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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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and with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
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Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Talks between all touched by the crisis in Syria and Iraq can achieve as much as the Tornadoes, says Patrick Cockburn
Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

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Witches: A history of misogyny

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Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

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