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Polo: The King of Sports (#237)

Dining: A Sommelier Supreme - Sommelier Robert Lie is younger than many of the wines he tastes. The 25 year old from Norway has taken the wine connoisseurs of Europe by surprise and won the coveted Trophee Ruinart - which allows him to call himself Europe's best sommelier. Although there are no vineyards in his native country this has never stopped him tasting wines from all over the globe.

Music: Kim Wilde Returns - Kim Wilde was one of Europe's most successful pop stars in the 1980s. She actually topped the charts in her own country, Britain, fourteen times in that decade. In the 90s she got married, settled down to family life and found another passion, her garden, actually making a new career as a TV gardener. But now she's back with a brand new album, her first in a decade.

Fashion: Model Julia Stegner - Julia Stegner is another in a long line of top models originating from here in Germany. At school she played in the basketball team and her nickname was beanpole. Nowadays clothes look great on her 6 foot frame. A favourite with top designers and photographers she's now the face of a new perfume.

Sport: The Hamburg Polo School - The sport of kings, Polo, is said to be the oldest ball game in the world. Used as a training exercise for cavalry units in the armies of central Asia hundreds of years ago it became popular with the British in colonial India in the 19th century. Today the sport is becoming better known here in Germany, mainly due to this country's top player Thomas Winter who also runs a polo school in Hamburg.

Photography: El Pussycat - The Dutch photographer El Pussycat could almost be described as a graffiti artist. He sets up his camera with a long exposure then graffitis the photo with his flashlight. Confused well the best way to explain this is to see our report - the first time El Pussycat has been filmed at work.

Finally, I spent ten years on the road in a band so I know a little bit about touring. You move around so fast sometimes you're not sure which town you're in. Two German authors wanted to get a visual record of the rambling life of rock musicians. So they asked various pop stars to draw something important instead of giving an interview. The results have been published in book form. [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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