$28 000 Cheese Slicer Stolen in Amsterdam

When in Amsterdam...there is no shortage of cheese. The country is the largest exporter of cheese in the world. This means there is no shortage of cheese cutters and slicers.

Over the weekend the world's most expensive cheese cutter was taken from the Cheese Museum in Amsterdam, RTL Nieuwes reports.

The cheese slicer is valued at 25 000 euros or 28 000 US dollars. The kitchen implement is highly valued because it was designed by  Argentinian jeweller Rodrigo Otazu and the piece contains the 220 Gassan diamonds. Otazu jewellery has been worn by stars such as Madonna, Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez.

The cheese cutter was in the exhibition of the Amsterdam Cheese Museum which is metres from the world famous Anne Frank House. The expensive implement was locked in a display case. A worker alerted police to the robbery at the end of the work day once the empty cabinet was discovered.

Video footage is reported to expose two suspects braking the display case and fleeing the scene with the cheese slicer and of course some cheese. The suspects remain at large and anony-mouse.

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How many cars and bicycles fall into Amsterdam canals?

When in Amsterdam..be careful when parking. This Fiat 500 was parked into the canal in Amsterdam's old city centre. The driver had borrowed the car from his mother. The person then asked a friend to park the car as he directed the new driver of his mother's car.

Amsterdam has a special division of the Fire Department to respond to vehicles that park in the 100 kilometres of Amsterdam canals. Amsterdam has 4 full time divers who are 24 hour standby, the only city in the country to have this capability.

Many canal tour operators claim that 1 car a week fall into the canals. They espuse this figure on their recorded messages that accompany many tours. That is 52 per year! The Fire Department reports the number is closer to 35 per year.


Amsterdam is a city famous for bicycles. Estimates are that there are more bicycles in Amsterdam than people. Officials figures are approximately 800 000. More optimistic figures are around 1 million.

 It is no wonder that 12 000 to 15 000 bicycles are pulled out of Amsterdam canals every year. Many of these bikes fall into the canals during common periods of gusty winds. Many bikes are also thrown into the canals by weekend party goers that take their fun to Amsterdammers boats.

Throughout Amsterdam history the canals of Amsterdam has provided endless beauty but also danger.

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Luxury Yacht capsizes in Amsterdam business district

When in Amsterdam... a capsized luxury boat has been in placed in the middle of Amsterdam's Business district.

Located on the Gustav Mahler Square the boat is an art piece by Leonard van Munster Het Parool reports.

For many years the artist wished to places a piece of art work on the square but received no funding from businesses in the area.

Van Munster's capsized boat is called Fortuna after the Roman Goddess of fortune and misfortune. The capsized boat  is placed in front of the offices of the nation's third largest bank. ABN Amro was nationalized during the financial crisis because of misfortune.

The critique of fast money and extravagant possessions like luxury yachts is not lost on the neighbourhood.

It is obvious why van Munster did not receiving funding from the business heavyweights who occupy the area.

What is interesting is that van Munster gained approval to place his art at a location where it would most resonate.

The art work will remain during the period of Lent. Got to love Amsterdam!

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