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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.

Blue to represent UK at Eurovision

Nineties boy band Blue will represent the UK at this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Germany, it was announced yesterday.

Nam June Paik, Tate and FACT, Liverpool

Two shows spell out the brilliance of a pioneer who saw that cleverness was not enough

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Christmas markets

Take a festive break at one of Europe's Christmas markets. Dertour has a range of packages to destinations such as Cologne, Düsseldorf, Vienna and Prague from £122 per person including two nights' B&B accommodation and flights from Gatwick.

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Kaymer's hopes of hitting No 1 fade as McDowell reigns in Spain

Martin Kaymer has a huge task on his hands this weekend if the young German is to take over Tiger Woods's world No 1 ranking.

John Walsh: BTW (29/10/10)

We know people have been ex-communicated on wobbly grounds, but this is ridiculous. From Melbourne comes the story of Libby Ashby, a single mother and actress in TV commercials. When asked to do an ad for erectile dysfunction awareness, she wasn't keen, but needed the money. In the commercial, she's seen using her husband's triumphantly restored membrum virile for a leg-up to reach a biscuit tin on a shelf, while a voiceover intones, "Take the right step towards erection problems." Now her local church has "disfellowshipped" her. In Catholic rubric, nine sins condemn you to excommunication. They include heresy, apostasy, schism and the use of physical force against the Pontiff. I don't recall any mention of, you know, biscuits.

McDowell poses early threat to Kaymer's bid for world No 1 spot

Martin Kaymer trailed his European Tour money list rival Graeme McDowell by four shots as he began a challenge which could take him to the top of world golf by the end of the weekend.

WIN! A two-night break for two in Berlin

We've teamed up with Hotels.com – the world's leading hotel booking website – to offer a two-night break for two in Berlin.

WIN! A two-night break for two in Düsseldorf

We've teamed up with Hotels.com – the world's leading hotel booking website – to offer a two-night break for two in Germany.

Ryanair guilty of misleading ads

Ryanair has been reprimanded for misleading customers with low-fare offers.

Art of decay is revealed as buried banquet is dug up

The banquet was buried in a picturesque chateau garden outside Paris 27 years ago, – a feast of tripe, smoked udders, veal lungs, pigs' ears and trotters. Now French archaeologists, more used to unearthing Roman coins and pottery shards, are painstakingly digging up these 20th century remains.

London ranked in top fifty cities for quality of living

Only one British city was ranked in the top 50 for quality of living around the world, a survey revealed today.

Boxing: Klitschko snatches late win

It is not Wladimir Klitschko's fault that men in America have turned their back on the heavyweight division, but it will be his fault if he avoids Alexander Povetkin, David Haye or Odlandier Solis for another year.

Boxing: Chambers aims to buck trend and down Klitschko

The big question in tonight's triple world heavyweight title fight in Düsseldorf is whether Philadelphia's Fast Eddie Chambers will add his name to the modern list of shameful American challengers for sport's tainted trophy.

Four jailed for plotting 'bloodbath' at US air base

Two German converts to Islam and two Turks were found guilty yesterday of plotting a thwarted attack that a judge said could have killed large numbers of US soldiers and civilians in "a terrible bloodbath".

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