For today’s Friday Historical afternoon, here’s one of my favourite songs from The Comedian Harmonists – the smash-hit singing sextet of Germany in the late 1920s and early 1930s, subsequently banned by Hitler and thus forced to disband.

I am off to Berlin tomorrow to interview Nigel Kennedy after his jazz gig at the Brandenburg Gate, which is part of the closing celebrations of the World Athletics Championships. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it… Back soon.

A major exhibition in Berlin proves that the spirit of provocation is alive and well in German art

‘Now that Berlin is officially one of the coolest places in Europe, many have developed a peculiar sense of being German – a form of confidence, or nonchalance at least, about their nationality’