In this edition: The audio cassette turns 50, the centuries-old Wurstkuchl Tavern, using yarn to make furniture, the Pendulum Choir, and the Little Mermaid of Copenhagen turns 100.
The Little Mermaid Turns 100
The story of the little mermaid is a classic children's fairy tale. Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen penned it in 1837 and Danish sculptor Edvard Eriksen created a bronze monument of the character which became the Denmark’s national symbol. Sitting at the sea shore she draws in millions of tourists and locals every year. This year the 100th birthday of the Little Mermaid will be celebrated.
The Yarn-Furniture of Anton Alvarez
Swedish designer Anton Alvarez has invented "the thread wrapping machine" to make innovative furniture which he wraps in thread, thus doing away with screws or nails. He keeps it all together by glue that he runs his polyester thread through. The thread is then wrapped around the furniture. Depending on the size, a piece of furniture takes an average of 2 to 3 days to complete.
The Centuries-old Wurstkuchl Tavern
This family-run establishment in the southern German city of Regensburg has been serving sausages to its customers for 200 years. Before that - the tavern itself has been around since the 12th century - it just offered stews. But with the introduction of the sausages, this German "fast food" continues to be a winner with customers digging into their "Bratwurst" with sauerkraut.
50 Years of Audio Cassettes
The first cassette recorder was presented at the 1963 Berlin Radio Show by the Dutch company Philips. It became a runaway success. We meet Conrad Rodenberg who runs the Berlin label Froggi Records where he records his own music or that of friends on audio cassettes, and then sells them mainly at concerts.
The Pendulum Choir
This is the brainchild of Swiss artists André and Michel Décosterd who've created a special stage that has their singers bob around to music while performing. The singers are all classically trained from Switzerland, France and Germany. The choir has performed internationally and has already won awards in Austria and Japan.