June 21st, 2011


Breaking into Berlin Zoo

My characters need to break into Berlin Zoo at around 3am on a weekday night. The story is a contemporary, and they're coming on foot from the direction of the Tiergarten park.

Looking at Google images for Berlin Zoo fence, it appears there is a fence of vertical iron railings around 10 feet high - does this go all the way around? Or would there be something different, eg a wall, on the side nearest the Tiergarten? I can't tell from Google satellite images.

I'm assuming the zoo has security cameras installed - can anyone confirm this?
Would there be passers-by in the area, even at that time of night?

I'd like my characters to climb the fence and wander around for a while before they realise they've been seen by security cameras, which happens just before a couple of security guards turn up. Does this sound feasible?

Thanks in advance!

Common problems while cooking squid?

So yeah. I have a character who's never had to cook fresh food in her life until now. She decides to start with calamari, but obviously, doesn't have much of an idea of what to do.

However, I don't know how exactly it could go wrong, since I've never had to cook squid myself.

Any cookbooks present could be for a wide range of styles, so that's up for grabs. Whatever can produce the most spectacular problems will wind up being the ones I use.

I've Googled "common problems cooking squid", "issues cooking calamari", and looked at Wikipedia's Squid(food) page. No luck.

EDIT: So it looks like the general consensus is over/undercooking and maybe an oil fire! You can keep making suggestions if you want, but I definitely have a few good ideas. Thanks a bunch, everyone!