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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.

Hammond sacked

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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.

Three-pronged attack in quest for credibility

Nick Halling on this weekend's return of the World League of American Football

Welders face charges over airport blaze

Dusseldorf disaster: Prosecutors focus on workmen in probe into fire which killed 16, including British soldier

Sixteen dead, 150 hurt in airport blaze

Two Britons feared to be among victims

Dusseldorf disaster: 16 are killed as fire sweeps through crowded airpo rt

Passengers and airport staff caught in the Dusseldorf airport fire told of the scenes of panic in the terminal as toxic smoke spread through the building.

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.

Grand designs on Detroit dismissed as a lot of rot

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Belated gesture welcomed by Britain's heroes

TORIES IN BLACKPOOL

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

TERRENCE PETTY

Done to death

A waggish anthropologist unearths some weird and wonderful ways of dying. By Robert Winder Dancing on the Grave: Encounters with Death by Nigel Barley John Murray, pounds 19.99

An example of light imitating art

An exhibition at the Tate in Liverpool puts photography firmly in the category of art. Geraldine Norman judges the criteria

Green light fades for Germany's red alliance

The wedding vows have barely been exchanged. Already, though, the rows have begun. Greens and Social Democrats have finally agreed to the creation of a ruling coalition in Germany's most populous state, but neither party yesterday showed much enthusiasm for the deal that has been struck.
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Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

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