I was listening to a radio interview with riot policeman in Berlin this morning. I hadn’t realised that the city traditionally celebrates the workers’ holiday by smashing the place up, ripping up cobble stones and lobbing them at any convenient authority figure and setting fire to cars that people have been daft enough to leave parked on the street.
Apparently this sort of thing has been going on in the Hellersdorf district for the last 18 years, but you have to admire their organised teutonic approach to rioting which starts at 6pm prompt and ends at precisely midnight.
And round the corner are bands of workmen ready to move in as the clock strikes twelve to replace broken windows, replace the cobbles and clear away the burnt out cars so that come 2 May there is no sign that a riot has taken place. Very Germanic!