In southern Germany, Carnival hats are the preferred head gear at this time of year. Traditional versions are shaped like ships. Susanne Wade of Cologne is adapting the classic design, using choice fabrics to make fashionable caps.
Bremen gave their survival hopes a boost with three points against Cologne, who are running out of games to pull off a great escape. Elsewhere, Bayern maintained their 20-point lead and Dortmund won in the 94th minute.
Attention Carnival fans: Be aware that it can be a cruel fate to live in the Rhineland if you are a non-reveler. For when the yearly festivity comes to town it is accompanied by heavy drinking, garbage and aggression.
The dream of a bicycle renaissance in Beijing could be coming to an end. There are already enough bikes on the streets and the government is about to introduce a cap.
Cork is Portugal’s great success story. It is exported to 133 countries and used for bottle stoppers, building material and by the fashion industry. But this path to success started with a German sandal maker.
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