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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.

Funny business: Rob Brydon on the ups and downs of life as Gavin & Stacey's Uncle Bryn

So, off to meet Rob Brydon, actor, writer, comedian – yes, there are still a few around who aren't Michael McIntyre – and, of course, everyone's favourite man-child, Gavin and Stacey's Uncle Bryn.

Mary Dejevsky: Rust-belt support transforms fortunes of former communist

Germany's rust-belt, the Ruhrgebiet, is undergoing a faltering revival, but it remains perfect campaigning territory for the far-left party, the Left. One half of the party's populist dual leadership, the engaging Gregor Gysi, stopped off yesterday for a couple of hours in Duisburg, the erstwhile city of steel. He drew an enthusiastic crowd of 400 or so, undaunted by drizzle that turned to a downpour.

Revealed: the face of the first European

35,000-year-old skull fragments found in Romania are made flesh by scientists

Clean, safe and a little bit dull... the world's most liveable cities

Forget Paris, New York or London, the best places to settle no longer need to be happening – as Vienna proves

Hermione Eyre: Thought for the day: get us thinking, BBC

How much longer can "Thought for the Day" continue on Radio 4's Today programme? That little slot of sanctimony before the 8am news bulletin – only two minutes and 45 second in duration but always seeming so very much longer – is again being targeted by secularists, who politely suggest it should either widen its remit to include non-religious contributors, or shut up shop altogether.

End of the road for Kraftwerk founder

Dinosaur rock fans aged 45 and over will remember the pulsating, eerily monotonous yet pioneering electronic sound of the smash hit "Autobahn" that launched the German band Kraftwerk on to the popular music scene back in the 1970s.

Leading article: Nice werk

There is something brilliantly Kraftwerkian about the news that Florian Schneider, a founder member of the German electronic music pioneers, is leaving the band to pursue a solo career. Many successful bands break up after just a few years. It has apparently taken Schneider and his musical partner, Ralf Hutter, four decades to discover musical differences.

Life jail term for Lebanese in German bomb plot

A German court today handed a Lebanese man a life sentence for trying to set off bombs on German trains two years ago.

Lives Remembered: Dick Morris

My father Frederick Richard Austin Morris, known as Dick to his family, friends, colleagues and students, died in Dumfries on 8 August 2008. He was a teacher and college principal as well as a war veteran. Born on 4 February 1921 in the village of Platt Bridge near Wigan, he was a devoted husband to Emma, his sweetheart from the early days of the Second World War.

Kaymer holds nerve to bring Ryder debut within reach

Germany's Martin Kaymer came through the most searching test of his young career yesterday and now lies sixth in the Ryder Cup race. The 23-year-old won the BMW International here for his second European Tour title, but only after losing a six-shot lead and being forced into a play-off by Dane Anders Hansen. He dedicated the victory to his seriously ill mother and as his tears flowed, said: "This was for you."

Klaus Dinger: Pioneer of the 'motorik' beat

In the Seventies heyday of German experimental rock – a once-maligned genre dubbed "Krautrock" – the musician Klaus Dinger pioneered a hypnotic, robotic style of drumming which became known as the "motorik" beat.

An email conversation with Martin Kaymer: 'I have had a taste of Augusta. It is a great experience'

Preparing for the Masters with Fanny; Bringing youth to the world's top 50; Lounging about with the mighty Tiger

Boxing: Skelton rattled by superior Chagaev

There are often two ways to view a fight, and that was most definitely the case on Saturday night in Dusseldorf when Matt Skelton failed in his bid to win the World Boxing Association heavyweight title from Ruslan Chagaev.

Boxing: Skelton has the bulk and skill to shock Chagaev

Matt Skelton is not sure if he is fighting the worst heavyweight champion in the sport's history or the saviour of a desperate division in Dusseldorf tonight.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee