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Old 03-11-2008, 06:32 PM   #211
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In Germany, Kölsch being beer is debatable either. But yeah, it's much closer.
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Old 03-11-2008, 06:38 PM   #212
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In Germany, Kölsch being beer is debatable either. But yeah, it's much closer.
Is Kölsch too Belgianish for you Berliners?
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Old 03-11-2008, 06:52 PM   #213
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Originally, I'm not from Berlin, and Berlin beer, well, not high class beer either.

Kölsch is typically for Cologne, whereas e.g. Alt is typical for Düsseldorf, and both citites don't really like each other. Cologne is very down-to-earth kind of people, while Düsseldorf is pretty snobish, hence both say the other beer is no really beer and so on.
I much prefer to stay out of that debate as I've never drank Alt and only once Kölsch.
If you talk to some proud Bavarians they of course will disregard anything but a Weizen or Pilsner as not being beer.
So, that's the debate you would be likely to find yourself in if you met a bunch of Germans from different regions.

I don't remember if Iever had a real Belgian beer, but I've heard they are pretty good.
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Old 03-11-2008, 07:07 PM   #214
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If you talk to some proud Bavarians they of course will disregard anything but a Weizen or Pilsner as not being beer.
So, that's the debate you would be likely to find yourself in if you met a bunch of Germans from different regions.

I don't remember if Iever had a real Belgian beer, but I've heard they are pretty good.
Those Bavarians love their beer so much they made up their own 16 day beer-swilling holiday didn't they?


We used to have traditional, regional beers in America. Milwaukee vs St Louis vs New England vs West of the Rockies. But most everything is brewed by Miller or Budwiser now.
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Old 03-11-2008, 07:21 PM   #215
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Yeah, they are having a 16 day holiday accompanied by 349 normal beer drinking days each year. But still Germans are not the top beer consumers in Europe. In England and Chechya they drink more hectolitres per capita. But especially the Bavarians are proud of their beer brewing tradition with more that 1,000 breweries and the oldest food law in the world: the Reinheitsgebot (purity requirement).

Many of the German breweries today belong to some major companies, but still brew their own beer. I've once read you could drink another beer each day for 16.5 years.

And I'm sorry, but any of those beers is preferable to American beer.
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I started a new job tonight, and one of the girls I work with is named Cyndel, pronounced sin-dell. She's smokin', and the uniqueness just makes her even hotter.
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I started a new job tonight, and one of the girls I work with is named Cyndel, pronounced sin-dell. She's smokin', and the uniqueness just makes her even hotter.
That reminds me of her.
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I don't remember if Iever had a real Belgian beer, but I've heard they are pretty good.
Damn right, and there are plenty to choose from

http://www.belgischebieren.be/



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One of our more popular singers here has a daughter Zita and a boy called Nono.

Never heard of before but it always reminds me of a nobody, poor kid.

If I remember correct, the name had it's origins in Africa (but I forgot what, how or where).
After all, the boy grows up here and not in Africa, sometimes it's worth thinking a bit further...(my 2 cents)
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My mom works at a day care and all the little girls have car names: Avant, Kia, Infinity, Porsche, Mercedes...
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My middle name is:

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My mom works at a day care and all the little girls have car names: Avant, Kia, Infinity, Porsche, Mercedes...
better naming kids after cars


than the other way around

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a friend of mine has a first grade student who's name is "Chardonnay [pause] like the wine ..."
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My neice has just named her baby boy Quban. I still can't remember how to pronounce it! I think from memory it sounds like Kevin, but obviously with a b instead of a v.....
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Chinese babies named 'Olympic Games'

Chinese children are often named after virtues or events.
More than 4,000 children in China have been given the name Aoyun, meaning Olympic Games, in the past 15 years.

The rise in popularity of the name is seen as a sign of support for the Games being staged in August in Beijing.

Officials in charge of identity cards say that more than 92% of the 4,104 registered Aoyuns are boys.

It is not uncommon for Chinese children to be given names of common events and popular slogans - such as Defend China, Build the Nation and Space Travel.

There are 290,798 registered Civilisations.

The first surge in Aoyuns came in 1992, when China applied to host to the 2000 Games. About 680 Aoyuns were registered at the time.

In 2002 another 553 Aoyuns were named, after China was chosen to host the 2008 Games.

The BBC's Chinese service says that in recent weeks babies have also been given names such as Hope for Sichuan, to show solidarity with earthquake victims.
BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Chinese babies named 'Olympic Games'

And I thought Western celebrities had it bad with names!
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