Mud, Sweat and Beers – Germany’s Mud Olympics

27 January, 2020

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Driving north we are on the upward span of a long, arching bridge. Up ahead the girders of the bridge, set against the monotone grey-blue sky, make it look as if we are driving towards a door in the firmament, opening into a hazy Great Beyond. It’s not too far from the truth. As we […]

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Tweed and the Face Weasel – Surrealist sports at the Chap Olympiad

27 January, 2020

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And I’m disqualifying that team for an Americanish display of mutual congratulation – the High Five. Sirs, you should know better.’ – Judge, MC, and executioner. The Chap Olympiad is a strange place to discover a revolution. It is also likely the only festival that you’ll hear the exclamation, ‘Syphilis? Marvelous!’ from a man wearing […]

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Beautifully Bizarre – The Warped World of Bodypainting

27 January, 2020

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The guy in the corner of the bar has a gaping headwound. It looks as if someone has only recently removed the axe. Yet even so, he’s chatting happily with his wife – cupping her hand in his – and with two others people at the table. This would probably seem strange under normal circumstances […]

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Nun Bingo at the Hopping Procession of Echternach

27 January, 2020

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For 1000 years the people of Echternach in Luxembourg have been celebrating the life and achievements of their chosen saint, the good St Willibrord. In fact, they’ve been celebrating it for so long that no one actually remembers why they celebrate the way they do. They just do, and that’s good enough for them. To […]

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