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Germany’s left-wing Green Party among those criticising anti-Catholic demonstration as ‘disrespectful’

They'll be dancing in the street

Once a pagan festival, the carnival before Lent is now a glorious affair in many countries.

Obituary: Lord Borthwick

Among the businessmen and parliamentary regulars of the Monday Edinburgh-to-London British Airways shuttle there develops a certain camaraderie. In the mid-1980s there was added to our number an octogenarian but agile figure wearing a Gunners' tie, a wax- moustached Colonel Blimp, albeit always with an unlikely rucksack over his shoulder. This was the sheep farmer John Henry Stuart Borthwick of that Ilk, 23rd Lord Borthwick, Baron of Heriotmuir, 17th Laird of Crookston, Hereditary Royal Falconer of Scotland, and for three years, 1970-72, the highly regarded president of the West Lothian and Midlothian area of the National Farmers' Union, on his way to and fro to serve his country - and the Conservative Party - in the House of Lords.

Shoppers in a muddle

German shopowners found stores emptying early on the second Saturday of the Christmas season as consumer confusion over new shop hours knocked 10 per cent off turnover. Under new rules, they can stay open until 6pm in the four Saturdays of Advent - later than the new closing time of 4pm.

Softly, softly

on the Huddersfield Festival's tribute to a composer who made no concessions

Leeds go back to drawing board

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LETTER: German answer

Sir: At last, the definitive reasons for the League of Nations failing in the 1930s (Andrew Marr, 7 March). Had all in Europe learnt German and seen the superiority of Germany's culture and economy, war could so easily have been avoided.

Druids offer up cancer cure as mistletoe bestows kiss of life

MISTLETOE - venerated by the ancient Druids for its healing powers - is the latest cure for cancer, according to new research in London and Moscow.

PUBLISH AND BE; DAMNED RUDE

Benedikt Taschen has made a fortune publishing fine art books at knock-down prices. What is his secret? His sharp business sense? His aesthetic discernment? Or his unfailing instinct for a good set of dirty pictures?

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Tony Woodcock

The Nottingham Forest side that beat Malmo to win the European Cup in 1979 produced eight past or present managers, among them Tony Woodcock, whose experience so far has been gained wholly in Germany.

Racing: Germany is fourth

Lanfranco Dettori, who deserted Ascot to ride in Germany yesterday, was out of luck when Germany, the horse, failed to complete a Group One hat-trick when fourth to Solon in the Europa Preis in Cologne. "He is over the top," Dettori said.

Three die as tour bus is seized in Cologne

Hostages stand-off: Gunman's motive unkown as seven-hour incident ends with attack by armed police

Television to murder for

'Resort to Murder', the new thriller series from the Beeb, is far from a classic whodunnit with its Goths, Skins and Crusties. It has itself diced with death, writes Elizabeth Udall

Fast lane or scenic route: Europe by car

Driving across the Continent needn't be hell. Follow Chris Gill's suggested routes to three popular destinations

Voices from the other side

Marie Kuhn's secret record of her conversations with Nazi prisoners of war has surfaced after 50 years. Marie Woolf met her

Token tourist Gunnar Lamprecht

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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French chefs campaign against bullying

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