Roughly 50 million dollars’ worth of diamonds were stolen at an international airport in Brussels, Belgium. What really surprised me was the amount of time it required. It apparently only took the thieves 11 minutes to steal the diamonds and leave. The burglars cut a big hole in a fence and stole the diamonds as they were being transferred on to a plane. They were heavily armed and held hostages at gunpoint while looting 120 parcels from the plane’s cargo area. The exact value had not been determined at the time that the episode aired but it is estimated to be worth about 50 million dollars. According to The World this was one of the largest known heists to date.
Another topic on the show was about the mistreatment of workers employed by Amazon. The producer of a documentary on the incidents said workers were brought in from countries such as Spain and Poland for the seasonal positions. Once there they encountered intimidation from security and found that they would be paid less than advertised. They underwent frequent intrusions in there temporary houses, where the guards searched through their possessions. What’s more some of the security guards were dressed in Neo-Nazi attire. Amazon hired a different company to run the security when the harassment of these workers took place. After the documentary aired on public television Amazon terminated their working relationship with the security company involved. At the time of the broadcast Amazon had not made a formal statement about the documentary or the incidents.
In the episode of Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations that I watched Bourdain traveled to Egypt. I thought it was odd that he didn’t want to visit the pyramids. I would totally wait in line for hours to see those Egyptian wonders. One part of the episode showed the traffic on the busy streets of Egypt (see picture below). This was particularly scary to me. It was complete chaos! There were no clear lanes of traffic or any actual regulations being enforced; cars just went any way they chose and people were everywhere. I didn’t even see any street signals. I would be afraid to be in car on those roads.
I thought it was interesting to see all the different foods that Bourdain ate throughout this episode. One dish in particular that he had was pigeon rubbed in various different spices and then seared to perfection. I think that I would enjoy this meal. For the most part Egyptian food looked pretty appetizing, the only meal Bourdain had that I don’t think that I would try was the goat that he had out in the desert. They picked a goat and slaughtered it (facing its head south for religious reasons), then they skinned it before cooking it buried in a pit under the sand (see picture below). I thought it was really interesting that they smoked it underground and thought that this way of preparing it would make it pretty tasty. That being said I don’t think that I could eat something that I just watched being killed.
This article talks about Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdication. She will resign April 30th, 2013. Her son Prince Willem-Alexander will become King upon her withdrawal. She says “I am not resigning because my duties are becoming too burdensome but I believe that the responsibility for our country should now be in the hands of a new generation”. I think that she handled this matter in a grand way. She made her resignation seem so positive and optimistic. I actually did not know that the Netherlands was run by a monarchy until I read this article. As it turns out this year the Netherlands will be a monarchy for 200 years! I was very happy that I my first entry was able to be about such a significant turning point in the Netherlands politics.