Tuesday, 1 May 2007

A matter of national importance

What I appreciate most about newspapers in Germany and France is that they cover Europe-wide and international issues much more thoroughly than we tend to find in mainstream British media.

But front-page news in Germany at the moment is a matter of national importance: there’s going to be a record asparagus harvest. From end of April is asparagus season in restaurants. Usually served up with hollandaise sauce, maybe roast potatoes and ham on the side, asparagus (in German: Spargeln) are delicious.

But taking a look at this bizarre photograph in the Berliner Morgenpost of Agricultural Minister Woidke and Asparagus Queen Nadine opening the season, I’m not sure I’ll ever eat Spargeln again!


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