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“JANOO” is a love and adventure story that spans many years and countries. It is based on a true love story between a Pakistani man and a Swiss woman.

Punjab, Pakistan, 1980: Shehryar, 7 years old, excited about the arrival of his new baby sister, is dreaming of a future where he can write poems.

Zurich, Switzerland, 1980: Betty, 10 years old, is feeling lonely and dreaming of a bright, exciting future.

Dubai, 2000: Shehryar returns from Pakistan to live in the United Arab Emirates. At the same time, Betty is travelling from Switzerland to Dubai for a holiday with her partner Paul. Shehryar and Betty meet on a sightseeing tour and fall in love at first sight. Shehryar and Betty share a unique, deep love. Betty’s life changes in an instant. She leaves her boyfriend Paul while still on holiday and stays with Shehryar who wants to marry her immediately. Their lives take them from the hot deserts of Dubai to cold Switzerland, then to the mysterious Asian continent. They celebrate their wedding in Pakistan. On their honeymoon in Pakistan, their perfect life is suddenly ripped apart while being involved in a terrorist attack in the northern part of the country where they are travelling. Betty is kidnapped and captured in a remote place. When she can finally escape, she is unable to find Shehryar, who has disappeared without a trace.

Shehryar, also captured during the attack and being taken to another country against his will, experiences difficulties of escaping his predicament. When he is able to escape and returns to Pakistan, he cannot find any trace of Betty. After looking in vain for her for many years, he gives up and is forced to accept his misfortune. They both end up living in different countries.

Oxford, UK, 2012: Shehryar and Betty both live in the UK, independent from each other, both married to other partners. They meet at a writers' conference in Oxford and due to a twist in their circumstances their special love blossoms once more.

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Gianna Schorno was born and raised in Zurich, Switzerland. Her origin is Italian among others, and she has always been a bit of a nomad. She decided at a very early age to explore the globe. Her knowledge of various languages and her keen interest in getting to know different cultures and history took her on many travels around the world. She has also lived in various countries, including Canada, Turkey, Dubai, Ecuador and Peru. She currently lives in the UK.

 
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A road journey to visit the American Civil War and take in Southern culture and hospitality, as well as history. Written at a key moment in modern history, the two travellers, one English, one American, find inspiration and optimism in looking at the past.

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Born in 1948, he thinks of himself as the same age as the NHS and West Germany and South Korea and India. He read languages at Cambridge and has spent a lifetime teaching French, German and English in Scotland, England, Germany and Africa. A citizen of Europe, and particularly Germanophile, he has found himself travelling recently in China and USA. The answer to this period of parochialism in world history is to be found in travelling and broad horizons and communication. His books reflect a love of language and history, of travel and meeting new people.

 
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If you are thinking of fitting an autopilot or windvane steering system to your boat but are baffled as to which is the most suitable, then this is the book for you.

Peter Forthmann, a long-term expert on this subject, explains the difference between tiller, wheel and inboard autopilots, as well as the 12 windvane steering options available, and considers their suitability for various types of boat and sea conditions.

Which self-steering systems are more suitable for cruising and which for racing?

What are their limitations in terms of sea conditions and power consumption?

What is yaw damping?

Why are windvane steering systems unsuitable for ULDBs?

How do you steer a catamaran without running into power consumption problems?

Why is good sail trim so important for good self-steering?

What self-steering provisions should you make when building a boat?

Is DIY windvane gear construction still a feasible option?

All these questions and many more are answered in this very comprehensive book, which concludes with a comparison of all the alternatives available and a list of manufacturers of practically every self-steering system made anywhere in the world.

Peter Christian Forthmann has a unique knowledge of self-steering. Born in 1947, he learned to sail as soon as he learned to walk, growing up by the water in Hamburg. An engineer and a highly practical man, Peter Forthmann’s creative contribution to the evolution of windvane steering systems is virtually unparalleled. lt is thanks in no small part to him that these systems are still thriving in the age of bits and bytes.

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Born in 1947, Peter Förthmann is believed to have learned to sail about the same time as he learned to walk. Weary of school by the age of 16, he found a job with the Laeisz shipping company and completed the Pacific run on a banana boat seven times before concluding life in the merchant marine was never going to live up to his romantic childhood dreams. Returning to education, he finished school, trained as an exporter specialising in trade with Africa and then studied economics, moving into his twenties with a lust for life out of all proportion with his financial resources. Watercraft came and went at a rapid tempo; cars too in fact – mobility was the key – and by the time he reached 21, he had already acquired and disposed of more than a dozen boats. A pattern was soon established: restore, re-plank, strip down, repaint, fix the engine and then sail the boat as much and as far as possible until it catches someone's eye and sells itself, sometimes with astonishing rapidity. This was the gold rush era for a man who understood very quickly being his own boss was the only way to go.

Now beginning to move up the food chain, Peter was sailing his own newly built yacht by the age of 25 and reached for the stars at 28 with a substantial steel yawl, which he ended up swapping for the Windpilot company in 1976. The rest is history – albeit a history focused almost exclusively on transom ornaments. Seemingly never short of ideas, Peter soon set about (the ongoing task of) completely rewriting the rules for windvane self-steering systems, also finding the time to exhibit at 220 international boat shows and put his acquired expertise down on paper in books that are now available in six languages. Peter Förthmann operates what may very well be Germany's smallest industrial manufacturing company together with this wife and sells directly to the sailing community worldwide. Building Windpilot into the global market leader has only stoked his passion for writing and his acerbic yet humorous, not to mention frequently self-deprecating, columns betray a man comfortable in his own skin who is still only just getting started ...

 
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Peter Foerthmann has been the first port of call for bluewater sailors seeking advice in steering matters for decades. His unrivalled expertise – the product of a lifetime developing and manufacturing windvane self-steering systems and contemplating their every complexity – continues to draw enquiries from all over the world. Peter's practical knowledge is a treasure trove of valuable information, selected highlights of which are shared in these pages.

This little book is concerned with the many and varied challenges lying in wait for ship and crew when the lines are cast off at last. It looks at the geographical and geopolitical factors to be considered and also touches on social cohesion in the crew: the highs and lows of bluewater voyaging can weld a crew together more strongly than ever but they can also do the opposite, for sailing has a power unique among sports to expose the truth and lay bare the soul.

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Born in 1947, Peter Förthmann is believed to have learned to sail about the same time as he learned to walk. Weary of school by the age of 16, he found a job with the Laeisz shipping company and completed the Pacific run on a banana boat seven times before concluding life in the merchant marine was never going to live up to his romantic childhood dreams. Returning to education, he finished school, trained as an exporter specialising in trade with Africa and then studied economics, moving into his twenties with a lust for life out of all proportion with his financial resources. Watercraft came and went at a rapid tempo; cars too in fact – mobility was the key – and by the time he reached 21, he had already acquired and disposed of more than a dozen boats. A pattern was soon established: restore, re-plank, strip down, repaint, fix the engine and then sail the boat as much and as far as possible until it catches someone's eye and sells itself, sometimes with astonishing rapidity. This was the gold rush era for a man who understood very quickly being his own boss was the only way to go.

Now beginning to move up the food chain, Peter was sailing his own newly built yacht by the age of 25 and reached for the stars at 28 with a substantial steel yawl, which he ended up swapping for the Windpilot company in 1976. The rest is history – albeit a history focused almost exclusively on transom ornaments. Seemingly never short of ideas, Peter soon set about (the ongoing task of) completely rewriting the rules for windvane self-steering systems, also finding the time to exhibit at 220 international boat shows and put his acquired expertise down on paper in books that are now available in six languages. Peter Förthmann operates what may very well be Germany's smallest industrial manufacturing company together with this wife and sells directly to the sailing community worldwide. Building Windpilot into the global market leader has only stoked his passion for writing and his acerbic yet humorous, not to mention frequently self-deprecating, columns betray a man comfortable in his own skin who is still only just getting started ...

 
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Wenn jemand eine Reise tut ... dann kann er vieles falsch machen. Die Liste der Halbwahrheiten und Falschaussagen zum Thema Reisen ist lang:

Im Internet sind Reisen billiger als im Reisebüro.

Frauen sollten in muslimischen Ländern nicht alleine reisen.

Urlaub in Eco-Lodges ist umweltverträglich.

Der Jakobsweg ist von Deutschen übervölkert, und Hape Kerkeling ist schuld.

Bei Problemen hilft die deutsche Botschaft.

Kreuzfahrten sind Seereisen.

Auf den Azoren ist immer Hochsommerwetter.

In Spanien spricht man Spanisch.

Eintrittskarten für die Mailänder Scala oder die New Yorker Met sind schwierig zu

bekommen.

Nele-Marie Brüdgam stellt in diesem Buch die am weitesten verbreiteten, lustigsten, schlimmsten, dümmsten, skurrilsten, folgenreichsten und überraschendsten Reise-Irrtümer zusammen und richtig. Damit die Vorbereitung einer Reise genauso erholsam wird wie die Reise selbst.

 
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This book will change the way you see the Middle East. Based on insights gained through

his personal experience of living and working in the region the author invites you to travel

across the social fabric and mentalities that make the Middle East tick. He enriches his social

analysis with illuminating anecdotes, presented in candid language, but without moralising or pushing a political agenda and always with a critical eye and wry humour. Preferring a historical perspective instead of the standard narrow focus on Islam, he emphasises the tribal foundations of Arab societies. Exciting and easy to read from beginning to end for specialists and for the wider public alike. -----

Selected feedback on the German (2018) edition: ---

‘I have already re-ordered your book twice as a present. It spreads tolerance and optimism.’ ---

‘It was like reading a thriller. Very exciting. I could not put it aside ... and never tactless or aggressive.’ ---

‘I was fascinated by the density of observations, which are serious and humorous at the same time... The details about women and clans are particularly impressive.’ ---

‘I liked the fact that the book is not only written for academics, but in a way that everyone can understand.’ ---

‘Our daughter is a psychologist. Among her clients are children from the Middle East. She finds your book extremely beneficial for her work.’ ---

‘The book has the potential to find broad acceptance, as the delicate topics and terminology are well mastered.’ ---

‘I started looking at the Middle East in a completely different way.’

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Wolfgang H. Reuther (1950) was born and grew up in the Ore Mountains in the Saxony region of Germany bordering on Czechia. This region is now a UNESCO World Heritage site, due to its tradition of 800 years of mining (for silver, tin and uranium), triggering technological and scientific innovations that have been transferred worldwide.

After graduating in international law, he began working with UNESCO in its efforts towards international peace, understanding and co-operation in education, science, culture and communication in different ways and structures, continuing for a total of 38 years until his retirement in 2012.

From 1990 to 2008 he took positions successively as the Deputy-Secretary-General of the German Commission for UNESCO in Bonn (Germany), as the UNESCO-Director and Representative for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and the Russian Federation in Moscow, then for Jordan and Iraq in Amman (Jordan), and finally for Central America from Mexico to Panama in San José (Costa Rica). From 2008 to 2012, he worked at the Headquarters of UNESCO in Paris.

Today he lives in retirement in Vienna, with branches of his multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious family residing in Cape Town (South Africa) and Moscow (Russia).

The subject of ‘living together in cultural diversity’ has been of great interest to him since the 1990s. With this book (first published in German in 2018) he hopes to contribute to a more objective public discourse in the West on Islam and the Middle East and to a better understanding between the two regions. To this end, he brings in various details and perceptions that have so far received little attention.

At the same time, he allows the reader to participate in his own transformation from a romantic proponent of ‘multicultural societies’ to a more thoughtful and experienced observer who is always open, interested, caring, tolerant and respectful of other lifestyles and cultures, but also maintains a critical eye. In practice, this has earned him recognition and appreciation from partners all over the world.

Wolfgang H. Reuther is a co-author and co-editor of the ‘UNESCO Handbook’ (in German and Russian), and of the series ‘How to File Complaints on Human Rights Violation. A Manual for Individuals and NGOs’ published in several languages and editions for different countries.

Besides his native German Wolfgang H. Reuther speaks fluent English, French, Russian and Spanish.

 
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Rauschende Brandung, weißer Sand und in weiter Ferne der blaue Horizont: Das Meer ist ein Sehnsuchtsort. Für den nächsten Strandbesuch schreibt Mara Andeck die perfekte Lektüre zum Stöbern und Träumen. Warum beruhigt Meeresrauschen? Wo schlafen Möwen? Wie gewinnt man sein eigenes Meersalz? Mara Andeck beantwortet Fragen rund um den Ozean, erzählt von mythischen Wesen und versunkenen Städten und gibt Ideen für kleine Aktionen am Strand. Ein Buch für alle, die das Meer lieben.

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"Vom Strand über die Brandung hinaus bis aufs offene Meer führt die Autorin Mara Andeck den Leser in Strandgut - Mein Buch vom Meer und erzählt Wissenswertes aus Biologie, Kultur und Geschichte." Sonntagsjournal der Bremervörder Zeitung, 21.05.2017

 
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Das Beste gegen Sonnenbrand?

Ferien im Sauerland!

"Erst hatten wir kein Glück, dann kam auch noch Pech dazu ..." Was einst ein Fußballer über mühsame 90 Minuten schrieb, gilt auch für die angebliche schönste Zeit des Jahres. Besonders dann, wenn man einen Blick für die witzigen Momente des Strandlebens hat. Bernd Stelter, Bernhard Hoecker, Franzisker Seyboldt, Johann König, Sky du Mont und viele andere schreiben über Reiserituale und die Tücken der Gewohnheit, unliebsame und liebsame Überraschungen, Missverständnisse und kleinere Katastrophen am Badestrand, über verhoffte und unverhoffte Glücksmomente und darüber, warum beim nächsten Mal alles anders werden muss.

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"Da bleibt kein Auge trocken!" Meine Pause, 21.06.2017

"Ein lustiges und freches Buch über den Ferienwahnsinn."

GlücksPost, 27.07.2017

 
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Berlin steht heute synonym für den Nabel der Welt - die Stadt ist ein internationaler Sehnsuchtsort, eine globale Marke. Jeder will dorthin, wer sich in die Provinz verabschiedet, also Restdeutschland, wird bedauert. Warum nur?

Berlin ist hässlich, und es fahren keine S-Bahnen. Berlin ist gänzlich von der Einöde umschlossen und liegt im Osten der Republik. Berlin ist die größte, vollste, lauteste, bevölkerungsreichste, rattenreichste, müllreichste und ärmste Stadt Deutschlands. Hier trifft man allerorten auf missmutige und unzufriedene Menschen, denn diese Stadt bedeutet Tristesse, Dreck und Schlamperei. Kurz: Berlin wird völlig überschätzt, vor allem von den Berlinern selbst.

Zeit für ein humorvolles Berlin-Bashing. 25 deutschsprachige Autoren rechnen mit der Hauptstadt und ihrem Hype ab.

 
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Angetrieben vom Kitzel des Extremen, der Suche nach Gefahr, bereist Carsten Stormer die Welt. Er lebt an Orten, die jeder andere Tourist meiden würde: Ob Afghanistan, Darfur oder Irak - kein Krisengebiet, in dem er nicht gewesen wäre.

Auch Kambodscha war anfangs nur eine weitere Etappe auf seiner rastlosen Reise. Bis zu jener tragischen Begegnung: Auf einem verminten Feld liegt ein Mädchen mit schweren Verletzungen an Bauch und Beinen. Neben ihm kauert seine Schwester, das blutüberströmte Gesicht in den Händen vergraben. Die Explosion einer Mine hat sie beide Augen gekostet.

Carsten Stormer ist zutiefst schockiert und wütend. Wütend darüber, dass niemand davon erfahren wird. Doch mit diesem Erlebnis bekamen seine Reisen endlich einen Sinn: Er würde der Welt berichten. Von all dem Leid, das den Menschen angetan wird - damit nichts in Vergessenheit gerät!

 
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