Street View arrives in Germany

After months of debate and wrangling over privacy, the first images via Google’s Street View service in Germany are now live, the first town to be mapped being Oberstaufen, in Bavaria.

O’zapft is!

The Oktoberfest tradition started in 1810 to celebrate the October 12th marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. The citizens of Munich were invited to join in the festivities which were held over five days on the fields in front of the city gates…Oktoberfest 2010 Pictures…

Oktoberfest 2010

The 2010 Oktoberfest, the 200th anniversary of this famous beer festival, starts on September 18th at the Theresienwiese in Munich and continues until October 4th.

Alonso handed victory in Germany

Fernando Alonso ‘won’ a rather processional German Grand Prix after Ferrari blatantly ordered Felipe Massa to let his team-mate past, an action which will no doubt be a talking point for some time to come.

Pedrosa wins in Germany

Spain’s Dani Pedrosa was first over the line in the German MotoGP at Sachsenring, ending compatriot Jorge Lorenzo’s three-race winning streak . Casey Stoner was third and Valentino Rossi, making an amazing comeback after breaking his leg just six weeks ago, was fourth.

Victory is virtually assured

Spain can rest easy tonight in the knowledge that victory over Germany is assured…according to the now famous ‘psychic octopus’. The two-year-old cephalopod, whose name is Paul, has become a national celebrity in Germany, predicting results with at least 70% accuracy….Story…

Pulpo Fiction

It is obviously all over bar the shouting: ‘Psychic’ octopus predicts Germany victory over England

How not to do it

Bonfire night parties are still going on but here’s the Germans showing us how not to light a fire!

The oldest profession

Police in Germany (700 of them!!) raided four brothels, also known as ‘Pussy Clubs’, in Berlin, Fellbach, Heidelberg and Wuppertal, closing down two of them due to poor hygeine. There has been mounting criticism in Germany about the increase in the number of ‘flat-rate’ brothels offering unlimited sex and food for a flat fee in the region of €70 to …

Adapting to the recession

Even the oldest profession has not escaped the ravages of the global financial crisis. Germany is one of the countries where prostitution is legal and the industry produces an annual revenue of over €12 billion. Around 400,000 people are employed in the industry.