Not all Germans show unwavering respect for authority. “Court Case Dieter” as he is nicknamed, has spent nearly half his life actively loathing it. The 77-year-old  retired sports teacher has been in court  a record 230 times for insulting establishment figures.

Racing: Beasley's double aim

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Two of four right-wing Germans on trial for killing five Turks with fire-bombs confused the court yesterday when one claimed all were guilty and the other said his friends were innocent, Reuter reports from Dusseldorf. Christian Reher said the other defendants had nothing to do with the attack in Solingen last year. But Markus Gartmann said all four had carried out the attack after a brawl with men they thought were Turks.

Obituary: Lore Lorentz

Lore Lorentz, entertainer, died Dusseldorf 22 February, aged 73. The grande dame of post-war German cabaret, with her husband Kay she founded the satirical Dusseldorf Kommoedchen troupe in 1947.

6 million could drop airlines for tunnel

SIX MILLION UK air travellers could switch to rail next year following the opening of the Channel tunnel, according to a government report published yesterday.

PRODUCTION NOTES / John Golding on assembling the Picasso exhibition at the Tate Gallery

The Picasso exhibition represents four years of awful hard work by myself and Lizzie Cowling, my co-curator. There are innumerable Picasso exhibitions - many of which don't add much to the picture we have of him - and collectors are approached so often that their instinct is to say 'no'.

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Dresdner protests against 'bullying' inspectors

DRESDNER BANK strongly protested yesterday at what it described as bullying tactics by German investigators who have been searching the bank's main offices for evidence of illegal money transfers to Luxembourg.

Air UK flies back to profit after three years in red

AIR UK, the country's third biggest scheduled carrier, returned to profit last year after losses of pounds 31m in the previous three years.

Decoding the Russian message: Zhirinovsky has set a puzzle for Yeltsin and for us, say Alexei Pankin and Andrew Palmer

IN THE three weeks since his successful showing in the Russian elections, Vladimir Zhirinovsky has distinguished himself with a torrent of intemperate remarks about Russia's neighbours and its ethnic minorities. Even if one believes that the majority of those who voted for him do not subscribe to these views but voted for him as the only alternative to both the Communists and the pro-government blocs, there is no reason for anyone to be complacent about his political prospects.

Letter: From Ms Valerie Wilson Trower

Sir: Your correspondent in her letter on ginkgo trees has omitted to mention the distinctive webbed-foot shaped leaves and opportunities to view specimens.

Obituary: Paolo Bortoluzzi

Paolo Bortoluzzi, dancer, dance director and choreographer; born Genoa 17 May 1938; member and principal dancer, Bejart's Ballet of the Twentieth Century 1960-72; guest artist and principal dancer, Dusseldorf Opera House, 1966-84, Director, 1984-90; guest artist, American Ballet Theater 1972-81; Director of Ballet, La Scala, Milan 1981-84; Director of Ballet, Grand Theatre, Bordeaux 1990-93; married Jaleh Kerendi (one sone, one daughter); died Brussels 16 October 1993.

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