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The thrill of the fair

Munich, Germany

By Michael Dalder

Many of us have been invited to wedding ceremonies and receptions in our time, as guests or even as photographers. One Saturday, at five o’clock in the morning, my colleague Lukas Barth and I prepared our camera gear to photograph a wedding party, with around six million guests.

I’m not sure how many of them were aware of the fact that the party they were attending – “the Oktoberfest” – originally celebrated and honoured the marriage of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen in 1810.

A gingerbread heart is pictured during the 181st Oktoberfest in Munich

Almost 200 years later, the celebration still exists in the form of the world’s biggest beer festival, a place where tradition meets madness. The fairground has been called “Theresienwiese”, or “the Wies’n” by experienced visitors and, despite the name “Oktoberfest”, the festival always starts on the penultimate Saturday of September.

Visitors enjoy a beer during the opening day of the 181st Oktoberfest in Munich

Visitors from all over the world – some dressed more or less in traditional Bavarian attire – wait expectantly to taste the special Oktoberfest beer, which, with around six percent alcohol, is a lot stronger than regular German beer.

from Sakari Suoninen:

Beer washes out German inflation angst

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Germans, many say, have inflation angst in their DNA. But there is one exception to that. Beer.

Although prices at Oktoberfest have been inflation-beating for years, consumption keeps rising. Average price of the 1-liter (35 oz) stein of beer will be 9.66 euros ($ 12.85), up 3.6 percent from last year's festivities, compared with German overall annual inflation of 1.5 percent.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

You only shot pictures of WHAT?

 

Blog Guy, how's Oktoberfest shaping up this year, if you take my meaning? You know, those Bavarian women tend to wear some pretty risqué outfits over there, huh?

Boy, I'll say. For your convenience, our photo people have put together this combo shot, showing cleavage of the visitors wearing traditional Dirndls.

from Photographers' Blog:

Covering the world’s biggest beer fest

By Michael Dalder and Kai Pfaffenbach

It's 5am when my alarm clock rings and to be honest, my thoughts are more about coffee than beer.

However, I packed my gear and tried to get ready for the world’s biggest party, where tradition meets madness in Munich: The “Oktoberfest”.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

What’s better than camping out drunk?

Congratulate me, Blog Guy! I'm going to Oktoberfest this year! It's a life-long dream come true!

Hey, that sounds nice. Where will you be staying?

I'm not totally sure, but I'm paying about $80 a night, so I'm guessing it will be very, very swanky. Maybe like a suite or something.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Best of the month: our own Oktoberfest

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Traffic to this blog was up again last month, thanks to our combination of hard-hitting investigative reporting and news you can use to improve your own life.

october obama 300According to October statistics, readers loved our continued coverage of those Government Death Panels, as well as the fashion help we gave to that woman who wanted to make herself less attractive to men.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Five seconds more, I’m goin’ postal!

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Blog Guy, I've noticed you often use pictures of the Dalai Lama in your blog. He's always smiling, and he seems to have true inner peace.

dalai lama accordion 300Yeah, I suppose so. But that's his job, isn't it?

You're SO cynical! I bet you're constantly hoping something will push him over the edge and make him snap, but of course nothing will ever do that.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Would sober guys wear these hats?

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Hello Boss, sorry to bother you at home. It's me, Gretchen. You hired me as a bartender, remember?

Of course! Danke schön for calling, Gretchen. How are things going at the beer hall?

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Everybody must get droned!

Blog Guy, I was interested in your recent post about music in Hell. You painted a nightmarish picture of nonstop accordions and bagpipes droning everywhere. Anyway, I have a question. Is there adequate parking in Hell, or do you have to spend all your time looking for a space?

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"All your time" is a relative term in Hell. Taking a few centuries to find a good space isn't going to inconvenience you in eternity, after all. Having said that, as you can see there is ample parking at most places.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Those are some scary mug shots!

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Boy, it's getting close now, Blog Guy! It's almost Oktoberfest time in Germany. Will I see you over there?

No way in hell.

GERMANY/Ah. For the usual reason?  "I have no interest in linking arms and singing about sauerkraut with 10,000 exuberant drunks in Lederhosen," was what you said last year.

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