Sleeping in a Wine Barrel

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http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-619494

Lets face it, wines have been aging gracefully for centuries and in most cases they’re far better for it. In Trasadingen, Switzerland they’ve come up with a great way for you to personally test it for yourself.

http://www.fasshotel.ch

Did I come out any better? I’ll let you be the judge of that, all I can say is I had a great night of sleep in it after that glass of Pinot Noir.

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Happy Father’s Day from the Land of the Neck Tie!!

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Father’s Day 2011 and many a father will likely be getting a tie as a gift…

Do you know where the necktie was invented? If you think it’s France, you’d be wrong… Better watch this fun report to get to the truth of the matter!

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-620466

Slovenia really knows good, aged grapes!

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Slovenia is an amazing nation and the people there really feel the LOVE for the country’s wine (and there’s LOTS of it)!! It’s little wonder that it shares a border with Italy… and though I may not be the world’s expert on wine, I do love the stuff and I think that I “personally” prefer Slovene wine to Italian wine!

You’ll have to go visit the country to see if you agree!!

Here’s Percy’s report on The Oldest Grape Vine on the Planet! Maribor, Slovenia
http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-616884

Canadian man commutes to work daily on a replica 1875 Penny Farthing bike: NOT your average everyday commute

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This guy thinks outside of the box when it comes to commuting. Very cool!! This is a MUST SEE!

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/living/2011/06/03/dnt.commuting.big.wheel.CHCH?&hpt=hp_c2

One Fine Lady: The World’s Oldest Grape Vine in Slovenia!!

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At possibly 450 plus years old, she has seen more changes than the relatively young former Yugoslav country. Tended regularly by Tone Zafosnik for more than 30 years, the vine flourishes today and is a major tourist attraction in this town of 110,000. The vine produces about 60 kilos of grapes per year which is a enough for a few hundred 250 dcl. of souvenir bottles of the red wine (but it is only given to dignitaries like the Pope).

I was met by the Director of Tourism for the town and we shared a few minutes of the vine’s incredible history for CNN.

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-616884

Slovenia is a tiny European Union country situated just below Austria about half the size of Switzerland with a population of about 2 million. Wine growing is a major industry there.

Produced and Hosted by: Percy von Lipinski

Associate Producer and Editor: Tracy Bymoen

Special thanks to Maribor Tourism, Old Vine House and Slovenia Tourism

“Bodyflying” in Switzerland!

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Percy’s at the high adrenalin adventures again — this time in Switzerland:

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-614923

Some seriously cool looking Spring chicks!!

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Over the Easter weekend, I read about these eggs that this woman in the US who injects with food coloring in order to have them hatch into an array of rainbow coloured chickens. Apparently, she’s not the only one as I found a multitude of articles about others doing the same!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3615191.stm

At first, I had the reaction that most people do… “Is this safe for the poor little ones?” Well, turns out it is perfectly safe and even scientific! Researchers often inject eggs with colourants to help identify batches when the chickens hatch! And as the chicks grow into adults, the colour fades and they look normal.

Fascinating.

Here’s an article about the colored egg process from the University of Nebraska:
http://lancaster.unl.edu/4H/Embryology/colorchickens.shtml

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