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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.

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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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