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A Peek Into Europe's Living Rooms (#223)

Fashion: athletic designs - It's just days to go until kick off at the soccer World Cup - and while people wager over which team will come out on top, one team has figured there's no harm in having a winning image right from the start. And so it is that the French team - a good-looking lot to begin with - are arriving fully outfitted in an exclusively tailored designer collection - with full intent to turn heads both on and off the field.

Interior Design: Europe's Living Rooms - Any interior decorator will tell you that a living room tells volumes about the people who inhabit it - and that's what Annette Merrild set out to explore with her very original Room Project. The Danish-German artist travelled around European cities photographing people's living rooms. The results are now on display for the first time in Hamburg - and they show that Europeans might be more of a community than we think.

Sport: Free Diving - If he could, Guillaume Nery of France would probably set up HIS living room on the bottom of the ocean floor -that's because he's a free diver and someone who is literally addicted to the deep. Some of you may remember French director Luc Besson's impressive treatment of this sport in his film "The Big Blue" - free divers descend to frightening depths without the aid of an oxygen tank, using only a massive flipper for propulsion. And at the recent French Open in Nice - we met up with the local hero.

Art: Sculptor Christiane Lohr - German artist Christiane Lohr much prefers it firm dry land because that's where she finds the inspiration and the materials for her unusual sculpture art. Natural and ephemeral forms from the plant world take on their own energy under her patient hands - we caught up with her in Forte di Gavi, Italy where she was busy piecing together her next exhibition.

Travel: Madrid Boosters - Anyone who's been to Spain knows that Barcelona is hip, it's young and it's creative. The Catalan metropolis not only has a wealth of architecture and a thriving arts scene to attract the masses - but these days it's not insignificant that they have the best football team in Europe, which does wonders for the city's image. But hold on one minute, said the capital Madrid to the south: our city is cool too and has lots to offer, and we want everyone to know about it! So here's what they did!

Music: Django's Offspring - And finally, we'll finish on a musical note with one of Germany's newest Jazz talents: she's not yet that well known, but Dotschy Reinhardt comes from a long line of musicians - in fact she's a descendent of Django Reinhardt, a pioneer of Sinti jazz who revolutionised jazz guitar in Europe the 1930s and 40s. Born in Ravensburg in southern Germany, she now lives in Berlin and is currently recording her first album - after which we're pretty sure the name Dotschy Reinhardt will stand on its own. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: DW-TV's euromaxx provides an insight into the cultural side of Europe and the people who live there with colorful stories that reflect the rich variety of cultural life in Europe. From architecture and design to pop culture and fashion, euromaxx explores the region's new trends as well as its old traditions. euromaxx is as multi-facetted as Europe itself: an entertaining kaleidoscope of people, places and lifestyle. Each half-hour is packed with features focused on the latest in music, movies, fashion, food and travel. euromaxx always has a fresh take on today's culture - it's what's happening today and this week. It's topical, relevant, and as fresh as this week's Sunday newspaper.

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