week 47

 

Tue: Xenius exposes of the food industry tricks about the properties (or lack thereof) of the so-called “super” foods.

Wed: “La route de la soie” pays a visit to the Mogao caves, near Dunghuan, with its thousand Buddha paintings/carvings.

Thu: An epidemy of myopia is running thu south-east Asia and spreading to the west. Too many computer screens or too many “tiger” moms?

Fri: What is takes for a restaurant to earn a Michelin guide star? Sweat, blood and tears…

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week 46

 

Mon: ARTE expose on the nuclear residue storage facility in the island of Lanyu, off the Taiwanese coast and home of the Tao indigenous group, is an another example of mismanagement by the powerful over the weak.

Tue: The silk road explored the Taklamakan desert area with oasis like the city of Turfan and peoples like the eastern Tajik inside the enormous chinese province of Xinjiang.

Wed: NHK “somewhere street” did tour the former capital of Taiwan, Tainan, exploring its Taoist temples and narrow allies of the old quarters.

Thu: The school made of bamboo in the outskirts of Bali is a palpable example of sustainable yet beautiful and very habitable architecture.

Fri: An overview of Taiwan landscape by visiting its national parks, from the coastal plains to the alpine snowed capped mountain crests via the tropical forests, is a good indication of a well preserved and varied territory.

week 45

 

Mon: “Voices in the clouds” report on the Atayal indigenous people of Taiwan is a reminder of why the island used to be called “formosa” (beautiful) by westerners.

Tue: La route de la soie crosses the rivers, steppes and mountain passes of Kyrgyzstan, a true cultural border, where muslim and chinese armies met at the battle of Talas.

Wed: Does up to 40 days of continuous fasting do any good on a healthy adult male?

Thu: Arte documentary “Le zen c’est” turns into an ego trip of the protagonist actress.

Fri: The araucaria forest of Villarica in Chile and the baobab in a Senegalese village are perfect examples of venerable trees.

 

week 44

 

Tue: Beyond beauty, Taiwan from above showed the astonishing natural marvels of the formosa island and the unfortunate man-made ecological disasters.

Wed: Jardins Orientaux took us on a tour of Jordan, Lebanon Egypt and Saudi Arabia where the mega-city capitals are in dire need of green areas.

Thu: La route de la soie stopped by Samarkand and finally a true east-west melange of physiognomies was visible all around.

Fri: The immortal cypress tree of Tule in Oaxaca is worth of awe.

 

week 43

 

Tue: Jardins Orientaux took us to the Mughal times in Indian history sightseeing Agra, Lahore, Jaipur and Delhi.

Wed: We were reminded that the impossible dancing abilities of Fred Astaire are the product of hard work, sprezzatura at its best.

Thu: On the silk road we stopped at Bukhara to marvel at its walls, mosques and minaret towers as well as the unveiled women…

Fri: A very nourishing Dasheri mango tree in Uttar Pradesh (India) brought back images of our trips to Brazil and Fiji.

 

week 42

 

Mon: Aerial yoga practice is all the rage for relief of back pain and other maladies coming from our modern office life style.

Tue: The private gardens of Marrakesh villas are true oasis of verdure and serenity in the middle of a crowded city and desertic environment.

Wed: Portable Bolex motion picture cameras were the Leicas of film making back in the ’60s.

Thu: Zoroastrian worshipers in the ancient Persian city of Yazd along the Silk road represent a visible minority in mainly Shia modern Iran.

Fri: The sacred tree of the orthodox christian of Aksum in Ethiopia functions as a civil location where disputes among neighbors over land rights or sheep grazing locations can be settle amicably.

 

week 41

 

Mon: Google doing evil invading users privacy and hackers encrypting hard drive disks for ransom are reasons for concern according to the Xenius team.

Tue: La Alhambra gardens and others in the region show the long imprint of Arab and North African cultures in Al-Andalus.

Wed: Saudi Arabian poetess Hissa Hilal is a striking example of the unreasonableness of uncritical maintenance of yesteryear’s traditions.

Thu: Recently renovated Tabriz bazaar and caravanserai in East Azerbaijan province is a must-see for a traveller along the new Silk Road.

Fri: Sequoia tree story of Julia Butterfly’s 700 plus days hanged on its top to protect the Redwoods forest from loggers in northern California makes the specimen a truly immortal arbre.