Tarry for the Nonce

December 8, 2005

Oh, the Irony of It All

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 9:50 pm

Pilgrims to the birthplace of Karl Marx are capitalizing on the shopping opportunities:

This year more than 30,000 people from across China will have visited Trier, near the border with Luxembourg – an invasion jokingly attributed to the “Marx Factor”.

The top priority for the travellers is to be snapped on their digital cameras in front of the baroque villa where the founding father of communism was born in 1818 . . .

They buy plaster busts of Marx and Marx wine from the vineyard bought by his father, Heinrich, as an investment to support him in his old age . . .

After a visit to the museum, most go shopping, spending an average of 135 a day on items such as non-stick saucepans, steel cutlery, chocolate, designer suits and Swiss army knives . . .

Outside the museum Miss [Sun] Ting Ting waited impatiently for her group of visitors. “If you don’t hurry, the shops will be closed,” she said. She added: “I think Marx might have found it difficult to understand this but shopping is our new hobby.”

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2 Comments

  1. So would Karl Marx be turning over in his grave?!

    Comment by Andrew P. — December 9, 2005 @ 12:41 am

  2. I don’t know. How are the workers involved in this being taken of?

    Comment by Howard — December 9, 2005 @ 5:29 pm


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