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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

Worldwide: City To City

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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

Visible Worlds

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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Dying dream of Doctor Death

Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy
UK heatwave: Temperature reaches 39.8 degrees on Central Line - the sweatiest place in London

39.8 degrees recorded on Tube

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Computerised cooking is coming

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Jessie Cave interview: The Harry Potter star has published a feminist collection of cartoons

Jessie Cave's feminist cartoons

The Harry Potter star tells Alice Jones how a one-night stand changed her life
Football Beyond Borders: Even the most distruptive pupils score at homework club

Education: Football Beyond Borders

Add football to an after-school homework club, and even the naughtiest boys can score
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We've got Bibles to get you grilling and smoking like a true south American pro
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - Junk balls and chop and slice are only way 5ft 1in Kurumi Nara can live with Petra Kvitova’s power

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

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Ron Dennis exclusive: ‘This is one of the best McLaren teams ever – we are going to do it’

‘This is one of the best McLaren teams ever – we are going to do it’

Ron Dennis shrugs off a poor start to the season in an exclusive interview, and says the glory days will come back
Seifeddine Rezgui: What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?

Making of a killer

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UK Heatwave: Temperatures on the tube are going to exceed the legal limit for transporting cattle

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Heatwave will see temperatures on the Tube exceed legal limit for transporting cattle
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Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Solar power will help bring down electricity prices over the next five years, according to a new report. But it’s cheap imports of ‘dirty power’ that will lower them the most