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A New Classic from An Old Beatle (#239)

Lifestyle: Buggy Rolling - We start off with something to get your heartrates up and running and that's a crazy new sport called buggy rolling. Invented by a crazy French guy named Jean Yves Blondeau -this is high adrenaline stuff where you have to be sure to keep your nose off the pavement - we caught him hurtling down a mountain side in the Alps to see how it's done.

Travel: Oktoberfest in Schottenhamel - Ripping down a mountainside in futuristic gear is about the last thing on the minds of Lederhosen clad crowds in the Bavarian capital Munich at the annual Oktoberfest. The world's largest folk festival turned on the taps on September 16th, and this year visitors can quaff away until and including the October 3rd national holiday. That means 18 days of music and revelry during which millions of litres of beer are consumed, not to mention hundreds of thousands of sausages...visitors will enjoy it all in 14 massive beer tents and we visited one of the most established: the Schottenhamel.

Fashion: Singing in the Rain, with Style - With the rainy fall season fast approaching many people in northern Europe will be in the market for an umbrella - but most people won't waste too much time making a decision, choosing a simple black or blue, as long as it keeps their heads dry. French creatrice Alexandra Sojfer begs to differ: for her the umbrella or parasol is a work of art in its own right and she makes them into luxury articles that are somehow must-haves at the same time!

Art: Photographer Stefan Reusse - Laboratory mice are part and parcel of the daily routine for many a scientist - and that's why the work of German artist Stephan Reusse is the kind of thing to warm their hearts. In fact, he could in turn make interesting pictures out of those very warm hearts. That's because for 20 years now Reusse has used a thermal camera for his rather unconventional art - his latest installation is a tribute to mice and their movement, and the beauty of life itself.

Music: A New Classic from an Old Beatle - Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney is one of those guys who seems destined to go on writing music history -and, as we know it goes well beyond She Loves you Ya Ya Ya and his Fab Four legacy. Now that he's 64, McCartney is back in the spotlight with his new album "Ecce cor meum" - or "Behold My Heart" in Latin. It's once again a classical album and his fourth since his debut "Liverpool Oratorio" was released in 1991. It's also a gripping labour of love and one that makes you want to stop everything and just listen.

Art: 2006 BACA awards - The Biennial Award for Contemporary Art, or BACA for short, is one of the most prestigious prizes available for European artists. It's awarded every two years from the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht in the Netherlands - and this year's winner of 50,000 euros, an oeuvre catalogue and an accompanying exhibition is Welsh artist Bethan Huws, whose complex work is full of surprises and good humor as well. [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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