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German footballers play by different rules from ours – look at them on the Underground! Tony Paterson in Berlin explains why materialism is a dirty word in the Bundesliga

Car Choice: 4x4s take the rough with the smooth

Four-wheel drives don't have to be big and ugly. Why not try a smaller model that combines on-road refinement with off-road ability?

Audi A4 Avant 1.8 TFSI

The Audi A4 Avant is an estate car that exudes expense and precision. What's more, it drives like a BMW – well almost

Audi S5 - macho man

While the Audi TT brought a sexy element to the car-maker, its S5 goes a step further and makes you feel like a bit of a rogue

Claus Luthe: Designer of the daring Ro80

New cars today rarely flare the imagination as the NSU Ro80 did in 1967. It was, quite simply, the most daringly modern car on the road – Lamborghini, Porsche and Jaguar notwithstanding. It was even more apposite that, as the wraps were coming off this German masterpiece at the Frankfurt motor show, resolutely old-tech relics like the Morris Minor and the Austin Cambridge were still rolling down British production lines.

BMW 125i SE convertible

Out of the two German sporty convertible, the 125i comes out on top – soft top, that is

Mercedes C-Class Estate Sport

Mercedes' new big red sporty number: The new C-Class Estate Sport has the looks, but does it have the performance to match? David Wilkins finds out

Audi A3

Call me a Cabriolet - the top is perfect and the bottom isn't big. Raise the roof for the new Audi A3 – a soft-top convertible that takes bumps in its stride and bends with poise, and doesn't sacrifice boot space when the hood comes down

Reed looks for festive cheer with Carling semi-final place

Les Reed knows a place in the semi-finals of the Carling Cup would help to bring some much-needed festive cheer to The Valley.

Snowboarding: Gladiator prepares to repel all boarders

Zoe Gillings has broken new ground in the rough and ready discipline of snowboard-cross. Mike Rowbottom hears how she plans to make the leap on to the Olympic podium next month

Audi A4 convertible: Roofless efficiency

Richard Dredge finds getting to grips with Audi's new fast and easy topless models a real turn-on

Volkswagen Passat 2.0 SE TDI: Middle of the road

The new Volkswagen Passat is a solid performer that's hard to fault. But Michael Booth can't help wishing it was just a little more exciting

You'll love it for 50 years

The Audi A2 is a sadly neglected masterpiece and is set to become a great classic, says Sean O'Grady

Last Chance To Buy: Audi A6

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Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
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Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

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Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
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His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
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Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
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Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

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Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam