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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Dec 30th, 2012 at 12:45:14 PM EST
Builders demolish 18th century French château `by mistake' - France - RFI

The Russian owner of the Château Bellevue in Yvrac in southwestern France says the 18th century treasure was destroyed "in error" by a team of Polish builders after a misunderstanding.

Dmitry Stroskin, a software specialist, told the French newspaper Sud Ouest that he bought the property in 2010 from a rich Bordeaux family.

A year later, he submitted an application for building permission to the local authorities. Local official Lise Mattiazzo described his plan as "a very pretty renovation project".

Stroskin says he hoped to use the house as a holiday home and had intended to repair the façade of the chateau, modernise the pool and build a pool house.

But on 26 and 27 November, the firm of builders he had hired simply razed the whole chateau to the ground, to the amazement of everyone, said Lise Mattiazzo.

Stroskin says he is in shock, and that "even if the building was in very bad condition", he wanted to "create an identical reconstruction of Bellevue".

Mme Mattiazzo says Stroskin told her that the Polish company "had completely misunderstood" and that he had asked them simply to destroy the small guest house adjacent to the chateau.

However, some of the local people wonder whether the destruction of the chateau really was a genuine error.

They report that Stroskin had expressed concern that the foundations of the chateau might not be sufficiently deep, and especially, they note that he is still using the same construction company for his projects.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Dec 30th, 2012 at 01:12:44 PM EST
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Similar tricks have been done in the UK for decades to get around planning regs

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 12:17:29 PM EST
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`The Intouchables' actor becomes France's favourite - France - RFI

French actor and comedian, Omar Sy who starred in The Intouchables has been named France's most popular personality taking over from former tennis player, Yannick Noah who has held the title since 2007.

Sy was announced the winner of Le Journal du Dimanche's bi-annual poll published on Sunday ahead of actor Gad Elmaleh who placed second and Noah who came in third.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Dec 30th, 2012 at 01:14:24 PM EST
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BBC News - Italian Nobel laureate Rita Levi-Montalcini dies

The Italian Nobel prize-winning neurologist Rita Levi-Montalcini has died at the age of 103.

Miss Levi-Montalcini lived through anti-semitic discrimination under fascism to become one of Italy's top scientists and most respected figures.

She won acclaim for her work on cells, which furthered understanding of a range of conditions, including cancer.

In 1986 she shared the Nobel prize for medicine with biochemist Stanley Cohen for research carried out in the US.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Dec 30th, 2012 at 03:27:31 PM EST
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A New Year's dinner for one watched by millions - The Local
Nobody cares to eat alone, but in Germany few people can imagine ringing in the New Year without watching a little-known British comedy skit "Dinner for One." The Local explains a Teutonic tradition.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Dec 30th, 2012 at 03:51:49 PM EST
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I've never understood this phenomenon in 'Schland, but i admit to cracking up the first time i watched it Silvester 2001/2002. Partly because it's truly dumb slapstick done brilliantly, partly because the premise is so absurd... and partly because i couldn't believe my in-laws were simply guffawing.

(My father-in-law had been in a Russian prison camp for many years after the war, as a doctor even caring for the guards. My mother-in-law spent her teenage years in a British confinement camp in Tanzania. They likely appreciated the absurdity.)

Haven't seen it every year since, but when i do, i can't tell if i'm laughing at myself or the show.

Part 1 (a year later)

Original version complete

and especially crafted to wish ET a Happy New Year, the Sarkozy Merkel Version



"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Sun Dec 30th, 2012 at 05:14:12 PM EST
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Perhaps i laugh because millions of Germans across generations keep watching it together. or maybe no one watches it anymore, what do i know... except it's still being shown this year.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Sun Dec 30th, 2012 at 05:16:46 PM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 05:29:56 AM EST
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Same procedure as every year, Mr. afew.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 06:18:01 AM EST
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Dogs and cats 'still eaten in Switzerland' - The Local
Some Swiss people still regularly eat dog and cat meat, a newspaper investigation has shown - and the practice remains legal in the country.

 Eating Fido - or Tiddles - might be more commonly associated with China and Vietnam, but rustling up a slice of cured dog meat to enjoy as a snack is not unusual in rural areas of central and eastern Switzerland, Tages Anzeiger claims.

There are no statistics on the number of dogs and cats killed every year in Switzerland and social disapproval of dog-eating means the practice is shrouded in secrecy. No commercial abattoirs slaughter dogs or cats, but farmers in the Appenzell and St Gallen cantons in German-speaking Switzerland often slaughter the animals themselves.

The most popular breed of dog for eating is a close relative of the Rottweiler.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Dec 30th, 2012 at 03:55:51 PM EST
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No one from CH has popped up to deny this, so I think we can take it for gospel truth.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 12:57:45 PM EST
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Into 2013, ET



"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 08:10:45 AM EST
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Guten Rutsch indeed.

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 08:42:22 AM EST
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Well, until now I had not noticed that 2013 was Eros backwards. I hope that does not make it Thanatos.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi
by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 09:41:25 AM EST
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Marvellous !!!

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 12:22:05 PM EST
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