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Knut, a Sad End for Berlin Zoo's Star Polar Bear
Knut, Berlin Zoo's celebrated and charismatic young polar bear, and Leonardo DiCaprio's one time Vanity Fair cover companion, beat the odds to survive after his birth in December 2006, but died at the age of only four years, very young for an ice bear. And especially one in captivity.
Germany, Energy and Change After Fukushima
Japan's tsunami's effect on nuclear reactors brought about what was supposedly a partial and temporary nuclear shutdown in Germany, affecting its 'green' energy policy. Temporary it wasn't, and the long term outlook for consumers and the economy is anyone's guess, so far it is not positive.
Lent, Medieval Monks and a Maultaschen Recipe
With special beers and secret recipes Germany's monks ensured the Lenten Fast to Easter was never all about deprivation. Their traditions and the food that went with them have become year round favorites, including "Herrgottsbescheisserle", Little Cheaters of the Lord, an over sized ravioli.
Germany, Cuckoo Clocks And The Black Forest
Cuckoo Clocks first appeared in Germany's Black Forest. An invention that used the time, and profited from, the snow filled winter months. Now part of high tech Baden Wuerttemberg it is filled with tradition, wild unspoiled scenery, Roman era health resorts and Black Forest Clock Route.
Fun Facts About Germany
There's a Chancellor Angela Merkel Barbie Doll, German affection for red Hungarian paprika means it's added to everything from potato chips and meat to sauces, in Bavaria beer is officially 'food', and phone calls are answered only by the surname, never a greeting. Some fun facts.
German Music - Fast Facts
There's a spirited German music scene, ranging from classical to techno. It has one seventh of the world’s opera houses, almost a million music school students, world famous music festivals and a singer whose continuing live show hit is a song sung in praise of a sausage, 'Curry Wurst'.
Beethoven's 9th Symphony and The Ode to Joy
The European Union's Anthem 'The Ode to Joy' is Beethoven's emotive and idealistic choral finale from the 4th movement of his 9th symphony. First performances were thought revolutionary, but now it is heard in everything from Die Hard and Japanese New Year celebrations to Olympic openings.
Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer and Pianist
An iconic German born composer and child prodigy, who first performed in public aged seven and broke new ground in Western classical music. Continuing to produce musical masterpieces even when profoundly deaf.
Fast Facts about Germany
Fast facts for Germany, the country and its people. Richly diverse, the world's fifth largest economy, filled with castles, medieval villages, unspoilt nature, mountain ranges, stunning scenery, culture of every variety, and a complex history.
Herbs and Natural Medicine in Germany
For centuries herbs and plants have been used in German culture as folk medicine, producing real medical remedies. Used in combination with its conventional equivalent, natural medicine is as relevant in German speaking countries today as it ever was.
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