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The
wryneck

This is a type of woodpecker common in parts of Africa, Asia and Europe. The bird takes its name from its distinctive head rotation. In Germany, «wryneck» or «turncoat» is used to refer to people who very smoothly and opportunistically adjusted their socialist views to the new political environment after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the end of the GDR in 1990.

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Occasional music

Up to the end of the 18th century, music was almost always only composed for specific events. The premieres took place at royal weddings, religious ceremonies or victory celebrations after battles. Giuseppe Verdi may have declined to compose an Egyptian-style opera for the opening of the Suez canal in 1869, but he none­theless then got to work on «Aida», which premiered in Cairo in 1871.

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Oppor­tunities
that cost

Foregoing opportunities is not free from an economic point of view. If an opportunity is not seized, there are also no benefits or revenue, for example. This lost income is represented as opportunity cost. A typical example is the rental income that a company misses out on by using its office facilities itself.

Opportunists that cause illness

Bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites are described as opportunistic pathogens when they profit from weakness in the immune system and trigger an opportunistic infection.

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Opportunity Zones

Opportunity Zones are business promotion zones set up in economically distressed areas of the USA as part of the Opportunity Zone Program. The criteria are set out in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017.

Opportunities drive progress

Entrepreneurially managed companies live on opportunities.

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Dealing with opportunities

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