"“We have lent a huge amount of money to the U.S. Of course we are concerned about the safety of our assets. To be honest, I am definitely a little worried.” "

Chinese premier Wen Jiabao 12th March 2009

""We have a financial system that is run by private shareholders, managed by private institutions, and we'd like to do our best to preserve that system."

Timothy Geithner US Secretary of the Treasury, previously President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.1/3/2009

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Man Nearly Dies After Drinking Bottle of Vodka

After that last post, a cautionary tale of a 64 year old German holidaymaker from Gorlitz , who was returning from Egypt and was told when changing planes at Nuremburg airport by security staff he could not continue with his 1 litre of vodka stashed in his hand baggage.

He was told he could ;
1. PAY to have his bag checked into the luggage hold
2. DUMP the bottle,

He took a third (and unexpected option) and chugged the whole bottle whilst security staff watched. "The vodka quickly had an effect," a police spokesperson told the DPA news agency. The passenger was unable to stand or function and a doctor was called to the scene.

The tipsy traveller was sent to a Nuremberg hospital for treatment. He is still recovering there but is expected to be able to make his way home in time for Christmas.

Der Spiegel
See Also Airport Security to Lourdes Pilgrim: Your Holy Water is a Security Threat

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