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Berlin’s Pug Racing Competition To End

A decade of pug-racing or “Mopstreffen” will come to an end in Berlin later this month after the organizer of the specialist doggy sporting event decided this year’s edition will be the last. Organizing the competition for the wrinkly-faced pooches has become too much work, a spokesman for the event, …

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Wanted: A Butcher Who Also Chops Trees and Repairs Roads

The city of Laufen in southern Germany has a vacancy. It would like to hire a butcher who can do “tree grooming” work in addition to making sausages and working in the waterworks. Working with meat is of course one of the tasks that a butcher should be quite familiar …

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Food & Drink

A Quick History of GDR Wine

East Germany, officially the German Democratic Republic (GDR), was a country that existed from 1949 to 1990, when the eastern portion of Germany was part of the Eastern Bloc during the Cold War. Wine was produced in the former GDR almost exclusively in Saxony and in the Saale-Unstrut area (the …

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Food & Drink

Restaurant in Berlin Serves Up Old East German classics

A meatloaf smothered in brown sauce; Germany’s answer to the Hawaiian pizza; an oily schnitzel with noodles and tomato sauce. East German food wasn’t exactly gourmet, but that isn’t stopping customers from flocking to a restaurant in Berlin dedicated to recreating it. “We’re out of ketwurst,” says the waitress. It’s …

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400,000 Lego Bricks: German Fans Build Life-Size Model of VW Camper

Visitors who take a closer look at a white Volkswagen camper van on display at a leisure fair in Germany are in for a big surprise. It looks like the real thing but this life-size, 5-metre camper van is made of Lego bricks – 400,000 of them. The Lego version …

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Duo S!sters to Represent Germany at Eurovision Song Contest

“Sisters” to fly the flag for Germany Duo S!sters are to represent Germany at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in May, after winning the most votes in a televised competition. The duo comprises two young women: 19-year-old Carlotta from Hanover and 26-year-old Laurita from Wiesbaden. They beat six other acts …

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