If you like, 45-year-old Daniel Dorner is living proof that the Dresdeners haven't lost their sense of humor – not even after the break into the Green Vault, the theft of the Saxon crown jewels at the end of November 2019. Dorner is a toy dealer, his " Spielaxie "is not far from the Green Vault, and he managed to turn the museum robbery into a kind of coup on his own behalf. He still knows exactly, says Dorner, how he suddenly noticed on the day of the theft that he now had a treasure in stock: somewhere in his shop, a larger edition of the Playmobil set "Museum Raid" was collecting dust. The set contains a small museum, a few masked plastic gangsters, a glass showcase with crown jewels, pictures of princes – as realistic as if the makers of Playmobil anticipated the Dresden jewel robbery. "Man, I thought, that fits like a fist on the eye," says Dorner. So he quickly designed a price tag, "ACTION – museum robbery only 34.99". It wasn't long before someone had photographed the offer in his shop. And it went viral on the Internet. Since then Dorner has been running into the booth, his warehouse was completely empty in the meantime, he has now received a new delivery. "People come, call, ask," he says, "the rush is incredible." Not everyone thinks his action is funny, too. Some came to him and scolded. What does he say to them? "That a little joke is necessary in these times," says Dorner. "Above all, I say: In the Playmobil world, the robbery clears up! The police are present. The thing has a happy ending."
She has experienced the worst that a mother can experience. It was a Sunday in October, a good three years ago. Her son went out with his girlfriend, they wanted to go to the cinema. The film they wanted to see was not yet running. So they strolled to the Außenalster, the big lake in the middle of Hamburg, sat on the bank, he behind her, it was a mild day. Then a man approached from behind, he had a knife, thrust it into the water and stabbed him. The man disappeared, the boy died in the hospital.
The act became a public event. Newspapers reported daily on the "Alster murder", the police asked the population for help with the search and distributed leaflets, the "Islamic State" claimed that one of its soldiers had carried out the attack. It is still unclear who murdered the sixteen-year-old. To date, the mother does not know who took her son from her. She suffered, she screamed, she sat silent, shocked. She cried, crouched, and trembled. She didn't know what to do next. But she found a way to live on, to be with her son Victor. Véronique Elling is an actress and singer. "The only way that forces me to keep breathing, to keep working in life, is art," she says. She put together a stage program, in her mother tongue French. Dire adieu it says, say goodbye.
Less than five months after the murder of her son, she was in front of an audience. she sang Ne me quitte pas, Please don't leave me, and Quand on n’a que l’amour, If you only have love, both from Jacques Brel. They are songs that she has known since she was a child. Now they feel different, but they give something like hold, like security.
Her son Victor is dead, she can't change that. But she can change how she looks at Victor and how others do. "A few years ago it was Victor himself who said to me: Mom, why do you only ever play these old songs? Why don't you write them yourself?" Says Véronique Elling. This year she did what her son wanted. She wrote songs for the first time. About him. About their love. About their grief. The first one has just been published, it is said Le garçon tendre, The tender boy. She sings about a boy who is a little shy and quiet but has a happy laugh. About her boy who says: "Close your eyes / You see better / With your heart / The happiness that blows around you". She wrote these lines last October, on the anniversary of her son's death. Further texts were added in the next days and weeks. She was sitting at home, playing with her daughter, when lines came to her head, she jumped up, wrote it down, read it out to her partner, who plays the piano. He tried chords, she sang, they found the melodies to the lyrics. There are twelve songs in total. She sings: "I will be there / Wherever you go / You will hear me / Everywhere you will be / With you". She sings: "Sometimes I'm cold in the middle of summer / Sometimes I get a fever trembling / Sometimes I want to turn the page / Sometimes I'm afraid to forget your face". She sings: "Sometimes the days are like years / Sometimes I laugh at my own thoughts / Sometimes life seems wild to me / Sometimes death seems like a mirage to me."
Writing down her thoughts, taking them up and working them up gave her strength. That is the wonderful thing about art, says Véronique Elling: "You have the opportunity to make something beautiful out of the worst and most painful experiences." She doesn't want her son to be remembered as the victim of the Alster killer. Doesn't want violence to settle in the mind and cover everything else. She wants to show what kind of boy her son was. Wants to tell about him as a human. "It was always just about the violence that was done to him," she says. "He brought so much light into our lives. I want to express that with the songs." The album will be released in the new year. She has already selected a day for publication: It is May 26, her son's 20th birthday.
Unthinkable that a German minister would say something like that. Dan Jørgensen, however, visibly proudly announces: "We don't yet know how it will work. But we decided it anyway." Jørgensen is Danish energy minister. With his announcement, he ensured that the government radically raised its climate targets. Denmark now plans to reduce its CO₂ emissions by 70 percent by 2030. That is significantly more than the German one Federal government wants, and also more than the EU as a whole dares. "We didn't ask the experts what was possible. We told them what was necessary," said Jørgensen when he presented the plan at the Madrid climate conference in December. But the man is not a gambler, unlike the federal government, he believes in the massive expansion of wind energy. His country already has the world's largest share of wind energy in the electricity mix, at around 40 percent. That is why Jørgensen knows very well how he can increase it in the future: Wind farms are to be built in the North Sea off the Danish coast. They are expected to generate around ten gigawatts of offshore wind, which would be enough for around ten million households and would therefore be much more than the small country itself can consume.
"No alcohol is not a solution either," said Die Toten Hosen. Surveys show that almost every eighth person drinks more alcohol than usual, especially on Christmas and New Year's Eve. But after a night of drinking, the next morning everyone probably asked whether the sixth glass of red wine or the tenth beer was really necessary. The head hurts, the stomach grumbles, and then this disgusting taste in the mouth: Can't anything be done about the hangover?
Indian scientists from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai have examined various fruit and vegetable juices, grains, spices and dairy products to determine whether they accelerate alcohol breakdown and alleviate the typical hangover symptoms. And lo and behold – or in Christmas cheer: Hallelujah! – In laboratory tests in a test tube, they were able to show that a mixture of pear juice, sweet lime and coconut water significantly increases the activity of the alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) and aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) enzymes involved in alcohol degradation. Pear juice even increases ALDH enzyme activity by up to 91 percent, making it more effective than the commercial products tested by the researchers. "Our fruit juice mixture is an easily prepared, effective, inexpensive and tastefully acceptable alternative to the anti-hangover products currently available," they write in the journal Current Research in Food Science. Coffee, on the other hand, seems to slow down the alcohol breakdown – a cappuccino on the "morning after" is therefore not advisable.
In the experiment, a drink made from 65 percent pear juice, 25 percent lime juice and 10 percent coconut water proved to be particularly tasty and highly effective. "If you add cheese, cucumber and tomato, the hangover symptoms can be alleviated even more," it says. However, further studies have to clarify whether the mixture is actually more effective than previously known preparations and home remedies. Well then cheers!
Tunisia introduces educational instruction at schools. A pilot project for this started in the capital, Tunis, in December 2019, and classes should be available nationwide by 2022. It is intended to teach children from five years old not only how their bodies work, but also where sexual abuse and harassment begin and how they can fight them.
Tunisia has had its own # MeToo movement under the hashtag #EnaZeda ("me too") since this autumn. It was triggered by a video that is supposed to show a member of parliament masturbating in front of a school. He had followed a student in the car, she filmed him and put the clip on YouTube. Thousands of women have reported harassment on social media since then.
In Lebanon, the other Arab country that already had awareness classes, the government stopped doing so in 2000. Religious institutions had put the authorities under pressure: Education led the youth to "perversion". The association for sexual health in Tunisia, which is committed to providing educational information there, therefore wants to use the pilot phase not only to improve the teaching units for the children, but also to promote persuasion in authorities and religious institutions.
Chinese authorities approved a new drug for Alzheimer's in November 2019. It is the first time in the world that a remedy for organic brain disease has been approved in more than 17 years. The drug is derived from seaweed and could help Alzheimer's patients get better at an early stage. A team of scientists from the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica had observed that people who eat a lot of seaweed are less likely to suffer from Alzheimer's. Algae are an integral part of Chinese cuisine and maybe soon the hippest superfood in Germany,
The missing "Napoleon apple" was rediscovered this year. His discoverer Urte Delft didn't have to travel far to find it. Because the Brandenburg pomologist has two trees of this variety in her own garden. Delft can determine around 100 types of apple. She only knew nothing about those with the insanely juicy flesh and the fine acidity that she has been eating since childhood. At the beginning of the year she came across a tree in Prignitz. She saw it immediately, that was her apples. Further trees appeared in Lower Saxony. Also an old register, according to which the variety was sold as "Napoleon apple" in the 1930s. Napoleon? Probably just a marketing gimmick. Just like the Napoleon cherry and the Napoleon butter pear. Delft enthuses: "The Napoleon apple stays in the cellar from autumn to April, only a few varieties can do it."
With the turmoil of the war, the apple disappeared – at least that's what people thought. In addition to the two in Delft's garden, four other trees are known. Where are they? Then Delft is silent.