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The 20th century still looms large in Poland, and particularly in Nowa Huta. The eastern suburb of Krakow was built almost from scratch at Stalin’s behest by Poland’s communist government shortly after the Second world War, and is still home to more than 100,000 residents. The area – whose name means “New Steelworks” in Polish – was built as a sort of communised utopia for the city’s workers.

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Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany hopes injury woes are in the past after making return in win over West Brom

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Bobby Parker’s recordings from the late 1950s and 1960s influenced performers as varied as John Lennon, Carlos Santana and Led Zeppelin. The Washington-based bluesman cut a swaggering figure on stage with his preacher-like exhortations to “say yeah, children,” his shiny suits and his James Brown-style hairdo. His tenor voice caressed and screamed the blues over his powerful, stinging guitar, and he loved to walk through the crowd as he played.

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Football round-up: Bayern Munich set 37 game unbeaten record

Bayern Munich pulled four points clear at the top of the Bundesliga and set a new record of 37 games unbeaten with a 3-0 win over Augsburg yesterday. Jerome Boateng, Franck Ribery and Thomas Müller scored the European champions.

Bundesliga: Bayern Munich set new record of 37 games unbeaten, while Borussia Dortmund lose again

Jerome Boateng, Franck Ribery and Thomas Muller were on target for the champions

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Former Germany captain Lothar Matthaus: 'I'm not dead!'

German authorities classed the most capped player in Germany's history as 'deceased' after they couldn't get hold of him

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Her Cold War song cycle ‘Oh Moscow’, written with Sally Potter, was performed round the world

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Foreign Secretary raises concerns about welfare of arrested Greenpeace Britons

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Champions League: Once feared across Europe, Chelsea opponents Steaua Bucharest went the way of the Wall

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Andre Villas-Boas believes Tottenham are genuine rivals to Chelsea

Andre Villas-Boas admits the Premier League title race is wide open after Jose Mourinho admits Tottenham are contenders

Spurs boss says that each team is dropping points, and with last year's champions Manchester United struggling for form, he feels the crown is there for the taking

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