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walk1000miles – Donations For Children’s Cancer Ward

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It took a fair bit longer than initially anticipated, but just before year-end it was all over. On 27.Dec., I completed mile no. 1000 of my charity walk for the children’s cancer ward of the UKE. Quite a few donations came in, a wonderful purchase is on its way – however, a brief recap first. Some figures first 1.000 miles are roughly 1.609 kilometres, which is 1.609.000 metres. My watch, specifically bought for this walk1000miles […]

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Less Than 100 Miles For My walk1000miles Challenge

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My walk1000miles challenge is nearing its end. Not rapidly, but I’m getting there. And now I am down to a two digit number of still remaining miles. When I thought about and started this walk1000miles challenge at the beginning of the year, it had sounded “quite ok” for being a challenge. Back then, I guessed that the main challenge would not be the physical, but rather the time management part. How right I had been […]

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500 Miles Completed, Half Way Done

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Major milestone completed today. Yes, 500 miles on the clock, first half done. As written in my last walk1000miles newsletter, I am slightly behind my planned schedule, but going strong to be ahead of it all in a short while. In the meantime: a tiny celebration for the 500 miles achievement. I am not really a person looking back too often, my strength is the way forward. Still, when checking out the walking and hiking […]

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My Organisational Challenge With walk1000miles

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1.000 miles – 1.609 kilometres. That’s the distance I want to walk or run in 2017. However, one or the other restriction is supposed to make it a bit more difficult, hence my organisational challenge. It is not supposed to be too easy to accomplish, this is a charity event (or project) and my supporters want to have some fun for their money (meaning: see me struggling). Ok, it is not that bad. Not really. […]

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Basics On Microplastics In Oceans

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Whenever I have read up on the topic of waste in oceans recently, I usually found a reference to microplastics in oceans as well. I kind of knew what it was all about. At the same time, I always felt I had no idea. Here are answers to some basic question regarding microplastics in oceans. Have you ever wondered what microplastics really are? Where they can be found? And why we should worry about them? […]

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Winter Hiking For walk1000miles

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Had you told me five years ago that I would happily be doing some winter hiking – “no chance” would have been the answer. Now here I am, clocking up miles. In winter. And (mostly) great fun it is. Tough winter hiking? Ok, easy stuff, the winter has been really kind so far. No heavy snow storms, no snowbanks, rain and mud not too bad either. It could have been a lot worse the first […]

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walk1000miles For Charity

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Lots of other participants use their walk1000miles challenge to collect and donate for a specific charity. All the funds coming in for my miles walked in 2017 I will donate to the children’s cancer ward at the UKE in Hamburg. In 2017 I aim to walk (or run) a total of at least 1000 miles. Some background information on this walk1000miles challenge and my reasons for doing it I have talked about in a previous […]

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walk1000miles – My 2017 Challenge

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On 03. January I signed up for the 2017-edition of the walk1000miles challenge. A post on the great family hiking site Potty Adventures was so inspiring I simply had to. What is the walk1000miles all about? And will you join as well? What is the aim of the walk1000miles challenge? Go outside. Walk. Enjoy fresh air. Get closer to nature again. Talk to people instead of messaging. All you need to do is walk (and […]

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Seehamster Started It All For OEOO

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It does not always have to be the cleaning of plastic in oceans that gets attention from the public. Seehamster (Sea Hamster) has made some swimmers in Southern Bavaria really happy (and Bavaria is a long way from the sea). One Earth – One Ocean (OEOO), an association aiming to free the oceans from plastic waste, has built some very interesting clean-up boats. I have already posted some lines on their catamaran Seekuh, starting its […]

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Seekuh Ready For Cleanup Mission

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Ok, it’s ugly. Compared to beautiful sailing boats the catamaran ‘Seekuh’ (Sea Cow) is a no go. It has, however, been built not for beauty but to get pollution in oceans out of the way. And that is what it will be doing soon, starting in Hong Kong harbour. Back in March 2016 I have published some lines about the prototype being built (with a very colourful picture to go with it). Now construction of […]

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Come On, Rainbow Pirates, Keep On Going!

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The “Rainbow Pirates“ had quite a crazy day way back at the beginning of March. The result: a 2.050,- € donation! Another great step for the team of “Meer bewegen”. They can now continue their challenging task of getting disabled folks out onto the water and sailing. “Pirate Party” sounds like a lot of fun, and it was indeed for dozens of kids and their parents. The team of “Meer bewegen” (the Rainbow Pirates) also […]

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Catamaran ‘Seekuh’ Collecting Garbage In Water

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How to get rid of all that garbage floating around in our waters? One of the ideas having caught my attention is the prototype of a catamaran called Seekuh (sea cow). It is currently being built and ready for its mission in summer 2016. Plastic garbage in shallow waters, seas and oceans is omnipresent. Tons of plastic bags, fishing nets, bottles, cosmetic product waste and the like pollute our water. Three quarters of all the […]

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Three Optimists Extend Rainbow Pirates Fleet

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Third time lucky? It is rather a case of lucky to the power of three – on the very first try. The team of “Meer bewegen” were on cloud nine when they received the news that they had been granted a donation of three new Optimists. They are an extension to their fleet of barrier-free sailing boats. The IMMAC Sailing Academy regularly sponsors training and development of young sailors. One way they are doing this […]

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Rainbow Pirates Sailing Dinghy With Disability Kit

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By accident I literally stumbled over the team of “Meer bewegen” during this year’s Hanseboot. The team’s ambition is to get people with and without disability to go sailing together. They have equipped an ordinary dinghy with a kit especially designed for disability. With that they are roaming the waters on the Wittensee in Schleswig-Holstein, Northern Germany. Sometimes little accidents turn out to be a positive event after all. While staring at a rather unusual […]

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Some More Thoughts On “Waste In Oceans”

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The title of this article, Waste In Oceans, brings up something like 120 million hits in Google (as of October 2015). Looks like this topic is being talked about. Is there also something being done about it? For some strange reason, my article about the problem of plastic pollution in oceans has been clicked quite regularly in the past weeks, referred to from search engines. Awareness for this topic seems to have increased – which […]