Stupid Punts, Cheesy Bankers and the World’s Wurst Museum!

In what looks likely to go down as the slowest naval engagement of all time, rival punting companies in the historic English town of Cambridge are apparently engaging in a clandestine war for the city's annual passenger river-trade, worth an estimated £2.5m ($4m). The latest move in what the locals dub "the punt wars" has seen two of the flat, pole-propelled craft belonging to one local operator sawn through from end to end. Until now, some punt companies have stuck to using stink bombs or liquid soap to incapacitate their rivals' craft, or have severed mooring chains so that the boats must be found and recovered before they can start work, but this latest escalation of the conflict, which caused £10k of actual damage, is worrying many people. Some are now calling for a limit on the number of punts allowed to work on the river (Guardian).

Meanwhile, in Milan in Italy, the loan-collateral held in the vault at Credito Emiliano is not only protected by inches of steel and high-tech alarms systems, it's also maintained at the perfect temperature and humidity, and turned and cleaned by automated systems to ensure that it keeps its value. That's because Credito Emiliano is offering the local cheese-makers loans of up to 60% of the value of any parmesan cheese deposited with them. With each parmesan wheel worth 300 euros ($400), and local producers typically putting up 2000 wheels in a year in collateral, this has meant the bank has lent nearly 420 thousand euros ($600k) to each customer against the cheese in their vault. Which is gouda news for the local cheese industry (AP).

If there is one food that could be intimately linked with the German city of Berlin, it's the currywurst. A twisted cousin to the American chilli-dog, from a parallel universe so evil even the women have goatees, the Berlin currywurst is a sliced pork sausage served with plenty of powdered curry and cayenne and covered in a spicy, curry sauce and sold by street vendors to the passing trade. So popular is this snack in Berlin that the city has just opened the Currywurst Museum to show off the dish's history to tourists and locals alike. Partly this is to support Berlin's claims to be the birthplace of the currywurst, but it is also hoped the museum will promote the snack in the face of increasing competition from more conventional fast food. As one might expect from a museum dedicated to this singular foodstuff, the cafeteria includes an authentic currywurst stand (Times).

(Images from Wikipedia.)
     Posted By: Dumbfounded - Sun Aug 23, 2009
     Category: Business | Crime | Destruction | Museums | Pirates

boats- people hear about structural damage tp the boats and there won't be a trade for long.

cheese- is it worth more the smellier it gets?

curry- that does not even sound good at all. yuck!

good post dumbfounded. 💋
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 08/23/09 at 09:48 PM
Boat Rides Wifey and I paid 100Euros ($140US) for a gondola ride last June in Venice. I took pictures of the tourists taking pictures of us. 😉

Cheese Worth every cent! This ain't the stuff that comes in the green shaker can; this is cheese.

Berlin Never saw this dish being offered or eaten but the sidewalk kiosks are the best places to eat in Berlin!
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 08/24/09 at 12:29 AM
expat our european expert! 😊
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 08/24/09 at 12:57 AM
Hay! I might as well be an EXPERT; every other swinging chain on TV is an EXPERT of one kind or another! 😉
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 08/24/09 at 03:23 AM
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