Former Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou is seen making a mockery of coronavirus hygiene rules

It is the video which some say might spell the end of the Bundesliga season. The German league had hoped to restart later this month. After proposing a detailed plan involving stringent hygiene regulations, clubs were waiting for the green light from Angela Merkel and fellow politicians later this week. Yet an ill-fated Facebook live … Read more

Hundreds of Germans gather in Berlin to mark May Day despite ban on mass public gatherings

Hundreds of people gathered in a square in Berlin yesterday to mark May Day in defiance of a ban on public gatherings of more than 20. The move has exposed deep frustrations with social distancing rules in place in Germany since mid-March to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Police blocked roads around the Kreuzberg district … Read more

German extremists will hijack May 1 protests to demand end to lockdown

Fringe protesters in Germany are planning rallies against the coronavirus lockdown today under cover of traditional May 1 workers’ demonstrations.   While the usual left-wing protesters have vowed to observe social distancing, others are plotting a ‘hygiene demo’ which typically attracts conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers who scorn the lockdown measures.  Extremists from left and right have … Read more

London worse hit by the coronavirus than Berlin because it is ‘so connected to the the world’

London has been hit by the coronavirus far worse than Berlin – with a mortality rate 15 times higher, statistics show.  The capital of England has recorded 4,781 deaths in hospital since the crisis began, killing 0.053 per cent of its 9million population.  Berlin’s outbreak is just a fraction of the size, with 137 COVID-19 … Read more

Germany police arrest more than 100 protesters in Berlin demonstrating against lockdown measures

German police wearing riot gear and face masks clashed with dozens of protesters demonstrating in central Berlin against the coronavirus lockdown on public life.  Protesters shouted ‘I want my life back’ and held up signs with slogans such as ‘Protect constitutional rights’, ‘Freedom isn’t everything but without freedom, everything is nothing’, and ‘Daddy, what is … Read more

Using delivery drones in cities consumes MORE energy than vans, according to new research

Using delivery drones in cities consumes up to TEN TIMES more energy than electric vans because they can only carry one parcel at a time and require frequent back and forth trips, new study finds A simulation in Germany found delivery drones needed more energy than vans Drones required a constant flow of electricity to … Read more

How your BA and Virgin Atlantic air miles can still soar – without you having to leave your home

The jets may be grounded – but your air miles can still soar (and you don’t even have to leave your home) Use airlines’ online stores for larger purchases in order to boost your air miles A little-known Tesco Clubcard trick lets you earn a large number of air miles  You can earn extra BA Avios … Read more

Herbert Von Karajan album review: Some of his most enjoyable recordings here are of lighter stuff

Herbert Von Karajan had an extremely wide repertoire, and some of the most enjoyable recordings in his Complete Decca Recordings are of lighter stuff By David Mellor for Event Published: 22:01 BST, 29 February 2020 | Updated: 22:01 BST, 29 February 2020 Herbert Von Karajan    Complete Decca Recordings    33 CDs, out now Rating: Herbert … Read more

The top 50 most Instagrammed destinations in the world for 2019 revealed

The top 50 most Instagrammed destinations in the world for 2019 revealed: London takes the No1 spot, knocking Paris into second and New York into third Berlin, meanwhile, is the most ‘selfied’ location in the world, according to a study It also revealed that Santiago in Chile is the No1 for scenic posts  Dubai took … Read more