This is actually one of the first batches of banana that was sent to Norway. It had the weight of 3000 kilos and came in crates/boxes. One of the persons in this picture is Christian Mathiessen, the founder of Norways biggest fruit importer, Bama. Norway was actually the second country to import bananas in Europe, after the UK. It's very interesting that before global trading became as it is today, people really didn't encounter many products that weren't made locally. Seeing an item made in China must have seemed exotic to someone living in Mexico during 1832.The bananas in the photo are Gros Michel bananas. Gros Michel, often known as Big Mike, is an export cultivar of banana and was, until the 1950s, the main variety exported to the United States. His variety was once the dominant export banana to Europe and North America, grown in South America and Africa. In the 1950s the Panama disease, a wilt caused by the fungus Fusarium oxysporum, wiped out vast tracts of 'Gros Michel' plantations in South America and Africa, but the cultivar survived in Thailand. The original 'Gros Michel' is said to have a unique fragrance. The Panama disease inflicted enormous costs and forced producers to switch to other, disease-resistant cultivars. However, new strains of Panama disease threaten the production of today's most popular cultivar, Cavendish.Portugese sailors brought bananas to Europe from West Africa in the early fifteenth century. Its Guinean name banema, which became banana in English, was first found in print in the seventeenth century. The original banana has been cultivated and used since ancient times, even pre-dating the cultivation of rice. While the banana thrived in Africa, its origins are said to be of East Asia and Oceania. The banana was carried by sailors to the Canary Islands and the West Indies, finally making it to North America with Spanish missionary Friar Tomas de Berlanga.
The Nordics were like the Yanks as they go bananas and like emotional children. I am not seriously concerned and you would think this was 1939 all over again. Talk about us in the West losing the plot.
in Sweden you can buy a submarine over internet no problemo.
Make sure it'll fit in your bathtub.
Assassin (21) got fined for not killingThe contract killer got 10,000 kroner in fines for not killing. Police believe it was fraud against the client.The 21-year-old had received up to 60,000 kroner from a same-aged man to kill a 17-year-old he was in love with. The 17-year-old had rejected the advances.The contract killer took the money and knives, but never performed any murder. Now the client is sentenced to two years in prison for having ordered the killing, while the assassin is fined for not having done so.Cheated customerPolice believe he deliberately cheated the contracting party and thus was guilty of fraud.- He was fined for having enticed a man to disburse money under false pretenses, said District Attorney Per Halsbog in Vestfold and Telemark public prosecutor.The deceived client claims he paid assassin 60,000 kroner, who claims to have received 40,000 kroner.- Just wanted the moneyHe was fined for having received 18,000 kroner. The basis of the fine is a violation of Penal Code Section 270, fraud provision.- The investigation showed he never had any intention to kill. He only wanted the money, says Attorney Per Halsbog."Why is he still alive? 'Buyer nagged at him several times to finish off murder pact he thought the two had agreed on. In an agitated SMS exchange he wrote:"Why is he still alive??? Are you not able do a job !!!" "He should have been killed !!! Stop making excuses. Why the hell is not it done?" and "Yes, you do it now! You got damn enough money now !! Run in a knife or something"Eventually the assassin said that he would only beat up 17-year-old, but he had a buddy who could commit murder if he got another 30,000 kroner.- He only kept talking to get more money, says Attorney is Halsbog, who also was the prosecutor in the case against the client.
Sweden's Security Service Säpo posted its first tweet on Friday [two weeks ago], with a cheeky enough message to make headlines across Sweden.
A group of tourists spent hours Saturday night looking for a missing woman near Iceland's Eldgja canyon, only to find her among the search party.
Is that Mad mag still going??
Losing and finding yourself in Iceland, Missing woman unwittingly joins search party looking for herself QuoteA group of tourists spent hours Saturday night looking for a missing woman near Iceland's Eldgja canyon, only to find her among the search party.
No proof it was Russian krake the head scramblers have effected you!
"Violent crime in Glasgow is less about gun crime than it is in some other cities. Knives, feet and fists prevail here," says Professor Mike Nellis.An ex-social worker and expert in criminology at Strathclyde University, he was deliberating on a damning report by the UK Peace Index that names Glasgow as Britain's most violent urban centre.Just 24 hours after Glasgow City Marketing Bureau launched their campaign to rebrand Glasgow, the city was saddled with the title of 'Britain's most violent area' - another scar on the reputation of the city, scored next to its previous moniker of 'Murder Capital of Western Europe........'
Glasgow has been ranked as the UK's most violent area in a new report.Problems with gangs and knife crime contributed to the rating in the UK Peace Index produced by the US and Australia-based Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).The index has drawn together more than 10 years of data, looking at levels of violence across the country as well as the cost to the economy.Areas were ranked according to the number of homicides and levels of violent and weapon crime, public disorder and numbers of police officers per 100,000 people.The report describes Glasgow as "the least peaceful major urban centre in the UK", with London and Belfast in second and third place.Scotland has the highest homicide rate of any of the four UK nations, as well as the highest violent crime rate, at more than 1500 per 100,000 people, the report said........
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