take place in September 2020 with already a handful of respected designers from Europe confirmed to have their designs worn by high profile agency picked models along with numerous other designers from around the globe who have also secured their place at the event. This also opens up many an opportunity for International corporations, brands to partner with the BUCCERI INTERNATIONAL NYFW. Because this is on the upper echelon of fashion, many facets of luxury have been implemented including the sponsorship packages that gaurantees only the best are included in the event itself that come with inclusions on all marketing (social & digital media), Press Release (International) confirming partnership, advertising opportunities, access to media on the red carpet and more. To see and learn more, visit the website at: http://www.bucceriintlnyfw.comAll inquiries & requests for the Presentation Deck can also be sent directly to: donna@oleanderpr.com Subject BUCCERI NYFW

Art & Culture 10 Jan '20

"the plastic heart" sculpture by charlotte olsson

This heart is entirely sculptured of recycled materials found in the Ocean. Gothenburg-based artist Charlotte Olsson’s purpose with this almost four meter high sculpture is to draw attention to the significant environmental problems in the Ocean. Sir Richard Branson, Sarah Ferguson The Duchess of York, Dr Sylvia Earle, Leif Pagrotsky, Ola Skinnarmo, Johan Elmander, Agneta Sjödin, Mikkey Dee, Team Anna, Lasse Gustavsson, Världens Vackraste Skärgård, etc has all helped Charlotte collecting the plastic waste.“The Ocean is our biggest source of life and for me the greatest source of inspiration. The fact that the Ocean soon contains more plastic than fish makes me terrified! Almost half  the oxygen we breathe is produced in the Ocean. Is this what we want to pass on to future generations?”Charlotte has shown her unique upcycling-art all around Europe and she is one of the very few Swedes who have exhibited her art at The European Council of Human Rights in Strasbourg. This particular art project is a collaboration with The Perfect World Foundation and the profit will contribute to their important work – Save the Ocean!

Other 07 Jan '20

the language of music

Our world is rich, vibrant, and full of diversity, and our world of music is no different. There are musical instruments out there that reveal to us so much of the world that we didn't even know existed. They embody entire cultures, people and their beliefs, echo thoughts, feelings, and dreams, and re-tell age-old stories over and over again. Like living entities, they play the messengers to our thoughts and emotions. Whatever language we speak, the language of music can be understood by all.Around the world, there are instruments we all know and cherish, from pianos to guitars, violins to saxophones. Yet, there are other instruments out there that are a little less known to us than the ones we are used to.They are ancient instruments that have existed and evolved for over hundreds of years. While some of these remarkable instruments have successfully stood the test of time, sadly, not all have been able to claim a place in the modern world as securely as they once did.But music itself is timeless. A thousand years from now, our world will have evolved, and the language of music will have evolved with it. While some instruments may continue to fade away until they become little more than exhibits in a museum, silent behind glass, others can become just as popular as ever, adapting to the ever-changing language and creating something new that has never been heard before. In China, the guqin is an ancient string instrument created thousands of years ago, but is still played today to create beautiful, dream-like music unlike any instrument heard before. Famous Chinese philosopher, Confucius, adored this exquisite instrument, and even played one himself. The guqin has many qualities, believed to enrich character, enhance lives, improve learning, and communicate and pray to gods and demons. During the Ming Dysnasty, between 1368 and 1644, it was believed that the right time to play the guqin was outside in a mountain environment, in a garden or small pavilion, near an old pine tree or on a tranquil moonlit night, while the air was delicately perfumed with incense. This graceful instrument has played a vital role in Chinese history and music, and will hopefully continue to do so for many more centuries to come.  The sarangi is another stringed instrument, and its origins come from the Indian subcontinent. Used in Hindustani classical music, it is said to be the instrument that most resembles the human voice out of all the instruments in the world. Because of this, most distinguished Indian vocalists learned how to play the sarangi. Sadly, in the latter half of the 19th century, the harmonium and the violin emerged, and, with them being ultimately easier instruments to play, the sarangi and the sarangi player slowly began to fade away. The playing strings of this instrument are made from gut, the usual material being goat intestines. The unique voice of this remarkable instrument embodies the vibrant beauty of India and its people; and while it may not be as popular as it once was, those who do continue to play the sarangi keep its memory alive for as long as its voice continues to be heard. In Africa, musical instruments can be used to communicate with both man and spirit. Some may be used for religious and ceremonial occasions, while others can be simply for entertainment. These instruments all range in shape, size, and complexity, many made from natural materials using age-old methods. Percussion plays a vital role in African music. The shekere is a drum made from dried and hollowed out gourd, covered with a net that has beads or shells on it, so when the drum is beaten, the beads hit the surface and make a sound. There is the djembe, a goblet-shaped drum, which has the ability to make different sounds when beaten, and is played strictly by hand. The balafon is an instrument similar to the xylophone, made from wood, gourds, and vines. In some African cultures, the balafon has ceremonial significance related to funerals, grief, and mourning. Music is an incredible way to break barriers, build bridges, communicate and connect. As a messenger it will never become extinct. It will continue to evolve and adapt as we do. And nowhere else in the world is this more apparent than in Africa.  The nyckelharpa, as a traditional Swedish fiddle, is a close relative of the hurdy gurdy. A four-stringed instrument played with a bow, the nyckelharpa is probably the most well-known and adored instrument in Swedish folklore. It dates back from the Middle-Ages, and has evolved for more than 600 years. The nyckelharpa almost became extinct in the early 1900s, but in the 1960s and 70s, this beautiful instrument made a phenomenal come-back. There are now at least 4 variations of the instrument today, which is something of a rarity for folk instruments. It creates an eerie but enchanting sound, somewhat resembling the violin in both music and appearance. The nyckelharpa brings Scandinavian folklore to life with its hauntingly beautiful voice, leading ancient ghosts into the modern world. More well-known worldwide, the didgeridoo is a wind instrument made from hollowed out wood. It is believed that the first didgeridoos were played by aboriginal people in northern Australia an estimated 40,000 years ago, and that they used eucalyptus branches that had been naturally hollowed out by termites. However, archaelogical research suggests that the didgeridoo is only about 1500 years old. This is due to the absence of cave paintings depicting humans playing the didgeridoo earlier than 1500 years ago. Despite its age, Western society has only recently become acquainted with the didgeridoo. In 1835, 47 years after the Europeans colonised Australia, the first written account of the didgeridoo was published, where it was described as a trumpet. Modern didgeridoos are made from eucalyptus, bamboo, and agave. It is both a pitched instrument and a percussive instrument, used in many world music applications such as beatboxing, dance, and meditation. With its raw and guttural voice, the didgeridoo embodies the fierce Australian wilderness, and represents the ancient spirits of the people who played this same fascinating instrument almost two thousand years ago. Sometimes the most captivating instruments are the least obvious to us. We appreciate the beauty of music no matter who we are or where we live. Whatever language we speak, we can all understand music and the intricate messages that each and every note presents to us. Thousands of years ago, we used music to convey stories, thoughts, dreams, and emotions. Today, in our modern world, this has not changed. For how much longer will humankind continue to listen to and speak the language of music? Will it ever be silenced?Judging by its incredible ability to adapt, music could never be silenced. It is as significant to our world today as it was several centuries ago. But now, more people have greater access to a huge variety of instruments. There is so much more to discover, so much more to learn. The language music speaks is ageless. We have time. 

Other 10 Dec '19

tesoro nero & wild cats

Two Worlds IntertwinedOur world is made up of the most beautiful and resilient creatures that affect our lives more than we could ever understand. Among them are the wild cats. Not only do they inhabit the mountains, the savannahs, the jungles, and the rainforests, but these remarkable animals have occupied a special place in our hearts for several lifetimes. Wild cats possess a fierce majesty, free and untamed, an almost mythical allure within the vast expanse of our imaginations. So rarely do our physical worlds intertwine; most of us will walk through life without once capturing a single, wild glimpse of one of these amazing creatures. Our lives are so very different, yet, we encounter these animals every day more than we even know. They have fuelled our imaginations for centuries. They have been anthropomorphised, given human gait and speech. They have been venerated for their beauty and the mystery that surrounds them. They have made regular appearances in our various cultures, in stories with which we have grown up and cherished throughout our lives. Bagheera and Shere Khan from The Jungle Book, Aslan from Narnia, The Lion King and The Pink Panther - just a few examples of how these remarkable cats have ignited our imaginations. The Circle of LifeWe have all seen the film The Lion King, and we all know the famously uttered line, 'the circle of life'. This is more than just a well-known maxim - it is the foundation of how we all live, from lion prides in Africa, solitary snow leopards in India, and ourselves and our families at home.Wild cats help to maintain a balanced eco-system, ensuring that one species does not overpopulate and disrupt the natural equilibrium. By targeting the diseased, weak, and elderly prey when out hunting, these wild cats ensure that only the healthiest reproduce. It is Nature's way of ensuring that 'the circle of life' is upheld.Wild Cats in DangerThe future of these wild cats is severely threatened. With the loss and fragmentation of their habitat, they struggle to find food, mates, and a safe territory. Their prey is overhunted, leaving them unable to hunt successfully for themselves and for their cubs. Conflict with local people over real and perceived threat posed to livestock means that wild cats are slaughtered. They are illegally poached for trophies, their skin, meat, and parts of their body for use in traditional medicine. Due to so many dangers posed to their survival, these incredible animals need our help. And what will happen if they disappear forever? All we'll have left of these cats will be in our stories, nothing more than ink on a page or millions of tiny pixels on a screen. We will be left with myths, with wraiths of memories, with the bitter knowledge that we could have always done something, but we chose to do nothing instead. We will have to explain to our children why we allowed these animals to be forgotten, and they will hate us for it.Tesoro Nero & PantheraSo how are we helping to protect these magnificant animals when they are at their most vulnerable? Tesoro Nero has created a piano to reflect the beauty of one of Nature's rarest creatures. With every purchase of one of our panther pianos, we will donate a considerable sum of our profits to Panthera, a trusted organisation dedicated to saving the threatened future of wild cats everywhere.Panthera conducts significant research, identifying and protecting these wild cats and their habitats, monitoring their populations as well as the population of their prey. They collect critical ecological data and enhance law enforcement, ensuring a healthy and sustained ecosystem is kept in place. Using cutting-edge technology, they can prevent poaching and protect these animals from being needlessly slaughtered. By purchasing our panther piano, you will be helping Panthera carry out all of this incredible research, and helping to save these beautiful wild cats who desperately need our help.We Refuse to ForgetWe refuse to forget about the wild cats and to simply let them fade away into dust, to disappear into the furthest crevices of our minds only to be lost forever. We refuse to forget about our connections with Nature, and of everything that makes us human. It is our duty to protect the creatures with whom we share our earth. We refuse to forget how important these wild cats are, and how they have shaped us as a species. If we lose them, then we lose a part of ourselves forever. 

Other 25 Nov '19

origins of the piano

The modern piano has undergone a great evolutionary journey throughout the centuries. From around 1600, the harpsichord was one of the leading instruments of the era. It resembled the piano with its appearance, and its system of strings and soundboard. But the harpsichord had its restrictions - it did not give the player freedom to control the instrument's volume, to play notes loud or soft. It was Bartolomeo Cristofori of Italy who, in around the year 1700, set out to create an instrument with which a player would have more control. He invented the piano by replacing the harpsichord's plucking mechanism with a hammer. The first piano started out with only 54 keys, but this number gradually increased over the centuries until it finally reached the standard 88 keys following the First World War. Pianos were mostly limited to the aristocracy, until the French Revolution occurred in 1789. Subsequently, they became more popular with the general public, and demands for these instruments increased. Music that had also been previously appreciated by aristocrats in their exclusive courts was now being performed in large concert halls that seated up to 2,000 people. This created a greater demand for instruments that had a louder sound and carried further.Many famous composers fell in love with the piano and its music, composing stunning masterpieces and performing in public concerts. The piano has been a part of our lives from the beginning, and our love for it has only continued to grow. From grand concert halls to the privacy and comfort of one's own home, the piano belongs to everyone. It was created to be without limits. It became an instrument to be beheld and enjoyed by all. There was no barrier between rich and poor, amateur and professional. People from all walks of life were united by music. The piano is an expressive instrument, almost alive, with every single note it breathes.Rich with soul and feeling, the piano captivates us all. Even today, in our fast-paced, modern world, we can still find the time to slow down, sit back, and appreciate its rich and vibrant music. There are so many ways we can now enjoy our music, but nothing is quite so powerful as the melody of the piano. It can be poignant and full of sadness, soft and dreamy, sharp and intense, joyful and uplifting. Like a living creature, the piano possesses soul. It owns laughter, it owns heartbreak. Every string murmurs with feeling, tearing down unbreakable barriers, and we reveal a side of ourselves to others in a way we were unable to before.Strengthened by the piano's exquisite voice, it heals us, whatever our emotions, our hardships, our fragility. There is very little out there that can move us the same way a piano can. It will never be antiquated, a timeworn fossil. It has influenced us for many lifetimes, and it will continue to influence us for many more lifetimes to come. 

Other 19 Nov '19

the songs of nature

'Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything' - PlatoFor thousands of years, we have cherished the soul of music. It is more than just sound in the air, more than just ink on paper. We use it to mirror our thoughts, bring to life complex emotions that can otherwise be lost in translation. Ancient armies used music to rally their soldiers into a fierce and fiery passion, to strike terror into the hearts of their enemies. We have always used music to tell stories, to manipulate the heartstrings of listeners with the ease of a puppeteer manipulating the strings of a marionette. Music gives us the power to speak without words. Even somewhere devoid of all human influence, there is rarely silence. Deep within the gloomiest rainforests, a choir waits, silent, concealed by the leaves and shadows. Its audience, unseen, but out there somewhere. Throats swell, songs rise, and a cacophony of voices suddenly engulfs the silence of the trees. The male frogs serenade their invisible females, coax them out of the darkness like a love-struck Romeo serenading Juliet beneath her ivy-clad balcony. And in the darkness, within the shadows of the sickle moon, a lone wolf raises his head and sings at the stars, fills the sky with the echoes of his haunted voice. He is a ghost, mourning his solitude, and his song is a lonely one. It carries further than he will ever wander.Songbirds warble joyfully in the trees, and even the caged canary must sing to keep his soul alive. We cherish the lark for her beautiful lovelorn ballads, the hooting owl for his soothing lullabies. We are captivated by the songs of Nature. We have listened to them, learned from them, taken from them something that is primitive and raw, and transformed them into entirely new creatures. There are many voices, each one demanding to be heard. Music has existed longer than we have. We do not possess it, nor do we claim to. We merely embrace it, allow it to embrace us, to nourish our fettered emotions, and to set them free.

Business 25 Oct '19

africa trade & investment global summit, (atigs)

Africa Trade & Investment Global Summit, (ATIGS) is a unique high-level, prestigious, biennial business platform designed specifically to promote and facilitate international trade and foreign direct investment in Africa. It is the leading Africa-global centric event in the world. The highly anticipated 2020 edition of Africa Trade & Investment Global Summit will be held on October 28 & 29, 2020 in Dubai, UAE during the World Expo. ATIGS Dubai 2020 is theme "Connecting Global Capital with Africa Investment and Trade Opportunities" with a sub-theme "Better Africa, Better World"  ATIGS Dubai 2020 will welcome a delegation of ministers, governors, business executives, and global investors to facilitate deal making, co-investments, strategic partnerships, and business networking all under one roof. Last year, the premier ATIGS USA 2018 was held on June 24-26 in Washington DC at the Ronald Reagan Building and World Trade Center. The Summit attracted 2,300 delegates from 92 countries, and 186 Accredited Investor groups, a great success for the hosting country, sponsors and the participants.  

Business 09 Sep '19

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Travel & Events 26 Aug '19

7 game drive tips

For everyone who likes to go on a classic safari, some nice tips to make it an even better experience!  Cheers! Henk & Angelique  1.             Go out early in the morning before sunrise and the heat begins or just at the end of the day, when the predators will reappear. 2.             Be as quiet as possible and look closely at bushes and trees. These are good hiding places for felines. 3.             It obvious, but don't wear striking colored clothing. During a walking safari it is better not to wear white or black, because predators can                associate that with the tail or the buttocks of a prey. Or they see you as a competition. You'll be surprised when suddenly there's a lion behind                you. 4.             A huge cliché, but it happens too often that people are stubborn: always stay in the car! Unless your guide says it's safe to get out. As long                as you are in the car, a feline will not see you as a human being, but as part of an object. If you climb out of the car, then it becomes a                different story. 5.             In order to preserve as much as possible the experience and memory of the animals you have spotted, you can arrange for one to film and                the other to photograph. 6.             Before you start, immerse yourself in animal tracks. In this way, you can also participate in the 'game' along the way and you increase the                chance of success. 7.             Take your time: if you have found a leopard or cheetah, talk to your guide (and other travelers) to see if you can stay a bit longer. It is often                better to choose to see one animal (and family) than to see a little or nothing of everything. It is special to be able to observe animals up close                and the moment will soon be over. And even if they are found, waiting is worthwhile. Animals almost always move around and only then it can                become really interesting! 

Travel & Events 26 Aug '19

part 3: paradisiacal botswana embraced by water

Despite the dry Kalahari desert, Botswana is one of the most fertile countries in Africa. This is mainly due to magical rivers such as the Chobe, Linyanti and Zambezi and the unique wet landscape of the famous Okavan Modelta. This combination results in a rich ecosystem, in which nature uses its own 'water engineers'. Text: Angelique van Os | Photography: Henk Bothof  Peaceful solutionsWe continue talking about human versus wildlife conflicts in Botswana in the previous part I and II. The dosed shooting of elephants by professionals of the dikskins around problem areas is not a solution, we hear from different sources. This means that a completely healthy family will die, including pregnant heifers and young and baby elephants. An elephant is known for its good memory and can mourn for days when a family member dies. And chances are they will return to the same places. Hopefully there will be more peaceful solutions, which will have a long-term effect. There are success stories, for example, that the animals are kept away with beehives. And there are several international universities and organizations that study the forms of elephant migration. Arnold Tshipa has been investigating the migration and movement of 32 elephants around Hwange National Park (Zimbabwe) for Wilderness for a number of years. Some of them wear a gps-tracking band. In a nutshell, it can be seen that there are animals that barely move around, there are herds that travel short distances and there were eight elephants that crossed the border at Botswana. The migrations are important for the distribution of the families, which can cause the animals to settle in neighbouring countries. Arnold: "It is essential that the elephants are able to move around the major rivers and along the corridors. We will discuss this with politicians in order to stimulate this approach. And if we have more knowledge about why elephants migrate - apart from the dry versus wet season - then we might as well lead them to similar areas where they feel at home. The downside is that such research and the movement of elephants is a very expensive affair and governments must be prepared to give up land so that they can receive elephants."  Finally, education also plays an important role in the future of elephants, as well as other endangered species such as big cats and the African Wild Dog, which are also the inhabited world crosses. According to Sue Goatley of Children of the Wilderness, education is a key role. Sue has been working in the field as a teacher and school principal for many years and coordinates school projects in the Zambezi region. She is involved in the Wilderness Eco-clubs, which have 18 primary schools. For each school, thirty pupils follow a special nature conservation program for four years. Sue: "Children under the age of twelve are sponges and with the right guidance they can absorb a lot of knowledge, such as how best to deal with wild animals in their environment. The great thing is that pupils not only pass on knowledge to each other, but also to their family members. The children convince their parents or warn them not to kill animals, but they can act in other ways when there is danger. And that they can even - with increasing tourism - take advantage of it."       Small water lifeThe daily problems are hardly visible during our trip. But it keeps us constantly busy, because nature has to fight hard for its existence. When we drive with Robert through the northern flanks of the delta, in the Kwedi concession, again the peaceful silence is overwhelming. The vastness. And every time the surprise. Also for Rob as a researcher: "This is such a unique area. It continues to amaze me. Recently I discovered a new species of dragonfly and lastly near the lodge, Vumbura Plains, a new carnivorous plant species that seems to come from the Congo River. Certainly the varied little water life that takes place here fascinates me." And that's what we see when we get into a mokoro. This traditional hollowed out tree trunk has traditionally served as the main means of transport in the delta. In the meantime, the wooden examples have been replaced by durable, light fiberglass canoes. The helmsman uses a long stick to move the boat. We glide criss-cross between the high reed and along countless papyruses. From the water level we see small insects flying by, frogs jumping off leaves and small kingfishers taking a dive. The shallow water is clear and warm to the touch. I doze away a bit and think back to all the impressive experiences of this trip. To the many elephant families I have been able to observe and to their uncertain future. The three little ones of only a few months old who greeted each other, the clown of the family, who gave a show with a stick and then got tangled up with his trunk. And the caring mothers who kept an eye on things in the background. I can't get enough of it. Nor of this paradisiacal landscape and its inhabitants, in which the power of water, the source of life, is all-encompassing. BACKGROUND Wilderness SafarisWilderness Safaris is one of the few organizations in Botswana that has the means to rent or lease a number of concessions from the government. The exclusivity is not only in the really beautifully decorated, luxurious tents and lodges, which are often equipped with natural materials and perfectly fit in with the vast landscape. It's all about the overall picture. The location at the waterfront is breathtaking at all four camps we visited -Toka Leya (Zambia), DumaTau, Quoroke and Vumbura Plains-. The friendliness, service and knowledge of the local staff deserves a compliment. The healthy local products are a party and finally the daily activities are varied and the knowledge of the rangers is always astonishing. In order to minimise the impact of tourism, Wilderness only uses solar panels, which also heat its own purified water. This water comes from the rivers and the swamp. To this end, Wilderness employs managers who apply as clean ecosystems as possible. The cars and their own planes do have an impact, of course, but they are necessary to get around in this country. Wilderness compensates their CO2 emissions by planting new forests. Furthermore, with their impressive contributions from the Wilderness Wildlife Trust, which has been in existence since the end of the 1980s, they want to make the difference in sustainable tourism. The trust focuses on nature conservation, research, education, running their own anti-poaching management and supports and involves local communities in their projects. There are dozens of projects that the Trust makes possible. But the relationship is symbiotic: without tourism there is no trust and therefore no conservation. Finally, the non-profit organization Children in the Wilderness has an important role to play, with a focus on various educational projects. More information: wilderness-safaris.comREAD ALSO OUR OTHER BLOGS ABOUT BOTSWANA

Travel & Events 26 Aug '19

part 2: paradisiacal botswana embraced by water

Despite the dry Kalahari desert, Botswana is one of the most fertile countries in Africa. This is mainly due to magical rivers such as the Chobe, Linyanti and Zambezi and the unique wet landscape of the famous Okavango Delta. This combination results in a rich ecosystem, in which nature uses its own 'water engineers'.  Text: Angelique van Os | Photography: Henk Bothof Geological wonderWe move on to the southeast of the Okavango Delta, to Qorokwe, a camp that lies under the vast Moremi Game Reserve. From the air the total area of roughly 15,000 km2, filled with canals, lagoons, swamps, reed collars and islets looks spectacular. Nowhere are asphalt roads, no electricity poles, no light pollution. Nothing but wilderness, in which earthly colors alternate. I feel very insignificant in this great country, but also happy: that I can enjoy this geological miracle.   The world's largest inland delta, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, borders the Kalahari Desert to the northwest. The original water source can be found some 1600 kilometers upstream in the Angolan highlands. From here, countless streams and smaller rivers in the catchment area of the two main tributaries of the Okavango - the Cubango and Cuito - are fed by summer rains that fall between October and April. Between December and March the rain peak occurs, allowing the water level to rise up to two meters and the delta to expand. In the dry season, the marshland landscape decreases. However, the delta is supplied with water throughout the year, so that the migration of animals to this area is high. Due to weaknesses in the earth's crust, formed by tectonic shifts along the Eastern African Rift Valley, the Okavango River was split millions of years ago from the Kwando and the Zambezi and therefore does not flow to the sea anywhere. Instead, the water disappears into the desolate Kalahari Desert after its fanning out. The current funnel-shaped delta was created as a result of a series of fault lines and a tectonic impoundment, such as near the town of Maun, where the watercourse was closed off. It can take four to six months for the water to flow through a large estuary throughout the delta, feeding the seasonal marshes.  AuthenticityOpinions are divided as to the extent to which the delta has changed in recent decades. Ecologist Robert Taylor specializes in wetland studies and is a botanist. He has been working for five years on various projects within Wilderness, such as a successful rhino reintegration project. Taylor indicates that the delta has largely retained its authenticity. A visible change is that the clear water becomes darker. This may be due to the increasing number of forest fires, where peat, for example, ends up in the water and attacks the soil and plants. "There is much debate among researchers about the extent to which the delta is formed from fire; that it is part of the natural balance. Others claim that increasing fires have a negative impact on water and that this is a development of recent years. In my opinion, too little research has been done into the impact of fire on the delta's ecosystem. In addition, 50 years ago there were hardly any elephants to be found here. Now there are many of them and their presence is visible in the landscape. There are many fallen and bare trees that do not survive. But it is a dynamic system. We can't agree that because there used to be forests with tall trees, it should look like this." Water architectsThe elephant, as well as the hippopotamus and termites, also plays an important role in the landscape. These are the ecosystem engineers and water architects. Rob explains: "The termites, with their hills, create islands in the delta area. At high tide, their structures protrude above the surface of the water, allowing permanent vegetation to develop here. In wetlands, elephants and hippos can use their movements to open channels to allow water to flow. Thanks to this movement, complex networks of pathways through the wetlands are created, which ensures that there is a flow of water and that the areas remain accessible. IssueThe sparsely populated Botswana has the largest elephant population in Africa, with counts exceeding 130,000 since 2018. The fact that the animals thrive here is often due to the remote rich wetlands, the diverse vegetation of open savannahs and forest and shrubs. In addition, the presence of humans is limited, especially in the protected, remote areas such as the Okavango Delta and the private concessions. Because the government allows an exclusively small-scale form of sustainable tourism, it is also a costly affair to visit the wildlife parks. However, the success of the elephant now takes such a refuge that it is a major problem outside the protected areas. For example, at the end of March AG Africa Geographic reported that more than 65% of Botswana's wildlife is located outside protected areas, in the Wildlife Management Areas (AMMs), demographically speaking. These are mainly pastoral and agricultural areas, where communities live along the border. Here, elephant herds regularly cause great damage to homes and destroy agricultural crops. Sometimes with fatal consequences for the inhabitants. It is a complex discussion about which the opinions and interests of nature organizations and conservationists, politicians and the local population differ widely. The problem goes beyond the elephant problem: it is a forerunner for more human-wildlife conflicts. This is possibly the greatest challenge for the future, not only for Botswana, but also for neighbouring countries and how they should deal with these issues. In 2014, the previous president, Ian Kaha, issued a hunting ban because of the low level of wildlife. Meanwhile, the current president, Mokgweetsi Masisi, has lifted this ban since May of this year and it is legal again to hunt elephants. Worldwide, this leads to great resistance and with it, the poaching and 'pleasure hunting' that has been fought against so hard in recent years can once again celebrate victory. This is already visible in less protected areas, according to a recent report by the conservation organization Elephant Without Borders: in 2018 they identified four 'poachers' hot spots', where 87 carcasses of elephants had been found. They provided the sites with photographic evidence, ground surveys and had nine international elephant experts look at them. According to researcher Mike Chase and the BBC, the government denies the extent of this poaching and is trying to silence Chase. READ FURTHER IN PART 3!  

Travel & Events 26 Aug '19

paradisiacal botswana embraced by hydropower

Despite the dry Kalahari desert, Botswana is one of the most fertile countries in Africa. This is mainly due to magical rivers such as the Chobe, Linyanti and Zambezi and the unique wet landscape of the famous Okavan Modelta. This combination results in a rich ecosystem, in which nature uses its own 'water engineers'. Text: Angelique van Os | Photography: Henk Bothof A few meters from our safari tent, I hold my breath. Leaves rustle and branches break. Suddenly I see a big grey skin. I've never seen them so close before. Manager Anneri of the really beautiful and completely self-sufficient Wilderness DumaTau Camp, hasn't said that we should be on our guard, or we're already staring straight into the eyes of an elephant. The animal flaps its ears. Not because it feels threatened, but to regulate its moisture and temperature. "You should never turn around and run away when you see an elephant, because then he will come after you. Always let the animal pass by first. Or as now, we just have to wait until he's finished nibbling. Because as long as he keeps chewing on grass, there's nothing wrong", says Anneri calmly. We wait a few minutes for the elephant to turn around. But that doesn't happen. Anneri chuckles and finally she claps her hands. She doesn't like to chase away animals, because we are guests in their environment. But the safety of the guests is paramount. With some reluctance the animal disappears into the bushes and eats its lunch a little further on. The adrenaline slowly slides out of my body. Soon it turns out that this is one of the many grey colossus that we can admire up close. And there are many of them at the same time. A day later, for example, an impressive bull wanders around the reception and during a delicious boat lunch where we float along the Savute canal, we have to wait with mooring. An elephant swims along the quay and decides to go ashore right at the back of the luxury camp. DumaTau takes its name from 'the roar of the lion', but in this area it's without a doubt the large herds of elephants that make up the service here. These large 'parades' are not only to be found in this area, on the edge of the Linyanti swamp and the Ospray Lagoon. They are mainly found in and around the waters of the major rivers such as the adjacent Chobe and Kwando, the famous Okavango Delta and the extensive Chobe National Park. In addition to elephants, these watery ecosystems are also bursting with hippos, many bird species, crocodiles, antelopes, cat-like species and other wildlife that migrate to the water to drink. We are located in the untouched Africa of North Botswana. Where water systems can still flow largely unaffected and freely and where the diverse ecosystem not only depends on this rich area, but also makes an important contribution to its future.  Complex as a wholeThe rich water and river systems of North Botswana are closely interlinked, as well as with neighbouring countries. As a result, it forms a complex whole, with rivers flowing into each other and bearing a different name. The Savute canal starts in the Linyanti concession and ends in the Savuti marsh, which borders Chobe National Park. These are protected areas. The Linyanti concession covers an enormous area of 125,000 hectares and is supervised by Wilderness Safaris and its Wilderness Wildlife Trust. Wilderness Safaris is a large tour operator within Southern Africa and only has its own concessions. In Linyanti they have two other small-scale lodges besides DumaTau. The organization has been in existence for more than 35 years and presents excellent eco-safaris in the high segment.  VeinsThe Savute water comes from the Kwando-Linyanti river. This river originates in the highlands of Angola and undergoes several name changes on this route before forming a delta-law country on the border with Botswana and Namibia. To keep it 'clear': the Kwando River touches the Linyanti fault line and changes direction into the Linyanti River. Linyanti then turns into Chobe, which in turn flows into the Zambezi River near Kasane. Then there is the Selinda Canal, which connects the Okavango system with the Kwando-Linyantis system. In the event of a flooding of the systems, water enters the other network via the Selinda canal. And so all the veins are interconnected again.The fault lines and shifts of the rivers are clearly visible from the air, so that the change of vegetation (river, swamp, grassland, forest and savannah) also complement each other. Due to the intense presence of all this water, the game thrives in this part of Botswana. And the marshy areas are unsuitable and too remote for settlements. A positive result is that the game has more living space and is less threatened, especially in protected concessions such as Wilderness. Unspoilt natureBack to Linyanti. This fairy-tale area of 28,000 m2, situated at the edge of the fertile Okavango oasis, forms a dynamic color palette, with spectacular views over the lively water landscape. There is always movement. During several game drives we see elephants cooling down in the swamps and river. They splash and spray water with their trunks on top of each other, as if they shower together. The grey skins like to swim between a bed of white water lilies, which sparkles in the rising heat. Occasionally a few hippos take a beating. Like a submarine, they appear on the surface, keep a close eye on everything with its strong smell, only to disappear under water again a little later. Gallant and agile impalas spread in small groups in the high reed while jumping. They also seek shelter and refreshment, unaware that there may be a crocodile lurking. Or a leopard, because this devious cat can sneak silently around shallow water. We are very lucky, because a two year old male has been spotted, who is working away an old bite in a tree. The beautiful animal is luckily not impressed by our 4x4 jeep, and is slowly moving after his breakfast. The solitary leopard wanders in its dead field through the high grass and walks over a wooden bridge that the jeeps can cross. The cat screens the swamp for prey with his sharp vision. There is not much to see. On the other side he marks out his territory by a tree, and then, by a small detour through the forest, arrives at an open water spot again. Rttttssshhhh... Despite its speed, the beaten leopard sees its next bite - a lizard - shooting into the water. There is always boss above boss. The cat gives up and disappears into the bushes in search of cooling. I dare to breathe again, what a privilege to be able to follow this animal in this untouched nature. SEE PART 2 & 3 FOR THE FULL STORY! 

Travel & Events 09 Aug '19

stunning scenic flight helicopter horizons

When you are travelling across the Okavango Delta of Botswana (see previous travel blogs), one of the best ways to get an idea of the terrific scenery is up in the sky. We collaborated with the amazing Helicopter Horizons, which already fly their guests from lodge to lodge with small airplanes. But to experience a unique and even more exciting free feeling, one must really try a scenic helicopter flight! It is one of those things you put on your bucket list. And we must say, it is an absolute must!  We had a stunning flight with Helicopter Horizons, which made our trip even more magical. You can SEE OUR VIDEO HERE, and the images speak for themselves. Helicopter Horizons collaborates with travel organisations such as Wilderness Safaris. In addition to scenic flights, it is also possible to book private transfers, special helicopter safaris, they support with filming and photography. Also – that is what we really appreciate- Helicopter Horizons also supports when help is needed for special wild life assistance. They strive to give back as much and often as they can. Therefore, they for instance collaborate with organisations like the Rhino conservation Botswana (RBC) and Elephants without Borders (EWB). It is also possible to book flights to Makgadikgadi Pans and the Kalahari Desert. For more info, check the website. Photographs by Henk Bothof | Text: Angelique van Os 

Travel & Events 07 Aug '19

video: 5 reasons why we love wilderness safaris

This Spring Henk and I had an amazing trip with Wilderness Safaris (also see our previous blog about the classic safari trip we made). But we really want to share this video with you. The images speaks for themselves. Soon you can find the profiles of Wilderness on Miljonet.  Hope you also get inspired!  Henk Bothof & Angelique van Os Images by Henk Bothof & Dana Allen (interior)

Travel & Events 07 Aug '19

classic game drive botswana animalwahalla part 2

No LuckWe move on to the southeast of the Okavango Delta, to Qorokwe, a camp near the vast Moremi Game Reserve. From the air the area of roughly 15,000 km2, filled with canals, lagoons, swamps, reed collars and islets looks spectacular. Nowhere are asphalt roads, no electricity poles, no light pollution. Nothing but wilderness, in which earthly colours alternate. I feel very insignificant in this great country, but also happy: that I can enjoy this geological miracle. The end of the afternoon is approaching. With our new guide Alan, we go looking for lions. Everywhere we meet elephants, giraffes, antelope, birds and monkeys. The lions are nowhere to be seen. In the meantime Alan tells us all about the landscape, about the trees that have a hard time because of the many elephants. They are eaten bald and pushed over. Then we arrive at a vast plain. In the distance there are buffaloes and impalas. An ideal place for a lion to go hunting. We wait a while. But nothing happens. Alan drives on. Because Wilderness has its own concessions, the guides are allowed to drive off road here. This increases the chance to find cats and rhino’s. But no matter how many laps we drive, we don't find any lions. Alan also follows a rhino trail for a while, but without any luck. And the African Wild Dog hasn't been seen in the park for two weeks. The endangered dogs can travel up to sixty kilometers a day, so that's looking for a needle in a haystack. So no luck today.  Soes and sleepThe next game drive starts early again. Because it is already quite hot, Alan drives to a clearing that borders a large pond. Again we don't find a lion's-eye here, but we do find dozens of birds and elephants that cool off among the hippos. We can watch this peaceful scene for hours, but since the lions are not around here, we continue. While Alan drives on quietly, I hear him talking in the walkie-talkie. "Have the lions been spotted?" I ask hopefully. "And while I ask, the guide smiles and says: "Look right in front of you, under that bush." I start to shine glimpse away. There are two young lions puffing in the shade. They are brothers. Soon it turns out that the whole family (nine cats in total) is scattered under the bushes. A little further on two mothers and their one and a half year old sons are puffing in the grass. One of the lionesses looks like a sleeping beauty, with her head resting gracefully on her front leg. Cats sleep an average of 18 to 20 hours a day, so it is not surprising that there is little action. At the end of the day we see more lions! This time it are two adult males that have beautiful dark and long manes. These boys are also lazy and suffer from the heat. Yet there is a lion that walks along our jeep. We can almost touch him. The male hardly seems to be aware of our presence; the only thing he sees and hears is the car and the clicking of the cameras. Well hiddenIt's time to leave Qorokwe and fly on to the crazy area of Vumbura Plains, north of the Okavan Modelta. The Vumbura concession covers an area of 60,000 hectares, and I find it even more varied than the previous parks. Swamps, small islands with palm trees, vast savannas, acacia forests and seasonal flood plains alternate. No wonder there is so much wildlife here. We have set our sights on finding cheetahs and looking for wild dogs. However, the dogs haven't been seen in the area for a couple of days now and have moved to the south. Lettie is our new friendly guide. Also here the guides of Wilderness work well together during game drives. With three cars they scan the area. During the first afternoon trip Lettie finds lions on the trail. Because the cheetahs are nowhere to be seen, we change our plan. That is also part of a good game drive. Lettie hangs every few minutes with his nose above the unpaved path. By the size of the legs he recognizes whether we follow a male or female. It is the Kubo group, says the guide. This is a group with only lionesses and their young. "I see here that they have crossed the road, probably to drink. We zigzag through the bush. It is difficult to search in the dense and high bushes. The car is approaching a clearing. Now it gets confusing. "Look at the prints. Do you see that all the tracks run through each other, as if they doubted where to go", says Lettie pondering. The lions are nowhere to be seen, so Lettie drives back to the road. Unfortunately. Just at that moment a message follows: the others have spotted the group a bit further on. The lionesses and their offspring are well hidden under the bushes. We wait a while, but there is little movement. Through the walkie-talkie a voice resounds again. Lettie answers excitedly and turns to us with a big smile: "By chance a cheetah female has been seen with a number of cubs! On the way Lettie tells us that his colleague in the other car wanted to drive to the buffalo that we had spotted earlier that morning. When they were close by, it turned out that the cheetah had a dubious hunting attitude. And rightly so, because you don't just attack a buffalo. She had probably set her sights on a calf, but it was too well protected by the herd. Meanwhile she has retreated into the bushes. Ten minutes later Lettie drives off road through the bush. I keep finding it unimaginable how the man always manages to find his way without getting lost. In the distance we see the other jeep. Lettie looks surprised when we find the cheetah mother. "Wow! I know this female. She hadn't been spotted for a while. Apparently she has been busy, because we see her cub now for the first time. So for me also a boost. Her cubs are only a few months old." The mother keeps a close eye on us, but is otherwise relaxed. The boy doesn't know the car yet. They look around a bit nervously and when their mother starts moving, they walk in a bit nervously and trot after it. Lettie reacts immediately each time the animals are in a higher gear. At an appropriate distance he turns the car around so we can see them clearly. We stay with the cheetahs for more than half an hour and say goodbye when the foursome falls asleep under a tree. After this crazy morning a fairytale surprise awaits us: in the middle of nature Wilderness has set up a table where a delicious lunch buffet full of salads, soups, meat and fruit awaits us and the other guests. What a misery!  Close brothersThe end of our trip is approaching. The last game drive is approaching. And it will be memorable too. Again we encounter lions. This time there are four brothers. In consultation with Lettie we decide to take our time and stay with the lions. A male keeps an eye on things. The other three are lazily lying next to each other. They have their legs nicely crossed over each other. "These boys are very close. They hunt and eat together. They are three years old now. Only when they start mating do they retreat and possibly become dominant towards each other", says Lettie. Meanwhile, the sun begins to burn and the lions start to move. Together they search for a pool to drink water. Three of the four then plunge into the shady high grass. But one male walks on. He marks his territory spraying by a tree and calls with a kind of crying song to the females we saw earlier. "The lionesses won't let him come near them, because with the cubs there is a chance that he will kill them. Maybe that's why he sounds so pathetic, he probably already knows that it makes no sense", jokes Lettie. And while we're still watching the lions, I review what we have all seen. What a diversity of animals and landscapes we have seen! And in less than six days we have achieved a nice score with four lions, cheetahs and a leopard. Mission accomplished!  MORE TO COME: soon you can also read 7 Game Drive Tips, 5 reasons why we love Wilderness Safaris, a special feature about the waterlife of the Okavango Delta (& Wilderness) and we will share a video about the amazing landscapes we experienced from a scenic helicopter flight above the Delta. Keep you posted! 

Travel & Events 07 Aug '19

botswana game drives bring a great animalwahalla

If you go on a classic safari, you'll be in the car for hours. You never know what you will encounter. Game drives can increase the excitement considerably or it can turn out to be a disappointment. It's not a 'game' for nothing. We took up the challenge in Botswana, looking for big cats. Game on!  Text: Angelique van Os | Photopgraphy: Henk Bothof & Dana Allen (interior) The sun is gradually setting. Thank God, because it's almost forty degrees. And that before the end of the rainy season, at the beginning of March. The grass is high, in many places a bit yellow. It hasn't rained much. However, the many low shrubs and the rich forest landscape offer shade. The ever-emerging marshy Linyanti river, the many small onion fields and water poles at the edge of the immense Chobe National Park, form the common thread in this colourful and extensive landscape. The Landcruiser follows the dusty, unpaved path. We are quiet, peering in the bush. Cameras ready to shoot, binoculars in hand. Looking for hidden game. "A good game drive is mainly about waiting, finding and recognizing tracks and good teamwork", whispers our guide Andy. "And luck is perhaps the most important factor", he adds with a smile. It's quiet; the predators still seem to be asleep. There are no footprints or faeces to guide us in the right direction. We are looking for big cats: lions, leopards or cheetahs. Here and there a small group of impala's and zebras pass by. And then suddenly, about ten metres from the car, a large group of elephants looms up. Dozens at a time they walk past us. A number of females protect their calves and trumpeting is imminent. The sound vibrates through my body and the adrenaline rises. I've been on safari several times already, but never before have I seen such a large family so close by. These elephants don't get a lot of visitors every day. And it's a good thing that they are wary, because unfortunately the Botswana government has allowed the hunting of the tadpoles again since May 2019. This has to do with the enormous elephant population in the country and the complex human versus wildlife problems. Fortunately, the Linyanti Concession is a well-protected area, supervised by Wilderness Safaris and its Wilderness Wildlife Trust. Wilderness Safaris is a major tour operator within Southern Africa and only has its own concessions. The organisation has been in existence for over 35 years and presents excellent eco-safaris in the high segment.   Devious cat Linyanti borders on the northwest side of Chobe National Park. The remote reserve vessel is a natural paradise of about 125,000 hectares. Driving around in the jeep, shows how rich this area is in a variety of small game. There is always movement. I get used to the many elephants, but they intrigue me time and time again with their idiosyncratic behavior. They splash and spray water with their trunks on top of each other, as if they shower together. The grey skins like to swim between a bed of white water lilies in the swamps and the Linyanti river, which shines in the rising heat. Gallant and agile impalas spread in small groups in the high reed while jumping. They also seek shelter and refreshment, unaware that a crocodile may be lurking. Or a leopard, because this devious cat can sneak noiselessly around shallow water. That leopard - or another cat - we have not spotted today. It is one of the most shy felines and lives solitary, so it's hard to find. Tomorrow we will make another attempt. The next morning we leave at dusk. "A new day, new opportunities", says Andy cheerfully. He babbles something in the walkie-talkie and while we're having breakfast, he drives quietly towards the savannah. "In addition to our car, two other cars are active. We keep in touch when someone sees something, so we can reach the location quickly." Andy is looking forward to it. After half an hour of driving he stops and stares at the ground, looking for tracks. "Hmmmm...I see a lot of things, but no traces of cats." A quarter of an hour later there is a sound from the walkie-talkie. Andy talks quickly in a local language. He hangs up and returns the car. "The other group has found a leopard, it's near here." I jump up from the couch from excitement. We are very lucky, because a two-year-old male has been spotted eating a prey in a tree. I only catch a glimpse of his beautiful coat and contours. Luckily the animal is not impressed by our 4x4 jeep and slowly starts to move after breakfast. The vehicles split, to give the leopard space. Moments later he is wandering through the high grass at ease and walks past our car in a squint. I hold my breath. Then the animal walks over a wooden bridge that the jeeps can cross. The cat screens the swamp for a prey with its sharp vision. There is not much to see. On the other side he marks his territory by a tree and disappears into the forest. The two other jeeps drive away. We decide to turn the car around and park at a water spot at a walking pace. And yes, there is the leopard again. Rttttssshhhh... Despite his speed, the defeated cat sees his next bite - a lizard - shooting into the water. Every animal meets his match. He gives up and disappears into the bushes in search of cooling. What a privilege to be able to follow this animal in this unspoiled nature. And that at seven o'clock in the morning. READ MORE ABOUT OUR CLASSIC GAME DRIVE IN PART 2! 

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