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A liver transplant patient turned up to her operation appointment at a German hospital with a bottle of vodka in her bag, a court has heard.

The Critics: Music: Faure's 'Penelope' just needs a touch of spin

Penelope Guildhall School, London Spitalfields Festival London Dresden Festival Dresden, Germany

Germany's very own local hero

Sarah Gracie follows in the footsteps of Goethe and discovers a genius who loved to drink, and whose hunting was not confined to the forest

FOCUS: WAR IN EUROPE: If Dresden could rise again so can Kosovo

Diplomats, already planning post-war reconstruction, see a Balkan `Marshall Plan' as vital to future peace and prosperity

Classical: Review - Bridge to the future

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Grieg music found

MORE THAN 40 hitherto unknown works by Peer Gynt composer Edward Grieg have been discovered by a researcher tucked inside some old study books.

Travel: information desk: Your questions answered by our panel of experts

Wanted: a bunk and some grits

Out of Dresden's ruins, hope

IT WAS one of the finest baroque churches in the world until the night of 13 February 1945, when Allied bombers destroyed the city of Dresden and up to 100,000 of its inhabitants. After the war, the city's Frauenkirche was left as a blackened ruin to remind the world of that terrible night.

Clasical: A mere three score and ten

As Kurt Masur takes the reins at the LPO, he joins the swelling ranks of London's seventysomething maestros. And they're all young at heart.

Tennis: Rusedski routs weary Sampras

GREG RUSEDSKI recorded the finest victory of his career yesterday when he beat the world No 1, Pete Sampras, 6-4, 7-6, 6-3 in the final of the Paris Indoor Open at the Bercy Stadium.

Chess: Independent Pursuits

OF ALL the talented people who have composed chess problems, one of the very greatest was Sam Loyd. Born in Philadelphia in 1841, Loyd was from early childhood fascinated by conjuring, ventriloquism and puzzles of all kinds. Indeed, at the age of 27 he became a professional puzzle inventor, and for the eight years until 1876 he gave up chess problem composition while he established his business. But even with this hiatus, Loyd had completed well over 500 chess problems by his death in 1911.

The treacherous sands of time

The UN's Genocide Convention was passed fifty years ago. But has it ever been applied or enforced? No

The Saturday Essay: Germany's two fat men, and a lesson from history

Bismarck had great charisma and, a rarity in Germany, a gift for one-liners, something he shared with Hitler

Saxony's tax hotline stirs Stasi memories

Imre Karacs on a revival of an east German civic tradition - reporting on fellow citizens

Germany's new Nazis clash with left

FRESH from their stunning election victory last weekend, neo-Nazis in east Germany took the campaign into the streets yesterday, only to see their thunder stolen by the extreme left.

Books: Bring on the porcelain dragoons

THE ARCANUM: The Extraordinary True Story of the Invention of European Porcelain by Janet Gleeson, Bantam pounds 12.99
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