The Porsche unknown story

Ferdinand Porsche with his son Ferdinand Anton Ernst “Ferry” Porsche in 1937

In December 1945 the French government invited Porsche to Paris, ostensibly to discuss licensing manufacture of a French Volkswagen. Ferdinand, Ferry and Anton Piech traveled to Paris but quickly found themselves in a political pressure cooker. The French government intended seizing the Volkswagen factory and moving it to France as reparations and they wanted Porsche’s patents. When Porsche stonewalled, the trio were arrested as war criminals. After four months imprisonment Ferry was released and hurried back to Stuttgart. To raise funds to secure his father’s release, Ferry began to promote a custom sportster that he’d been developing in Gmund. The first cars were entirely hand built from assorted VW parts in barn. Now Ferry moved the operation to Porsche’s Stuttgart workshop and started taking orders – with payment up front. Continue reading

The Legacy of Doping in the GDR

The Price of Gold

The Legacy of Doping in the GDR

Reunited Germany inherited many East German champions who had not only broken records in track and field, but also in the forced consumption of steroids. Twenty years later, German sports are only now beginning to recover.

Heidi Krieger became a victim of the GDR's doping program. She eventually received so much testosterone that she felt forced to seek out gender-reassignment surgery.

Heidi Krieger became a victim of the GDR’s doping program. She eventually received so much testosterone that she felt forced to seek out gender-reassignment surgery.

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Bobby Sands str

Bobby Sands once wrote: “Of course I can be murdered. But I remain what I am, a political POW, and no one, not even the British, can change that.”

In 1981 the Iranian government officially changed the name of Winston Churchill Street where the British Embassy is based to Bobby Sands Street. According to one press agency at the time, “the British nationals employed at the embassy don’t want to be located in a street named after a man whose organisation brought terror to the UK.”
The response of the British was to seal the entrance to their embassy on Bobby Sands Street and knock through the wall into Ferdowsi Avenue, which is now their new address.

The Night We Named Bobby Sands Street

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monarchies in Europe

Dates of the latest abolitions of monarchies in Europe and the territories nearby. A green rectangle indicates that the monarchy was restored afterwards and is currently functioning. If a country has no date, it means that either it has never had a monarchical government (e.g. Switzerland) or it has been functioning throughout the country’s modern history (e.g. Sweden, Denmark and Norway). Note that the dates do not necessarily mark the end of the national independent monarchy but the territory it covered (e.g. Ukraine).

(Source: Wikipedia)

monarchies in Europe

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Διονύσιε Σολωμέ, σε σέ κράζω!…
February 4, 2014 at 5:26pm
Διονύσιε Σολωμέ, σε σέ κράζω!…

Ήταν ένας κόκκινος τόμος: ο Διονύσιος Σολωμός με πρόλογο του Πολυλά. Ένα βιβλίο που μεγάλωσα μαζί του. Το θυμάμαι, παιδί στο Αργοστόλι, σε περίοπτη θέση της βιβλιοθήκης του πατέρα μου, που την είχαμε πάντοτε μαζί μας όταν μετακομίζαμε από πόλη σε πόλη, σε κάθε μετάθεσή του ως διευθυντή νομαρχιών ανά την Ελλάδα του Μεσοπολέμου. Έτσι ήταν που ο Σολωμός βρέθηκε από τότε Continue reading


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Λίστα “α λακάρτ”

lagkarntΜπορεί κάποιος, οποιοσδήποτε – ας πούμε κάποιος πρωθυπουργός – να πάει σε μια Ελβετική τράπεζα και να ζητήσει – να απαιτήσει να του πουν αν έχει κάποιος “τάδε” λογαριασμό σε αυτή τη τράπεζα?
Και αν η τράπεζα δε θέλει να του πει και απλά του απαντήσει όχι? Τι μπορεί να κάνει από εκεί και πέρα αυτός ο κάποιος οποιοσδήποτε πρωθυπουργός – λαγκάρντ?