Getting creative – with new business ideas

Many of the most successful inventions (or new services) work along the “build a better mousetrap” principle. In other words, they allow people to improve the way they already do something, rather than creating something completely new. For example people have been swapping toys with each other for generations but German businessman Christoph Blödner who […]

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Happy Snapping in Dresden

It may seem hard to believe but not all cameras are digital. In fact, it’s still fairly straightforward to buy disposable film cameras, presumably for the occasions when people don’t want to risk their good digital ones. A People’s Picture is a project started by scientist Matthew Jorgensen, who in spite of the name is […]

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Eurovision without boundaries

Australians visiting Europe in the merry month of May often get very enthusiastic about the festival of glitz, kitsch and occasional good music that is the Eurovision Song Contest. While it’s quite possible that at least a part of their enthusiasm is due to the fact that in pretty much all countries across Europe, the […]

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Germany’s Beliebers manage monkey business

Unless Justin Bieber organizes both paperwork and funds within the next few days, his (former) pet capuchin monkey, Mally, will become the property of the German state and will live out the rest of his life in a German zoo. The creature was confiscated after Bieber arrived in Germany in March as part of his […]

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How pianos travelled from Sydney to Munich

The “Play Me I’m Yours” project was the brainchild of UK-based artist Luke Jerram and started in 2008 with 15 pianos located across Birmingham (England) for three weeks. As the project title suggests, they were left for people to play (or listen to) as they wanted and it is estimated that about 140,000 people in […]

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Asparagus Fever Grips Germany

Ask most people to name a food that’s popular in Germany and sausages would almost certainly top the list, probably followed by pretzels, pumpernickel and sauerkraut. While these foods are all both tasty and popular in Germany, there is one food that most Germans would rank above any other and that is asparagus. Although Germany […]

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Minding your Ps and Qs

Ideas of what is and is not polite can and do change over time, sometimes dramatically. At any given point in time, etiquette can vary widely from place to place. Often, when doing business, it’s the little details that make the difference, so it can be worth learning a little about the social side of […]

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From Dumplings to the Charts

  There are many ways of finding fame, but YouTube is consistently popular with people looking to find an audience for their talents. German teenager Fritz Wagner has recently become an internet sensation after singing a traditional German song about his love of dumplings and posting a video of his performance on YouTube. It’s already […]

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Germany wakes up to a white Easter

  Spring has finally sprung in Germany. We know this because people have been busily celebrating Easter. While many Germans kept their celebrations confined to the warm indoors, a group of approximately 1500 hardy Saxons rode out on a traditional Easter procession. Both riders and horses survived the weather, which is more than can be […]

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Santa v The Easter Bunny

If Easter is here can chocolate be far behind? While those in the Northern Hemisphere are using chocolate to celebrate the start of Spring, those in the Southern Hemisphere are using it to console themselves for the start of Autumn. Admittedly Autumn in Australia is still a very pleasant season, but it’s still a good […]

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