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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.

Rupert Cornwell: Out of America

In 1942 Alistair Cooke toured a US newly at war and found much that echoes down the years

A-Z Of Marques No 69: Wartburg

Athletics World Cup: Pacemaker who missed the point

American 1500m man faces disciplinary action for quick-slow-slow show

Vodafone faces pounds 400m bill as it posts bid for Mannesmann

VODAFONE AIRTOUCH is paying advisory fees totalling pounds 400m in relation to its record-breaking hostile bid for Mannesmann, the German telecoms and engineering group, and the merger of its US mobile operations with those of Bell Atlantic.

Diary of a private investor: Pick your profit out of this

What the private investor sees as a potential goldmine may well be a minefield

Vodafone shares soar 7.4%, putting value of Mannesmann bid at pounds 82bn

A 7.4 PER CENT rise in Vodafone AirTouch shares yesterday boosted the value of its unsolicited all-stock bid for Germany's Mannesmann to pounds 82bn. The UK company's proposed takeover now exceeds the price of last week's offer.

Veba move to take over rival Viag will create power giant

GERMANY'S VEBA has agreed a 13.5bn euro (pounds 8.6bn) takeover of rival electricity giant Viag to create the third-largest utility in Europe's rapidly consolidating power industry. The planned merger comes after the liberalisation of the German power market last year triggered a price war similar to that raging in the country's telecommunications sector.

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The 50 best: What are you doing on New Year's Eve?

It's hard even to imagine it: the biggest party in the history of the world, ever. On 31 December 1999, the entire planet will be looking for a good time - from Greenwich to Greenland and Sydney to Stockport. Staying in and watching TV is not an option, of course - but what to do? And what happens if you're not invited? Well, if talk of the millennium leaves you suffering from Cinderella Syndrome, read on. Over the next eight pages, we take you to the four corners of the earth to discover the 50 best ways to join the world party. Start planning now - and remember, there are only 342 days left... Guide compiled by Sharon Gethings, with help from Beatrice Hodgkin and Anne-Celine Jaeger

Music: Sitting pretty after all these years

In a parallel universe, The Pretty Things are bigger than the Stones. But the (not quite so famous) band isn't bitter.

C&W unveils pounds 600m plan for 40-city Euro network

CABLE & WIRELESS yesterday revealed plans to expand its European telecoms business at least tenfold through a pounds 600m investment in a new network linking 40 European cities.
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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker