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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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LETTER : Where blame lies for airport fire

Sir: Having had the misfortune to be inside Dusseldorf airport when fire broke out last Thursday, I was concerned to read (12 April) that the high death toll is being blamed on "people in the terminal panicking and ignoring instructions to use the fire exits". I suspect that an attempt is being made (co-ordinated or otherwise) to distract attention from the inadequacies of the airport's fire precautions and emergency response.

Wrong fire warning

Dusseldorf - The wrong evacuation message was broadcast during Germany's worst airport fire, officials said, and may have inadvertently sent to their deaths some of the 16 people killed.

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Obituary: Richard Versalle

Richard Versalle, the American tenor, died in a spectacular manner on stage at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, falling from the top of a 20ft ladder during the opening performance of a new production of Jancek's The Makropulos Case. Though Versalle may not have had a similarly spectacular career as a singer, he had a perfectly respectable one. He appeared mainly in Germany, tackling very heavy Wagner and Verdi roles, and singing for four seasons at Bayreuth in the mid-1980s, when his voice was at its most powerful.

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Art: Picasso's World of Children Kunstsammlung, Dusseldorf

It seems hardly credible, but even today the cynic, confronted by a Picasso, will suggest that a child of three could do it. Within this tired commonplace, however, lies an ironic truth. For over half a century, Picasso sought in his painting to emulate the innocence, insouciance and, not least, the savagery of a child's way of seeing. It might not surprise us then that children should feature so strongly in much of his work, or that they should be the theme of a newly opened exhibition.

Discord mars German Unity Day celebrations

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