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

Travel: Dress code: fishnets and half a tie

As Cologne gears up for Carnival, Darius Sanai puts Kolsch, customs and costumes to the test

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Bitter German hosts pull the plug on beer

THE ANNALS of German history froth with attempted crimes against the nation's favourite tipple, but never have mores sunk so low as now. In a protest against a hike in beer prices, 200 landlords in the Rhineland are resorting to the ultimate weapon - by staging Germany's first beer strike.

Travel: Overture of the great Danube

The source of Europe's mightiest river is in a back garden - albeit a duke's. From such small beginnings it gathers pace to wend its way through Germany.

Books: Meteorites and circuses

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German villages swamped

SWOLLEN BY a week of uninterrupted downpour, the Rhine and its tributaries burst their banks, claiming at least six lives and inundating historic towns in western Germany.

Obituary: Bernhard Minetti

"THEATRE HAS become more difficult." In a recent interview, the 93-year-old German actor Bernhard Minetti said that not age but the increasing distraction of other media, the refined vocabulary of the acting profession and the demands made by writers such as Harold Pinter and Thomas Bernhard had made his profession more challenging.

Drink: Make mine a chocolate stout

Thirst-quenchers, comforters, a midnight tipple ... the perfect beers for every mood, and any occasion. Illustration by Madeleine Floyd

A short stay in... Cologne

Board the train in London and a few hours later you will be strolling around this fine German city. And, when you've sniffed out the perfume fountain and tasted the chocolate one, it's time to try the ever-flowing local brew.

Golf: Rose blossoms in school race

JUSTIN ROSE produced the best pressure round of his life today to qualify for the European Tour School in Spain in November.

Passport: Marilyn Bowering - `It was the first time I'd seen trees cased in ice'

After I finished my Masters degree, I went to the island of Paros in Greece. I desperately just wanted to be anywhere away from Vancouver Island, where I grew up, I was young and I wanted to write. I had a Canada Council grant and wrote some poetry and started a novel. I spent about a year there until I knew it was time to leave. That seems to be my pattern: I am happy to be somewhere for a year or two, and then I always feel the need to go back home.

Rowing: Redgrave keeps command

BRITAIN'S COXLESS four of James Cracknell, Steve Redgrave, Tim Foster and Matthew Pinsent cruised through their semi-final at the World Championships in Cologne yesterday.

Imre Karacs' Bonn Diary: All for the love of the banana...

I HAVE lived here for three years, but still cannot work out what it is that drives Germans crazy about bananas. Somebody is probably, at this moment, writing a PhD thesis about the true cause of Hitler's rise to power: the scarcity of bananas in the late 1920s. Well, it may be fanciful, but Germany did fight two wars in order to acquire colonies in hot climates. Draw your own conclusions.

Travel: 48 hours in the life of Cologne

Coffee and cream cakes in a Gothic city, anyone? Join a 750th birthday party and enjoy the music and beer, with plenty of culture thrown in. By Cathy Packe

Jazz: Sweet essence of Cologne

Phil Johnson listens to old and new from Keith Jarrett and material from Tubby Hayes' vintage Ronnie Scotts recordings
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David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
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Let the propaganda wars begin - again

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