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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

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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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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

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