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Stink of manure blowin' in the wind for Erfurt

The Local · 9 Aug 2011, 11:43

Published: 09 Aug 2011 11:43 GMT+02:00

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The state capital with more than 200,000 residents is suffering from the unfortunate timing of heavy fertilization by local farmers and prevailing winds that are blowing over the city.

Pope Benedict XVI is due to visit the city in September and to give a service at the city’s cathedral.

A spokeswoman for the city said that the recent break in rainy weather gave farmers around the city the chance to fertilise their fields with dung. Many have done so, in abundance, particularly to the west of the city where pastoral areas are concentrated.

But with a subsequent westerly wind blowing, the overwhelming stench of the manure has wafted over the city. The smell is particularly strong in the inner city, which is renowned for its intact medieval old town.

The spokeswoman said this was of course unpleasant especially for tourists and described the cloud as an unfortunate and temporary incident.

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16:29 August 9, 2011 by jmclewis
Too bad the farmers did not wait for the Pope to visit, it would be a true expression what many think about the church and it mere man in charge.
03:14 August 10, 2011 by vonSchwerin
@ jmclewis

You said it! It could be "Luthers Rache" -- a Protestant signal from the city where the Reformer studied.
19:40 August 15, 2011 by farmon
@ #1 @ #2

I sure hope you two indignant atheist bastards are a minority. Have respect for the great German and Holy man. He is to be honored.
16:21 August 19, 2011 by jmclewis

I am not an atheist........ The pope is a fraud he was in charge of discipline for way ward priest aka a pedophiles most have not been subject to the laws of the countries where the crimes occurred they are hiding in the Vatican. This pope is a man of god or is he a form of satin?
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