He lived the archetypal life of a poet - intense, eventful and tragic. Yet Friedrich Hölderlin remains an obscure figure outside Germany. A newly-translated work, outlining a momentous existence, could change all that, says CHARLIE CONNELLY
Besides the turkey, the tree and the pudding, there are two other perennials at Christmas: one is a broadcast of Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life. The movie is the supreme exemplar of the genre known as 'Capra-corn', the credo that there is goodness in the world and a good person will always find it.
As Liverpool FC attempt to write another chapter in their storied history in this weekend's Champions League final, ANTHONY CLAVANE recounts the extraordinarily intimate relationship between Europe and the city itself.