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Gamescom2014: gaming paradise

Visitors enjoying some next generation games350,000 punters discovered loads of new computer games at Köln’s annual trade fair. David McDougall reviews some of the best.

Gamescom 2013 saw the emergence of the next generation of games consoles, and aficionados had the opportunity to get some hands on experience with what Sony and Microsoft were promoting as the next generation in gaming.

This year’s event in Köln, however, saw a wave of forthcoming games releases, all of which announced the arrival of the next generation with a bang.

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BFG fuel card ready for pick up

The first: GOC BFG, Maj Gen John Henderson collected his BFG Fuel Card at the Bielefeld Amenities Centre on September 1GOC BFG, Maj Gen John Henderson was one of the first to collect his BFG Fuel Card from coupon selling clerk, John Perry, at the Bielefeld Amenities Centre on September 1.

The GOC opened his envelope under John’s watchful eye to find his card, a letter from ARAL explaining the card and a handy ready-reckoner.

General Henderson said: “I’m delighted to have my new fuel card. Gone are the days of the venerable fuel coupon, when I needed to plan my journeys in advance and pre-purchase enough fuel coupons, and had to stop the pump nozzle on exactly a multiple of 10.

“Now I can access tax free fuel easily, whenever I want, even cheaper than before, including at the ARAL Tank & Rast stations on the Autobahn.”

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A musician with a handle on life

Dressed to thrill – multi-talented  musician Werner Meier as a Lippischer Schütze – a circa 1815 German soldier – and his street barrel organ Solo performer and Anglophile Werner Meier is finding that life’s a grind at age 69. And he wouldn’t have it any other way.

That’s because the jolly Herford-based street organ player has enjoyed entertaining folks around the world since the 1970s.

And now Werner hopes to entertain the British Forces at special events where he can dress as a clown or even in period costume. 

 “I hope people will hire me for special occasions like weddings when I can play my barrel organ,” said Werner, who once dated the daughter of an Army officer.

The eccentric Herford native used to own a string of British cars, including Rolls Royces, Bentleys and Jaguars.


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