Pinot Bandits Strike German Vineyard

Seems that someone in Germany is stealing the grapes right off the vine at premiere German Vineyards. The Pinot Bandits are so brazen they even bring their own grape picking machines as they strip top quality grapes in the middle of the night…

Now that’s cold!

Bare vines were all that was left of the Von Winning vineyard's grapes on Tuesday.

Thieves Bag Premium Wine Grapes Overnight

They were supposed to be turned into a premium red wine, but grapes at a southwestern German vineyard disappeared overnight just ahead of the scheduled harvest. Thieves are believed to have plucked some 2,500 kilograms (5,500 pounds) of the high-quality fruit from the vine under the cover of night, Deidesheim winegrower Stephen Attmann said Tuesday.

“We are suffering spiritually, not just financially, over this loss,” Attmann told news agency DPA.

The grape grabbers were so bold they even brought in a harvest machine to the Von Winning vineyard to remove the Spätburgunder variety, also known as Pinot Noir, estimated to be worth some €100,000 ($137,000).

Bottles of the award-winning wine cost some €32 ($44). In May, German President Christian Wulff and 180 diplomats visited the celebrated vineyard for a tasting.

Professionals At Work

The theft was likely an act of desperation, said Ernst Büscher, spokesperson for The German Wine Institute (DWF). “There were professionals at work, probably a winegrower whose grapes were destroyed by frost or hail,” he said.

Wine theft has become increasingly common, though perpetrators are rarely caught, he added. But in this case there is cause for hope. Though no one was likely alarmed by the sight of the machines rattling through the night — often an optimal time for harvest — they left tracks behind.

While police continue to investigate the incident, winemaker Attmann said he would wait until “somewhere a super wine is produced by a winemaker who is otherwise not known for such high quality.”

The “Snatch Man” Cometh… For a 737!

In Cable TV’s never-ending search for content, there are “Reality shows” about dozens of occupations…

Including several about “Snatch Men” – the guys who repossess cars, vehicles, and even homes on the behalf of creditors who haven’t been paid.

Being a “Crown Prince” in some countries is a pretty good gig. You are guaranteed income to be supported the rest of your life in high style…

For no other reason than coming out of the right womb.

So you can imagine the frustration of this Crown Prince, flying in on his private 737 jet to Germany, possibly for a few brews and Frauleins…

To have to take the proverbial “Greyhound Bus” home.

Prince Vajiralongkorn's plane at Munich airport, July 2011

So...How do you get this bad boy up on the truck?

Thais refuse German deal on Prince Vajiralongkorn’s jet

Thailand has ruled out paying Germany a bank bond of 20m euros ($28m; £17m) to secure the release of a plane seized from Thai Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn.

The Boeing 737 was impounded at Munich airport last week in a bid to force payment of a 30m-euro debt owed by the Thai government to a German firm.

Thai officials say the jet belongs to the crown prince, not the government.

But judges ruled that documentation was inconclusive, and said the jet would be released only when a payment was made.

Attack of the Radioactive Swine! German Hogzilla!

Fans of the 50’s and 60’s American and Japanese Horror movies will remember the radioactive monsters such as Godzilla and Mothra wreaking havoc across the movie screen.

Mothra vs. Godzilla

Well…. It seems that Germany has been invaded…

By radioactive pigs.

That’s right… Radioactive Pigs.

HOGZILLA!

Radioactive Boar on the Rise in Germany

It’s no secret that Germany has a wild boar problem. Stories of marauding pigs hit the headlines with startling regularity: Ten days ago, a wild boar attacked a wheelchair-bound man in a park in Berlin; in early July, a pack of almost two dozen of the animals repeatedly marched into the eastern German town of Eisenach, frightening residents and keeping police busy; and on Friday morning, a German highway was closed for hours after 10 wild boar broke through a fence and waltzed onto the road.
Even worse, though, almost a quarter century after the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown in Ukraine, a good chunk of Germany’s wild boar population remains slightly radioactive — and the phenomenon has been costing the German government an increasing amount of money in recent years. Continue reading

A Little Dab Will Do Ya’!

Sometimes the thinking if little bit is good, more is better doesn’t quite work out as this group of would be Bank Robbers found out the hard way!

German Robbers Blew Up the Bank... And Left the Cash Machine Intact

German bank ‘blown up by robbers in botched raid’

Suspected robbers in Germany appear to have miscalculated the quantity of explosives needed to blow their way into a rural bank.

The building housing the bank in the northern village of Malliss was largely destroyed by an overnight explosion.

The bank’s cash machine survived intact and the suspected thieves are not thought to have made away with any money, Germany’s Welt Online reported.

No-one was injured, though the blast damaged nearby cars and buildings.

Investigators were working on the assumption that robbers had placed their explosives, possibly made from petrol or acetylene, at the entrance to the bank, German broadcaster NDR said.

The presence of a delivery van near the site of the explosion indicated that the suspected thieves may have intended to drive off with the cash dispenser, local media reported.

Whoops!

What Happened to Black Children of WWII?

Where there are men and women…

Eventually there are going to be children.

Such was true in WWII where black American troops were stationed in Europe.

Prior to WWII, there were roughly 100,000 “black” Europeans, of which 24,000 were black Germans who were the children of black American troops, and post war African occupation troops. An estimated 25-50,000 of those died in concentration camps – which considering the brutal effectiveness of the “final solution” Hitler imposed on Jews, it is amazing that even half survived.

Black German Girl With Classmates, c 1930

Black German Girl With Classmates, c 1930

After World War I, more blacks, mostly French Senegalese soldiers or their offspring, ended up in the Rhineland region and other parts of Germany. Estimates vary, but by the 1920s there were about 10,000 to 25,000 Afrodeutsche in Deutschland, most of them in Berlin or other metropolitan areas. Until the Nazis came to power, black musicians and other entertainers were a popular element of the nightlife scene in Berlin and other large cities. Jazz, later denigrated as Negermusik (“Negro music”) by the Nazis, was made popular in Germany and Europe by black musicians, many from the U.S., who found life in Europe more liberating than that back home. Josephine Baker in France is one prominent example. Both the American writer and civil rights activist W.E.B. du Bois and the suffragist Mary Church Terrell studied at the university in Berlin. They later wrote that they experienced far less discrimination in Germany than they had in the U.S.

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