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euromaxx

The internationally acclaimed photography Andreas Gursky (#719)

Parachute Tester Toni Bender: Toni Bender from Bavaria is a test pilot for new parachutes for paragliding. His job is to push the parachutes to their limits to see how the equipment reacts. Not for the faint-hearted.

Photographer Andreas Gursky: We find out what goes into the pictures of one of the world's most famous photographers. This time it's the photo of a mine in Hamm in the Ruhr Valley of Germany. Filmmaker Jan Schmidt-Garre accompanied Gursky for 10 months to produce a documentary on him called "Long shot close-up".

St. Pancras Hotel in London Reopens: The St. Pancras Hotel -originally the Midland Grand, built in 1868 - reopened its doors after extensive renovation. The impressive gothic style building was due for demolition in the 60s, but following major protests it was saved. New owner Harry Handelsmann talks about how it was brought back to life.

Sunglasses by J├╝rgen Mayer H.: Jurgen Mayer H. first made his name as an architect but now he's focussing on making designer sunglasses. Mayer developed a line of sunglasses for the company "ic! Berlin". What sets these glasses apart is that they are asymmetrical since Mayer doesn't necessarily consider beauty to be symmetrical. Some of the names of his sunglasses include: boytoy and okidoki.

Estonian Conductor Anu Tali: Anu Tali is the co-founder of The Nordic Symphony Orchestra - a unique ensemble that is part Estonian and part Finnish established to bring the two neighbouring countries closer together. It was originally called the Estonian-Finnish Symphony Orchestra. Tali first got international recognition in 2003 when the orchestra's debut album earned her a Young Artist of the Year award. [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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