News Crowds support Bayern Munich at a recent match

Our EU competitor now has more cultural clout than us, says Emily Dugan. Meanwhile Matthew Bell sets a quiz to find out how Teut-on-it you are (answers below)

Talbot Church: Downing St favours second royal wedding

The man the Royals trust..

Milton Jones: The Lion Whisperer, Corn Exchange, Cambridge

"You didn't fancy a street party either?" quips Radio 4 favourite Milton Jones to his Cambridge audience, perhaps grateful that those who had watched the royal wedding earlier (not a majority according to his quick voice poll) had decided not to forsake punnery for pageantry. Not that an evening with Jones is slumming it; he's arguably comedy royalty after all, king of his own brand of absurd wordplay, occupying a land that borders Tim Vine's equally distinct fiefdom.

New figures fail to lift gloom for retailers

Figures showing slightly better-than-expected sales in the run-up to Easter failed to lift the gloom for downbeat retailers today.

Letter from the editor: Unrivalled insights

The capture and subsequent killing of Osama bin Laden was one of those very rare events: a news story that would have led the bulletins in every country in the world.

Wedding boosts Waitrose sales

Waitrose reported a royal wedding boost last week as sales climbed 23.1 per cent. On 28 April, the day before the wedding, the supermarket saw its strongest sales on a Thursday outside the Christmas and new year period.

The royal wedding spoofed

If Clarence House thought that a broadcasting ban on satirical wedding footage would keep the family photo album clean, the digital community had different ideas. Fuelled by countercultural rampant royalists across America, cyberspace was rife with its own take on the wedding.

Stephen King: Tale of two weddings... how the royals reflect the financial mood

Economic outlook: At the time of the 1981 royal wedding the UK was most definitely on the fragile road towards recovery

Stephen Glover: Royal spinners have unleashed a monster

Media Studies: When you have led the media virtually into your bedroom you cannot easily slam the door

Nearly half of SMEs want May holiday later in year

Almost half of all small businesses would like to see today's May Day bank holiday moved to the autumn in future years, new research shows. Managers and owners of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) say the proximity of the May Day holiday to Easter makes for disruption to their businesses and often leaves them with a dilemma about whether or not to give staff the day off.

Marr's approach to super-injunction: carry on and pretend it doesn't exist

Cahal Milmo on the presenter's first show since outing himself

April's heat will not last – May will be showery

This April has been the hottest since records began, and the fourth sunniest April in the past 100 years. However, as is often the case with the UK's unpredictable climate, the good weather will not last for long. Meteorologists say the fine weather this month will be followed by a showery May.

Five charged after royal wedding arrests

Police have charged five of the 55 people arrested in London during Friday's royal wedding celebrations, after Scotland Yard hailed the day as an "amazing success".

The royal honeymoon secret is out – it's back to work

On Tuesday, William will return to his helicopter cockpit – so Kate's going to have to wait a couple of weeks for her holiday

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